Chronicles: Retelling the Story of Israel More than Just a List of Names: 1 Chronicles 1-9 (this post is the second in an series on 1-2 Chronicles, the first found here: http://www.ttschmidt.com/blog/chronicles-an-introduction) Chronicles begins with nine chapters of genealogies, a fact which causes many modern readers to consider the book to be boring, irrelevant, and worthy of skipping over. S
New City Catechism I want to commend an excellent resource to you today: New City Catechism. A catechism is a summary of the Christian faith put into question and answer format. Basically, it is a tool used to teach people about the basics of Christianity. Typically, individuals memorize the questions and answers as they learn the catechism; these questions covers topics like ‘What is God?’ ‘Wh
Return, O my soul, to your rest; for the LORD has dealt bountifully with you. Ps 116:7 Martyn Lloyd Jones and my pastor Joe Thorn are surely right: we need to preach to ourselves. Such a mandate finds its support in Scripture in passages like Ps 116:7: “Return, O my soul, to your rest; for the LORD has dealt bountifully with you.” If you are like me, you find your heart often cold toward God, jeal
Chronicles: An Introduction I recently began reading 1-2 Chronicles again in my daily devotionals and have been struck by its rich theology and relevance for my life. My renewed appreciation has led to a fresh study and enjoyment of the book, the result of which I’d like to share in this blog series “Chronicles: Retelling the Story of Israel.” Before I begin, it might helpful to provide a brief i
Rachel and I just returned from a wonderful time in the UK. In additional to invaluable time spent with family and friends, we saw some beautiful English country side, like the one pictured above (though I cannot take credit for this picture, that goes to Luc B via Compfight). Highlights from the trip: 1. Teaching English nephew and nieces how to play “Candyland” (a game mostly unhe
Another question I answered on an application to a ministry position is worth repeating here: “A friend with limited Bible knowledge asks you to describe the basic message of the Bible. What would you say? Reference Scripture to support your summary statement.” This is a great question to think through. How would you respond? Here’s my answer: There is only one God in all of
Recently, I filled out an application for a ministry position at church and one of the questions asked me to explain my conversion to Christianity. As I wrote my answer, it was encouraging to reflect on how God has been at work in my life–both in the past and in the present. God brought me to life and caused me to be born again (John 3); He rescued me from the kingdom of darkness and broug
It has been over five years since I have blogged consistently. This is because I felt like I did not have much to say, and because I felt like I did not have the time. I am not sure that I still have much to say, or have much time, but am glad to start blogging again. I’ve thought through the primary purposes of this blog, and they are several: 1. Proclaim the gospel and biblical truth 2.