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Dec
30

Book Review: The Heresy of Orthodoxy

The Ten Commandments

The Heresy of Orthodoxy: How Contemporary Culture’s Fascination with Diversity Has Reshaped Our Understanding of Early Christianity by Andreas J. Kostenberger and Michael J. Kruger (Crossway: Wheaton, 2010). In recent years there have been renewed attempts to call into question how the Christian canon of the Bible was formed. One particular approach has been to…
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Dec
24

Joseph and Jesus: An Adoptive Father’s Thoughts

little boy watching the rain through the window

When we are not consumed with shopping, decorations, and other holiday preparations, the focus of our attention during the Christmas season usually lands on Jesus (hopefully) and to a lesser extent, his mother, Mary. This is right and good. But often overlooked is Joseph, a mysterious character who played a significant role in the birth…
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Dec
23

4 Reasons to Preach the Genealogy at Christmas (Really!)

Stained glass image of Biblical figures.

I will never forget the zeal, the excitement, and the anticipation of my first Christmas sermon. I had heard Christmas sermons from the birth narrative sections of Matthew and Luke, from Philippians 2, and from John 1. All were delightful and edifying to my soul, but I wanted to preach something that I had never…
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Dec
20

3 Reasons for Joy: Isaiah 9:1-7 Speaks Today

Stained glass image of the Virgin Mary with the Christ Child

With Tim Harmon Introduction Each decade of the twentieth century could be marked by some major event or series of events that typified those years. We will probably not all agree on what was most significant, but if I just describe those decades of which I was consciously aware, I would describe the sixties as…
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Dec
19

O Little Town of Bethlehem

Black and white cityscape photo of Bethlehem town.

By Tim Harmon Tim Harmon is finishing his MA in Biblical-Theological Studies and will begin work on the ThM at Western Seminary in the Spring. Tim also serves as the Graduate Assistant to Dr. Jan Verbruggen at Western Seminary.   Bethlehem. There’s really no more significant city at Christmastime. After all, it’s where Jesus was…
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