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Posts by Bryan Murawski

John 8c – Dueling Pronouns

In English, when we want to emphasize something in writing, we put it in italics.   We can also put an exclamation point at the end of a sentence to give it some added punch! And if you’re over 60 and don’t know any email etiquette, YOU MIGHT WRITE SOMETHING IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS. Or, if…

John 8a – What about the Apocrypha?

Today’s sermon reviewed three “Tests of Canonicity” – factors that helped the early Church determine which books were indeed inspired and which were not. Remember, the Church did not cause these books to become inspired, but merely recognized the already-inspired nature of the NT books. Originally in the sermon I had a 5-minute discussion about…

John 5b – A Pyramid Scheme

Picture this: you’re reading the Bible, and you come across a verse that sounds really familiar. You look back a few sentences and discover that the verse sounds almost exactly like a previous verse you just read! One of the reasons that verses sometimes tend to “mirror” one another is that the author may be…

John 4a – Well, Well, Well…

Jacob’s well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour (John 4:6, ESV).   For early readers of John’s Gospel, especially those working through it for the first time, this statement might have brought up some good old-fashioned Old Testament memories.…

John 1a – The Word Was God

You hear a knock on your door. Opening it, you find two well-dressed men holding Bibles, eager to talk to you about God. They are Jehovah’s Witnesses. During your conversation, you discover that they do not believe that Jesus is God. In fact, they turn to John 1:1 to “prove” it. Your Bible reads: In…

Exodus 36b-37 – Meticulous Repetition and Ezekiel’s Temple

The repetition in Exodus 35-40 functions to demonstrate the exact obedience of the Israelites in fulfilling God’s commands to build the Tabernacle according to the heavenly specifications. The sermon highlighted one occasion where this literary phenomena appears in another Ancient Near Eastern text. There are many examples of meticulous repetition in the Bible itself. Genesis…