One of the best commentaries on Exodus I have read

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Exodus Garrett

This commentary on Exodus by Duane Garrett is one of the best commentaries on Exodus I have read. He takes a conservative approach to most of the questions and issues surrounding Exodus, but does so in a thoroughly scholarly way.

He does not old to the JEDP theory, and believes that Moses wrote Exodus during the 40 years of wandering in the Wilderness.

The commentary also contains good discussions about the historicity of the exodus events, as well as the locations of the Red Sea crossing and Mt. Sinai.

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A New Podcast by Brandon Chase! I am loving it!

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theology podcasts

I have a 25 minute commute to work. Sometimes I listen to Conservative Talk Radio, but when I am looking for something with a little less doom and gloom, I listen to Podcasts.

Two Podcasts I almost never miss an episode of are the (1) The God Journey by Wayne Jacobsen, and (2) Beyond the Box by Raborn Johnson and Steve Sensenig.

A blogging friend of mine, Brandon Chase, recently started his own podcast. I listened to the first two episodes last week. All I can is WOW.

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Understanding the Potter and the Clay in Romans 9

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potter and the clay

The image of the potter and the clay is found in Romans 9, Jeremiah 18, and Isaiah 54.

Neither Isaiah, nor Jeremiah, nor Paul had in mind a potter who purposefully created pots just so that He could smash them. No potter would do that, then or now.

Instead, God is the wise potter who works with the clay to form useful tools.

Why did God harden Pharaoh’s Heart?

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The Re-Justification of God

In this excerpt from my book, The Re-Justification of God, I show that it does not matter who hardened Pharaoh’s heart first, because the hardening of Pharaoh’s heart has nothing whatsoever to do with his eternal destiny.

Since many people think Paul is talking about who goes to heaven in Romans 9, they think it is unfair for God to force Pharaoh to go to hell against his will. This is not what Paul is teaching at all!

Why did God love Jacob and hate Esau?

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The Re-Justification of God

In my recently published book, The Re-Justification of God, I look at the difficult portion of Romans 9 where Paul says that God loved Jacob but hated Esau. How can we understand these words? Does God really love Jacob and hate Esau?

I look at the two main views of this question, and then propose a mediating third view. This post is simply a summary of the longer explanation in my book.

3 Keys to Understanding Romans 9

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The Re-Justification of God

Since I am neither a Calvinist nor an Arminian, I want to offer my perspective on Romans 9 over the course of the next few posts so that people who are trying to understand what Paul is saying in Romans 9 about election, Esau, Pharaoh, and the potter and the clay.

Note that all of these posts are drawn from the longer explanation in my book The Re-Justification of God.

What is your experience with study bibles?

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Evangelism Study Bible

What is your experience with study Bibles?

Do you love them? Hate them?

If you have used them, which ones, what do you recommend, and why?

The Evangelism Study Bible might be helpful for evangelists and those seeking clarity on the Gospel, but other study Bibles are better for the deep study of God’s Word.

How to be as Smart as Martin Luther (Use Logos 6)

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Logos 6

I don’t know what I would do without Bible study software like Logos 6 to help me in my research and writing. Imagine what Martin Luther could have done! Logos 6 has just been released, and it is better than ever! New study tools, new search capabilities, new Bible study and sermon prep resources. Launch your Bible study capabilities to the next level with Logos 6.

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