- Corresponds to the King James Version
- Identifies Strong’s numbers (every word was given a unique number and this number can be used in some other resources)
- An “exhaustive” concordance – small words “the” are included.
- Corresponds to the KJV
- It has a simple dictionary of Greek & Hebrew words; pronunciation guide
- Two articles on “The Canon of Scripture” may be useful
- Cross references words and names
- Stands as a major work of scholarship, though it is a bit dated and does not reflect the most recent archaeological discoveries.
- Major Biblical words are given extensive treatment
- Handy one-volume work summarizes recent scholarship
- Emphasizes sociological & cultural interpretation
- Avoids technical jargon and also does not give the original terms for the original Hebrew or Greek biblical words
- Well illustrated
- Search using “Bible. O.T. Judges” or “Bible. N.T. Matthew”
As a woman, I see things in a more realistic fashion. I see the ties of family where others see only air. I sense the call of the blood where others feel nothing. I hear the whisper of the beating angel wings as they lift high the soul to its reward when others hear only weeping. I feel the touch of departed loved ones reminding me that they are only gone in body. In memories and spirit they are eternal. So let me rant, rave, sink into mourning but do not hush me....the loss of a life is worth more than a few cards and flowers, don't you agree?
[Another recent article on this topic is here]
An intriguing question and , I believe, the far more important challenge.
Every year Christians around the globe enter into a season of repentance called Lent. Often beginning that time is observance of Ash Wednesday. In this observance, ashes are placed on the forehead as a symbol of repentance and sorrow for sins committed.
Our guest columnist is a freelance writer from Texas, Quintella Loudon Davenport.
Behaviors to Be Developed and as Results of Spiritual Transformation and Formation:
Love (Rom.13.9; Matt.19.19; Eph. 5.22)
Kindness (1 Cor. 13.4; Eph. 4.32; 1 Th 5.15)
Forgiveness (Eph 4.32; Col. 3.13)
Patience (Gal. 5.22)
Caring (1 Th 2:7; 1 Peter 5.2)
Self-control (1 Th 5.8; 5.13)
Good (1 Peter 2.12)
Submission, Mutual and to God (Eph. 5:21)
Respect (Eph 5.33;1 Peter 2.17; 1 Peter 3.16)
Behaviors to be Avoided and Overcome through Spiritual Transformation and Formation (Gal.5.20):
Fits of rage
Dissention & factions
and anything that was the opposite of the first list.
It will be noticed that in very few places is there any emphasis on control or power and it is specifically linked to the behaviors to be avoided (selfish ambition, lack of respect, lack of unity, lack of mutual submission to God, etc.)
Anyone who argues that the verses that say a man is the head of a woman, should be very careful and very clear as to the context of that source of authority. The rest of the setting clearly says as Christ is head of the Church.
Does Christ limit a person from service or voice in the Church?
Does Christ control the Church?
Does Christ make his Church to suffer?
Does Christ make his Church to feel inferior?
Does Christ make his Church second class?
Does Christ make his Church ...
Go back to the list of behaviors to be demonstrated in the believers among themselves and as they interacted with the world around them. This is important, because all that they did was a witness to the validity of the message of the Gospel.
A careful and honest look at the model of Christ and the Church applied to the marriage relationship reveals how far astray we have often gone.
In the marriage vows, women were once required to "obey" their husband? Where did that come from? Where is there a Biblical instruction for such...
It is clear when looking at the expectations of the Christians in the New Testament that issues of power and control are subsumed into a mutual love and sacrifice. Why should the marriage be any different? Why the emphasis on who is in charge or in control or calls the shots? The following principles are derived from scripture as working rules of conduct for individuals in what we will call a "Christian Marriage":
Those in a Christian Marriage will tend and care for one another in love. For Jesus said the greatest commandment was that you love one another.
Those in a Christian Marriage will go out of their way to help one another.
Those in a Christian Marriage will build up and edify one another.
Those in a Christian Marriage will mutually respect one another.
Those in a Christian Marriage will share one another's burdens.
Those in a Christian Marriage will joyfully sacrifice for one another.
Those in a Christian Marriage will pray for one another and live peacefully with one another.
Those in a Christian Marriage will be members of one another and be as one body and, as much as possible, they will be of one mind.
Those in a Christian Marriage will be humble and not think more highly of themselves than they should.
Those in a Christian Marriage will be tolerant, longsuffering, kind and forgiving of one another.
Those in a Christian Marriage will sow into great love, goodness, compassion and commitment so that they will harvest those in the relationship.
Those in a Christian Marriage will seek love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness and faith.
Those in a Christian Marriage will seek to avoid vanities, envying or provoking one another.
Those in a Christian Marriage will be subject, in love, to one another with respect and honor.
Those in a Christian Marriage will love one another as they love themselves and as Christ has loved us to the point of giving his own life for our good.
Those in a Christian Marriage will live a life of good works, willing to communicate and keeping the faith.
Those in a Christian Marriage will be swift to listen, slow to speak, and slow to grow angry.
Those in a Christian Marriage may grow angry but will not let the sun set on unresolved issues but will seek to make peace, ask and receive forgiveness, and work to improve.
This cycle throbs with purpose, with forward movement, and with change and new life.
Change is the constant companion of growth and it is our ability to accept and enjoy each new phase of life that brings personal satisfaction.
Change is an opportunity to make course corrections, expand knowledge and gain useful experience.
Yes, each year we add a year. Look at a tree silently adding rings, branches, stretching toward the sun and deep inside all the secrets of the universe, the events of the passing years, and the flexibility that insured survival, all wait to be learned in their own time.
It is New Year...a new life awaits for those with the courage to begin anew.
Teaching a class on general humanities several years ago, I had used church architecture as one of the
Churches (and the denominations they represent) are classified as Low Church and High Church in regards to their worship styles.
Low Church refers to the less liturgical religious traditions. Into this area will generally fall most Baptist, Pentecostal, Charismatic, Holiness, and non-denominational groups. These groups will take great pride in following what they understand to be a more Biblical, less Catholic, and purer form of worship experience. These groups often see history as a shackle to be shaken off and discarded in a never ending search for a new and more impressive spiritual experience in the present.
High Church refers to the more liturgical religious traditions. Into this area will generally fall most Presbyterian, Lutheran, Catholic, Methodist and Episcopal churches. These groups will take great pride in following what they understand to be more Biblical, historical, and traditional form of worship experience. These groups often see history as a companion who enriches, teaches and makes meaningful the life of a person or a church.
Some groups will straddle a middle ground in the use of a liturgy (a word meaning the public service and refers here to an order of worship with responses and specific elements in a printed handout), robes for the clergy and processions into and out of the sanctuary.
Strangely, though, even those churches who would claim to be free of such formalisms as a liturgy actually use a liturgy. They are like the old Christian who proudly claimed they had "no creed but Christ" not understanding they had just named their creed. There is an underlying structure to the more "free" church service with its own formal, accepted and repeated practices: a welcome, three songs, a prayer, an offering, a sermon and a prayer/dismissal/altar call. These groups simply do not bother to write it down and often are more flexible as to order or time.
Given all of these details, as I observed the Gothic nature of the sanctuary of my present church home it caused me to wonder. What does it mean to worship in a "Gothic" sanctuary? How should the form of this place influence and shape the nature of the worship experience or personal spiritual response? This led to other questions such as what is the Biblical definition of worship, what are the expectations of the person who worships and how will this form contribute to a person's spiritual growth?
The journey will begin with the last question answered first...
Marilyn A. Hudson
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