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Pete Briscoe: And this is How I Preach …
[Pete Briscoe is the Senior Pastor of Bent Tree Bible Fellowship, a multi-site church in North Dallas; he is a graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Born in the UK, to a family of preachers, he came to the US when he was seven, and he followed the path of his parents into ministry. I used to attend Bent Tree when I lived (and practiced) close to its location and have always enjoyed Pete’s preaching. So here he is
God’s guaranteed promises call for a response of trusting worship.
Jacob is on the run from his brother who has developed homicidal tendencies after being cheated of his blessing. The deceiver is headed to his uncle’s house. Jacob’s arrival at the “place” is apparently no accident: the verb indicates that Jacob “encountered/struck” the place (28:11). The narrator records what Jacob’s eyes see, with a threefold repeat of “behold!” (28:12, 13, 15), escalating
Deception to obtain divine blessing, rather than trusting God to secure them, only results in catastrophic fragmentation of the community.
This well known narrative depicts four family members, each in his/her own way manipulating others, engaging in machinations to direct divine blessings into the direction he/she wants.
Isaac’s culpability is clear. His summoning of only one of his two sons, Esau, is a major faux pas, especially since they were twins. And he must have
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Election season is upon us, those of us who live in the US of A. Ergo, the “season of lies” is upon us (as one correspondent called it).
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump labeled rival Ted Cruz “Lyin’ Ted.”
Cruz hit back:
Falsely accusing someone of lying is itself a lie and something Donald does daily.”
There is the standard joke that we’ve all heard:
How do you know a politician is lying? His lips are moving.”
News organizations dedicate tons
The other day, the news reported on the bizarre behavior of chimpanzees. New footage shows these primates in West Africa banging and throwing rocks against trees, and chucking them into gaps inside trees, etc., all producing piles of rocks accumulating in and around trees. These piles did not seem to have any functional purpose, and looked suspiciously like ritual cairns (= mounds of stones) found throughout human history as memorials or markers.
As Joshua did, way back
Yes, it’s trash. All that white stuff—a river of trash!
The surreal sight snakes its way through the capital of Lebanon, Beirut, a blot and blight.
Two million tons of the bad stuff, stretching for a quarter mile through Jdeideh, a suburb of Beirut. This overflowing landfill is the result of Beirut’s months-long garbage crisis, both an expression and a consequence of Lebanon’s dysfunctional politics.
Said a local resident, Jawanah:
This used to be such a beautiful
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- June 5, 2016 The Chapel in the Oaks, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
- June 12, 2016 Colonial Baptist Church, Cary, North Carolina
- July 10, 17, 24, & 31, 2016 Northwest Bible Church, Dallas, Texas
- July 25−30, 2016 Dallas Seminary Conference, Mt. Hermon, California
- August 7 & 14, 2016 Stonebriar Community Church, Frisco, Texas
- September 6, 2016 Chafer Chapel, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas
- October 20, 2016 Shepherds National Church Leaders’ Conference, Colonial Baptist Church, Cary, North Carolina
Past Speaking Engagements
- 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
- November 7, 2015 Keynote Presentation, Faculty & Students Gathering, Dallas Theological Seminary–Houston, Houston, Texas
- October 21, 2015 Shepherds National Church Leaders’ Conference, Colonial Baptist Church, Cary, North Carolina
- October 6−8, 2015 Northcutt Lectures on Preaching, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas
- September 18−20, 2015 Chinese Independent Baptist Church Camp, Mt. Hermon, California
- August 20, 2015 New Student Orientation, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas
- August 9 & 16, 2015 Stonebriar Community Church, Frisco, Texas
- July 5, 12, 19, & 26, 2015 Northwest Bible Church, Dallas, Texas