Eleven Appearances of Jesus

In an effort to make our faith secure, Jesus appeared to his disciples on eleven distinct occasions. Here they are: 1. Mary Magdalene alone (Mk 16; Jn 20.14) 2. The woman returning from the tomb (Mt 28.9-10) 3. Simon Peter alone (Lk 24.34) 4. Two disciples on the way...

Things Concerning Jesus in the OT

I am preaching on reading Scripture devotionally this coming Sunday. I am using the Road to Emmaus as the backdrop to the message (Luke 24.13-35). I am playing with the thesis right now, but it is something like “God reveals himself so that we will be...

A Challenge to My Expositional Preaching Friends

I am convinced that expositional preaching should be the steady diet in the local church. I think it helps people read their Bibles well (if preached well!), unfolds the storyline of the exegeted book better, rounds out the jagged edges of a preacher’s hobby...

Better than Solomon

“Something greater than Solomon is here!” (Jesus; Matt 12.42; NET Bible) This past Sunday a brother was leading Sunday School through the book of 1Kings 8–Solomon’s prayer of dedication of the Temple. Our time was spent in breaking the prayer...

The Bible is Beautifully Consistent

Lately there has been some buzz about a graphic that appears to magnify contradictions and inconsistencies in the Bible. Most people who have a proclivity to disregard the Bible will glance at it and wag their heads in approval. The challenge to be thoughtful and not...