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Resources exploring what the Bible says and how we can know what it says.


  • Son of David, Son of Abraham by Ron Julian. Explains the importance of Matthew’s beginning his Gospel with a genealogy. (1/18; posted 2/19)
  • Pearls before Swine by Ron Julian. Discusses what Jesus meant in Matthew 7:6 when he said, “Do not throw your pearls before the swine.” (10/17; posted 2/19)
  • Pure in Heart by Ron Julian. Explores what Jesus means in the Beatitudes when he says, “Blessed are the pure in heart.” (August/17; posted 2/19)
  • Forbear with One Another by Ron Julian. Discusses “forbearing” with one another as taught in Philippians 4:4-7. (4/17; posted 2/19)
  • Lead Us Not Into Temptation by Ron Julian. Explores the meaning of the phrase “do not lead us into temptation” in Matthew 6. (10/16; posted 1/18)
  • Be “Perfect” by Ron Julian. Explains Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 5:48. (9/16; posted 1/18)
  • Why Rachel? by David Crabtree. Elucidates the meaning of “Rachel weeping” in Jeremiah 31:15. (4/16; posted 1/18)
  • My Hour Is Not Yet by Jack Crabtree. Describes the first coming of Jesus and the account of Jesus and Mary at Cana to exhort us to be ready for Jesus' second coming. (12/15; posted 10/16)
  • Which Translation Is Best? by Charley Dewberry. Discusses the value of the Septuagint (Greek translation of the Hebrew Scriptures) in relation to the Masoretic text (Hebrew). (10/15; posted 10/16)
  • The Greatest Sign by Ron Julian. Discusses what Jesus considered the greatest sign of his messiahship. (6/15; posted 6/15)
  • Valuing Crumbs by David Crabtree. Comments on the relationship between Jews and Gentiles by telling the story of a gentile woman who asks Jesus to heal her daughter. (5/15; posted 5/15)
  • The Second Thoughts of John the Baptist by David Crabtree. Finds encouragement in John the Baptist's questioning whether Jesus is the Messiah. (5/14; posted 4/15)
  • The True Story of Christmas by Jack Crabtree. Tells the Christmas story as the Bible, rather than traditional Christianity, presents it. (12/13; posted 4/15)
  • The Way of Balaam by Ron Julian. (2 Peter 2-3) Explores the story of Balaam to explain Peter’s teaching on false teachers. (10/12; posted 3/13)
  • Does the Sermon on the Mount Say Anything New? by David Crabtree. Compares Jesus’ teaching with rabbinic teaching of the same time period. (03/12; posted 3/13)
  • The Teaching of the Kingdom Parables by Ron Julian. (Matthew 13) Explores the picture of the coming Kingdom of God that emerges in Jesus' "Kingdom parables." (10/11; posted 3/13)
  • What Would Jesus Read? by David Crabtree. Conjectures about what Jesus might have been reading during his forty days in the desert. (06/11; posted 3/13)
  • At the Right Hand by Ron Julian. Looks at several Bible passages to discuss the past and present significance of Jesus being God’s Messiah. (12/10; posted 2/11)
  • Hidden in a Field by Ron Julian. (Matthew 13) Discusses one of Jesus’ kingdom parables. (11/10; posted 2/11)
  • Hallowed Be Thy Name by Ron Julian. Elucidates the opening lines of the Lord’s Prayer. (1/10; posted 2/11)
  • Crucified with Christ by Larry Barber. (Galatians 2:11-20) Explores what embracing the true gospel means in the life of a believer. (8/08; posted 1/10)
  • The Friend at Midnight by Ron Julian. (Luke 11: 5-8) Clarifies Jesus’ teaching in the Parable of the Friend at Midnight and how that teaching relates to prayer. (10/09; posted 1/10)
  • A Well-rounded Christianity: Revelation 2 & 3 by Earle Craig. (Revelation 2-3) Looks at the seven letters to the churches in Revelation 2 and 3 to argue that Christians need to be well-rounded in their Christianity in order for it to be authentic. (9/09; posted 1/10)
  • The Grace of Job by Nancy Scott. (Book of Job) Reflects on the Book of Job and what it reveals about God’s response to human suffering. (4/09; posted 1/10)
  • Jesus, Jacques, and the American Church by Jack Crabtree. (John 3) Discusses church “technique” in light of Jesus’ interaction with Nicodemus. (3/06; posted 7/08)
  • Why the Parables? Reflections on True Understanding by R. Wesley Hurd. Explores why Jesus taught through parables and stories. (9/07; posted 10/07)
  • Fundamentalism and Biblical Interpretation by Ron Julian. Looks at the impact of Christian fundamentalism on how we understand and apply the Bible's teaching. (11/02; posted 9/03)
  • Motivations: The Heart of the Matter by Larry Barber. Looks at Luke 12:1-5 to discuss how behavior reveals motivations. (6/02; posted 6/02)
  • The Thief in the Night by Ron Julian. (Matthew 24: 42-51) Discusses what should be our attitude toward end-time events. (12/01; posted 3/02)
  • Answers to Chapter One by Ron Julian. Provides answers to the study questions at the end of chapter one of The Language of God. (2/02; posted 2/02)
  • Answers to Chapter Two by David Crabtree. Provides answers to the study questions at the end of chapter two of The Language of God. (2/02; posted 2/02)
  • Answers to Chapter Three by David Crabtree. Provides answers to the study questions at the end of chapter three of The Language of God. (2/; posted 2/02)
  • Answers to Chapter Four by Ron Julian. Provides answers to the study questions at the end of chapter four of The Language of God. (2/02; posted 2/02)
  • Answers to Chapter Six by David Crabtree. Provides answers to the study questions at the end of chapter six of The Language of God. (2/02; posted 2/02)
