How do we know Peter wrote 1 Peter? That may seem like a tedious question, but since we live in an age where the Bible is so often questioned and discredited, I think it is worthwhile and instructive to briefly explain how we know this letter is really from Peter. How We Know First, Peter signs it. Verse one: “Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ…” (1 Peter … [Read more...] about How We Know Who Wrote First Peter
Moving the Application from Elders to Churches
In a sermon, you can never say everything that could be said about a passage of scripture. You can't even say everything you would want to say. This morning at church our lesson came from Acts 20:17-38. There was one detail whose inclusion I debated. I decided not to mention it, but I thought I might now note it here. In Acts 20:17-38, Paul shares some final … [Read more...] about Moving the Application from Elders to Churches
The Angel of the Lord
Who is "the angel of the Lord"? He appears at many key moments in the Old Testament. But who is he? Is he a normal angel, like a seraphim (Isaiah 6:2) or cherubim (Genesis 3:24)? Is he an archangel? Who is he? A survey of his appearances in the Bible may be helpful. Angel of the Lord Appearances in the Bible The exact phrase "the angel of the Lord" appears in … [Read more...] about The Angel of the Lord
Fallen Angels in Genesis
This post is overdue. I've been meaning to write it. I just haven't. Honestly, it's a strange topic. But here we go... I have changed my understanding of Genesis six and the question of angels having sexual relations with humans. What I Thought The passage in question reads this way: When man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to … [Read more...] about Fallen Angels in Genesis
What Are “These Things” in Titus 3:8?
Paul writes to Titus, "The saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works" (Titus 3:8). Sounds important. We better be careful here. So what exactly are "these things?"William D. Mounce (2000) argues: τούτων, "these things," refers back at least to the creed in vv … [Read more...] about What Are “These Things” in Titus 3:8?