Humor Me

The new preacher moves his things into his new office and comes across the former pastor, taking his items out. The former pastor says, “I left three envelopes in your desk. If you have any trouble, open them.” Well, of course the new preacher thinks he will never have to use them, but in his… Continue reading Humor Me

De-Sanitizing the Parables: The Parable of the Soils, pt 1

This installment of the De-Sanitizing the Parables series will explore the Parable of the Soil found in Matthew 13. However, before I explore the parable itself, I’d like to give some background on the nature of the parables found in Scripture. To do this, we will listen to two different scholars who give us some… Continue reading De-Sanitizing the Parables: The Parable of the Soils, pt 1

Lesson Notes: 1 John 5:1-6

Friends, Here are my lesson notes for this week’s epistles lection, 1 John 5:1-6. There are only a few verses, but they are packed. I relied on commentaries from Word Biblical Commentary series and the Bible Speaks Today series. I also found some great quotes from Eugene Peterson, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and Karl Barth.  I made… Continue reading Lesson Notes: 1 John 5:1-6

More on Psalm 98: Our Bodies as Instruments of Worship

Friends, Here’s an update on my Psalm 98 notes posted last night. These are more along the lines of prayer thoughts and gave way to my prayer time this morning–a sort of thinking out loud about the Psalm (and will make much better sense if the lectionary notes are read). Past, present, future–there is never… Continue reading More on Psalm 98: Our Bodies as Instruments of Worship

Lectionary Notes Acts 8:26-40

Here is my third installment of this week’s lectionary notes. These notes are from Acts 8:26-40. It is a short set of notes primarily because I won’t be preaching from this text this week. Still, there’s 8 pages and plenty of references and a couple of outlines. Resources include Rob Bell, Roy Clements, Aijith Fernando,… Continue reading Lectionary Notes Acts 8:26-40

Lectionary Notes: Psalm 22

Here is my second installment of this week’s study notes. These notes are for Psalm 22. There are 13 pages of notes, quotes, outlines, and exegesis. Author’s who are referenced include John Piper, Eugene Peterson, Stanley Hauerwas, Michael Wilcock, CS Lewis and more. You can download the entire MS Word formatted set of notes from… Continue reading Lectionary Notes: Psalm 22

No Other Name: Acts 4:5-12

Welcome to the Life Under the Blue Sky Skycast (podcast). Below find the audio from last Sunday’s sermon (May 3) from the Acts 4:5-12 Lesson. The manuscript and study notes can be found elsewhere at this blog. The sermon takes about 35 minutes. Be blessed. You can download the sermon at No Other Name or… Continue reading No Other Name: Acts 4:5-12

Lectionary Notes 1 John 4 7 21

In my ongoing series of posts on the current lectionary readings, I offer you these notes on 1 John 4:7-21. There are notes from DA Carson, Eugene Peterson, I Howard Marshall, Craig Keener, Dietrich Bonhoeffer and David Jackman among others. The notes focus mainly on John’s call to his congregation to love one another as… Continue reading Lectionary Notes 1 John 4 7 21

David Jackman on Loving other Christians

Friends, In my preparations for Sunday’s Lectionary readings, I came across this in David Jackman’s The Message of John’s Letters in the IVP The Bible Speaks Today series. The author is commenting on 1 John 4:20-21. I thought you might appreciate it: “This final ground of assurance brings us full circle back to 4:7, where… Continue reading David Jackman on Loving other Christians