Timothy’s Charge

Paul wrote 1 Timothy in order to encourage his young protégé in guarding good doctrine. In 1:3, he tell Timothy that he left him in Ephesus “so that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine.” The aim of this charge, this charge to...

On Our Knees

  In Daniel chapter 9, Daniel prays for the people of Israel. It is a prayer of repentance, a prayer of confession, and a prayer for deliverance. This makes sense, given where Daniel is– exiled in Babylon, along with all of Judah. The nation of Israel has fallen...

The Price of Forgiveness

No one forgives naturally. One of the things we’ve found to be the case in teaching classes such as Conflict Resolution and Anger Transformation is that our students (just like their sinful instructors) often deal with issues of anger and bitterness because they...

By the mercy of God

In his book Reading the Word of God in the Presence of God, Vern Poythress discusses reading the Scripture from three perspectives: the normative, the situational, and the existential. He recommends this way of approaching the Bible for a number of reasons, but the...

Wisdom Grants Perspective

“If we cannot believe God when circumstances seem be against us, we do not believe Him at all.” -Charles Spurgeon Circumstances have a way of caging our spirit with fear, despair, and self-pity. How are we to gain an eternal perspective concerning the...

“Sir, we would see Jesus.”

I’ve always been vaguely puzzled by John 12:20-26. Here Jesus has come to Jerusalem in triumphal entry and is preparing for the feast of Passover. Some Greeks approach Phillip and make this request: “Sir, we wish to see Jesus” (John 12:21). Phillip...

The Fruit of Study

Last week our students wrapped up all classes for the year. Now they’ve entered their practicum, preparing to serve and lead this summer. I was able to have a little pep-talk with them last week, on the last day that I served as their instructor for this year....

Reading The Whole Thing

As a Bible teacher, I often find that Christians are totally mystified when it comes to reading the Old Testament. We know how to read the New Testament– that’s about Jesus and the church, so we’re on pretty solid footing there– but the Old? Battles,...

Faithful Prayer

One of the ways I tell our students they can get more out of their Bible reading is to notice the strange and unusual. When you look at a text, what seems like it shouldn’t be there? What doesn’t fit? Who is the odd man out? Many of us who have grown up...

Letter from the Director

As summer approaches, the students in the School of Discipleship are finishing up their classes and preparing for the arrival of summer camp. Since the beginning of the year, the Bible classes have offered them the opportunity to examine the foundation of their faith...