“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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My Exposition of the Gospel of Matthew

Beginning June 30, 2013, I entered the world of Matthew’s Gospel at Kosmosdale Baptist Church on Sunday mornings. I completed the exposition of the book on April 10, 2016, in a total of 123 sermons. The number of weeks between those dates doesn’t match the 123 sermons because I took brief breaks between chunks of […]

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Happy Birthday, Jim Hamilton! Eleven Lessons He’s Taught Me

Today is April 11, 2016, and Jim Hamilton turns 42 years old. Eleven years ago in 2005, a month before I turned 22, I began my first semester of seminary and met him through taking his course on the book of Isaiah. In God’s kind providence, that course and subsequent interactions with Jim impacted my mind and heart […]

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“He Is Not Here” – Poem for Easter Sunday

“He Is Not Here” Easter Morning, 3/27/16 The darkest night now passed from gloom As women journeyed to the tomb And found the stone beside the door That had been sealed two days before. An angel said to them, “Don’t fear, The one you seek he is not here. Go quickly now so you may tell […]

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“That He Was Buried”: The First Importance of the Body in the Tomb

Rightly so, believers emphasize the death and resurrection of Jesus. The death of Jesus was an atoning work on behalf of sinners, and his resurrection was the firstfruits of new creation. Furthermore, his death and resurrection were the fulfillment of Holy Scripture. Paul told the Corinthians that “Christ died for our sins in accordance with […]

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Plagues, Passover, and the Cross of Christ

Jesus didn’t die on just any week of the year. He died on Passover, a festival recalling the book of Exodus when it was first instituted. Passover, and the slaying of a spotless lamb, remembered when God’s judgment passed over those whose homes were covered with blood on the doorposts and lintel. God had raised […]

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