Assorted Observations on Early Genesis


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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 […]

February 15

That Time a Pagan Sacrifice Worked


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The other day in church the preacher was talking about 2 Kings 4, when Elisha provided a widow with a miracle of multiplied oil. That account is interesting enough in its own right, but I found myself, for at least some of the sermon, distracted by the verses which immediately preceded it. I saw the […]

February 12

On a Historical Old Testament


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Yesterday I posted the following status on Facebook: The problem with abandoning the historicity of the Old Testament is that every few years another aspect of it is vindicated. To which I received this response: Yet we would acknowledge the role that varying styles of literature in the ancient Near East has to play, right? […]

September 15

The Promise in the Tomb


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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, […]

July 27

Son of David, King of Justice


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I preached yet again last night, and this is my manuscript. Due to the context, I ended up significantly compressing this sermon. What you’re reading here is much longer than what I actually preached. I thought that, before I begin tonight, I should tell you all a little bit about myself, but not too much, because […]

August 30

Whose Glory? On the Transfiguration


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Alastair Roberts, a favorite blogger of mine, has just finished a 10-part series on the Transfiguration. It’s really interesting, and I highly recommend it for any of you who can fathom 10 blog posts covering just the Transfiguration. Reading this series has given me two thoughts I feel are worth sharing, one more directly from […]

July 25

Glimpses: Joseph and Jesus Say “Fear Not”


Bible Studies

This is post 1 of 1 in the series “Glimpses: Seeing Christ Before Christ” [“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 […]

February 25

Wait, How Is That Prophecy about Jesus?


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The New Testament frequently cites Old Testament prophecy about Jesus. A quick glance, even just through Matthew, shows just how much this was emphasized. Core to the Christian faith is the belief that Jesus fulfills the prophetic word of God in the Old Testament. The ancient Nicene Creed says Jesus “suffered death and was buried, and rose again on […]

February 5

Very Short Thoughts on the Tower of Babel


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These are just the quick notes I took on the Tower of Babel incident while reading through Genesis 10-11 this morning. The motivation for the tower of Babel is interesting. The one people wanted to unite in glory in resistance to God’s intention to bless the earth through their filling and diversification. It appears there was […]

January 6