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Faith in God is marked by seeking and extending forgiveness, thus restoring relationships with others, and also with God.
The previous pericope depicted Jacob finally receiving God’s blessing. That would have been a blissful ending to the turbulent story of the patriarch. However, one more thing needed to be accomplished: reconciliation with Esau.
And so, as younger brother comes before his older sibling, Jacob prostrates himself seven times (33:3)—a mark of great respect
Remembering that God fights for him/her, the child of God lives life with confidence and fearlessness.
Jacob’s encounter with the angels of God and the “camp of God” (Gen 32:1–2) reminds him (and the readers) of the continued presence of God and the protection of God, as he moves with his caravan closer to a rendezvous with Esau, who, when we last heard of him, had been harboring homicidal inclinations towards his heel-grabbing younger brother (27:41). Jacob, no
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Several months ago, while traipsing around Greece, I had the opportunity to visit Meteora, in Central Greece, with some friends.
Metéora (Μετέωρα = “middle of the sky,” related to the English “meteor” and “meteorology”) has these massive natural pillars and towers. While stunningly impressive, what is even more so is the presence of 700-year-old monasteries on top of several of these natural formations, almost suspended in the “middle of the sky.”
Frank Abagnale has the dubious distinction of being one of America’s most prominent fraudsters and conmen. His life made it to Hollywood (in the 2002 movie, Catch Me If You Can, where he was played by Leonardo DiCaprio), not to mention into a Broadway musical. He claims to have assumed at least eight identities including a doctor, a lawyer, and a Federal agent. Abagnale also escaped from prison twice.
[Now he is—get this!—a well-respected security consultant, lecturer
Continuing last week’s theme …
The other day a couple of scientists, not Christian as far as I know, claimed that human consciousness continues after death.
Stuart Hameroff, Emeritus Professor of Anesthesiology and Psychology and Director of the Center of Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona, is one of them. He has always been fascinated by “microtubules,” components of the cell’s “skeleton,” so to speak, that are involved in a number of processes
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- Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary. Feasting on the Word: Year C, Volume 4, Season after PentecostEdited by David L. Bartlett and Barbara Brown Taylor (Westminster John Knox, 2010)
- Gospel-Centred Hermeneutics: Biblical-Theological Foundations and PrinciplesBy Graeme Goldsworthy (Apollos, 2006)
- A Clear and Present Word: The Clarity of ScriptureBy Mark D. Thompson (InterVarsity, 2006)
- Preaching as PoetryBy Paul Scott Wilson (Abingdom, 2014)
- Preaching the Farewell DiscourseBy L. Scott Kellum (Broadman & Holman, 2014)
- Giving BloodBy Leonard Sweet (Zondervan, 2014)
- Praying the CursesBy Daniel M. Nehrbass (Wipf & Stock, 2013)
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Upcoming Speaking Engagements
- March 6, 2017 Preaching Conference, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas
- March 24−26, 2017 Dallas Seminary President's Weekend, T Bar M Ranch, New Braunfels, Texas
Past Speaking Engagements
- November 16, 2016 Evangelical Theological Society, San Antonio, Texas
- October 19, 2016 Shepherds National Church Leaders’ Conference, Colonial Baptist Church, Cary, North Carolina
- September 6, 2016 Chafer Chapel, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas
- August 25, 2016 New Student Orientation, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas
- August 7 & 14, 2016 Stonebriar Community Church, Frisco, Texas
- July 10, 17, 24, & 31, 2016 Northwest Bible Church, Dallas, Texas
- July 25−30, 2016 Dallas Seminary Conference, Mt. Hermon, California
- June 12, 2016 Colonial Baptist Church, Cary, North Carolina
- June 5, 2016 The Chapel in the Oaks, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
- March 27, 2016 Crystal Church of Dallas, Carrollton, Texas
- March 12, 2016 Plenary Lecture, Midwest Regional Conference, Evangelical Theological Society, Grand Rapids, Michigan
- February 14, 2016 Crossway Marthoma Church, Richardson, Texas
- January 7, 2016 New Student Orientation, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas