Sermon Series

Background on Exodus

Author As with the other books of the Torah or Pentateuch, Moses has traditionally been acknowledged as the author of Exodus. While there is no direct claim to Moses’ authorship within the book (though an indirect argument could be made from God’s commands for Moses to write down His law), Jesus validates Moses as the …

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O How I Love Your Law!

Teach Me Good Judgment & Knowledge | Psalm 119:66

Teach me good judgment and knowledge,for I believe in your commandments. Psalm 119:66 ESV Having begun stanza teth by rejoicing in God’s good dealing with him, the psalmist now continues his prayer by making a petition: teach me good judgment and knowledge. This is a petition that all of God’s people ought to make alongside …

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John Calvin on Piety

In the introduction to Ford Lewis Battles' translation of John Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion, the role of piety in Calvin's thinking is briefly described. One who takes up Calvin’s masterpiece with the preconception that its author’s mind is a kind of efficient factory turning out and assembling the parts of a neatly jointed …

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Biblical Wisdom

Where There Are No Oxen | Proverbs 14:4

Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean,but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox. Proverbs 14:4 ESV DEFINING THE PRINCIPLE ON CLEANLINESS AND ORDERLINESS EMBRACING THE MANGER The wisdom literature of the Bible (that is, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon) holds a special place in my heart. Although …

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Rethinking the Relationship Between Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, & Song of Songs

https://open.spotify.com/episode/1VQNZtJJkV6FhlCiBHXfYU?si=iE1UymdURS6L_VOMJRS1Eg Saying that you have a favorite book of the Bible kind of feels as wrong as saying that you have a favorite child. It is all God's inspired Word, so we should love all of it equally, right? Well, maybe favoritism is the wrong way to think of it; nevertheless, I do think that …

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O How I Love Your Law!

You Have Dealt Well with Your Servant | Psalm 119:65

You have dealt well with your servant,O LORD, according to your word. Psalm 119:65 ESV With this verse, we now move into the ninth stanza of Psalm 119, wherein each verse begins with the ninth letter of the Hebrew alphabet, teth. This first verse very fittingly summarizes the overall theme of the stanza, namely, God’s …

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The King Has Conquered

My Companions Through Mark

Concluding any sermon series is always a bitter-sweet affair. The sadness of leaving the study of a book of the Bible is only balmed by the excitement of venturing into another one. There is one moment in particular that cements this transition. At the beginning of every series, I take my core resource books off …

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Biblical Worship

A Parable for the Coming Generation | Psalm 78

With seventy-two verses, we certainly will not be able to mine even a fraction of the depths within this psalm; thus, let us be content to make this sermon a survey of the overall message of this psalm. From the first verse of this psalm, we learn that it is instructive: "Give ear, o my …

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Six Principles for Reading the Bible

https://open.spotify.com/episode/3ovbQi9imqJudNgeJT4vj3?si=idFHH_wHQeWyjmVziedRyg My reading goal for 2023 is to go deeper rather than merely wider. From 2017 onward, I have aimed to read fifty-two books each year, and there are great benefits to be gained from reading widely. Yet my plan for this year is less about variety and more about meditative chewing. For example, I …

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If Anyone Imagines That He Knows Something | 1 Corinthians 8:2

If anyone imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know. 1 Corinthians 8:2 ESV Paul is writing here to Corinthian believers who are still "infants in Christ" (3:1) yet confidently trust in their knowledge. They apparently think that Paul had no reason to write to them about eating …

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