Posts in Biblical Exposition

What Are You Waiting For?

By Joy Mosbarger Dec. 15, 2014 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, New Testament, Spiritual Formation, Theology

The season of Advent is one in which the Church anticipates, prepares for, and celebrates the coming of Jesus Christ into our midst. As I thought about waiting expectantly for the presence of Jesus, I started wondering what exactly I am waiting for. What is it I expect from his coming? Am I waiting for him to come and fix my circumstances or get me out of a tight place? Do I just want him to ease my suffering and pain, to bring comfort and solace?

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The Authority of the Bible, Part Two

By David Horner Dec. 8, 2014 9:00 a.m. Apologetics, Biblical Exposition, New Testament, Theology

The Bible claims to be our supremely authoritative guide to life. But isn’t it irrational, oppressive, or even dangerous to base our lives on an ancient book—any book—rather than to “think for ourselves”? My claim in this short series is that basing our lives on the Bible is exactly what thinking for ourselves leads us to do—if we’re thinking well ...

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The Call of an Under-Shepherd

By Darian Lockett Nov. 19, 2014 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament

At the end of September I had the honor of speaking at the installation of my good friend, Mickey Klink, as head pastor of Hope Evangelical Free Church in Rosco, Illinois. The following is the text of my talk and I thought I would share it in this venue as it might possibly serve as encouragement for others who are about to embark on the journey of pastoral ministry. (I’ve shared this with Mickey’s permission) ...

 

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Women and the Office of Deacon: Part 5

By John McKinley Nov. 18, 2014 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament, Theology, Historical Theology

In my earlier posts for this series I argued that the office of Deacon should be reconsidered as broader than physical needs and re-defined as leadership of the ministries of the church. I argued that women should be promoted to the office of Deacon in the church. This final piece addresses two objections related to promoting women to the office of Deacon with some functions of leading and instructing men in the church. Just to be clear, this entire proposal is within a complementarian framework that regards women and men as distinct, as shown by the limitation of the office of Elder to qualified men (not women).

 

 

 

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Women and the Office of Deacon: Part 4

By John McKinley Nov. 13, 2014 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament, Theology, Historical Theology

Part 4 in this series on the office of Deacon focuses Gregg Allison’s argument that we would do best to re-define the office as enlarged beyond the care of physical needs. 

 

 

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Women and the Office of Deacon: Part 3

By John McKinley Nov. 10, 2014 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament, Theology, Historical Theology

Part 3 in this series on the office of Deacon focuses on the biblical passages that directly reveal the office of Deacon on the way to re-defining the office as enlarged beyond the care of physical needs.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Women and the Office of Deacon: Part 2

By John McKinley Nov. 4, 2014 1:30 p.m. Biblical Exposition, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament, Theology, Historical Theology

In part 1 of this series of posts on the office of Deacon, I briefly presented support for reading 1 Timothy 3:11 as best understood to refer to woman Deacons, not wives of male Deacons. Additionally to that exegetical and historical evidence, I observe that the only person identified with anything close to the title of Deacon in the Bible is a woman, Phoebe, a diakonos of the church at Cenchreae (Rom 16:1-2).

 

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