A Visual Primer Bibliography on Church Discipline

The following is a list, in no particular order, of 12 helpful books that discuss church discipline or elements of it. This list is for layperson and minister alike, with some focusing primarily on the theoretical/biblical study of the issue, while others focus primarily on the practical, and some include a helpful dose of both. … More A Visual Primer Bibliography on Church Discipline

Melchizedek and Christ in Hebrews 7: Part 3

One must understand Melchizedek in the Old Testament before one can understand him in the New Testament. This week’s brief post looks at Melchizedek’s two OT appearances, then treats the context surrounding the Melchizedek/Christ comparison in Hebrews 7. For part 1, looking at the history of interpretation regarding Melchizedek, especially in Gen. 14, click HERE. … More Melchizedek and Christ in Hebrews 7: Part 3

Melchizedek and Christ in Hebrews 7: Part 2

Last week, I introduced several literary threads regarding Melchizedek in ancient Jewish and Christian sources. Melchizedek is treated in various ways in Jewish texts. In a number of Christian sources, I showed a significant trail of thought where several scholars see the Melchizedek/Christ comparison in Hebrews 7 as typology. This week, I intend to survey … More Melchizedek and Christ in Hebrews 7: Part 2

Melchizedek and Christ in Hebrews 7: A Typology

The name “Melchizedek” conjures cloudy images, if anything at all. He is a figure who has a brief role in the narrative of Genesis 14, where Abraham encounters him after the patriarch’s rescue of his nephew Lot. As suddenly as Melchizedek arrives on the scene, he is gone again. Anyone reading the Bible could look … More Melchizedek and Christ in Hebrews 7: A Typology

Mark 7:24-30 – Does it represent a historical event?

The issue of miracles has long been a matter of contention between those who allow for their possibility (or likelihood) and those who disagree. At the center of the Christian perspective on miracles is the person and work of Jesus Christ. If a reader of the Gospel of Mark, for example, does not consider the … More Mark 7:24-30 – Does it represent a historical event?