Category Archives: Bible

Is John 6 about the Eucharist? (Why Greek Matters Part 18)

John 6 is an often discussed passage related to the Eucharist, and one which Biblical literalists ironically often want to interpret metaphorically: Jesus is not talking about the Eucharist or any such thing, and certainly nothing remotely Catholic-ish. Eating his … Continue reading

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What Kind of Prayer Was the Earliest Church Dedicated To? (Why Greek Matters Part 17)

“They were  continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship,to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” Acts 2:42 NASB Acts 2:42 is a commonly used text to talk about the community dynamics and priorities of the Church … Continue reading

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The Simplicity of Your Devotion (Why Greek Matters Part 16)

“But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.” (2 Cor. 11:3) What does Paul mean in this passage by “simplicity?” … Continue reading

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The Myth of Matthew 18: What the Bible Says and Doesn’t Say

In Evangelical circles we’ve heard so much about Matthew 18, that you simply need to reference the chapter and many people know you are talking specifically about verses fifteen through seventeen. People talk about the “Matthew 18 Process” and ask … Continue reading

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Wounded Love, Hope, and the Holy Eucharist

This post was originally a homily given at the wedding of two very good friends of mine. The readings that preceded the homily were Genesis 2:4-9, 15-24; Ephesians 5:1-2, 21-33; and John 15:9-17.   Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of … Continue reading

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Ephesians 4 and the Americanization of Christianity (Why Greek Matters Part 15)

Does being American (or the citizen of any modern democracy) influence how one interprets the Scripture? Can one’s commitment to democracy affect how we even translate the biblical texts? Let’s consider one text, Ephesians 4:11-12. It names certain types of … Continue reading

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Does God Make People Sick in Order to Be Glorified? (Why Greek Matters Part 14)

In John 9, upon passing a man who had been born blind, Jesus’ disciples ask him a question, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus’ answer, according to the NRSV is: “Neither this man … Continue reading

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