Teachings

The Necessity & Possibility 
of Careful Biblical Interpretation

God’s written revelation came through human language that can be misinterpreted like any other communication, which is what Peter said unstable people did, to their own destruction. With so much at stake, it’s only right that we should make every effort to rightly handle God’s word.

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A Plan to Read the New Testament in 2019

We rarely develop well-intentioned habits without a plan. So I encourage everyone to make a plan for reading Scripture in 2019. There’s no rule about how much you should read. You can read a little or a lot at a time – one paragraph a day would be better than nothing – just as long as you read like your spiritual life depends on it (e.g., Mt. 4:4).

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For Good Works

Part Two of the 2018-19 Opening Chapels at Veritas. Ephesians 2 teaches clearly that we are not saved "by" our good works, but we are saved "for" good works. If you think you're saved by your good works, you won't be – because you're not trusting in Christ's work, but yours. But if you know you are saved by grace through faith and that you're a new creation in Christ, then you'll be zealous for good works (Titus 2:11-14).

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His Workmanship

2018-19 Opening Chapel at Veritas Christian School in Lawrence, KS. This year's theme verse (Eph. 2:10) teaches in context that we were dead in transgressions, so it is impossible that we would be saved by our good works. No, our spiritual life is God's work, by grace, through the Gospel of Christ crucified, raised, and reigning. Do you have faith? Do you trust Christ alone for salvation? Do you treasure Him above all this world has to offer?

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Luther’s Personal Reformation

Martin Luther must have been born again by the Spirit and gifted Gospel-informed faith after the Ninety-five Theses and before the Heidelberg Disputation. His testimony of his breakthrough while beating on Romans 1:17 is fascinating. And the true Gospel is gloriously good news.

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The Real Reformation Day – 500 Years Ago, Today

On October 31, 2017, the Protestant world celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, commemorating the day Martin Luther’s Ninety-five Theses were posted on the church door in Wittenberg, Germany. The irony is that Martin Luther himself was not reformed at that point. A better anniversary would be today, five hundred years after the Heidelberg Disputation of April 26, 1518.

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What Is “the Image of God”?

Genesis does not give an in-depth explanation of “image” or “likeness,” because the original readers would have been familiar with these concepts. Learning the ancient Near Eastern context with the Biblical correction is faith-inspiring.

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God the Son in the Old Testament?

A response to Andrew Malone's book against christophanies, in defense and clarification of Chapter Five, "Jesus as God in the Old Testament," in The Preeminence of Christ: Part Two, The I AM.

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Words Mean Things: Monogenes

I grew up rejecting the old-school translation of monogenēs as "only begotten" (and, unknowingly, the doctrine of the Son's "eternal generation"). But I've been introduced with reasons to rethink it.

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Words Mean Things: Glory

Glory is one of those words that is so frequent in the Scriptures that we can begin to take it for granted without being conscious of its full meaning or significance. Yet this word is so important because the ultimate reason for all of God’s works from Creation through Redemption to Consummation is His glory.

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