My pastor is good at reminding us that the Holidays can be a difficult time. We look forward to time off work to relax and catch up with our families. But what if you have no family? What if you’ve recently lost a loved one? What if your family...
The prophetic books of the Old Testament can be tricky. But these are important books, so it’s important that we understand how to read them well. Old Testament prophecy is not what we tend to think it is. Duvall & Hays summarize some surprising facts about the Old Testament prophetic...
In talking about “Wisdom Literature,” I’m referring to Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Solomon. These books focus less on giving us direct commands and instead give us wise sayings to live by. Wisdom Literature pushes us to reflect, and in doing so it forms our character. Each of...
Over the past four posts, I have offered four reasons why Christians should care about the arts. With the exception of my first point, these reasons have focused on the utility of the arts. In other words, I have been arguing that we should care about the arts because...
The (secular) college I attended for my undergrad offered classes on the Bible as literature. I (along with most in my circle of Christian friends) avoided these like the plague. How could I study the Bible as literature? It is literally God’s word. It comes with his power and...
Of all the actions Jesus performed, one of the most significant was sitting. I’m serious: “After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high…” (Hebrews 1:3) “But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at...
Amongst other things, the days between Christmas and New Year’s Eve are for spending time with family watching TV shows you don’t care about. While channel surfing with my in-laws last night, we struck gold. We happened upon a show called Extreme Cheapskates. It’s unbelievable. Basically, the show features people...
I’ve been studying the Bible for over 16 years now, but only recently thought about what the Bible says about racial reconciliation. Racial tension is as old as Noah, and with Martin Luther King Day approaching, I thought I’d blog about what I now consider a theologically crucial topic. So...
The other day I was startled by this verse: “And they laughed at him” (Matthew 9:24b). One helpful tool for studying the Bible well is to be on the lookout for emotional language. Like noticing when Jesus wept (John 11:35) or when Paul pleads rather than simply asking (Rom....
A student once asked his Rabbi, “Teacher, why does the Lord allow evil in the world?” The Rabbi responded, “With such a good question, my son, why would you want to ruin it with an answer?” Despite the Rabbi’s clever response, the question “Why does God allow his children...
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