Fasting and Discipleship

Fasting is a key part of discipleship. It is something that I haven’t practiced enough but am learning more about and also correcting some of my past misunderstandings. I thought of fasting through the lens of Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 6 but never put it together with Acts 13 and 14. In Matthew 6 Jesus […]

Connecting the Creation Dots in the Larger Biblical Story

This is video from a class I taught back in June. Someone recently asked for more discussion on the 24 hours days of creation. If you zoom out a bit in order to read Genesis in its context and through its intended purpose and genre these things become consistent with an older earth approach to […]

Five Reasons You Need to Read The Old Testament

The more I study the New Testament (NT), the more I understand my need to study the Old Testament (OT). The Jesus’ story is a story of two testaments, not one. The Gospel is best understood when one has some comprehension of the whole Bible in order to get the full meaning of what is […]

Worship and Suffering: Praising God from the Ashes

In scripture, suffering and worship go hand in hand. The greatest book on suffering ever written, the book of Job makes this connection at the very beginning when everything begins falling apart in Job’s life, “20¬†At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in […]

Why are Biblical Lament and Celebration Extremely Important Today?

They are important because they are rooted in history. When you look at both biblical lament and biblical celebration, especially in the psalms, they are rooted in historical context. They reach back into their history. They remind themselves and their listeners (their co-mourners/co-celebrants) that what they are experiencing has deep roots going back generations. There […]

Did David Prophesy the Deaths of His Own Children?

After David had an affair with Bathsheba and subsequently had her husband Uriah murdered to cover his tracks the prophet Nathan came and rebuked David for his sins in 2 Samuel 12. Nathan tells David a story about a man who only had one little lamb that he treated as his own child. He cared […]

How is the Old Testament Useful Today?

The word “graphe” in Greek is used 49 times in the New Testament and literally means “writing.” In the New Testament the kind of writing that is being discussed is inspired writing which in basically every case is the Old Testament and so the word is translated “scripture.” When the New Testament writers refer to […]