Monthly Archives: August 2013

Bible Bookshelf and Reference Books

Hey guys! Here are the graphics I mentioned in my sermon tonight:


Bible Bookshelf 3


Bible Bookshelf 2


The last one is my favorite, but they are all pretty interesting. They are an easy way to help you determine where a book is located and what genre it is.


Remember, context is king! Pay attention to the book context, the prior context, and the immediate context. When you run into trouble, 1) re-read it, 2) pray, and 3) ask for help. Here are some books that should help you:


The Essence of the OT –

The Essence of the NT –

A Popular Survey of the Old Testament –

A Popular Survey of the New Testament –

An Introduction to the Old Testament –

An Introduction to the New Testament –

Warren Wiersbe’s BE Commentaries –

Believer’s Bible Commentary –

Holman OT and NT Commentaries – They have all the books in the Bible. You can buy one for whichever book you are studying. Max Anders is the editor.


I hope these help. Next week we will walk through a couple passages using online and app-based Bible study tools. I will post the websites and apps on here after the service next Wednesday. Hope this helps! Love you, Crossway Students!



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What We Can Learn from the Puritans’ Preaching

I love working with students, and my favorite part of my job is preaching. Each week, I have the awesome privilege of sharing God’s Word with a lot of students, and I want to communicate well. One of the reasons that I am still going to seminary is that I want to be the best preacher that I possibly can. Not for fame or popularity, but because God has called me to preach and I want to give Him my best. I started a class on preaching in American history last week, and I studied the Puritans. I read about their preaching style and many of their sermons. I read the sermons of John Cotton, John Winthrop, Cotton Mather, and several others in order to determine how they interpreted Scripture and how it impacted their preaching. There were several things that I believe contemporary preachers can learn from the Puritans (listen up, those of you who are called to ministry!), and I wanted to share them here. The following paragraph is from my assignment, with slight modifications:


There are several ways that contemporary preachers should respond to the preaching of the Puritans. They sought to interpret Scripture in a literal and historical manner, and they attempted to communicate biblical truth clearly. These aspects of Puritan preaching should be imitated. They also preached sermons that were rich in theological content, and for this they should be praised. Their preaching emphasized the doctrines of sovereignty, depravity, and grace, and contemporary preachers would be wise to follow their example. On the other hand, the Puritans were not always hermeneutically consistent. At times, they embraced the literal meaning of the biblical text, but other times they resorted to the Pre-Reformation model of allegorical interpretation. This inconsistency is likely the result of their emphasis on the covenants. Their strong belief in the Social Covenant, the Church Covenant, and the Covenant of Grace often led them to search for covenantal concepts in passages that were not directly related to God’s covenants with man. This serves as a warning to contemporary preachers, who must avoid allowing their theology to drive their interpretation of Scripture.

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The Purpose of the Law.

The lesson that we are teaching our students at Crossway tomorrow focuses on the Mosaic Law and how it affects believers today. In light of the lesson, I thought I would share a few thoughts on the subject:

1. The Law Reveals Our Guilt – In Romans 3:19, Paul said, “Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God” (ESV). As we look at the law and its demands, we are reminded that we constantly fail to live up to God’s standard. The law reveals out guilt before God.

2. The Law Reveals God’s Righteous Character – In Romans 3:21, Paul says that God’s righteousness “has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it” (ESV). Although Paul goes on to show that God revealed His righteousness in the Person of Jesus Christ, he suggests that the righteousness of God was previously revealed through the law and that the law pointed towards Christ.

3. The Law Reveals Our Need for Grace – The Law reveals our guilt and God’s righteousness, but it does not provide a solution to our sin problem. The law is completely unable to save us. This is a reminder that we desperately need God’s grace to fix our sin problem.

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A Fresh Start.

A few years ago, I was forced to design a blog for a seminary class. The class did not require me to maintain the blog or post regularly, so I let the blog go to waste. Now, I am resurrecting it! My goal is to post a few times a week about random things: ministry, seminary, theology, trends in church and culture, my family, books I am reading, and a host of other things. Feel free to comment or leave feedback. Enjoy!