Monthly Archives: August 2017

The Bible Means What It Says

“The Bible means what it says and says what it means.” This is one of several popular sayings, such as “let the Bible speak for itself” and “the Bible says it, I believe it, and that settles it.” These are … Continue reading

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Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin

“Love the sinner but hate the sin.” While no one who loves God loves sin, this saying is not a good summary of Jesus’ way. Hating sin seemed to be where the Pharisees excelled, not Jesus. For Christians, the emphasis … Continue reading

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God Is In Control

“God is in control.” This familiar saying seems at first to be obviously true. However, it has two very different meanings depending on how ‘control’ is understood. One possibility is that God is the cause and orchestrator of everything that … Continue reading

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Everything Happens for a Reason

For the next several weeks I will examine some common sayings which are often repeated as if they summarize Christian teaching. Perhaps we have heard them so much that we assume they come from scripture. However, I believe these can … Continue reading

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Passing Through Samaria

“And he had to pass through Samaria.” (John 4:4). John writes that Jesus “had to” go through Samaria as he traveled from Judea to Galilee. Actually, there was no geographical necessity to go through Samaria. Jews routinely avoided Samaria, which … Continue reading

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