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God’s Purpose for One Man’s Blindness

Posted on Dec 17, 2015 in Bible Exegesis/Exposition, Featured | 2 comments

by Cory Marsh – An Exegetical Case Study in John 9 Concerning God’s use of Physical Handicaps   Introduction When it comes to theological interrogations, Jesus will not backed in a corner. This is true whether the questioners are antagonists (Matt 22:23-40), or His own disciples as in John 9:2: “And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” (ESV). Rather than choosing between personal or genetic sin, Jesus presents a third option in v.3 concerning the man τυφλὸν ἐκ γενετῆς (blind from birth, v.1): that God’s power in Christ be shown in him. This miracle was then accomplished when Jesus re-created the man’s eyes (vv.6-7) and thus demonstrated in tangible form that He, in fact is, the very “Light of the world” (8:1;9:5). Yet it is this particular episode...

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Some Background on Bible Translations

Posted on Sep 14, 2014 in Bible, Bible Exegesis/Exposition, History, Textual Criticism | 2 comments

by Gary Gilley –There are many Christians who are confused over the plethora of Bible translations that are available today, especially to the English reader. A visit to any well-stocked Christian bookstore would result in discovery of translations such as: the King James Version, the New King James Version, the Revised Version, the Revised Standard Version, the Jerusalem Bible, the American Standard Bible, the New American Standard Bible, the Geneva Bible, the New International Version. In addition one would run across several paraphrases such as the Living Bible, the Phillips translation, and recently released, the Message. If all of this is not overwhelming enough, we find that these translations come packaged in wide variety of “reference Bibles.” Reference (or study Bibles) are not translations as such, but rather Bibles that incorporate certain footnotes and study aids along with whatever...

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The Sufficiency of Scripture: Is God’s Word Enough? Part 2

Posted on Feb 7, 2014 in Bible, Bible Exegesis/Exposition, Hermeneutics | 2 comments

by Steve Spurlin – Recently I began a series of articles dealing with the sufficiency of Scripture.  I began by giving a definition and description of sufficiency.  By way of introduction I will briefly review. Sufficiency means that something is enough to meet the needs of a situation or a proposed end.  It refers to something being what is necessary or desirable for a specified need.  Simply put, if something is sufficient it is just what the doctor ordered.  When it comes to Scripture, God’s Holy Word, it means that the Bible is totally adequate, and competent to meet the needs of every individual Christian in every circumstance of life (see 2 Peter 1:2-3).  Nothing else is needed to guide us in our everyday living. Most of us would agree that the greater portion of the Church has abandoned this long-held...

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The Goal of Pastoral Teaching: Dependence or Independence?

Posted on Jan 23, 2014 in Bible Exegesis/Exposition, Church and Ministry | 4 comments

by Christopher Cone – Every week tens of thousands of pastors give messages to millions of people. And then they do it again the next week. And the next. And the next. The cycle repeats as it has year after year after year. But why? How many of these pastors are actually aware of what they are supposed to be achieving? What is, in fact, the goal of pastoral teaching in the church? Ephesians 4:11-12 describes various roles and gifts given to the church, including the pastor (poimen, shepherd) and teacher (didaskalos). Note from the passage that the pastor and teacher are not two separate roles – the pastor is also a teacher.While there are teachers in the church who are not pastors (e.g., every believer, see Col. 3:16), there is no Biblical model of pastors who are not...

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Do Differences Between Bible Translations Matter?

Posted on Jan 7, 2014 in Bible, Bible Exegesis/Exposition | 0 comments

by Gary Gilley – The truly blessed individual is described in Psalm 1: His delight is in the Law of the Lord, and in His Law he meditates day and night. Godly people delight in the Word of God. They love it; they cherish it; they can’t get enough of it. That is why they meditate on it day and night. It is their joy to contemplate God’s truth. Such lovers of truth take seriously Paul’s injunction to be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth (II Timothy 2:15). Those who desire God’s approval must handle accurately, or literally, “cut straight,” the word of truth. They diligently study the Bible in order to interpret it correctly and then apply it properly. Anything less results in workers...

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Don’t Let Your Heart Be Troubled

Posted on Dec 16, 2013 in Bible Exegesis/Exposition, Discipleship, Hope | 0 comments

by Leon Johnson – Let’s consider John 14:1-11. In the TV game Jeopardy, you guess letters until you can guess the word or phrase, they give you a hint to get you started.  One of those hints is “before and after.” Verse 1 of Chapter 14 is like that.  It goes with what was said before and it goes with what is being said after it.  Let’s look at 13:33: 33 “Little children, I am with you a little while longer. You shall seek Me; and as I said to the Jews, I now say to you also, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’ 34 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 “By this all men will know that you are My disciples,...

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