Category Archives: Bible Surprises

When a Christian dies…

After discussing the unfortunate sequence of events that take place after a nonchristian dies, this message explores the great things in store for the Christians after she dies.

Read the following paragraph first. Then watch the video if you’re still interested.

John and Mary had three children. One boy and two girls. Their fifteenth anniversary plane tickets for next month were at home on the counter. Mary had become a Christian a few years earlier through a young Mom’s Bible study. John was not yet a believer, though Mary prayed for him every day. It was her idea to start having a date night every Thursday. That’s where they were that night while the babysitter was at their house with the kids. John and Mary were returning home from their dinner-slash-movie date when a large truck ran a red light and T-boned them at a busy intersection not far from their house. According to the Bible, this is what happened to Mary next, the moment after her heart stopped beating.

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When a Nonchristian dies…

I’ll be posting two videos. These are messages I gave recently at my church as part of a short 2-part series entitled, “Life and Death.”

This first message explores the unpleasant sequence of events that a nonchristian can expect when he dies, according to the Bible.

Read the following paragraph first. Then watch the video if you’re still interested.

John and Mary had three children. One boy and two girls. Their fifteenth anniversary plane tickets for next month were at home on the counter. Mary had become a Christian a few years earlier through a young Mom’s Bible study. John was not yet a believer, though Mary prayed for him every day. It was her idea to start having a date night every Thursday. That’s where they were that night while the babysitter was at their house with the kids. John and Mary were returning home from their dinner-slash-movie date when a large truck ran a red light and T-boned them at a busy intersection not far from their house. According to the Bible, this is what happened to John next, the moment after his heart stopped beating.


Cremation vs. Burial

This past weekend I participated in a seminar called “Life and Death: Preparing for the Expected.”

I was asked to provide a biblical perspective on any topic related to death and dying. I chose to speak on the issue of cremation vs. burial, which I’ve blogged about here.

I’m posting the 23-minute video of my portion of the seminar here for those who might be interested.

 

 


Pastors from long ago share their secret sauce

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Credit: Benjamin Golub / Flickr Creative Commons

[This post is modified from a paper I wrote earlier this year for my doctorate at Duke Divinity School. By looking across every Christian century at the pastor’s chief responsibility, I found that his readiness with the Word of God was prioritized.] Continue reading


Bible Study Magazine…and Duke

UntitledWhen I began my doctoral studies at Duke University’s Divinity School, I had a plan.

All of those hours that I had blocked out for publishing would be redirected toward the twenty hours each week I’d need to pour into my degree.

My plan failed.  Colossally.

Since being accepted at Duke, I’ve published 35 articles in the Lexham Bible Dictionary, ranging in length from 500 to 2,500 words. And I’m contracted to write five 4-page articles for Bible Study Magazine (circulation, 30,000), each 2,500 words in length.

The first article arrived in the mail today. It studies the first half of the book of Habakkuk. The second article, coming out in January, will complete Habakkuk. The next three will study Philippians.

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Habakkuk: Trusting God in an Unstable World

But I have finally come to my senses. Last week I turned down three publishing offers.

Tomorrow I will close the books on the fourth semester of my doctoral degree. One more semester followed by a 70,000-word dissertation. Next week my second Philippians article is due. Only one more contracted article to write after that!

Something about light and the end of a tunnel.


Important Bible facsimiles

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An image from the Washington facsimile.

In addition to first editions and important Bibles, there are also reproductions of important works–works produced before and after the printing press around AD 1450. These reproductions are called “facsimiles.”

One of the more important early printed books was Martin Luther’s German translation of the Bible published in 1534. I can’t afford an authentic copy of this milestone publication, but I was able to purchase a 2-volume facsimile.

These heavy volumes are beautiful. At the bottom of this post you’ll see an open shot of the Gospel of Mark. Continue reading