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  • David Huffstutler - Mon, 08/02/2021 - 7:00am
    During Paul’s imprisonment in Rome (Philemon 1; cf. Acts 28:30–31), a household slave named Onesimus stole from his master Philemon and ran away (cf. Philemon 18–19). If Philemon caught Onesimus during this time, he could have severely punished him as a result. Philemon’s wife Apphia and his son Archippus would have known about the situation, […]
  • David Huffstutler - Mon, 07/26/2021 - 7:00am
    “We aren’t speaking anymore.” “My sin is too big for God to forgive.” Have you ever heard statements like these? One pastor observes, “Early in my pastoral ministry I noticed an interesting fact: nearly all the personal problems that drive people to seek pastoral counsel are related in some way to the issue of forgiveness. […]
  • Kevin T. Bauder - Fri, 07/23/2021 - 11:26am
    Kevin T. Bauder As you receive In the Nick of Time this week, I will be traveling in Colorado, but I won’t be on vacation. I will be visiting the old Briargate Post Office in Colorado Springs. Why travel to Colorado just to visit a post office? Well, this post office is special. It is […]
  • David Huffstutler - Mon, 07/19/2021 - 7:00am
    Man’s first son, he tilled the ground, but God had no regard. A fallen face, he killed his brother. He wandered from the Lord. Then fire and darkness, sorrow and pain, torment without end. Thousands of years, the present age, and then a thousand to come. Perhaps he hears the gnashing of teeth from others […]
  • Kevin T. Bauder - Fri, 07/16/2021 - 12:34pm
    Kevin T. Bauder As we have seen, 2 Corinthians 11:4 refers to “another Jesus, whom we have not preached” and “another gospel, which ye have not accepted.” I have argued that Paul is not referring to two different things. The identity of Christ is bound up in the truth of the gospel. The Jesus of […]
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  • Mark Ward - Mon, 07/19/2021 - 1:26pm

    Salon.com recently published an interview with sociologist Samuel L. Perry titled, “When Evangelical Snowflakes Censor the Bible: The English Standard Version Goes PC.

    And I got a reply to all this: Nuh-uh!

    Let me elaborate that answer, however, because “nuh-uh” probably won’t persuade anyone. And also because there’s a bit of truth in the charge, and Christian students of the Bible need to know that truth. Perry raises very important questions about Bible interpretation, and about the proper translation of fought-over words like “slave” and “Jew.” You’re going to have to follow me here; I’m going to trace a thread ball with multiple skeins. This is going to be a much longer Word Nerd video than normal.

    You can handle it, though, because Word Nerd: Language & the Bible is a serious space. We have our fun, but it is indeed truth we’re after. So I carefully read not only the Salon interview but also the scholarly article in the Journal of the American Academy of...

  • Mark Ward - Thu, 06/17/2021 - 6:55pm
    The Sermon on the Mount and Human Flourishing: A Theological Commentary, by Jonathan Pennington (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2018). I’ve been using this book as my main helper while preaching very slowly (because very occasionally) through the Sermon on the Mount. When my pastor needs me to fill in, I just pick up the next passage. Pennington has quickly commended himself as the most helpful guide to this marvelous portion of Scripture, one of my most important life companions (along with Psalms 1, 2, 40, and 51; Rom 3; and a very few others). In Pennington one gets the feeling that one is getting a responsible round-up of scholarly opinion while also getting Kidner-quality prose and trustworthy homiletical guidance. Pennington does an exceptionally admirable job of keeping his perceived main theme of the sermon in view; this is something I don’t do so well at, and I appreciate it when others do. I occasionally wonder if that theme is as...
  • Mark Ward - Tue, 06/15/2021 - 6:12pm

    Small Preaching: 25 Little Things You Can Do Now to Become a Better Preacher, by Jonathan Pennington (Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2021). Very few pp.

    Great little title. Punchy and short. Genuinely full of wisdom.

    The three things that stood out to me most:

    1. The very genres of Scripture demonstrate that not all of Scripture is meant to be—or even can be—preached expositionally, in sequence. Think Proverbs. And even Galatians, Pennington points out, just keeps hitting the same point in various ways. Unless you want to preach essentially the same point 12 times in a row, perhaps it’s best to suit the sermon to the genre. I’ll be chewing on this one. It’s a relief, honestly. It’s not that I’m eager to skip portions of Scripture in preaching/teaching in the church; it’s that I sometimes wonder if we’re really justified in doing so, because we all do it. Some portions of Scripture are...

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