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The Lord’s Supper: Calvin and the Belgic Confession Keeping it Simple

The Lord’s Supper is a profound mystery, and yet it’s so simple that anyone who has taken a bite of food and a gulp of water can understand it. Some may be skeptical of this claim since this doctrine has caused…
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The Seventh Day: Strengthening Our Hope for the Eschaton

“Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he…
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Let All the Peoples Praise You! (Psalm 67)

In Revelation 5 the apostle John beholds a spectacular vision of worship before the throne of God. He hears the voices of heaven (vv. 11–12) and earth (v. 13) unite in one grand symphony of cosmic praise to him who…
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The Son of God Tempted in Our Place (Luke 3:21–4:13)

So often we read events in Jesus’ life as mere examples from which we can draw principles for common experiences, rather than as once-for-all accomplishments that he underwent in our place and as our representative. In other words, we tend…
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Summarizing the Biblical-Theological Case for Eden Being a Temple-Garden

The garden of Eden was not just some Mesopotamian farmland, but an archetypal sanctuary or a temple-garden.[1] Though we often speak of “the Garden of Eden” as a single place, a close reading of the text reveals that Eden and…
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The Letter to the Hebrews and Platonic Idealism: Syncretism or Appropriation?

At points it seems that the letter to the Hebrews reveals Platonic or Middle-Platonic influence or overtones. This is especially the case with regard to what the author distinguishes as impermanent (the priestly order of Aaron; the earthly tabernacle) and permanent (the…
Hosea Marriage

The Scandal of Grace: Was Hosea’s Marriage Hypothetical or Historical?

The perplexing command from the Lord to Hosea to marry a woman of whoredom (Hos. 1:2) has caused some interpreters to doubt the historical nature of it. Because such a command seems to contradict God’s law, it is thought that…
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What to Read on the Armor of God (Eph. 6:10–20)

Tomorrow, Lord willing, I’ll be completing a four-sermon series on the armor of God in Ephesians 6:10–20. It’s been a rewarding challenge and great joy to have camped out here in God’s word this past month with the saints at Redeemer URC in Orange…
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Now You Have Received Mercy: The Fulfillment of Hosea 2:23 in 1 Peter 2:10

In Peter’s first letter to those of the Dispersion (1:1) he intentionally utilizes language that once characterized the nation of Israel in the Old Testament to now describe the New Testament church, compromised of both believing Jews and believing Gentiles.…
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God’s Pursuit of His Bride: Covenant Drama in Hosea

“The covenant is neither a hypothetical relationship, nor a conditional position; rather it is the fresh, living fellowship in which the power of grace is operative.” – Geerhardus Vos There is a felt tension in the book of Hosea that…
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