A feather in your theological cap.

The personal blog of pastor, grammarian, and runner Brent Niedergall

Reading While Black

Reading While Black

A Book Review Although I now live in a town that’s 64% Black or African American and only 30% White, it still feels strange that our local churches don’t even remotely reflect these demographics. Not even close. I admit I gave little thought to skin color and...

Bauer, Danker, Arndt, Gingrich, and Aesop

Bauer, Danker, Arndt, Gingrich, and Aesop

Did you know BDAG occasionally cites Aesop’s Fables? In this post, I’ll explain how you can benefit from this useful repository of evidence.  Let me begin with a word of warning. The numbering system for the fables is unsystematic and BDAG induces some struggle...

Historical Theology for the Church

Historical Theology for the Church

A Book Review What is historical theology? According to Historical Theology for the Church, a new textbook from B&H  Academic and edited by Jason G. Duesing and Nathan A. Finn, “historical theology is the study of the development of Christian doctrine and...

A Theology of Backgammon

A Theology of Backgammon

Ever play backgammon before? You know the game that folds up into a handy little briefcase? It has all the points on the board, and the checkers, and the dice.  It’s a popular game in our house. It’s my favorite game. I’m no master or anything. I haven’t studied the...

Bad Moms of the Bible

Bad Moms of the Bible

Counting up women in the Bible we would consider good mothers is easy. But what about the bad ones? Who are some of the bad moms of the Bible? Herodias was bad. She told her dancing daughter to ask for the head of John the Baptist. And any mom who would want John the...

The Existence of God

The Existence of God

Do we need to prove God’s existence?  https://youtu.be/B3Dh9jZUiOY Your cosmological and teleological arguments aren’t going to convince anyone that God exists. Neither will your ontological or moral arguments. And they don’t need to.   Scripture says God has already...

Sunday Prayer (Psalm 136)

Sunday Prayer (Psalm 136)

This is the latest in the series of corporate prayers for Sunday worship that I’m writing from the Psalms, working through them in reverse order. Our God, we give you our praise because you are good.  We recognize you show loyal love to your people. You are always...

Small Preaching

Small Preaching

A Book Review I’m not a great preacher. When I’m standing in the pulpit my manuscript retains a tight hold on my focus, my delivery is tepid, and my conclusions falter. But wanting to improve gives me a good reason to read books on preaching. Jonathan Pennington has...

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