Author - Jonathan Watson

Sense of the Day: Church

Sense: church n. — an orderly congregation specifically of those who trust in Jesus as the Messiah (or those who compose it). Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches (ἐκκλησία). Rev 3:13 New Testament authors...

The Godfather of Jerusalem

Many readers will remember Francis Ford Coppola’s classic, The Godfather. The movie is vaguely reminiscent of the narrative in 1 Kings 2. An aging patriarch explains to his son the steps he must take to solidify a new regime. In the movie, Michael...

Sense of the Day: Anger <=> Spirit

Sense: anger <=> spirit n. — anger that is directed at a real or supposed grievance. A fool gives full vent to anger (רוּחַ), but the wise quietly holds it back. Pr 29:11 (NRSV) Translations of Proverbs 29:11 vary significantly. The NRSV and...

Sense of the Day: Overseer (Church)

Sense: overseer (church) n. — a leader who watches over, directs, cares, and is accountable for an assembly of believers. Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers (ἐπίσκοπος), to care...

Sense of the Day: Cross <=> Tree

Sense: cross <=> tree n. — a cross understood especially from its origin and the material that composes it. He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross (ξύλον), so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds you...

Sense of the Day: Spiritual

Sense: spiritual adj. — concerning the immaterial and supernatural aspect of reality; especially as of human souls and other supernatural entities. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities...

Sense of the Day: Brotherly Love

Sense: brotherly love n. — the affection naturally befitting the relationship between siblings; especially as the affection of those who are now siblings in God’s family. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor...

Sense of the Day: To Cause to Sin

Sense: to cause to sin v. — tocause to violate a divine law. They will not live in your land, lest they cause you to sin against me when you serve their gods, for it will be a snare to you. Ex 23:33 In Exodus 23, God is giving a warning to his...

Sense of the Day: To Show Glory

Sense: to show glory v. — to display one’s glory or make one’s glory known. Sing, O heavens, for the LORD has done it; shout, O depths of the earth; break forth into singing, O mountains, O forest, and every tree in it! For the LORD has redeemed...

Sense of the Day: Lawyer

Sense: lawyer n. — a professional person authorized to practice law; especially expected to have significant rhetorical abilities. Five days later the high priest Ananias went down to Caesarea with some of the elders and a lawyer (ῥήτωρ) named...

Sense of the Day: To Teach

Sense: to teach v. — to impart skills or knowledge to. But I have this against you: you tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophet and is teaching (διδάσκω) and beguiling my servants to practice fornication and to eat food sacrificed...

Sense of the Day: To Be Foolish

Sense: to be foolish v. — to be or become devoid of good sense or judgment. Claiming to be wise, they became fools (μωραίνομαι); and they exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling a mortal human being or birds or four-footed...

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