The Messiah
Studies by Author

Caravaggio's Inspiration of St. Matthew

Egyptian Coptic

icon of Mark

Irish Celtic

icon of Luke

Russian Orthodox

icon of John


Apostle Paul

Rembrandt's Apostle Peter in Prison

Rembrandt's Apostle James

Manuscript of Hebrews



Luke & Acts


Paul Peter & Jude James Hebrews


Developing the Gifts of the Spirit

Spiritual Gifts Video Series, Neighborhood Church of Dorchester

Introduction to the Spirit's Gifts (Mako Nagasawa, Apr 23, 2017)

The Gift of Mercy (and ppt) (Dishon Mills, Apr 30, 2017)
The Gift of Prophecy (and ppt) Paulea Mooney-McCoy, May 7, 2017)

The Gift of Healing (Nick and Sheila Rowe, May 14, 2017)

The Gift of Teaching (Jason Cross, May 21, 2017)

The Gift of Pastoring p1 and p2 (and ppt) (Mako Nagasawa, May 28, 2017)

The Gift of Evangelism, part 1 (and ppt) (Mako Nagasawa, Jun 4, 2017)

The Gift of Evangelism, part 2 (and ppt) (Mako Nagasawa, Jun 11, 2017)

The Gift of Encouragement, part 1 (Valerie Copeland, Jun 18, 2017)

The Gift of Encouragement, part 2 (and ppt) (Valerie Copeland, Jun 25, 2017)

The Gifts of Tongues and Interpretation (and ppt) Mako Nagasawa, Jul 2, 2017)

The Gift of Giving (Mako Nagasawa, Nov 16, 2014)


Studies of the Gospels & Acts Taken Together

Christian Spiritual Development Based on the Gospels:  A Diagram for Personal Growth

The Resurrection of Jesus - Its Historicity and Meaning 

What Does Jesus' Death Mean?

A Practical Framework for Reconciliation

Hell as Fire and Darkness: Remembrance of Sinai as Covenant Rejection in Matthew's Gospel

Big Questions About God: Contrasting Early and High Federal Calvinist Theologies

Why Jesus? (Harvard Ichthus, Fall 2012)

Who is Jesus? (Harvard Ichthus, Spr 2014)

How to Experience God in Scripture (video, Jan 4, 2015)

Helpful books and articles

* Kenneth Bailey, Informal Controlled Oral Tradition and the Synoptic Gospels

* C.S. Lewis, "Modern Theology and Biblical Criticism" in the book Christian Reflections

* Stephen Colbert, Interview with Bart Ehrman (Colbert Report, Apr 9, 2009)

* Tony Costa, Was Adoptionism the Earliest Christology? A Response to Bart Ehrman (paper)

* David Instone-Brewer, Bible Scandals: Divorce (BeThinking, 2012) very important considerations for abuse cases

* Roman Krznaric, The Six Ancient Greek Words for Love (and Why Knowing Them Could Change Your Life) (Yes Magazine, Dec 27, 2013)

* Top Tenz, Top 10 Reasons Ancient Rome Was a Pervert's Paradise (Top Tenz, Mar 3, 2014)

* Randall Collins, Jesus in Interaction: The Micro-Sociology of Charisma (blog, Apr 12, 2014)

* Michael Bird, How God became Jesus: Bart Ehrman gets it wrong (ABC News, Apr 16, 2014)

* Rachel Marie Stone, What One of the Anti-Vaccination Movement's Least Favorite Doctors Discovered About Jesus (Washington Post, Apr 13, 2015)

* Top Tenz, Top 10 Horrifying Facts About the Roman Legions (Top Tenz, Dec 6, 2016)


Interpretive Methodology on the Gospels & Acts

The Art of Biblical Narrative:  Special Focus on Luke-Acts

The Art of Biblical Narrative:  A Workshop on Luke 5:1 - 16

Reconciling the Gospels:  The Legion Demoniac:  An Application of the Literary Methodology

Reconciling the Gospels:  Did Matthew, Mark, and Luke Believe Jesus was God?

Why We Must Know All Four Gospels to Interpret One Gospel Well:  The Pastoral Significance of the Synoptic Problem

How to Develop Bible Studies and Curriculum from the Gospels

Helpful books and articles

* Frederic Limon, The Big Mistake in the Second (and Third) Hobbit Movies (video, Oct 24, 2014) makes a great observation about how music works in film which explains how literary allusions work in literature, including Scripture


Essays on Questions Related to the Entire New Testament

The Formation of the New Testament: Why Not the Gospels of Thomas and Judas?

Human Dignity: Does Every Individual Matter?

Slavery in the Bible, Slavery Today (and ppt)

The Rights of Women in the Bible part 1 and part 2

Women in Church Leadership part 1 and part 2

Penal Substitution and Physical Redemption: A Theological Comparison

Evil and the Christian God

The Holy Spirit: An Introduction, Three Aspects of Salvation (and ppt)

The Holy Spirit: His Gifts (and ppt)

The Holy Spirit: The Spirit of Power and the Demons of Old (and ppt)

The Holy Spirit: The Spirit of Truth and Our Enemy the Liar (and ppt)

Spiritual Warfare: The Powers (and ppt)

Spiritual Warfare: Renouncing the Lies of the Enemy (and ppt)

Spiritual Warfare: Jesus' Triumph Over the Liar (ppt)

For more information, please see:

* The Question of the Character of God

* The Question of Evil 

Helpful books and articles

* Thomas F. Torrance, The Ministry of Women affirming women in leadership

* Stephen Kim, What is Femininity ( blog, Dec 7, 2015) a deplorably extreme view of women; he even criticizes John Piper for being soft

* Control: The Reason The Gospel Coalition and CBMW Cannot Actually Condemn Spousal Abuse (Diary of an Autodidact blog, Jan 21, 2016)

* more resources on women in church leadership here

* Scot McKnight, The Silence of Complementarians on Slavery (Patheos blog, Apr 25, 2016) contains very helpful analysis of Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa

* N.T. Wright, Jesus at the Crossroads of History (Southern Methodist University video, Nov 19, 2016) based on his book The Day the Revolution Started

* Marg Mowczko, Were There Women Elders in the New Testament Churches? The Imprecise Use of "Elders" (New Life blog, Jan 21, 2017) and Robert A. Morey, Women Elders in the Early Church (Faith Defenders) gives helpful historical background though a more narrow conclusion than I would



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