I've got a couple of articles up at The Gospel Coalition and Southern Seminary's blog Southern Equip on two totally different topics, with two totally different tones. The first explores chiasm and symmetry in Scripture. The second shares personal testimony about my own struggles in the early years of ministry and the hope I found … Continue reading New Posts @ TGC and Southern Equip: ‘Chiasms’ and ‘Hope’
“And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God...” 1 Thessalonians 2:13 Whether we will admit it or not, we come to the Bible … Continue reading Who Wrote the Bible?
There are times when translators are befuddled. 1 Samuel 6:19 is one of those times. Here is the verse in several translations: NASB--"He struck down some of the men of Beth-shemesh because they had looked into the ark of the Lord. He struck down of all the people, 50,070 men" ESV--And he struck some of the … Continue reading Textual Criticism of 1 Samuel 6:19–When Translators Scratch Their Heads
As many of you know, I've been giving away my best stuff to other platforms like Christianity Today, Desiring God, and TGC for the past few years. Sometimes I do a bad job keeping you all in the loop about those posts. Sorry! Here are two recent ones posted at my alma mater SBTS's blog … Continue reading New Posts at Southern Equip and Think Christian
(a meditation in Malachi 1) "I have loved you," says the Lord. "How have you loved us?" How dare the question even enter our minds? We try to pierce you through with the sharp sarcasm of our tongue. How? How? The fact that you would answer such an obtuse question is sheer grace and mercy, Lord. Such … Continue reading When We Question the Lord’s Love (Malachi 1)
I think there is a bit of mystique that shrouds a pastor's study: What exactly is taking place in there? How does he emerge with a sermon to preach every Sunday? And does he have a mini-fridge in there? Recently, someone asked about my sermon preparation, and I thought I would swing wide the door to … Continue reading Preparing a Sermon from the Original Languages
I'm working on a project involving Proverbs 31, and I've really fallen in love with the poetry of its twenty-two lines. The famous work is an acrostic, each line beginning with a successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Hopefully there will be much more to come on the poem from me, but for now I … Continue reading Translating Proverbs 31 Afresh