Category Archives: Travels

Pictures from the Move

Enjoy some pictures from our trip, and our first few days in Klaipėda! Continue reading

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Sermon: The Good Samarians

One way to look at this story is to say: Look how bad Judah became, look at the effects of idolatry and self-love in this society! Even though we have this moment of repentance, obedience and mercy shown by Israel, it wasn’t enough to save that nation from destruction, either. (It’s like getting to the end of the book of Jonah—and realizing that God eventually destroyed Assyria for rebellion.) While this is true on some level, I don’t think it’s the way that the Chronicler wants us to read the story.
I believe that the positive way that the Chronicler wants us to look at it is: No matter how far is the human descent into sin and depravity—and it is far!—God is present. He is willing to descend into that darkness to rescue his people. In this story, it takes the form of a prophet, Oded, who probably wasn’t listened to much of the time! But God was present there. And God was present in the Chronicler’s day, as well—despite the fact that a Persian Emperor ruled over God’s people, not the chosen descendant of David. Continue reading

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Sermon: Jesus and Hanukkah

Audio of a sermon delivered at First Presbyterian Church of Norristown, PA, entitled, “A Newer, Truer Hope.” Continue reading

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Best of 2015

Happy New Year! You’ve been waiting with bated breath: here are the nominees for the best posts of 2015. Choose Your Heresies Carefully For All the Nations I Love Ruining Bible Verses Microcredit, “Borrowing-to-Save,” and Social Norms Thoughts on Canon … Continue reading

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Best of 2014

It’s about 11 months later than I had thought it would be, but here are my nominations for the Top Eleven posts of 2014… Continue reading

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Greetings from Atlanta

Papers and pigeonholes… Continue reading

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Research and Teaching Update

News… Continue reading

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Welcome to the Neighborhood!

Duplication is the mother of tediosity… Continue reading

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Quick Giffone Update: Preaching, Travel, and Conference

First year in the can… Continue reading

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For All the Nations

Timing is everything. Continue reading

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