Revelation 20

Mt 25 31-46 The Parable of the Final Judgment & Being “Good Enough”

Matt. 25:31-46 The Parable of the Final Judgment This image of Jesus separating the good people from the bad people, like a shepherd separating sheep from goats, is something that I remember as a Catholic kid growing up. It expressed the kind of relationship that I thought we had with God, him being the judge and we the helpless animals awaiting judgment. There was so … Continue reading Mt 25 31-46 The Parable of the Final Judgment & Being “Good Enough”

Issues w/ Dr. J. Vernon McGee

I need to write. A lot has gone unspoken, mostly because I haven’t done a very good job managing my time. Blah, blah, blah… I’ve been sustaining myself via my almost daily listening to J. Vernon McGee’s Thru the Bible Radio biblestudy. Lots of good stuff, but, for me, it doesn’t seem to be doing it as far as maintaining my walk. Damn. Add to … Continue reading Issues w/ Dr. J. Vernon McGee

Matt25 14-30 Doing with What You’ve Been Given

I’ve been sitting on this parable for over a week (or longer…). The last one (“The Ten Virgins”) seemed to speak about having an active sense of preparedness. What I liked was something that I understood from the “IVP Hard Sayings” commentary, that the foolish virgins’ error was something they could learn from and at the next wedding feast they had the possibility of acting … Continue reading Matt25 14-30 Doing with What You’ve Been Given

Matt25 1-13 Jesus Was A Boy Scout

I had always taken these verses to be similar to the warning in the previous chapter (Matt. 24:36-41), “One will be taken and one will be left.” (of course the Matt. 24 verses don’t seem to mean what I used to believe back in the “waitin’ for the Rapture” days). Or maybe this is like the final separation between the sheep and goats when the … Continue reading Matt25 1-13 Jesus Was A Boy Scout

Getting Lapped and A Question of Time

J. Vernon McGee is going to lap me… ugh. I guess that’s the difference between covering a chapter a day and a chapter every couple of weeks. I should be moving much faster than this. [sigh] I was listening to a podcast about the work being done by “open source” programmers and the guy mentioned how these guys usually spend two-hours a night of their … Continue reading Getting Lapped and A Question of Time

Bible Geek, Continued

I’m a bible geek. I know I’ve mentioned it before in May 2004 and August 2003. Anyway, I was doing some late summer cleaning, throwing stuff out, moving stuff and i moved my collection of bibles to a place outside their former closet space. That’s personal history, right there. Every one of those books played an intimate role in my life from the time I … Continue reading Bible Geek, Continued

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Mt 24 – Questions about the End of the Age & the End of Me

I have taken far too long before addressing these passages of scripture and spending time listening to Jesus’ Olivet Discourse. A lot of my own difficulties over the past months could have been less difficult had I stayed closer to the Word. A speaker this past week at the “In His Presence” conference referred to the Bible as his means of sifting through all the … Continue reading Mt 24 – Questions about the End of the Age & the End of Me

What Place “Literalism”?

For a number of months now I’ve been listening to Dr. J. Vernon McGee’s “Thru the Bible” study pretty much on a daily basis. And most recently I’ve been listening to several studies in a row as I do my jog/walks of 60- to 90-minutes. Needless to say, whereas my own study of Matthew has continued at it glacial 4-plus years pace, I’ve managed to … Continue reading What Place “Literalism”?

Mt22 34-23 39 Difficult Questions, Continued – Respect the Office/Reject the Example

So, did Jesus’ answer about the greatest commandment meet with their approval? One might guess so, in that they didn’t seem to offer any objection. Then he turns the table around and asks them a “biblical question”: Whose son is the Christ? Of course they know that the Christ is going to be the son of David, from David’s lineage. Ok, but if the Christ … Continue reading Mt22 34-23 39 Difficult Questions, Continued – Respect the Office/Reject the Example