Pastor Win Groseclose, D.D.
Who is Pastor Win? He typically describes himself as “a Pastor, a Teacher, and a Theologian.” He is also an author.
As a Pastor, he serves Light of Resurrection Reformed Church in a bi-vocational capacity. He is ordained by the Reformed Church in the United States.
As a Teacher, he serves as Adjunct Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology for Reformed International Theological Education (RITE) — Ukraine, which operates a seminary in Kyiv.
As a Theologian, he has served the global church, mentoring pastors and helping to establish training programs in Africa, Latin America, and India. He also serves on the Board of Directors for RITE, overseeing their Masters Degree Program, and serves on the Oversight Board of the Log College & Seminary, serving as Chief Editor for Theolog, their theology journal.
He also is a writer, much of which is evidenced here. He has authored over a dozen books and has had his writings cited in books by other authors.
On a Personal Note:
Credentials are a funny thing. They are valuable to a certain extent, but what is more important is what you do with your credentials in life and how you live a life in obedience to Christ. Like you, I am a sinner, saved by grace, and that would have been enough for me. Nevertheless, God is in the business of using the least-likely in the service of His church, and least-likely describes me in many ways. I have been humbled to serve Jesus Christ in His Church, in the Christian School, on the Mission Field, and in a homeless Rescue Mission — as well as in this digital medium.
What comes next, I do not know. Yet, for now, God has me serving Him bi-vocationally of a small church plant that is desperately trying to be faithful to Jesus’ call and to worship Christ as Christ would have us worship. So, for this season, I am grateful.
Win, I feel honored to have someone like you give me advice and encouragement. Thanks for being a good, caring man. God bless you and your family.
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Thank you, Tamara, may God bless you and your family as well.
I just found your site. I have been praying for people with whom I could get feedback upon my interpretation of Scripture in Hebrew. Hebrew’s nuances demand discussion and I see God’s hand in that because it motivates us to be in relationship with one another to fully understand His Word. May I from time to time post a question to your blog site for clarification/discussion? God bless, Dave
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Dave, I would be honored and delighted to interact with you in that way. May God bless you as you continue to immerse yourself in His word.
God bless you for your reply. I confess I am a beginner in Hebrew. I’m still learning the ropes. I am looking at Gen. 1:6 and the use of the verb ‘to separate, divide’ (badal). In my interlinear text the word does not seem to be rendered in the Qal stem. Am I mistaken that it is instead in the Piel stem? My reason for asking is if it is indeed in the Piel stem the word construct would carry the sense of God’s ongoing providence; that He continues His creative act. Am I seeing what I want to see, or does the construct have a different connotation?
You are right that badal is not in the Qal; it is actually in the Hiphil stem, not the Piel. The connotation thus is not a continuing action of separation, but one of God’s forceful and direct work. The waters above did not separate from the waters below by some random means, but instead did so by God’s intentional design and separation.
The creation account is written in such a way to reflect God’s work of creation beginning and ending with that first week, thus we see God resting from his labors on day 7, so while God’s providence is certainly ongoing, the language here doesn’t reflect that so much as it reflects God’s own intentional action. Creation is meant to be seen as a miraculous work of God.
What is likely throwing you off in your parsing with this particular case is that it is a participle as well (giving the ‘m’ prefix). Sometimes they can be tricky.
May I ask which grammar and resources you are using?
I would welcome suggestions and guidance regarding a good grammar and parsing guide. I use my interlinear (Kohlenberger) in conjunction with an embedded Strong’s lexicon on a compute search engine. As soon as you brought up the matter of participles the fog lifted. Like I said, I am a beginner, but I have fallen in love with Hebrew. I am encouraged that I reached the same conclusion regarding the passage, but still need to improve at ‘parsing’ the reasons. You don’t know how much this means for you to take this time with me. God bless you.
Though I am far from being a master of Hebrew, it is a language that I too have fallen in love with both for its richness and color and because of my love of scripture. I am glad to meet other like-minds.
In terms of suggestions; I used Gary Pratico & Miles Van Pelt’s Hebrew Grammar when I was in seminary and commend it highly. It is well structured, easy to follow, and has lots of useful helps and guides — particularly in the way of charts to help learn verbal stems. I would commend it highly. When I was teaching High School, I taught some willing students a semester of introductory Hebrew as an elective and used that grammar with them as well.
In terms of software, I use a Mac, so Accordance by Oak Tree Software is the top of the line. If you use a PC, Logos comes close to Accordance, though the interface is not as intuitive. Both pieces of software are pricey, but in my opinion, well worth every penny.
Another tool that I found helpful when teaching Hebrew was the resources available through EKS Publishing Company. They are a Jewish company dedicated to helping make the Hebrew language more accessible to Jews as well as to Christians. There are some great tools there for reading — childrens books and the like to use to reinforce your comprehension. One of the more enjoyable products they have is a book called “Tall Tales in Hebrew” where familiar folk stories are told in Hebrew, again to help recognition. The language is simple and the text is meant to be easy to follow, which then improves your Hebrew in other areas as well.
Also, if you go to http://www.dictionary.co.il you can sign up for a free Hebrew vocabulary word to be emailed to you daily. These are in modern Hebrew, but again is a good reinforcement. They also offer lessons and teaching aides, but I have never utilized these thus far.
