Studies

Paul and the Trinity

Review of Paul and the Trinity: Person, Relations, and the Pauline Letters by Wesley Hill Chapter ONE: The Eclipse of Relations in the Interpretation of Pauline God-Talk Wesley Hill begins his book by canvassing the various models of Pauline interpretation … Continue reading

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The Shadow of Christ in the Law of Moses

As I proceed toward the Mosaic covenant, I thought it would be helpful to re-read Poythress‘ The Shadow of Christ in the Law of Moses. There are so few books that I am familiar with on this subject. I really … Continue reading

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Genesis 15 and 17

I recently finished the book Abraham, Israel, and the Nations. The timing was perfect as it was a spectacular help in my preparations for my group study on covenants. Upon completion, I came to the realization that the author Paul … Continue reading

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Genesis 15 and 17

This book is excellent. And I couldn’t have found it at a better time. It is dedicated almost entirely to an analysis between the covenant instituted in Genesis 15 (well, 12 really) and contrasting that with Genesis 17. The question … Continue reading

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Genesis 15 and 17

More helpful quotes: Thus while Josephus and Philo do not address the relationship between Genesis 15 and 17 specifically, their treatment of the material contained in these two chapters appears to suggest that the two chapters are viewed simply as … Continue reading

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Covenant Study: Genesis 15 and 17

I still have a group of men meeting at the house every other Friday. We’re still working our way through the covenants and I am introducing them to Covenant Theology. So far it has been an interesting and enjoyable study. … Continue reading

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Men of Courage

I recently bought this book in hopes that it was a continuation of Crabb’s The Silence of Adam. Sadly, that was not the case. But instead, it was an updated version of the same book. But even so, I thought … Continue reading

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John 9 Sermon Reviews 06/18/15 Morning

Dr. Liam Goligher – The Eye-Opener Isa 49.6 is where the light of the world originates. From this light, some will be able to see, but for others, it increases their blindness The miracle is set against the background of … Continue reading

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John 9, verses 2-34

And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” The question is raised by the disciples. In order for it to be raised (plural), it must have been previously discussed, or … Continue reading

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John 9, Sermon Reviews 06/17/15 Evening

Dr Liam Goligher – Once I was blind, now I see (this guy is a brilliant preacher) Jesus leaves the religious to go and work He finds a man sitting in darkness, which symbolizes all of those in spiritual darkness … Continue reading

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John 9, Sermon Reviews 06/17/15 Morning

Sinclair Ferguson: Jesus the Son of Man The pool of siloam was discovered in 2004, the pool previously identified was wrong The pool of siloam and hezekiah Nehemiah 3 mentions siloam Siloam is in the south of Jerusalem The pool … Continue reading

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John chapter 9, verses 5-7

After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and … Continue reading

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John chapter 9, verses 1-4

As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his … Continue reading

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John 5, verse 15

The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had healed him. There are no small number of expositors that attribute an act of betrayal to this man due to this passage. They believe he is … Continue reading

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John, verses 13, and 14

Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, as there was a crowd in the place. This reminds me of a story my sister shared with me years ago. She said … Continue reading

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John 5, verse 10, 11, and 12

So the Jews said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath, and it is not lawful for you to take up your bed.” The man was carrying his bed while he walked, as Jesus had commanded. … Continue reading

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John 5, verse 8 and 9

Jesus said to him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk. The speed in which this miraculous event occurs reminds me of the words of Paul in 1Cor. 15.52 when speaking of the putting on of the resurrected body: … Continue reading

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Covenant Study, 2

I started a men’s group in the house that meets on Friday evenings. The group chose the topic of ‘covenant’ to study. The group consists of 5 guys, all of whom enjoy studying subjects in depth. We’ve met twice previously … Continue reading

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John 5, verse 6 and 7

When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” Most modern translations say that the man had been in that condition a … Continue reading

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John 5, verse 5

One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. Verse 3 mentioned a multitude of disabled people. But here in verse 5 the focus is on but one of them. This is the convergence of an eternal … Continue reading

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John 5, verse 3 and the omission of verse 4

In these lay a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed. Why were there a multitude of disabled people here? Perhaps it was because there was a lot of shade. Verse 2 explained that there were five rows of columns which … Continue reading

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John 5, Piper Sermon

Healed for the Sake of Holiness John Piper, August 2009 in spite of Jesus’ power to heal, our world continues to be shot through with sin and disease and calamity and death. (Piper) Sickness and suffering are abundant. Jesus demonstrates … Continue reading

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John 5, verse 2

Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has five roofed colonnades. Bethesda in Hebrew/Aramaic means house (beth) of grace (hesda). Other locations that start with beth are; Bethel (House of God), … Continue reading

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John 5, verse 2

Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has five roofed colonnades. As a lamb is a young sheep, it is interesting that John 5 takes place by the Sheep Gate. This … Continue reading

