Posts in Biblical Exposition

Women of the Resurrection

By Nell Sunukjian Apr. 7, 2014 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Evangelism, Ministry and Leadership, Missions, New Testament

Don’t you love it when you have good news to tell? “He loves me,” “I got the promotion,” “a baby is coming,”  “my grades are better”—news we want to tell someone. Someone who will be glad for us. Someone who will recognize the importance of what we are telling them.

When two angels announced the good news of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, they gave that good news to women. Women—who were considered to be unreliable messengers and couldn’t even testify in court—women were given the honor of passing on the best news ever transmitted—Jesus is alive!

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Skills vs. Character: Which is More Important in Ministry Leaders?

By Kenneth Berding Apr. 2, 2014 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Christian Education, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament

Have you ever noticed how often we rank skills over character?

You’re seeking to hire someone for a job. Which is more important? Skills for the job, or the character of the one seeking the job? In almost every hiring situation, skills are the focus (though I have heard that Human Resources folks are increasingly Facebook and Instagram-stalking potential employees in an attempt to ascertain whatever they can about applicants’ private lives.)

I would like to suggest that in Christian ministry, character should be weighted over skills.

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Is the Bible Wrong about Camels in Genesis?

By Kenneth Way Feb. 19, 2014 9:00 a.m. Apologetics, Biblical Exposition, Old Testament

Recent news reports[1] are claiming that the references to camels in the patriarchal narratives (Gen 12:16; etc.) of Genesis are “anachronistic,” or historically out of place, because there is allegedly no evidence for camel domestication before the tenth century BC. This claim is actually not new, since it was made by W. F. Albright over seventy years ago, but is it true?  

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What Does the Fox Say? Who is the Fox Anyway?

By Kenneth Berding Feb. 5, 2014 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Culture, New Testament, Spiritual Formation

The Fox is Herod Antipas.  Jesus says so.  If you don’t believe me, look at Luke 13:32.

But what does this arrogant, sensual, and power-hungry tyrant say? 

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Deo Volente o El Hombre Propone y Dios Dispone / Man Proposes and God Disposes

By Octavio Esqueda Jan. 13, 2014 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Christian Education, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership

Los propósitos de año nuevo son parte de la costumbre anual de muchos de nosotros. La llegada del nuevo año nos da la oportunidad para detenernos por un momento y planificar un futuro mejor. Por ejemplo, los gimnasios aumentan sus membrecías considerablemente en enero con personas que desean bajar de peso o mejorar su condición física. También escuché que el índice de divorcios crece considerablemente las primeras semanas del año. Independientemente de la sabiduría de los propósitos, todos los deseos persiguen un mejor destino.

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La navidad ha llegado, ¡bendito sea el Señor! / The Lord has come, blessed be the Lord!

By Octavio Esqueda Dec. 25, 2013 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Christian Education, Church Life, Culture, Spiritual Formation

El nacimiento de Jesús cambió al mundo. La navidad es, sin duda alguna, el acontecimiento más importante en la historia de la humanidad y, por lo tanto, la mayor celebración de cada año. El Dios creador del universo se hizo hombre y habitó entre nosotros. Dios no está lejos ni es distante sino que a través de Jesús su presencia es real y personal. De hecho, el milagro de la navidad se resume con la palabra “Emanuel” que significa apropiadamente “Dios con nosotros.”

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The Incarnation and the Mind of Christ, Part Two

By John McKinley Dec. 18, 2013 9:00 a.m. Theology, Biblical Exposition, New Testament

In Part One, I introduced the implausible situation that Jesus lived from His infancy with full divine awareness. I presented one argument that the New Testament presents Jesus as functioning with a human mind. This claim has been affirmed by the Council of Chalcedon (451) in opposition to some teachers such as Apollinaris, who denied that Jesus possessed a human mind and will. An incarnation involving two minds is complicated, but such is the historic teaching of the church.

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