The Time is Coming Soon

One of the themes that you cannot get away from when you read the book of Revelation is the theme of the “soon-ness” of Christ’s glorious return.  Yet, for many, this has been a stumbling block.  They say that if John expected that Jesus’ return would be soon, and if Jesus himself said that his… Read More

The Contagiousness of Worship

Worship, when it is filled with the Holy Spirit, is contagious.  I expect that this is part of the reason that the scriptures emphasize that believers are to live within a covenant community.  Not only can we support one another, but in our joined worship, we enable each other and lift each other up.  I… Read More

The Dating of the Exodus

            There is a great deal of debate as to the dating of the Exodus.  Some scholars, based on archaeological evidence, place the Exodus in the 13th century BC.  Others, citing both Biblical and extra-Biblical evidence, place it in the 15th century BC.  To support the later dating, scholars like John… Read More

The Horn of Salvation

  “and he raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of David, his servant.” (Luke 1:69)   The theme of the “horn of salvation” has important Old Testament Biblical-Theological implications, yet, before we delve back into the Old Testament history of this language, it is important that we set the context… Read More

The Cross: Lifeline or Lodestone

“But may it not be for me to boast if it is not in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.”—Galatians 6:14 “The cross of our Lord Jesus Christ is either an offence to us or else it is a thing… Read More

Testimony and Psalm 119

The word in Hebrew that is translated as testimony is tWd[e (eduth), and is derived from d[e (ed—note that both of these words are pronounced with an “ae” sound in English).  Both words carry similar meanings, though the connotations vary somewhat in terms of how they are used.   The first word, tWd[e (eduth), refers… Read More

Reverence, the Image of God, and Politics

“revere all, love the brotherhood, fear God, revere the king.” (1 Peter 2:17)               Reverence is a term that we hardly ever apply to life anymore, especially not toward others and even more especially not toward the king (or president and governors…).  Reverence denotes placing a high value on someone’s head.  For example, if… Read More