Reimaging Idols

If you ask your local Sunday School student to give a Biblical description of an idol, he will likely say that in the past it might be a statue to Caesar or Molech or Baal or Chemosh, but these days, an idol is anything we value more than we value God: money, houses, cars, sex, […]

Old Earth vs Young Earth?

The Old Earth/Young Earth has been debated endlessly on many websites. Google will help you find those sites. There’s one aspect of the Old Earth debate that I have never seen discussed anywhere and would like to explore here. But first, a word to the wise: since the Bible doesn’t explicitly state how young or […]

To Woo or to Draw – that is the question

In a recent discussion, the question was raised: what did Christ mean when He said that He would “draw all men” to Him ()? Is it a resistible or irresistible “drawing”? The popular explanation is that Christ “woos” people and people can decide whether or not they want to partake of His wooing – a […]

Christian Cuss Words

Y’know.. of all the sanitized ‘cuss words’ we Christians might use, like ‘darn!’, ‘snap!’, ‘nuts!’, ‘stink!’ or ‘garwsh’, it’s a wonder we don’t take our epithets straight from our Manual; exegete our expletives, if you will.

I’m thinking a word like ‘Shibboleth’ would make for a robust ‘Christian Cuss Word’.

With the right pronunciation, it […]

Pattern of the Remnant and Destruction

When considering the remnant and the fate of those who aren’t part of the remnant, I think there’s a pattern that emerges. This struck me the other day from out of the blue when studying Isaiah.

PRE-FLOOD Enoch – called out from the world Noah – called from the world; world destroyed

To forgive or not to forgive? Here’s my question…

Why did Paul not forgive Alexander, but in the very next verse, forgave those who deserted him and didn’t take his side in defending him against Alexander.

, ESV Alexander the coppersmith did me great harm; the Lord will repay him according to his deeds. [Paul is cursing Alexander here for the evil he did […]

Isaiah’s Pattern of Doom

As I was working my way through and 10, I couldn’t help but notice that the description of the doom that was coming to Israel/Judah was punctuated by the repeated phrase “Despite all this, His anger does not subside, and His hand is ready to strike again.” (, , , )

Immediately it made me […]

Limiting the Olde King’s English

Why do we read verses in Olde English, but then discuss, preach, ask questions and give answers in Moderne English?

Just wondering.

Therefore, should we not also ask according to the manner in which the verse wast given; Verily, should we not likewise answer of the same accord? Can the answer say to the word […]

“Harden their hearts so they don’t repent”

I have to admit I’m more than a little befuddled by the way is handled in general.

In poking around the web and in my commentaries on this passage, I see several disturbing consistencies:

People keep avoiding the main issue They reinterpret Isaiah’s commission to say things it doesn’t say They conclude things that contradict […]

Frequency of OT Quotes in the NT

In the New Testament, there are over 300 direct quotes from the Old Testament (depending on how you count the verses). If you count the allusions and possible allusions, the number jumps even higher: According to Blue Letter Bible, if you count the allusions, there are 799, and if you count possible allusions, there are […]