Introduction: In the past weeks we have examined four of the seven kingdom parables contained in Matthew 13. We first looked at the Parable of the Sower, which described the reactions that could be expected to the good news about the kingdom, and we saw that there would be many who would not truly believe. … Continue reading Parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl of Great Price (Matthew 13:44-46 Teaching Outline)
Introduction: John MacArthur illustrates well the primary point made by these two parables: Small things can have, ultimately, very large effects. All music, all symphonies, concertos, oratorios, hymns, songs, all music comes basically from eight notes. All the profound words that have ever been uttered or written in the English language come from 26 letters. … Continue reading Parables of the Mustard Seed and of the Leaven (Matthew 13:31-35 Teaching Outline)
This video was made by some very creative high school students. I thought it might brighten the day of our readers. NKJ Revelation 19:1-7 "After these things I heard a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, 'Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God! 2 For … Continue reading Silent Monks Singing Halleluia?
Two things I like a whole lot – books by John Frame and systematic theology. I have a whole section in my library dedicated to books on systematic theology. Extensively, I have read Calvin, Dabney, Hodge, Bavinck, Brakel, Gill, Boswell, Berkhof, Boyce, Shedd, Erickson, Grudem, Reymond, Horton, and others. These books are among my most … Continue reading Thoughts Upon John Frame’s Systematic Theology
If you are still looking for a good Christmas gift, consider starting someone out on the Journey series of theological novels by Dr. Richard Belcher. In this series Dr. Belcher has sought to combine teaching theology with the ongoing story of a man's life, beginning with his first encounter with Calvinism in Bible college and … Continue reading Journey Books Make Great Christmas Gifts
In case our blog's readers haven't noticed yet, over at the 1689 Federalism website, on their books page, is a sign up form to be notified when the forthcoming book, Recovering a Covenantal Heritage: Essays in Baptist Covenant Theology, is published. It promises to be an important work from a collection of excellent Reformed Baptist … Continue reading Recovering a Covenantal Heritage: Essays in Baptist Covenant Theology
Introduction: The December 18, 2001 entry of Our Daily Bread seeks to apply this parable for us. I want to quote it in full in order to illustrate an important issue when seeking to interpret this parable correctly: For 11 years, an official at a Michigan community college impressed fellow workers as a highly qualified … Continue reading Parable of the Wheat and the Tares (Matthew 13:24-30; 36-43 Teaching Outline)