Resources by Russell L. Meek

Russell L. Meek (Ph.D. Midwestern Seminary), a Regular Contributor to For The Church, is Assistant Professor of Christian Studies at Louisiana College and a freelance copyeditor at Meek Manuscripts. He writes widely for both academic and lay audiences and is co-founder and associate editor of Journal for the Evangelical Study of the Old Testament. His research interests focus on wisdom literature, particularly Ecclesiastes. When he isn’t writing and editing, you can find him spending time with his (much) better half, Brittany. You can follow him on Twitter at @russ_meek.

Mar 20

Your Church Needs Biblical Theology by Russell L. Meek

Biblical theology shows us that this covenant was superseded in a way we couldn’t imagine.

May 10

The True Story of Who We Are by Russell L. Meek

The truth that sets us free, like the truth that set free the original audience of Genesis, is that the God of the universe created us.

Apr 20, 2017

The Original Jesus Juke by Russell L. Meek

Our righteouness goes beyond legalism when we obey the true intent of the law.

Aug 20

The Head Crusher Cometh

How the Biblical Narrative Reveals the Messiah

This is the story of the hopeful, dreadful time between sin’s entrance and Christ’s conquest.

Jul 31

The Enduring Witness of a Normal Life by Russell L. Meek

Mimi is a good reminder, to me at least, to curb my ambition and instead simply, faithfully seek Christ.

Oct 30

The Bible Told Us Every Girl Was Sour? by Russell L. Meek

We’ve bought into the same worldview of the larger culture, which is that women—and all people, really—are objects for our consumption. 

Jan 2

Some Hope for Disciplining Children by Russell L. Meek

We love them, shepherd them, and pray for them, but we can’t make them follow the Lord. 

Dec 7, 2018

Porn Stars Bear God’s Image by Russell L. Meek

That’s not just pixels on a screen. That’s God’s image bearer, whom he created for relationship with him.

Oct 28, 2015

On Remembering Well by Russell L. Meek

I often misremember. I’m prone to long for Egypt because I forget the truth about God’s character and faithfulness.

Mar 9, 2017

On Malachi and Religious Ritualism by Russell L. Meek

Let us learn from God’s words through Malachi and seek out a true relationship with God characterized by Jesus’ command to love God and love our neighbor.

Oct 21, 2015

On Loving My Neighbor Through Email by Russell L. Meek

God showed me that my attitude toward email was sinful. In writing short, to-the-point, sometimes brusque emails, I was misrepresenting the gospel. By not seeing the people behind the emails I was essentially elevating myself above them and ignoring an opportunity to share Christ’s love with them.

Sep 18

Jonah Couldn’t Get Away by Russell L. Meek

Jonah fled because he knows that God is compassionate and loving, eager to forgive sinners. 

Mar 28, 2018

It's Hard To Love My Foster Son by Russell L. Meek

 But this thing is far too hard without the Father’s love coursing through me. The truth is that I don’t love like he does. 

Mar 16, 2017

How Have I Loved You? by Russell L. Meek

Let us embrace the love we don't deserve and love our Father because He first loved us.

Jan 30

Foster Care and Spiritual Formation by Russell L. Meek

The dark parts of our hearts have been exposed by learning to care for another human being who is not biologically related to us. 

Apr 4

Christ Fulfilled the Law by Russell L. Meek

The overhwleming answer to the question: how can an unholy people enter into God’s presence and live?

Apr 6, 2017

Brother, I Wish I Would Have Known by Russell L. Meek

Be that friend. Love the addict. Remind them of the gospel - that there's another way that is better.

Apr 17, 2018

Be Countercultural and Enjoy Your Work by Russell L. Meek

The work-life God set forth is a life of purposeful work of imaging God in our shepherding of his creation.

Apr 22, 2015

Angry Enough to Die by Russell L. Meek

As a young man, just converted to the faith and boiling over with anger toward my stepfather, I spent a lot of time praying imprecatory psalms. It wasn’t hard to cast myself in the image of the unjust sufferer, echoing David’s cries for vengeance on my enemies. But at some point during all that vitriol I read the book of Jonah . . .

Mar 5, 2018

Academic Work as Spiritual Discipline by Russell L. Meek

Let your academic study and writing become a spiritual discipline through which you are able to behold the wonders of our God. 

Jun 12, 2015

4 Reasons to Preach Imprecatory Psalms by Russell L. Meek

It would make the preacher’s job a lot easier if these tough words appeared in the mouths of the wicked. Then we could just brush them aside -- "Nothing to see here, folks." So, sure, I get why people don’t preach these psalms. But here are four reasons why you should . . .

Feb 28, 2017

4 Reasons to Preach Christ from the Old Testament by Russell L. Meek

But there is much more to the Abraham narratives than a simple “do this; don’t do this.”

Aug 28, 2015

3 Ways Creation Impacts The Gospel by Russell L. Meek

Jesus Christ makes all things new. This applies not only to the personal implications of a life surrendered to his lordship but also to how we understand and relate to the theology of creation.