The Secular Utopia Is Not Coming… But Jesus Is!

A few weeks back, I watched a fascinating video discussing dissent from Darwinism. Towards the end, Stephen Meyer (who was one of the three being interviewed) made a comment about the importance of three men’s ideas upon the modern-day Western world. Darwin, Freud, and Marx together laid the groundwork for a secular worldview detached from …

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Can Women Be Deacons?

This article was originally a part of my sermon over the qualifications of deacons from the series, Biblical Leadership. Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things. 1 Timothy 3:11 ESV This verse is less controversial than 1 Timothy 2:12, but there seems to be more interpretational disagreement within …

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Two Sermons on the Resurrection

Happy Resurrection Day one and all! If you'd like to further meditate upon Jesus being risen, here are two sermons for you. From The Apostles' Creed, this sermon over the Resurrection of Christ describes why it is our trustworthy, living, and eternal hope. From Philippians, this sermon describes the glorious blessing of knowing Christ and …

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Communion, Coronavirus, & the Songs of Ascents

Tomorrow is the first Sunday of the month and for my church that typically means observing the Lord’s Supper. The ordinance of Communion, in which we eat and drink of a very physical bread and cup in remembrance of the broken body and shed blood of Jesus for our redemption and our continual need of …

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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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