Monthly Archives: September 2012

“He Came as a Witness”

The English word witness translates a Greek word μαρτυρία in John 1.7: He [John] came as a witness, to bear witness about the light. Witness is a pretty good translation of the word because in the Greek it means: “confirmation … Continue reading

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Darkness vs. Light

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it (John 1.5) This seems like a pretty straightforward statement doesn’t it?  Darkness doesn’t overcome light.  Boom! Let’s move on to verse 6.  Not so fast.  Let me … Continue reading

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"The Life was the Light of Men"

Don’t you just love someone who gets right to the point of things?  They don’t tread around the edges of an issue; they jump right in even if it means whacking you over the head with a 2 x 4.  … Continue reading

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"In Him was Life"

What does John mean when he writes: In him [The Word] was life?  I’m glad you didn’t asked.  This is where it helps to either have a language commentary around or know a little bit of the Greek language.  John … Continue reading

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John: Christ as "The Word"

Why did John choose to represent Christ as “The Word” as in In the beginning was The Word?  (Short answer: He was under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, but we are looking for the long answer).  The word “word” … Continue reading

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John: Was he a Monotheist?

How do we understand John’s statement that: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (John 1.1)?  Was John a monotheist?  A polytheist?  Is he introducing something new to Christianity here? … Continue reading

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John: "In the Beginning Was"

If you asked someone what book of the Bible has the earliest reference in time, they would probably say Genesis.  After all, it starts: In the beginning God.  They would be wrong.  The Gospel of John has the earliest reference … Continue reading

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John: The Prologue

I have been wrestling with what to do with Bible study.  It is easy to compile a bunch of data about the biblical text and even manage some good application and call it Bible study without ever having really processed … Continue reading

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DALMAC Day 5

We woke up to another gorgeous day on the final day of DALMAC. Today was truly going to be an easy day, only 55 miles. First stop was the only Starbucks anywhere along our ride route. Ah, Pike Place coffee, … Continue reading

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DALMAC Day Four

Day four of DALMAC was the hardest day, 77 miles of hill and dale with a trip over The Wall, a nasty climb out of Boyne City, and a couple of brutal rollers on the way into Petoskey, our overnight. … Continue reading

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