Reflections on Hell, Location of the Dead, and Other Easy Questions

I was asked to speak briefly on these issues to a group of Christians following a Wednesday evening meal at the Oliver Creek Church of Christ, in Arlington, TN. It is VERY informal and brief.  These comments are certainly not polished or extensive.  There has been more interest in the topic of Hell in recent … Continue reading Reflections on Hell, Location of the Dead, and Other Easy Questions

“Why Can’t Johnny Count?” A Needed Guide for Preachers (and Commentators) on Gematria (666/616), Isopsephism, and Counting

This should be the last post on this particular topic of gematria, isopsephism, and related areas for some time.  However, there is so much bad information in preaching, in commentaries, in various Wikipedia articles, in DVD Bible lessons, and in cyberspace that I feel the need to point out some of the more widespread misunderstandings … Continue reading “Why Can’t Johnny Count?” A Needed Guide for Preachers (and Commentators) on Gematria (666/616), Isopsephism, and Counting

King James I, the KJV, and John’s 7 Congregations

When writing my commentary on Revelation chapters 1-3, I finally reached the point when I could no longer vacillate about the title of my commentary.  How was I to translate the Greek term ἐκκλησία (ekklēsia) that the prophet John used for each of the communities that he wrote?  It has certainly been traditional to entitle … Continue reading King James I, the KJV, and John’s 7 Congregations

A Remix of TobyMac and Luke’s and John’s Churchy Jesus

One of the current mantras in American theological education is globalization, and rightly so.  Globalization should be built into the DNA of every congregation of followers of Christ.  The world of Jesus was a world replete with views of globalization.  Alexander the Great had created a world of globalization from Albania to Afghanistan and the … Continue reading A Remix of TobyMac and Luke’s and John’s Churchy Jesus

TobyMac and Luke’s and John’s Churchy Jesus

A disclaimer is in order: First, I don’t think TobyMac is the Antichrist, a member of the Illuminati, or guilty of any other nefarious associations or behavior, and I think it is clearly helpful to the Christian movement worldwide that he won the Best Contemporary Christian Album at this year’s Grammy Awards.  I also find … Continue reading TobyMac and Luke’s and John’s Churchy Jesus

Archaeology Brings Us Closer to John’s Context

It has been assumed for years by leading NT scholars that the oldest archaeological artifacts that can be traced back to early Christians were produced after AD 180 [Graydon F. Snyder, Ante Pacem: Archaeological Evidence of Church Life Before Constantine, rev. ed. 2003].  Therefore, many do not know that it is time to abandon that … Continue reading Archaeology Brings Us Closer to John’s Context