Category Archives: Interpretation

What Does It Mean To Believe?

       The word believe has been studied intensely since the books in the New Testament were written. Why? Because from the second century forward, men have been trying to explain why all you have to do is believe on … Continue reading

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Change the Way You Think About Repenting

            The title for this post could have been three words instead of seven: Repent About Repenting. But you might have thought I was suggesting you should be sorry for repenting. Sadly, the word repent in the New Testament is … Continue reading

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Permission To Think

  I’m doing a lot of research on the definitions of Greek words in the New Testament for a Bible study book. At this point I’m calling it Dry Bones: Breathing New Life into Petrified Words in the Bible. I’m … Continue reading

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Baptism or Compassion?

Matthew 3:1-12 I happen to be on vacation where it was 86 degrees today, but I wanted to submit a translation for the week. I’ve dealt with the kingdom of heaven before in a full length book and in several … Continue reading

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Another Good Quotation from Martin Luther

  Here’s another of my favorite quotations by Martin Luther. It comes from the sermons in his Church Postils. See other quotes here. Did you notice that my ebook of prayers based on Martin Luther’s Church Postils (sermons on the … Continue reading

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Luke 23 retranslated

       It’s interesting how men with a religious agenda interpreted the Greek text. I’ve been working at removing religion from the New Testament to see if there are any significant variations. After all, Christianity wasn’t defined when the Gospels … Continue reading

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Do The Right Things

Luke 21=5-19        Every story in the Bible has its beginning in the story that precedes it. It sets the context for what is to come. The story that precedes this lesson is the one about a poor widow who … Continue reading

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God’s Grace is Never Ending

     You are the means of God’s grace. God is within you. Grace is unconditional love. It’s for everyone. Unconditional. And God’s grace is never ending. It’s simple. So start giving freely. Where else can grace come from? Where else … Continue reading

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Patriarchy, Divorce, and Inequitable Laws

     If you only read the verses selected by the Revised Common Lectionary for this Sunday (Luke 16:19-31), you might think the story Jesus made up about the conversation in Hades between Abraham, the rich man, and Lazarus simply refers … Continue reading

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Unrighteous Mammon – What Is It?

     This is my interpretation/translation of Luke 16:1-13 with some footnotes at the end to explain some of the changes. Then [Jesus] also said to the disciples: “There was a certain rich man who had a manager, and this manager … Continue reading

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