In The Beginning, There was Seven

It is hard to imagine a more auspicious beginning for the seventh day than the one put forward in the first book of the Bible. “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all their multitude. And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and He rested on theContinue reading “In The Beginning, There was Seven”

Jesus and a Pharisee

When we read the gospels, we often give Pharisees and bad rap. There were some excellent Pharisees that came to understand Jesus’s teachings. Gamaliel is one, Nicodemus another. Paul trained as a Pharisee under the guidance of Gamaliel.  Yet despite these noteworthy examples, our perception is Pharisee’s are self-righteous, exclusivist, and thoroughly confused about whatContinue reading “Jesus and a Pharisee”

The Weightier Things of the Law is Love

Paul wants us to clearly understand that the law can prescribe but not deliver. Because the law cannot provide, Paul seemingly throws it out the front door. But he brings it back in through the back door stating that the law restores hope and dignity. Paul says that his earlier argument has been taken away.Continue reading “The Weightier Things of the Law is Love”