embarrassing lessons in ministry – part 3


Understanding the lessons of Mark 9:33-50 requires that we keep in mind the backdrop of that embarrassing question Jesus had asked the apostles. He had asked them what they had been arguing about on the road to Capernaum. This was an embarrassing question because they had been arguing over who was the greatest among them […]

embarrassing lessons in ministry – part 2


There were other disciples of Christ besides the famous twelve, whom he called as apostles. Mark chapter nine gives us some insight into how the twelve viewed those others. They were tempted to treat them as competition. But Jesus gave them another embarrassing lesson in ministry by warning them not to do that. He knew […]

embarrassing lessons in ministry – part 1


Mark’s Gospel as a whole serves as an excellent manual for ministry. But Mark 9:33-50 is especially suited to teach those who aspire to serve Christ. This section of the Gospel focuses on the relationship of the twelve apostles of Jesus with other followers of Jesus. The apostles learned the lessons described in this section […]

you two point oh

gift of life

In this audio file, I show from 1 Corinthians 15 that without the future resurrection, the gospel message is incomplete.       you two point oh There’s going to be another you, a you after this you – a you two point oh. One of the fundamental truths that we Christians believe is that […]

waiting at the station

gift of life

In this audio file, I explain how the Bible describes death as a waiting station, where all who have died wait in an unconscious state to be raised to life again.     Waiting at the station In the Bible, Solomon taught that “the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing” […]

Cast into Hell: Gehenna in Luke’s Gospel

It feels misleading to have a title like “Gehenna in Luke’s Gospel,” which gives the impression that I’m going to look at all the instances where Luke uses the word γέεννα (gehenna). Strictly speaking this is true, but Luke only uses the word once. When he does, he paints a grim but illuminating picture of […]

throwing away the old tent


Like we did so many times before, my wife and I packed up our cheap, five dollar tent in my expensive backpack, and headed out for a day of tramping and camping. Our favourite place to do this is the Appalachian Trail, over 3,500 kilometres of amazing wilderness, from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount […]

Spirit in the Old Testament

Breath of Life : girl blowing on dandelions

{An extract from Chapter 4 Spirit, from  A Biblical Anthropology by Michael Bieleski.} The nature of the relationship between the body and the soul does not seem to suggest the idea that man possesses an immortal component that survives death. Body and soul can be destroyed together and there was no sense that Jesus expected this destruction […]

Soul in the New Testament

Charon (Greek) who guides dead souls to the Underworld. 4th century BC. from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soul

{An extract from Chapter 3 Soul, from  A Biblical Anthropology by Michael Bieleski.} Soul in the New Testament In the New Testament the word “soul” is sometimes used to translate the Greek word psuche. However, psuche is also translated by other words as well. For example, it is translated about forty times1)  in the New Testament […]

tomorrow – fallen | Revelation 18:2

Revelation 18:2

“Fallen, fallen is Babylon the Great…” (Revelation 18:2).  Tomorrow will be a day of revelation of all who falsely claim to be saved. The great hypocritical establishment which has oppressed and repressed the true church will finally be exposed and laid waste. Prophecy from God invites us to travel into the future, and to discover […]