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Sermon Recap for 9/27

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I’ve moved sermon recaps to Tuesday to allow a little more time for audio and video processing. Also, there was a slight glitch with filming the morning sermon so we have audio but no video.Morning Sermon: Matthew 6 Prayer: the Follow Up (audio)Evening Sermon: Introduction to Exodus Part I (audio)

OBU PSCS 2015

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Last week saw me spend Thursday back in school…every year I like to attend the Ouachita Baptist University Pruet School of Christian Studies Pastor’s Conference…or the OBU PSCS, for short. And for the record, back in the day we were just the “Religion Department” at OBU. This year was a bit different from normal, as George Guthrie from Union University presented the conference rather than OBU faculty. Considering Dr. Guthrie just finished an entire commentary volume on 2 Corinthians, the focus of our seminar.Overall, it was a good day. I thought I’d share this clip from the singing as we got started:

Programming Note

Just a quick programming note:Because of the shift in when I can get access to the digital audio and the video of sermons, the sermon recap is moving to Tuesday. The rest of the blog schedule will shift in some manner to compensate for that…Doug

Sitting on the Right of the Throne: Hebrews 8

In Summary:
Our author (Luke, perhaps?) gets back to the "main point," as he says, in this chapter. That point? We have a high priest who has taken his seat. Or, to follow my style guide better, we have a High Priest who has taken His seat. That High Priest is Jesus. 
This particular chapter works us through the idea that the Tabernacle (Exodus) was never intended to be the actual focus of worship. Instead, the earthly Tabernacle, and the Temples that followed it, was a "shadow and a copy" of a heavenly reality. This reality? That God is, is unchanging, and is not flawed in any way. 
Further evidence of the disparity between the earthly and the heavenly is found in the quotations that make up the second half of this chapter. Jeremiah 31 is quoted and highlights the need for a new covenant. It is worth noting that this prophecy is given before the final fall of Jerusalem and the destruction of the Temple--that is, Jeremiah speaks the words of God about the need for a n…

Sermon Recap for Sept 20

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Good morning! Here are the sermons from September 20th.Morning Sermon: Matthew 6 (audio)September 20 AM Matthew 6 Text: Matthew 6:9-13 Date & Place: Sept 20 EEBCAR 1. The petitions of the Lord's Prayer 2. How do we pray?      A. Keep in mind that our relationship with God is the foundation for prayer      B. Remember that prayer is not the power. God is the power. Prayer is the request that He work 3. The petitions:      A. Address: "Our Father:" no right to prayer without Jesus.            Additionally: no prayer without unity.      B. Hallowed: cognizant of His holiness--we do not make God holy but recognize that He is.           Remember that "name" is not just the word for you but your reputation      //In Heaven: on high and over all      C. Your Kingdom come/Your will be done: not just a request but a commitment      D. Give us this day: Man does not live by bread alone-but man does need bread. Daily trust, daily supply,       E. Forgive us, as we hav…

Book: Understanding Prophecy

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Today’s book is Understanding Prophecy from Kregel Academic. Authored by Alan S. Bandy and Benjamin L. Merkle, both of whom are New Testament professors at Baptist schools. (Bandy is also the author of The Prophetic Lawsuit in the Book of Revelation, which sounds fascinating.)On to the book at hand, which is substantially more affordable than Bandy’s Lawsuit volume. The prophetic passages of the bible are among the most studied and least understood, overall, as we often go to them as divination students rather than Biblical students. Authors Bandy and Merkle make the case in the introductory matters that when we look only to the end-of-time concepts in prophecy, we often miss what God is revealing about His character and His everyday work in the world.That is not to say there is no element of forward-looking in prophecy. Nor that we shouldn’t check out those ideas, only that the Revelation (and Daniel, Isaiah, Ezekiel) is God’s Word about today, not just about “that day.”In view of th…

Sermon Recap for September 13

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Well, after an upload that took unnecessarily longer than it should have, here are the sermons from yesterday. As of last night, we have started our Introducing the Bible series with Genesis, Part 1. It’s going to take a little more than a year to get through all of the Bible, so come join us!Morning Sermon: Basics of Prayer: The Foundation (audio)September 14 AM Matthew 6 Text: Matthew 6:5-8 Date & Place: Sept 14 AM EEBCAR Title: Prayer: The Foundation Primary Theological Point: What should we learn? Prayer is centered in our relationship with GodPrimary Practical Point: What should we do? Pray.Take Home Action: Two points: pray specifically about DJSO; Set a prayer appointment.Evening Sermon: Introducing Genesis Part I (audio) Genesis Part I Slide ShowMore presentations from Doug Hibbard

