COME TO ITALY: A Church & Art History Tour!

From Pompeii to Florence, join me for trip of a lifetime as we explore the history of the church through the art, architecture and culture of Italy! Few experiences touch my soul like the joy of travel, the beauty of art and standing in the presence of history.  To see a Roman city (Pompeii) as Paul […]

Gospels, Part 3: Miracles – Salvation Enacted

Much of Jesus’ ministry – and the Gospel descriptions thereof – revolve around his “miracles” (the Gk. word is best translated “works of power”).  But what was their purpose?  Did they simply serve to impress his audience, to demonstrate his might or authority?  Or are they part and parcel of the declaration that “the kingdom […]

Gospels, Part 2: Understanding Jesus’ World – 1st Century Religion, Politics and the Kingdom of God

To read the Gospels is to be drawn in to a world of great complexity.  Immediately we encounter passionate political conflicts, religious sects vying for power, palace intrigues, and the mounting threat of violence in the streets. It is into this world – the world of Israel in exile, grasping for a means of deliverance […]

Gospels, Part 1: Introduction to the Gospels

There is a tremendous difference between reading the Bible and understanding the Bible. Many of us – myself chief among them – spend years reading the Bible feeling some combination of frustration, boredom, and complete confusion.