Taking the Kingdom by Force

'Ready Answer' by David C. Grabbe

"The kingdom...suffers violence, and the violent take it by force." Scripture reveals what violence is meant, who "the violent" are, and how they take the Kingdom.


Now Is the Time

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Mark Schindler

'Taking the Kingdom of Heaven by Force' has some rather dubious interpretations in the various popular commentaries.


Matthew (Part Sixteen)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

Matthew 11 focuses upon the ruminations of John the Baptist, who, even though he was close to Christ, may have misunderstood the nature of Christ's mission.


Imagining the Garden of Eden (Part Three)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, reflecting that 6,000 years of accumulated knowledge cannot provide us a definition of life, suggests that the atheism of philosophers and scientists, with their ardent belief in evolution, is highly transparent. Biologists, expostulating a descriptive definition, define life as a trait of organisms having …