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Covenant and God’s Purpose for the World – Thomas Schreiner (2017)

Biblical theology is the discipline that reveals the storyline of Scripture. It looks at the big picture, which begins at creation and culminates with the new earth, where God makes all things new. “The purpose of biblical theology,” according to James Hamilton “is to sharpen our understanding of the theology contained in the Bible itself through an inductive, salvation-historical examination of the Bible’s themes and the relationships between those themes in their canonical context and literary form.”1 Thomas Schreiner makes a significant contribution to the field of biblical theology with his latest work, Covenant and God’s Purposes For the...

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Seven Questions about Books, Life, and Ministry with Jason Garwood

Let’s start out by telling our readers a little about you. (Current ministry context, family, joys in life, etc.) My name is Jason, and I serve as the teaching pastor and church planter at Cross & Crown Church, located in Northern Virginia. As I type this, we’re closing on our house in Michigan, and moving to VA to plant this new endeavor! For the past 6 ½ years I served as the Lead Pastor of Colwood Church in Caro, Michigan, and after sensing God’s call to plant, we decided to step out in faith and go for it. Thankfully...

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The Fish and the Grace of God

It was all his fault, and he knew it. Jonah pleaded with the sailors to throw him over. He could see the fear in their eyes as the waves continued to pound against the ship. These sailors were seasoned professionals and had seen storms before, but never anything like this. This was something different, something supernatural. They realized that whatever deity controls the wind and the waves was upset with somebody on that ship, so they cast lots to find out who it was. The lot fell on Jonah. The Almighty who guides the shooting stars also guides every...

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Try Listening

There are many things you can do today to demonstrate care and concern for others, but few are as impactful as listening. I remember as a child once on a boat asking a question to my uncle. While he was in the middle of giving his answer, I asked another question. His response, “If you would be quiet and listen for a moment, you would learn something.” Although at the moment I did not perceive it as good advice, his statement has stuck with me for years. What he knew and I needed to learn: listening is foundational in...

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Nothing to Complain About

Of all the sins that are grievous to the Lord (and there are plenty of them in our hearts and lives), I have recently been sensitive to the fact that we are all quick to gloss over two of the most serious–namely, ingratitude and complaining. It was these sins in particular that marked Israel’s sojourning through the wilderness. Moses tells us, in Numbers 11:1, “The people complained in the hearing of the Lord about their misfortunes, and when the Lord heard it, his anger was kindled, and the fire of the Lord burned among them and consumed some outlying parts of the camp.” Unthankfulness for all...

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