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Did Mary Know?

The other day the song “Mary Did You Know?” came on the radio. Someone in the car remarked, “Uh oh, Dan doesn’t like this song.” True, I had mentioned my dislike of it before. And I’m sure some of you have “liked” the…
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The Dawning of a New Age: Jesus’ Birth in Matthew’s Gospel

Matthew opens his gospel account with these words: “The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham” (1:1). We find the same wording in Genesis 2:4 (LXX), “The book of the genealogy of heaven…
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Behold, the Virgin Shall Conceive: Luke’s Use of Isaiah 7:14

Mary is twice mentioned as a “virgin” (παρθένος) in Luke 1:27. “In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph,…
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Joy-Full Fellowship (Part 2): The Patriarchs

The drama of the biblical story is driven by God’s desire to dwell with his people in joy-full (Ps. 16:11) fellowship. In our previous article we referred to this as the Immanuel principle (God with us)—a fitting theme to consider as…
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Joy-Full Fellowship (Part 1): The Garden

The theme of God dwelling with his people in joy-full (Ps. 16:11) fellowship is a vital vein that runs throughout the single story of the Bible stretching from Genesis to Revelation. We can simply refer to this theme as the Immanuel Principle—God with us. While…
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Scaling the Heights of Hebrews 1:3

There are certain passages in Scripture that effortlessly rocket our thoughts and affections into the heavenlies where Christ is. Paul’s letters are brimming with such passages: Colossians 1:15–20, Ephesians 1:3–14, 1 Corinthians 15:42–49, Philippians 3:20–21, and so on. Think also of the glorious visions…
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What Was Luther Thinking? The Reuchlin Affair and Luther’s 95 Theses

We know that on October 31, 1517 Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the church door in Wittenberg, igniting a continent-wide reformation of the church. But what was he thinking? Was this a novel, even revolutionary move to engage in…
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The Five Solas: Sola Fide

On October 31st, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his ninety-five theses to the church door in Wittenberg. These were dark, dark days; the gospel had been shackled by the superstitions and idolatries of the Roman Catholic Church and consigned to her dungeon…
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Knowing Nothing Except Jesus Christ (Part 1): Reductionistic or Cosmic?

While ministering at the church in Corinth, Paul resolved to know nothing except Jesus Christ and him crucified (1 Cor. 2:2). The tactic sounds admirable and rings as worthy of imitation in the ear of the believer, but what exactly did…
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Children of Promise and Curse: A Lesson from Rahab and Achan

The stories of Rahab and Achan serve a greater purpose in the book of Joshua when they are understood as literary foils that complement one another and not just as isolated units. These two characters and their fate shed light on each…
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