The Pastor’s Study

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The Sign Gift of Languages

by Michael Woodward

The Sign Gift of Languages The topic of “tongues,” or “speaking in tongues,” is mentioned in only three books of the NT: once in the earliest Gospel, in one verse, which is Mark 16:17; it is seen in the story of the early church in Acts 2, 10, and 19, and then we find it […]

Should a Woman Be Silent in Church?

by Michael Woodward

“11 Let a woman learn in silence with all submission. 12 I do not permit a woman to teach, nor to have dominion over a man, but to be in quietness.” 1 Timothy 2:11-15 What are the parameters being spoken of here? Are woman to be perfectly silent in church? Should they be overlooked and […]

Did Jesus Go to Hell?

by Michael Woodward
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Did Jesus Go to Hell?  1 Peter 3:18-22 The two questions that stem out from these verses are (1) where did Jesus go during the time period between His death and resurrection, and (2) how is baptism being likened to the flood in these verses? 1 Peter 3:19 (and Ephesians 4:9) are actually catalyst verses […]

What is Hell Like?

by Michael Woodward

Mark 9: 44, 48    C.S. Lewis once wrote, “Hell is one of the chief grounds on which Christianity is attacked as barbarous and the goodness of God impugned.” We all can agree that the topic or idea of hell and what it entails stirs our emotions and our moral sensitivities.

What Does Hebrews 6:4-9 Mean?

by Michael Woodward
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Lose my Salvation? Not Really Saved? These passages are somewhat controversial, misunderstood, and too often contorted to fit into preferred theological boxes.  Box one: These verses teach that people can lose their salvation. Box two: These verses describe people who were not really saved.  I disagree with both of these boxes and see no need […]