Pros and Cons of The Message Bible

If you’re reading this post, I’m guessing you’ve heard of The Message Bible and you’re in one of three camps: You’ve heard it can be a good paraphrase and you’re curious what makes it different, fresh, etc. as well as what potential pitfalls it may have. You’ve heard it is NOT a good version ofContinue reading “Pros and Cons of The Message Bible”

Colossians 4

There’s a great command from Paul, here at the start of chapter 4: Pray diligently. Do you know what it looks like to pray diligently? Diligent is defined as showing care and conscientiousness in one’s work or duties. So you could say it means praying with care. Praying conscientious of what’s going on around you.Continue reading “Colossians 4”

Colossians 3

Paul is on a roll here in chapter 3. There are four very different phrases that I want to pull out here. Four unique analogies and proclamations. The thread through them all is this: Jesus is your life, so live like it. Number 1: Meanwhile, be content with obscurity, like Christ. – Christine Caine talksContinue reading “Colossians 3”

Colossians 2

Paul wrote so many good lines in Colossians 2. I’m struggling with which ones to call attention to and dive into. I can’t possibly cover it all. And I’m sure Paul felt the same way when writing these letters. He had written roughly 2,000 words, and he was trying to explain the mystery of theContinue reading “Colossians 2”

Colossians 1

I love the way Paul opens most of his letters. They’re so grandiose, so meta, so big and dynamic. This letter is no different. Paul then affirms this truth with the folks at Colossae: The Message is as true among you today as when you first heard it. It doesn’t diminish or weaken over time.Continue reading “Colossians 1”

Ephesians 6b

I’m just going to quote part of Ephesians 6 verbatim: Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith,Continue reading “Ephesians 6b”

Ephesians 6

Children, fathers, servants, masters… each group is addressed in order. For the children, they’re encouraged to honor their father and mother knowing that there is a promise attached to it, “so you will live well and have a long life.” Simple enough, right? “Fathers, don’t frustrate your children with no-win scenarios.” An interesting command, isn’tContinue reading “Ephesians 6”