A Good Report

“And you know his character, how as child of a father he has served with me in the Gospel.” (Philippians 2:22) Over the years, between my time as a school teacher/administrator and as a pastor, one of the more enjoyable things that I have had the privilege of doing is to write letters of recommendation… Read More

The Pastor’s Heart

“But even if I am made a drink offering over the sacrifice and worship of your faith, I rejoice — also, I rejoice with all of you!” (Philippians 2:17) Here, in Paul, we find the heart of a true pastor. His heart is laid forth that even if his very life is poured out from… Read More

Children of God and Lights of the World

“in order that you may be without blame and pure, children of God, without blemish in a generation that is bent and perverted, in which you might shine as lights in the world,” (Philippians 2:15) What does it mean to be without blame and pure? Certainly, as fallen people, we cannot achieve this state here… Read More

An Offering of Praise

“You have raised up my horn like a tower; I poured out as with fragrant oil.” (Psalm 92:11 [verse 10 in English])   This verse is a little awkward to translate and as such, there are various renderings in our various English Bibles. To understand this verse, though, you need to break it down a… Read More

Tearing Down Temples

“They said, ‘This man said, ‘I have the power to demolish the Temple of God and to rebuild in three days.’’” (Matthew 26:61) “And certain ones arose and they bore false witness about him, saying, ‘We heard him say, ‘I will demolish this temple that was made with human hands and in three days, I… Read More

A Debt of Love I Owe…

“But when he said this, one of the subordinates who was standing there gave a blow to Jesus saying, ‘Is this how you answer the High Priest?’” (John 18:23)   Again, many of our English translations like to render this word as “officer” when it comes to the one who slapped Jesus, giving the impression… Read More

Not Withholding our Lives

“And the Angel of Yahweh called to Abraham — a second time from heaven. And he said, ‘In myself I swear, utters Yahweh; because of this thing that you have done in not sparing your son, your only one, I will surely bless you and your seed will surely be great as the stars of… Read More

The Lamb of God

“And Abraham said, ‘God will himself see to the Lamb for the whole burnt offering my son.’ And the two went on together.” (Genesis 22:8)   Often when we read this passage we see this statement of Abraham’s as a means of placating his son and keeping him somewhat in the dark and in doing… Read More

The Festal Horns (Psalm 118:26-27)

“Blessed is the one who comes in the name of Yahweh! We bless you from the house of Yahweh. Yahweh is God and he has given us light—bind up the festival in thickets! As far as the horns of the altar!” (Psalm 118:26-27)               While it may seem that these two verses are rather… Read More

The Reflection of God’s Image: Hebrews 1:1-4 (part 9)

and the exact image of his essence…   The early church fathers faced a lot of challenges as they sought to defend believers from heretical teachings and to define the boundaries of what may be described as “orthodox” Christian theology.  Probably the two most important areas in which they were required to work was in… Read More

No Pleasure in Sacrifice: Psalm 51 (Part 17)

“For you do not take pleasure in sacrifice—I would give it— with whole burnt offerings you will not accept with pleasure.” (Psalm 51:18 {Psalm 51:16 in English Bibles})   Passages like this one have often caused people to stumble because of the many sacrifices that God required of the people in the ancient times—sacrifices that… Read More

Teaching Rebels God’s Ways: Psalm 51 (part 14)

“I will teach rebels your ways, and sinners will return to you.” (Psalm 51:15 {Psalm 51:13 in English Bibles})   What then should be the outward response of the believer to the forgiveness of God?   While praise is usually the first thing that comes to mind—and it is an essential response, and part of David’s… Read More