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Jun
02

Book Review – The Inspiration and Interpretation of Scripture: What the Early Church Can Teach Us

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  Review by Timothy G. Harmon The Inspiration and Interpretation of Scripture: What the Early Church Can Teach Us. By Michael Graves Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2014, viii + 201 pp. $24.00, paper.     In this work, Michael Graves (PhD, Hebrew Union College), Armerding Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at Wheaton College, explores patristic literature…
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Apr
14

Let’s Celebrate Passover!

Plates of Passover meal

Passover (Hebrew Pesach) is the most widely observed Jewish holiday. It commemorates and celebrates both God’s freeing of the Israelite slaves from Egypt and the beginning of the Nation of Israel (Exod. 12:14). Although originally one of the pilgrim feasts which required worshipers to travel to Jerusalem (Deut. 16:16), since the destruction of the Temple…
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Apr
09

Spirit Empowered Mission: The Advent of the Spirit, Part 1

A wheel of fire

Why take several sermons to focus on the Pentecost event? What runs through your mind as you prepare to preach such a crucial even in redemptive history? Why is there such a visceral nature to the Spirit’s advent? We asked Art Azurdia… Listen to sermon (Acts 2:1-13): This is part one of a three-part series.…
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Mar
26

Spirit Empowered Mission: The Final Words of First Importance

Cathedral courtyard

How do we explain Jesus’ response to the disciples’ question about the kingdom of God in Acts 1?  How do you define the kingdom of God?  Why is the OT background so important to understanding Acts 1? We asked Art Azurdia… Listen to sermon (Acts 1:1-11):   What’s with the disciples question and Jesus’ response…
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Mar
19

Spirit Empowered Mission: The Apostolic Docudrama

illuminated window in Hagia Sophia

Why preach a longer or shorter sermon series?  How do you prepare to preach a longer book like Acts?  Does the church’s mission of gospel proclamation get taken for granted? We asked Art Azurdia… Listen to sermon (introduction to Acts):   Tell me a little bit about deciding to do a longer preaching series through…
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