Matt Schneider

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Some Good News about Jephthah’s Rash Vow

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Some Good News about Jephthah’s Rash Vow

Judges 10-12 Do you ever make rash vows with God? The Lord knows I have. Particularly when I was a child. In desperation, I would look skyward and say, “God if you do X for me, I will do Y for you.” I wasn’t even sure I believed there was a God. But it seems intrinsic … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: When God Gives Us More than We Can Handle

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: When God Gives Us More than We Can Handle

Numbers 11-13   And say to the people, ‘Consecrate yourselves for tomorrow, and you shall eat meat, for you have wept in the hearing of the Lord, saying, “Who will give us meat to eat? For it was better for us in Egypt.” Therefore the Lord will give you meat, and you shall eat. You … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: It’s Not the Long Walk Home that Will Change this Heart

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: It’s Not the Long Walk Home that Will Change this Heart

Romans 1-2 Psalm 20-21 “Do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?” (Rom. 2:4) As a minister of the Good News of Jesus Christ, I am very interested in the nature of love. That word has been degraded to be … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: The Trickster Gets a New Name (and a Bum Hip)

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: The Trickster Gets a New Name (and a Bum Hip)

Genesis 31-33 The life story of Jacob is a realistic look into the life of someone who has faith in God. It’s not always a pretty picture, but it’s helpful. The life of a believer is a slow progression toward recovery, often with backslides, not always trusting God as much as one claims. Despite our … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Indelibly Marked//Our Final Destination

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Indelibly Marked//Our Final Destination

[Ed. note: We have two Bible Blog posts today, Rev. 19-20, Prov. 30; AND Rev. 21-22, Prov. 31.  The annual cycle begins again tomorrow on September 11 with Genesis 1-3.) Indelibly Marked by Matt Schneider Revelation 19-20 Proverbs 30 In March of 2009, I traveled with a delegation of students and colleagues to El Salvador, … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Where True Joys Are to Be Found

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Where True Joys Are to Be Found

Jeremiah 43-46 O Almighty God, who alone canst order the unruly wills and affections of sinful men: Grant unto thy people that they may love the thing which thou commandest, and desire that which thou dost promise; that so, among the sundry and manifold changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Sinners Like Us

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Sinners Like Us

2 Thessalonians 2-3 Psalm 135 Paul’s second letter to the Thessalonians is quite remarkable even in its relative brevity. Its format and tone quickly swing back and forth like a pendulum, finally ending with a message of comfort even for those whom Paul would rebuke. Paul balances his two correctives with three gushing statements of … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose

Philippians 1-2 Psalm 122-123 Many people seem to walk through life with figurative rose-colored glasses on, viewing the world through a sort of naïve optimism, ignoring or minimizing pain and suffering. This is problematic since it is dishonest. Ironically, adding a cheery sheen to much of what is either full of the mundane or causing … Read More

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Intruder in the Room

Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Intruder in the Room

John 20-21 Someone I used to work with was fond of preaching that although God does most of the work, we have to do the final bit. “We have a choice, and God doesn’t do it all. If he does ninety-nine percent, we still have to do one percent,” he would say. “You have to leave … Read More

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Advent Bible in a Year Blog: Judgment & Love, Law & Grace, Wrath & Mercy

Isaiah 1-3 The Good News of a God of Wrath Bringing Sinful People to his Kingdom by the Ministrations of Christ and his Cross In 1937 theologian H. Richard Niebuhr famously mocked the Christian liberalism of his day summarizing its theology as: “A God without wrath brought men without sin into a Kingdom without judgment … Read More