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Though Christians often think of the book of Romans when Martin Luther and the doctrine of justification by faith come to mind, Luther himself claims to have fixated upon Galatians, calling it his very wife. At the heart of this important letter, Paul quotes Lev 18:5 and says, “The law is not of faith, rather ‘The one who does them shall live by them’” (Gal 3:12). In my latest article, I try my hand at explaining what Paul intends to communicate by quoting Lev 18:5. A summary of my conclusion runs as follows: read more…
For centuries Christians have discussed who is and isn’t part of the new covenant community. On one side of the debate have been covenant theologians and on the other side are dispensationalists of various kinds. My article, “Counting Stars with Abraham and the Prophets: New Covenant Ecclesiology in OT Perspective,” offers a middle way seeking to bring clarity to this important issue. My conclusion is as follows: read more…
Great men inspire greatness, both in their lives and in their deaths. Such is true of James Innell Packer (1926–2020), whose life and ministry has forever marked my own. He and I only met once, and I have only read a handful of his books. But in this age, he is one who has shown me what it means to share in Christ, having held on to his original confidence firm until the end (Heb 3:14). J. I. Packer ever exerted a bold yet restful confidence in the authority and veracity of holy Scripture. He also loved Jesus deeply and cherished and proclaimed his substitutionary atoning work on our behalf. In a sea of contemporary voices, his stood out to me because it was ever matched by a gentle and lowly spirit that longed for holiness and that embraced weakness. I so deeply pray that, if God keeps me into my 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s, I can humbly embrace Christ and remain faithful to his Word as Packer did unto his death.
For Packer, what was not yet has become more the already, as he passed from death to lasting life in the presence of his Savior on Friday, July 17, 2020, at age 93. But for the grace and purposes of our sovereign God, he could have died at age 70 as a result of my own youthful distraction. As a tribute to Packer’s enduring faithfulness, I want to thank the Lord for what he taught me through him that day so long ago.
***To read the rest, see my tribute to Packer at reformandamin.org.***
The Lord has recently allowed me to publish another article on Zephaniah, this one related to the identity of the book’s audience:
DeRouchie, Jason S. “The Addressees in Zephaniah 2:1, 3: Who Should Seek YHWH Together?” Bulletin for Biblical Research 30.2 (2020): 183–207.
Abstract: Zephaniah 2:1 calls “the nation not longing” to bundle together in submission to the Lord, and 2:3 urges “the humble of the land/earth” to seek him increasingly. The identity of these vocatives significantly affects the book’s interpretation, but scholars generally offer one of three views on the proper referent(s): (1) Both 2:1 and 3 address Judah collectively as a rebellious nation. (2) 2:1 confronts rebellious Judah collectively, but 2:3 speaks to the enemy foreign nations. (3) 2:1 addresses rebellious Judah collectively, but 2:3 addresses the nation’s faithful remnant. After overviewing these alternatives and arguing that option three best captures the principal referents, this study argues (4) that Judah and its remnant are the primary but not sole addressees of 2:1 and 3, with the literary context suggesting that the prophet intended that other rebellious nations and their remnants see 2:1 and 3 as applying equally to them by extension. read more…
I am excited to announce that the latest Patterns of Evidence film will show as a live online event Friday night, July 17, 7:00pm CDT and then continue viewable broadcasts until July 23. This is an exclusive pre-release online ticketed showing. This film will continue the investigation of the Red Sea miracle, considering both its location and nature by engaging the biblical, historical, archaeological, and scientific data. These films are excellently researched and documented and engage some of the leading biblical scholars, historians, and archaeologists in the world. For some of my reflections on past films, see the following: read more…
The apostle Paul described his life mission, and the mission of the church as a whole, as a calling “to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of [Christ’s] name among all the nations” (Romans 1:5). From Eden onward, God has been moving history toward the day when Satan and sin are finally conquered, the knowledge of his glory covers the earth, and the redeemed from all peoples praise the Lamb who was slain. That mission, still incomplete, spurs every Christian either to send or go, either to hold the ropes for others or cross boundaries and cultures for the sake of Christ’s name.
Read my recent Desiring God article tracing global missions from Genesis to Revelation and from the Garden of Eden through God’s promises to Abraham unto Christ as the reigning savior and satisfier of the world.
Are you considering college? Are you willing to do really hard things for God, trusting the highest power for the greatest task? Do you treasure Christ and long to see the obedience that flows from faith awakened among the nations for the sake of Christ’s name (Rom 1:5)? FUSION at Spurgeon College is a top-tier mission mobilizing training program for college students who are serious about pouring themselves out for Jesus’s sake. read more…
Mediations from Psalm 147 and Isaiah 57:15–21
In the high and holy place you dwell
And with the contrite and lowly.
Past sin cannot enslave again
For you heal and comfort wholly.
Verrett, Brian A. The Serpent in Samuel: A Messianic Motif. Eugene, OR: Resource, 2020.
This updated and now published ThM thesis from Brian A. Verrett is a model example of rigorous exegesis and whole-Bible theology done well within a single book. Brian received his BA from Louisiana College and his MDiv and ThM from Bethlehem College & Seminary. For several years he has served as an elder of New Creation Church in Granville, NY, and he is now readying to begin his PhD in Biblical Studies at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Brian is one of the most gifted biblical-theological students I have ever taught, and I am thrilled to celebrate this milestone in publication.