The Book of Hebrews

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Have you ever wondered what it might have been like to sit in a home in ancient Ephesus (or Thessalonica or Corinth) and listen to an apostle open up the Old Testament and preach a Christ-centered sermon? What would it have been like for a Jew who recently came to believe that Jesus was the […]

Eric Landry
Wednesday, December 31st 2014

Do you know as much about the Old Testament as you do about the New Testament? The women’s Bible study group in my church didn’t, and they decided to do something about it. When I joined in, they had been faithfully studying through books of the Old Testament for over a year. So when they […]

Aimee Byrd
Wednesday, December 31st 2014

In the Lutheran tradition, three names stand out above all others: Martin Luther (1483-1546), Martin Chemnitz (1522-1586), and Johann Gerhard (1582-1637). As the father of the Reformation, Luther needs no introduction, even among non-Lutherans. Chemnitz is also well-known, primarily for his role in the production and propagation of the Formula of Concord (1577) and his […]

Steven R. J. Parks
Wednesday, December 31st 2014

A jingle that I had drummed into me as a schoolboy ran, “Good, better, best; never let it rest; until your good is better and your better best.” For quite a while this helped me deal with a tendency to settle for mediocrity instead of pursuing excellence, a useful lesson for someone who preferred a […]

Hywel R. Jones
Wednesday, December 31st 2014

In the Old Testament, three different kinds of people take center stage in the story of God’s salvation of hispeople Israel: prophet, priest, and king. These were real offices filled by real people. Prophets rebuked sin, proclaimed mercy to the crushed, and interpreted events of the past, present, and future. They functioned as mediators proclaiming […]

Matthew Richard
Wednesday, December 31st 2014

I admit that I was (and am) an athletic misfit, but I suspect I wasn't the only one always picked last for kickball in school. Did you ever eat alone in the cafeteria? Were you ever rejected by the "cool kids" in high school? We all need to know that we are accepted, valued, and […]

Chris Vogel
Wednesday, December 31st 2014

There's so much we don't know about the Epistle to the Hebrews. We don't know who wrote it or when. We don't know for sure where or to whom it was written. We don't know exactly what challenge its recipients faced, or exactly how they were tempted to compromise in response. But here's one thing […]

Bobby Jamieson
Wednesday, December 31st 2014

There are some specialized chapters in Scripture, such as the "love" chapter (1 Cor. 13), the "godly woman" chapter (Prov. 31), and the "resurrection" chapter (1 Cor. 15). But the best known is Hebrews 11, the "faith" chapter. One of the challenges to a right understanding of Hebrews 11 is our temptation to extricate it […]

Ted Hamilton
Wednesday, December 31st 2014

This series of sidebar articles from Dennis Johnson is adapted from the presidential address atthe annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society Far West Region, “From All the Scriptures (Luke 24:27): Preaching Jesus from the Old Testament” (April 2012). Dennis Johnson is professor of practical theology at Westminster Seminary California in Escondido. 1. The Sermon […]

Dennis E. Johnson
Wednesday, December 31st 2014

This book is the product of a recent theological conference that sought to understand the Chinese church. The conference featured church leaders from China who shared and participated in dialogue for a better understanding of Reformed theology and its traditions on a global scale. As a Chinese Reformed Christian from the West who has ministered […]

Rev. David Chen
Bruce Baugus
Wednesday, December 31st 2014

Since its inception, America has always seen itself as a player upon the grand stage of history. Poised as a "city on a hill" between promise and peril, we have pursued our Manifest Destiny ever since the arrival of our Puritan forebears upon these lush, Edenic shores. Even in the early centuries before becoming globally […]

Derek Rishmawy
Peter Bacon Hales
Wednesday, December 31st 2014

Handbook of Women Biblical Interpreters is a product of modern scholarship's quest to include the female perspective in every discipline, including theology. The editors and authors of this volume unhesitatingly assume that men and women have an equally authoritative perspective on Scripture. As Marion Ann Taylor remarks in her introduction, "Discovering what the Bible meant […]

Amy Alexander
Wednesday, December 31st 2014

"Covenant" is the Bible's central way of describing the Lord's relationship to his people. In the Ancient Near East, a great king (suzerain) would rescue a smaller kingdom or city. On the basis of this deliverance, the lesser ruler would become the vassal (servant), part of the wider empire of the great king. As you […]

Michael S. Horton
Wednesday, December 31st 2014

“Modern Reformation has championed confessional Reformation theology in an anti-confessional and anti-theological age.”

Picture of J. Ligon Duncan, IIIJ. Ligon Duncan, IIISenior Minister, First Presbyterian Church
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