Roger Severino

Category: Discipleship

HOW IS THE BIBLE PUT TOGETHER?

Picture Credit: http://cdn.history.com/sites/2/2015/03/LIST-6-things-you-may-not-know-about-the-dead-sea-scrolls-E.jpeg When we open the Bible, what do we find? We soon discover that this larger book is a compilation of multiple books arranged in two broad categories that are referred to as the Old and New Testaments. Our Christian Old Testament contains the same content as the Hebrew Bible, or the Jewish Scriptures, except the arrangement...more

WHO WROTE THE BIBLE?

One of the first things we want to know about any good book is “Who is the author?” Have you ever asked that question about the Bible? Though Christians throughout the ages have affirmed that there is a divine inspiration of the Bible, there has always been a recognition that God spoke through human authors to write these various...more

6 GENERAL PRINCIPLES FOR BIBLE STUDY

Here are 6 general principles that I think will help you in your study or reading of the Bible Pray: First, begin your study with prayer and ask for guidance and understanding from the Holy Spirit. Ask God to open the eyes of your heart to what He has to say to you. Come with a submissive spirit, submitting...more

How Can An Understanding Of Literary Genres Help My Bible Study?

Literary Genre There are different types of literature in the Bible. Understanding the genre of a passage will help you to interpret it in the right way. An easy way to see the difference is to compare two types of genre that describe the same event. Exodus 14 is a narrative telling of the Israelites crossing the Red Sea...more

“Should I Read Every Part of the Bible the Same Way?”

“Yes…No…and No.” Have you ever found yourself reading one part of the Bible, say Leviticus, and then another part, like the Gospels, and noticed how different they are? So, should you read every part of the Bible? I think the answer to that is “yes” because, I believe God has something for us to learn in all of it....more

What Bette Midler, Joan Osborn (and maybe Tom Petty) teach us about God

Reflections on Isaiah 40 “From a distance, the world looks blue and green, and the snow-capped mountains white. From a distance, the ocean meets the stream and the eagle takes to flight. From a distance, there is harmony, and it echoes through the land. It’s the voice of hope, it’s the voice of peace, it’s the voice of every...more

What Are We Passing Down to Our Children? Reflections on Deuteronomy 6

Deuteronomy is the last book of the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible. Four of these books – Exodus through Deuteronomy – tell the story of the fledgling nation of Israel as she escapes slavery in Egypt and ends up on the brink of the Promised Land. Deuteronomy is a set of sermons given by Moses to...more

Why is Love the Fulfillment of the Law? Reflections on Romans 13:8-10

My good friend Robbi Fischer would often jump in to pick up the tab on a milkshake or a cup of coffee. He somehow created a certain competition of trying to out-serve one another. We would often accuse the other of trying to steal all the heavenly crowns, and to be really acting out of selfishness and greed for...more

WHY STUDY THEOLOGY?

Why do we need to study the theological foundations of the Christian faith? I can imagine protests coming from different camps. One group might claim that this is unnecessary because people in our churches already know and embrace these truths. Others will complain that theology is for professionals, not for everyday Christians. This perspective might say, “Don’t bother people...more

He Spoke in Parables: What? Why? How?

Jesus often taught using parables. Three questions follow. What are parables? Why did Jesus use them as a way to teach? How do they relate to Jesus’ central message? What are parables? Early on, I heard the definition as “an earthly story with a heavenly meaning.”  OK.  Not a bad place to start, especially if we limit the definition...more
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