This week’s Greek for a Week focuses on the content of Paul’s prayer to Philemon. Philemon’s faith-relationship with Christ provides Paul with the basis to encourage Philemon toward behaving generously.
This week’s Greek for a week looks at Philemon v. 4. This verse begins the thanksgiving section of the letter to Philemon. If time permits in the schedule of those who view this video, tune in each of the next 3-4 weeks as we look at and consider Paul’s thanksgiving section; especially how this section and its contents affect the understanding of the letter as a whole.
I have the opportunity to be a workshop speaker at this year’s LYFE conference. My topic is the interpretation and application of Scripture; Navigating God’s word for LYFE.
Road signs provide safety and direction. Without them, every day travel would be a mess. This workshop is designed to offer both clarity and direction as one navigates through LYFE using God’s word. “What do I look for when reading God’s word?” “What does this passage mean?” “Does this passage really apply to me?” “What do I learn about my God?” Come join me in this workshop and learn how you can find the answers to these questions. Learning how to read, study, and apply God’s word is essential, because LYFE can be messy, and often times difficult to navigate.
For more information about the conference click here.
I was recently asked what books I plan to read in 2018. My goal this year is to read books that assist me while I teach in the academy (Undergraduate College & Seminary), serve in the church, and grow in my personal life. Baptist Bible Seminary recently posted a quick word regarding two resources I plan to read this new year. You can catch the story here. I do plan to read more than the two represented here, and as those decisions are made, I will post titles, short snippets, and/or reviews of the resources I read.
As you can see, NTResources is taking on a new and fresh look. Along with this new look, is a new weekly blog titled Greek for a Week. Greek for a week is a weekly video resource provided for those who want to learn, retain or grow their knowledge of New Testament Greek. The weekly 2-3-minute video provides a translation of a Greek text, and a discussion highlighting important grammatical point(s) that are beneficial for interpretation, application, and preaching.
The weekly blog is set to begin in February.
I have the privilege to speak to the students of Clarks Summit University in chapel, Tuesday, Sept 26. I challenged the students to chase after godliness with purpose from 1 Timothy 4:6-8. The message can be found here.
You will want to read the update by Dr. Mark McGinniss regarding the strategic changes to the Journal of Theology & Ministry that is published by Baptist Bible Seminary. Click here for the story.
The annual Council on Dispensational Hermeneutics is upon us again this year. The topic will be Dispensationalism and the Glory of God. The Council begins Wednesday, Sept. 13 and runs through Thursday, Sept. 14. This is the tenth year for the event. Please click here for more information.
Today I wish to honor a friend, mentor, professor, and colleague. Dr. William Arp went home to be with his Savior on Sunday, July 2. I am selfishly saddened because I will no longer have the opportunity to learn from him. I joined the faculty of Baptist Bible Seminary, Clarks Summit University two years ago (June 2015) and have enjoyed learning from Bill. His knowledge of God’s word was not just taught to others in a Seminary classroom, but also lived as an example in front of others. I had the privilege to watch and learn, his office was beside mine – what a joy.
I also grew in God’s word as a member of his ABF (BYKOTA) at Heritage Baptist Church. His teaching was clear and practical; you learned the word of God in his class. I recall Dr. Mike Stallard’s (former BBS dean) comment regarding Bill’s handling of God’s word; that is, “Bill can exegete the Pauline Epistles like nobody’s business.” And Mike was right. The words clear expositional teaching and preaching continue to come to mind when I think of Bill Arp. Bill, you will be missed dearly. Thank you for your honesty, gracious and guiding spirit. I personally know God’s word and handle it better today because of you. God bless you and one day I’ll see you again. Praise the Lord. You can read more of his story here.
Each year at Easter I am challenged to consider what I could do to involve my family in a meaningful reflection of the risen Savior, Jesus Christ. This year I have chosen to use a day-to-day reading of Jesus’ last days as it is recorded in the Gospel of Mark. The readings go from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. It is a great way to meditate upon the resurrection throughout the week and provide a great family devotion time.
Please see the link here for the day-to-day reading.