2 Thessalonians 2 – Bad News Bears

It seems we’ve been flung back into the briar patch of controversial verses, and without the advantage of being rabbits. The middle chapter of Paul’s second letter to the Thessalonians is rife with thorns, and here we are in the thick of the thicket, so let’s get to working our way through it.

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1 Thessalonians 5 – Eschatology, Gratitude, and Turkish Delight

Confession time, guys. The final third of yesterday’s chapter gets into some end-timesy stuff that I declined even to touch with a ten-foot pole. But, knowing that Paul continues his discussion of what he terms “The Day of the Lord” in this final chapter of his first letter to the Thessalonians, I was only postponing the inevitable. If nothing else, I am an inveterate procrastinator, and as regards his return, some would charge Jesus Christ with inveterate procrastination too.

[The Gospel According to…] Luke 19:41-20:8

Today’s passage: Luke 19:41-20:8 When Jesus goes up to Jerusalem, it’s the beginning of the end. As he’s approaching the city, he mourns over it. The Romans destroyed the temple in AD 70, a devastating event for the Jewish nation. But in the time of Jesus’ ministry, you didn’t need some psychic prescience to foresee that […]

[The Gospel According to…] Mark 1:14-15

Today’s passage: Mark 1:14-15 Today’s passage immediately follows Jesus’ baptism by John the Baptist and his 40-day temptation in the wilderness by Satan. It’s short enough that we might as well paste it here in its entirety: Now after John had been taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and […]