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Apr
8

Want to bring the Dojo to a church near you??

So as many of you know, one of my passions is getting to open up Scripture to those who’ve never been exposed to its treasures, or if they have, have only gotten glimpses on occasion. During the last 5 years at Good Shepherd, I’ve been able to do this full-time as Discipleship Pastor, and it’s […]

Apr
7

Christians, Israel, the Law and Covenant…what’s it all about??

Just wanted to let the Dojo readers know that there’s a pretty good discussion between myself and a few friends regarding all these issues happening on one of my earlier posts. Check it out and tell others about it. This stuff is actually extremely relevant beyond the walls of theological discourse… http://gsdisciple.blogspot.com/2009/01/different-look-at-israeli-gaza.html JMS

Mar
27

Top Ten Babes of the Bible

As a teacher of Scripture, who is also a single guy in his early 30s, the topic of women in the Bible is one that I would like to address in a different light than your typical Liz Curtis Higgs/Beth Moore/Kay Arthur approach. Most discussions of women in the Bible are written by women, to […]

Mar
16

Weekly Facebook Scripture

אַתָּה יְהוָה לֹא־תִכְלָא רַחֲמֶיךָ מִמֶּנִּי חַסְדְּךָ וַאֲמִתְּךָ תָּמִיד יִצְּרוּנִי כִּי אָפְפוּ־עָלַי רָעוֹת עַד־אֵין מִסְפָּר הִשִּׂיגוּנִי עֲוֹנֹתַי וְלֹא־יָכֹלְתִּי לִרְאוֹת עָצְמוּ מִשַּׂעֲרוֹת רֹאשִׁי וְלִבִּי עֲזָבָנִי רְצֵה יְהוָה לְהַצִּילֵנִ יְהוָה לְעֶזְרָתִי חוּשָׁה “You, O LORD, do not withhold your compassion from me; may your faithful devotion continually guard me. 12 For evils beyond counting surround me; my iniquities […]

Feb
4

Creation from the Bible’s perspective

Last night I had the privilage of speaking at CharlotteONE: to about 600 young adults from all over the metro-Charlotte area. It was a fantastic experience and I’m really looking forward to this three-week series, which Dave Hickman and I are doing called “Bible 101”. After covering some cool facts about the Bible, as well […]

Dec
31

Immanuel, part 2

So, we saw last time that the famous “Immanuel” passage in the Christmas story comes from a prophecy in Isaiah ch.7. The prophecy in its original context did not foretell a future Messiah who would be born of a literal “virgin” (b’thulah), but rather, an impending birth of a child by a “young woman” or […]

Dec
18

Immanuel – Son of a ‘virgin’ or son of a ‘young woman’?

Christmas time is here…happiness and cheer…fun for all, that children call…their favorite time of y… Sorry. I just watched “Merry Christmas Charlie Brown” a couple of nights ago! Best Xmas cartoon ever! [Note: It’s okay to write “Xmas” because ‘X’ is the Greek letter “chi” which is the first letter in “Christ”…which is how early […]

Dec
15

Final thoughts on The Blue Parakeet and women preachers…

In my last post, I talked about Scot McKnight’s new book “The Blue Parakeet”, which I was reading at the time. I finished it two days ago and wanted to give a follow up. “Parakeet” devotes the final 3rd of the book to looking at an issue in Scripture which for many readers is a […]

Sep
2

A great new resource for sharpening our swords!

I just found out today that Zondervan publishers has a blog where various Biblical scholars and theologians post regularly on a variety of topics. It’s called Koinonia, which is the Greek word for fellowship/community. There are some great articles on there, some more technical than others. Go check it out when you have a chance. […]

Mar
6

Why so much Old Testament scholarship is so far off

Last night in our Passage class BS 101 – “The Bible for the Rest of Us” I taught on the subject of the authorship of the Hebrew Scriptures–particularly the first 5 books of the Bible (the Torah, or Pentateuch). I told the class that I would post an older entry from another blog I wrote […]

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