Confessions of an End-Times Preacher: Hype, Headlines, or the Blessed Hope?

Confessions of an End-Times Preacher: Hype, Headlines, or the Blessed Hope?

September 11, 2001, was my generation’s Pearl Harbor.  I was awakened by my grandfather who exclaimed in his native tongue that New York was in chaos.  I turned on the television in my room and I saw a strange sight.  I saw one of the Twin Towers with a gaping hole with smoke coming out of it and I was perplexed that the other tower was missing.  I

The Gospel in the Sanctuary (Lesson 5, Q4 2017)

The Gospel in the Sanctuary (Lesson 5, Q4 2017)

This week's Sabbath School lesson continues with a study of the fourth chapter of Romans. This chapter is intriguing because it functions as a sort of interlude between chapters 3 and 5—both of which take more of a theological approach to justification and related topics. Chapter 4, by contrast, is more of a case study of justification in practice.

Hagar, Sarah, and the Two Covenants

Hagar, Sarah, and the Two Covenants

The apostle Paul discusses two important covenants in Galatians 4:21-31, the topic for this week’s Sabbath school lesson. Why does Paul choose these two covenants, represented by two women in Scripture, Hagar and Sarah, and what does he mean by this? Furthermore, what is the relevance of this to today’s Bible student? I propose that we look closely

By Law or By Faith?

By Law or By Faith?

The lesson this week picks up in the middle of a public confrontation. Paul, apostle to the Gentiles, is confronting Peter, apostle to the Jews, over his hypocritical behavior. Paul does the right thing insofar as he confronts Peter to his face, having seen that he and others were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel. A group of men pr