When Christians Disagree: How to Respond Biblically

This is the outline from a teaching I gave at church a few weeks ago (Sept 1st). This is basically a combination and re-working of this post and this post. When Christians Disagree: How to Respond Biblically 2 Peter 3:15-16: There is a Wrong Way to Interpret the Bible Context of 2 Peter Warning against Read More …

Romans 6 – Forgiven and Free: Three motivations to keep battling our sin even though our sin has already been forgiven

This is the outline from a teaching I gave on Sunday a few weeks ago (Aug 25th) on Romans 6. This is just an outline, not a full manuscript. But I added a few extra sentences to fill it out a little. I recommend reading Romans 6 first and then going through the outline with Read More …

Favorite Undergrad Papers: The Reliability of the Gospels

Click here for more posts in this series. This was the last undergrad research paper I wrote. I think it was one of my best papers, and it is certainly one of my favorites. For the foreseeable future, this will be the last paper I share in this series. Thanks for reading! The Reliability of Read More …

Psalm 77 — Finding Relief in the Lord in a Season of Distress

This is the outline from a teaching I gave this past Sunday on Psalm 77. This is just an outline, not a full manuscript. But I added a few extra paragraphs and sentences to fill it out a little. I recommend reading Psalm 77:1-20 first and then going through the outline with the psalm open Read More …

Favorite Undergrad Papers: Exegesis of Job 7:17-21

Click here for more posts in this series. This was a short exegetical paper I wrote for the class “Exploring the Old Testament” with Dr. Maxwell in Fall 2016. I don’t know if I’ll share my other exegesis papers in this series, but I had to at least share this one since it is this Read More …

Favorite Undergrad Papers: Ivan Ilyich, the Loving Stoic

Click here for more posts in this series. My professor for this class was really into Russian authors like Dostoevsky and Leo Tolstoy, and one of the stories he had us read was the short story “The Death of Ivan Ilyich” by Tolstoy. If you are already familiar with that story, then this research paper Read More …

Two Open Letters and Ephesians 4:1-17

Two very different open letters were published yesterday, both written by professing Christians. One is an open letter from progressive millennials to their conservative parents, thanking them for their parental care but asking to not be condemned for the progressive turns they have taken. https://thehappygivers.com/blogs/faith-culture/a-letter-to-our-conservative-parents The other is an open letter to the Southern Baptist Read More …

“Profiting from the Word of God” — 9 Questions to Ask Ourselves

I posted this on social media at the beginning of the year. But things get buried so quickly there, and I’ve found these questions really helpful to me in examining my own heart and life as I read the Scriptures. This is basically a summary of A. W. Pink’s book Profiting from the Word of Read More …

There is a Wrong Way to Read the Bible: 2 Peter 3:15-16

There are so many different ways that Christians interpret the Bible. It is tempting sometimes to want to affirm everybody’s interpretation when there is so much conflict. We want to bring peace and unity among Christians (Matt. 5:9; John 17:21). We want to be humble (Matt. 7:1; Rom. 11:34). But it is a mistake to Read More …

Searching for Wisdom: Proverbs 2:1–6

In my current season of life as an undergrad, the Book of Proverbs has been my go-to book of the Bible. One passage in particular that I go to again and again is Proverbs 2:1–6: My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and Read More …