Our word testament comes from the Greek diaqhkh, meaning “will, testament, or covenant.” The best translation, Biblically speaking, is covenant, as the Old and New Testaments are God’s covenants (or agreements) with humanity. Continue reading The Bible’s Testaments
That day, as always, a large crowd gathered around the young rabbi, new on the scene. Amazed at his wonderful teaching, they sought him out wherever he went. And now that news of his miracles had spread, the throng pressed against him even more, nearly backing him into the Sea of Galilee. So Jesus, boarding Simon Peter’s boat, requested, “Row out a little way from the shore.” Continue reading Life’s Turning Points
Some preachers and teachers have a talent for bringing the Scriptures to life. And when we sit under their teaching or read their books, it whets our appetite to learn more. They have a gift of transmitting. Continue reading Why Study the Bible?
The Bible is a unique book. A collection of smaller books, 66 of them joined together, to become what we also know as the Scriptures or the Word of God. It contains about 611,000 words, written by 40 main authors, over a period of 1500 years. Continue reading About the Bible
She walked a lonely road, water jug hoisted on her shoulder, that Samaritan woman. During the heat of the day she made the trek, her solitary trek, to the village well. Only when certain the others had returned to their fires and garden plots did she venture out. They didn’t welcome her company. No more than she, knowing they despised her, cared for theirs. Continue reading The Samaritan Woman