2 Corinthians 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich. 1 Timothy 6:17-19 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope [...]
Whenever people think of dream teams, imaginations run wild. Just the thought of having the best in each field working together is an exercise in excitement. Imagine having a baseball team that included: Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Joe Dimaggio, Rogers Hornsby, Cy Young (the Cy Young, not an award winner), Roberto Clemente, and Nolan Ryan? [...]
What does it mean to be a leader? This is not an easy question to answer, because there are so many variables to consider. However, I think there is one area of leadership that is underemphasized. More importantly, in my opinion, it is one of the most important points in any discussion on leadership. It [...]
1. What are the relevant passages that speak of deacons? While there are several passages to where one can go to find information on deacons, the two main passages that address the topic are: Acts 6:1-7 and 1 Timothy 3:8-13. The first passage is a descriptive narrative that shows why there was a need to [...]
Ephesus was one of the largest cities of Paul’s day. By walking around the remains of Ephesus today in modern day Turkey, you can really gain a sense of the scale of the city. You can see multilevel apartments, works of art, theaters, and even a beautiful library.
We probably know that it is not easy being a Christian. All are prone to times of doubt, uncertainty, and temptation to leave the faith. Paul knows this and this is why he encourages Timothy to fight the good fight.
To be sure Paul persecuted the fledging church at one point in his life, but now he states that he is the worst of sinners. In view of these words, it is easy to conclude that Paul is being rhetorical, since we can think of many worse “sinners” in history. However, before we come to [...]
It is always good to read a familiar text slowly, or better yet to read it in a different language. It is amazing how much we simply miss. I must have read 1Timothy over thirty times, but I’ve always missed one important word, andrapodistes, which means slave-dealer, kidnapper (with an eye to slavery), or perhaps [...]
One of the most controversial aspects of traditional Christianity or any religion for that matter is the idea of truth and error. To say with certainly that there is such a distinction and that you are on the side of the truth sounds presumptuous and indicative of the worst exploitation of power. However, there is [...]