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 …

“I Kept You From Sinning”

Abimelech was the king of Gerar. A wealthy nomad named Abraham moved into his city one day, bringing along his sister Sarah. When Abimelech saw how beautiful she was, he took her for himself. Sometime later God came to Abimelech in a dream and told him the truth: Sarah was already married, and her husband Read More …

Advent Devotional: He Knows Our Pain

This was originally written for the 2017 PBA Advent Devotional Guide. Due to the high volume of quality submissions, it was not ultimately included in the guide, but I’m leaving it here instead. Click here to receive daily advent devotionals this season from the PBA community. Hebrews 4:15-16 (ESV): For we do not have a Read More …

Are Men and Women Equal?

Are men and women equal? I wish I could just say “yes” and leave it at that. But the word “equality” has become so ambiguous and politically charged in our society that a simple “yes” will almost guarantee that half my readers misunderstand me. A more detailed response drawn from the Scriptures is necessary to Read More …