JC Studies Blog

November 16, 2019

The cultural ancestors of Western thought, the Greeks, esteemed truth above all else. The holy grail of their philosophical pursuit was the True, the Good, and the Beautiful. It seldom occurs to us however that Jesus of Nazareth was not a Greek philosopher! He was a Je...

November 7, 2019

Prayer is a precious privilege and a sacred obligation, one that should be exercised, cultivated and developed by every believer and community of faith. A study of Jewish prayer can illuminate and enrich our understanding and practice of this "service of the heart...

The Lord Jesus and his kingdom message offer a radically alternative view of our life, and the world around us. A perspective that evokes thankfulness amidst trials and enables a disciple to express joy amidst hardship. The Feast of Tabernacles offers a way to visualiz...

October 4, 2019

Jesus' words, "born of water and the Spirit," have caused a lot of confusion and controversy in Christianity through the centuries. What exactly did he mean? The Hebraic context of the setting can add important understanding to the discussion.

September 27, 2019

As you can see, there was a vibrant cluster of ideas and anticipation related to the roles of God's Spirit in the Second Temple Period. Both aspects, prophecy, and purification, feature prominently in John's Gospel.

September 21, 2019

All of this rich background is meant to provide further clarity to the words and deeds of Jesus so that we might appropriate what he desires to give his people. Let me summarize our study of John 7:37-38 with four implications for our faith and practice.

September 13, 2019

The original Greek manuscripts do not have punctuation or sentence breaks, just continuous text. The placement of punctuation then becomes a crucial part of translation and interpretation. Reading the Greek permits a different way of punctuating this text, one which ma...

August 30, 2019

God's kingship advances—please listen to me, this is very important— when you, when I, take responsibility to walk in the Spirit. It is a partnership. God initiates and we respond to Him, both to will and to do, by the empowering Spirit within us. The kingdom of Go...