Tag: Bible

“Mercy and Grace”

Mercy is defined as “not getting what you deserve,” that is each of us deserves going to hell. Grace is defined as “getting what you don’t deserve,” which means forgiveness, abundant life, and eternal life. Jesus never uses the words mercy or grace in the Gospels. He shows. Later, Paul would tell. Jesus shows it […]

The 23rd Psalm

Here is how “The Message Bible” renders the beloved 23rd Psalm. “[LORD,] my shepherd! I don’t need a thing. You have bedded me down in lush meadows, you find me quiet pools to drink from. True to your wod, you let me catch mmy breath and send me in the right direction. From when the […]

Reading the Bible

The Bible–comprised of the Old and New Testaments–is the only inspired written word of God. Christians do not worship the Bible, but they recognize the dual authorship of each book–human and Holy Spirit. Further, the Holy Spirit within someone brings the written word alive and provides the power to obey that written word. It has […]

The Message Bible

In “The Message Bible” Eugene Petersen produced a dynamic equivalent translation using late 20th century idiomatic American English. It is a translation, not a paraphrase. Petersen himself was both a Hebrew (main Old Testament language) and Greek (New Testament) scholar. But he had the humility to have scholars focused on various sections or books of […]