Author Archives: Jeff Block

About Jeff Block

Lover and follower of Jesus, the long awaited King. Husband and father. Writer and seminary student. On a long, difficult, joyful adventure, learning to swim with the current of God's sovereign love and walk with Him in the garden in the cool of the day.

Paul, the Institution of Slavery, and the Cross-shaped Life

THEOLOGICAL REFLECTIONS ON SLAVERY IN THE PAULINE CORPUS Submitted to Dr. Joshua Jipp in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the course NT 6252 Interpreting Paul and General Epistles at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School Preface Whether as a paper or a blog post, … Continue reading

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The Kingdom that Demands a Response

A sermon manuscript for Matthew 22:1-14, prepared for Life Bridge Community Church (recorded audio | sermon notes | parables study tool handout) Introduction Well, here we are – the final message in our Kingdom Parables series. Today, we’ll be studying the parable of … Continue reading

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A Love Song Teleology

What kind of music do you listen to? I’m an Apple Music guy, so I have access to a lot of tunes. But only 4 or 5 of my playlists get a real workout. Typically I’m listening to Christian music, … Continue reading

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The Upside-Down Kingdom

A sermon manuscript for Matthew 20:1-16, prepared for Life Bridge Community Church (recorded audio | sermon notes | parables study tool handout) Introduction As you know, we have been working through Jesus’ nine parables about the Kingdom of God. We were blessed to … Continue reading

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The Night Before Jesus Died

Today is Maundy Thursday, also called Holy- or Covenant Thursday. It is celebrated every Thursday before Easter to commemorate the “maundy” Jesus gave His disciples on that night many centuries ago — the night before Jesus died. What is a “maundy”? … Continue reading

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The Giver Himself is the True Gift

To the Christian, specifically my fellow seminary students… A sermon manuscript on Deuteronomy 8:1-20, prepared for one of my homiletics classes at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School Introduction Have you ever interacted with really spoiled children? I feel like I’m starting to … Continue reading

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[Not] Owning Time: A Lesson in Turning Aside

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God… Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the … Continue reading

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