  • Answers to Chapter Seven by David Crabtree. Provides answers to the study questions at the end of chapter seven of The Language of God. (2/02; posted 2/02)
  • Answers to Chapter Eight by Jack Crabtree. Provides answers to the study questions at the end of chapter eight of The Language of God. (1/03; posted 2/02)
  • Understanding the Bible by Jack Crabtree. Reinforces and supplements some points made in The Language of God. (2/02; posted 2/02)
  • Commonsense Interpretation by Jack Crabtree. Shows the original, longer version of the conclusion to The Language of God. (2/02; posted 2/02)
  • Longing for Glory by Ron Julian. (I Corinthians 3:18) Defines the "glory" that is the hope of every believer. (6/00; posted 1/02)
  • Only One Thing Necessary by Jack Crabtree. (Luke 10:38-42) Explores Jesus' puzzling interaction with Mary and Martha. (11/99; posted 1/02)
  • A Story Observed by Larry Barber. (Luke 10:25-37) Unpacks the story of the Good Samaritan and the interaction which leads to it. (5/96; posted 1/02)
  • The Struggle to See by Larry Barber. (Luke 10:30-35) Discusses the parable of the Good Samaritan. (10/99; posted 1/02)
  • Biblical? by Ron Julian. Asserts that "doing what the Bible says" is not always biblical. (1/01; posted 2/01)
  • Appeal for Radical Biblicism by Jack Crabtree. Calls for a radical commitment to the search for what the Bible actually means. (8/97; posted 2/01)
  • Bible Study for What Ails Us by Jack Crabtree. (Revelation 2:1-11) Defends the importance of pursuing doctrinal understanding. (12/97; posted 2/01)
  • Sharper Than Any Sword by Jack Crabtree. (Hebrews 4:12-13) Explains how the proclamation of the gospel lays bare the hidden person of the heart. (10/94; posted 2/01)
  • The Next Time I Study Revelation by Ron Julian. (Revelation) Sheds light on the nature of the Bible's most enigmatic book. (8/98; posted 2/01)
  • The Holiness of Financial Independence by Jack Crabtree. (I Thessalonians 4:9-12) Explores Paul's teaching about "working with your hands" and its implications for Christian fundraising. (10/95; posted 2/01)
  • The Tao of Faith by Jack Crabtree. (Galatians 5) Discusses the concept of 'woo we' in Taoism and the striking parallels between it and the Evangelical understanding of "walking by the Spirit." (2/94; posted 2/01)
  • My Next Mid-life Crisis by Ron Julian. (I Corinthians 12, 13) Presents I Corinthians 12 and 13 as the ultimate answer to a believer's "mid-life crisis." (9/91; posted 2/01)
  • In Defense of God’s Love by Ron Julian. (Romans 5:1-11) Uses Romans 5 to describe and clarify the enigmatic love of God. (2/97; posted 2/01)
  • The Prayers of Paul by Ron Julian. Holds up the great prayers of Paul as a mirror in which to examine our fundamental commitments. (2/96; posted 2/01)
  • Two Reflections on Thomas and the Story of Easter by Jack Crabtree. (John 20:24-29) Portrays "doubting Thomas" as a model for truth-seeking and a lesson in the miracle of faith. (6/94; posted 2/01)
  • Counting the Cost by Ron Julian. (Luke 14:26-33) Proposes that we OUGHT to be like the man who doesn't build a tower and the king who doesn't go to battle. (8/94; posted 2/01)
  • Bigotry by Larry Barber. (Luke 18:10-14) Uses the parable of the tax-gatherer and the Pharisee to define true bigotry. (9/93; posted 2/01)
  • Testing God by Ron Julian. (Matthew 4:5-7) Looks at the prohibition against "testing God" found in the second temptation of Jesus. (2/98; posted 2/01)
  • The Parable of the Ten Virgins by Jack Crabtree. (Matthew 25:1-13) Explains the parable as a call to a deep and persevering desire for the kingdom of God. (1/95; posted 2/01)
  • Unorthodoxy by Jack Crabtree. (Matthew 25:14-30) Asserts that "orthodoxy" can be a way of burying one's talent in the ground. (12/93; posted 2/01)
  • The Power of the Parables by Ron Julian. (Matthew 13) Presents the dynamic manner in which the parables of Jesus communicate. (4/93; posted 2/01)
  • Hypocrisy of Another Kind by Larry Barber. (Luke 12:1-5) Explains what Jesus meant by "the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy." (11/96; posted 2/01)
  • Futility by R. Wesley Hurd. (Ecclesiastes) Explores the dark, realistic vision of life found in Ecclesiastics. (1/96; posted 2/01)
  • The Lord is My Shepherd by Ron Julian. (Psalm 23) Explains the life and death issues involved in Psalm 23. (7/97; posted 2/01)
  • In Praise of Manna by Jack Crabtree. (Deuteronomy 8:1-10) Illustrates the place of suffering in the Christian life through the story of the manna in the wilderness. (5/95; posted 2/01)
  • The Lesson of the Exodus by David Crabtree. (Exodus) Draws the analogy between how God dealt with Israel in the exodus and how He deals with us today. (9/97; posted 2/01)
  • Understanding the Second Commandment by Jack Crabtree. (Exodus 20:4-6) Highlights the transcendent nature of God taught by the commandment against "graven images." (6/95; posted 2/01)

Audio Series

Audio series with talks related to Bible Study.

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  • Many of the MSC audio files below were first recorded at Reformation Fellowship, where some of the MSC staff teach.

The Language of God

This section of our website is devoted to supplementary materials for The Language of God, a book on interpretation by David Crabtree, Jack Crabtree, and Ron Julian. Here you will find answers to the study questions at the end of each chapter.

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