Category Archives: Gospels

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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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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Why Greek Matters (Part 9) – The Prodigal Son and the Resurrection of the Dead

Small details sometimes mean little – at other times they contribute significantly to the meaning of a passage. In the familiar story of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15, a verb occurs twice that often is translated  “get up” (NRSV, … Continue reading

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Christ in Y’all, the Hope of Glory – Why Greek Matters (Part 6)

I am not from Texas. I am not remotely from anywhere in the South. I am a Yankee to the core. Nevertheless, I believe one of the primary deficiencies of my version of the English language is the lack of a … Continue reading

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Why Greek Matters (Part 3) – Into the Age – The Meaning of “Eternity” in the New Testament

The word eternity never occurs in the New Testament. Neither does the word forever. This is the third part in a series attempting to show some of the difference it makes in reading or studying the New Testament using Greek … Continue reading

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Why Greek Matters (Part 1) – The Resurrection and the Joy of Jesus (Matthew 28:9)

Since I teach New Testament Greek, I am often asked why one should invest the time to learn a whole language just to study the Bible. It is commonly phrased as, “do actually need to learn that to understand the Bible?” This will be the beginning of a series of (hopefully short) posts which will look at specific texts and explain why its helpful, illuminating and/or exhilarating to know whats “going on under the hood.” Continue reading

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