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Hair?

April 20th, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0

Hair?

An archivist stumbled upon an interesting find in the shelves on the third floor of the library at Union College, Schenectady, New York, last year. A red leather-bound book that no one had noticed thus far.

It was an almanac, printed in New York: Gaines Universal Register: Columbian Kalendar for the Year of Our Lord 1793. All kinds of information filled its pages—names of the new nation’s senators and that of its president (“George Washington Esq.”), and…   Read more →

Joy!

April 13th, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0

Joy!

Feeling down? Blue? In the dumps? Sour? Woeful? Lachrymose?

Try smiling more. Research indicates that expressing happiness can actually make us feel a little bit happier.”

That was Nicholas Coles, a PhD student in social psychology at the University of Tennessee (UT), lead researcher on “A Meta-Analysis of the Facial Feedback Literature: Effects of Facial Feedback on Emotional Experience Are Small and Variable,” published recently in Psychological Bulletin.

Coles and…   Read more →

Pain!

April 6th, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0

Pain!

66-year-old Jo Cameron is unique. Well, one of two in the world.

She (and the other person) has a rare genetic mutation. So report scientists in “Microdeletion in a FAAH Pseudogene Identified in a Patient with High Anandamide Concentrations and Pain Insensitivity,” published recently in the British Journal of Anesthesia.

Ms. Cameron realizes her skin is burning only when she smells singed flesh. Only when she sees herself bleeding does she know she’s cut herself.

The…   Read more →

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Genesis 40:1–41:57

April 2nd, 2019| Topic: aBeLOG, Genesis | 0

Genesis 40:1–41:57

Trusting in God’s working even when it is indiscernible results in divine blessing.

Joseph is in jail, falsely accused of rape. But God is always at work, even if one cannot see him working. Though God is not mentioned in this section, the literary absence of God is not a literal absence of God.

Joseph has with him in prison, the Pharaoh’s baker and butler, in detention for unknown crimes. These two fellow prisoners have a pair of dreams (40:8–19). Joseph interprets…   Read more →

Genesis 39:1−23

March 5th, 2019| Topic: aBeLOG, Genesis | 2

Genesis 39:1−23

Integrity in every situation enables one to be an agent of divine blessing.

Genesis 37:36 makes a seamless connection with 39:1; in 37:36, Joseph is sold (and Egypt is mentioned), and in 39:1, he is bought (and Egypt is mentioned again). In a little more than a decade, the kidnapped slave, Joseph, would rise to be the Prime Minister of all Egypt, second only to the Pharaoh. Andh God’s word to make the descendants of Abraham a blessing to all nations (12:3; 18:18; 22:18;…   Read more →

Kill the Big Idea?

December 26th, 2018| Topic: aBeLOG | 18

Kill the Big Idea?

And, again, for those interested in a different—and somewhat provocative!—approach to preaching, check out my article in the recent issue of the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society:

 “Time to Kill the Big Idea? A Fresh Look at Preaching”

(JETS 61.4 [2018]: 825–46)

As always, comments welcomed!

PS: Here’s what one kind and generous soul (whom I cited in the paper as a Big Idea proponent) had to say about it:

It has been popular among a large number…   Read more →

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Upcoming Speaking Engagements

    • May 5, 2019 Northwest Bible Church, Dallas, Texas
    • June 9, 2019 Northwest Bible Church, Dallas, Texas
    • June 17, 2019 Dallas Theological Seminary Preaching Refresher, The Compass Church, Wheaton, Illinois
    • June 23, 2019 Northwest Bible Church, Dallas, Texas
    • June 30, 2019 Dallas Bible Church, Dallas, Texas
    • July 8, 9, and 11, 2019 E. K. Bailey Expository Preaching Conference, Dallas, Texas
    • July 14 and 21, 2019 Dallas Bible Church, Dallas, Texas
    • July 28, 2019 Cityview Bible Church, Round Rock, Texas
    • August 11 and 18, 2019 Stonebriar Community Church, Frisco, Texas
    • September 24, 2019 Chafer Chapel, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas
    • October 23, 2019 Evangelical Theological Society Annual Meeting, San Diego, California
    • April 1–2, 2020 Craddock Lectures in Preaching, Johnson University, Knoxville, Tennessee
    • July 2020 Dallas Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Course, São Paulo, Brazil
    • November 2020 Guest Lectureship, Singapore Bible College, Singapore
    • April 8−10, 2021 Preaching Summit, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas

Past Speaking Engagements

    • March 31, 2019 Northwest Bible Church, Dallas, Texas
    • February 19−21, 2019 William E. Conger Lectures on Biblical Preaching, Beeson Divinity School, Birmingham, Alabama
    • January 27, 2019 Abilene Baptist Church, Martinez, Georgia
    • January 7–9, 2019 Guest Lectureship, Evangelical Theological College, Bengaluru, India
    • October 28, 2018 GracePoint Church, Coppell, Texas
    • October 16−18, 2018 Lyman Stewart Lectures, Talbot Seminary, La Mirada, California
    • September 22, 2018 DTS Preaching Refresher, Dallas Theological Seminary Houston Campus, Houston, Texas
    • August 19 and 26, 2018 Stonebriar Community Church, Frisco, Texas
    • July 22, 29, August 5, and 12, 2018 Northwest Bible Church, Dallas, Texas
    • July 8, 2018 Dallas Bible Church, Dallas, Texas

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