Hebrew Names: Joshua/Jesus

Joshua/Jesus (יהושע) – Yes, these names are one and the same! And we think the Spanish odd for naming their little ones Jesus… Or is it because of names such as Jesús-María and Mariá-José? Anyway… Jesus/Joshua means “the LORD is salvation”. Salvation is through Jesus! In this name, yehoshua, we actually see another version of the abbreviated form for yhwh. … More Hebrew Names: Joshua/Jesus

As Good As Done

Grammar is boring for most people and it could be even for a Semitist, depending on how one approaches it. What if I say that Hebrew grammar can teach us something about God?! Check out Judges 1.1-2: After the death of Joshua, the people of Israel inquired of the LORD, “Who shall go up first … More As Good As Done

Hebrew Names: Joel

Joel (יואל) – This neat name is a short statement on the identity of God with constituents that we have previously seen: ‘jo’ (yhwh=the LORD) and ‘el’ (elohim=God). We have also looked at the verbless nominal clause in Hebrew with subject and predicate which renders this name “the LORD is God”. Whereas ‘el/elohim’ is the … More Hebrew Names: Joel

The Unquenchable Flame

I just finished reading Mike Reeves’ book The Unquenchable Flame, an introduction to the Reformation. This book (192 pages) is a must-read for anyone wanting to begin engaging with the events and theological issues of the Reformation, or indeed for anyone wanting a good, enjoyable read. Reeves is not only a passionate and engaging scholar … More The Unquenchable Flame

Hebrew Names: Michael

Michael (מיכאל)- “mi” means “who” in Hebrew, the “cha” element is really a “ka” which translates as “like/as” and “el” of course is a short hand for “Elohim” which means “God”. What we have then is “who like God”. In English translation the copula verb “is” must be supplied, whereas in Semitic languages in the present tense predication … More Hebrew Names: Michael

Hebrew Names

Hebrew names are fascinating in the way they express attributes of God. Although not all Hebrew names contain reference to God, many do. There are two things worth noting concerning this category of names. The Hebrew for ‘God’ and ‘the LORD’, are the components used in proper names. The Hebrew for ‘God’ is ‘Elohim’, however … More Hebrew Names

The Trinitarian Bible

John Stott writes in Authentic Christianity: “The Christian understanding of the Bible is essentially a trinitarian understanding. The Bible comes from God, centres on Christ and is inspired by the Holy Spirit. So the best definition of the Bible is also trinitarian: ‘the Bible is the witness of the Father to the Son through the … More The Trinitarian Bible

How are we saved?

For Christians today the answer is simple: 6Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6) 9because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, … More How are we saved?

Heart and Mouth

I’ve been wanting for some time to write something about the Bible’s connection between the heart and the mouth. Here are some relevant passages: We have seen this one in a previous post on psalm 141: 3 Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips! 4 Do … More Heart and Mouth

Knowledge of the truth leads to righteousness

This verse from Titus 1:1 (NIV) is a powerful call for discipleship: 1Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ for the faith of God’s elect and the knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness— The connection that is being made between ‘knowledge of the truth’ and ‘godliness’ is stunning. Meditate … More Knowledge of the truth leads to righteousness

Cross Culture – International Congregation in Uppsala, Sweden

Our church has developed a website for our ‘Cross Culture’ services and groups, which is much like an international congregation within a church. We’ve also uploaded some recent sermons and the idea is that our series through Luke will appear there during the autumn term. Please check it out and give feedback and tips on … More Cross Culture – International Congregation in Uppsala, Sweden

Eternal Truths

Although God reveals something (that is makes something known) at a certain point in history, it does not mean that things where different before they were revealed – they were only not revealed. This might seem obvious, but considering how the relationship between the OT and the NT is severed in liberal biblical scholarship, this … More Eternal Truths

God has Spoken

Reading J. I. Packer’s God has Spoken I came across this from an argument for the necessity of verbal revelation: True as it is that the incarnate Christ was not only God for man but also Man for God and that in Him we not only hear God speaking but also watch God blessing and … More God has Spoken

Psalm 141

We have earlier looked at what Jesus says about this in another Gospel. Here is Matt 15:17-20: 17Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the stomach and is expelled? 18But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. 19For out of the heart … More Psalm 141

Psalm 138:2

This verse is a Christological gold mine. This is how the TNIV translates it: I will bow down toward your holy temple and will praise your name for your unfailing love and your faithfulness, for you have so exalted your solemn decree that it surpasses your fame. What is so Jesus-centred about that?, you may … More Psalm 138:2

Ascension Day

Ascension Day last Thursday – how glorious! It is glorious for many reasons, one reason is that Sweden – the worlds most secular country – actually seems slightly holy in that Ascension Day is a public holiday here… For what it is worth for Sweden… We were reading the text that Rev. Paul Blackham calls the ‘obvious ascension … More Ascension Day

Historicity In Greek

It may just be me (my wife thinks so!) but I am somewhat appealed by a little discovery I made in Greek grammar during a lesson recently. Many Christians (me included) defend the historicity of the Bible. The events told of really happened at a certain place and at a certain time. There is a … More Historicity In Greek