My name is Kevin W. Rhodes. I am an author, instructor, minister, and host of the Gospel Broadcasting Network’s program Expositions. Making these work together has been my challenge for some time now. Fortunately, I get to go home each day to a wonderful, intelligent, talented wife and two great daughters who are too grown up for a man my age. They make me smile and keep me grounded.
I am a graduate of Cisco College (Associate of Applied Arts in Music (1989)), the University of Central Missouri (Bachelor of Science in History), West Texas A & M University (Master of Arts in History (2006); Master of Education in Instructional Design and Technology (2016)), Tarleton State University (Master of Arts in Political Science (2011)), and Mid-West School of Biblical Studies (Diploma in Bible (1992)). Despite the required work, I enjoy learning, and I have always found a way to apply what I am studying to my life and work.
Over the last twenty-five+ years I have served as a minister in five different congregations in three different states, working with the Granbury Street Church of Christ in Cleburne, Texas since December 2003. During that time I also served for a while as the Director of Curriculum for Midwestern School of Preaching and as the Associate Editor of Sound Words for fourteen years. I have had the privilege of speaking around the country on various biblical subjects, giving marriage seminars and singing schools, and meeting some wonderful people. And now, I have the opportunity to have a conversation about these things and more with you.
- I enjoy target shooting and bowling because they both require focus and concentration, ironically helping me relax.
- I was a Tuba major in college before training to preach. Favorite solo? Beelzebub. I know. Strange choice for a preacher.
- I love almost all styles of music if performed well, though partial to those I have performed.
- I am a member of Phi Theta Kappa, Phi Alpha Theta, and Pi Gamma Mu.
- I enjoy playing my guitars and writing songs when I have time and have recorded a CD of my own music (mostly country) that really should listen to sometime.
- I think John Denver was the greatest singer-songwriter of all time despite his confused views on nature.
- I love photographing waterfalls, something that usually forms the basis for a family vacation each year.
- I have Asperger’s Syndrome. Fortunately, most people do not realize this.
- If you don’t know me personally, just think about a cross between Mr. Darcy and Sherlock Holmes.
How can I subscribe to your blog. I use Expositions as part of my daily bible study.
I would suggest using some form of an RSS Reader, if possible. I do not send this out another way. Thank you for watching and for reading!
Breaking bread does not, necessarily, mean that they are having the Lord’s supper, they could just be having a meal. In Acts 20:7, Paul did not have the luxury of finding a ship any time he wanted.
Acts 2:46 So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart,
I am afraid I cannot tell the context of your comment. You are correct that the phrase “breaking bread” is used two different ways in the New Testament. However, the context of Acts 20:7 places it firmly in the context of a church assembly and distinct from a common meal which they also enjoyed.
While Paul was at the mercy of the ships that came into port, in the first century, shipping was the lifeline of the Roman economy, and the province of Asia was the wealthiest and most prosperous province in the empire due to its trade, which was made possible largely due to its many ports and the regularity of the shipping that came to them aside from the winter months when the weather made this difficult.
Thank you for reading.
Hello Brother Rhodes,
I am reaching out to you to thank you and to encourage you to continue in the wonderful works that you have accomplished in the Lord. During these trying and troublesome times, my family has greatly benefitted from GBN. Over the past month, we have enjoyed your Expositions program as we have studied the epistles on John. You have helped us grow in our understanding of fellowship and love.
I pray that all things are well with you and that you remain strengthened and enthusiastic in the Lord.
Thank you so much, Shane! Thank you for watching and for letting me know my program has proven to have some value for you. May God bless you in your ongoing studies.
A scripture that has been misquoted by the translators is:
Acts 20:7 Now on the first [day] of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul, ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his message until midnight.
“the first” in the scripture is actually “one” Strong’s G3391.
“of the week” is actually “the seventh” Strong’s G4521.
So the scripture should read:
Acts 20:7 Now on one seventh day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul, ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his message until midnight.
I heard Mr. Rhodes say that the Apocrypha was uninspired and speculation; here are a couple of things that tie it to the Old Testament:
Jeremiah 36:10 Then Baruch read from the book the words of Jeremiah in the house of the LORD, in the chamber of Gemariah the son of Shaphan the scribe, in the upper court at the entry of the New Gate of the LORD’s house, in the hearing of all the people.
Baruch in this verse is the same Book of Baruch in the Apocrypha.
Old Testament: Esther 1:1 NOW it came to pass in the days of Ahasuerus1 (this [was] the Ahasuerus who reigned over one hundred and twenty-seven provinces, from India to Ethiopia),
Apocrypha: Esther 1:1 Now it came to pass in the days of Ahasuerus, (this is Ahasuerus which reigned, from India even unto Ethiopia, over an hundred and seven and twenty provinces:)
Since both the Apocrypha echos the Old Testament, I would not say that it is uninspired or speculation.