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“Fools for Christ,” An Inklings Weekend

I am excited about participating this weekend in “Fools for Christ, An Inklings Weekend at Montreat,” a conference sponsored by the Inklings Fellowship and organized by my colleague, Hal Poe. Here is the official conference description: FOOLS FOR CHRIST I Corinthians 1:18-25 “for the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom” Join us to […]

Bonhoeffer, Psalms: The Prayer Book of the Bible

Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s little booklet, Psalms: The Prayer Book of the Bible, is a real gem. After reading it I bought a copy for each of my older boys for them to read and to have their own copy. Much could be said about it, and I may say more in later posts, but here I […]

Leupold on the Psalms

I have previously mentioned how I have appreciated H. C. Leupold’s Exposition of Psalms. Here are some great quotes from his introduction on the nature and character of the Psalms (all from p. 28): “There does not seem to be any situation in life for which the Psalter does not provide light and guidance.” “They […]

The Lord’s Supper: Remembering and Proclaiming Christ Until He Comes

I have often commented on the Lord’s Supper here as I believe it is an important practice which has fallen on hard times in our churches and has a significant place in pastoral ministry. It was, therefore, an honor and privilege to contribute to Tom Schreiner and Matt Crawford’s edited volume, The Lord’s Supper: Remembering […]

Read the Bible for Life

The Ryan Center 2011 Bible study conference, “Read the Bible for Life,” is rapidly approaching! We are still well ahead of the deadline and registration is around 170. The reduced rate hotel rooms sold out, but we have been able to secure a few more with the lowered rate through tomorrow, March 23 (details here, […]

Portrait of a Faithful Father

The book of Fourth Maccabees (a Jewish book from around the time of Jesus) gives a powerful portrait of a faithful father. In context, the mother of sons who had died for allegiance to their faith, reflects on her husband’s work in training their sons: A happy man was he, who lived out his life […]

Learning Evangelism from the Great Soul Hunter

In my Johannine Literature class today we discussed John 4 and Jesus’ encounter with the woman at the well. There is much to learn in this passage, not least how in John 4 and John 3 we see Jesus dealing with individuals. A few years ago I wrote a brief article discussing lessons we can […]

The Impact of a Bible-Loving Mother

Prefaces and Acknowledgments are often some of the most intriguing parts of academic books. Often you get a glimpse into the heart of a person, and quite often you see who or what has motivated them. David Norton, one of the foremost authorities on the King James Bible, has a new book titled, The King […]

Hunger for the Bible

“…possession of the scripture in English was prima facie grounds for suspicion of heresy, and a heresy trial could result in imprisonment, excommunication and even death by burning. Nevertheless, some two hundred and fifty manuscripts of the Wycliffite Bible, or parts of it, survive, considerably more than of any other text in Middle English” (Mary […]