G.K. Beale's groundbreaking work, The Temple and the Church's Mission, is worth close interaction, even if you ultimately disagree with his conclusions. The book is massive and dense with Scripture. So slogging through all of the details is hard work. But I think it's worth it because Beale's book unlocks many things which were previously a … Continue reading Blogging G.K. Beale | The Temple and the Church’s Mission | Chapter 1
Blessed be the Lord, Who has not given us to be torn by their teeth. Our soul has escaped as a bird out of the snare of the trapper; The snare is broken and we have escaped. Our help is in the name of the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. Psalm 124:6-8 God is … Continue reading A Way Out (Psalm 124)
Do we do nothing to obtain [God's] righteousness. No, nothing at all. Perfect righteousness is to do nothing, to hear nothing, to know nothing of the law or of works, but to know and believe only that Christ has gone to the Father and is no longer visible; that he sits in heaven at the … Continue reading Do Nothing
The reason for this persistent story line of the Bible is not simply because the writers like underdogs. It is because the ultimate example of God's working in the world was Jesus Christ, the only founder of a major religion that died in disgrace, not surrounded by all of his loving disciples but abandoned by … Continue reading More than an Underdog
"Blogging the Institutes" is my on-going attempt to paraphrase John Calvin's work, the Institutes of the Christian Religion. You can find out more about the series in the Introduction. For all the posts in this series, check out the Master List. The Word is Eternal Certain people try to deny Jesus' eternity while not outright deny His … Continue reading Blogging the Institutes | 1.13.8 |The Word is Eternal
“Had it not been the Lord who was on our side,” Let Israel now say, “Had it not been the Lord who was on our side When men rose up against us, Then they would have swallowed us alive.” Psalm 124:1-2 God is on our side. Literally, Lord is “for us.” David recognizes that … Continue reading God is FOR You (Psalm 124)
Nothing will gut your leadership more quickly than habitual and enslaving sin, especially sexual sin. If you want to lead better, you need to get pure. Not only does sexual sin hamper our relationship with God, but the subsequent guilt and shame damage our leadership. Satan wants pastors sitting on the sidelines, feeling guilty and … Continue reading Lead Better: Get Pure
Do you want to be a better leader? Then you need to get healthy. I’m not talking about getting spiritually healthy. I’m talking about getting physically healthy. The benefits of physical activity are enormous. You feel better. You have more energy. You can lead better. Read more over at Rookie Preacher.