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Praising God from A to Z

Some preachers like to use acrostics and acronyms to make their sermon points more memorable. The technique is not new. In fact, in 14 places the biblical writers used this literary device. Why?

Lifeway’s Biblical Illustrator magazine asked me to write an article about biblical acrostics. You can find it here:

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King David Was Not the Hero of His Own Story

Centuries after King David, prophets still longed for and promised the coming a a David-like leader. Was it because they saw in David qualities that made him an ideal leader? Or was there something more to David’s reign that the prophets promised a return to?

Lifeway’s Biblical Illustrator magazine asked me to write an article about King David. You can find it here:

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Don’t Bite

We must not bite others if we want to enjoy God’s presence. When the poet reflects on the kind of life that pleases God in Psalm 15, one thing that’s mentioned is lending money without usury. Usury refers to interest charged on a loan, but it comes from a word that means “to bite.” We all participate in the banking process whenever we draw interest. Banks use our money to loan to others and pay us interest for the privilege. Is that wrong? When is gaining interest on a loan right and when is it wrong?

Lifeway’s Biblical Illustrator magazine asked me to write an article about usury. You can find it here:

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Sovereign Over Chaos

When the Book of Psalms speaks about God’s control over the floodwaters, it’s a boast about his control over cosmic chaos and destruction.

Lifeway’s Biblical Illustrator magazine asked me to write an article about how the Psalms portray God’s battle over “the sea.” You can find it here:

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How is Leadership Like Shepherding?

How did one of the lowliest jobs of men become one of the dearest images of God and his chosen leaders?

Lifeway’s Biblical Illustrator magazine asked me to write an article about the biblical idea of divine and human leadership as “shepherding.” You can find it here:

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About Tom

ANCHOR COURSE LOGO Tom Goodman is a graduate of Baylor University and Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, and he holds a doctorate from New Orleans Seminary. He has served as pastor in Louisiana, north Texas, and overseas in Grand Cayman before becoming the pastor of Hillcrest Church in Austin, Texas. Diane and Tom have been married since their days at Baylor University, and they have two sons, Michael and Stephen. Tom enjoys scuba diving, watching the latest Netflix DVD with Diane, and chasing mis-hit golf balls.
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