John Hemer, 19/12/2016
It has become almost orthodoxy in some scholarly circles to assume that Paul and Jesus were wrong about the future of the world. They were, the argument goes, both convinced that some time soon after the resurrection Jesus would come back again and sort everything out and put an end to the world.
John Hemer, 05/12/2016
It is clear to even the most casual reader that at the beginning of both John’s gospel and his first letter Jesus is seen as having existed from the beginning, and that the man who walked in Galilee was none other than the one through whom God created the universe. That’s what the Church believes about him. But, say the critics, the idea of Christ's pre-existence is a very late development,
Armanda Santos, FSP, 21/11/2016
Our hope is that as your faith increases the scope of our activity will be greatly enlarged, so that we’ll be able to proclaim the good news to lands beyond you....
2 Corinthians 10:15–16
In the last five chapters of Romans, Paul draws some practical conclusions from the dense doctrinal considerations of the first half of his letter. It all begins with a statement which could be described as a manifesto for Christian living: I appeal to you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship (Rmns 12:1).
John Hemer, 17/10/2016
I found when sharing the gospel in Pakistan, many Hindus would tell me that they believed in Jesus as the incarnation of God, but only one among many. Their basic world view was the Hindu one, a world populated by hundreds of thousands of gods, and they found a place for Christ in that.
John Hemer, 03/10/2016
Paul spent two years at Ephesus (Acts 19:10) much longer than anywhere else, apart from the time he was under arrest at Rome. One of the reasons people doubt his personal authorship of the letter to the Ephesians is that the style is so different to his other letters.
Bernardita Dianzon, FSP, 19/09/2016
I live by the faith of the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me (Gal 2:20).
John Hemer, 05/09/2016
If the Law was the thing that enabled a Jew to be at rights with God, in some ways its Christian equivalent is the Holy Spirit. A Jewish boy at the age of twelve makes his bar mitzvah – making him a “son of the commandment” or son of the Law.
John Hemer, 22/08/2016
Who was it said that “an Englishman is someone who, in the lottery of life, has drawn the winning ticket”? The early Paul was like a football fan who managed to secure a seat for the FA cup final. In the meantime, he strikes up a friendship with the manager of Wembley stadium who tells him to just to turn up on the day and meet him at such and such a place for a great spot.