Category Archives: Interpretation

Translation of Matt. 6:24-34

       Many of you know I’m re-translating the Gospels. Sometimes I’m simply putting in synonyms for English words, but sometimes I’m redefining them from the Greek. I am also correcting – yes, I say correcting – some of the … Continue reading

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Not Resisting Evil in an Evil World

       Why don’t Christians take Jesus’s advice? He has given the world guidance in how we can have more peace in our lives. His advice is not for Christians alone, he came to save the world from itself. But … Continue reading

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The Problem with Adultery

Matt. 5:27-32      I’ve retranslated (in rough drafts) the Gospels of Mark and Luke and now I’m working on Matthew. So far, unfortunately, chapter five of Matthew has to be one of the chapters that I’m most disappointed in how … Continue reading

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Greatest and Least in the Kingdom of Heaven

Matt. 5:13-20      Are there going to be levels of greatness in Paradise? If there are, it wouldn’t be much different than what we have on earth. It would be a glorified caste system, some people imagining they are better … Continue reading

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The Beatitudes – Maturing in Your Faith

Matt. 5:1-12           I wrote a book about the Beatitudes of Jesus four years ago. I found an Aramaic scholar with a poetic heart whose translation of them came directly from the language Jesus spoke. There is greater depth of … Continue reading

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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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