Household ‘Stewards’

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Household ‘Stewards’

In creation, there is nothing more valuable than human life. And this is doubly true for those who have been purchased with the infinite blood of Christ (Acts 20:28; 1 Corinthians 6:19; 1 Peter 1:18–19). God sent his Son to Calvary to redeem a people for his own possession, and so great is his love for his people that the Good Shepherd has raised up shepherds who would tend his flock. Sometimes these spiritual leaders are called pastors, or overseers, or elders—synonymous terms for the same office. At the same time, while each of these labels stress different aspects of local church ministry, there is another title that needs consideration—steward. ...

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Jesus Gets into the Boat!

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Jesus Gets into the Boat!

This semester ITS students are studying (among other things) the “Synoptic Gospels”—Matthew, Mark & Luke. It’s been great! We’ve spent a lot of time in Mark and have observed how the good news about Jesus is presented in a way that emphasizes two inseparable themes: Jesus’ power and Jesus’ suffering. Mark is teaching us how good it is to know that the one we follow has power—over illness, over demons, over nature, over persecutions, even over death. But Mark also sobers us to remember that this power is mingled with suffering. Jesus—the powerful one—suffers in this gospel. And this, ironically, encourages us: when we suffer we should not think something strange is happening or that we are outside of God’s will. For even Jesus suffers; and he is with us when we suffer. ...

 

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Let Them At Least Understand

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Let Them At Least Understand

“Let them at least understand the religion which they oppose before they oppose it.”  This quote has been attributed to Blaise Pascal, a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, and believe it or not, a noted theologian.  As a teenager he began to invent mechanical calculators.  He made significant contributions to mathematics and physics, working with vacuums and hydraulics.  A computer language was named after him—which I studied in college.  His quote about thoughtfulness is great advice for us in our day.  Think about it my friends!  “Let them at least understand the religion which they oppose before they oppose it.” ...

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"You Can Make Me Clean"

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"You Can Make Me Clean"

Dr. Schrock and I recently co-published an article in the Criswell Theological Review.  We had presented the thesis at the 2015 annual ETS gathering.  It addresses the way Matthew portrays Jesus as a priest, an oft-overlooked characteristic of the pre-ascended Messiah.  You can read it here.  Hope you’re edified!  We’d love to know your thoughts on it.

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Life is Short and Eternity is Worth It

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Life is Short and Eternity is Worth It

I teach theology because I love our triune God, I love the gospel, I love the Word of God, and I love helping others rightly understand how doctrine centers on Christ and impacts every area of life. More recently, I've been thinking about why I teach theology at Indianapolis Theological Seminary—a school that has over the last three years developed from a dream into a reality. ...

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Christmas is about Resurrection

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Christmas is about Resurrection

Christmas is an easy holiday to hijack.  Just look around.  This time of year there is as much that has nothing to do with Jesus as there is that does.  But we keep our own heads with sayings like “Jesus is the reason for the season.”  We should never neglect to consider, however, what is the reason for Jesus. ...

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Congregational Premarital Counseling

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Congregational Premarital Counseling

Premarital counseling can be an entertaining exercise for an older couple offering guidance to a younger couple.  Across from them sit two individuals eager to be wed.  Apart from occasional disagreements about planning the ceremony, the soon-to-be-newlyweds are prone to think all is well and their excitement is reflected on their faces. While the mentors don’t mean to discourage the couple, they do mean to equip the couple with counsel that will carry them beyond the honeymoon to the anniversaries to come. ...

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ITS: A Life-Giving Oasis

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ITS: A Life-Giving Oasis

In the July 2016 issue of Tabletalk Magazine, Al Mohler, President of THe Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, proffers a sobering assessment of the challenges facing the church in America.  He writes, “The Christian church in the West now faces a set of moral challenges that exceeds anything it has experienced in the past.”  Many pastors, theologians, and orthodox Christian thinkers would not disagree with Mohler.  It can be sobering and somewhat alarming to conclude that indeed the church no longer occupies a central place in the public square.  Are we a moral minority?  Perhaps not yet.  Nevertheless, the times we live in require much of us. ...

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Truth & Unity at 499 Years

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Truth & Unity at 499 Years

Next month marks the 499th anniversary of what is typically called the dawn of the Protestant Reformation.  On October 31st, 1517 Martin Luther pinned 95 theses to the Wittenberg castle-church door in the hopes of engaging other ecclesiastics in theological debate.  The theses were originally written in Latin, the theological lingua franca of the day.  His zealous students, however, seeing the value of a wider circulation, took the theses down, translated them into German—the local lingua vulgaris of the day—and rushed them off to this new thing called the “printing press.”  From there many copies could be made and disseminated, eventually, all over Europe. ...

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