Posts by Nick Batzig


I've always loved mountains. I've lived in the Blue Ridge mountains, hiked the Sangre de Christo mountains, travelled through the German Alps, skied the French Alps and marvelled as I've gazed at the seemingly endless Alaskan mountain ranges. There is something mystical and majestic about these natural structures which tower over the rest of creation. Not surprisingly, the Scriptures have quite a lot to say about mountains and their theological significance. 


In all of the New Testament, no book gives us so many descriptions of the Person and work of Jesus as does the book of Hebrews...While all these descriptions are pregnant with spiritual riches upon which our souls may lay hold, there is one title in Hebrews that captures the essence of the Person and work of Christ. In short, He is "the Heir of all things" (Heb. 1:2).


We are called to care for the poor and the needy--as well as for the outcast and the stranger. So how are we to do so when there is so much con-artistry, greed and a sense of entitlement in the world of the poor?


I have come to believe that some of the most helpful pastoral reminders for any man preparing for ministry comes from the book of Ecclesiastes. After all, it was written by "the Preacher!"


One of the things that I realized the first time that I taught through the book of Genesis is that the patriarchal narratives look far more like something that you would see on Showtime than something that you would hear on Focus on the Family.