The Problem with the Lectionary No One is Talking About

A friend of mine, years ago told me, “We always go to a liturgical worship service when we travel because regardless of anything else in the service, we can at least know that we will hear readings from the Bible.”  My friend offered sage advice, and yet I have a serious problem with the Christian […]

Sacrifice, I Do Not Desire…? Does Hebrews 10 End the Sacrificial System?

In this note, we consider what the writer of Hebrews meant when quoting Psalm 40, and whether recent Christian commentators have been adequately nuanced in their interpretations of the writer’s meaning. The language of Psalm 40 regarding sacrifice is notable, but not unique. The biblical writers expressed this thought in several variations. Below are a […]

Washing of Hands and “All Foods Clean” The Incongruities in Interpreting Mark 7

Mark 7 finds Jesus engaged in a normal discussion about the Torah and tradition, that seems to many Christians, to end in a note lifting Torah and tradition.  Jesus argues that the Pharisees and Scribe’s means of following the traditions of the elders invalidates the Law of the LORD.  However, if Jesus did as Christians […]

Present Pain and the Promise of Healing

In the last week as I have watched and prayed and cried regarding things in Israel, I could not help but think of John’s closing vision in Revelation. Here are two sections of that vision:  “And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride […]

A Virgin Shall Be With Child?

What is the Prophecy of Isaiah 7? Recently during an episode of American Pickers, I found each commercial break was occupied by advertisement for a show presenting the “truth” about Jesus’ birth.  The commercial claimed that the Virgin Birth of Jesus was the result of a mistranslation of the Bible.  I am not concerned that […]