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Preaching on Moral Issues

That America is in the midst of a moral crisis none can deny. Earl Guinn says, “We are spiritually sick, and the cure lies not in the plans of the technologists, nor in the schemes of the militarists, nor in any brilliant manipulations of the economists ... Read More »

Preaching Values in Deuteronomy

Introduction To many, Deuteronomy is a closed book. Assuming that it is directed to the Israelites, and that its regulations and embodiment of faith are for the Jewish people only, countless Christians have too long missed its vital message. Perhaps even more ... Read More »

Some Theological Concepts in the Book of Deuteronomy

The presence of the word “concepts” in my assigned subject raises immediately the question of the nature of biblical theology. Is biblical theology propositional and systematic or is it the recital or proclamation of the redemptive acts of God in a... Read More »

Preaching Values in Ephesians

Rarely will the preacher face a greater challenge than that of communicating the sublime truth of Ephesians to his people. Paul’s message in Ephesians was never more vital than today. In the opinion of John A. Mackay it is “for our time the most re... Read More »

Theology and Ethics in Ephesians

The superlatives of the English language have been applied to Paul’s epistle to the Ephesians. Mackay considers it “the greatest and maturest of all his writings[1]John A. Mackay, God’s Order: The Ephesian Letter and the Present Time (New Yor... Read More »

Doctrine of the Church in Ephesians

There can be no doubt that the doctrine of the church in Ephesians represents a special problem in a study of the New Testament. There is a majesty in the concept of the church here which transcends anything else in the New Testament. If Paul wrote this book, ... Read More »

The Purpose and Plan of Ephesians

The purpose and plan of the Ephesian letter are inextricably interwoven. A delineation of the plan is impossible apart from an understanding of the purpose. However, the separation of these two basic interests and the resolving of the inherent difficulties int... Read More »

The Christian’s Warfare

An Exegetical Study of Ephesians Six (Ephesians 6:10-18) The doctrinal section of this epistle in chapters 1-3 has been followed with the practical conclusions which necessarily grow out of such truth (4:1-6:9). There is never to be any conflict or inconsisten... Read More »

The Primacy of Preaching

[1]Address at Formal opening of Southwestern Seminary, 1960. A portion of this material has appeared in Christianity Today. Used by permission.Century after century the relentless, restless tides of the sea have surged in and out from the shores of our land. I... Read More »

The Miraculous Element in Matthew

Any serious study of the Gospels must take into account the element of the miraculous. Simply to deny categorically its possibility is to leave unanswered one of the historical problems involved, to say nothing of the spiritual element. Within itself this is a... Read More »

The Background of Matthew

Matthew’s message is that in the person of Jesus of Nazareth the messianic prophecies of the Old Testament were fulfilled. Or to put it in other words, God’s redemptive plan was begun in the history of Israel, depicted in prophetic fashion in the e... Read More »

The Plan of Matthew

Any development of the Plan of Matthew must start with one’s concept of the origin, outlook, and purpose of the book. Even a casual survey of this Gospel reveals an interesting variety of approaches. Filson[1]Floyd V. Filson,  A Commentary on the Gospel... Read More »

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