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BIG THEOLOGY LESSONS WHILE CUTTING SMALL ONIONS FOR MY WIFE IN THE KITCHEN / Duke Jeyaraj

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As I was helping my wife in the kitchen in cutting ‘small’ onions (I do not do it often, let me be frank!), this morning a big theology lesson came to my mind: reading the Bible in context is very important. The word ‘onions’ can be the kitchen item for some, or the English fast-bowler called Graham Onions (for cricket-mad people like me). The context determines the meaning. So when we read the Bible read the Bible in context. If you pull a verse out of context, you can easily change its meaning! For example 2 Cor. 5:21 which talks about believers being the “righteousness of God” cannot support the cultic, taking-people-to-hell hyper-grace teaching for the very next very which is unfortunately in the next chapter says this: “Working together with him, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain” (2 Cor. 6:1). Yes, the Grace of God does not absolve ourselves of the responsibility we have to work together with him – empowered by the Spirit – so that we will live holy. Non-cooperation with the Grace of God – this passage teaches – can cause make it a case of ‘grace of God (received) in vain’.

(Duke Jeyaraj, an evangelist-Bible Teacher-writer, is the founder of Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission, the G4 Mission).

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Duke Jeyaraj was born to missionary parents in Vellore, South India and was saved at the age of 11 and committed for ministry and received the Holy Spirit Baptism at the age of 13. God opened the door for him to preach first as a school boy at the age of 16. He is a trained Agricultural Engineer [B. Tech from SHIATS, Allahabad, India], who did not pursue a career in the line of his education but nevertheless enjoys growing cacti in the balcony of his rented Chennai flat, during his spare time! He could have been a sports commentator but prefers to wrap Bible Truth around sports magic moments and other interesting-to-Google Genners contemporary events. God’s call upon him made him utterly restless and he obeyed that call to by founding the Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission (G4 Mission) in 2006 to finally find serenity after having served as a International Bank Customer Service Executive/Youth Pastor/Bible College Teacher/Missionary/Youth Mag Editor. G4 Mission is not a church but an inter-denominational ministry to present-day people, a ministry which Duke works full time for, as an itinerant presenter/preacher/writer-at-residence since 2008 along with his wife, putting to use the formal theological training he received from Southern Asia Bible College in Bangalore-India [M. Div - a Gold Medal performance in 2001 & Doctor of Ministry - with project on Making Disciples of Modern Young Working Professionals Among India's Google Generation, World-wide]. Several Christian publications have carried Duke's articles over the years and at present Aim Magazine (the voice of  the Evangelical Fellowship of India an umbrella body of over 65,000 Indian churches/organisations), regularly carries Duke's writings. Duke's Bible-teaching book on Sex, Love, Marriage, Porn and more called, Straight Talk, is presently available on Amazon and Google Books.  Duke has preached by invitation beyond his national borders (we are talking about nations such as Bangladesh, Singapore, Germany, Nepal and the United Arab Emirates). Duke is called a 'Reverend' by a leading denomination (even as his ministry remains indepedent and inter-church).  Duke is called ‘dad’ by Dale (now a St. Stephen's Delhi student) and Datasha (now in Class 9) and ‘hubby’ by Evangelin (the daughter of a missionary couple to Odisha who is a hospital admin grad currently studying M. A. in Biblical Studies with SAIACS Bangalore) and calls Chennai, India, his current home after living in Hyderabad till June 2021. In case your curiosity is triggered by hearing all this, you may checkout www.dukewords.com [if you are the reading plain text type], www.soundcloud.com/shoutaloud [if you are part of the audio-listening tribe] and www.youtube.com/visitduke [if you group yourself with the video-steaming generation])

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