Reflections, Announcements, & Updates from the BCEC

Thomas Constable’s Notes on the Bible

A lot of times when we read the Bible, there are passages that are confusing or we want to understand better.  The first impulse is to send Bert an email and ask him about the text.  While Bert is often the Bible answer man, we sometimes have these questions when it is not convenient to ask him.  Hence, we turn to a Bible commentary.  While there is a huge range of them and many free ones online, one that I have turned to from time to time (but forgot about until recently) is by Dr. Thomas Constable from Dallas Theological Seminary in the US.

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21st Century Evangelicals

There is a common question asked about what “Evangelical” means.  It is confused by the fact that in many parts of the continent, to be “Evangelical” means to be part of the Lutheran denomination.  For a Chinese church that has it in their name, it is confusing because the translation often really means either “gospel” (fuyin) or, sometimes, “Protestant” (xinjiaotu). Then, there are the theologians that often go to the so-called Bebbington quadrilateral to explain things; but, again, what in the world does that mean anyhow and do Evangelicals today (or those who call themselves Evangelicals) really do those things?

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Our God

Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
Deuteronomy 6:4-5 (emphasis mine)

Unrequited love. It’s when you love someone, but that love is not shared in return. It’s the stuff of tragedies. Eponine and Marius. Quasimodo and Esmerelda. Jacob and Bella.

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Life With Christ

In our last sermon of 2010, Alex tells this story of a conversation he had with me (it’s about 34 minutes into the sermon). And so, in the same vein of Take That’s behind-the-scenes look at the reconciliation between them and Robbie Williams, and the recording of their new album, I thought I’d share my perspective of that same conversation.

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Is it beginning to feel like Christmas yet?

As I’ve grown older, I’ve noticed I’ve lost a certain sense of excitement and anticipation with Christmas. I can hardly believe that it’s the 23rd of December already! Wasn’t it just November a few days ago? It seems as if time flies quicker and quicker, and Christmas seems to spring up on me without warning.

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