Oct 16, 2021

Biblical Geography Interview

B. J. Oropeza has a nice interview with Robert Mullins on the topic of biblical geography here.

Oct 15, 2021

New Testanent Greek Comics

This looks like a fun and helpful resource when it is done. You can download a sample here.


Oct 14, 2021

Sermon Conclusions

As part of a class on preaching that I am teaching, I was reminded of this helpful list from Akin, Curtis, and Rummage on the purposes of sermon conclusions.
  • The conclusion should conclude and bring the message to a timely and appropriate end.
  • The conclusion should restate the major idea and minor points of your message.
  • The conclusion is where you make your final appeal to encourage your people to action.
  • The conclusion should engage the mind, elevate the emotions, and excite the will.
  • The conclusion is to ask for a verdict.
  • The conclusion is tied to the introduction and helps answer the question, “So what?”
  • The conclusion intends to encourage and challenge, as well as comfort and guide.
Engaging Exposition (Nashville B&H Academic, 2011), 199-200 (with some very slight changes).

Oct 13, 2021

Daily Dose of Aramaic

Some of you are probably already familiar with the Daily Dose of Hebrew and the Daily Dose of Greek. Both of these free video subscriptions are helpful ways of learning and keeping up with the languages. Starting November 1, there will now be a Daily Dose of Aramaic. You can sign up for free here.

Oct 12, 2021

Tattoos and Biblical Languages

Ken Berding has a fair and thoughtful post here on tattoos and his role as a Greek professor. I relate and agree with the post. I have been asked on more than one occasion to check or provide the correct spelling of a Greek or Hebrew word. I actually have had more questions about Hebrew than Greek. I suspect that is because Hebrew is so different from English. And Hebrew is trickier especially if you are going to add vowels. I also agree with Berding's understanding of tattoos in general.

Oct 11, 2021

Philippians 4:13

Ben Merkle has a nice post here on unpacking Philippians 4:13, a frequently quoted but often misunderstood verse.