Monthly Archives: February 2015

A Thorny Issue

A Thorny Issue Introduction, Thesis, and Context In 2 Corinthians 12:7 Paul says, “So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan … Continue reading

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Turning Robot Frankenstein Back Into a Rabbit

Turning Robot Frankenstein Back Into a Rabbit The value of textual criticism in the process of exegesis in ministry context Ever play “Paper Telephone?” If not, you are really missing out! For real: Google it. If you have, then you know … Continue reading

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Grace-tians

Grace-tians The occasion, purpose, and opponents of Galatians  The occasion and purpose for the writing of Galatians was for Paul to correct false teaching that had crept in while Paul was away, to defend his legitimacy as an apostle, and … Continue reading

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Joyous Jail Bird

Joyous Jail Bird The occasion, purpose, recipients, and opponents of Philippians Philippians is easily Paul’s most joyful letter… even though he’s writing from behind bars. How joyful? Well, the Greek noun  χαρά [chara, “joy”] occurs five times, and the verb χαίρειν [chairein, … Continue reading

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A Letter With No Address

A Letter With No Address The Occasion, Purpose, Recipients, and Opponents of Ephesians Although the Bible we hold today says “The letter of Paul to the Ephesians,” the phrase “in Ephesus” (1:1) is omitted in some of the most early … Continue reading

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A Rich Roman Pharisee

A Rich Roman Pharisee The Background of Paul Here is a description of Paul’s exclusively unique background. Simply put, he was raised a rich Roman Pharisee. He was born in the prosperous Roman capital city of Tarsus. Paul called it “no … Continue reading

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From Saul to Paul

From Saul to Paul An Overview of Paul’s Conversion Experience Let me start out by pointing out that according to today’s scholars, the term “conversion” is a modern concept. Paul would not know what being “converted” even means. Paul did not … Continue reading

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