Category: Academic Work

A Good Mentor Points Out the Cliffs

Faithful theology has been likened to standing atop a mesa. A mesa, if you remember, is an isolated flat-topped hill with steep sides. There are many true things that one can affirm on the flat-top. But go too far in one direction and you’ll wind up plummeting off a cliff. It’s not a perfect analogy, but it is helpful. The safest place (or perhaps I should say most true and faithful) is to be right in the center. Varying theologies tip-toe towards the cliffs but maintain orthodoxy. But human nature is not such that we are drawn to the...

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God Has Spoken through His Word

E-Book PDF: Open in New Window | Download The Divine authorship of Scripture is a subject to which we should constantly return and one that should recurrently fill the minds of the people of God. That God has spoken in the Scriptures and that He speaks today in the Old and New Testament is of supreme importance to the life of faith of a believer. No one captures this truth so much as does the writer of the letter to the Hebrews. In 13 chapters, the writer gives upwards of approximately 40 Old Testament citations (in various forms taken from the Hebrew Bible, the Septuagint (LXX) or paraphrased from the LXX or the Masoretic Text). Nearly one third of the OT citations in Hebrews are from the Psalms. While the teaching of these OT citations are of supreme importance, the way in which the writer introduced these citations is equally instructive and important. The book of Hebrews opens with the epic words, “God has spoken” (Heb. 1:1). While there is certainly a redemptive-historical focus on the way in which God has spoken in the Old Testament and in the New, the point is simple–God is a God who speaks and He speaks in the Scriptures. As he develops the theological importance of God speaking of His Son in the Scriptures, the writer makes constant appeal to the Old Testament. Simon Kistemaker, in his doctoral dissertation The...

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Brief Study of the Ten Commandments by Martin Murphy

The Ten Commandments could be summed up as God’s laws for man’s living in God’s world. While originally given to Israel at Mt. Sinai in preparation to enter the Promised Land, the applicability of the Ten Commandments extends beyond Israel and Canaan. The Ten Commandments represent God’s moral law for His people. While the applications of the laws might change over time, the laws themselves do not. With an eye on the text and an eye on today’s world, Martin Murphy has written Brief Study of the Ten Commandments, which is a short exposition and application of the Ten Commandments (Theocentric Publishing Group, 2015). Trained at Reformed Theological Seminary, Murphy has spent his life teaching, preaching, and writing. He co-founded Theocentric Publishing Group with James Vickery where their goal is to publish Christian books centered on God. This little book is an unashamed defense of the contemporary relevancy of the Ten Commandments. Having taught through and read several good books on the Ten Commandments myself, I will say that Murphy has done a good of presenting the essential nature of each commandment and offering reasonable applications (though not every reader will agree with all of them). There are a few features of this book that are worth noting. First, it is grounded in the text. Murphy draws out the meaning of each commandment through exegesis of the text and and places them in...

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7 Reflections from Band of Bloggers 2014

Right now I am reaching far back into the recesses of my brain for moments of inspiration. These inspirational moments are drawn from one of my favorite parts of T4G, the Band of Bloggers pre-conference. Registration cost for Band of Bloggers is very low, usually around $30 and includes a sack lunch from Chick-fil-a. Each attendee receives a haul of book. This year it was 30 titles total! And of course, this pre-conference is held at Southern Seminary, so attendees have the pleasure of walking this historic and beautiful seminary campus. Band of Bloggers meets in tandem with T4G....

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B&H Book Giveaway 4/21-4/29/2014

We’re excited to partner with our friends at B&H Publishing for a giveaway here at Servants of Grace. We will be giving away eighteen books with eighteen winners.  Enter below through punchtab for a chance to win one of three copies of Recovering Redemptioin A Gospel-Saturated Perspective On How to Change by Matt Chandler and Michael Snetzer, one of three copies of Gospel-Centered Teaching Showing Christ in All the Scripture by Trevin Wax, three copies of The Underestimated Gospel, three copies of Manhood Restored by Eric Mason, two copies of Transformational Groups by Ed Stetzer and Eric Geiger, two copies of The People of God Empowering The Church To Make Disciples by Trevor Joy and Spence Shelton,  and two copies of Autopsy of a Deceased Church 12 Ways To Keep Yours Alive by Thom S. Rainer For additional entries suscribe via RSS or email. This giveaway is limited to residents of the continental United...

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