What was so wrong about the one-talent man hiding the talent in the ground? Because it belonged to his master:
“But the one who had received one talent went out and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money in it” Mt 25.18 NET (emphasis mine).
It wasn’t his to do with as he wanted. He had received it from his master with instructions about what to do with it. Continue reading
Ancient ruins in Ephesus
Commenting on Acts 19.8, William Baird wrote, “In Acts the kingdom of God seems similar to the church (cf. 8:12), but the idea of God’s rule to be consummated in the future is not lacking (cf. 14:22)” IOVC. Indeed it does seems similar, since the church is the present earthly manifestation of the kingdom. Continue reading
Acts 12.1. Some versions translate the phrase tinas ton apo tes ekklesias as “some members of the church,” or something similar (PEB, CEV, GW, GNT, Moffatt). Even a good brother’s translation goes this route. All the editions I consulted by Catholic publishers in Brazil have “members of the church.” NLT misses completely the sense of the phrase with “some believers in the church.” Continue reading
In my daily Bible plan, I read, at the same time, Job 10 and Psalm 10. The difference between David and Job is striking. Continue reading
One of the best arguments for evangelism as the task of every Christian comes from the image of the Christian’s armor in Ephesians 6. The NRSV states it very nicely: “As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace,” v. 15.
Every Christian needs every piece of the armor. Paul says it twice, for emphasis: Continue reading
What makes for a happy party are the people who are present. In the three Jewish feasts celebrated each year by all Israel in Jerusalem, what brought joy to the travelers was God’s presence. Continue reading
“He’d never harm a flea.” We hear that phrase said about certain people. But certainly such a person would not be a servant of God.
The righteous one considers the house of the wicked,
Turning the wicked to ruin.
Proverbs 21.12 NASB Continue reading
Israel’s great confession rises from Deuteronomy 6, about the one God. This truth distinguished Israel from the other nations, pagan and idolatrous. Continue reading
Words that have one meaning for us did not always mean the same thing to the ancients. A good example of this is the term heart, when used in a figurative sense. Continue reading
Did you ever get a song stuck in your head, that repeated itself continually? After a while, it gets irritating, because it’s a random thought or tune.
That is why it’s important to think and repeat things that are well planned, well thought-out, and true. Continue reading