Matthew Harmon

  • Treat Your Pastors Well

    As a professor at a seminary, I have the great privilege of training men for pastoral ministry. Every year new faces come in, full of excitement and trepidation. What most of them don’t realize is how dangerous their calling truly is.
    Matthew Harmon
    August 25,2014
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  • Preachers with Questionable Motives (Philippians 1:17)

    The focus of a gospel ministry should not be the personality of the one preaching, but the person who is preached—Jesus Christ.
    Matthew Harmon
    August 18,2014
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  • The Past, Present, and Future of Our Salvation (Philippians 1:5-6)

    What was true of the Philippians is true of us as believers today. God is the one who began the great work of redemption in us, making us a new creation by the work of his Spirit.
    Matthew Harmon
    August 11,2014
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  • Paul’s Self-Identity in Philippians 1:1

    When Paul opens his letters, he always includes a description of himself. Here in Philippians 1:1 that description is servant of Christ.
    Matthew Harmon
    August 4,2014
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  • Worthy: Will We Acknowledge Him? (Psalms 1-2)

    When we read the Psalms we scale the heights of joyful worship of our exalted God and plumb the depths of despair that come from living in a fallen world. In between we find the daily challenges of living a life of worship.
    Matthew Harmon
    July 28,2014
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  • Boldness in the Face of Persecution (Philippians 1:14)

    Only the Spirit can transform the natural response of cowardice in the face of persecution into greater boldness to proclaim the very message that provokes persecution.
    Matthew Harmon
    July 21,2014
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  • Paul is in Chains but the Gospel Runs Free (Philippians 1:12)

    The irony is that while Rome has imprisoned Paul in an effort to prevent his message from spreading, that very imprisonment has become the means by which the gospel advances.
    Matthew Harmon
    July 14,2014
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  • The Ultimate Goal of Paul’s Prayer (Philippians 1:11)

    All that God does for, to, in and through the believer is ultimately so that his own greatness may be displayed and recognized.
    Matthew Harmon
    July 7,2014
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  • The Gospel According to Joel

    I would summarize the theological big idea of Joel as this: In the coming day of God’s universal judgment, those who call on the name of Jesus Christ will be filled with His Spirit to enjoy the new creation with Him forever.
    Matthew Harmon
    June 30,2014
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  • The Gospel According to Malachi

    Using a series of six “disputations,” Malachi writes to (1) rebuke Israel’s apathy, (2) recall the people to covenant loyalty, and (3) reassure God’s people of the coming Day of the Lord.
    Matthew Harmon
    June 23,2014
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  • Pseudepigraphy & Pseudonymity in the NT

    In the panel discussion I participated in recently, the issues of pseudepigraphy and pseudonymity were raised by one of the panelists. Since this is an important issue that challenges the inspiration, authority, and inerrancy of Scripture, I thought I would post a few thoughts.
    Matthew Harmon
    June 16,2014
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  • The Purpose and Result of Love Abounding (Philippians 1:10)

    Both the purpose and the result of the Philippians’ love abounding in knowledge and insight/discernment are stated here in verse 10.
    Matthew Harmon
    June 9,2014
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  • Love Abounding in Knowledge and Discernment (Philippians 1:9)

    Paul’s desire for the Philippians’ love to increasingly abound in knowledge and discernment/insight indicates at least two things.
    Matthew Harmon
    June 2,2014
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  • Maintaining Your Greek

    As many of you know, it doesn’t take long over the summer before that knowledge begins seeping out of one’s brain. In light of this, I gave them the following suggestions for maintaining one’s Greek over the summer.
    Matthew Harmon
    May 26,2014
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  • Ezra 7: A Description of Pastoral Ministry

    In reading through Ezra, I was once again struck by the summary description of Ezra’s ministry to the returned exiles found in 7:9–10...
    Matthew Harmon
    May 19,2014
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  • What is Biblical Theology?

    Such a question at first might seem obvious—theology derived from, or based on, the Bible. But unfortunately it’s not that simple, because the term Biblical Theology has come to take on a specialized meaning.
    Matthew Harmon
    May 12,2014
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  • The Gospel According to Zechariah

    According to one estimate, Zechariah is quoted/alluded to/echoed some 67 times, with most coming in Revelation and the Gospels. This should not be surprising, given that the key themes in Zechariah are the temple, a Davidic king, and the restoration of Jerusalem
    Matthew Harmon
    May 5,2014
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  • The Gospel According to Haggai

    From this short prophetic book of Haggai, I would summarize the theological big idea as this: Yahweh will renew His presence among His people and re-establish His reign over His people by sending Jesus Christ as His Messianic King.
    Matthew Harmon
    April 28,2014
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  • Philippians: The Affection of Christ Jesus

    The power of the gospel is shown in the supernatural affection that it produces not only for Jesus Christ himself, but also for those who belong to Jesus Christ.
    Matthew Harmon
    January 28,2013
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  • The Gospel According to Nahum

    There are several key biblical-theological themes in Nahum: God’s jealous love for his people, God’s wrath towards his enemies, and God’s power and sovereignty of God are among the most prominent.
    Matthew Harmon
    April 14,2014
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