How Can a Sinless God Sympathize with Guilty People?


1 & 2 Corinthians, Biblical Meditations, Christian Life, Galatians, Matthew, The Gospel, Theology

As part of God’s sanctifying providence Christians must endure difficult seasons of frustration. Some will be brief and others lengthy, but they will all test our affections and whittle away our worldliness. Our questions will not always be about God’s power or authority but about his care. Will he indeed mend the wounds he is […]

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September 9, 2014

The Taming of Shamu and Jesus


Biblical Meditations, Joshua, Theology

You parents know what it’s like to traipse through Sea World thinking, “So this is what my parents went through!” As a kid, I strolled through Sea World without a care in the world as if the whole park were mine to explore.  All the while my parents counted pennies, peeled eyes, shared drinks and […]

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August 27, 2014

Did Jesus Disobey His Parents?


Biblical Meditations, Luke, Theology

Luke records the only adolescent account we have about Jesus between his birth and public ministry (Lk 2.41-51). Joseph and Mary were faithful Jews (cf. Lk 2.21-24, 39) who loved Torah and “went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover” (Lk 2.41). The year Jesus turned twelve was no different, at least […]

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December 22, 2013

God’s Kingdom is Christ


Biblical Meditations, Luke, The Gospel, Theology

What exactly is the “kingdom of God”?  It was the substance of Jesus’ earthly ministry (Lk 4.43).  It was a staple of Messianic expectations.  What Jesus taught about God’s kingdom, however, was much different than what most thought to be true of that kingdom. When we think of “kingdom” we think king with a capitol, […]

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October 6, 2013

Yom Kippur and Graceland


1 & 2 Peter, Biblical Meditations, Christian Life, Current Events, Hebrews, Romans, Theology

Every Saturday The Commercial Appeal in Memphis publishes a “Faith in Memphis” section with a “Faith in Memphis Panel.”  The editor asks local religious leaders to respond to a current issue in the news.  That issue is usually about atonement when Yom Kippur rolls around each year.  Yom Kippur is the Jewish “day of atonement” […]

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September 14, 2013