July 2010 Archives

July 30: Acts 17

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We find that Paul has made his way to Athens, the great center of classical learning as well as pagan idolatry. What we discover is that rather than railing at the Greeks or separating from them, Paul engages them and... continue

July 29: Acts 16

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This is another important chapter for understanding Presbyterian and Reformed practice. What we find here is this basic principle: households are counted among the visible people of God based on the faith of the household head.The first example of this... continue

July 28: Act 15

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I never tire from telling our people that Acts 15 is one of the key texts for Presbyterian and Reformed polity. And that is because in this text we see that the church is not merely local and universal, but... continue

July 27: Acts 14

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Every time I've ever read this text, I've thought how well it describes ministry. In particular, we have here two wrong responses to ministers and their ministry of the Word. First, people respond wrongly to ministers when they idolize them. As... continue

July 26: Acts 13

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When I was working on my first post-graduate theological degree, we were given the assignment of studying the sermons in Acts and discovering the core of the apostolic Gospel. One of the longer sermons in the book of Acts is... continue

July 23: Judges 6

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"The Lord is with you, O mighty man of valor"- Judges 6:12Gideon is one of the heroes of faith mentioned in Hebrews 11 (verse 32), but he looks like anything but that in this chapter. Met by the angel of... continue

July 22: Jeremiah 18

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"Arise, and go to the potter's house, and there I will let you hear my words"- Jeremiah 18:2This is one of the most vivid object lessons in the Bible. It comes from a part of everyday life in ancient times,... continue

July 21: Acts 8

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"And Saul approved of his execution. And there arose on that day a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem, and they were scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles."- Acts 8:1What a disaster! One of... continue

July 20: Acts 7

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"And the high priest said, 'Are these things so?'"- Acts 7:1In this chapter, Stephen, the first "martyr" (the Greek word for "witness"), bears witness to Jesus first with his words, then with his blood. In so doing he follows his... continue

July 19: Mark 1

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"The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God"- Mark 1:1Lots of people go to amusement parks at this time of year and enjoy the thrill of roller coasters and other rides. Reading the gospel of Mark... continue
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