Readings from the Pastor’s Desk

Today, rather than my usual blog, I thought I’d share links to the things I’ve been reading (or viewing) today. Some are deeply theological or biblical, while others are just food for thought.  I pray you will be encouraged and blessed as I was.

  • Expiation and Propitiation
    I have to admit, I often don’t do a very good job of keeping these clearly defined. L. Michael Morales does a great job in TableTalk this month in defining the two terms, and showing how both are tied up in the work of the cross. “A Christian basks securely in the warm rays of the Father’s favor only because that storm of judgement has already broken in the full measure of its fury on the crucified Son of God. His shed blood cleanses us from our sins, removing our guilt from the sight of God.”
  • On the Immutability of God
    In preparation for tonight’s Middle School study on “God Never Changes” I came across this site from Precept Austin, which has a lot of great quotes on the immutability (unchangeability) of God. I’ve posted several readings from Tozer and Pink here before, and both are found in this article.  My favorite has to be A.W. Pink’s, “God cannot change for the better, for He is perfect; and being perfect, He cannot change for the worse.”
  • A Little Biblical Archaeology
    I had a class on Biblical History and Archaeology in college, taught by a former archaeologist from Jerusalem who actually passed around ancient oil lamps and coins dating back to the time of Abraham. Since then, I have always been interested in the finds of archaeology that are tied to Biblical history.  Here’s a short video about some recent important finds in Jerusalem.
  • Listen to the Bible
    Someone was sharing this week how they were listening to the Bible on CD in their car. Any opportunity we can get to be in the Word of God is a good thing.  If you’re looking for a way to hear the ESV Online, this link is for you.  If you want to hear what the Greek sounds like, click here.  When I read Greek, it sounds like Spanish, so please don’t ask me to read it out loud.
  • What did Shakespeare Sound Like?
    This has nothing to do with my studies, but it sure was fun to watch!

Enjoy!

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About reveds

Occupation: Pastor, Ebenezer Presbyterian Church, Lennox, SD Education: BS - Christian Education, Sterling College; MDiv. - Princeton Theological Seminary Family: Married, with Four children. Hobbies: Running (will someday run a marathon), Sci-Fi (especially Doctor Who and Sherlock), Theater, and anything else my kids will let me do.
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