A “Spring and Summer” Theology – A Grace Awakening


The talks on grace I gave in Czech provided me the opportunity to continue to deepen and sharpen my thinking. I call this sabbatical year a “grace awakening” for me, to borrow a title from Chuck Swindoll. I’ve undergone a theological transformation, one that would not have happened had it not been for the sabbatical year. I [Read More...]

Mount of Beatitudes

Here’s part 1 of the two part video on the Sermon on the Mount shot at the Mount of Beatitudes. If you are interested in Judson’s new MLM program check out the program website. [Read more...]

Czech Mission Trip Wrap Up

Ta Cesta Retreat

I’ve been quite inactive on the blog for the last few weeks. We had a great trip to the Czech Republic. It began with a few days in Pisek in Southern Bohemia by myself. I preached a sermon at Elim on the Gift of Marriage. Then for a few days I spent time with Christian [Read More...]

Blessed Are the Peace Makers

I’m partnering with the Christian Ministries Department of Judson University in teaching a couple of courses in the brand new Masters of Leadership in Ministry. The following is part two of a two-part series shot while I was in Israel in the middle of May. Judson is using videos I shot in Israel to promote the MLM [Read More...]

“Like the Dead Sea”

The Lumineers are right about the “Dead Sea”! [Read more...]

Torah as Interpretation and Paul’s Dying to the Torah (Gal 2:19)

We know the Torah, in this case I mean the book of Moses, was a central element of “Common Judaism” of the late Second Temple Period, the historical period of the New Testament. Jesus’ lifestyle was shaped by it as were the lives of the Apostles and earliest Jewish believers in Jesus. But something that [Read More...]

The Disinheriting of the Promise Land to Inherit the World? . . . “Wait what?!”

When Paul said “Inheriting the world” (Rom 4:13) did he universalize the Abrahamic blessing? Yes and no. I have read and heard commentators (e.g. Tom Wright – but many more) who think that Paul’s statement in Romans 4:13 means that the Land promise to Israel has been universalized to the exclusion of the concrete promise [Read More...]

The Dead Sea Scrolls

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I was in Israel a few weeks ago and shot a number of videos. In this video I introduce the Dead Sea Scrolls and describe their significance for Christian faith. For an accessible introduction check out my book The Kregel Pictorial Guide to the Dead Sea Scrolls: How They Were Discovered and What They Mean [Read More...]