In Genesis 23, Abraham’s wife Sarah dies. Probably the most important aspect of this event to biblical history is that it leads to Abraham’s first legal claim to the promised land. In seeking a tomb for Sarah, Abraham spoke to the local Hittites and asked to buy some land. Both these first Hittites and Ephron, … Continue reading "The Promise in the Tomb"
A STUDY OF GENESIS 24:12-14 An Exegetical Paper ABSTRACT OF THE BIBLICAL TEXT Main Idea. Abraham’s servant, having been sent to acquire a wife for Isaac that the covenant blessings may be passed down another generation, prayed to the God of his master in faith. He trusted in the will, kindness, and ability of … Continue reading "Faithfulness, Election, Prayer, and Faith: An Exegetical Paper for Genesis 24:12-14"
Are we all God’s children? In this case by “we” I don’t mean specifically Christians, but all people in all of the world. Is it true as some say that all people are children of God? The more pop-theology answer tends to be “yes,” whereas more theologically astute Christians usually tend to answer “no, only … Continue reading "Are We All God’s Children?"
One theological question which has been a fairly ambiguous realm for much of Church history is that of the actual relationship between Christ’s Church and the people or nation of Israel which came before it. The Biblical data on this is complex and apparently varied, and the historical issue of the Church as becoming predominantly Gentile … Continue reading "Hypothesis: The Church is Reborn Israel"
Another sermon manuscript, one that I preached this morning. This was actually meant to lead into Communion, which you will see that it does. His Whole Life Matters This morning, I want to start by asking a simple question. In fact, it’s a good little church question which a bunch of church people should have … Continue reading "Jesus Lived for Us: The Vicarious Humanity of Christ"
“Glory, hallelujah! Praise Jesus!” This kind of talk is naturally a common part of church life, especially in the more energetic places. And that is good. When we are loved by so great a God and called into His service, for us to offer what Scripture calls a “sacrifice of praise” to Him is only … Continue reading "Glorifying God the E-Z Way"
In the first part of this post, I tried to Biblically ground a concept of “holy love” which integrates what we know of God’s love with the revelation that He is also a consuming fire and has sometimes enacted terribly violent judgments. Now I move on to apply that to the problems we see in the Old … Continue reading "Election, Israel, and Yahweh’s Consuming Fire: Part 2"
Now all this happened in order to make come true what the Lord had said through the prophet, “A virgin will become pregnant and have a son, and he will be called Immanuel” (which means, “God is with us”). Matthew 1:22-23 If we needed a word to summarize the Christian faith, the Gospel of our … Continue reading "Immanuel Means Love Your Neighbor"
“Do this and you will live.” This statement, taken from the Bible, has become the main basis for the idea in Reformed theology of a “covenant of works.” What is the covenant of works? Here’s Reformed covenant theology 101: In covenant theology, there are two or three primary covenants revealed in redemptive history. The first, … Continue reading "There Is No Life Possible in A Covenant of Works"
Execution. Such an awful and yet, according to many people, necessary thing. Where one life was taken, another must be. When dealing with death, people usually get touchy, so there’s no mystery behind the death penalty being controversial. I mean, some of the most heated issues in popular debate involve death (abortion, euthanasia, animal rights, … Continue reading "Rare Steak and the Death Penalty"