Hope these are helpful, God bless you in your continued studies and feel free to drop me a note anytime.
p.s. and for a real treat, go to: http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Blessings/Synagogue_Blessings/Priestly_Blessing/priestly_blessing.html
Then click on the “listen” tab. Some good stuff here as well
dear pastor win: thank you so much for making these biblically-based writings and resources available. am going through times (common to all ) that greatly challenge me to question the Lord’s intentions towards me. finding your website and its’ contents are helpful as i walk these things out. blessings on you and yours.
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Guin, I am glad that these have been a blessing. God gets the real credit, though, in every way. Blessings, win
Dear Win, can you please share a daily bible reading plan that works best for you.
I guess that in principle, it is just to discipline yourself to carve out a time for reading and reflection that is more or less sacrosanct and is not compromised by other duties of the day. For me, it is getting up earlier than my family so that I can do so without distractions. The key is to make this a part of your life, not a box that you check off on a “to-do list.”
The second thing you need to decide are what are your goals. If reading through the Bible in a year is your goal, then there are lots of good resources out there. Personally, I like the old-fashioned model of starting in Genesis and reading straight through without jumping around, but that isn’t for everyone. If your goal is to read through the Bible in a year, you essentially have to read on a pace of 4 chapters a day to finish…it really isn’t that daunting when you think of it in this way. By the way, if you set a pace for 4 chapters a day, you can do this over a 6 day week. That leaves your Sunday reading as a day to re-read the text from Sunday’s sermon and think it over or to re-read chapters that you read earlier in the week but might like to explore more deeply. And, if you had a particularly busy week, even to finish reading so you don’t fall behind pace.
In my congregation, I alternate the reading plan for those who wish to follow it. I alternate between a “through the Bible in a year” type of plan and a set of shorter readings that are more specific so can be read more closely. This year we are reading a harmony of the Gospels (you can check out this reading plan on our church website). For the congregation, I usually write a summary of the texts we read, some explanation, and a crossword puzzle based on the week’s reading (on the website too). This year I fell behind in this part some with the death of my mom and am working to get caught up on the summaries/puzzles for those who are faithfully doing the readings.
In principle, if you are willing to commit 30-45 minutes a day to this, the readings are very doable. I tell people to take a break from television (usually a time gobbler) and commit it to being spiritually productive.
In terms of my personal devotions, I tend to go through passages much more slowly — translating a few verses a day from the Greek or Hebrew. What you find on this blog is often the results of this devotional practice.
Hopefully that is helpful,
Hi your web is so wonderful i love it i keep on checking it for my good
Thank you, James. I am glad this has been a blessing to you.
Hello! Years ago when I was a kid I asked you some questions on your article about why God doesn’t just obliterate the devil. After all that time, I just want to thank you for giving such thorough responses to my questions. You are doing God’s work and it is appreciated!
Thank you so much for the kind words, Jason.
Hello. I enjoyed reading what you shared on Isaiah 61:1,2. I was wondering if you had worked on the entire chapter and I just can’t find it anywhere?
Debra, thanks for the kind words and I am glad you appreciated it. Sadly, no, when I was writing these, I stopped at verse 2 (not sure why anymore as that was a number of years ago).
The best that I can offer is that back in 2007, I did preach a series of sermons on the chapter in preparation for the celebration of Christ’s Nativity. I uploaded them to my Sermon Audio Account here:
I am in need of doing some re-working of this blog site as I have time and have a ton of content to upload, so keep posted if you enjoy what you have found.
Thank you again and God bless you.
HOW DO YOU DEFINE THIS?
JAEL WAS MOSES’ MOTHER IN LAW:
Judges 4:11–21 LEB – And Heber the Kenite was… | Biblia
And Heber the Kenite was separated from the other Kenites, that is, from the descendants of Hobab the father-in-law of Moses. And he was…
Judges 4:21 NIV – But Jael, Heber’s wife, picked up a …
Judges 4:21 NIV – But Jael, Heber’s wife, picked up a – Bible Gateway. But Jael, Heber’s wife, picked up a tent peg and a hammer and went quietly to him while he lay fast asleep, exhausted.
Here is an excerpt from my reflections on Judges 4:11…
Hobab, we know, was the brother-in-law of Moses (Numbers 10:29) and thus was the son of Jethro, the Kenite (Judges 1:16) who was serving as a priest in Midian (Exodus 3:1). We don’t know for sure whether the Kenites all dwelt in the region of Midian or whether Jethro simply chose to sojourn there, but we also know that part of the land promised to Abraham was the land belonging to the Kenites (Genesis 15:19). We do know from Judges 1:16 that these Kenites went up with the sons of Judah to conquer and settle that region of Negev near Arad.
(sadly, this particular post is not found on the WordPress site at the moment…long story, but I am slowly rebuilding the site.)
So, no, Joel was not the mother-in-law of Moses. Heber descended from Hobab. Hobab was the brother-in-law of Moses. That would make Moses’ kids cousins of Heber.
As to the account of the tent peg, yes she did. Jael drove the tent peg through Sizer’s temple, out the other side, and thus nailing him to the ground. Hopefully this is helpful. Blessings, Win
*I AM GRATEFUL.*
On Sat, Mar 26, 2022 at 10:39 AM The Preacher’s Study wrote:
> preacherwin commented: “Here is an excerpt from my reflections on Judges > 4:11… Hobab, we know, was the brother-in-law of Moses (Numbers 10:29) and > thus was the son of Jethro, the Kenite (Judges 1:16) who was serving as a > priest in Midian (Exodus 3:1). We don’t know for sure ” >