The Same Mind, Judgment, and Speech (Part One)
C.G.G. Weekly; Posted 1/15/2021
Back in late-2001, my wife Mikele and I took advantage of the cheap airfares that followed the events of September 11 that year, spending several weeks in England, …
God's Kingdom in the Parables (Part Four)
'Prophecy Watch' Article; Posted 1/5/2021
Jesus' parables of the Pearl of Great Price, the Dragnet, and the Householder resolve the problems raised in their corresponding earlier parables.
Life in the Church
Sermon; Given 12/26/2020
David Grabbe, examining the Sardis church, which had a name (or reputation) as alive, while most of its members were in fact stone-cold dead, points out that …
Inventing Goddesses and Demons
Sermonette; Given 11/28/2020
The Jews turned a Babylonian myth of Lilith into a fabrication about a woman before Eve. Some translations suggest Israel sacrificed to a demon named Azazel.
God's Kingdom in the Parables (Part Three)
'Prophecy Watch' Article; Posted 11/9/2020
In Matthew 13, the hidden treasure the man finds provides the spiritual solution to the leaven - corruption - the woman hides in the three measures of meal.
Why 153 Fish? (Part Three)
C.G.G. Weekly; Posted 10/30/2020
Why did Jesus provide precisely 153 fish? Few commentaries suggest any explanation for the number, and fewer still advance a theory of any substance.
Why 153 Fish? (Part Two)
C.G.G. Weekly; Posted 10/23/2020
As Part One detailed, the apostle John structured his gospel around eight signs that reveal Jesus Christ as the Messiah. He arranged these signs so that the first sign …
The Angel and the Apostle
Sermonette; Given 10/17/2020
Hebrews 1-2 establish Christ's superiority over angels, but notably do not mention the Angel of the Lord. Instead, the author handles the Angel differently.
Why 153 Fish? (Part One)
C.G.G. Weekly; Posted 10/16/2020
Why did Jesus provide exactly 153 fish? Apparently, the number stuck in John's mind for decades. This number must hold some significance, but what is it?
What Makes for a Good Feast of Tabernacles?
Sermonette; Given 10/3/2020
God commands us to dwell in temporary booths for seven days. As the green leaves change colors, celebrants cannot help but reflect on the brevity of life.
Devil in the Details?
C.G.G. Weekly; Posted 9/18/2020
A mysterious commentary has been used and repeatedly re-quoted as a proof that the azazel goat represents Satan. This source warrants closer inspection.
Meet the Modern Pagans
Commentary; Given 9/12/2020
Allowing a freewheeling, inclusive approach to multicultural experiences, the new pagan Druid religion is highly eclectic, rejecting only Christianity.
God's Kingdom in the Parables (Part Two)
'Prophecy Watch' Article; Posted 9/9/2020
In the Parables of the Wheat and the Tares, the Mustard Seed, and the Leaven, Jesus was speaking to the physical nation, which the parables clearly reflect.
God's Kingdom in the Parables (Part One)
'Prophecy Watch' Article; Posted 8/19/2020
The 'kingdom of heaven' is commonly interpreted to describe the church, but in the first four parables of Matthew 13, it has a clearer application: Israel.
The Same Mind, Judgment, and Speech
Sermonette; Given 8/15/2020
With the mind of Christ, we can agree with our spiritual siblings. We do not receive the fullness of Christ's mind at baptism; we must continue to seek it.
Led Outside the Gate
C.G.G. Weekly; Posted 7/10/2020
Jesus permitted Himself to be sent by the leaders and led by their agents in true meekness, submitting to the Father's will, even cleansing those who led Him.
Joshua and the Gibeonites
Sermonette; Given 7/4/2020
The Gibeonites' pretense of coming from a distant land resulted in their slavery. Yet, through their influence, they contributed to Israel's destruction.
Then Comes the End
Sermonette; Given 6/20/2020
Christ's return marks the beginning of the end of mankind's problems. However, His return will not be the final end, which comes when God is all in all.
Cleansing God's People
'Prophecy Watch' Article; Posted 6/4/2020
Haggai received the last two prophecies on the same day. Haggai 2:10 and 20 identify that day as the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, called Kislev.
Two Loaves, Baked with Leaven
Sermonette; Given 5/31/2020
The leavening indicates that the wave loaves speak to this life rather than the resurrection. It is accepted by God only because of the other sacrifices.