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Spiritually Speaking: Give it a rest

We’ve already spilled quite a bit of ink on the subject of God’s invitation to enter His rest. But before I’m willing to give it a rest, I’d like to jot down a few short paragraphs to tell...

 

Spiritually Speaking: Golden oldies

I’m a fan of oldies rock. There, I’ve said it out loud (sort of). I was a teenager in the 70s, when some of the most powerful bands ever to perform came alive on my little AM/FM boom box (my...

 

Spiritually Speaking: Consider the source

I’m not sure my students (or the average Christian, for that matter) understand the importance of the question “Is it inspired?” If it sounds right, if it seems to be in agreement with the rest...

 

The servant and the architect

While comparing Jesus with the ministry of Moses, the great law giver, the Hebrew writer “mixes his metaphors.” On the one hand, he refers to Moses as one who was a faithful servant in God’s...

 

Spiritually Speaking: Jesus the Apostle

As was true with our discussion of Jesus and the angels, the Hebrew writer’s comparison of Jesus and Moses will take more than a few lines of print. I appreciate your patience while we sort these...

 

Spiritually Speaking: Family

In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered. Both...

 

Spiritually Speaking: Angelology

As we close our comments on chapter one of the Hebrew letter, I'd like to spend just a few hundred words recognizing the place of angels within God's creation. First, they are said to be worshipers...

 

Spiritually Speaking: Angels vs. gangels

"So He became as much superior to angels as the name He has inherited is superior to theirs" (Hebrews 1:4 NIV). CAUTION – RANT AHEAD I'm afraid our culture has recreated angels in a number of ways...

 

Spiritually Speaking: Fragrance of the future

"After He had provided purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the majesty in Heaven." The last of the Hebrew writer's list of Messiah's qualifications is a segue into the following se...

 

Spiritually Speaking: Ipsissima verba

“Sustaining all things by His powerful word.” No one who knows anything about the Savior would question the Hebrew writer’s claim that Jesus’ words were full of power. The original recipients...

 

Spiritually Speaking: Radiance and representation

The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word (Hebrews 1:3a). Last week, we looked at a very Pauline claim (that Jesus...

 

Spiritually Speaking: God's creative conduit

I’m fairly certain I was in my late teens before someone pointed out to me that as God was creating man (Genesis 1, Day 6) He referred to Himself in the plural. Our English texts get the gist of...

 

Spiritually Speaking: Heir of all things

This week, we’ll take a look at the first of seven amazing descriptions used by the Hebrew writer to introduce (or rather re-introduce) Messiah to his audience. Jesus is the one whom God has...

 

Messiah's Resume

Recently, at College Hill, we began a series of sermons from the Gospel of Mark (we are now 12 weeks into the study and still in chapter 3). Videos are available on You Tube under Dr. W. Jay Tyree,...

 

Spiritually Speaking: Amazing people are still not Messiah

Once, an octogenarian minister was asked for the secret of framing the perfect sermon. He answered, “tell ‘em what you’re gonna’ tell ‘em; then tell ‘em what you need to tell ‘em; and...

 

Spiritually Speaking Who wrote the letter to the Hebrews?

Last week, I promised (rather tongue in cheek) to identify the writer of the New Testament letter to the Hebrews. Unfortunately, that task has been tried by countless scholars, far more qualified...

 

Spiritually Speaking A closer look at Hebrews

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, “If you don’t understand the context, you don’t understand the scripture.” Like every other passage in our English Bibles, the letter to the...

 

Spiritually Speaking Conflict and context in first-century christology – and Knedler on being concise

Many of you remember Dr. Mike Knedler. He was a great asset to NWOSU for more than three decades. He then lost his mind and moved to Edmond. There’s just no telling what some people will do. During...

 
 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    October 18, 2019

Spiritually Speaking

I don’t know if anyone noticed, but the Bugs (dealing with lots of injuries) couldn’t chalk up the W last Friday night, the NW Rangers lost their home game on Saturday, Texas couldn’t quite keep up with OU and the Dallas Cowboys got beat by the...

 

Spiritually Speaking, Warmth for Winter

We have entered that time of year that my Pop might have called “good sleeping weather.” I’m not a fan of severely cold conditions but crisp mornings and cool nights will do just fine. The chang...

 
 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    October 11, 2019

Spiritually Speaking

We have entered that time of year that my Pop might have called “good sleeping weather.” I’m not a fan of severely cold conditions but crisp mornings and cool nights will do just fine. The change in the temperature also reminds us that it’s t...

 
 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    October 4, 2019

Spiritually Speaking

As I began my senior year at Harding University (go Bison) I was invited to join a service organization known as Alpha Gamma Omega. It’s actually a Greek word meaning “I lead.” I was honored. Then we arrived at the day of the inductions. Early...

 

Spiritually Speaking

“A journey of 1,000 miles begins with one step” – Chinese philosopher Lao Zing. I remember the occasion well. Lynn was having some trouble getting ministers to participate in writing articles for the Courier. Some of us are not writers. Some...

 

Spiritually Speaking

My Tuesdays can sometimes turn into marathons. First, I am privileged to teach two classes in the morning and help host a dinner/devo combo in the evening. Add to that the opportunity to cheer on the Ranger volleyball team and you end up with a...

 

Spiritually Speaking

Sometimes we find inspiration in the oddest of places. Tonight, I made my way over to the Pit to watch the NWOSU volleyball team as they took on those others girls from that other place. The match was going along fairly evenly, the other girls won th...

 

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