Monthly Archives: June 2014

Jumping is Believing

Monday, June 30 “We behave on the basis of what we believe.”—Jason Willoughby. When my girls were little, I would sometimes, put one of them up on a stone wall and encourage her to jump into my arms. If she … Continue reading

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In a Pig’s Sty

Sunday, June 29 “Good guys are just less evil than bad guys.” The key word in this statement is the word “just.’ We would all readily agree that without that word the statement is innocuous. Of course good guys are … Continue reading

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Good Hands, People

Saturday, June 28 “Worrying means that we don’t trust God.”—Jason Willoughby. I guess we all worry at times. I know I do. As I grow older, the tendency to worry is still there, but I seem to be able to … Continue reading

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The Fatally Flawed Fig Tree

Friday, June 27 I ran across an amazing parable the other day. It was as though I had never read it before. It had to do with the Jews’ failure to recognize their Messiah. Lk. 13:6-9. There is just one … Continue reading

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Problematical Parables

Thursday, June 26 I don’t intend to exhaust the subject of hermeneutics, but there’s another literary form that gives people problems—parables. A parable is a short fictional story that illustrates a moral principle. A parable has several distinct advantages. 1) … Continue reading

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Proverbial Problems

Wednesday, June 25 Proverbial Problems Discovery of scribal errors has resolved perhaps 5% of the problems of interpretation—and there are still debates about some of them. For example Mark 16: 9-20 is not in the oldest manuscripts. Some versions—NIV, NLT, … Continue reading

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My Friend Hermen

Tuesday, June 24 Hermeneutics is more than just a nice word for theologians to play with. It’s a crucial element in interpreting Scripture. Books have been written on the subject. I refer to it affectionately as “my friend Hermen.” It’s … Continue reading

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