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John 5

After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. John 5 places the context as during a feast of the Jews, but the particular feast is not specified. Some commentators suggest it is inconsequential, … Continue reading

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John 5

I’ve been asked to preach twice in June. I’m inclined to stay with the Gospel of John. Previously I’ve preached on John 4, John 11, and John 13. I think I am going to backtrack now and pick up in … Continue reading

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Obadiah

Obadiah is the shortest book in the Old Testament. In 586, Babylon destroyed Jerusalem. The Israelites fled the city, but in the process, the Edomites (the descendants from Esau) captured them and gave them over to the Babylonians. The Edomites … Continue reading

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Object pronouns

Indirect object pronouns are such a challenge for me. Because that last sentence would be, “Indirect objects me are such a challenge” in Spanish. The indirect object appears before the verb and direct object. My brain (specifically my syntactic parser) … Continue reading

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Trinitarian Studies

http://rdtwot.files.wordpress.com/2010/07/anizor-uche_a-spirited-humanity-the-trinitarian-theology-of-colin-gunton.pdf I am currently reading one of Colin Gunton’s many books on the Trinity, The Triune Creator which is much unlike any of the other books on the Trinity I’ve read thus far. There are a number of helpful resources … Continue reading

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Spanish lessons

I have been working through my second book in Spanish for over a month now. It’s been great for my pronunciation. Though I am only now beginning to become intelligible to others. The next big step for me is in … Continue reading

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1984 google chat

Matt hosted a book group on Orwell’s book 1984 in Tucson this evening that I was able to join from Hermosillo. I love modern technology. It was an interesting discussion and the book was spectacular in my opinion.  

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Spanish classes

Spanish classes have moved to the mornings this week. I realized how much better they are at this time of day. I generally have zero interest and zero energy in the evening, which is when we’ve been meeting for the … Continue reading

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Spanish Lessons

Today is a holiday in Mexico (Independence Day) and as such I had to cancel my class today in order to tend to some business. Classes have been going well as they’ve resumed a couple weeks ago. I’ve only been … Continue reading

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Libertad el Evangelio de Dios – Spanish Vocabulary

I am in my second week of Spanish lessons since the return of my tutor. I’ve been spending time reading the book, Libertad el Evangelio de Dios. This is a helpful way to familiarize myself with the language through pronunciation, … Continue reading

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Sermons/Lectures: Week 36, September 01-07, 2014

Tuesday, September 02, 2014 Union with Christ / Michael Horton / URCNA / 01:22:26 This radio interview with Dr. Horton was more in line with Letham. Horton is a professor at Westminster and his discussion of the subject is quite … Continue reading

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Union with Christ by Robert Letham

I started Letham’s Union with Christ yesterday in hopes to be able to participate in Matt’s book group in Tucson via video stream this evening. So far I have been nothing but impressed with everything I’ve read of Letham’s. This … Continue reading

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Sermons/Lectures: Week 35, August 25-31, 2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014 Samson: The Last Judge, Part I (Judges 13:1-25) / Luke Evans / PC A / 32:30 This is a sermon of Luke’s when he was at Rincon in Tucson. I have enjoyed this sermon many times. … Continue reading

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Spanish Lessons – plan for next week

I spent the morning working on a plan for my Spanish Lessons next week. It actually took me hours to prepare. My first 8 weeks I gave my instructor a general idea of what I wanted to go over and … Continue reading

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Spanish Lessons

My Spanish tutor has been out-of-town for over two months, but has now returned. Therefore my Spanish instruction may continue! I did not spend much time studying independently. I have a hard time doing that with Spanish. I much prefer … Continue reading

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Sermons/Week 34/August 12-24, 2014

We listen to a lot of sermons in our house every day. I thought it might be neat to make a list of what I am listening to throughout the week so I can reference them later. Saturday, August 23, … Continue reading

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John 11 Study: Aug. 8, 2014 Augustine Tractate 49

Augustine: Tractates on the Gospel of John 49 We have, however, read in the Gospel of three dead persons who were raised to life by the Lord, and, let us hope, to some good purpose. For surely the Lord’s deeds … Continue reading

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John 11 Study: Aug. 7, 2014 James Dennison Jr.

