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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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A Quick Thought on Using Harsh Language

Obviously, the severity of Paul’s language in Philippians 3:2 reveals the seriousness of the threat of the Judaizers to Christianity. Perhaps it is worth considering for a moment the worth and danger of using harsh language to describe theological realities. Given that our current society tends to value kindness over truth (likely an overcorrection of …

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Why We Still Need the Ten Commandments

The first five books of the Bible, commonly called the Pentateuch or Torah, are not merely the opening act of God’s revelation to humanity nor should we read them simply as a historical account of our faith’s roots. Instead, alongside the rest of the Old Testament, we affirm these writings to be the presently applicable …

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Background on Colossians

Author The author of Colossians is blatantly stated to be Paul (1:1). Timothy likely served as the scribe while Paul dictated the content with exception to the final verse of the letter, which Paul wrote with his own hand. Many scholars have tried to argue that Paul did not author this letter; rather, someone (who …

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Introduction to Colossians

Being the kind of person that assigns subtitles to my sermon notes through portions of the Bible, I wrestled a great deal with what to call this study through Colossians. At first glance, Colossians can appear to be a lesser imitation of Ephesians. Of course, Paul’s letter to Colossae has its own magnificent merits (such …

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Why We Need the Lord’s Prayer

Of the Lord’s Prayer, Tertullian wrote that it “is comprised of the whole Gospel” (I). Cyprian called it “a loving and friendly prayer to beseech God with His own word, to come up to His ears in the prayer of Christ” (3). Augustine said that “the words our Lord Jesus Christ has taught us in …

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