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  • For to me, to live is Christ...?

    “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain” is a great verse, but I used it for years as a life verse without realizing what it truly means.
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    July 23,2014
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  • Four Guidelines for Prayer

    A couple of weeks ago, I blogged about six reasons for prayer drawn from John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion (3.20.3). In addition to these, Calvin also put forward four rules or guidelines for prayer. Here are those guidelines.
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    July 16,2014
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  • Exodus and Biblical Theology

    Stephen Dempster recently analyzed the role of Exodus in biblical theology. Here I’d like to pass on two categories of observations Dempster makes in the piece that I found particularly helpful in thinking through Exodus’s role in the Bible’s storyline.
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    July 9,2014
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  • Prayer and the Sovereignty of God: Six Reasons Why Believers Should Pray

    From time to time, people assert that if a person believes God has predestined all things then that person will necessarily tend to downplay the importance of prayer. But is that really true?
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    July 2,2014
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  • Who Is the Angel of the LORD in the Old Testament?

    As one reads the Old Testament, he will undoubtedly notice the mysterious references to the angel of the LORD. Is this an angel like Michael who was sent out by the LORD? Or is this some kind of manifestation of deity? Who is the angel of the LORD?
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    June 25,2014
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  • Another Puzzler: Hosea 11:1 in Matthew 2:15

    If you’ve ever worked your way through Matthew’s gospel, looking up the Old Testament texts he cites, then you’ve surely puzzled over what he has to say about Hosea 11:1 in Matt 2:15.
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    June 18,2014
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  • Questioning Evangelism

    Asking a question rather than playing a pre-recorded answer would have forced him to open up a bit more and would have let me in, perhaps, on what was behind the question.
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    June 11,2014
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  • A Puzzler: Hosea 1:10 and 2:23 in Romans 9:25–26

    In Hosea the “my people” who receive God’s renewed mercy are Jews; in Romans they’re Gentiles. Has Paul misread his Bible? Perhaps you’ve wondered the same thing.
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    June 4,2014
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  • The Importance of Being Important

    Throughout church history, Christians have debated what beliefs and practices are proper for the believer. That debate continues today. Another debate has also occurred throughout church history—what should be done with those who disagree on the proper beliefs and practices for a believer?
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    May 28,2014
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  • Abortion and the Early Church

    Abortion is not a new issue. It wasn’t even particularly novel in the first century. In fact, various ways of causing an abortion had been in use for a long time before Christ walked the earth. But what did the earliest Christians think of such practices?
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    May 21,2014
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  • Three Reasons Why the Lottery is a Bad Bet

    There are many reasons why people should not play the lottery and several more why it should be viewed as poor public policy. Here are three reasons why Christians should not spend their money on the lottery:
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    May 14,2014
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  • Paul’s Strange Proof: Psalm 19:4 in Romans 10:18

    How can Paul prove that Israel has heard the gospel by citing Ps 19:4? The psalm doesn’t seem to have the spread of the gospel in view at all but rather something more like general revelation.
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    May 7,2014
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  • Specks and Beams

    The reason that our Lord points out the hypocrisy of the judges in Matthew 7 is because they are not genuinely concerned about sin or about helping other people. If they were concerned about sin, they would deal with their own first.
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    April 30,2014
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  • The Oversight of Ourselves

    If you are looking at a renewal or reformation of your heart for ministry, I would prescribe this book. Baxter gives us good, straightforward medicine on having a pastoral ministry that is scripturally proportioned.
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    April 23,2014
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  • Is Allah a God of Love?

    It is common today to hear people talk about a God of love, often connected with the idea that all religions teach about a God of love. But is that true?
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    April 16,2014
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  • The Date of Easter

    People are often surprised when they discover that a series of significant and sometimes very bitter controversies have taken place over how to calculate the date of Easter.
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    March 6,2013
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  • Israel’s Hermeneutical Problem

    In 2 Cor 3:13 Paul says that “Moses put a veil over his face to prevent Israel from seeing the end of what was passing away.” What exactly was it that Israel couldn’t see?
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    April 2,2014
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  • What King David Said about Judas Iscariot

    What Judas had done and what, then, the remaining apostles had to do was prophesied, according to Peter, by David in the psalms. But how does that work?
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    March 26,2014
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  • Is Jesus Presently Reigning?

    Despite all this, some still insist that it isn’t appropriate to say that Jesus is presently reigning as the davidic messiah, the davidic king. One problem with this reading is that it seems to contradict what Paul says about Jesus in 1 Cor 15:25.
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    March 19,2014
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  • Galatians and Hebrews: A Key Similarity

    Essentially, Witherington tries to explain why Hebrews shows up next to Galatians in some of the early canon lists (e.g., in the Sahidic NT). He thinks the order can be explained by the fact that the two documents share many similar features.
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    March 12,2014
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