A Wife of Noble Character

Proverbs 31 is an oracle that King Lemuel was taught by his mother (v. 1). Before she describes the famous wife of noble character (often simply called the Proverbs 31 Woman), she gives her son more generic wisdom that begins like this: “Do not give your strength to women, your ways to those who destroy …

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The Purpose of the Parables

The parables of Jesus are easily recognized as some of His most well-known teachings. The Good Samaritan and Prodigal Son are at least understood by name in most of the Western world. Yet for all of their popularity, Jesus’ parables can be quite difficult to understand or, at least, understand properly, which as we will …

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The Gospel According to Haggai

Having now studied the book of Haggai, God’s word to this oft-forgotten prophet remains upon my heart even as I prepare for a lengthy dive into the letter of Ephesians. As I’ve noted throughout each sermon, the primary message of Haggai was for the returned from exile Jews to stop neglecting God’s still desolate temple …

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Background on Haggai

Author The oracles of the book are explicitly said to be “the word of the LORD… by the hand of Haggai the prophet” (1:1). We know almost nothing about who Haggai was, yet as with all Scripture, God is the true author. Haggai, a prophet, was a faithful messenger in the hand of the LORD. …

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Seek First the Kingdom

Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.Matthew 6:33 Jesus notably proclaimed these words during His Sermon on the Mount, and even though Jesus lived more than 500 years after the prophet Haggai, this verse provides a fitting summary to the LORD's oracles through the …

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The Benefit of Big Books

No book has ever left me unchanged. Even bad books and good books that I find uninteresting enough to finish still manage to contribute something to who I am. I cannot interact with fresh combinations of words and the ideas that they represent without having my own mind shifted, at least slightly. I believe that …

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Dreams, Cannibalism, & the Danger of Normative Morality

A few weeks ago, I dreamed a disturbing dream. As with many dreams, I cannot recall the context nor the setting in great detail, yet Tiff and I were eating a meal with others. We were eating meat, which I came to realize was not beef or pork but human. Everyone at the table ate …

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