The Heresy of “Agapē Is All We Need”

Since Roman Catholics have probably had more opportunity to think about and act against heresy than anyone else, I will defer to a helpful definition of heresy they have used.  Several Catholic internet sites define it this way, “A heresy is not the total rejection of the Christian faith but a distortion of it. One … Continue reading The Heresy of “Agapē Is All We Need”

“Gates of Hell” and Another Look at Matt. 16:18 & Rev. 9:1-11

         Although I am not an expert on English translations of the Bible, there are a couple of well known examples where the King James translators truly got it wrong in their rendering of a particular verse or phrase.  What is especially ironic is when a contemporary preacher, study group, or translator who otherwise would … Continue reading “Gates of Hell” and Another Look at Matt. 16:18 & Rev. 9:1-11

“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

Part 3, Color Photos for Seven Congregations in a Roman Crucible

Hello Everyone, This URL will take you to a third (and final)  page of color photos from the commentary.  I am not including the ones that were never in color, like many of the coin photos, but the rest that are enjoyable to see in color. So, enjoy. Click this link, or copy and paste … Continue reading Part 3, Color Photos for Seven Congregations in a Roman Crucible

Part 2, Color Photos for Seven Congregations in a Roman Crucible

Hello Everyone, This URL will take you to a second page of color photos from the commentary.  I am not including the ones that were never in color, like many of the coin photos, but the rest that are enjoyable to see in color.  Due to the number of color photos I will not try … Continue reading Part 2, Color Photos for Seven Congregations in a Roman Crucible

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