Yearly Archives: 2006


Read (with comment): Ecclesiastes 12:1-5

Tonight we complete our series on the Bible’s teaching about our working life. I will follow this with several Sunday evenings devoted to the Sabbath Day as the biblical counterpoise to our life of l…




We have been talking about our working lives as Christians, our occupations, these Sunday evenings.   We have argued that the Bible teaches Christians to see their work as a service rendered directly to God and…




In this study we are using the term ‘work’ to refer to our living, our occupation, whatever it may be. The Scripture uses the word in this same way and speaks at length about work in this sense (Ps 104:23)   We…

Being Good

I intend to preach three sermons on the text we will read this morning: the first concerning the ethics taught here; the second the compact account of salvation Paul gives in vv. 4-7, really an epitome of Paul’s entire theology [Guthrie, 207]; and th…

Psalm 77

We come now to our fifth and final lesson in an Old Testament Survey course on the Psalms. Our introductory lesson laid out general material pertaining to the Psalter’s authorship and date, poetry, structure, theology and b…

Psalm 138

We have come to our fourth of five lessons in an Old Testament Survey course on the Psalms. After an introductory lesson, we considered with some depth Psalms 1 and 2, the two gateway psalms. Two primary emphases emerge so far:

Psalm 2

In late February and early March, Iowa residents become pilgrims to an annual festival in Des Moines—the high school boys basketball tournament. In a district game, Van Meter High School has competed against Des Moines Ch…

Psalm 1

Have you ever had the privilege of stepping into the entryway of a gorgeous Victorian-era home? (Maybe you live in one. Not the entryway, the gorgeous home. But I digress.) Behind you a leaded glass door swings shut as you push ge…

Introductory Lesson

Have you ever wondered which one of the sixty-six books of the Bible you would choose if your choice were limited to one book? Think about it. If the Bible were only printed in single book formats, which book would be your first an…