Jack Sharman

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: A Marshmallow World

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: A Marshmallow World

Luke 2 Psalm 41 On Christmas Day, this joyous day, the Word’s Incarnation and death’s long shadow are linked, hinged in the dark stable like the reality of God’s kingdom on the one hand and the fruit of our self-delusion on the other. Jesus was born, fully God and fully man, for one purpose only: … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Three O’Clock in the Morning

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Three O’Clock in the Morning

Deuteronomy 23-25 The law convicts us of sin.  It shows us that we are, all of us, judged; that we are, all of us, found wanting. But the law also convicts us by a second device.  Law paints the lines on the savage playing field of our sin: what the law condemns, it first describes.  … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Christmas Movies and Serial Killers

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Christmas Movies and Serial Killers

Numbers 27-29 This month, we celebrated Veterans’ Day, an occasion on which we appropriately recognize the sacrifices that generations of men and women have made in the service of our country. When you and I use the term “sacrifice,” what do we mean? More urgently, what does the Bible mean by “sacrifice,” and does it … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Why Jesus Cursed a Fig Tree

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Why Jesus Cursed a Fig Tree

Mark 11-12 Psalm 37 How often do you observe that the unrighteous prosper?  Similarly, how often do the righteous fail?  Consider some great effort and strain in our lives – a job, a relationship, a prize, a secret fantasy – something we nurse like an invalid and work like a mine, alternately in the haze … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Ninety-Percent Happy with Me

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Ninety-Percent Happy with Me

Romans 5-6     Psalm 25 Saint Paul says that “the law came in to increase the trespass” (Rom. 5:20). Paul’s readers would’ve found this remark odd. More law, more sin? Conventional Jewish wisdom of the day held that, in general, “the more Torah, the more life.” We also find it odd because that is not … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: If You Want It, Take It

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: If You Want It, Take It

Matthew 20-21 Psalm 17 We want to win first-place; we want to be proven right; we want people to see us winning and being proven right.  Unfortunately, these wants are existential disasters for us personally, however many tactical successes we imagine.  They are disasters because God, as Creator, is sovereign: His thoughts are not our … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: LinkedIn’s Expectations and God’s Crossed Hands

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: LinkedIn’s Expectations and God’s Crossed Hands

Genesis 46-48 We have expectations.  We plan ahead; we deploy our resources.  We work, and we hope.  Based upon the lessons of the past and our aspirations for the future, we expect certain things to happen—at work, in relationships, over vacation, on the golf course, or with anticipated weight loss. God tends to frustrate our … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Look Sharp, Feel Sharp?

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Look Sharp, Feel Sharp?

Revelation 13-14 Proverbs 27 To help with strength and conditioning for lacrosse, my teenage son has enrolled in one or two private gyms.  These are a far cry from the ill-lit, smelly, Quonset hut edifices of my 1970s teenage years, dread buildings presided over by coaches with firecracker haircuts and thick, white coaching shorts.  My … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: The God with the X-Ray Eyes

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: The God with the X-Ray Eyes

Job 25-28 Faced with suffering (especially our own or that of our loved ones), we want x-ray vision.  We want clarity, to get to the center of and reason for our suffering.  We grapple with the impenetrable problem of “theodicy,” the question of how a just and good God allows suffering.  Theodicy is a sophomore … Read More

Good Sons and Job’s Suffering

Good Sons and Job’s Suffering

Job 8-10 Proverbs 12 He who coined the phrase “the patience of Job” was a liar.  In his suffering, Job faces the judgment of a God he knows to be righteous yet who acts inexplicably, a God from whom there is no appeal. Job is anything but patient. On the other hand, Job is every … Read More