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Bible Q&A: Could Jesus appear in the clouds at any moment?
Apr15

Bible Q&A: Could Jesus appear in the clouds at any moment?

We sometimes want to have our cake and eat it too. On the one hand, we want to proclaim that Jesus could come again at any moment. On the other hand, we like to point to predictions/prophecy that must be fulfilled before Jesus can return. So, which is it? The place to begin is the Olivet Discourse (Mark 13:5-13). Having left the temple after a combative exchange with the religious leaders, Jesus looked back on the temple mount in all...

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Bible Q&A: Is there anything Jesus didn’t know?
Mar26

Bible Q&A: Is there anything Jesus didn’t know?

One of the most difficult sayings of Jesus to understand comes during His address to His disciples on Tuesday of Passion Week, often called the Olivet Discourse. Having left the temple after a contentious exchange with the religious leaders, Jesus looked back on the temple mount in all its glory and said to his disciples, “Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left upon another—all will be thrown down” (Mark 13:2;...

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Bible Q&A: Do not judge? (Matt. 7:1-5)
Jan15

Bible Q&A: Do not judge? (Matt. 7:1-5)

Having listened to Jesus speak of giving His life for the world (John 6:60), His disciples exclaimed, “This is a hard saying; who can hear it?” This would not be the last time one of Jesus’ followers would express such a sentiment. In fact, there are many sayings of Jesus that fit the description of a “hard saying.” One such saying is found in the Sermon on the Mount in Matt. 7:1, “Do not judge, so that you won’t be judged.” Jesus’...

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Bible Q&A: Turn the other cheek?
Dec10

Bible Q&A: Turn the other cheek?

Because some of Jesus’ sayings appear too radical to live out in everyday life, many assume that Jesus often set up an ideal ethic that is not realistic for people who live in this present evil age. As a result, there is a school of thought that argues Jesus’ more strenuous sayings were meant to drive us to our knees in recognition of our inability to keep God’s lofty moral standards. True enough, we are all in need of God’s grace,...

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Bible Q&A: Should Christians hate their parents (Luke 14:26)?
Oct08

Bible Q&A: Should Christians hate their parents (Luke 14:26)?

Southern Baptists hold a high view of Scripture, believing that inspiration involves even the words of the text, the words and their interpretation matter. In the vast majority of New Testament passages, the meaning and application is reasonably clear. Notice that I said, “vast majority.” The truth is, there are some texts that present a major challenge for understanding what the Jesus, Paul or Peter meant. When these texts involve...

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