James Dennison, Jr.: John 11-12, (1:02:55) I’ve not been too impressed with Dennison. His book The Market Day of the Soul: The Puritan Doctrine of the Sabbath in England 1532-1700 was pretty disappointing. His exposition of Scripture is helpful, but … Continue reading

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John 11 Study: Aug. 6, 2014, Calvin’s Commentary

Calvin’s Commentaries are spectacular. I have the set. They are best read in conjunction with studying the biblical text, as opposed to being read independently. John Calvin: Commentary on John, Chapter 11 There were others whom Christ had raised from … Continue reading

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John 11 Study: August 5, 2014

Sinclair Ferguson: Jesus, The Resurrection, John 11 (32:46) The sisters and Lazarus seem to be from a family of economic and social significance. That is alluded to when Lazarus dies and a number of Jews from Jerusalem come to be … Continue reading

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John 11 Study: August 5, 2014

DA Carson: A Miracle Full of Surprises, John 11 (1:18:40) Jesus shows his love by delay. Two days later and Lazarus is dead. Now it’s time to go. What’s the point in waiting two more days? You can’t actually be … Continue reading

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John 11 Study: August 5, 2014

RC Sproul: Expediency and Extravagance, John 11.45-12.8 (31:04) Sproul here deals with the after events of Lazarus’ resurrection. John 11.2 makes an interesting reference (to the future) when it identifies Mary with something she does in chapter 12. It was … Continue reading

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John 11 Study: August 5, 2014

RC Sproul: The Raising of Lazarus (31:36) Mary says the same thing as Martha, “Lord if you had been here”. This could have been an accusation or a confession. But if an accusation, she is not rebuked (nor was Martha). … Continue reading

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John 11 Study: August 5, 2014

RC Sproul: The Death of Lazarus, John 11.1-27 (28:04) We glorify God when we praise him, honor him, and all of that, but that’s not what Jesus is talking about here. He’s talking about the revelation of the majesty of … Continue reading

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John 11 Study: August 5th, 2014

Listening to some more sermons today. RC Sproul: The Son of God, John 10.22-42 (27:57) Probably the best series on the book of John that I’ve listened to thus far is Sproul’s. I’ve listened to his 3 sermons on John … Continue reading

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John 11 Study: July 25, 2014

Listening to some sermons today on John 11. A Sympathetic Savior, John Reisinger, Trinity Baptist Church, 59:20 Mr. Reisinger (a reformed baptist), as expected, interprets Martha’s interaction with Jesus as accusatory. Without the prosodic features of language (body language, stress, … Continue reading

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John 11 Study: July 23, 2014

“Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that he meant taking rest in sleep.” (13) The disciples thought Jesus had told them that Lazarus was sleeping, not dead. He told them in verse 4 that the sickness … Continue reading

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John 11 Study: July 17, 2014

“His disciples replied, ‘Lord, if he sleeps, he will get better.’” (11) In verse 7 Jesus said to his disciples, “let US go back to Judea”. They respond, but the Jews wanted to kill you and YOU want to go … Continue reading

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Book: Introduction to Epistemology, Robert Audi

I started reading Robert Audi’s introductory work to epistemology last week. I’ve had this book for quite some time and have wanted to read it for just as long. Audi did a pretty spectacular job with the Cambridge Dictionary of … Continue reading

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Book: Hume’s Problem: Induction and the Justification of Belief

  “Different Bayesians commend different versions of the simplicity postulate (see e.g. Swinburne 1979). But whatever notion of simplicity one thinks fits a simplicity postulate best, assigning priors in accordance with it goes beyond the bounds of Bayesian inference construed … Continue reading

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Book: Hume’s Problem: Induction and the Justification of Belief

“To answer these questions we seem first to need an answer to the question ‘What is logic?’ My own belief is that there is no fact of the matter about what entitles a theory of reasoning to logical status, and … Continue reading

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Spanish Lessons

Today will be the end of two complete months with my Spanish tutor. She has been coming every day for an hour and a half. We have covered a lot of material in these last two months. Today will be … Continue reading

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John 11 Study: Tuesday, June 17, 2014

I just finished reading Richard Gaffin’s book, Resurrection and Redemption: A Study in Paul’s Soteriology. It presents all sort of interesting things for future consideration. Much of which relates to my study of John 11 and the resurrection of Lazarus. … Continue reading

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John 11 Study: June 10, 2014

start: 9.10am “After saying these things, he said to them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I go to awaken him.”” (11.11) I’ve read that sleep is not an unusual metaphor for death in the ancient world and it … Continue reading

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Book: Hume’s Problem: Induction and the Justification of Belief

Matt and I have had conversations lately where Hume has made an appearance and as such, it prompted me to read a more modern (published in 2000) attempt to deal with the devastation Hume dealt to the justification of the … Continue reading

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Book: Covenant Theology: A Baptist Distinctive

Reformed Baptists are such a refreshing change from the madness of the dispensational branch that has grown out of control in the last 100-150 years. Mexico has very few reformed Baptists, but that seems to be changing. Our church would … Continue reading

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John 11 Study: June 3, 2014

Start: 7:07am “But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.” (11.10) Jesus had said earlier in John 8: Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever … Continue reading

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Book: The Mindbody Prescription

Needless to say, this book is controversial. I finished it a few days ago and have adopted the proposed solution to my pain issues presented within. What else do I have to lose? I went back to my third rheumatologist … Continue reading

