The Gospel of John: John 9

Last week we saw Jesus make his testimony about himself. Now his attention goes to show himself to a man that was in desperate need.

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Last week we saw Jesus make his testimony about himself. Now his attention goes to show himself to a man that was in desperate need. Continue reading “The Gospel of John: John 9”

Ecologies of Faith in a Digital Age: Spiritual Growth Through Online Education

5205.jpgThis month’s book is called Ecologies of Faith in a Digital Age: Spiritual Growth Through Online Education by Stephen and Mary Lowe. Both authors are involved in furthering online education at Liberty University. The main focus of this book is how the study of ecology can help us to understand spiritual growth, and that this means growth does not only happen within the four walls of an institution. Their goal is not to justify online or residential education as the better alternative, but rather to combat the idea of “students cannot receive the same spiritual development online that they can receive at [our] institution” that seems to be prevalent in many Christian institutions. Continue reading “Ecologies of Faith in a Digital Age: Spiritual Growth Through Online Education”

The Gospel of John: John 8

Last week’s chapter ended with a call from Nicodemus (yes, the same Nicodemus from chapter 3) for the Pharisees to hear Jesus’ testimony. This chapter is Jesus’ testimony, but first we have to make a small detour. There are some older manuscripts that do not have 7:53-8:11. There are some scholars that might say I should skip over it, but it is in my Bible so we are going to look at it anyway.

Last week’s chapter ended with a call from Nicodemus (yes, the same Nicodemus from chapter 3) for the Pharisees to hear Jesus’ testimony. This chapter is Jesus’ testimony, but first we have to make a small detour. There are some older manuscripts that do not have 7:53-8:11. There are some scholars that might say I should skip over it, but it is in my Bible so we are going to look at it anyway. Continue reading “The Gospel of John: John 8”

The Gospel of John: John 7

Jesus begins this chapter by traveling in secret and ends it by causing division among the Jewish leadership. What is the right thing to do? Should you follow the rules, or break them in order to do the right thing? It probably seems like an easy answer, but it certainly is not easy to practice. Jesus seems to give us an answer to this problem while teaching, once again, in Jerusalem. Continue reading “The Gospel of John: John 7”

The Gospel of John: John 6

Last week the people became so focused on what they thought about God, they missed His work right in front of them. This week they become so focused on what Jesus is doing, they misunderstand what it means.

Last week the people became so focused on what they thought about God, they missed His work right in front of them. This week they become so focused on what Jesus is doing, they misunderstand what it means. Continue reading “The Gospel of John: John 6”

The Gospel of John: John 5

Sorry about the abrupt study last week. I felt that there was a lot in that chapter and I was getting way to easily distracting by going down rabbit holes. I hope that this week goes much smoother for both of us. Continue reading “The Gospel of John: John 5”

Why Study the Bible?

Many Christians today have access to a Bible. We live in the great and glorious world of the internet, and there are many version available for free online. There are a great many Christians that own at least one version of the Bible in print, and several that own many copies. Many of us know the books of the Bible, and can even recite a few verses from memory. Many of us know how to read our Bibles, but how many of us actually know how to or what it means to study our Bibles? Continue reading “Why Study the Bible?”

The Gospel of John: John 4

After being in Jerusalem for the last couple chapters, Jesus decides it is time to head back into Galilee. His travels take him through Samaria where he meets a woman and changes her life. There is a lot that we can pull out of this chapter, and I am only going to cover a small amount of it. So pick up a Bible and join me this week. Continue reading “The Gospel of John: John 4”

Righteous by Promise: A Biblical Theology of Circumcision

2646As promised, I am going to start doing book reviews. These book reviews are meant to be an introduction to a resource. I cannot guarantee that they are all going to be particularly great, but I will try to provide my honest assessment of these materials.

This month’s book review is Righteous by Promise: A Biblical Theology of Circumcision by Karl Deenick. This book is the 45th volume in addition to the New Studies in Biblical Theology series from InterVarsity Press. This series of books seeks to interact with the contemporary scholarship to help evangelicals to better understand their Bibles. It focuses on a wide variety of topics ranging from examples of preaching in the New Testament to understanding the concept of original sin. Continue reading “Righteous by Promise: A Biblical Theology of Circumcision”

The Gospel of John: John 3

A continuation of the study on the Gospel of John

The past couple weeks we have seen many different testimonies that have been pointing out who Jesus is. The testimonies of John the Baptist and the first few disciples all show that Jesus is the Christ and God in flesh. I ended last week by making urging you to reach out to someone if you do not know who Jesus is. This week we see what it means to find salvation. We get the first real teaching Jesus offers in the Gospel. Continue reading “The Gospel of John: John 3”