“But that’s legalism!” What Legalism Is and Isn’t

“But that’s legalism!”  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard those words.  A Christian friend suggests that it’s unwise to smoke marijuana, and they get blasted with: “But that’s legalism!”  A pastor preaches on the importance of generosity, and he receives a terse note with three words on it (or four, if you … Continue reading “But that’s legalism!” What Legalism Is and Isn’t

The Shortest Verse in the New Testament

What is the shortest verse in the New Testament?  Did you respond “Jesus wept”?  (Buzzer sound)  No, that is the third shortest verse in the New Testament. Granted, “Jesus wept” (John 11:35) is the shortest verse in English.  In English it is 9 letters long.  But in Greek it is 16 letters long (Ἐδάκρυσεν ὁ Ἰησοῦς). For a … Continue reading The Shortest Verse in the New Testament

What the Bible Teaches About Fasting

Starting last night and continuing into this evening a group of Biola students has gathered together to fast and pray.  These precious students wanted to fast and call out to God to do a work of the Holy Spirit on Biola’s campus during the coming year.  But they wanted to know what the Bible taught … Continue reading What the Bible Teaches About Fasting

Why Translators Shouldn’t Translate “Walk” as “Live” in Ephesians 4-5

Recent Bible translations have increasingly opted to translate the Greek word peripateo, whenever it is used metaphorically to describe one’s way of life, with the English word “live.”  The other option at translators’ disposal is to retain the metaphor and translate it into English as “walk.”  The motivation for the decision to translate with the … Continue reading Why Translators Shouldn’t Translate “Walk” as “Live” in Ephesians 4-5

Listening and Instructing in Counseling: How Much of Each?

I’m not writing this post as a counselor, but rather as a student of the Bible.  Today I’m less interested in what is effective in counseling, though that is certainly a worthwhile inquiry (even if it should be pursued by someone more qualified than I).  Today I want to investigate whether the Bible has anything … Continue reading Listening and Instructing in Counseling: How Much of Each?

Revival Without the Bible Won’t Last

In 1859 and then again in 1904 a deep and penetrating work of the Holy Spirit engulfed the country of Wales. Wales had already seen many other periods when God had moved in revival—perhaps more than any geographical location in the history of Christianity. But these two spiritual awakenings were two of the most significant. … Continue reading Revival Without the Bible Won’t Last

What is the meaning of “husband of one wife” (μιᾶς γυναικὸς ἄνδρα) in 1 Timothy 3:2?

What does Paul intend when he writes that an overseer must be a husband of one wife in 1 Timothy 3:2 (cf. Titus 1:6 and 1 Timothy 3:12)?  Here is a quick walk-through this somewhat complicated expression. There are four main historical approaches to interpreting this expression.  I think two of them are quite unlikely.  … Continue reading What is the meaning of “husband of one wife” (μιᾶς γυναικὸς ἄνδρα) in 1 Timothy 3:2?

How God Awakened my Friend to the Grace of God and the Transformative Power of the Bible

Here is a powerful testimony from my friend, Dale Schneeberger, of how God worked a personal revival in his own life through a dream and his subsequent immersion in the Word of God.  I'm confident that you will find Dale's testimony inspiring, soul-searching, and, perhaps for some of you, life-changing.  I print it here with … Continue reading How God Awakened my Friend to the Grace of God and the Transformative Power of the Bible

A New Bible Translation for Young Children: A Review

[I wrote the following review of The Best News Ever in a similar register as the translation itself.  Enjoy!] A woman named Jan Harthan lived in a different country.  She went there to teach the Bible.  She put the words of the Bible in their special language.  Then she came home.  She tried to read … Continue reading A New Bible Translation for Young Children: A Review

Hidden Agendas in Worship Leading

I recently led a seminar for students at Biola who are studying to become church worship leaders entitled:  “Hidden Agendas in Worship Leading.”  I had them break into groups and discuss what sorts of hidden motivations sometimes lie under the surface in the process of planning and implementing times of worship.  When we came back … Continue reading Hidden Agendas in Worship Leading