It’s not mine

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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

Preaching the kingdom, would Paul have spoken of the church?

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Ancient ruins in Ephesus

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

There are no members of the church

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members-body-christActs 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

Ready and eager with the gospel

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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