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In a recent Bethlehem College & Seminary Chapel, I preached a message from Zephaniah 3:9–10. Some Christians are called to go to the nations proclaiming the good news of Jesus. Other Christians are called to send those people in a manner worthy of the Lord. There are no other alternatives. read more…
Recently I was invited to share on the topic of “Preaching Deuteronomy” with Dr. Jason K. Allen, President of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, on his Preaching and Preachers podcast.
In this episode I had the chance to share why preachers should preach through Deuteronomy, what theological challenges we face in the book, how we can make much of Christ from this law. I also give some starting points for preachers who want to begin preaching Deuteronomy, along with helpful resources. The specific topics are as follows:
- A brief introduction to my ministry at Bethlehem College & Seminary
- A brief discussion on my love for the Old Testament
- Why pastors should preach through Deuteronomy
- How Deuteronomy shapes the trajectory of salvation history
- Key exegetical or theological difficulties that preachers should be aware of before preaching through Deuteronomy
- How preachers can Preach Christ from Deuteronomy
- Helpful resources pastors can use when they preach through Deuteronomy
- Concluding encouragement for pastors concerning preaching through Deuteronomy
A Prayer of Praise from Psalm 111
We praise you, O Yahweh, through Christ who makes our prayers possible! With the psalmist, I give thanks to you with my whole heart, in this company of the upright, in the congregation that you have purchased through Jesus’s blood. Great are your works, O LORD, studied by all who delight in them. From creation through the fall to redemption and unto consummation, full of splendor and majesty is your work, and your righteousness endures forever. From east to west, from north to south, from the deepest depths to the highest peaks, you have caused your wondrous works to be remembered; you, O Yahweh, are gracious and merciful, saving sinners and sustaining all who look to you. You provide food for those who fear you; you remember your covenant forever, your commitment to remain faithful to all you have redeemed.read more…
A Prayer of Praise
No one can measure the waters in your hand;
None else can mark the heavens with a span.
No other captures earth’s dust in a measure;
Only you weigh hills in scales like treasure. read more…
Is the Old Testament still important for Christians? Some professing Christians like Andy Stanley are saying, “No,” but in a recent TGC post, I unpack a number of reasons why Christians must not see the Old Testament as irrelevant, unimportant, or insignificant. Instead, we must treat Jesus’s Bible like Jesus and the apostles did––as the word of God for the church, when read in the light and through the lens of Christ. Books like Leviticus, Judges, and Psalms point to Christ and are a foundational part of the Scripture that is “profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16). In the Old Testament we meet the same God as in the New, and through it we can magnify the hope of the gospel. See my “Ten Reasons the Old Testament Is Important for Christians” to learn how the initial three-fourths of the Christian Scripture was written for us. read more…
Tachick, Christopher S. “King of Israel” and “Do Not Fear, Daughter of Zion”: The Use of Zephaniah 3 in John 12. Reformed Academic Dissertations. Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2018.
As a professor, I so delight when I see my former students reach milestones. Christopher S. Tachick received his MA at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and his ThM at Bethlehem College & Seminary, and he is a member of Wycliffe Bible Translators, where he serves as a translation consultant with Seed Company. Recently, Chris published his exceptional ThM thesis, and I am thrilled to endorse it as model of a study in the New Testament’s use of the Old Testament.
Bethlehem College & Seminary celebrates the rigorous life of the mind for the glory of the divine Son, by whom, through whom, and for whom all things were created (Col 1:16). Ten years ago John Piper catapulted the school into existence with his message “‘The Earth Is the Lord’s’: The Supremacy of Christ in Christian Learning,” which became Appendix 1 in Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2010). At this 10th anniversary, the school recently hosted a conference titled Think Revisited, and during it I presented a message titled “Thinking How to See and Savor the Divine Son in All of Scripture.” read more…
A Prayer of Praise
Holy Father, you know best,
Sowing rest. Though we are pressed,
You still bless and only test
To make us more true.
You never tire or expire.
Your fire purifies desire.
You require but ever inspire.
We admire our supplier
Who replaces old with new. read more…
In this 1 hour 45 minute lecture, DeRouchie invites the listener to read the Old Testament through the light and lens of Jesus Christ. He reviews the scope of the entire Bible and then encourages the listener to pursue Jesus in the pages of the Scriptures he used while on earth.
In this 1 hour lecture, DeRouchie invites the listener into the beauties of the Book of Ruth and shows how the drama anticipates the work of Christ. DeRouchie’s says:
The book of Ruth’s placement before Psalms in Jesus’s Bible adds a messianic stamp to the book’s whole message of redemption, for Ruth is now read after the stories of Israel/Judah’s exile (Former Prophets) and after the prophetic voices (in the Latter Prophets) that extend into the period following initial restoration when there was once again no king in Israel and so many were doing what was right in their own eyes (so Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi). Thus, Ruth’s focus on Boaz of Bethlehem as a pointer to David of Bethlehem gives rise to the hope of a royal deliver from Bethlehem whose own life and work are then portrayed in the Psalms––a Davidic king who will restore people from exile and triumph over evil, though only through great tribulation.