Disgrace (Part One)

The law commands that unclean things be separated from clean.  After blood from the sacrifice was taken into the most holy place on the Day of Atonement, the animal’s body was taken outside the camp and burned (Lev. 16:27; Heb. 13:11).  The animal (who was innocent) took on the spiritual filth of the people.  Yet…

Oh Behave!

I had the following published in the religion column of our local paper, though they changed my fun title into something pedestrian. This was adapted from a previous blog post, ”In.” *** In First Thessalonians chapter four, Paul discusses behavior and growing in separation to the Lord.  For many—Christians and non-Christians—following rules and behaving is…

The Measuring Line of Faith

As the writer of Hebrews encourages readers to live by faith, he tells them to run “with endurance” and to keep their eyes on Jesus, “the source and perfecter of our faith” (Heb. 12:1-2).  What does the source and perfecter of faith teach us? Verse 12:2 often reads that Jesus endured the cross “for the…

Picture Jesus

Periodically, the Voice of One features guest posts by my friend, Cameron Fultz. Cameron and I connected about 10 years ago over a book he wrote called Jesus Pictures. Since then, Cameron has written a score of books sharing how he sees Jesus in Bible stories. I share this approach to scripture, and we can…

Living Types and Shadows

Considering everything the writer has said previously, it makes all the sense in the world that Hebrews 11 focuses on faith.  In chapters 9 and 10, the writer describes how Jesus made one offering for sin for all of time.  Since He bore away sin and finished the work of atonement for all time, He…

Depraved and Deprived

“If anyone teaches other doctrine and does not agree with the sound teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ and with the teaching that promotes godliness, he is conceited, understanding nothing, but has a sick interest in disputes and arguments over words. From these come envy, quarreling, slander, evil suspicions, and constant disagreement among people whose minds are depraved and deprived of the…