Korazin: Those Who Should Know Better

Korazin: Those Who Should Know Better

The ancient village of Korazin is mentioned in Matthew’s Gospel, chapter 11, but not in a positive light. Listen to the harsh words of Jesus about this small Jewish community: “Then Jesus began to denounce the towns in which most…

Hazor: God's Mercy and Wrath

Hazor: God’s Mercy and Wrath

For the next few weeks, I’m going to blog about some of the places we visited in Israel. I will include some of the lessons we learned, along with some photos of each place. On our recent trip to Israel,…

When Life Just Hurts

When Life Just Hurts

One of my greatest privileges as a pastor is to sit with people and listen to their stories. And what happens is that I’m often invited into a story about pain, loneliness, and suffering. Sometimes life just hurts—a lot! Many…

What Is a Literal Bible Translation?

What Is a Literal Bible Translation?

Choosing an English Bible translation is a very personal choice. First of all, there is a common perception among Bible readers that the most accurate Bible translation is always a literal one. By literal, the person usually means “word for…

Newsweek Does a Hatchet Job on the Bible

Newsweek Does a Hatchet Job on the Bible

In last week’s edition of Newsweek, the cover story was entitled, “The Bible: So Misunderstood, It’s a Sin.” As I read through it, it was hard to know whether to laugh or roll my eyes. Actually, I ended up doing…