Category Archives: Old Testament

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.


Book deals

commentaryI just saw that Amazon and Christian Book Distributors are both running a great deal on this 12-volume commentary set that I helped to write (photo on left).

This handsome hardback set is the repackaged Quicknotes Simplified Bible Commentary Series. I just bought this new set myself a couple of weeks ago, and I was impressed by the quality of the new format.

I contributed to volumes 5, 11, and 12. The commentary is designed especially for the layperson who wants to understand the Bible better or the Sunday School teacher who wants to be prepared for class.

As the saying goes: “Hurry while supplies last!”


Old English Bibles

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Today I begin a four-part series devoted to old books. Not just any old books…

Old Bibles.

I’m a bibliophile–a lover of books. But I especially love books with history. And since I love the Bible–the greatest of all books by any measurement–I’m particularly fond of Bibles with history.

I’ll be tackling this series in four stages. Continue reading


Jesus and Genesis 3 (part three)

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This mosaic dates from the 12th century and depicts the three temptations of Jesus from Matthew 4, even concluding with the devil departing and angels ministering to Jesus.

I’ve always been fascinated by Genesis 3. There’s just so much packed into that chapter that explains so much about the Bible.

My first post in this series looked at the three responses of Adam and Eve after they initially sinned.

My second post looked at the theme of death in Genesis 3. Amazing stuff in God’s Word!

In today’s post, I’d like to consider the similarities and differences between the temptation of Adam in Genesis 3 and the temptations of Jesus in Matthew/Luke 4. Continue reading