Why is the Old Testament an Old Testament? And what do covenants have to do with it?
Join me at 7:00 pm on Thursday, March 17 for my presentation: “Illuminating the Scriptures and Virtually Visiting the Holy Land” part of the Learn Our Religion Lecture Series sponsored by the Cruise Lady. Location: Cruise Lady Event Center, West Jordan, UT. For tickets, call 888-707-4386.
“The Book of Revelation has long been the source of much mystery, speculation, fantastic interpretations, and the source of near suffocating fervor that the world will be destroyed in the next five minutes (I just hope that I can finish this article before that happens!). Though the Book of Revelation can cause confusion due to bizarre images, strange symbols, and unfamiliar sights we can take courage that with some simple interpretive keys the words, symbols, and messages of this text can be meaningful for our lives now.”
Read more at “Revelation 5-6 and 19-22: Views and Perspectives.” Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture. 2015.
James: Exhort and Encourage was recently published on Interpreter.
“James may be the most important book of scripture for the Restoration. The now famous passage, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God,” (James 1:5) set the young Joseph Smith to deep pondering, which led him to follow the simple and pragmatic counsel to inquire of the Lord. This straightforward, pragmatic approach has long been a noted feature of James, who focused his short epistle on the practical actions and works of the Gospel in contrast to the Pauline writings that lay much emphasis on justification through faith.” Read more here.
My latest article on Interpreter is available. “Acts 21-28: Faithfully Witness of Christ.”
“I create a brief outline of these eight chapters, (1) offering a few insights into the religious and social tensions simmering in the days of Paul and how his work to preach the Gospel to Jew and gentile alike landed him in hot water because of these tensions, and (2) drawing parallels between Paul and Christ, their ministry, testimony and suffering at the hands of authorities. In these chapters pay attention to the diverse (though contextually undesired) audiences and opportunities Paul had to preach the message of Christ and consider how Paul’s missionary efforts were the fulfillment of many promises and revelations.”
“In this Feast of Dedication context, Jesus is in the temple teaching that salvation comes to those who hear his voice as the good shepherd. But because of their history, and their future expectations, many Jews could not imagine a humble shepherd when they were expecting a mighty messianic king.” http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865636600/John-10-and-hearing-unto-salvation.html