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Why Have Dinner With Pharisees?

by Terry Lanford on February 18th, 2016

At every turn, Jesus had conflict with the Pharisees. He had harshly condemned them because of their greed and wickedness, so why did they invite Him to dinner (Luke 11:37-52)? Why did He accept their invitation?  

What Trumps Our Boundaries?

by Terry Lanford on February 16th, 2016

Luke 13:10-17

Why Wash in a Pool Called Sent?

by Terry Lanford on February 11th, 2016

After rubbing dirt and saliva in the blind man’s eyes, Jesus sent the man to the pool of Siloam (John 9:6-7). John tells us that Siloam means “sent.” How the pool earned this name is not clear. Jesus, who was sent by the Father, sent the blind man to wash in a pool called sent. The man is healed and quickly becomes a witness of the power of Christ. 

Why Saliva and Dirt? (John 9 - Reversing Tragedy- Part 2)

by Terry Lanford on February 8th, 2016

After He (Jesus) said these things He spit on the ground, made some mud from the saliva, and spread the mud on his eyes.  “Go,” He told him, “wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means “Sent”). So he left, washed, and came back seeing. - John 9:6-7

Jesus put spit and dirt in the blind man’s eyes! We know that Jesus healed others with just a word or a touch. In fact, Jesus healed some, like the Roman centurion’s servant, who’s physical location was many miles away (Luke 7:1-10). Why use mud?

Reversing Tragedy- Blind from Birth (John 9 - Part 1)

by Terry Lanford on February 2nd, 2016

There he sat in total darkness. There was light all around but he could not comprehend it. When Jesus and His disciples came upon this man who was blind from birth, the disciples wanted to turn the man’s tragic situation into a theological discussion. They asked, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind” (John 9:2)?  Jesus said “neither” and preceded to move the conversation toward revelation and compassion.

A Coin in the Mouth of a Fish (A Strange Way to Meet a Need)

by Terry Lanford on January 19th, 2016

A cartoon-like picture of a fish with a coin in its mouth can be found in classic children’s Bible story books as an illustration of Matthew 17:24-27. While that simple picture is an accurate depiction of the miracle, it does not convey the deeper spiritual meaning of the surrounding story

Matthew 17:24-27 (HCS)

24 When they came to Capernaum, those who collected the double-drachma tax approached Peter and said, “Doesn’t your Teacher pay the double-drachma tax?”

From Glory To Gory and Back Again

by Terry Lanford on January 13th, 2016

One can only imagine what Peter, James and John felt as they witnessed the Transfiguration of Jesus. “His clothes became dazzling—extremely white as no launderer on earth could whiten them.  Elijah appeared to them with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus” (Mark 9:3-4). In the afterglow of that supernatural experience, the three disciples and Jesus came down from the mountain to find the other nine disciples surrounded by a crowd and arguing with the teachers of the law. (See Mark 9:14-29)

Temptation and the Dark Side

by Terry Lanford on December 30th, 2015

Temptation. The meaning of the word has evolved in modern culture to include pleasures we should not deny ourselves. Saying things like, “I am tempted to take the day off” or “I am tempted to eat dessert” or “I am tempted to buy new clothes,” has changed temptation into a dare that must be met. Giving into temptation is something we do as a reward.

Have We Given the Innkeeper a Bad Rap?

by Terry Lanford on December 14th, 2015

Based on the sentence, “there was no room for them in the inn” (Luke 2:7), there has been a great deal of speculation regarding the innkeeper’s role on the night of our dear Savior’s birth. A true understanding of who was in control of every single event leading to the Messiah’s birth reveals we have been unfair and a little hard on the innkeeper.

Biblical Pedagogy

Holding Hands
by Terry Lanford on December 9th, 2015

Biblical pedagogy that transforms will prioritize the Holy Spirit in preparation and presentation of Biblical truth!

Pedagogy (ped-uh-goh-jee) is a fun word to say.  Merriam-Webster defines pedagogy as the art, science or practice of teaching. Biblical pedagogy is the practice of teaching God’s Holy Word. Pastors and spiritual leaders have a sacred responsibility to ensure small group Bible teachers have been equipped for Biblical pedagogy!

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