Israel’s Scripture: The Prophets

January 11, 2023

Texts: Amos 5:14-15, 24; Zechariah 7:8-12; Malachi 3:1-5 Days 27-29 in Around the Bible in Eighty Days. When Jesus characterized Israel’s Scripture as the “Law, the Prophets, and the Psalms” (Luke 24:44). The previous two classes discussed the Torah (Law) and Wisdom (which is typically included among the “Psalms” and often called “The Writings” in traditional […]


Israel’s Scripture: Wisdom

January 4, 2023

Texts: Proverbs 9:9-10; Ecclesiastes 1:2-3 Days 25-26 in Around the Bible in Eighty Days. Every people group carries a shared wisdom within their history. This wisdom provides boundaries and paths for successful living. It also offers a way for people to endure the chaos that regularly invades life. Wisdom envisions the good life but recognizes […]


God’s Gifts to Israel

December 14, 2022

Texts: Romans 9:4-5; Psalm 19:7-10; Romans 3:1-2 Days 20-22 in Around the Bible in Eighty Days. God chose Israel from among the nations as God’s own firstborn. As firstborn, Israel was tasked with blessing the nations through their obedience to God (as a light among the nations) and the promises made to Abraham. God equipped […]


Reading Scripture In Five Acts: A Summary

September 9, 2022

Reading the Bible as a Five Act Drama for Embodying the Gospel in the 21st Century. I recorded this video for a student of mine at his request. Perhaps some might find it helpful. Grace and peace, my friends.


Encountering Jesus at Table: The Emmaus Road Narrative (Luke 24:13-35)

July 21, 2022

Why do we eat at the Lord’s table like it is still Friday when it is Sunday, resurrection day?


Searching for the Pattern 3: Reading the Bible Jesus and in the Light of Jesus

September 28, 2021


Searching for the Pattern 2: Contrasting the Use of Scripture

September 28, 2021


Searching for the Pattern 1: Command, Example, and Necessary Inference

September 28, 2021


October 31, 2017 –500th Anniversary of the Reformation

October 30, 2017

The Reformation in a nutshell: We are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone to the glory of God alone as taught by Scripture alone. • Grace alone (sola gratia) means that God took initiative, supplies grace for every good work, and completes God’s work in us, and this includes a cooperative […]


Zechariah 1:1-6 — “Return to Me, and I Will Return to You.”

January 6, 2012

Zechariah, a priest who returned with other Babylonian exiles to Jerusalem in 537 BCE, appears before the people in 520 BCE as a prophet. “The word of the Lord” comes to Zechariah—he is given a message from God to the people. Zechariah sees himself in line with the former prophets with a similar message, a […]