Andrew Pearson

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Wreath vs. Wrath?

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Wreath vs. Wrath?

Luke 3-4 Psalm 42-43 During this Christmas season you have probably placed money in the red Salvation Army kettle.  And in response, the bell ringer probably said – what?  “God bless you and have a merry Christmas.” But what if he said, “Flee from the wrath that is to come!”  It would be startling, an … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Gideon (not exactly Heisman material)

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Gideon (not exactly Heisman material)

Judges 4-6 God used Deborah, Barak, and (although not a judge) Jael, to slay an enemy king and to lead the people—not the mighty, but those thought of as weak. Gideon is no exception.  The Lord calls Gideon while he is threshing wheat in the winepress in order to hide from the Midianites.  Not only … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Lefty vs. Hefty

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Lefty vs. Hefty

Judges 1-3 With the death of Joshua, God raises up judges to rule over Israel.  He raises them up at just the right time in order to save Israel from their adversaries and from themselves.  And, more often than not, he raises up the least likely of persons to deliver the people. He calls Ehud, … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Good Reading for Boys

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Good Reading for Boys

Joshua 10-12 Joshua 10-12 is good reading for boys.  It has a lot of fighting, conquering, toughness, and a little bit of the supernatural thrown in (the sun stands still in the sky for a day).  It is not a passage for the squeamish or for those who wish to see a little more compassion … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Achan’s Sin and the Gibeonite Deception

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Achan’s Sin and the Gibeonite Deception

Joshua 7-9 Very few preachers—I would bet none—would look at this text with excitement. If given a choice between Joshua 7-9 and any other passage from the Bible to preach on, the latter would win out every time. For me, it is my only choice and it is good for us to wrestle with this … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Direct Access vs. Mediation

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Direct Access vs. Mediation

Deuteronomy 17-19 We find ourselves in the part of Deuteronomy where we run into a lot of “you shalls” and “you shall nots.”  And though we might groan a little, the people of Israel initially had cried out for such “boundaries.”  Moses reminds them that God would raise up another prophet, “just as you desired … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Devoted to Destruction

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Devoted to Destruction

Deuteronomy 7-9 Why did God choose the Israelites as his “treasured possession?”  In Deuteronomy 7:6-8 we hear the comforting word of God’s promise to the Hebrew children, but the reasons behind the promise are a little deflating.  God did not choose the Israelites because they were great in number or because of their strength, their … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Forty Years in the Wilderness – Why?

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Forty Years in the Wilderness – Why?

Numbers 14-16 Have you ever wondered why the Israelites wandered in the wilderness for 40 years?  We have our answer in our readings from Numbers.  God saw fit that none who remembered living in the land of Egypt would see the Promised Land, with few exceptions.  Why?  The Lord had to work on the grumblers. … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: What Must I Do?

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: What Must I Do?

Mark 9-10 Psalm 36 Right as Jesus and the disciples are about to leave town, a rich young man runs up to the Lord Jesus and kneels before him. The conversation is doomed from the beginning: “‘Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?’” We learn from the ensuing interaction that this rich … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Guster Goes to the DMV

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Guster Goes to the DMV

Mark 3-4 Psalm 33 When it comes to prayer, especially praying about ‘big’ things, I am self-centered.  I know that the Lord has a whole flock to attend to and that he is omnipresent and omnipotent, but I tend to think that if he is busying himself with another, he is neglecting me. On a … Read More