Jesus and Food

Have you ever noticed how much time Jesus spends eating and drinking with his friends in the Gospels? Many of…

John’s Seven Signs

What is Truth? Pilate’s question in John 18:38 reveals the tragic irony of a judge appointed to find the truth…

The Taxman Cometh: Why did Jews in the Bible hate tax collectors?

If you had to nominate a group for "Most Hated People in Scripture," tax collectors would probably be the first…

Happy New Creation!

Happy New Years!!! How nice. Whoop-de-doo. The calendar went back to January 1st. Alert the media. Break out the fireworks.…

Matthew’s Contest of Kings

This is Matthew 'the Taxman' Apostle, coming to you live and ringside, bringing you blow-by-blow coverage for this evening's main…

Is the Date of Christmas Pagan?

Every year around Christmas time, a post will inevitably appear on social media claiming the celebration of Christmas on December…

Matthew’s Christmas Bells

Matthew's Use of the Old Testament One of my favorite things to study in the Bible is the New Testament’s…

Why Does Jesus Use Parables?

If you ever find yourself confused by Jesus’ parables, don’t feel too bad. Jesus’ parables befuddled His own disciples. When…

Feasting with a Thankful Heart

For hundreds of years, the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob lived in bondage as Egyptian slaves. Then, in a…

What Kind of Book is Genesis? The Book of Creation as Ancestor Epic

  What Kind of Document is Genesis? The way you answer that question will dramatically impact how you read Genesis. …

Why Does God Allow Evil?

According to a recent Barna research study, the number of young people in the U.S. who identify as atheists has…

What Does the Bible Say About Demons?

Little, red, horned creatures with pitchforks; huge, dark, scary creatures with sharp claws and teeth; shadowy, stalking, creepy creatures that…

What’s in a Name? A Theology of Personal Identity

What’s in a Name? A Theology of Personal Identity Personal identity is at the very center of our society’s cultural…

Discovering the Temple

Discovering the Temple With a story as large as the one in the Bible, it can be difficult to see…

What Does the Bible Say About Marriage?

The conversation around the topic of marriage came to the forefront of social consciousness a few years back. These debates…

Is the Bible Anti-Science?

One of the many things that I do that annoys the easily annoyed is that I complicate supposedly simple things.…

Reading the Bible Better: The Importance of Prayer

The Bible can be a bit intimidating. It’s huge, it’s ancient, and it’s inspired by the eternal God who made…

Can You Trust the Bible?

Is the Bible Reliable? One of the questions I get asked the most about the Bible concerns some element of…

When Was the Bible Written?

Bible Timeline (all dates are approximate)BC1900-1600 – Job1445-1405 – Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy1405-550 – Psalms1405-1375 – Joshua1150-900 – Judges,…

Who Wrote the Bible?

There is no question that the Bible is a literary masterpiece. It is the most sold, most translated, most influential…

How to Study the Bible

  Welcome to the lesson on How to Study the Bible. In this lesson, we will learn that effective Bible…

The Purpose of the Bible

This is a study of the most important book in the world, the Word of God. It is important to…

What Is the Bible?

Welcome to our study on the most important book in the world, the Word of God, the Bible. These lessons…