Category Archives: exegesis

  1. “It is finished” (John 19.30) [Good Friday sermon 2018]

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    March 26, 2018 by jmar198013

    In John’s Gospel, Jesus’ last words were, “It is finished.” What did he mean by that? And what does that mean for us, and for our world?

  2. Untwisting Scripture: “Rightly dividing the word of truth”

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    March 20, 2018 by jmar198013

    In the last episode of Untwisting Scripture, we looked at a phrase from 2 Timothy 2.15, “study to shew thyself approved.” In this follow-up episode, we examine another: “rightly dividing the word of truth.” In popular dispensationalist hermeneutics, this is taken to mean recognizing the “divisions” in scripture among various dispensations. But is that Paul really had in mind?

  3. Untwisting Scripture: “Study to shew thyself approved”


    February 19, 2018 by jmar198013

    One of the most popular memory verses we teach kids is 2 Tim. 2.15: “Study to shew thyself approved.” We even sometimes hear these words in sermons and devotional lessons as an admonition to read the Bible more. But is that what Paul was actually talking about?

  4. Let this be a sign (John 11.1-44) [sermon 2-18-18]


    February 18, 2018 by jmar198013

    As the headlines tell us of seventeen massacred in Florida last week, how does this joyful story of resurrection and life speak to us? And what does it have to say about the Lazarus we each carry in our hearts, or see in our world?

  5. On the identity of the Beloved Disciple in John


    February 13, 2018 by jmar198013

    On the identity of the Beloved Disciple in John’s Gospel, and why it matters.

  6. Untwisting Scripture: “Be still and know that I am God” edition


    February 11, 2018 by jmar198013

    A “pilot episode” for a new feature of my blog, “Untwisting Scripture.” In each edition, I will explore a commonly misapplied passage from the Bible. I’ll explain what it actually means, and how we can faithfully apply it. In this first edition, I’ll be looking at Psalm 46:10: “Be still and know that I am God.” Turns out those words aren’t good news after all. At least not for the ones God said it to.

  7. Signs, frescoes, and basal ganglia (John 2.13-25) [sermon 1-21-18]


    January 19, 2018 by jmar198013

    When Jesus stormed the temple with a whip, it was a sign that great changes were ahead. God was doing something radically new through Jesus. The religious authorities resisted those changes, which is absolutely normal. We’re basically wired to resist change. But some changes are healthy and necessary. What needs to change in our lives and our churches to allow God to continue the work begun in Christ through us?



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