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Jesus’ Third Passover

PassoverBecause Luke doesn’t clearly show Jesus celebrating another Passover between John’s death and Jesus’ own crucifixion, many scholars believe Jesus set out to go to Jerusalem for the final time in Luke 9:51. Nevertheless, there are problems with this interpretation, and I believe that folks often skew the Scriptures in order to maintain this doctrine. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 13, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Folks Tend to Believe False Teachers

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In the second chapter of his second epistle Peter began to tell of the prophesied false teachers. Like the false prophets of the Old Testament, they took their place in the assembly of God claiming to represent him, but, instead, they preached the dreams and desires of men. The prophets of old prophesied peace when they should have sounded out an alarm. They claimed to speak for the Lord, but they spoke out of the imagination of their own hearts (Jeremiah 23:15-16). Had they stood in the council of the Lord, pondering his word, they would have been equipped to turn God’s people from evil (Jeremiah 23:21-22). Rather, they invented stories, claiming disaster wouldn’t come (Jeremiah 23:25-27) and the people hardened their hearts and continued in their evil ways. Similarly, Peter warned of teachers of his own day who sought to turn the hearts and minds of believers away from the Lord, changing Scripture into something God never intended to say. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 17, 2017 in Epistles of Peter

 

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Where Was Jesus’ Transfiguration

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Some scholars have claimed that Jesus’ Transfiguration occurred on one of the mountains near Caesarea Philippi, Mt. Hermon is a popular suggestion. Still others have suggested it occurred on the top of Mt. Tabor, which is located in lower Galilee, near the Valley of Jezreel. Other locations, having less support, have been put forward including Mt. Sinai. Nevertheless, one would have to say little can be known for certain, about where Jesus’ Transfiguration occurred. It is, therefore, with some degree of trepidation that I propose yet one more mountain that, as far as I know, has never been suggested, although it seems to fit in the context of Jesus’ activity, as we see him ministering in the Scriptures. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 14, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Was the Gospel Preached to the Dead?

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Several of Peter’s lusts of men (1Peter 4:2) which he enumerates in 1Peter 4:3 have to do with excessive indulgence in wine. Although there is room for a literal interpretation in his context, I wonder if his main thought was an over indulgence in certain behavior (Isaiah 29:9-15). The words of the prophet concern a people who have secretly conspired (Isaiah 29:15) to do evil. Thinking no one knew their motives, the Lord tripped them up, so that the wise and prudent among them were unable to insure success of their plans (Isaiah 29:14), because the people honored God with their lips, but not with their hearts (Isaiah 29:13). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 13, 2017 in Epistles of Peter

 

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The Persecution in Asia Minor

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In my two previous blogposts regarding First and Second Peter, I have argued that Peter, the apostle of Jesus, was the author of both epistles. Moreover, the epistles had to have been written sometime before the persecution that developed surrounding the fire that burnt much of Rome in 64 AD. Therefore, the persecution that Peter mentions, occurring in the five Roman provinces of Asia Minor, must be a different persecution than that begun by Nero at Rome. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 28, 2016 in Epistles of Peter

 

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Paul’s Mixed Reception at Jerusalem

One might expect, given the reason for Paul’s visit to Jerusalem was to bring an offering from the gentile churches scattered across Europe and Asia for the Judean poor, that he might have been received more cordially by the Jews in the Holy City, but this was definitely not the case. Moreover, all the blame cannot fall simply upon the unbelieving community. In fact, Luke hardly makes mention of the offering, pointing it out only in passing at Acts 24:17.[1] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 1, 2013 in Kingdom of God, Paul in Jerusalem

 

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Does the Church Ever Get ‘Lucky’?

I am reminded at this point in Paul’s third recorded missionary journey of the beginning of his second. Originally, Paul had intended to evangelize Asia about six years earlier, but was drawn away by the Spirit to minister to other areas (Acts 16:6). Now, he intended to sail to Syria with an offering for the poor at Jerusalem, but, after discovering a plot against his life, Paul began a tour of the churches he had planted in Europe and Asia Minor with messages of encouragement, comfort and warning. None of these things we have in Acts 20:4-38 would have occurred had Paul been able to leave for Syria from Corinth. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2013 in Gospel, Paul's 3rd missionary journey

 

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