Category Archives: ethics

Ask Pastor Graham, Vol. 4

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COVID-19, Anti-intellectualism, and Faith

At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased … Continue reading

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Fall Sermon Series

The Pastoral Epistles (1 & 2 Timothy and Titus) have not featured much in my preaching. I can’t say specifically why. Perhaps it’s because of the difficult issues with critical scholarship, alleged pseudonymity (i.e., much of scholarship in the late … Continue reading

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A Living Hope

  Sources: M. Eugene Boring. 1 Peter (ANTC). Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1999. Peter H. Davids. The First Epistle of Peter (NICNT). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1990. Lewis R. Donelson. I & II Peter and Jude (NTL). Louisville: WJK, 2010. Roy E. Gane. Leviticus, Numbers (NIVAC). Grand Rapids: Zondervan, … Continue reading

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Seeing Results

  Sources: Dietrich Bonhoeffer. The Cost of Discipleship. New York: Touchstone, 1995 edition. John T. Carroll. Luke (NTL). Louisville: WJK, 2012. Joseph Fitzmyer. The Gospel of Luke I-IX (AB). New Haven: Yale University Press, 1982. Joel B. Green. The Gospel of Luke (NICNT). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997. … Continue reading

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Sinners & Saints: Amos, “the Prophet of Doom”

Sunday, October 21, 2018.   Sources: Image: Irving Amen, The Prophet Amos (Oil on canvas, 30 x 24 in.) Francis I. Andersen and David Noel Freedman. Amos (AB). New York: Doubleday, 1989. James Limburg. Hosea-Micah (Interpretation). Louisville: WJK, 1988. Douglas Stuart. Hosea-Jonah (WBC). Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1987.

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Sinners and Saints: Deborah and Barak

Sunday, September 30th, 2018.   Sources: Susan Niditch. Judges: A Commentary (OTL). Louisville: WJK, 2008. Tammi Schneider. Judges (Berit Olam). Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2000. Barry G. Webb. The Book of Judges (NICOT). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2012. K. Lawson Younger Jr. Judges/Ruth (NIVAC). Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2002.

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Sinners & Saints: Queen Esther

Sunday, September 9th, 2018.   Sources: Frederic Bush. Ruth-Esther (WBC). Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996. Karen Jobes. Esther (NIVAC). Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1999. Jon D. Levenson. Esther: A Commentary (OTL). Louisville: WJK, 1997.

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Living Doctrine: Experiencing the Trinity

Sunday, June 3rd, 2018.   Sources: Beth Felker Jones. Practicing Christian Doctrine: An Introduction to Thinking and Living Theologically. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2014. Stanley J. Grenz. Theology for the Community of God. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1994. Andrew Louth. Introducing Eastern Orthodox Theology. … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Old Testament Case for Nonviolence

Matthew Curtis Fleischer. The Old Testament Case for Nonviolence. Oklahoma City: Epic Octavius the Triumphant, 2017.* The Church has been wrestling for a while in an attempt to come to grips with the violence described in the Old Testament, and … Continue reading

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