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Grateful for the Glories of a Gracious God

This Thanksgiving, I have been drawn more than once to the book of Ephesians. Thanksgiving morning, I spent some time meditating in Ephesians 1 in particular. After all, this chapter is full of blessings and praises to God the Father–and… Continue Reading →


Self-Controlled (1 Timothy 3:2) The man of God is to exercise a steady-minded self-control that results in right living. Σώφρων is one member of an important word family that occurs ten times in the Pastorals out of a total of… Continue Reading →

The Man of God Must Be “Temperate,” part 2 (application)

A Christian pastor, to be qualified, must be “temperate.” A previous post argued that the word translated temperate does not merely rule out excessive use of alcohol (another qualification, “not given to wine” focuses more on this narrow issue) but… Continue Reading →

Doubting Thomas (and You)

What would if have been like to be one of the disciples? To have the opportunity to walk with Jesus, to eat with Him, pray with Him, work alongside Him, minister beside Him, travel with Him, sit at His feet,… Continue Reading →

New Mercies

If you were paying attention this morning when you woke up, you may have noticed: God’s mercies were new this morning. Not tired, old, worn-out, stale, commonplace, overused, or past their sell-by date. You didn’t discover them to be good… Continue Reading →

Summer Writing

I didn’t produce any blog posts this summer, but was thankful to have the opportunity to head up the production of this little devotional manual, From Theology to Thanksgiving: Grateful Responses to Great Truths. It’s designed specifically for the men… Continue Reading →

Amos 3:3-8

An attempt to convert Hebrew poetry into English poetry… Will two take a trip without planning their way? Will the young lion roar if he do not have prey? Will the bird become caught if no bait is prepared? Will… Continue Reading →

The Man of God Must Be “Temperate,” part 1 (meaning)

  This post is the 3rd in a series on the Biblical qualifications for a pastor. In this post, I’ll focus mostly on getting to what I think Paul meant when he used this word. In the next post on… Continue Reading →

Let There Be Light

Let There Be Light  “In him was life; and the life was the light of men.”

Faithful In His Marriage

  In a culture saturated with immorality, Paul calls for radical conformity to God’s original plan: one man and one woman in a one-flesh relationship for life. This post is the 2nd in a series on the qualifications for the… Continue Reading →

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