Seven Things That are not God’s Calling

What does it mean to be called by God? It seems like it’s something we understand but can’t explain. Is it an inward, individual thing where God does something in a person’s heart to lead that person into service? Or might it be a community concern...
Understanding the Bible in Everyday Language

Understanding the Bible in Everyday Language

Most of how we interpret the Bible is how, or at least should be consistent with how, we interpret people around us. Really, it is.  We read the needs of others and take for granted how we do it. Yet when we read the Bible we treat it as some other-worldly piece that...
Are We Living in a Theological Echo Chamber?

Are We Living in a Theological Echo Chamber?

“Political discourse is dead in America. We can’t debate each other anymore. Open dialogue between opposing viewpoints has been cut off completely, and instead we all now seek out whatever echo chamber we find the least [logically] challenging, wall ourselves...

Hermeneutics: Christ and Sexual Infidelity

The passage of primary concern here is the woman caught in adultery.  The story beings John 8: But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people were coming to Him; and He sat down and began to teach them....

Hermeneutics: Interpreting Matthew 7:21-23

This is a passage that takes people in all sorts of directions.  I’ve never heard an inaccurate interpretation of the passage but I’ve never heard a sermon on the passage that treats it contextually.  There’s a great weight to the context of the...

Hermeneutics: Interpreting Matthew 5:17

Matthew 5:17 is a passage that you might read over and over and over and maybe not grasp the depth of what Jesus is trying to communicate. I’m going to suggest to you that there is something there more significant than you might imagine. But to get to it...