Month: October 2016

Philemon

1. Even though it is Paul’s shortest and most personal letter with none of the theology or doctrine we have come to expect in his writings it, from my perspective, has more about the personality of Paul concentrated in one place than any of his letters. It is here that we see what a master of persuasion he is without being a manipulator. He clearly knows those to whom he writes and their love for ...[Read More]

Jude

Billy Graham used to say he preached with a Bible in one hand and a newspaper in the other. Given what we read in the newspapers today it is so tempting to put names to people that Jude leaves nameless – but obvious. I suppose in every era we could do that but since he doesn’t, I won’t either – as much as I would like to do that! Before we jump into the book and discover what Jude mean ...[Read More]

2 Peter 3

1.  Peter understands the importance of reminding people. As we said last week, most people don’t need instructing as much as they need reminding. This is the basis of natural law. We assume people are born with a basic sense of right and wrong. Paul even talks in Romans about the Gentiles who do not have the Jewish Law but they do “by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselv ...[Read More]