God Our Savior

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The careful reader of 1 Timothy will observe a curious and unique phrase, which opens Paul’s letter (1:1): “God our Savior.” In fact, in this letter Paul only refers to the Father as “Savior” (1:1; 2:3; 4:10), and he also does it again three more times in his “twin letter” of Titus (1:3; 2:10; 3:4). This begs the question, Why did the Apostle choose to identify the Father as “our Savior” in 1:1 instead of His Son, Jesus?

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Chasing the Wind

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The NET Bible translates Ecclesiastes 1:14 in striking but despairing words: “I reflected on everything that is accomplished by man on earth, and I concluded: Everything he has accomplished is futile – like chasing the wind!” The phrase “chasing the wind” is a masterful metaphorical idiom from the pen of King Solomon. He uses this expression to create a sense of futility and hopelessness in the mind of his reader.

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Remembering Dr. Bob

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“Dr. Bob,” as we affectionately called Robert Tomenendal, was the Director of Institutional Effectiveness for Virginia Beach Theological Seminary since the Fall of 2008. This past week, God took him “home” after an acute seven-month-battle with cancer. He will be greatly missed by the VBTS community.

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