Monthly Archives: May 2016

  • Read through the Bible, Part 15

     1 Chronicles 7 – 26, John 7:37 – 10:21

    We continued last week reading through the book of John. In 7:53 – 8:11 we read the story of the woman caught in adultery and Jesus’ famous response to her accusers, “If any of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone” (8:7). More arresting than those words for many readers are the words inserted by most editors of the Bible that precede this story, “The earliest and most reliable manuscripts and other ancient witnesses do not have John 7:53 – 8:11.” This is not the only place we read these words. Similar statements can be found prior to the so-called long ending of Mark (Mark 16:9-20). And it’s not the only place verses are omitted. For example, if you’re reading the NIV you’ll have to look … Read More »

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  • Read through the Bible, Part 14

    We just started reading through John’s gospel. His opening salvo is profoundly Trinitarian: In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God (Jn. 1:1).

    Today is Trinity Sunday. Today is the day on the church calendar when we pause to remember in a very pointed way our God who exists in Triunity. On Trinity Sunday millions of Christians across the world will recite the Athanasian Creed. We are Christians and our faith extends beyond our walls and across the seas so we will join them. The Athanasian Creed was not written by Athanasius, though it bears his name for good reason. The creed is profoundly Trinitarian and Athanasius is remembered as the greatest defender of the Trinity in the history of the church. In the late third into the early fourth century the … Read More »

  • Read Through the Bible, Part 13

    2 Samuel 11 – 1 Kings 6; Luke 18:35 – 21

    Luke’s version of the Olivet Discourse is recorded in chapter 21 (cf. Matt. 24-25; Mk. 13). In this discourse Luke describes the end of Israel as they know it. Not one stone of the magnificent temple will be left untouched (21:6). The whole chapter describes the days of vengeance (21:22) which would be fulfilled in 70 A.D. when the Romans destroyed Jerusalem. The whole chapter, except the first four verses. Curiously, the chapter begins with the story of the poor widow who throws two copper coins into the offering box. Speaking about this, Jesus notes, “For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” So right before the destruction of Jerusalem is predicted we are told the … Read More »