Sermon Recap for Sept 17 Evening

Well, yesterday the Internet wasn’t in the mood for allowing Sunday night’s service to be posted. So, not wanting to make you wait for Sunday morning, the sermon recap was broken into two parts. Here’s the second one.For those of you who are not familiar with Baptist practices, we generally do not take the Lord’s Supper (or Communion) on a weekly basis. (Every Baptist church does things differently, but most of us have similar traditions.) When we do observe the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper, we set the whole service aside and focus all of our attention on it. Some Baptist churches just kind of tag it on the end of a service, but I think the majority practice is to lock the whole time on it.Now, it’s a valid discussion as to whether or not this most closely follows that which God has instructed in Scripture. In the absence of a hard and clear statement, though, we’re pretty tradition-guided. I’m inclined toward a more frequent observance, but some things are better left for later.I’m…

Sermon Recap for September 17

Well, my brain tried to make this a sermon recap for November.I’m not a prophet. There’s no way I can recap November yet. And along those lines…please disregard any of the latest nonsense of numerology and the end of the world. There’s just not clarity in Scripture about the end *except* that we won’t know it by day and hour. Seriously, folks, give it a rest.And Newspeople: if you want to run nutty ideas for your religion page, please contact either me or any part of the team. We’ll be glad to be your go-to weirdos.Here is what you'll find: after each sermon title, there's an "audio" link that allows you to play or download that sermon's audio file. Then there should be an embedded Youtube Link to the sermon.If you'd like, you can subscribe to the audio feed here: for iTunes users. Other audio feeds go here: video is linked on my personal…

Book: Destroyer of the Gods

Why am I not blogging enough? Ph.D. seminar writing. Like this, not a blog-style book review but a real attempt at an academic one.
Don't worry, I'll probably get booted back to the blogosphere soon enough.
Book purchased, not provided...
Destroyer of the Gods. By Larry W. Hurtado. Waco: Baylor University Press, 2016. 290 pages. Hardcover. $29.95.
If one is able to start off life in Kansas City, Missouri, and then find his way to Scotland, not only for a visit but to work and retire there, then he must have either wisdom or great luck. Larry W. Hurtado, Emeritus Professor of New Testament Language, Literature, and Theology at the University of Edinburgh, demonstrates through his achievements in research and publications that he has wisdom. Professor Hurtado is the author of several commentaries on the Gospel of Mark, multiple articles and essays regarding early Christian origins, and advocate for the study of the early Christian era. His work The Earliest Christian Artifacts: Manu…

Apostle Incoming: 1 Corinthians 16

In Summary: 1 Corinthians wraps up with the standard closing portions of a letter: the greetings sent to known colleagues and the information about the writer’s future plans. In this, Paul is fairly ordinary in his approach. He also follows the typical pattern of providing a brief closing statement. In this case, look at 1 Corinthians 16:21-24 as definitely written by Paul rather than by a scribe.
The rest of 1 Corinthians 16 is a combination of update and instruction. Paul is overseeing a collection for the “saints,” typically understood as believers in Jerusalem. One basic reason for the assumption about Jerusalem is that v. 3 reflects that he plans to send letters to Jerusalem with the collected gifts. That would make the destination obvious.
Alongside this, we also see some instructions about the taking of the collection and the way the church is urged to respond to Apollos and Timothy, who are both apparently traveling to proclaim the Gospel. Paul gives his travel plans, as well,…

Sermon Recap for September 10

Here is what you'll find: after each sermon title, there's an "audio" link that allows you to play or download that sermon's audio file. Then there should be an embedded Youtube Link to the sermon.If you'd like, you can subscribe to the audio feed here: for iTunes users. Other audio feeds go here: video is linked on my personal Youtube Page here: are stockpiled here:!
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Really Resurrected: 1 Corinthians 15

In Summary: I’m ecstatic to put the Spiritual Gifts chapters behind us and move into other matters. 1 Corinthians 15 has absolutely nothing controversial in it to deal with—well, there’s the verse about “baptizing for the dead,” and the misapplication of the euphemism of “sleep” for death which leads to the incorrect concept of “soul sleep” in death rather than the immediacy of judgment—oh, and there’s the references to how the end of all time breaks down with resurrections. No, nothing controversial.
Just some aspects that you’ll really need to grab a good Bible commentary on 1 Corinthians and do some research about it for yourself. I’d recommend the Teach the Text volume by Preben Vang and…well, actually, most of my 1 Corinthians resources are digital. At the very least, get a good Study Bible like the CSB Study Bible from Holman or the ESV Study Bible from Crossway.
The bulk of the chapter, though, does walk through some very basic ideas. The side items are the idea of Paul among t…

Sermon Recap for September 3

Good Afternoon!Here is the sermon from September 3.

Passage: Galatians 5:13-15 Context: Galatians! The indomitable churches of Galatia. A letter of rebuke, correction—very direct, very harsh even. Overview: Connect 5:13-15 with 19-26 Slavery to sin results in: sexual immorality, moral impurity (filth, uncleanness, vileness) Reflections: He that loves his neighbour as he ought, declines not to minister to him more humbly than any servant. As fire, brought into contact with wax, easily softens it, so does the warmth of love melt all arrogance and presumption more powerfully than fire. Wherefore he says not, “love one another,” merely, but, serve one another, thus signifying the intensity of the affection S. John Chrysostom, Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians, and Homilies on the Epistle to the Ephesians, vol. VI, A Library of Fathers of the Holy Catholic Church (Oxford; London: John Henry Parker; J. G. F. and J. Rivington, 1840), 81. Expectations: