Blog Posts - Galatians



Seeking the Common Good with Humility & Perspective

Introductory Note I preached the following sermon at First UMC-Edcouch & First UMC-Lyford on October 23, 2016. Original title: “Nations, Rulers, & the God of All.” Texts: Daniel 11:36-12:4 & Galatians 3:23-29. I am a political junkie...
by The Church of Jesus Christ on Oct 23, 2016

They Zygon Invasion/The Zygon Inversion

Operation Double is a covert operation, outside of normal UNIT structures, to resettle and rehouse an alien race in secrecy on planet Earth. Osgood Spoilers! SUMMARY: In the 50th Anniversary Special, we saw the Zygons invading the earth. The Doctor (...
by Searching the Scriptures on Jul 15, 2016

The Girl Who Died/The Woman Who Lived

I am a Viking. Ashildr, daughter of Einarr. Spoilers! SUMMARY: The Doctor and Clara are captured by Vikings who are not impressed with the Doctor’s advanced alien technology (they broke the sonic glasses!). The Doctor attempts to get them out of it...
by Searching the Scriptures on Jul 11, 2016

Rules of Engagement

Not much can make me not want to eat—I’m a woman who loves her food—but confrontation makes me lose my appetite. My body gets so tense that the thought of food disgusts me which is good since my stomach is so unsettled that it starts to reb...
by Searching the Scriptures on Jun 17, 2016

Romans 8: Life in the Spirit, Part 3

What Paul is saying here - in fact, he is emphatically teaching it - is that we become the products of our environments and pursuits. This means that if we become Christians, but continue to live as though we are not, we will continue to live the way...
by Study-Grow-Know on Apr 26, 2016

DADDY

“Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out ‘Abba, Father’.” -Galatians 4:6 “A Son”. Sometimes I don’t FEEL like a child of Christ. I… Continue Readin...
by Let There Be Pets on Mar 29, 2016

Spiritual Fruit Enhances Everything

Those who leave everything in God’s hand will eventually see God’s hand in everything. ~ Unknown Author ~ But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such ther...
by Ann - A Friend of Jesus 2013 on Mar 15, 2016

(Drafting…or drifting?) Galatians and the Arena

Yeah… I’m still working. Just a draft. The idea is that the death of Jesus is “scene” in the realm of human sacrifice, in tune with the arena and other political suicides. Are the spectacle and the arena of metaphors it employ...
by The Church of Jesus Christ on Mar 10, 2016

(Draft) Church Fathers (Part 1)… (Jesus’ Suicide in Galatians)

Same rules as these posts. Early Christian Interpretation of Galatians, Apostolic Fathers to Augustine While Galatians has become somewhat of a staple in theological interpretation since the Reformation, thanks in large part to Martin Luther’s anch...
by The Church of Jesus Christ on Jan 12, 2016

(Draft) Proposal for… (Jesus’ Suicide in Galatians)

As with yesterday, this is a draft. Constructive, polite, and wonderful comments only. Proposal This volume proposes to draw out a model not yet properly offered. I will attempt to present the death of Jesus not as one who was sacrificed unwillingly;...
by The Church of Jesus Christ on Jan 6, 2016

(Draft) Introduction to… (Jesus’ Suicide in Galatians)

I’m going to post bits and pieces of my dissertation drafts. Not all is post. If you feel the need to destroy things, don’t comment. If you have questions, I’ll do my best to answer them. If you have constructive criticisms that...
by The Church of Jesus Christ on Jan 5, 2016

Quick thoughts, before I forget, on Galatians 2.20 and παραδίδωμι

ζῶ δὲ οὐκέτι ἐγώ, ζῇ δὲ ἐν ἐμοὶ Χριστός· ὃ δὲ νῦν ζῶ ἐν σαρκί, ἐν πίστει ζῶ τῇ τοῦ ⸂υἱοῦ τοῦ θεοῦ⸃ τοῦ ἀγαπήσαντός με καὶ παρα...
by The Church of Jesus Christ on Nov 25, 2015

The List

The list.  Everyone has lists of some sort. Grocery lists, to-do lists, Christmas lists.  Yeah, it’s almost Thanksgiving….I had to make some sort of Christmas reference. 😉 I like to think that I am a list person. I try anyway. I will...

Sex, Sin and the Wealthy in the Church (1 Corinthians 5)

Paul states clearly the sin in the church at Corinth is so bad even the Romans would consider it wrong. Why is the immoral man committing a sin like this? Most scholars thinks money is the main issue. Perhaps the wife was from a wealthy and prestigio...
by Reading Acts on Oct 16, 2015

Leaders are Servants and Stewards (1 Corinthians 4:1-5)

In 1 Corinthians 4, Paul calls himself and Apollos “stewards” who have been entrusted with the most important thing imaginable, the “mysteries of God.” Like a fund manager, he is to protect that investment but also see that there is a return...
by Reading Acts on Oct 14, 2015

Church Leaders are Co-Workers in God’s Service (1 Corinthians 3:1-9)

In 1 Corinthians 1-2, Paul argues God has inverted the thinking of the world by choosing the foolish to humble the wise; by choosing the weak to humble the strong. The one who is in Christ has the Spirit of God and the Mind of Christ and ought to be...
by Reading Acts on Oct 13, 2015

Worldly Rivalries (1 Cor 1:11-12)

1 Corinthians begins with four chapters directed at reported divisions in the church. In 1:11 Paul uses the noun ἔρις (eris), quarreling or discord. This word refers to a “hot dispute” between rivals (Ciampa and Rosner, 1 Corinthians, 77). I...
by Reading Acts on Oct 12, 2015

Love Your Neighbor (Galatians 5:14)

Paul alludes to Leviticus 19:18: the Law is fulfilled in one commandment, “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Gal 5:14). This verse is the most quoted verse from the Pentateuch in the New Testament, despite the fact it is almost never referred to i...
by Reading Acts on Oct 10, 2015

Freedom in Christ (Galatians 5:13-16)

The fact the believer is free from the Law should not necessarily lead to the view that the believer may indulge in sinful behavior (Galatians 5:13). Does Paul contradict himself in this verse? He has consistently argued in Galatians that the believ...
by Reading Acts on Oct 9, 2015

Galatians 3: Why Abraham?

That Abraham “believed in God and was declared righteous” is an important point for Paul. But it is critical to Paul’s point to know when Abraham believed. He trusted in God’s word before the sign of the Covenant was given, in Genesis 15 not...
by Reading Acts on Oct 7, 2015


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