This article is an exposition of Matthew 16:18.
This article discusses the predominance of infant baptism in the history of the church.
This article discusses the various possibilities for the authorship and addressees of James.
This article shows the significance of dew in Scripture. It was a symbol of blessing, the resurrection, and the ministry of God's people in the world. Also, it is associated with baptism and manna.
This article considers the portrait of the daughters of Zion in Isaiah 3:16-24.
This article seeks to show the unifying element of the different activities of a priest in the Old Testament. It argues that a priest was an administrator of the royal household.
Why did John the Baptist need to live on a diet of locusts and wild honey? This article suggests it was to symbolize his special role in redemptive history.
This article addresses five common misconceptions about the Reformation.
This article makes a case from church history and Scripture for prayer at set times of the day.
This article offers an exposition of Romans 8:31-39.
This article considers how the reign of Asa began well but took a bad turn and ended poorly.
Struggling to incorporate the Christian creeds into the congregation's life and worship? This article suggests five ways to incorporate the creeds into the worship service.
What are your thoughts on the disciple Thomas? This article suggests that he was the first of the Twelve to enter fully into Easter faith.
This article shows that on account of the various boundary laws in the Old Covenant, the people of God were never fully able to serve as priests to the nations. This fact called out for the coming of Christ and inauguration of the new covenant.
This article considers how to translate Deuteronomy 6:4.
This article shows how the theme of help is central to the account in 1 Chronicles 12.
This article breaks down the differences between Paul's and James' use of Genesis 15:6.
This article is an exposition of Proverbs 3:1-12.
This article argues that the number 153 in John 21:11—the amount of fish the disciples caught—represents the totality of the nations of the world that will be drawn in the new creation.
This article explains the meaning and significance of the Mount of Olives in Scripture. It suggests that this is the location where Christ was crucified.
This article discusses the ending of Isaiah 61, where the Lord promises a new name for Zion, and a second wedding. The Servant of the Lord, as well as all God's people, are to refuse to rest and allow God to rest until Zion enjoys a complete restoration.
This article discusses the origin and theology connected to the design of the pipe organ.
This article speaks to the bodily character the sacrament of baptism. In doing so it addresses the phraseology of some, that baptism is our act of obedience or the expression of our faith. It reiterates how baptism addresses itself to the objectivity (not subjectivity) of our body, and it uses Romans 6 to do so, showing that the primary NT paradigms of baptism—death and resurrection—present the objectivity of the body, and are prospective, rather than retrospective.
This article demonstrates how faith includes not only believing but also submitting to authority.
This article explains that part of the problem we have with lust is that we learn to take a very passive view toward our thoughts. It shows how one's sexual identity should be a collaborative process with one's spouse.
This article considers Isaiah's vision of the Lord in Isaiah 6.
This article shows how Christian parents should regard their children first and foremost: as brothers or sisters in Christ.
This article discusses the issue of the death penalty in the Mosaic Law, and the way Christians are to understand these laws.
This article considers who the singers were inside the Temple. It looks at Psalm 84, and reflects on where the small birds nested and sang.
This article goes through several common conceptions about the Middle Ages and shows the error in them.
This article explains the perspective of Augustine on virtue among pagans. He contended that the damaging effect of sin on human nature did not do away with the goodness that is human nature.
Should we expect the Lord Jesus to include a substitutionary atonement theory in every one of his parables? Not at all, contrary to what liberal theologians have suggested by their criticisms of the parable of the prodigal son. This article shows at the same time how the atonement is a series of historical events, and not simply that of the cross.
This article explains the great value in reading through Leviticus with intent.
This article considers the possibility of baptismal imagery in James 1:21.
This article shows by way of chiasms that Deuteronomy 8 has at its heart a description of the good land that the Lord is giving to Israel.
This article looks at Isaiah 66 to see what has changed in the course of Isaiah's prophecy and what it all means. The ministry of hardening in which Isaiah was involved was also Jesus' ministry, in which a remnant was yet being gathered.
This article continues with an examination of the structure of 1 Timothy, particularly 1:12-17 and 6:13-16, and 1:18-20 and 6:12 (and their respective interconnections).
This article provides a structure and outline of 1 Timothy.
How can heaven and earth be joined together when they are currently so separated? This article gives the answer: through the atonement of Jesus Christ. He fulfills all the recoverings that happened in the Old Testament sacrificial liturgy by becoming the covering himself. This article concludes with reflections on how this comes into the Christian life of forgiveness, based on 1 John 1:6-2:2.
This article looks at the Day of Atonement through the cosmological lens of Genesis and its vision of unity.
This article outlines the redemptive-historical significance of wells in Scripture.
This article takes a redemptive-historical look at the Lord's war against death.
This article discusses how the women at the cross of Christ become models for every disciple.
This article offers an explanation of the meaning of the "white stone" in Revelation 2:17.
This article discusses the biblical terms and phrases used for the tabernacle in order to provide some insights into its nature and function.
This article considers the prophecy of Isaiah 60, and the promised light that will dwell in Israel yet attract the nations of the earth.
This article takes a close look at Matthew 11 within the context of the book as a whole in order to assess the answer to the question of what kind of tune is the Lord Jesus referring to in verses 16-17.
This article is an exposition of Genesis 1:3-13.
This article offers an exposition of Genesis 1:1-2.
This article is an exposition of Exodus 23:19, which is the prohibition against boiling a kid in its mother's milk.
This article considers the depraved state of Judah in Isaiah 57, and the great mercy of the Lord in drawing near to them anyway.
This article reveals how the Old Testament moved toward the incarnation of Christ. In part it does so by showing the failures and disappointments of all earlier messiahs, saviors, and sacrifices. Also, the Old Testament reveals the character of the Lord himself, that he is coming do to be with his people, and also to suffer over and with his people.
This article unfolds the various connections made in John 18:1-11 between the Lord Jesus, David, and Adam.
This article is a sermon on Romans 3:1-8.
This article shows that the reference in Galatians 3 to Abraham hearing the gospel when the Lord promised to bless all nations through him has to do with the Holy Spirit. The author explains that the promise to Abraham was a promise that included the Holy Spirit.
This article explains the ways in which the sacraments are efficacious by virtue of participation in them. The Lord's Supper is a means by which the church manifests itself as one body, and baptism effects membership in the church and displays the shape of the church and its position over against the world.
This article considers the story of Elisha's cursing of forty-two "little children" in 2 Kings 2:23-25. The author suggests that these were actually the officials of the idolatrous shrine of Bethel.
To which sacred writings was Paul referring to in 2 Timothy 3:14-17? This article suggests that they were more than the Old Testament; the author advances the thesis that Paul was talking about New Testament writings as well.
This article identifies a series of patterns in the book of Ruth, which starts out with a host of "lacks," all of which are filled in the course of the book. The book indicates, however, that the author was concerned with God's dealings with Israel as a whole, and not just the individuals in the story.
This article discusses the grain offering or cereal offering, noting its usage. The article then discusses the perspectives that the offering provides on biblical economics and ecology. It is a liturgical expression of the biblical theology of ownership and property. It is also related to human labour, and the author shows several important truths that emerge from this relationship.
What does 1 Samuel 13:1 mean when it says that Saul was only one year old when he began to reign, and reigned two years? This article suggests that Saul became king one year after he was adopted by Samuel, and was rejected after two years from being king, only to continue his kingship in a national (and not spiritual) sense.