I promised my wife I would write this blog. It is for her and mothers like her, who give all they have to their children only to be told by a cacophony of voices that they should do better. May their critics be silenced, their children bless them, and their husbands defend them. If we don’t, no one will.
We are sometimes unmotivated to do the work of biblical exegesis because we confuse standing on the shoulders of those who interpreted before us with sitting in their laps waiting to be exegetically burped.
The “big idea” of a sermon must always be filtered through and connected to the “bigger” idea of the crucified and risen Jesus.
Perhaps the single most disgusting cliché in Christianity today is “God never gives you more than you can handle.” I have heard it on the lips of well-meaning pastors and weeping widows. I am sure that, somewhere along the way, I even used it at time or two (God forgive me). The origin of this pernicious lie is undoubtedly the … Read More
An appeal for theologians to see the importance of learning the New Testament in the Koine Greek Language in which it was written.
“. . . it is better to have a dry eyed listener who leaves with a firm grasp of biblical truth than a snot slinging, Kleenex crushing, heart-warmed person who cannot even remember what passage you preached.”
“Where is God? Where is He?” That is the question Elie Wiesel heard behind him as he witnessed Nazi soldiers hang two adults and a young boy. The boy was so small that it took more than half an hour for him to finally die. Wiesel writes: The two adults were no longer alive. Their tongues hung swollen, blue-tinged. But … Read More
I would rather not go to heaven. Now, before anyone floods me with emails praying for my salvation, let me explain myself. If we are to follow the eschatology of the New Testament (which I suggest we should), we must dispense with the notion that the best possible end to things is “going to heaven when I die.” To be … Read More
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