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Biblical Theology Class 12: Isaiah 53 (Where Law Meets Gospel)

Isaiah 53 is where Law meets Gospel. The Law spoke of covenant and sacrifice, including the festival sacrifices of the Passover and Day of Atonement. In Isaiah 53, these separate streams of covenant, Passover, and the Day of Atonement flow … Continue reading

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Sinai (Bible Theology Class)

What was Sinai and the giving of the law all about? Was it just rules that people must follow, can’t follow, and set people up to fail? Or is the law more like covenant promises – like marriage vows? How … Continue reading

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Example, Savior, Shepherd: 1 Peter 2:21-25

e that I discovered that not all Christians think alike. The larger church is divided into smaller camps. At college, I began to learn more about these camps. There were of course the Catholics. From the snatches I heard said about Catholics, I concluded that few (if any) were really Christians at all. There were the liberals, who were only humanists (that was the derision de jour at the time) in Chrisitan’s clothing. And then there was “us,” the real Christians.

But even among us, there were camps. There were the Calvinists (who weren’t any fun at all), the fundamentalists (who didn’t want anyone to have any fun at all), and the Pentecostals (who were having all the fun, speaking in tongues and getting slain in the Spirit).

Somehow, I learned these things without ever talking to a Catholic, a liberal, or a Pentecostal. In the years since, I’ve spoken to all these folks and many at length. I’ve learned that talking about people reinforces stereotypes while talking to people tears them down. Continue reading

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The Cross: Summit of Salvation History (Wide Angle)

(Reading time: Approximate 3 minutes.) We have been on a wide-angle journey through the Scriptures and have taken little time to pause and take in the sights along the way. We have been like mountain climbers whose goal is to … Continue reading

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