Category Archives: Giffones in Lithuania

Our journey to LCC International University in Klaipėda, Lithuania

Sermon: YHWH’s Glorious Images

This is the audio (20:32, 28.2 MB) of a sermon preached at LCC’s Wednesday chapel service entitled, “YHWH’s Glorious Images,” on November 13. The main text is Exodus 20:1-21.

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Seminar: Hebrew Verbs and Minor Keys

A presentation I gave on September 17 at the first Theology Department Seminar, “Hebrew Verbs and Minor Keys: How a Hebrew Poetry Seminar Changed My Bass-Playing.” Continue reading

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Sermon: Freedom (Colossians 2:16–23)

God could have left Israel muddling along with a Law that they couldn’t keep, which was constantly condemning them, and which isolated them from the world—but instead he sent his Son to keep it perfectly on their behalf. Continue reading

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A Day (or Two) in the Life of a Research Center Director

“What is it that you do all day?” Continue reading

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Recap: Tallinn, Helsinki, Klaipėda

A couple of weeks ago we enjoyed several days of travel, as well as some fun times home in Klaipėda. Continue reading

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Theme in Mission (or: “Did you always know you wanted to go to Lithuania?”)

It’s a fair question, though sometimes behind it is presumption that no one else could possibly want to live in this country that s/he didn’t know existed until about two minutes ago. Continue reading

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Sermon: Apostles and Exiles

A short homily delivered at LCC’s International Christian Fellowship on April 22 entitled, “Apostles and Exiles.” The text was Ezekiel 11:14-17. Continue reading

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Voices of the Global Church

As I reached the end of my week-long course in Ukraine last month, I felt compelled to offer an impromptu exhortation to my Russian-speaking students, all of whom are already leading churches, and some of whom will likely go on for graduate study. Continue reading

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Teaching in Ukraine

From March 8 to 17, I taught at Zaporozhe Bible Seminary (ZBS) in Ukraine. Continue reading

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Special Service: Worshipping with the Fifth Gospel

Jess Smoker and I did an independent study on the Book of Isaiah that semester. We discovered that we are both musical, and decided that one of her assignments should be for us to craft a worship service structured around songs from Isaiah, and short teachings from the passages on which those songs are based. Continue reading

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