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Thursday
Dec312009

Lecture on the Parable of the Unjust Steward (Luke 16:1-13)

The Parable of the Unjust Steward is about what’s happening in the first century during the ministry of Jesus.  The Lord is calling his stewards to account. And he is discharging them.  

The Master is God, the Lord of Israel.  

The Steward stands for the leaders of Israel – Pharisees, scribes, priests, scribes, lawyers.  They are all unjust stewards.  Managers that have been unfaithful to their office and calling.  They are being called to account by God through the ministry of Jesus.

The debtors are the people of Israel, they have been cheated and plundered by their leaders, so they are miserable and poor.  Great burdens have been laid on them.

Listen to the lecture to learn more.  You can download the mp3 file here.

Saturday
Oct312009

Two Lectures on James

I gave these two lectures at the Auburn Avenue Pastor's Conference in January 2007. The theme of the conference was "The Great Commission."  These two lectures contain a summary of my perspective on the significance of the wisdom of James in response to the apostolic church's frustration with the progress of Jesus' kingdom.

Lecture #1 - An Overview of James, Part 1

Lecture #2 - An Overview of james, Part 2

Thursday
Oct222009

Bucer Institute Lectures on the Gospels, Part 2

This is part two (4 lectures) in a two-part series I began in December 2008, at the Bucer Institute for Biblical Studies in Monroe, LA.  You can listen to the first set of lectures introducing the Gospels and sumarizing the Gospel according to St. Matthew here.

Lecture #5 - The Gospel According to St. Mark, Part 1

Lecture #6 - The Gospel According to St. Mark, Part II

Lecture #7 - The Gospel According to St. Luke

Lecture #8 - The Gospel According to St. John

Here's a pdf file of all the lecture notes, outlines, and handouts.

Let me know if you have any comments about the lectures.

 

Thursday
May142009

Bucer Institute Lectures on the Gospels

This is part one (4 lectures) in a series that I began last December at the Bucer Institute for Biblical Studies in Monroe, LA.

Lecture #1 - Hearing, Reading, and Learning the Gospels

Lecture #2 - Introduction to the Four Gospels

Lecture #3 - Introduction and the Gospel According to Matthew

Lecture #4 - More on the Gospel According to Matthew

Here's a pdf file of all the lecture notes, outlines, and handouts.

Let me know if you have any comments about the lectures.  I wasn't as pleased with these as I was with my talks in Part 2 a few weeks ago.  I'll post those when  I get mp3 copies.

Saturday
Apr182009

Ministers in the New Testament

I mentioned an article by Riesentfeld last night, so I thought I'd say a few words and give you a link so you can read it

I consider Riesenfeld’s article to be one of the finest biblical-theological expositions of the New Testament office of the Ministry in print.  It was originally published in The Root of the Vine: Essays in Biblical Theology, ed. by Anton Fridrichsen (New York: Philosophical Library, 1953), pp. 96-127.  Unfortunately, it has never been reprinted, and so, for the most part, has been unknown in Presbyterian and Reformed circles. 

I was led to it by a footnote in William Weinrich’s excellent article “Called and Ordained: Reflections on the New Testament View of the Office of the Ministry” in Logia 2/1 (Ephiphany/January 1993): 20-27.  In many ways, Weinrich’s essay largely reworks Riesenfeld’s seminal work. 

These are times in which critical theological and biblical thinking about the Ministry are scarce in Presbyterian and Reformed circles.  Apart from a few classes (often very few) where various democratic ideological concerns usually dominate shallow discussions of “ministry” in the church, the office of the Ministry is hardly covered in any thing like a thorough way in Reformed seminaries—institutions whose ostensible purpose is to train men for the Ministry! 

Even if church government receives more coverage, it will often be taught from the perspective of a radical “two-office” view that has smudged the office of the Ministry into the office of ruling elder with the result that everyone is confused about the place and function of the Minister.  I hope that the dissemination of Riesenfeld’s article sparks a renewed interest in the unique calling and service of the Christian Ministry within Reformed circles.  This is an article that deserves careful reading and wide circulation.

Download a pdf file of a transcribed version of the article.

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