June 23, 2017

Esther, Part 2: Theology, Purpose, and Problems

Layton Talbert FrontLine • November/December 2007 At a Glance: Ezra Part 1 ♦ Ezra Part 2 ♦ Nehemiah Part 1 ♦ Nehemiah Part 2 ♦ Esther Part 1 The Book of Esther is a classic of dramatic narrative laced with practical and theological implications, all the more subtle and insightful due to the book’s most […]

Esther, Part 1: Setting, Structure, and Themes

Layton Talbert FrontLine • September/October 2007 At a Glance: Ezra Part 1 ♦ Ezra Part 2 ♦ Nehemiah Part 1 ♦ Nehemiah Part 2 The last four installments of this column have surveyed the late historical books of Ezra and Nehemiah. The chronological companion of those two records is the book of Esther. This column […]

Questions about Imprecatory Prayers

Warren Vanhetloo Dear Dr. Vanhetloo, I am currently reading the Book of Psalms in my personal devotions and can’t help but be surprised by the vindictiveness of many of its parts. For example, in Ps. 104:35a: “Let the sinners be consumed out of the earth, and let the wicked be no more.” This is a […]

NEHEMIAH, Part 2: Reforming Messiah ’s People

Layton Talbert FrontLine • July/August 2007 At a Glance: Ezra Part 1 ♦ Ezra Part 2 ♦ Nehemiah Part 1 Opposition and delays in the work of God are always frustrating. It is easy to overemphasize our timetables and overestimate our importance to the work of God. We are short on time and are frustrated […]

Nehemiah, Part 1: Restoring Messiah ’s City

Layton Talbert FrontLine • May/June 2007 At a Glance: Ezra Part 1 ♦ Ezra Part 2 This column recently explored the historical and theological significance of the book of Ezra. Ezra’s contemporary and political counterpart was Nehemiah. Persia’s King Artaxerxes commissioned both of these men to return to Jerusalem within a few years of each […]

Ezra, Part 2

Layton Talbert FrontLine • March/April 2007 At A Glance – Ezra Part 1   All history is theological. Human history is the illustrated encyclopedia of the acts of God—a branch of general revelation and applied theology whereby God makes Himself known to any man who has eyes to see it and a Bible by which […]

Ezra, Part 1

At A Glance Layton Talbert FrontLine • January/February 2007 A new year always carries with it the potential for a fresh start, a rededication to building (and in some cases, rebuilding) the work of God in your life. Ezra and Nehemiah are just such books of new beginning and (re)building. God had graciously brought His […]

Don’t Twist the Scriptures

Thomas Overmiller Many claim to be Bible teachers. They claim to teach the Word of God accurately. But before you believe them, ask whether they are twisting the scriptures to their own advantage. That’s what Peter says at the close of his last letter to the churches.

“Avoiding All Appearance of Evil” 1 Thessalonians 5:22

Kevin Schaal This verse is used commonly to provide a Biblical foundation for condemnation of people and deeds of all kinds. The idea is that this passage forbids not only doing those things that the Bible specifically condemns as sin, but also doing anything that looks like it might be sinful or associated with something […]

Straight Cuts: Just How Friendly Should We Be? (Proverbs 18:24)

Randy Jaeggli Perhaps you have had an experience like mine. I listened as the preacher announced his text and read Proverbs 18:24 from the Authorized Version: “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” The ensuing message stressed the necessity of the believer […]