Blogs by Sean Lucas

November 12: Hebrews 7

Article by   November 2010
This chapter stands at the beginning of the central theological argument of Hebrews: that Jesus is the great high priest who is able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through him. In this chapter, the writer... continue

November 11: Hebrews 6

Article by   November 2010
One of our favorite family movies was "Up," the wonderful Pixar film that came out a couple of years ago. One of the key moments in the movie came early: after the child Carl meets Ellie, she comes to his... continue

November 10: Hebrews 5

Article by   November 2010
While the end of Hebrews 4 points us to our great high priest Jesus, we learn in the first ten verses of Hebrews 5 that the greatness of Jesus is that he was a priest who cried out. And he... continue

November 9: Hebrews 4

Article by   November 2010
Most Protestants are not used to thinking about priests and especially about what makes a good or superior priest. And yet, the language of priesthood is all through this letter to the Hebrews to this point (1:3; 2:17-18; 3:1) and... continue

November 8: Hebrews 3

Article by   November 2010
In the first six verses of this chapter, the writer to the Hebrews urges us to fix our attention on Jesus--to keep him in our eye and to hold and cling to him. One reason why we should "consider Jesus,"... continue

July 30: Acts 17

Article by   July 2010
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

Article by   July 2010
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

Article by   July 2010
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

Article by   July 2010
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

Article by   July 2010
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
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