Over the past few years the word “community” has been popping up a lot in churches. I’ve been thinking about it and I honestly don’t know where it came from or originated. It didn’t come from the Bible…at least not in the versions I searched… Continue reading →
I thought I’d let you all know that I put most of my photo’s up on a new website – most of the images have full-size downloads. Because of living overseas for three years I had a lot of opportunity to take photos – something I really enjoy doing. But most of them were just on my computer collecting dust (though I’ve printed some and given them as gifts before). I thought about making a store, but I thought it would just be easier to allow full access to the images and if anyone ever uses them and feels led, they can make a donation to my missions fund. Enjoy!
These are my sermon notes for part one of a three part series on Stewardship for the Bible study I attend. Part one’s topic is Stewardship and Money. You can download the audio here.
Quickly, before we dive into tonight’s topic I wanted to define what stewardship is.
Basically, stewardship speaks to our role as Christians to manage all that God has given us. We are managers of God’s gifts, and primarily managers, or stewards of the Gospel. In ancient times, stewards were normally slaves who managed their Master’s estate, or were accountants of some type.
God owns everything, and therefore everything we posses is borrowed and we have the responsibility to use what we have borrowed to the glory of our Master.
(1 Corinthians 4:7)
“What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?” Continue reading →
I read Toward an Exegetical Theology by Walter C. Kaiser Jr. for my exposition class, and here are some quotes that popped out:
“ ‘…there is only one meaning for every place in Scripture. Otherwise the meaning of Scripture would not only be unclear and uncertain, but there would be no meaning at all—for anything which does not mean one thing surely means nothing.’”
“One more crisis must be faced before we begin to suggest some solutions of our own: the crisis in the pulpit. For large segments of the Christian Church it is a truism to say that Biblical exposition has become a lost art in contemporary preaching. The most neglected of all Biblical section is the Old Testament—over three-fourths of divine revelation!” Continue reading →
The Reasons for Expository Preaching
“…the glory of the Christian pulpit is a borrowed glow.… To an alarming extent the glory is departing from the pulpit of the twentieth century.… The Word of God has been denied the throne and given a subordinate place” (p. 5)
“Why do we have to turn to the human sciences at all? Why? Because for years we have failed to expound the whole of Scripture. Because from our weakened exposition and our superficial topical talks we have produced a generation of Christian sheep having no shepherd. And now we are damning ourselves more deeply than ever by our recourse to the wisdom of the world.”(p. xvi)
“As it was with Christ and the apostles, so Scripture is also to be delivered by preachers today in such a way that they can say, “Thus saith the Lord.” Their responsibility is to deliver it as it was originally given and intended” (p. 27)
“If the Bible is unable to produce a sound doctrine of Scripture, then it is thus incapable of producing, with any degree of believability or credibility, a doctrine about any other matter” (p. 31). Continue reading →