Tag Archives: untwisting scripture

  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. 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.

  3. 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?

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

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    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?

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

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    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.

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