Matthew’s Compassion and Jesus’ Concern for Israel

In material unique to Matthew in chs. 8-10, Matthew describes the helpless, pitiable state of those receiving the benefits of Jesus’ ministry. In this same material, Jesus is concerned for Israel. The three texts noted below present a different emotional posture from Jesus’ anger with the Jewish leadership and the … Continue reading

Lack for Supply: Famine in Scripture’s Storyline

In Scripture’s storyline, God uses famine to direct his people and advance His redemptive plans. Abraham went to Egypt because of a famine in Canaan (Gen 12:10-20) and Isaac was forced to go to the land of the Philistines because of a famine in Canaan (Gen 26:1-11). In Deut 28:48, … Continue reading

Why does 1 John read like Molasses? The Role of Articular Substantival Participles in 1 John 2-3

My Advent sermon series this year is in 1 John. Having just finished the Gospel of Luke, completed in two years, I did not want to return to the infancy narratives of the Gospels. So onto John’s longest letter for the hopes of offering the church some of John’s reflections … Continue reading

Does the Devil need Political Power to harm the Church? A Review of Jason A. Whitlark’s “Resisting Imperial Claims: Jesus’ Defeat of the Devil”

Whitlark, Jason A. “Resisting Imperial Claims: Jesus’ Defeat of the Devil.” Pages 122-41 in Resisting Empire: Rethinking the Purpose of the Letter to “the Hebrews.” Library of New Testament Studies 484. London: T & T Clark, 2014. Investigating Jesus’ defeat of the devil in Heb 2:14, Jason A Whitlark argues that … Continue reading

Review of The Craft of Research, by Booth, Colomb, and Williams

The Craft of Research, Third Edition. By Wayne C. Booth (deceased), Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008, v-xvii + 317 pp. The authors propose two aims for their work: “This book will help you create and execute a plan for doing your research … Continue reading

More than a Messenger: the Pastor as Farm Steward and Soldier

  Many young men sense a call to ministry through the preaching of well known figures like John Piper, Tim Keller or Mark Dever. God has tilled the soil of the young man’s life in such a way that the words of said preachers spring to life and become a … Continue reading

To PhD or Not to PhD?

Dr. Jason Duesing, Provost of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and College, invited a few faculty members to participate in a panel discussion regarding doctoral studies. I enjoyed the questions from students and wish to summarize my thoughts here. I suggest four factors might compel a student to pursue a PhD: 1. Content. … Continue reading

The Risen Christ in 1 Cor 15:5-8 and ὤφθη in the Greek Old Testament

This morning I was reading the account of the LORD’s appearance to Abraham in Genesis 12 and was struck (again) by the passive nature of the event. I recalled how these appearances of divine persons, angelic messengers or divine glory iterate the Hebrew scriptures and wondered how ὤφθη was used … Continue reading