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DeRouchie, Jason S. Review of WJK Library Bundle: Old Testament Library Commentaries and Companion Volumes and New Testament Library Commentaries and Companion Volumes, by Accordance Bible Software. Themelios 43.1 (2018): 91–94.
WJK’s Library Bundle: Old Testament Library Commentaries and Companion Volumes and New Testament Library Commentaries and Companion Volumes. Accordance Bible Software. Altamonte Springs, FL: Oaktree Software, Inc., 2017. $1,726.
I recently reviewed WJK’s Library Bundle for Themelios 43.1 (2018): 91–94. You can download the review here or read it below.
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A Prayer of Praise:
With unmatched strength and worth, you’re reigning now.
Before your majesty amazed we bow
Our hearts in fear. Awesome beauty we see.
Your Word we need to hear. Our lives are free
Because through Christ your wrath is turned away;
You’ve conquered death and sin. Our hope and stay … read more…
Casillas wrote this book with the heart of a pastor and with the biblically-based conviction that Christ saves believers not only from God’s wrath but in order that we may increasingly image God’s holiness. Beyond Chapter and Verse supplies Christians with a theological framework and method for applying Scripture to our everyday lives. Casillas suggests that our interpretive quest is to distinguish the time bound elements from the timeless truths, and he supplies a host of Old and New Testament examples that model an approach to Scripture that takes seriously the power of the gospel to save––past, present, and future. He helpfully distinguishes his approach from legalism, defines Christian liberty, and saturates his discussion with rich and careful biblical exposition. This thoroughly researched book is worshipful and will help those of us in Christ become more who we already are and who Christ saved us to be.
––Jason S. DeRouchie, Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Theology at Bethlehem College & Seminary and an elder of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, MN
“As by one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous” (Romans 5:19). Through his use of “the many,” Paul appears to be directly alluding to Isaiah 53:11–12, where we read of the Christ: “By his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities…. He bore the sins of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors.” Here we celebrate the “great exchange,” wherein God counted our sins and guilt to Christ and counted his righteousness to us. “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21). read more…
DeRouchie, Jason S. Review of Leading Across Cultures: Effective Ministry and Mission in the Global Church, by James E. Plueddemann. Journal of Global Christianity 4.1 (2018): 95–98.
Plueddemann, James E. Leading across Cultures: Effective Ministry and Mission in the Global Church. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2009. 230 pages. $22.00, paper.
My team was on the ground in the Horn of Africa. For months we had prayed and prepared to serve and love a community of orphans. Under the guidance of our national leader, we packed up the vehicle on our first day and expectantly journeyed the forty-five minutes through deep poverty and lush vegetation to meet these precious lives made in God’s image. Upon our arrival, no smiles greeted us. Indeed, no children were in sight, nor were they even on the compound. “The kids are not here during the day,” the director declared. “They are at school.” read more…
A Sermon on Ecclesiastes 12:13–14:
The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.
DeRouchie gave this message at Bethlehem College & Seminary chapel on 31 January 2018 in order to kick-off a semester-long focus on Wise Living.
A Prayer for the Unengaged
O Christ, we declare this day that apart from you we can do nothing (John 15:5) but that with you all things are possible (Mark 10:27). You are stronger than the evil power that is working in all 195 countries of the world. And from the 44,000,000 in Argentina to the 57,000 in Greenland, from the coast of Senegal to the shores of Fiji, you are moving, calling, saving, shaping a community cleaving to you from every tribe and language and people and nation (Revelation 5:9). For 2,000 years you, the reigning God, have been saving and satisfying believing sinners through Christ’s life, death, and resurrection. Today there remains some 1,200 people groups dwelling in deep darkness with little to no engagement from those who claim they treasure Christ, yet the sovereign Savior came to slay the serpent far as the curse is found. read more…
O, Triune Father, Son, and Spirit,
These parents and this church body pray,
We say, “Not to us but to your name
Be all glory, praise and acclaim.”
Your greatness is incomparable,
Yet each of these precious little lives
Displays your image and by you thrives.
May they grow to abide at your side. read more…
Sexual intimacy within marriage is a beautiful gift from God. It’s an outlet for play and passion, and it nurtures closeness with your spouse, supplying a unique context for giving and receiving love. As a father, I long for my children to enjoy the bond of marriage without the baggage of past sexual sin, yet I know full well how rarely people maintain purity.
Glorify God in Your Body
Many medical professionals treat masturbation as a natural part of human development, and some church leaders have attempted to supply practical and theological reasons to masturbate. However, I do not believe this approach pleases God, and I have seen the devastation that such a practice brings to both singles and marrieds alike. My focus here is to clarify biblically why engaging in such activity outside the marriage bed is sinful and should therefore be avoided. Elsewhere I have expanded on my arguments. read more…
If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority. The one who speaks on his own authority seeks his own glory; but the one who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and in him there is no falsehood. (John 7:17–18)
For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. (1 Corinthians 1:21–25)
But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. (Matthew 26:26–28)
As a servant of Jesus Christ and an elder of his church and a trainer of his future under-shepherds, I long that my ministry and teaching glorify God. To do so, I must ever live out the testimony of John the Baptist regarding Christ, “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30). I must also celebrate God’s purposes to save the sinful, exult the humble, and supply triumph only through tribulation. “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it” (Matthew 16:24). Martin Luther carried this same resolve, and I celebrate that the Reformation fires he sparked continue to blaze in this world. read more…