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How to Understand and Apply the Old Testament
What the Old Testament Authors Really Cared About
A Modern Grammar for Biblical Hebrew
For Our Good Always

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Seven Ways to See and Savor the Divine Son in All of Scripture

On January 28th, 2019 I had the privilege of leading a seminar during the Bethlehem Conference for Pastors & Church Leaders titled “How to Understand and Apply the Old Testament.” In line with the conference theme, “Gospel Joy,” my hope was to lead these pastors and ministry leaders into the joys of seeing and savoring Jesus in the pages of the Old Testament. The title I gave to this presentation, “Seven Ways to See and Savor the Divine Son in All of Scripture,” reflects that hope and walks through in a very practical way how to do this.

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Preaching the Old Testament through Christ and for Christ

“How do I faithfully interpret and preach old covenant materials in a way that embraces that ‘only through Christ’ does God lift the veil, allowing us to fully understand and appropriate their significance (2 Cor 3:14–15)?” This has been one of the driving questions behind my theological journey since 2005, searching the Scriptures for how to preach Jesus’ Bible through Christ and for Christ.

In a recent article for the Southern Baptist Journal of Theology (SBJT 22.3 [2018]) titled “Lifting the Veil: Reading and Preaching Jesus’ Bible through Christ and for Christ” I interacted with the work of three evangelical “fathers” (1 Tim 5:1)—Vern Poythress, Elliott Johnson, and Daniel Block—on how best to proclaim the divine Son from Jesus’ Bible.

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The Theme of Missions in Scripture

On December 1 and 2, 2018, I was privileged to speak at the missions weekend for Northfield Community Church in Northfield, MN. You can find more information on the church here.

I gave two messages. You can learn about the first here, but the second, “The Theme of Missions in Scripture,” traces missions from Genesis to Revelation, exalting the God who is creating for himself a people “from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages” (Rev 7:9). The sermon urges us to act out our roles in God’s divine drama both as goers and senders in a mission that is for the sake of Christ’s name among all the nations. I trace twelve stages: read more…

The Gospel and the Church’s Ministry to the Poor

On December 1 and 2, 2018, I was privileged to speak at the missions weekend for Northfield Community Church in Northfield, MN. You can find more information on the church here.

I gave two messages. The first, “The Gospel and the Church’s Ministry to the Poor,” unpacks the role of the church as one to be judged under “the law of liberty” in doing ministry to orphans and widows, which is “pure religion” (Jas 1:27; 2:12). I supply seven reasons why the church must engage in holistic mercy ministry: read more…

Preaching Deuteronomy as Christian Scripture

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

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Great Are Your Works

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.

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The Importance of the Old Testament for Christians

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…

“King of Israel” and “Do Not Fear, Daughter of Zion”

Tachick, Christopher S. “King of Israel” and “Do Not Fear, Daughter of Zion”: The Use of Zephaniah 3 in John 12Reformed 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.

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