September 24, 2018

If you think the Old Testament does not serve a purpose for the Christian, you should probably stop reading the New Testament. Nearly every verse in this section refers to the Old Testament. Psalms 2, 45, 97, 102, 104, and 110 receive mention here; the author also uses...

September 21, 2018

Does theology have a point? Do it possess any kind of real meaning?

Who does theology help anyway? Does the regular man or woman looking to live faithfully before Christ have time to read all those big, dusty books anyway? 

And besides, shouldn’t Christians evangelize in...

September 17, 2018

Do you think the Bible has anything to say to people who suffer?

Does the Bible say anything to people dealing with the swirling tides of confusion?

Has Scripture a word to offer to those who feel alone, ostracized, and alienated?

What about to someone ready to give up an...

September 14, 2018

For many of us, visible tobacco use exists only in the past. In the greater Columbia, SC area, the local governments banned smoking inside workplaces, bars, and restaurants in 2009. Before legal bans, many places of business relegated smoking to the outdoor parts of th...

September 10, 2018

As Exodus draws to a close, we see the tabernacle of God finally pitched in the wilderness and indwelt by the presence of God. So much of his glory enters into the tabernacle Moses himself cannot bear to remain inside. All of the build up of instruction and assignment...

September 4, 2018

As Exodus begins to draw to a close, one finds the book repeating itself somewhat. Commands already issue become reiterated only a few chapters later. Much of Exodus 35–39 contains restatement. What serves as the point of content such as this? Why do it? I often remind...

August 31, 2018

You’re reading this on a screen. I wrote this blog on a screen. The screens in our lives are the biggest things hurting our spiritual growth. 

In a world with a noticeable population of big, bad wolves, one exercises wisdom in looking out for them. Drugs, violence, porn...

August 23, 2018

What’s the value of a story? 

Entertainment?

Instructional metaphor?

Applied philosophy?

At one time or another, we look to narratives to provide all of these things. For entertainment, we might read a story like one of Brian Jacques’s Redwall books. I have one on my night...

August 17, 2018

The difference between prescription and description stands as one of the most important distinctions the student of the Bible must learn. Prescription means the Bible offered a command, an imperative for belief or action the Christian possesses an obligation to follow....

August 13, 2018

The idolatry of the golden calf at the base of Mount Sinai stands as one of the worst moments in the history of God’s people. One of the most inflammatory portions of the speech of Stephen to the Sanhedrin in Acts 7 references the event. In stating the religious leader...

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