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Free “Preaching Christ” Webinar

Peter Mead is holding a free webinar tomorrow, 12 March, at 6pm GMT called Preaching Christ. I think that’s 2pm eastern US time. Peter is a great resource for practical ministry advice so this will probably be a worthwhile lecture.

To register head over to Peter’s website.

It doesn’t look like there’s word yet on whether this will be recorded for those who can’t make the live broadcast.

Video: How To Use Strong’s Concordance

Though original language study isn’t my focus on this website, the How NOT to use Strong’s Concordance series has been some of the most popular Bible study content I’ve ever written. Today I got a question about how to conduct the kind of original language study I referenced in the last post of the series. I put together a short video to show you how to do it with a free online tool:

This shows an Old Testament example using Hebrew but the same can be used for Greek word studies in the New Testament.

If you have a question I can help answer just contact me.

Notes on the 2014 Westminster Seminary Preaching Conference

R. Kent Hughes was the plenary speaker at this year’s WTS preaching conference. His two main teaching sessions were entitled “Essential Bibliology” where he treated critical beliefs about the Bible to ground our preaching, and “Essential Cardiology” where he discussed the heart attitudes that must shape our preaching.

Following are my notes – fragmented as they may be – of the two sessions. Continue reading Notes on the 2014 Westminster Seminary Preaching Conference

Connect to Christ in Function, Not Form

I recently preached a sermon on the ark of the covenant in Exodus 25. While studying the ark I realized that there was an overwhelming amount of typology written about the ark that, while not necessarily allegory, was definitely superficial. I would consider it unwise at least and probably irresponsible.

Most of these instances focused on how the Ark was built from two materials (gold and wood). Here’s an example: Continue reading Connect to Christ in Function, Not Form

Engaging With Keller: Is Selfishness the Core of Sin?

Note: This is a thinking-out-loud kind of post. It’s my current reflections on an important chapter in Engaging with Keller. My view on this, like everything else on this site, is subject to correction. In fact, I will read Campbell’s book on anthropology this semester in my WTS course Doctrine of Man. There may be an update to this post in the next few months.

Tim Keller is kind of a big deal.

He is a gifted communicator, a deep thinker, and his insights on culture and human nature make people take notice. Many Christian leaders, especially young ones like myself, are heavily influenced by his teaching.

But like any man he has flaws. His teaching isn’t perfect and we should always be Berean in our thinking. Engaging with Keller, Thinking through the theology of an influential evangelical, attempts to do just this.

What’s In The Book

The authors take Keller to task on several issues:

  • His view of Hell seems to be deficient. In his writings it appears that he believes that God’s wrath doesn’t factor into Hell. In effect, your own sin is what torments you. I’ve always had a issue with this in Keller’s teaching.
  • They believe Keller misuses the genre of parable. Instead of letting the rest of Scripture interpret the parables he uses the parables to interpret the rest of Scripture. I’m not certain they gave him a fair shake on this one.
  • The authors interact with his engagement in theistic evolution. This isn’t a conversation I’m interested in wading into.
  • And several others…

The Big Issue: What Is Sin?

But what I really want to talk about is the chapter on sin.

Keller, in the eyes of Ian Campbell, has “rebranded” sin with Continue reading Engaging With Keller: Is Selfishness the Core of Sin?

Where Righteousness and Peace can Kiss

Another awesome quote about the Ark of the Covenant. This one didn’t make it into the sermon but I really wanted to share it.

The deposition of [the Ten Commandments] in the ark underneath the mercy seat… testified to the fact that God’s kingdom in Israel was founded on immutable justice and righteousness (Ps. 89:15; 97:2). Even grace, in its actings, must respect law. Favour cannot be dispensed on terms which make the law “void” (Rom. 3:31). If sin is pardoned, it must be with full recognition of the law’s claims against the sinner. The ultimate end must be to “establish the law” (Rom. 3:31). Only in the Gospel have we the clear revelation of how, on these terms, mercy and truth can meet together, and righteousness and peace can kiss each other (Ps. 85:10; Rom. 3:21–27).
– H. D. M. Spence-Jones, ed., Exodus, vol. 2, The Pulpit Commentary (London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1909), 253.