Sunday, 9 June 2013 (Part 2)

For the first part of these thoughts, please see my earlier post, which I prosaically called “Expectations.”  In it I discuss how expectations that developed from the ministry of Elijah might have caused people to misunderstand the ministry of Jesus.

The Other Part

When people encountered Jesus, they apparently connected him with Elijah.  The problem Continue reading


Sunday 3 June 2012

More than likely your Bible is wrong because of peer pressure. Its translators didn’t want to offend or alarm anyone, so they deliberately mistranslated certain verses. Not minor verses either, which is the root of the problem. Certain popular verses have been repeated and memorized by enough people that translators preserve older language rather than strive for accuracy. Older language isn’t intrinsically worse, but when the meaning of the Continue reading

Sunday, 25 March 2012

My wife and I have been trying to maintain the habit of reading the Bible together every night.  We started with the book of James, which is nearly everyone’s least favorite epistle, but I thought it was great.  It sparked wonderful discussion, led to thoughtful reflection and renewal, and was short.  Never underestimate the value of brevity.  (Don’t start expecting Continue reading