Charles Gaston

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Closing the Deal – Mostly…

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Closing the Deal – Mostly…

Joshua 13-15 Most of the text in these three chapters is about real estate, and it documents the inheritance of specific parcels of the promised land to the individual tribes of Israel and Judah. There are two additional narratives that are much more personal in nature, along with a rather understated but very poignant last … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: OT/NT Fashion Forward

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: OT/NT Fashion Forward

Exodus 28-30 In case you were wondering what an Ephod looks like… And in case your were wondering what any of these detailed descriptions of priestly garments have to do with the gospel, consider the following NT scriptures (emphasis added): Col 3:12-17 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Tower of Power? (Not.)

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Tower of Power? (Not.)

Genesis 10-12… Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: House and wealth are inherited from fathers, but a prudent wife is from the Lord.

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: House and wealth are inherited from fathers, but a prudent wife is from the Lord.

Job 35-37 Proverbs 19 Ready for a short respite from contemplating the travails and colloquies of the Book of Job? You still have to read Job 35-37, but let’s take a look at the accompanying scripture this morning… This particular verse (from Prov. 19:14) is not quite as patriarchal as it might seem at first glance. … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Leave Me Alone

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Leave Me Alone

Job 6-7 Proverbs 11 In chapter six, Job’s friends fail him, essentially in their inability to sympathize with him. His friends seem to focus on their theology which says in effect “It’s all about God,” while the one thing Job wants from them is their sympathy, i.e., “It’s all about me.” And it’s hard to … Read More

Advent Bible in a year Blog: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom

Advent Bible in a year Blog: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom

2 John 3 John Jude Proverbs 9 There’s a lot here in these three little epistles and one short chapter: The limits of Christian hospitality, the importance of agreement on matters of essential doctrine, a great and familiar doxology, and the ways of wisdom and folly. All that, plus an illustration that a blog post doesn’t … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Vision of the New Temple

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Vision of the New Temple

Ezekiel 40-42… Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Writer’s Cramp

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Writer’s Cramp

Jeremiah 34-36 Each of these three chapters gives us a little vignette, each one different from the other but each one another step on the inexorable path to the destruction of Jerusalem and the kingdom of Judah. However, none of them – nor perhaps any other story in all of Jeremiah – gives us a … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Two Footwashings

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Two Footwashings

John 12-13 Psalm 105 John 12 opens with Jesus having his feet washed and anointed by Mary the sister of Martha and Lazarus, despite the objections of Judas Iscariot. John 13 opens with Jesus washing his disciples’ feet, despite the objections of Peter. (Although Peter to his credit attempts to opt for feet, hands, and … Read More