Posts in New Testament

Why Every Church Will Always Need a Women’s Ministry

By Nell Sunukjian Mar. 6, 2014 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament, Spiritual Formation

I’ve read a few blogs recently that suggest the idea of a women's ministry in a church is somehow passé.

I beg to differ.

Instead, I want to say that every church will always need a women’s ministry. Let’s talk about why that is. In this first article, I want to address the biblical basis for a women’s ministry in every church. And then, in the second article we’ll think about women’s ministry historically and why it is still needed today in our egalitarian society.

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How Many Herods Are There in the Bible?

By Kenneth Berding Mar. 3, 2014 9:00 a.m. New Testament

In my last post (What Does The Fox Say? Who is the Fox Anyway?) I wrote about Herod Antipas. As I was writing, I realized that a lot of people get confused about who “Herod” is in the Bible. This isn’t surprising since there are actually six different (!) “Herods” in the New Testament, and they are all somehow related to each other. Here are thumbnail sketches to help you keep track of who’s who...


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“Let the One Who Has No Sword, Buy One”: The Biblical Argument for Gun Control, Part Two

By Moyer Hubbard Feb. 25, 2014 9:00 a.m. Theology, Culture, Ethics, New Testament

This is the second post in a series of blogs dealing with gun control from a Christian perspective. In the first installment (“Seek the Welfare of the City”), I sketched the general theological case for sane restriction on guns, particularly assault weapons, and applied biblical principles to common objections. Now I will begin looking at biblical texts used by Christian gun advocates to support their view that Scripture supports unrestricted access to lethal weaponry for private individuals. In this installment I examine Luke 22:36, where Jesus tells his disciples, “And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one.”

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The Parable of the Foolish Weightlifter

By Gary Manning Jr Feb. 18, 2014 9:00 a.m. New Testament, Old Testament

1The teacher said, “Hear now the parable of the foolish weightlifter.  2A certain man wished to become stronger and to run and not grow weary. So he went to the gymnasium, paying the gymnasium-master three obols.a   3The man began lifting bars with weights upon them, first one talent,b then two. But he was not able to lift three talents. 4So the man said to himself, “Soul, your arms are very sore. You are not able to lift so many talents.”

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Ain’t That a Shame, Part Two: Learning Important Lessons Today from Examples of the Past

By Ben Shin Feb. 17, 2014 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Culture, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament

In my last blog, I attempted to explain some aspects of shame and how it is different from guilt, as well as to show how shame should be defined more in terms of a relational understanding rather than simply a judicial aspect of exchange. This blog will show a connection between 1st century Roman culture and 21st century Asian-American culture and the lessons that can be learned from studying and comparing both.

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A “Give-Away” Church

By Joe Hellerman Feb. 12, 2014 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Evangelism, Ministry and Leadership, Missions, New Testament

I am working on a sermon about the church at Antioch (Acts 11:19-30; 13:1-3). As I prepare, I am struck by the open-handed generosity of this church, with respect both to financial resources and personnel.

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What Does the Fox Say? Who is the Fox Anyway?

By Kenneth Berding Feb. 5, 2014 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Culture, New Testament, Spiritual Formation

The Fox is Herod Antipas.  Jesus says so.  If you don’t believe me, look at Luke 13:32.

But what does this arrogant, sensual, and power-hungry tyrant say? 

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