F. F. Bruce and W. E. Vine

I think it would be cool if someone took time to update it, you know… in service to the church.  😁

A Word in Edgewise

Most pastors I know, and a few laypeople, have a particular book in their library.  It is typically referred to as “Vine’s Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words.”  It was originally published in four volumes but is available now in a single volume.  Vine’s refers to W. E. Vine.

Recently a friend of mine, Frank Couch, sent me some information which I find compelling and likely true, but I’ve never read it before.  It is in a document from Robert F. Hicks, and it indicates that when Vine was writing his now-famous book, F. F. Bruce, who was destined to become one of the finest NT scholars of his age, was hard at work with him. Vine's expository dictionary

Hicks it seems is now in charge of the works of the late W. E. Vine.  He knows Vine’s immediate family and his personal secretary, John Williamson.

Hicks came to understand through his contact…

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Hosanna! or Crucify Him!?

It is often taught and preached (we go always go with what preaches, right? 😉 ) that the same crowd that sang “Hosanna!” is the same crowd that cried out “Crucify him!”  Well…

Marc Turnage, Director of the Assemblies of God Center for Holy Lands Studies, says, not so fast…  He writes in part:

Most Christians have heard at least one sermon stating, “The crowds that cried, ‘Hosanna’ on Palm Sunday cried, ‘Crucify’ on Good Friday.” But there is evidence in the Gospel narratives that Jesus’ death was primarily incited by Jerusalem’s religious leaders. Many of the common people would be receptive to His teaching in the temple during Passion Week and would mourn His arrest and crucifixion.

Funny how this works.  Jesus was a man of the people.  He came to seek and save the lost not to lord it over people and put many burdens on them.  It’s usually the people who love the liberator and the leaders that hate him is it not?

Jesus came to serve and to set people free.  The leaders wanted to control the people and often put heavy burdens on them.

I’m wondering if there is a case of true leadership verse false leadership going on here as well…

True leadership serves others and sets them free to truly be.  False leadership is self-serving and seeks to control others and how they live.

True leadership is humble and lowly, seeking only to serve.  False leadership is proud and haughty, and exalts itself over others.

Jesus exhibits the characteristics of a true leader.  The Jewish leaders (Scribes, Pharisees, Sadducees, experts in the Law and so on) they were not true leaders, they were false ones.

May this Palm Sunday be a reminder that Jesus Christ, our true leader, is also our Lord and our King.

Let our hearts truly sing:

Hosanna!  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!

Blessings,