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March 23rd, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


You’ve been on those before. Escalators. Going up. Going down. Especially those long ones at airports and subways that take you up or down multiple levels.

And you, no doubt, being the respectable citizen that you are, abide by the unwritten rule that faster walkers are to be allowed the left side, and so you, being in no hurry, endowed with patience and respect, move to the right and stick to your place. (In the United States, that is. Reversed in other parts of the…   Read more →


March 16th, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


It is said that toward the end of the nineteenth century, Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel awoke one morning to read his own obituary in the local newspaper: “The merchant of death is dead. Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite, who died yesterday, devised a way for more people to be killed in a war than ever before, and he died a very rich man.”

Apparently, it was Alfred’s older brother who had died; somebody on the paper had bungled the epitaph. Needless to say,…   Read more →


March 9th, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


That people don’t want to die, but live forever is well attested.

As a character in the 1975 Woody Allen play, Death, said:

It’s not that I’m afraid to die, I just don’t want to be there when it happens.”

The first emperor of a united China, Qin Shi Huang, who ruled from 220–210 B.C.E., tried some stunts to keep himself alive (more about that here).

Another report from ye olde country, China, came last October.

A bronze pot was discovered by archaeologists in a…   Read more →

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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 →

Homiletics & Hermeneutics

December 11th, 2018| Topic: aBeLOG | 4

Homiletics <em>&</em> Hermeneutics

For those interested in a debate on preaching, here goes:

Homiletics and Hermeneutics: Four Views on Preaching Today (Baker), edited by Scott Gibson and Matthew Kim (both of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary), just came out in December 2018. 

Your faithful blogger had the privilege of presenting one of those four views and commenting on each of the other three views produced, respectively, by:

Bryan…   Read more →

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Upcoming Speaking Engagements

    • March 31, 2019 Northwest Bible Church, Dallas, Texas
    • May 5, 2019 Northwest Bible Church, Dallas, Texas
    • June 9, 2019 Northwest Bible Church, Dallas, Texas
    • June 17, 2019 DTS Preaching Refresher, The Compass Church, Wheaton, Illinois
    • June 23, 2019 Northwest Bible Church, Dallas, Texas
    • June 30, 2019 Dallas Bible Church, Dallas, Texas
    • July 14 and 21, 2019 Dallas Bible Church, Dallas, Texas
    • July 28, 2019 Cityview Bible Church, Round Rock, Texas
    • September 24, 2019 Chafer Chapel, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas
    • October 23, 2019 Shepherds 360 Conference, Cary, North Carolina
    • November 2019 Evangelical Theological Society Annual Meeting, San Diego, California
    • November 2020 Guest Lectureship, Singapore Bible College, Singapore
    • April 8−10, 2021 Preaching Summit, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas

Past Speaking Engagements

    • 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
    • April 10, 2018 Chafer Chapel, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas

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