“This Father’s Prayer for Grace”

In the amazing kindness of the Lord, today my wife Stacie and I rejoiced at the birth of our fourth son, Grayson Mitchell Chase. He was 7 pounds 15 ounces, 20 inches long, and arrived at 5:44 pm in Louisville, Kentucky, at Norton Suburban Hospital. Here is a poetic reflection and prayer on the day […]

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“This Temple Will Be Raised” – A Good Friday Poem

The people of Israel were familiar with a temple being destroyed and rebuilt. When Jesus tells the people in John 2:19, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up,” the disciples later realized he was speaking about his body as a temple that would be destroyed and raised. Here is a Good Friday […]

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Seven Scenes of Joseph Weeping

The stories in Genesis 37-50 report the trials and vindication of Joseph. The chapters are full of moving accounts for the reader, and characters inside the events are moved as well. Jeremiah may be the weeping prophet, but Joseph is the weeping ruler. In multiple scenes he weeps both privately and openly: 42:24; 43:30; 45:2; […]

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My 10 Favorite Reads in 2016

So many great books published, too little time to read them all. In no particular order, here are my favorite nonfiction reads this year. Almost all of them were published in 2016. Who Shall Ascend the Mountain of the Lord? A Biblical Theology of the Book of Leviticus, by L. Michael Morales. The Crucified King: Atonement […]

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“Come, Thou Word” – A Christmas Hymn

The following lyrics of “Come, Thou Word” were composed to the tune of “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing.” “Come Thou Word” December 20-21, 2016 Verse 1 Come, Thou Word, which with the Father and the Spirit ever dwelled And hath taken flesh to save us from our sin and death and hell. We behold […]

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“See This Child”–An Advent Poem for 2016

“See This Child” December 6, 2016 See this child for whom all things Are made and by whom held. This mighty one, begotten Son, Has come with men to dwell. See this child with undefiled Nature now asleep. This righteous one, beloved Son, Will scorn and murder reap. See this child with tiny hands, Who […]

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History and Layout of the Bible

This was a lot of information, both in class and in this post. The hope is that this blog post will supplement what was taught in class. If you missed this first week’s lesson, and you would like to come for the next three, feel free to attend. If you’d like to show up a half hour early (9:30), we can work through what you missed the first week. Feel free to ask questions!

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A Cluster of Christological Affirmations in 1 Thessalonians 1:10

Written sometime around A.D. 50 or 51, 1 Thessalonians may be the earliest of Paul’s letters (with the possible exception of Galatians), and it’s always interesting to see what someone’s theology (or, in this case, christology) consists of early on. Paul writes, “For they themselves report concerning us the kind of reception we had among […]

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Singing in “The Hobbit” and With the Saints

I just finished reading The Hobbit for the first time, and I was surprised at all the singing. Surprised–and delighted! In the first and final chapters and in many of those between them, there was a preponderance of songs. One especially meaningful song appears in Chapter 10 (“A Warm Welcome”). Bilbo had recently rescued the dwarves from […]

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It’s Good to be Alive!

Did you wake up this morning? If you’re reading this, then the answer is obvious. But for many people around the world, yesterday was their last day. Because of death, their eyes no longer see the sun. The author of Ecclesiastes says, “Light is sweet, and it is pleasant for the eyes to see the […]

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