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Hard Passages in the Old Testament

Jesus frequently faced off with the Pharisees about how to understand and apply the Old Testament law. In Matthew 12 they accused Him of endorsing law-breaking when His disciples, on the Sabbath, picked and ate heads of grain.  Jesus reminded them of two Old Testament illustrations of...

Who in the World was Timna

In all the years I’ve studied the Bible, I don’t ever remember noticing Timna. It’s not surprising since her name always appears buried in a long list of genealogies — you know the lists of strange-sounding names which we like to skip over when we’re reading through the Bible.  ...

Father Forgive Them

Jesus’ prayer must rank among the most stunning requests of all time: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34).Every word seems pregnant with significance beyond comprehension. It teases us with the unfathomable mysteries of the Trinity coupled with the mos...

Have You Not Heard

When we encounter times of suffering, it is easy to get discouraged as we wait upon God in the midst of trials. As time moves on, and we face trials that overwhelm our ability to cope, we grow confused because we never thought these trials were supposed to get so difficult. Consequently, we tend to ...

...but is it really worship?

In our contemporary church culture, worship wars still rage. Is it still a fundamental question or is it a fundamental distraction to discuss worship? Personally, I believe we need both to define it and then discover what the scriptures say about it. All the time we need to be mindful of context, ...

Five Things a Ministry Student Should Never Forget

After more than 50 years of ministry, there are many things I wish I had learned much earlier. I can’t turn the clock back nor is it helpful to obsess over “what ifs” and “if only.” However, I can encourage those near the beginning of their ministries with some of the things I’ve...

Burdened Beyond our Strength

Undoubtedly, we have all been there. Life’s circumstances have completely consumed us and we feel like we just can’t take anymore. Overwhelmed with our trials and the drudgery of day-to-day living, wondering when we will ever find relief, we despair of life itself. We never imagined that life wo...