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Book: The Mindbody Prescription

Started reading a new book yesterday called, The Mindbody Prescription. It was prompted due to the increasing pain in both of my shoulders. It’s a rather radical approach to addressing the origin of my pain. Some of which seems intuitively … Continue reading

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Spanish Studies: May 13, 2014

I have switched to doing an hour and a half this week for my Spanish studies. So far this seems like a good choice. I may increase to two hours in the near future. This week I am working on … Continue reading

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John 11 Study: May 12, 2014

9am I am half way through Sproul’s commentary on the book of John. So far I’ve enjoyed it quite a lot and have found it helpful to this study. “The disciples said to him, ‘Rabbi, the Jews were just now … Continue reading

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John 11 Study: May 6th, 2014

1:10pm I started reading Sproul’s commentary on the book of John today. I like Sproul a lot, especially his exegetical work. “Then after this he said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.’” At the end of John … Continue reading

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Spanish Lessons: May 5th, 2014

I missed my Spanish lessons on Thursday and Friday of last week, so I have two additional hours to make up this week. As such, I am doing 1.5 hours a day Monday through Thursday. This will also give me … Continue reading

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Spanish Lessons: April 30, 2014

Today we continued to work on imperative formation, to include use with endocliticos (I still don’t know how to describe these in English). Here are some examples: Tu / decir / la verdad / a ella. Dile la verdad. Disela … Continue reading

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Spanish Lessons: April 29, 2014

Spanish has so many exceptions to its rules it’s ridiculous. Today I am learning imperative construction. And like the endless list of irregular verbs (some of which follow some form of pattern), there is also a long list of irregular … Continue reading

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Book: The Structure of Biblical Authority

“The Decalogue is not offered fallen man as a genuine soteric option but is presented to him as a guide to citizenship within the Covenant by the Savior Lord, who of his mercy delivers out of the house of bondage … Continue reading

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John 11 Study

April 28th, 2014 I was listening to RC Sproul’s sermon series on John 11 and he states the following: “The significance of this is rooted in some beliefs that were common in antiquity among the rabbis. Among the rabbinic teachings … Continue reading

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John 11

Monday, April 28th, 2014 1pm “So, when he heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was.” 11.6 So Jesus receives news from a messenger that his friend, the one whom he loves, … Continue reading

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Spanish Studies

I have now entered my second week of Spanish studies. The break from the weekend was quite nice though. Today we switched it up. Rather than continue with incliticos and encliticos, my maestra gave me a reading exercise (below) to … Continue reading

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Spanish Studies

Here is my homework for today: Hello Ryan, here are some exercises from everything we saw today, it looks like it’s too much,  it isn’t, there are some notes, formulas, and examples in each structure. Tomorrow we’ll talk a little … Continue reading

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Spanish Studies

My homework from yesterday. This lesson was extremely difficult for me, mostly because it’s hard to wrap my mind around the necessity of pronombres procliticos and when they are necessary (since not all verbs require them). English doesn’t seem to … Continue reading

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John 11

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 12pm “Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.” 11.5 In verse 3, the sisters send a message to Jesus advising of the situation with Lazarus and including a reminder that Lazarus is someone that … Continue reading

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Spanish Studies

In addition to memorizing the prior list of verbs and their conjugations, this was included in my homework for today. There’s a few conjugations I’m not sure are correct because I don’t know the context. Object pronouns are new to … Continue reading

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Spanish Studies

Day 2 Notes Summary: We went through the rules that regulate the conjugation of some irregular verbs. I was also given a list of verbs that do not follow any particular pattern. We reviewed the verbs for to be and … Continue reading

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John 11

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 8am “But when Jesus heard it he said, “This illness does not lead to death. It is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” 11.4 My immediate … Continue reading

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Spanish Studies

Today was my first day with my Spanish language tutor Minerva. Yun ran an ad in the paper a week ago to see if we could find someone. We received three applicants. Minerva was the only one that spoke English. … Continue reading

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John 11

Monday, April 21s, 2014 9am “Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.” 11.1 Lazarus Lazarus is the Latin form of Eleazar which means “God is my help”. Lazaros in ancient Greek, … Continue reading

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Book: Before Jerusalem Fell

Before Jerusalem Fell: Dating the Book of Revelation by Kenneth Gentry Helpful extractions from the book: Berkhof’s helpful study, Principles of Biblical Interpretation, teaches that hermeneutics “is properly accomplished only by the readers’ transposing themselves into the time and spirit … Continue reading

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Spanish Studies

Spanish Studies Wednesday, April 9 8.00pm Reading Peter Pan hace mucho tiemp0 (made much time) / a long time ago serena / serene, quiet, calm Londres / London pequeña / small, little (f) apenas se habían acostado / barely (or … Continue reading

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