Yom Kippur – And Heaven

When Jesus went to His “Father’s House” to “prepare a place for us” He was not simply going there to dust the furniture and change the sheets.  He had come to earth to make sinners fit for Heaven.  He has returned there to get Heaven ready to receive sinners, to receive us…

Why I Think Moses Wrote Deuteronomy

The logic behind the idea that Moses could not have written Deuteronomy is simply because it’s too accurate. As its author, Moses would have prophetically spoken of things that would happen 900 years later. If our assumption is that prophecy doesn’t occur, Deuteronomy must be a later composition. If we are going to accept the Mosaic authorship of Deuteronomy we will need to be open to miracles or at least vast coincidences.

How to Begin with God

If Matthew chapters 1 and 2 are an encapsulation and re-enactment of the drama of the Old Testament, Matthew 3 begins where the Old Testament left off. John the Baptist is the promised Elijah who would warn the people before the “great and terrible day of the LORD.” (Malachi 4:5) The elements of Malachi 4 […]

What Does Glory Look Like? Exodus 33:12-23

Chesterton says that most philosophies create virtue through moderation of passions.  A person attempts to manage his personality by neither becoming too angry or too joyful.  This calm demeanor is seen as a virtue. Christianity, Chesterton argues creates virtue through a conflict between two passions.  Exodus 34:5-9 we find these blazing opposites within the person […]

Pentecost: A Commemoration of Future Events

Commemorating Future Events If I were to tell you “in this day, twelve hundred years from today, a very important man will be born.  I think we should declare a holiday in his honor.” How would you respond?  You would probably think I was nuts.  God, however, can do this sort of thing.  That is […]

Mark 12 Is the Vineyard Parable a Rejection of Israel?

Two or three times in as many years, I have had conversations about Jesus’ parable in Mark 12 of the vine growers.  The argument posited to me ran like this, “Doesn’t this parable prove that in Messiah, God was taking His Kingdom from Israel and giving it to the gentiles?  Look at what Jesus says, […]