Why do ministers bring up the “rapture” when it’s not in the bible? I ask because “rapture” proponents often reject LGTBQ issues.

The rapture question is interesting, because it reflects a preoccupation with last things that was common during the time Jesus and later Paul lived. Both Jesus and Paul probably believed the end would come in their lifetime. We know Paul believed that, and though portraits of Jesus are filtered through later authors, we can infer […]

Near the end of the book of Ruth, why did they use sandals as a legally binding method? I assume, but may be wrong, that they needed their sandals, and could have used something less valuable? That however, may be the point.

Here’s something else I learned from your question. The sandal thing was clearly as strange to the audience of Ruth as it is to us, since the author felt he had to explain it: Now this was the custom in former times in Israel concerning redeeming and exchanging: to confirm a transaction, the one took […]