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Plundering and Temple-Building

When the people of Israel had been in slavery in Egypt, God used Moses to rescue them and return them to their homeland. That event was called the “Exodus.” However, the Old Testament prophesied that Israel would sin against God, once again end up captives outside the land, and then God would perform a “New […]

Read The Bible Like A Mystery Novel

  When I talk with pastors about Christ-centered interpretation and preaching, I’m often told, “I resonate with what you’re saying, but I don’t know how to do it. I was never trained to read the Bible or preach it like that. How can I do it?” Obviously the answer to that question is complex and […]

Southern Baptists, Arminians, and Calvinists

  Today we’re featuring a guest post by Marc Minter, the Lead Pastor of First Baptist Church of Diana, TX.   Within Southern Baptist churches there exists a variety of people who claim to be Arminians or Calvinists. In my experience, many of these individuals do not actually affirm many of the propositions that are included in […]

Three Reflections on Baptism

This post was originally published on Acts29’s blog.   One of the joys of being a church planter is the opportunity to disciple, equip, and instruct our people on important aspects of the faith often for those who have very limited knowledge of these things. The importance of baptism is one of these opportunities we should […]

Preaching Christ from Proverbs Pt. 3

Proverbs can bewilder pastors, especially us who want to preach Christ from all of Scriptures. But Proverbs is not just a book of helpful tips that can change behavior. The purpose of Proverbs, just like every other book of the Bible, is to save and sanctify those who read it. This is the final post of a three […]

Preaching Christ From Proverbs Pt. 2

Proverbs is both a fascinating and frustrating book when it comes to preaching. Some expositors shy away from it because it does not lend itself to verse-by-verse preaching, and even the experts struggle with how it points to Christ. But Proverbs is not just a book of helpful tips that can change behavior. The purpose of […]

Preaching Christ from Proverbs

Proverbs is both a fascinating and frustrating book when it comes to preaching. Some expositors shy away from it because it does not lend itself to verse-by-verse preaching, and even the experts struggle with how it points to Christ. Several years ago, while I was in seminary, some fellow students, a few professors, and I […]

Jesus and Joshua

Understanding the Book of Joshua Joshua’s military campaign finds its placement in the Scripture immediately following the Pentateuch. The book begins with the passing on of the torch of leadership from Moses to Joshua. Moses led the children of Israel out of the land of bondage in Egypt into the wilderness where they learned how […]

Jesus and the Temple

In 2 Chronicles the chronicler keys in on the history of the temple of God. Though King David “had it in his heart” to build the temple, God left the job to his son, Solomon (1 Chron 22:6-10). 1 Chronicles ends with Solomon anointed as king, and as soon as 2 Chronicles opens, Solomon is making preparations […]

Jesus and the Fiery Furnace

At B21 one of our great passions is Christ-centered preaching. Every time we open God’s Word–whether public teaching or private reading–we strive to faithfully proclaim Christ from all of Scriptures. And so we wanted to start a new series on Christ-centered preaching–to show what it is and how we do it. To begin our series […]

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