Being a youth pastor now means teaching a lot of lessons. In my Sunday school lessons lately, I’ve been working on a project to go through the story of the whole Bible. This has been pretty interesting to work on, and this post just reflects some of the observations I’ve made while making lessons for … Continue reading "Assorted Observations on Early Genesis"
Romans 9 is an interesting and often difficult passage. I’m going to very briefly sketch the way I am inclined to read it, particularly to note the way I don’t think it supports the Calvinistic doctrine of unconditional election, but rather undermines it. Contextual setup: Paul has been defending his Gospel of justification by the faithfulness … Continue reading "Romans 9 in 500 Words or Less"
I was reading 1 Corinthians 1-2 this morning and ran across a couple of passages that really stuck out to me. They speak fairly well for themselves (isn’t Scripture good about that?), but I will highlight the basic thoughts in them that I found so compelling. The first passage is 1 Corinthians 1:17-31. But I won’t … Continue reading "Two Thoughts from 1 Corinthians"
Is the Lord’s Prayer really an eschatological prayer, a wish for God to usher in the Kingdom and finish all things? Some people have suggested so, and it actually seems likely enough. So here is a possible way to read the Lord’s Prayer as a prayer for Christ to return: Our Father in heaven – The … Continue reading "Is the Lord's Prayer for Jesus to Return?"
[This is my term paper for my Old Testament Backgrounds. Enjoy.] Introduction If a hundred people had to describe the text of Exodus 28, which covers the garments of the Aaronic priesthood, in a single word, “boring” would probably win a majority, or at least a strong plurality, of the votes. This is probably true even … Continue reading "Aaron Adorned by Christ: The Meaning of the Priestly Vestments"
[“Glimpses: Seeing Christ before Christ” is an ongoing series consisting of brief reflections on places in the Old Testament that the light of Christ can be seen.] Today I was reading Genesis 50:15-26 and I noticed something exciting. At the conclusion of the long struggle of Joseph’s story, his brothers come before him in fear, barely hoping on … Continue reading "Glimpses: Joseph and Jesus Say "Fear Not""
My devotional reading has recently taken me through 1 John. I found some things in the book particularly edifying and decided the thoughts they inspired might be worth sharing. So here are my lightly edited notes straight from my journal. (After this, you should totally reread 1 John if you haven’t done it in a while, because … Continue reading "Notes on 1 John"
A brief new series of mine: Psalm 23. It’s just a little devotional series, designed to be used precisely as that: a devotional. In particular, this shall be a weekly one, taking the psalm one line at a time. The Lord is my shepherd Psalm 23 starts off with a familiar and beloved beginning. God, … Continue reading "Psalm 23: The Lord Is My Shepherd"
Why do the nations rebel and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth take their stand, and the rulers conspire together against the LORD and His Anointed One: “Let us tear off their chains and free ourselves from their restraints.” The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord ridicules them. Then He … Continue reading "Using Psalms: Psalm 2 and the Sovereign Son"
[This is the third post in my Bible study on Mark. See the others here.] As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, “See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way; the voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the LORD, make his paths … Continue reading "Jesus the Apocalypse: The Announcement of Elijah"