The 'thief' may not be who you think it is.
We've been trained to know it's the right answer, like knowing we should buckle our seatbelts or brush our teeth. But it's when we see the wreck at the side of the road or hear the dentist's drill that we realize that the "should" is not just a nicety. Reading Scripture in context sometimes simply enriches the reading, but other times it changes the verse's meaning altogether. It protects us from reading the Bible as merely a safe, spiritual, familiar book. In John 10, there's a wreck on the side of the road that Jesus is desperate for us to see. continue reading >>