From Slaves to Sons and Daughters of God

From Slaves to Sons and Daughters of God

There’s an old saying that goes like this (somewhat modified, as taught to me by my father): “You can lead a horse to drink, but you can’t make it water.” This week’s lesson provides an abundance of good drink. Like animals on a long journey, we need to stop at times and quench our thirst. Let’s face it—life is difficult. It is important that we ta

Conflict and Change: Paul’s Relationship with Early Christian Leaders

Conflict and Change: Paul’s Relationship with Early Christian Leaders

There are several issues in Galatians 2:1-14 that I am going to discuss this week that provide insight into confrontation and the resolution of disputes amongst early Christ followers. These issues also relate to last week’s discussion on the issue of authority. The first relates to Paul’s relationship to the apostolic leadership in Jerusalem; seco

From Persecutor to Radical Christ Follower:  The Backdrop to Paul’s Letter to the Galatians

From Persecutor to Radical Christ Follower: The Backdrop to Paul’s Letter to the Galatians

  The story of Paul’s letter to the Galatians, in this quarter’s Sabbath school lesson, begins with its author. To learn about this main character, the reader must turn to other materials in the New Testament to discover who Paul is and what motivates his reaction to the situation that arose in the church in Galatia. Acts 7 introduces a malevo

Growing in Grace and the Knowledge of Jesus Christ: Peter’s Hope

Growing in Grace and the Knowledge of Jesus Christ: Peter’s Hope

  Growing in grace is Peter’s bedrock for living the Christian life. It’s how we as Christians live in expectant hope (1 Pet. 1:3–12), live holy lives in society and in the home (1 Pet. 1:13–3:7), suffer for our faith while serving others (1 Pet. 3:8–5:11), develop Christian virtues (2 Pet. 1:1–11), listen to the prophetic word, avoiding erron

Looking for the Day of the Lord: Reflections on 2 Peter

Looking for the Day of the Lord: Reflections on 2 Peter

A consistent query that has been emphasized over the past few blogs has been “What does the fulfillment of prophecy look like?” I ask the question again because there is a subtle but critical dilemma occurring the world over that impacts people’s perceptions about faith and the validity of biblical truth. Namely, how will the world end? I asked a f