R. Herbert

The Gospels and Time

The four Gospels are amazingly complex portraits of the Son of God. Each account verbally “paints” its subject from many different angles, capturing different aspects of the gospel just as a cut and polished precious stone catches and reflects light differently from its many facets. One of those aspects of the good news is the […]

The Gospel According to Paul

It is often said that the apostle Paul changed the focus of the Christian gospel from kingdom of God, stressed in the four Gospels (Matthew 9:35), to the saving work of Christ, stressed in his epistles. But did Paul really make such a profound change within Christianity? Letter to Corinth It is true that Paul […]

Psalm of the Cross

Two Gospel writers, Matthew and Mark, record that near His death, Jesus called out in a loud voice with what might seem to be a strange statement: “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46). “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you […]

A Tale of Two Prophets

Two prophets – Jonah and Nahum. Both messengers of God prophesied against the great Assyrian capital of Nineveh, the largest city in the world at that time. It was also the very heart of the empire that took ancient Israel captive and threatened the kingdom of Judah. However, the two prophetic books have vastly different […]

The Meaning of ‘Life’

In the English language we get by with a single word for life, but the ancient Greeks realized that the concept can include very different things. As a result, the New Testament uses not one but three words for life, each with a distinct meaning. An awareness of the varied “meanings of life” can help […]

Patience, First and Last

Have you ever noticed that in his famous list of love’s qualities in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, the apostle Paul begins and ends the list with the same trait: patience? Although he uses two different words, showing different aspects of this important quality, they both mean patience. It is often said that the Greeks had a […]

How Isaiah Delivered the News

When Jerusalem lay under the shadow of the brutal Assyrian Empire, which had already conquered the northern tribes of Israel, the prophet Isaiah was given the difficult task of taking bad news, as well as good news, to the people of Judah. The book of Isaiah not only records those messages but also shows us […]

Why Worship?

Biblical reasons to celebrate our good God.

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Letters of Hope: A Reflection on the Book of Revelation

More than mysterious symbolism and apocalyptic imagery, Revelation offers a consistent message of hope to the persecuted church.

Our Job Description

Throughout his epistles Paul gives us glimpses of the nature of his calling — his job description. He opens most of his letters by identifying himself as an apostle or servant of Jesus Christ, but these are primarily job titles rather than job descriptions. Similarly, in his letter to Philemon, Paul introduces himself as the […]