The Kerygmatic Fallacy

The preachability of a doctrine is irrelevant to whether it should be preached, let alone whether it is actually true.

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Tuesday: Man of Sorrows, Part 1

Theme: Feeling Overwhelmed

In this week’s lessons we are given a vivid picture of Christ’s sufferings.

Scripture: Psalm 69:1-18

The tone of the psalm is set in the first four verses, which are at the same time both a lament about the psalmist's sad plight and a plea to God to help him. As far as its genre goes, the psalm is a classic lament.

The tone of the psalm is set in the first four verses, which are at the same time both a lament about the psalmist's sad plight and a plea to God to help him. As far as its genre goes, the psalm is a classic lament.

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Canaanized?

Where God’s law is honored and respected, we will observe that men will treat women with the respect, honor, and dignity they deserve as co-images of God himself. Conversely, where God’s law is ignored and tramped upon, we will also see women (and the vulnerable in any society) exploited and neglected.

 

Throughout this summer, my wife and I have been walking through the Book of Judges as part of our family devotions. As all would attest, Judges is a difficult (and depressing) book to study in depth because of the constant refrain of the book: “In those days, there was no king in Israel; every man did what was right in his own eyes”. The moral decline of the Jewish nation is very pronounced in the book, particular from Chapter 17 to the end of the book.

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Monday: Man of Sorrows, Part 1

Theme: Three Important Reference Points

In this week’s lessons we are given a vivid picture of Christ’s sufferings.

Scripture: Psalm 69:1-18

Toward the end of our last study in Psalm 68, I asked whether the psalm was messianic and said that this is not an easy question to answer. In some ways the psalm is messianic, in some ways it is not. There is no difficulty answering the same question about Psalm 69, because it is clearly about Jesus. In fact, it is one of the most obviously messianic psalms in the Psalter. This is why, for instance, next to Psalms 22 and 110, it is the psalm most frequently cited in the New Testament. Seven of its thirty-six verses are directly quoted, and others furnish themes relating to Christ's work that are expanded in the gospels.

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Same Sex Attraction, Temptation, and Jesus

What Revoice and its supporters get terribly wrong...

 

The Revoice conference is over. But we will continue to hear from Revoice, its various speakers and supporters. It is not my goal here to write a point-by-point rebuttal of the many troubling things that were stated in the conference. I have listened to the addresses from Nate Collins and Eve Tushnett and there is enough troubling material there to keep one busy for quite a while.

 

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Friday: God Who Saves, Part 2

Theme: Obedience and Praise

In this week’s lessons from the second part of Psalm 68, we learn that this psalm looks beyond David’s time to a day of future blessing concerning the kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Scripture: Psalm 68:19-35

Our commission is to preach the gospel of salvation by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ throughout the whole world and leave the conquest of the world to Jesus. This is because he alone is king. Indeed he is the King of kings and Lord of lords (Rev. 19:16). He is in complete control of all things. He will reign in power. All nations will come to him, and before him every knee will bow, “in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Phil. 2:10, 11).

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Are All Called?

The ministry of the Gospel is far too weighty for someone to enter into lightly or without godly counsel and affirmation. Enter into it unadvisedly and you will most likely find yourself more miserable than you would be anywhere else. Yet, even more important than your own contentedness is the lives of those you shepherd. Ministers will one day give an account to God for them. Do you dare stand watch without being called and equipped?

One aspect of my ministry that I enjoy immensely is advising men who sense a call to ordained ministry--or, at the very least, men who wish to attend seminary in preparation for some sort of full-time ministry. There are many who are pre-occupied with the question of whether or not they should go to seminary. When examining candidates for ordination I sometimes meet individuals who are clearly not qualified for ministry--and who should have been told as much by their pastor(s).

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Thursday: God Who Saves, Part 2

Theme: The Epilogue

In this week’s lessons from the second part of Psalm 68, we learn that this psalm looks beyond David’s time to a day of future blessing concerning the kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Scripture: Psalm 68:19-35

We come, then, to the final stanza, the epilogue, in which the kingdoms of the earth are called upon to praise God (vv. 32-35): “Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth, sing praise to the Lord, to him who rides the ancient skies above, who thunders with mighty voice. Proclaim the power of God, whose majesty is over Israel, whose power is in the skies. You are awesome, O God, in your sanctuary, the God of Israel gives power and strength to his people.”

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Wednesday: God Who Saves, Part 2

Theme: When the Nations Gather

In this week’s lessons from the second part of Psalm 68, we learn that this psalm looks beyond David’s time to a day of future blessing concerning the kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Scripture: Psalm 68:19-35

The eighth stanza of Psalm 68 (vv. 24-27) describes a procession that is making its way up the steep rising pathways to Jerusalem and its sanctuary. If the psalm was written on the occasion of David's bringing the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem, then it is a fuller description of what is recorded less poetically in 2 Samuel 6:5; 1 Chronicles 13:8 and 15:16-28. The first passage says, "David and the whole house of Israel were celebrating with all their might before the LORD, with songs and with harps, lyres, tambourines, sistrums and cymbals.”

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Revoice, Evangelical Culture, and the Return of an Old Friend

Revoice capitalizes on precisely the culture of evangelical power which its critics have perfected and which has always been problematic.  And an old friend returns from exile.

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