Luke 9:51-56 – Be Kind to Those Who Do Not Know the Lord

This last Sunday I had the opportunity to preach my first sermon at my church St. John's Anglican in Franklin, TN. It was a great experience preparing for this opportunity, and I hope to do it again at some point, if the opportunity arises. I appreciate the patience of the congregation who sat and listened …

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How to Drastically Improve your Greek Parsing Proficiency with ParseGreek and Mounce’s Basics of Biblical Greek

When you begin learning Koine Greek, you are likely to use a beginning grammar like William D. Mounce’s Basics of Biblical Greek (BBG). As you go through a first year grammar you learn the morphology of the Greek language through a number of useful paradigms. Mounce does an excellent job of teaching the mechanics of …

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Nothing to See Here, Everything is Perfectly Normal

Have you ever found yourself desiring something that was so clearly worse than what you already have that you wonder what in the world could be driving you to want it?One day I felt this very thing. It was a perfectly normal day, and I wasn't unhappy, or tired, or sad. I didn't notice myself …

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What makes for good preaching? How church history shows us that it’s bigger than topical vs. expository

What makes for good preaching? That is a huge question, and not one which I will solve in this post, but I do want to dive into one of the debates that is common when discussing this question and provide a different perspective, which I have come to over the past few months while diving …

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Saved for What? Salvation Through the Eyes of Eastern and Western Christians

We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him …

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Augustine on Free Will, Grace, and Perseverance

Over the past year I have been especially dedicated to the task of learning the differences in the systems known as Calvinism and Arminianism, and in discovering where on that spectrum I fall.  This task has prompted me to read not only the works of contemporary authors on the subjects, but also those of Calvin …

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God’s Sovereignty, God’s Goodness, and the Fall of Man

Calvin and Arminius are well known for their views on predestination, but I would argue that they cared less about that subject than they did about defending particular attributes of God’s nature which they felt were at risk of being overlooked, under-appreciated, or misrepresented.  The attributes they sought to defend informed their arguments concerning predestination …

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