Book: The Atheist Who Didn’t Exist

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Today’s book is The Atheist Who Didn’t Exist, or The Dreadful Consequences of Bad Arguments by Andy Bannister. The foreword is written by Ravi Zacharias, who is well-known in most Christian circles as an author/speaker on apologetics issues. I’ve enjoyed his material that I have read, but it would take a lot for me to buy a book just for the foreword. Zacharias’ words are good, but not that good.Instead, I would suggest you buy this book for Bannister’s writing. Now, I must start with a caveat: I picked up this book already sharing most of Bannister’s beliefs about the universe: we are both theists of the Christian variety. As I have only examined the arguments of atheism from the outside, I am not qualified to say that Bannister’s work will tear down the logical edifice of New Atheism and earn him a spot on the Mt. Rushmore of Evangelism (alongside the Apostle Paul, the Venerable Bede, and John Bunyan.) He may be that persuasive, but I already agreed with him so finding that I contin…

A Priest out of Line: Hebrews 7

In Summary:

Well, Hebrews 7 continues the “wait, what is he talking about?” portion of Hebrews. Melchizedek is nearly the focus of this chapter—he’s not, Jesus is—and we just don’t know much about Melchizedek. Apart from the mentions in the Epsitle to the Hebrews, we would probably count him as a minor character from Genesis 14. Instead, we take a long, hard look at him as an important figure who is a “type” (literary example) of Christ.

The identity and heritage of Melchizedek is addressed in this chapter. Well, actually his lack of lineage. Melchizedek is spoken of as having no ancestry. Rather, he is identified as remaining a priest forever because his death is not noted in Scripture. (There’s two ways to see this: he never died, and was a theophany; he did die but it’s not recorded so he remains “listed” as a priest. Sound study does not solve this on the basis of this chapter alone.)

Melchizedek, though, is not the focus of the chapter. Neither are Abraham or Levi, who are also ment…

Sermon Recap for September 6

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Good morning! Here are the sermon recaps from last night.Morning: John 3:25-36 (audio)September 6 AM John 3:25-36 Text: John 3:25-36 Date & Place: September 6, EEBCAR Title: "Speaking the Truth" Take Home Action: Trash the other things clamoring for your allegiance. 1. The Word of God as our focus: John 3:28-30 2. The Word of God as our authority: John 3:31 3. The Word of God as our salvation: John 3:34-36 Evening Sermon: Intro to Bible Translations (audio)Translating the BibleMore presentations from Doug Hibbard

Book: NIV Zondervan Study Bible

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The NIV Zondervan Study Bible, the hardcover of which looks like the picture, is a replacement product for the NIV Study Bible that I had in college. At the moment, it’s available in hardcover. For those who aren’t interested in reading it as a Bible, it therefore works well to break your toes when you drop it. This thing is heavy—nearly 3000 pages.
Without dwelling on the New International Version as a translation (I’m not a big fan of the 2011 revision of the NIV), let us take the features under consideration first. On the surface, an obvious helpful feature is full-color printing throughout the Study Bible. This not only allows pictures throughout, which is a great, but allows something else nice. The “study note” section is shaded in light tan while the Biblical text is on white paper.
The inspired text is therefore clearly separated from the ideas of the note writers. I like that. A lot. The note authors—a smorgasbord of evangelical scholars from the US and the UK—generally hol…

Wavering Back: Hebrews 6

In Summary:
One cannot come to Hebrews 6 without taking a look into the question of "falling away" that is raised in Hebrews 6:4-6. This is not the only content of Hebrews 6, however, and we would do well to not make it more than it is. Further, remember that we understand Scripture by placing it into its proper context, which includes not only the culture of writing but the overall context of the revealed Word of God. That is to say that one section fits within the whole, not contradicts it.
Before we return to those verses, though, let us look at the rest of this chapter. Noteworthy for our understanding is the overall thrust here--the need for maturity in the lives of believers. The first few verses address this need, as do the closing sections. We see a continued emphasis by the author of Hebrews that walking with Jesus is not something to be taken overly lightly.
In Focus:
Let us put the "falling away" passage in focus for now. Consider what is being said: that if…