Category Archives: Christianity

Not Ignorant Of His Devices: Satan In 2 Corinthians 2

As we promised above, it is time to explore the follow-up to Paul’s disfellowshipment of a man for a public and open sin, rather than a sin that was being struggled with in private as is more common among believers.  … Continue reading

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Satan And The Temptation Of Sexual Sin In 1 Corinthians 7

We find an unusual reference to Satan, if not so unusual given the concerns against sexual immorality that are so common among contemporary believers, in 1 Corinthians 7:1-9.  While it is not my intent here to discuss the context and … Continue reading

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Who Made You A Judge Over Israel?

For a period of some years, from my childhood until my father died, my father and I had a long argument about the nature and structure of authority.  My father was a firm believer in the legitimacy of top-down one-man … Continue reading

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Delivering Unto Satan:  Disfellowshipment In 1 Corinthians 5 and 1 Timothy 1

Normally we would not think it to be a good thing to be delivered to Satan.  It is hard enough for most of us to cope with the spiritual challenges of our lives without losing the protection that comes from … Continue reading

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The God Of Peace Will Crush Satan Under Your Feet: Satan In Romans 16

There are times where a passage that may seem ordinary inspiration actually has a great deal of insight and complexity hidden with it, and that is the case with Paul’s brief mention of Satan being crushed under the feet of … Continue reading

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Turning Them From Darkness:  Satan In Acts 26

We commented earlier in John 8 that Satan discussed a stark contrast between the Seed of Satan and the Seed of Abraham concerning the behavior of people and noted that Paul himself would have been considered among the Seed of … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Tragedy Of The Templars

The Tragedy Of The Templars:  The Rise And Fall Of The Crusader States, by Michael Haag Historians often face a conundrum when it comes to providing context for their books.  On the one hand, with too little context the historian … Continue reading

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Lying To The Holy Spirit:  Satan In Acts 5

When we looked at Luke 22 and John 13, we saw that Luke 22 indicated that Satan had a direct interest in the lives of believers.  We see further evidence of this in Acts 5, when two brethren were led … Continue reading

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Satan Has Asked For You:  Satan’s Actions In Luke 22 and John 13

We have previously examined several occasions (such as the book of Job) where Satan’s hostility to mankind made him an unwilling agent of God’s divine providence in the lives of believers.  In few cases has Satan’s desire to do harm … Continue reading

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Book Review: Tolkien’s Ordinary Virtues

Tolkien’s Ordinary Virtues:  Exploring The Spiritual Themes Of The Lord Of The Rings, by Mark Eddy Smith This book is a classic example of a secondary work whose whole reason for being depends on the primary existence and popularity of … Continue reading

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