Mom - the Shepherdess October 02

In Your Mother

As Paul writes to his colleague in a ministry, a younger leader named Timothy, he seeks to encourage faithfulness. After his typical introduction and familiar greetings, Paul reminds Timothy that he has been praying for him. In 2 Timothy 1:5 he writes, “I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother […]

Daniel September 23

Hollow Excellence

Hollow Excellence By:  Dr. Wayne Baxter, Professor of New Testament  – (I commend to you this excellent blog post by our N.T. prof at Heritage Seminary – K. Edwards) “[Daniel] is a man in your kingdom who has the spirit of the holy gods in him. In the time of your father he was found to […]

IMG_4530 September 21

Occasional and Temporary Conviction

Let’s continue into the next paragraphs of John Newton’s letter…. “The beginning of this work (of drawing to faith in Christ) is instantaneous.  The eyes of the understanding are opened and enlightened. The light at first afforded is weak and indistinct, like the morning dawn; but when it is once begun, it will certainly increase and spread […]

IMG_4522 September 17

Select Letters of John Newton

I’m digging these days into the life, hymns, and particularly the letters of John Newton. Banner of Truth has a short collection of his correspondence entitled “Select Letters of John Newton.” For his own epitaph he wrote the following – “by the rich mercy of Jesus Christ, preserved, restored, pardoned, and appointed to preach the […]

IMG_4519 September 15

Pardon Me, Your Reputation is Showing

“Pardon me, but your _____ is showing….”  These words in the realm of good etiquette have been repeated many times. Sometimes the issue is minor, sometimes not!  As John pens his 3rd letter, he has somehow heard of the reputation of his friend Gaius. How long he has known this friend is unspecified, but in […]

3 John September 12


Profiling is an interesting profession. I listened this past week to an American guest on a Canadian talk show who was being questioned about arsonists. He has made a career out of profiling those who take great delight in fire, particularly its destructive potential. I must confess I LOVE FIRES and was known as the […]

IMG_4512 September 10

Behind The Scenes

Can you identify the following Bible characters?  Sosthenes? Epenetus? Demetrius?  They stand in sharp contrast with the ‘big names’ of the New Testament! a) Sosthenes?  In 1 Corinthians 1:1 Paul identifies this ‘brother’ in the faith as he crafts the introduction to this troubled church. In Acts 18:17 Sosthenes is identified as the Jewish synagogue […]


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