Entries by alangilman

Effectively Engaging Scripture: Torah, Law, & Covenant

Download Audio [Right click link to download] One of the most misunderstood concepts in the Bible is what is commonly referred to as “the Law.” Without a truly authentically biblical grasp of the meaning and place of the Law, we will never be able to engage Scripture as God intends. What the Law means, its purpose, […]

King of the Jews

Download Audio [Right click link to download] God’s creation is a wonderfully integrated complexity of things visible and invisible. To effectively navigate the world in which we live, it is necessary to not only acknowledge these two realms but learn how they interrelate. For a biblically grounded believer in Yeshua, the existence of the two realms […]

Half Empty or Half Full?

Download Audio [Right click link to download] “What is that smell!” I blurted upon entering the house. “I don’t smell anything,” my wife, Robin, said in keeping with our well-established roles. I am the “noticer,” especially regarding items of the nose. While she (most of the time) gladly lives life in the moment – an extraordinary […]

Power in Weakness

Download Audio [Right click link to download] My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:9) What do you picture when you hear “God’s power is made perfect in weakness?” Is it something like “in spite of my weakness, I can experience God’s strength”? It’s something like you […]

Is It Getting Blurry?

In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:4-5) I had the privilege of sharing the story and meaning of Hanukkah four times this month. At All Saints Lutheran where I am currently providing Sunday morning pulpit […]

Hanukkah for the Nations

This is an updated version of a TorahBytes message I wrote a few year ago. Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion, for behold, I come and I will dwell in your midst, declares the LORD. And many nations shall join themselves to the LORD in that day, and shall be my people. And I […]

Poop Is Not a Toy

Download Audio [Right click link to download] Did you know that some of the most popular toys this holiday season are poop-themed? I am not talking about novelty items designed to gross you out. There’s that too, but big-name toy and game companies such as Hasbro and Mattel are hoping to make some big bucks via […]

The Bible: Faith’s Basis

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that the Messiah (ESV: Christ) died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3-4) Does your faith depend on the Bible? Or […]

How to Teach the Bible to Children Even When It Is Complex

Download Audio [Right click link to download] By Alan Gilman. Originally posted on the Gospel Coalition website (Canadian Edition), July 16, 2018. While preparing to teach a Bible class at a small Christian classical academy, I encountered a sticky theological and philosophical issue, which I thought it best to avoid. These are only children after all. They […]