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Old Testament Narrative – A Few Tips

We’re currently delving into the book of 2nd Samuel. It’s a fascinating story, with lots of twists and turns. But maybe like me you often wonder how best to read it. This ties in with an even broader question: how do we interpret Old Testament narrative in general? Here are 10 quick suggestions, accompanied by examples from 2nd Samuel. 1) Try and grasp the…

Where Is Christ In The Old Testament?

In at least 7 places: God, sin, offices, events, prophecies, themes and symbols/memorials. God – We often fail to read the Old Testament in a Trinitarian way. Every reference to Yahweh (“LORD”) – unless we are told otherwise – speaks of the triune God. This means the divine attributes that emerge from the passage can be understood to apply to…

FIEC Leaders Conference 2019 Review

It was great to be at the FIEC Leaders Conference this past November. We count it a privilege to attend and appreciate the church support that enables this! The 2019 conference was on Leadership. Here are a few reflections from Laura Porteous, Zach Watt and myself. Laura My biggest encouragement was a seminar on youth work and training children/youth volunteers. It was…

2019 series

2019 is hurtling towards us like a freight train. One of the things this means is that we’re leaving some parts of the Bible behind (Exodus, Philippians) and moving on to some fresh ground. So here is an overview of the year, all subject to God’s will of course. I encourage you to read ahead, pray for the preachers, and pray for yourself. May God change us all…

Five Offerings That Point To One

The Bible’s epicentre is the person and work of Jesus Christ. We could unpack that a little by saying that in the Old Testament Jesus’ person and work is predicted, while in the New Testament his person is revealed and his work is accomplished. In terms of Jesus’ work, the cross of course is the key. Calvary was the supreme place where our redemption…