Posts with the tag “biblical-studies”
What Is "the Name"?
by Maggie Breckenridge on October 13th, 2021
Were the Jehovah’s Witnesses right? Among their central boasts is that they have revived the covenantal name of God, the Hebrew YHWH, sometimes pronounced Yahweh and sometimes Jehovah, that Jesus came to restore. Ancient Hebrew has no vowels so the precise pronunciation may never be known. Given the growing practice among Evangelicals of referring in sermons and lectures to Yahweh, one would think...
The Good Shepherd
by Maggie Breckenridge on April 21st, 2021
"I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep" — John 10:11Among the most cherished titles of Christ is that of “The Good Shepherd.” Never resting, ever vigilant, exposed to the elements, vulnerable to predators, the beloved Shepherd persists in leading, caring, providing and guarding His sheep.His sheep? That’s us. We are defenseless sheep, creatures capable of neith...
Jesus the Truth-Teller
by Maggie Breckenridge on November 2nd, 2020
Popular Jesus mythology assures us that He never confronted anyone, made anyone feel uncomfortable, or judged anyone’s lifestyle. Jesus loved everyone, which for many means that He accepted people just as they are. Jesus was a champion of diversity, they imagine. Jesus came to establish an inclusive community in which all peoples of all types would be embraced and no one, whatever their procliviti...
Who Am I?
by Maggie Breckenridge on January 1st, 2019
The Identity and Attributes of God
by Maggie Breckenridge on January 1st, 2018
1, 2, 3 John: A Mentor Expository Commentary
by Maggie Breckenridge on January 1st, 2016
In Defense of Irony
by Maggie Breckenridge on February 10th, 2012
Nevertheless, the example of the biblical writers tells us that we have the obligation to use every literary and rhetorical weapon in our arsenal to preserve the health of the gospel and the church. For us to refuse to ridicule the ridiculous is to be guilty of false modesty, and probably faithlessness.“You are already filled, you have already become rich, you have become kings without us; and ind...
Galatians: A Mentor Expository Commentary
by Josh Espinosa on January 1st, 2012
The Gain of Godliness
by Maggie Breckenridge on August 8th, 2009
Rich people are materialistic. We all know it. All they care about is their money and things. Or so I thought. My background consists of a blue-collar neighborhood and an inner-city high school in Southern California. My quick judgment of wealthy people, when first I encountered them, was that they were superficial, worldly, and materialistic. They were caught up in things and appearances. They la...
The Parables of Jesus
by Josh Espinosa on January 1st, 2007