A fallacy of modern days is the perception that the NT church, the church in its infancy, was a model of Christian purity and power and largely unaffected by some of the toxic influences and divisiveness that bedevils modern church life. This perception is greatly exaggerated and no NT epistle illustrates the same old ‘modern’ issues like the ancient church at Corinth. It is helpful to see the chinks in their armor, too, and to realize how God can still work with (and correct) serious imperfections in the body life of local congregations. Especially enlightening is to see how the Apostle Paul addressed these issues, which in principle are still hanging around our congregations today. The same diseases require the same prescriptions of God’s Word.
In reading biblical historical narratives many readers may be ignorant of the fact that always the protagonist (or main Actor) in them is God, not the human characters so prominently featured in their pages. Always remember that the Scriptures represent not just the one authoritative written revelation from God, but the Bible also represents the […]
In church history, our day is not unique in terms of the ever-present peril of false teachers and false teachings. However in this digital age with 1001 sources of information or disinformation, believers are more easily than ever exposed to heresy parading under the banner of “Christian ministry.” Combine that accessibility with massive biblical illiteracy […]
The Book of Revelation is a favorite Bible study for all those who look forward to our Lord’s return and the events surrounding it on all sides. Because of its literary genre (apocalyptic – rich in symbolism, some of it internally interpreted, much not) the book contains some mystery and tons of fascination for students […]