This week I will begin my 40th year of teaching the Old Testament (OT) at Western Seminary. In their degree programs at Western, most students will invest 70 hours of class time and 140 hours of personal study in the Old Testament. Why is teaching the Old Testament an important part of the curriculum at Western Seminary?
In 1995 the United States Senate and Congress voted to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. But every US president since that vote has declined act on that vote. Finally, on December 6th, President Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s historic capital. Many have asked me since this announcement if this was the right thing to do.
Thanksgiving is definitely biblical. But in light of life’s circumstances we don’t always feel thankful. How do we go about cultivating a spirit of thankfulness in our own lives and in our families?
Western Seminary stands in the great tradition of the Reformation, embracing the five solas. The solas of the Reformation are at the heart of the gospel centered transformation taking place among our students at Western Seminary. There’s not sufficient time to address each one of the five solas, but I’d like to touch briefly on Sola Gratia, by grace alone.
The observance of Passover is rich with theological imagery and symbol. Paul recognized this when he wrote, “For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed” (1 Cor. 5:7). The promise of the perfect substitutionary sacrifice goes back go Genesis 22 when Abraham was ascending Mt. Moriah in obedience to God’s command to sacrifice his son.