AN EXEGETICAL SKILL | Identifying + Analyzing Repetitive Texture

THE VALUE OF REPETITION | Newsflash — Yes, the Bible often repeats itself! Yeah, I’m talking about throughout the scriptures; we’ll read the same stories and the repetitive phrases. One of the most potent storytelling tools is repetition. Some of our greatest orators have used repetition to deliver their messages. Let us not forget MartinContinue reading “AN EXEGETICAL SKILL | Identifying + Analyzing Repetitive Texture”

PROPHETIC LITERATURE + DISPUTATION | The Book of Malachi

Richard Hess is one of the most trusted scholars of the Old Testament. Earlier this week, I took a look at Mr. Hess’s overview of The Book of Malachi. Specifically, I reflected on Chapter 35 in Hess’s book “The Old Testament: A Historical, Theological, and Critical Introduction” (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2016. Print) and howContinue reading “PROPHETIC LITERATURE + DISPUTATION | The Book of Malachi”

Wondering Why Christians Have Such Contrasting Theological Conclusions? Here Is a Book Getting More Popular

“Coming from someone who does not have a strong theological background but is pursuing a deeper understanding of theological principles, I found Putnam’s book well-written and informative.” – #ToddCPittman Yep, I Said It! When Doctrine Divides the People of God (Crossway, 2020) is an outstanding evaluation of Doctrinal Diversity and Christian Unity. The author, RhyneContinue reading “Wondering Why Christians Have Such Contrasting Theological Conclusions? Here Is a Book Getting More Popular”

THE HERMENEUTICAL CIRCLE | Understanding Our Checked Baggage

“We’ve got to make room in the baggage we carry for the understanding of what God is trying to tell us.” – #ToddCPittman Yep I Said It! In late 2020 I was moved to commence graduate studies. My mind raced in a circle as to whether I should focus my time pursuing an MBA toContinue reading “THE HERMENEUTICAL CIRCLE | Understanding Our Checked Baggage”

Righteous Anger or Self-centered Joy?

“I’m trying to practice a little more sorrow in humility than joy in pride.” – #ToddCPittman Yep, I Said It! . . . and so did Proverbs 15:1 | NLT | A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare. “Back to the practical tips for living, the Book of Proverbs. The scripturesContinue reading “Righteous Anger or Self-centered Joy?”

“Look Inward, Not Outward”

“Our facade will get us but so far and only fool those that don’t make a difference.” – #ToddCPittman “1 Samuel serves as a good reminder that we are given choices in life. Two of the many choices we have are how we look at other people and how we present ourselves to the world.Continue reading ““Look Inward, Not Outward””

“Opportunists Have Been Busy for a Long Time”

“We can follow those who exploit circumstances to fulfill their agenda, or we can cast false narratives and heed to the warning from back in the day.” – #ToddCPittman Yep, I Said It! . . . and so did Matthew 24:4-5 | NLT | 4 Jesus told them, “Don’t let anyone mislead you, 5 forContinue reading ““Opportunists Have Been Busy for a Long Time””

Important Life Skill | Handling Anger

Yep, I Said It! – “We can’t control the way other folks act to circumstances, but we darn sure can control how we do.” – #ToddCPittman Yep, I Said It! . . . and so did Psalm 37:8 (NLT) – Stop being angry! Turn from your rage! Do not lose your temper—it only leads toContinue reading “Important Life Skill | Handling Anger”

“We’ve Got to Be Accountable for Our Actions”

“We can hide behind our wrongs or we can acknowledge them out of love for our family and friends.” – #ToddCPittman Yep, I Said It! and so did . . . 2 Samuel 24:16-17 – (16) But as the angel was preparing to destroy Jerusalem, the Lord relented and said to the death angel, “Stop!Continue reading ““We’ve Got to Be Accountable for Our Actions””