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2015 Writing in Review

At the end of each year, I like to compile--for the members of the congregation that I pastor--a list of the number of sermons that I preached, conference lectures that I delivered, published articles and blog posts that I wrote, session meetings that I moderated, Presbytery meetings that I attended, Presbytery committees on which I served, General Assembly activity, commi...

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Jesus' Star in the East?

One of the more difficult questions for any serious student of Scripture to answer is, "How did the Magi know that a star would appear in the east to lead them to the Christ?" In Matthew's Gospel, we read of the Magi coming to Herod and asking, "Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him" (Matt. 2:2)....

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An Angel's View of Christmas

One of the things that I love most about Christmas is getting to meditate anew on the role that Angels played in the proclamation of the coming of the Son of God into the world. Throughout the centuries, artists have tried to capture a sense of the glory of the Angel appearing to the Shepherds, who were out in the fields keeping watch over their sheep on a cold Palest...

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God Has Spoken

The Divine authorship of Scripture is a subject to which we should constantly return and one that should recurrently fill the minds of the people of God. That God has spoken in the Scriptures and that He speaks today in the Old and New Testament is of supreme importance to the life of faith of a believer. No one captures this truth so much as does the writer of the lette...

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