Considering Translations

A Common Controversy

In the church there can be much controversy over the use of Biblical translations. These can take different forms, sometimes even being demonstrated in a congregation emphasizing the use of one translation over the other. This emphasis can even reach the level of fellowship, although there is no Biblical support for such a practice.

The Breaking Down of Walls

A World Event

Next year, the world will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. That event in 1989 represented far more than a story of local political interest, but was representative of the collapse of a line which had divided a nation and signaled the coming end of barriers which had separated millions from freedom in other parts of the world. It was a momentous event in modern history with impact still being felt today.

Better Blood Than Abel

A Powerful Symbol

and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks better than the blood of Abel.
Hebrews 12:24 (NASU)

In Genesis Chapter 4 we find the story of Cain and Abel. This story is full of many lessons, such as: the importance of offering the “best”; the quarrels which can exist between brothers; and the great danger and evil outcomes of envy and jealousy.

Equality of Outcomes

“Life Isn’t Fair”

The world is a generally unfair place. This has nothing to do with its Creator, but instead is both directly and indirectly the consequence of sin in the world. An important aspect of maturity in life requires not only understanding, but accepting this truth. That “life is unfair” is something many of our mother’s sought to remind us of on a regular basis.

Wineskins

Unexpected Challenge

In Matthew Chapter 9, Jesus Christ is confronted with a curious criticism. The disciples of John were bothered by the fact that Jesus’ own disciples were not engaging in fasting (Mat. 9:14-17). This confrontation teaches many things concerning the purpose of Jesus’ ministry, His attitude toward the traditions of the Pharisees, and His knowledge of His coming death and resurrection. Each of these topics is important, but we will instead focus upon the curious illustration Jesus uses to answer this challenge. Jesus uses the example of wineskins to describe the great change that was coming upon the world at the fulfillment of His ministry on earth and beyond.