Category Archives: exegesis

  1. Untwisting Scripture: Gun control edition

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    November 29, 2018 by jmar198013

    As the public debates surrounding gun violence and gun control have grown more heated, culture warriors on either side of the discussion have cherry-picked passages of scripture to defend their arguments. One of the more bizarre uses of scripture to emerge from these debates is when Luke 22.35-38 is commandeered to argue that Jesus commanded us to buy weapons. In this edition of Untwisting Scripture, I weigh in on this application. And show other passages that are more appropriate to current debates.

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  2. The resurrection of the body and eternal life [sermon 11-18-18]

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    November 18, 2018 by jmar198013

    What happens after we die? Do we go to heaven for eternity? What will eternal life be like? God has planned for us a more glorious, beautiful, and solid future than many of us have ever been told. The hope of Christians is resurrection.

  3. Untwisting Scripture: Taking the LORD’s name in vain edition

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    November 15, 2018 by jmar198013

    One of the most misunderstood and misapplied scriptures in the Bible is the command not to take the Lord’s name in vain. This is less a sin of speech–like a certain cuss word–and more a matter of how we represent God through our lives and actions.

  4. In the forgiveness of sins [sermon 11-11-2018]

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    November 12, 2018 by jmar198013

    Forgiveness is something we all depend on. We all need to forgive and be forgiven. And yet, forgiveness can be very hard both to receive and give. This message focuses on what forgiveness means to relationships, and how it’s rooted in God’s own Name and character.

  5. Doing the impossible with God (Ruth 4)

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    August 24, 2018 by jmar198013

    Have you ever had to do something that seemed impossible? The book of Ruth shows us Naomi, Ruth, and Boaz in impossible situations, having to make choices that seem impossible. Those impossible situations don’t end in the final chapter. But we also see God doing things through them that seem impossible. And God can still do impossible things for, in, with, and through us. “For nothing will be impossible with God.”

  6. “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?

  7. 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?

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