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Pandemic Sermon: Numbers and Chronicles, “God Draws Near”

Throughout this time many of us are simply missing human touch and human contact, and direct interaction not through a screen. We are doing the best we can, but it is not the same. I imagine those families in ancient Israel who had loved ones with skin diseases, who had to stay outside the camp or the city and only call out to one another from afar. But there is hope, there is Good News. God was not satisfied with living in a tent or a stone temple among his people. As John writes in his Gospel, “The Word became flesh, and pitched a tent among us, and we beheld his glory.” 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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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: A Tale of Two Abijahs?

This is the audio (28:39, 26.2 MB) of a sermon delivered at First Presbyterian Church of Norristown on July 9 entitled, “A Tale of Two Kings.” The text is 2 Chronicles 13:1-14:1a. I was pleased to be able to give my friend, … Continue reading

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