January 21, 2020

We Point People to Jesus

A Letter for the Church Today (6, conclusion) A Study of 2 Corinthians 10-13 “Finally, brothers and sisters, farewell. Put things in order, listen to my appeal, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.” • 2Corinthians 13:11, NRSV • • • It’s decision time […]

We Don’t Advertise Our Spiritual Experiences

A Letter for the Church Today (5) A Study of 2 Corinthians 10-13 Nothing sells like religious experience. Currently, the number one book on the New York Times paperback nonfiction bestsellers list is Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back, the story of a child who […]

We Care about Different Credentials

A Letter for the Church Today (4) A Study of 2 Corinthians 10-13 2 Corinthians 11 is one of the most important chapters about ministry in the New Testament. In addition, it reveals information about the Apostle Paul — details about his work and sufferings — that is not recorded anywhere else. It is significant […]

We’re Not Out to Make a Name for Ourselves

A Letter for the Church Today (3) A Study of 2 Corinthians 10-13 No, we shall not make any wild claims, but simply judge ourselves by that line of duty which God has marked out for us, and that line includes our work on your behalf. We do not exceed our duty when we embrace […]

We Use Different Tools

A Letter for the Church Today (2) A Study of 2 Corinthians 10-13 Indeed, we live as human beings, but we do not wage war according to human standards; for the weapons of our warfare are not merely human, but they have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every proud obstacle raised […]

A Letter for the Church Today

A Letter for the Church Today (1) A Study of 2 Corinthians 10-13 For the next six Sundays, I will do a series on chapters 10-13 from Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians. That sentence raises a question: Why pick out part of an epistle and study just that section? Here’s my answer, to be […]

Fullness and a Future

Ordinary Time Bible Study 2011 The Book of Ruth (12, conclusion) All the people who were at the gate and the elders replied, “We are witnesses. May the Lord make the woman who is entering your home like Rachel and Leah, both of whom built up the house of Israel! May you prosper in Ephrathah […]

Sealing the Deal

Ordinary Time Bible Study 2011 The Book of Ruth (11) Now Boaz went up to the village gate and sat there. Then along came the guardian whom Boaz had mentioned to Ruth! Boaz said, “Come here and sit down, ‘John Doe’!” So he came and sat down. Boaz chose ten of the village leaders and […]

Some Enchanted Evening

Ordinary Time Bible Study 2011 The Book of Ruth (10) Update: edited with some added content commenting on the deliberately ambiguous portrayal of Boaz and Ruth’s encounter. Did she, or didn’t she? • • • Sex! Sex!! Sex!!! There. Do I have your attention? Few things keep us on the edge of our seats like […]

A Taste of Fullness

By Chaplain Mike Ordinary Time Bible Study 2011 The Book of Ruth (9) We missed a week in our Ruth study and this morning it is time to go back to Bethlehem to find out what is happening. What have we seen so far? A family from Israel, forced to move to Moab in a […]