January 18, 2020

Difficult Scriptures: The God Who Smites

God loves us.  We learned that in Sunday School.  So how do we explain God smiting people? I’m thinking of four incidents, three in the Old Testament and one in the New.  In each case people were struck down, usually with death, once with leprosy.  The Bible is very clear that judgment was from God […]

Difficult Scriptures: Luke 1: 26-38

26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee,27 to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David. 28 Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!” 29 […]

Difficult Scriptures: Thanksgiving Edition

11-13It happened that as he made his way toward Jerusalem, he crossed over the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten men, all lepers, met him. They kept their distance but raised their voices, calling out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 14-16Taking a good look at them, he said, “Go, […]

Difficult Scriptures: Matthew 27: 50-53

Then Jesus shouted out again, and he released his spirit.  At that moment the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, rocks split apart,  and tombs opened. The bodies of many godly men and women who had died were raised from the dead.  They left the cemetery […]

Rethinking the Text: Genesis 6

By Chaplain Mike Today I am following up on Jeff’s “Difficult Scriptures” post from last week on the first part of Genesis 6. Though this text has a long history of interpretation with much imaginative speculation, I have come to the conclusion that the passage is relatively straightforward, and has been misunderstood primarily because of […]

Difficult Scriptures: Genesis 6:1-4

Well, iMonks, based on the comments we have received for our post regarding life on other planets, it seems you have a curiosity about speculative things, the stuff science fiction is made up of. So here is a verse for you to wrestle with that is just up your alley. 1 Then the people began […]

Difficult Scriptures – John 3:1-5

There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered and said […]

Difficult Scriptures

Ok, iMonks. Time for another edition of Difficult Scriptures. And I need your help with this one. Matthew 11:12 is a key passage in an essay I am working on for this site. Just what do you think Jesus is referring to here? From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of […]

Difficult Scriptures: Matthew 22:14

14 “For many are called, but few are chosen” (Matthew 22:14, NLT) In last week’s Difficult Scriptures, many of you thought the passage too easy. Or, perhaps, you didn’t care to dig deeply enough. There was a lot of meat left on that bone, monks. This week’s verse is a head-scratcher. Who are those who […]

Difficult Scriptures: Luke 18: 1-8

1 One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up. 2 “There was a judge in a certain city,” he said, “who neither feared God nor cared about people. 3 A widow of that city came to him repeatedly, saying, ‘Give me justice in this […]