Old Testament

Literary Context and Clues for Preaching Jonah

It’s interesting to traverse over public ground and see fluorescent tape marking paths off of the beaten path. These markings are used by hikers, campers, hunters, and the like to help them identify a trail leading to a significant spot to which they desire... Read More »

How Genre Influences Preaching Jonah

The genre of the Book of Jonah is certainly unlike most of the other Minor Prophets. While the contents of most Minor Prophets focus on what the prophet said, the content of Jonah focuses on what the prophet did, or more accurately, what God did with and throu... Read More »

Themes in Jonah

The story of Jonah is undoubtedly one of the most famous Bible stories. This familiarity, as well as the sensational nature of the story, could possibly obscure the fact that Jonah is a theologically rich and important book of scripture. All efforts to exposit... Read More »

Crafting a Sermon from the Old Testament

My wife has the green thumb in our home. Over the years, it has been fun to work alongside her in planting gardens and flower beds and seeing something beautiful develop. Gardening is tough work, but if you invest the time and “sweat equity,” there is frui... Read More »

Dangers of Preaching Jesus from the Old Testament

Any preacher studying preaching has seen the rise in discussion on the need to preach from the Old Testament. Between the increased plea to preach the Old Testament and the off-handed remarks by some that we should find ways to separate the modern Christian ex... Read More »

Preaching Christ: Is There Another Option?

If a preacher believes that all of Scripture points to Christ and that Christ is the sole focus of saving faith, he has no other option when he opens God’s word. He must preach Christ. If one should inquire whether this profound necessity extends to passages... Read More »

Preaching the Old Testament, Pt. 2: Why You Shouldn’t Avoid It

In light of the previous post in this series, I know that there are obstacles to preaching the Old Testament, but we need to be careful here. Failure to preach the Old Testament can adversely impact its perceived relevance. Avoiding the Old Testament in our pr... Read More »

Preaching the Old Testament, Pt. 1: Why So Many Preachers Avoid It

I thought I was reading an article about preaching. But what actually came up on my recent internet search turned out to be a piece on why computer users don’t use a particular operating system. The writer claimed, “People come up with all of these reasons... Read More »

Nehemiah Introduction

Rise up and Build The title is taken from Neh. 2:18. It is the response of the people to Nehemiah’s challenge to them in 2:17.  Nehemiah exhorted the people, “let’s rise up and build. And the people responded, “Let us rise up and build.”  The overa... Read More »

Nehemiah 13:1–28

Context of the Passage: As the people continued to read God’s Word, they found additional areas where they had failed in their relationship with Him.  Chapter 13 records that after 12 years in Jerusalem, Nehemiah returned to his post in the Persian court. H... Read More »