Jesus Christ–The Glory

James 2:1 “My brethren, do not hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of personal favoritism” (NASB). “My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism” (NIV). “My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory”…… Continue reading Jesus Christ–The Glory

The Case of the Missing “Nun” (נ)

Not all variations in Bible translations invite theological debate. Using different synonyms for certain words, for instance, are certainly acceptable providing the English usages adequately reflect legitimate meanings inherent in the original words. Other translation differences, however, are more striking and demand explanations even if the theology poses no difficulties. Psalm 145 illustrates this type…… Continue reading The Case of the Missing “Nun” (נ)

A Hebrew Ambiguity and A Translator’s Interpretation

Different understandings of passages in English Bibles are often based on different interpretations of the grammar of the Hebrew or Greek text. Consider the underlined words from Deuteronomy 30:20 . . . “. . . by loving the LORD your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him; for this is your life .…… Continue reading A Hebrew Ambiguity and A Translator’s Interpretation

Love and “Conventional Wisdom”

The verbal interchange between Jesus and Peter found in John 21:15-17 undoubtedly served as a catharsis for Peter’s threefold denial at Jesus’ trial. It also demonstrates Jesus’ characterization of Peter as a “rock.” Unfortunately, however, the English translators and preachers of this text either hide or interpret unfavorably Peter’s responses to Jesus’ questions. The issue…… Continue reading Love and “Conventional Wisdom”

“Ignorant Preachers,” Christianity Today

Abraham deVries, “Ignorant Preachers,” Christianity Today, 1970—Every preacher and aspiring preacher, or for that matter, anyone passionate about knowing the Word of God, could benefit by reading or rereading this entire article. It may be dated but the subject is as applicable today as it was in 1970! Here are just a few italicized quotes introduced…… Continue reading “Ignorant Preachers,” Christianity Today

Goat’s Milk and the Christian

Occasionally I hear someone say they belong to a “New Testament Church.” The speaker usually means that the New Testament and not the Old Testament is their standard for faith and practice. Such a statement has both true and false implications. True–the New Testament teaches the beginnings, theology and practice of the Church. False–the New…… Continue reading Goat’s Milk and the Christian

“Scripture Interprets Scripture”–Sometimes

Parallel passages are helpful to the Bible interpreter (1) for assessing the background of a passage, (2) for providing fuller treatment of an event or discussion, and (3) for clarifying difficult passages. They also can become pathways to erroneous interpretations if the interpreter is careless. Proper use of parallels must include: (1) historical accuracy, (2)…… Continue reading “Scripture Interprets Scripture”–Sometimes