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Teachings of Jesus — Luke 4:16-30

We have finished the unique material from Mark’s Gospel and move on to Luke. There are three issues at work here in this passage. First is the intransigence of human intellect in the face of miracles. If you aren’t heart-led … Continue reading

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Where His Footsteps Lead Us

Just a few reminders to help you keep your focus clearly on Christ. The Tower of Babel narrative in Scripture isn’t about Nimrod, as if the only problem was who was in charge. Nor was it about his brand of … Continue reading

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Teachings of Jesus — Matthew 23:34-39

Jesus had just finished telling off the Scribes and Pharisees for their pious lie that they would not have abused the prophets God had sent to Israel in the past. He pointed out that, if anything, they were worse. So … Continue reading

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Law and Faith Together 02

Don’t try to make a parable walk on all-fours. Hebrew parable is the opposite of Western descriptive language. Whereas the latter seeks to encode discrete ideas that are the same in all contexts, parable seeks to offer imagery that adjusts … Continue reading

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Teachings of Jesus — Matthew 18:7-14

Jesus began this session explaining that leadership in His Messianic court would rest on unreserved trust in Him and His teaching. He draws the picture of a disciple who is like a younger child, but draws that image from His … Continue reading

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Jewish Claims of Superiority

They claim to be superior to Gentiles. Jews do have a divine advantage. Paul declares it in Romans 3, but it goes all the way back to Deuteronomy 7:6-11. Yet, notice their advantage fades if they depart from the Covenant. … Continue reading

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Qualified Pacifism

Do you suppose they would call it “qualified pacifism”? I’m not sure giving it a name would make any difference, but it does make it easier to pull out a large concept if it has a handle. The problem we … Continue reading

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