Lamentations and the Ninth of Av

When you compare the Old Testament, as it is arranged in the Jewish Old Testament, with the Old Testament, as it is arranged in our Bibles, you will find the same books, but arranged differently. For example, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and the 12 minor prophets, are grouped together. You will notice the absence of Lamentations…

“He died.”

I must say that I have found the number of words employed to describe the details of the most significant death in history to be strikingly few when compared to the detail any modern day novelist might give it. But with the three words, “…they crucified Him,” the death of Jesus Christ is summarized Perhaps it…

Correcting Assumptions

Books on how to study the Bible are in no short supply. The word used to categorize this kind of book is “hermeneutics”, or more specifically “biblical hermeneutics.” This kind of book is usually filled with principles designed to help you come to terms with the meaning of texts, and with examples to illustrate the…

“I don’t like going to church!”

A teenager: “I don’t like going to church. I didn’t like it when I was young, so why should I go now?” I can think of a number of things I didn’t like when I was younger, but were necessary to living life well. I didn’t like getting up early to go to work with…

The Prodigal Returns

I am under the impression that some young people see the things laid out in Scripture as interesting, at best, but ideal and not very practical. Perhaps it is a challenge inherent in youth that they have not had enough time to test what is taught in the word to prove it true. It is…