March 19, 2019

     This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow       to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.

     James 1:19–20...

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 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 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...

July 23, 2018

When I say the words “smell” or “aroma” what comes to mind?

Many of us have circumstance where the smell takes us to a certain place. You can’t quite place it, can you? What is it? It’s just… grandma’s house? Or the place where you and your cousins used to play. 

These s...

July 18, 2018

If you have ever attempted to read the Bible in a year, passages like this tend to bog one down. Most folks do not naturally favor sorting through more than forty verses on sacrifices to consecrate priests. To separate Aaron and his sons for the task, bulls and rams lo...

July 16, 2018

Can one accurately observe and make conclusions about another person based on what that person wears? Can dress indicate anything about a person? Seeing a garment or two, can an observer draw an accurate conclusion?

Generally speaking, yes.

We see uniforms at a store or...

June 4, 2018

When Adam and Eve took the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in Genesis 3, they lost their fellowship with God. They broke the one rule, the one “thou shalt not” they had, and thus, they broke their relationship with their Creator. God cast them out o...

May 29, 2018

Exodus 24 provides an excellent example of a slippery text to teach. The difficulty does not arise from the text itself; every word of the text came from God himself. Therefore, the origin of the text’s teaching difficulty cannot come from the actual text. Rather, it c...

May 21, 2018

So often the Old Testament, particularly the legal material, seems so distant. The people to whom God delivered the Law lived in a much different time and place. Despite differences, at heart, their identity remains the same. They stood in need of saving from their own...

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