Old Testament Theology

Pastoring while Pursuing a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies

I am often asked, “How do you pastor while pursuing a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies?” Such questions typically originate from people that understand the workload of pastoral ministry and the academic demands of an accredited Ph.D. program. To be sure, the decision to pursue a Ph.D. will exact a cost on those who dare to pursue it. There will be sleepless nights and groggy days full of anxiety, self-doubt, and irritability. And, if you are a pastor, the consistent and constant demands of…

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Theology Thursday – Embracing the Wounded God

This reflection upon the suffering of Christ comes from D.A. Carson’s book, How Long, O Lord?: Reflections on Suffering and Evil: For Christians who see in the cross the most sublime expression both of God’s justice and his love, the cross is immensely reassuring. It was a sacrifice offered once for all time (Heb. 10:12); Christ, having died once, dies no more, and in that sense no longer participates in the sufferings of the cross. But that does not negate the…

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Is the Sabbath a Creation Ordinance?

Is the Sabbath rooted in creation and therefore perpetually applicable to all people at all times in history? Dr. Thomas Schreiner provides a clear answer to this question, among many others, in his book, 40 Questions About Christians and/ Law (40 Questions & Answers Series). Here is an excerpt from that book regarding the question of whether the Sabbath is a creation ordinance: Some argue against what is defended here by appealing to the creation order. As noted above, the Sabbath…

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