Bruce Green Articles

The walk of life — part one

BY BRUCE GREEN OPINION — Paul’s letters often fall into a basic, two-part division. The first part is theology while the second is about turning theology into biography. Paul follows this pattern in Ephesians with the first three chapters focusing on teaching and the...

What makes a church special?

OPINION — “I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my pray-ers.” Paul to the Ephesians in 1:16 of his letter. Here’s one of those verses that’s easy to rush right by. It’s not hard to think of Paul’s statement as being the first century equivalent...

Rescued

BY BRUCE GREEN OPINION — Paul starts our story at the cemetery. “You were dead” — not in ICU, not even on life support — we were dead. A dead person is powerless to change their situation. Before death we had choices, options and opportunities, but after death that...

Out of this world — part two

BY BRUCE GREEN OPINION — Last week we looked at the “heavenly realms,” a phrase Paul uses five times in Ephesians. We talked about it being 1) different than heaven, 2) the realm of spirit activity, 3) a place of both good and evil spiritual powers and 4) as real as...
Out of this world, part one

Out of this world, part one

BY BRUCE GREEN OPINION — “Heavenly realms” or “heavenly places” (ESV) is a phrase unique to Ephesians. It comes from the Greek word, epouraniois....

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Pulling back the curtain, part 1

Pulling back the curtain, part 1

OPINION —We’ve seen some amazing things in Daniel: a king who becomes animal-like and then later has his humanity restored, three young men are...

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Pulling back the curtain, part 1

Clean, bright and new

BY BRUCE GREEN OPINION —I hope the past year has gone well for you and that the new one will be even better. I think New Year’s Day is a great...

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Out of this world, part one

The vulnerable Lord of the manger

BY BRUCE GREEN OPINION —While we were enjoying Christmas with our loved ones two years ago, the James Webb telescope was being launched into space....

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Daniel 8 and Hannukah

BY BRUCE GREEN OPINION —Daniel receives his vision of chapter 8 in 550 B.C. In his vision, he is in the “citadel of Susa” — the capital of the...

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Out of this world, part one

There is no substitute

BY BRUCE GREEN OPINION —You can’t pour from an empty cup, as the saying goes.Most of us are familiar with this saying. More to the point, we are...

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The good news of God’s reign

The good news of God’s reign

BY BRUCE GREEN OPINION —Daniel has a dream in the first year of Belshazzar (7:1). The dream is an expansion of the one he interpreted for...

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Out of this world, part one

Thanksliving

BY BRUCE GREEN OPINION —The story of David and his desire to build a temple for God is recorded in 2 Samuel 7. By this point in David’s life, a lot...

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