Category Archives: hermeneutics

  1. 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?

  2. Every day is Judgment Day (John 19.1-16a) [sermon 3-18-18]

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    March 17, 2018 by jmar198013

    In John 19:1-16a, it looks like Jesus is on trial. But the way John tells the story, it’s really everyone else on trial. What if this story is really showing us the choices and judgments we must all make about Jesus? And what if this story is really telling us that every day is Judgment Day?

  3. A kingdom in the world, but not of the world (John 18.28-40) [sermon 3-11-18]

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    March 10, 2018 by jmar198013

    An ever-increasing population in America says they’re “done” with church. And they’ve told researchers three reasons why: 1) Their churches were too concerned with money and power; 2) Their churches were too hung up on rules; and 3) Their churches were too involved in politics. In our story today, Jesus said: “My kingdom is not of this world.” When churches understand what Jesus meant, maybe we’ll be done with the things the Dones are frustrated by. And maybe we’ll get to work building and expanding God’s kingdom.

  4. Peter’s story and our stories (John 18.12-27) [sermon 3-4-18]

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    March 1, 2018 by jmar198013

    Peter denied his relationship to Jesus three times on the night Jesus was arrested. That seems harsh. But do we, by our lives, deny that we are his disciples more than Peter did? And can we find in any hope in Peter’s story for us?

  5. What Jesus has done for us (John 13.1-17) [sermon 2-25-18]

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    February 24, 2018 by jmar198013

    After washing his disciples’ feet, Jesus asked them, “Do you know what I’ve done for you?” That question still applies: Do we know what Jesus has done for us?

  6. 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?

  7. 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?



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