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Jan
28
2014

Reading Your Bible Profitably – Part 2

Yesterday I laid out the Bible reading plan that I use to get truly Christian edification out of my Bible study. Today I want to go through a case study of using my proposed plan. Profitable Bible Reading Case Study: I have been reading through 1 Samuel following the plan as previously discussed. For the most part, the beginning of the book was loaded with chapters that practically screamed with Christian encouragement. Types of Christ were easy to find, and the drama was not resistant to personal application. Recently however, that changed when we came upon chapter 13. So I thought it would make a good case study — precisely because it is not the most obvious, and lets face it, when Bible study guides pick out the easy well tread passages it feels a bit like cheating!
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Nov
8
2011

Christian Worldview in Easy Steps

The other day I stumbled upon this little post from Kevin DeYoung on sharing your Christian Worldview in 4 easy steps. I usually avoid such simplification and have a general aversion to “steps” in any Christian discussion, but I actually found this little gem to be rather helpful. One God. We worship one, personal, knowable, holy God. There are not two gods or ten gods or ten million gods, only one. He has always been and …
Nov
7
2011

Redemptive History Misunderstood

I found this interesting video the other day of an 11 yr old boy “preaching”(?) Christ throughout the Bible. I thought it would be good to listen to so I gave it a go.  While I must admit that I was entertained by the little man passionately praising Christ, I was struck by the thought, “this is not Redemptive History!” What I was hearing was really a string of topics which vaguely summarized the content of each book of the bible and then simply ascribed them to Christ. While I agreed with most of the statements as far as they go (i.e. Jesus really is our kinsman redeemer in Ruth et al.) – they had no basis in the text, no demonstration of the truth of the statement. Is this what passes for Redemptive History these days?
Nov
5
2011

Religion and Joy, let no man put assunder

The Joy is Gone! Why is it that church so often is associated with asceticism? Better yet, where has the life and joy gone from means of grace? A few weeks ago now Westminster Theological Seminary hosted its annual preaching conference with the subject “Cure for the Boring Sermon” and Kevin DeYoung spoke forcefully to us young preachers how we should be clear, specific and authentic with a wonderful crescendo centering on authority
Oct
22
2011

God Glorifying Anger

Righteous Anger
Is there anything in our lives that causes us to be angry? As Christians, imaging Christ who overturned tables and rebuked scribes, there should be. Anger is a signal, like pain is a signal, that something is wrong. There are times when expressed anger is a cry for help. The Roman poet Horace says, “Anger is a short madness”. That sounds familiar to some of us who can ‘get mad’ …
Oct
19
2011

Humbled by Google Webmaster

Can Christian Devotion be measured by Google webmaster tools? I remember hearing the challenge when I was growing up, “If someone found your checkbook, would they have enough to convict you of being a Christian?” Christians are often manipulated by guilt, especially for their giving, but there is some poignancy to questioning how much tangible evidence there is of Christ in our lives. This was brought to my attention recently while monitoring this website with Google‘s Webmaster tools. Webmaster tools gets feed back from the Google crawl bots and helpfully returns a list of what they perceive to be the most important keywords on the site based on frequency and prominence.
Oct
5
2011

Christian Hope

Tree of Life
According to faith and hope are linked together. They share the “conviction of things not seen”. This has caused many Christians to assume that hope for the Christian is an unrealized desire. A thing that we wish for, but do not yet possess. In a sense, this is true. However, the sense in which this is not true is what I believe we need to appreciate …

11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. (ESV)