From July 11-25 my daughter Kathryn and I were in Zambia to teach the doctrine of Salvation and the book of Romans to two classes at a Bible college. We had a total of 45 students in the two classes. At the same time, at the school medical clinic, two visiting doctors from the US were performing cataract
In Romans 6–8, Paul has a lengthy discussion on the Christian life. The believer can walk by the flesh (in his own power) or by the Spirit. The former results in the wrath of God and the deadly consequences of sin. The latter results in life and peace. Paul compares the way a believer lives to slavery.
I attended a military college after high school. The freshman year introduced us to military life and placed upon us many rules that a civilian would consider strange. For example, if an upperclassman asked you “why” you were doing something, the answer was always, “no excuse, sir!” It didn’t matter if you had a valid excuse.
When I was an army chaplain, there were many who pushed for ecumenical understanding. This meant that doctrinal differences should not keep us from working and ministering together. We should not let denominational differences keep us from doing the work of the Lord. Sometimes Mark 9:40 was used to support this notion. Jesus is talking
I have always found Mark 9:29 to be a strange and hard to understand verse. A man has brought his son who has a demon that caused the young boy to be deaf and dumb and tried to destroy him. Jesus cast the demon out. The disciples had tried to cast the demon out before Jesus came upon the scene
By Ken Yates One of the exciting things about studying the Bible is that no matter how long we have been studying it, we can always learn something new. We have all studied a passage we have examined many times before and see something in it for the first time. I had such an experience
One of the emphases of Free Grace Theology is its insistence on looking at the context of a verse when we study it. Hopefully, we challenge ourselves and others by the light that the context sheds on the verse. As a result, we often find ourselves changing views we previously held and invite others to look at
One of the exciting things about studying the Bible is that no matter how long we have been studying it, we can always learn something new. We have all studied a passage we have examined many times before and see something in it for the first time. I had such an experience this week. In Mark
I love neat summaries. For example, the Bible sometimes will give a succinct principle, with examples, in a few verses. From these examples we can see how the principle works out in the lives of individuals. One such occurrence is found in 2 Tim 4:10-11. These verses come at the end of the book, as
A reader recently wrote GES asking for comments on an article found online. The article deals with Romans 5-8. Click here for the article. In Romans 5-8, Paul deals with the Christian life. The main point of the article is that in these chapters Paul is saying that a productive Christian life is inevitable in the life of