Archive for the ‘Epistles’ Category

  • E100-94: James 1:1 – 2:26: Faith and Works

    Aug 26, 10 • E100, JamesComments Off on E100-94: James 1:1 – 2:26: Faith and Works
    E100-94: James 1:1 – 2:26: Faith and Works

    James is a difficult book to read, though in this podcast I’ll suggest that things we learn reading the Old Testament can help us. I’ll also try to explain how understanding where James is coming from can help, that is a bit of cultural understanding will make clearer how his mind works, and so his [&hellip...

  • E100-93: 1 Peter 1:1 – 2:12: A Living Hope

    Aug 25, 10 • 1&2 Peter, E100Comments Off on E100-93: 1 Peter 1:1 – 2:12: A Living Hope
    E100-93: 1 Peter 1:1 – 2:12: A Living Hope

    This epistle is a bit of a puzzle it presents itself as written by Peter, Jesus’ rough practical fisherman disciple, but it is written in smart literary Greek and the style seems to reflect Hellenistic rhetorical training. (As well as the sort of knowledge of Scripture we might expect from Peter!) Perhaps it was written [&hellip...

  • E100-92: 2 Corinthians 4:1 – 6:2: Cracked pots

    Aug 24, 10 • 1&2 Corinthians, E100Comments Off on E100-92: 2 Corinthians 4:1 – 6:2: Cracked pots
    E100-92: 2 Corinthians 4:1 – 6:2: Cracked pots

    Clay vessels were everywhere, plates, bowls, cups, storage, cooking… most of the everyday objects we make of glass or china, and many we make of plastic (or even metal) were clay pottery in the ancient world. Living back then you were deeply (and probably unconsciously) aware of just how fragile standard clay pots are. We [&hellip...

  • E100-91: 1 Corinthians 13:1 – 13:13: The Most Excellent Way

    Aug 23, 10 • 1&2 Corinthians, E100Comments Off on E100-91: 1 Corinthians 13:1 – 13:13: The Most Excellent Way
    E100-91: 1 Corinthians 13:1 – 13:13: The Most Excellent Way

    There’s so much in this chapter! No wonder it’s a favourite to read at weddings, for indeed it does describe a sort of love that is far removed from the sugary candy floss that popular culture usually presents as “romantic”. Though of course Paul is not writing about marriage, but about the greatest gift given [&hellip...

  • E100-90: 1 Thessalonians 4:13 – 5:11: The Coming of the Lord

    Aug 20, 10 • E100, ThessaloniansComments Off on E100-90: 1 Thessalonians 4:13 – 5:11: The Coming of the Lord
    E100-90: 1 Thessalonians 4:13 – 5:11: The Coming of the Lord

    To my mind this passage provides a nice example of what Paul was on about in the previous reading, many people get hung up on the picture of Christ descending from heaven, and the possibility of people rising to greet him, and spend their time constructing imaginative and creative theologies and multi-million dollar businesses writing [&hellip...

  • E100-89: 2 Timothy 3:10 – 4:8: Scripture

    Aug 19, 10 • 1&2 Tim; Titus, E100Comments Off on E100-89: 2 Timothy 3:10 – 4:8: Scripture
    E100-89: 2 Timothy 3:10 – 4:8: Scripture

    This passage, which begins and ends with Paul’s suffering, centres on Scripture. It contains the verse which in Evangelical circles is probably the second best known (after John 3:16) Bible reference of all (more rightly it should be two verses, since one cannot understand 2 Tim 3:16 without the purpose declared in 2 Tim 3:17). [&hellip...

  • E100-88: 2 Timothy 2:1 – 26: Good Soldiers of Christ

    Aug 18, 10 • 1&2 Tim; Titus, E100Comments Off on E100-88: 2 Timothy 2:1 – 26: Good Soldiers of Christ
    E100-88: 2 Timothy 2:1 – 26: Good Soldiers of Christ

    There are two takeaways from this chapter. The first is the lovely poem (or verse from a hymn) in vv.11-13 If we have died with him, we will also live with him; 12 if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he will also deny us; 13 if we are [&hellip...

  • E100-87: 1 Timothy 6:3-21: Censoring the Bible?

    Aug 17, 10 • 1&2 Tim; Titus, E100Comments Off on E100-87: 1 Timothy 6:3-21: Censoring the Bible?
    E100-87: 1 Timothy 6:3-21: Censoring the Bible?

    Sometimes it is the very people who respect the Bible most who are moost tempted to censor Scripture. This passage is a fine example of how we are tempted to massage Scripture to remove “difficulties” and make it sound more like something our world can understand. Why does our reading begin at v.3? The chapter [&hellip...

  • E100-86: 1 Timothy 3:1 – 3:16: Leadership in the churches

    Aug 16, 10 • 1&2 Tim; Titus, E100Comments Off on E100-86: 1 Timothy 3:1 – 3:16: Leadership in the churches
    E100-86: 1 Timothy 3:1 – 3:16: Leadership in the churches

    In this chapter Paul sets out some simple effective rules for Timothy about who are suitable people to be leaders in churches in particular he deals with “Bishops” and “Deacons”. Deacon means very different things today in Anglican and in Baptist churches, to name only two of the bewildering variety of leaders called “deacon” (all [&hellip...

  • E100: Week 18: Reading the Pastoral Epistles

    Aug 15, 10 • 1&2 Tim; Titus, 5 Steps, E100Comments Off on E100: Week 18: Reading the Pastoral Epistles
    E100: Week 18: Reading the Pastoral Epistles

    The “Pastoral epistles” 1 & 2 Tim and Titus offer advice to two young companions of Paul’s travels called to church leadership – Timothy, in the big city of Ephesus and Titus on the island of Crete. There is even more debate about whether these letters were written by Paul than was the case for [&hellip...