Everything listed under: Theology

  • Who Killed Jesus? Acts 3:13-18

    Who Killed Jesus? Acts 3:13-18This Easter season, read the accounts of the crucifixion of Jesus in the four gospels. Then answer this question, “Who killed Him?” If you want to light a political-religious firestorm, just mention casually that you believe that Jews are responsible for killing Jesus. Then hold your breath!

  • The Lord Prays - John 17:1-11

    John 17:1-11 - The Lord's PrayerHere are a few observations that may be helpful in unpacking this passage, commonly refered to as The High Priestly Prayer of Jesus. V1 – Purpose clause (ἵνα plus the subjunctive glorify. The Son’s cross work (“the hour has come”) purpose is to glorify the Father. I would argue that this purpose of glorifying the Father supersedes redeeming the elect discussed in v 2.Note two major concepts in v 1-11 – “give&rd...

  • Justification and Faith

    Dear xxx,Thanks for your patience with me in reviewing your paper. I appreciate your work and your desire to in all things glorify God, especially in salvation. I also appreciate your desire to cut it straight.

  • The Worshipping Wise Men

    Little Jesus – Big WorshipMatthew 2:1-12 Introduction In Jesus’ later life he asked the disciples “who do men say that I am”? (Matt 16). The replies ranged from John the Baptist, to Elijah, to Jeremiah, to a prophet.” Finally Peter confessed, “You are the Christ.” With that in mind, let’s look at Matt 2:1-12.The whole purpose of Matthew’s narrative of the magi visit to the babe in Bethlehem seems to be to demonstrate this truth – Jesus is the Messiah; the promised Redeemer, Savior, and...

  • The Curious Angels 1 Peter 1:12

    The Angels’ Christmas Curiosity 1 Pet 1:12 On the night of Christ’s birth an enthusiastic angelic choir shouted out the arrival of the Son of God. It is recorded in:KJV Luke 2:13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.Why were they so excited?They knew Jesus was Immanuel, God with us (Mt 1:23)They knew he came to save from sin (Mt 1:21)And,they were filled wi...

  • Peace Luke 2:14

    Peace, God, and UsLuke 2:14Introduction Read Luke 2:8-14. James Montgomery captured the spirit of this remarkable scene when he penned Angels From the Realms of Glory 200 years ago.Angels from the realms of glory, Wing your flight o’er all the earth;Ye who sang creation’s story now proclaim Messiah’s birth:Shepherds, in the fields abiding, Watching o’er your flocks by night,God with man is now residing. Yonder shines the infant Light. Come and worship, come and worship, Worship Ch...

  • Glory Luke 2:14

    Glory, God, and Us!Luke 2:14 Introduction Read Luke 2: 8-14.James Montgomery captured the spirit of this remarkable scene when he penned Angels From the Realms of Glory 200 years ago.Angel from the realms of glory, Wing your flight o’er all the earth;Ye who sang creation’s story now proclaim Messiah’s birth:Shepherds, in the fields abiding, Watching o’er your flocks by night,God with man is now residing. Yonder shines the infant Light. Come and worship, come and worship, Wors...