The Bible Blog

Though many people like an easy Jesus, not everyone accepts what he says Jesus normally teaches the masses in parables. Though most don’t really understand what he means, they like his stories because they’re so countercultural. Plus, he sometimes gives … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Considering Jesus as the Word of God shines new light on some verses in the Bible The book of John, which is a biography of Jesus, opens with a most poetic passage. It calls Jesus the Word. It confirms Jesus’s … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Examine our motives when we give Paul writes a succinct reminder to Jesus’s followers in Corinth. By extension it also applies to us. He says “Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously,” … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Regardless of circumstances, God walks with us In Paul’s second letter to the believers in Corinth, he warns them not to deceive others or distort God’s word (2 Corinthians 4:2). That is, don’t misrepresent God’s character or intent to the … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
When we do God’s work, our labor is not in vain As Paul winds down his first letter to the church in Corinth, he gives a simple command, followed by some encouragement. He says for them—and us, by extension—to remain … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Do not seek your own good, but what’s best for others We live in a narcissistic, self-centered world. We put ourselves first and care only about what’s in our best interest. Too many people live their life with the attitude … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Though the Bible tells us to judge, who we’re supposed to judge may shock you When Paul writes to his friends in Corinth, he has much to say because they struggle with many things. He spends a whole chapter in … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Some people don’t have biological offspring, but everyone can have spiritual descendants Paul wraps up his letter to the church in Rome with a long list of people Most of these names stream past our eyes as unfamiliar. We’re tempted … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
God removes branches from his tree and adds others to it In Romans 11 Paul talks about graft. Not political graft but the biological kind. In this case, grafting takes a branch from one tree and attaches it to the … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
We dishonor God by persisting in sin because we assume his grace will cover it A highschool friend heard about the doctrine of eternal security—which some people shorten to the more accessible mantra of “once saved, always saved”—and latched onto … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Jesus uses narrative to inform us about his father’s kingdom Jesus uses parables—“an earthly story with a heavenly meaning,” as I learned in Sunday school—to teach us about the kingdom of God. We are part of the kingdom of God, … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Paul’s letter to the Romans opens with three traits for us to ponder Paul begins his letter to the church in Rome by giving them an overview of his situation. He shares three characteristics about himself, his mission, and his … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Gamaliel offers wise advice for whenever religious factions stand in opposition Paul’s in jail, imprisoned for doing what God told him to do. This isn’t Paul’s first incarceration for his faith in Jesus, and it won’t be his last. When … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
How closely do you do the things God tells you to do? Paul travels to Ephesus to tell people about Jesus. As a Jew it seems logical that he would go to his own people first to share this good … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Paul and Barnabas respond to hostile nonbelievers with boldness and perseverance In the Old Testament, the Israelites, God’s chosen people, are a set apart nation. They are to keep separate from the other nations around them and if they will, … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Ananias obeys God to heal Saul who wants to arrest him I like the story of Saul’s conversion in the book of Acts, turning him from a murderous bigot into a passionate follower of Jesus. A flash of light, a … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Dr. Luke describes 3 characteristics of the Acts 4 church The book of Acts unfolds as an historical narrative of the early church, the activities of the first followers of Jesus and those who join them. For the most part, … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
While we shouldn’t wait to follow Jesus, it’s nice to know that he’ll give us up to the last minute to make a decision In Luke’s biography of Jesus, the author sometimes shares details not found in the Bible’s other … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Jesus teaches us to keep praying and to not stop until we get an answer Jesus gives us an object lesson (a parable) of a widow who keeps appearing before a judge to seek justice. A bad adjudicator, he cares … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Helping others is one of many ways to worship God I like the stories about Jesus helping people in need, such as by feeding them and especially by healing them. Even more I like it when Jesus confronts the religious … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan