- Old Testament “Typology”- 1 Corinthians 10:11
- John Owen’s Argument for Definite Atonement
- Types of Jewish Christianity (Donald Hagner)
- What Does it Mean to Fear God?
- Confusion over moon origins
- Purity and Prejudice
- Quantum Poetics
- Types of Jewish Christianity (Raymond Brown)
- Politics of the Belly
- Eucharist and Poetics
- Can We Still Believe in Miracles Today? Should We?
- How a Reformation church (amazingly) studied the Old Testament
- 13 Films That Capture the Themes of Ecclesiastes
- Exodus 33: Atonement = Forgiveness + Reconciliation
- Way of Man With A Maid
- Top Ten Bible Verses in Medieval England
- [Common Places]: 9.5 Theses Concerning Our End
- Why ancient Roman concrete gets stronger while ours erodes
- 2018.01.32. Thurén, Parables Unplugged
- Let Your Baptism Be Your Armor
- Aquinas on the Emotions/Passions (what the Heck does Irascible and Concupiscible Mean?)
- Full of Facts, Empty of Knowledge and Virtue
- Schleiermacher’s “Full-blown Spirit-Christology”
- Why We Desperately Need C.S. Lewis’ “Newspaper Rule”
- Three Books on Ecclesiastes
- My List of Second/Third Century Manuscripts
- Second/Third-Century Christian Manuscripts
- Structure of Isaiah
- Was Paul a Misogynist?
- Limited Atonement in Scripture
- Looking for Ancient African Religion? Try Christianity.
- Now That You Are Behind in Your Bible Reading Program…
- Reign of Appearances
- Are Denominations A Scandal?
- 4 Reasons to Study Lamentations in Your Small Group
- A Memory Shortcut, With a Little Help From Friends
- The Ordinary Time Being
- The Lost Skill of Listening to the Bible
- Google’s Arts & Culture Site
- He Knows
- The Calvinist International
- Judah’s Pride
- What Persecution Is, and Isn’t, and How to Respond to Open Doors’ 2018 World Watch List
- Who Has the Authority to Edit the Bible?
- What is Christological Anthropology?
- The theology of dirty jokes
- The Battle of Gog and Magog
- The Ancient People in the Middle East – Where are they today?
- Israel's Ancient Neighbors
- People Love Writing Tomes About Theocracy
- Neural Nostalgia
- Maximalists and Minimalists
- Not the End of History
- 10 Aspects of Gospel-Centered Forgiveness
- Cultural Myths About Truth and Love
- *Irenaeus by Simonetta Carr
- 4 Reasons Christ Descended into Hell
- Why Not Just Teach Them French? Revisited
- 10 Things You Should Know about Post-Conversion Experiences of the Holy Spirit
- Folk versions of the Agnus Dei (Lamb of God)
- Do not touch a woman
- Whose Fool?
- Heart Check: 4 Questions to Gauge the State of Your Heart
- What is Puritan Theology?
- Why Do We Love Music?
- Dogs & Their Collars in Ancient Mesopotamia
- Structure in 2 Chronicles 18
- The Foundry Bible Immersion: A Ten-Week Discipleship & Gap-Year Program in
- Fishers for a New Kingdom—Mark 1:14-20 (Robert Williamson Jr.)
- More Reasons to Believe in the Virgin Birth
- What Athanasius Decided
- What is Apologetics?
- Lessons from the Book of Job
- The Old Testament Tithe for Celebration
- 10 Things You Should Know about Jonathan Edwards’s Most Important Sermon
- Ecclesiology and Womanhood by Rebecca VanDoodewaard
- How One Church Is Making Scripture Sing
- Exegetical Helps/Summaries
- 7 Things I Love about Liturgical Protestant Worship
- 3 Reasons Every Christian Needs to Use the Creeds
- Is it medieval or mediaeval?
- 12 Ideas You Must Embrace to Affirm Theistic Evolution
- 10 Things You Should Know about Athanasius
- The Doubting Believer
- The Falling Reign of the Rising Son
- How to Find Books and Articles for Your Essay
- Eric and Micaiah
- Michael, the Devil and the Body of Moses
- Did You Know Jesus Died a Terrorist’s Death?
- Of Old Testament Haircuts and New Testament Head ...
- The End of the World As We Know It: An Infographic
- Reference Guide to Biblical Numerology
- Lying Sacrifices (An Addendum from Radner)
- Peer-reviewing the peer review—why not?
- David Bentley Hart on Misreading Paul
- Faith in Faith? (Schaeffer)
- The Relationship Between Faith and Hope – John Bunyan
- Systemic challenges facing African theologians
- A List of Asian American Theologians
- How are we "not under law"? Part I: Unpacking the Dilemma
- Relationship Habits Compound
- How old was Jonathan when he met David?
- Remember Who You Are
- Five Questions About Two Kingdoms
- Living Like a Trinitarian
- Is This Still Christianity?
- Hebrew Corner 16: Jephthah’s Daughter
- God on the Cross
- Glory to God for All Things
- It Doesn’t Get Any More Personal
- Are Some Sins Worse Than Others?
- The Year I Saw Billions of Dollars in Art
- When Was Acts Written?
- Socrates or Swine
- Moralism is Not the Gospel (But Many Christians Think It Is)
- Scholasticism and the Gospel
- Chronicles as Political Theology
- The Most Common Apologetic in the Bible?
- Why Is There So Much Wasted Space in the Universe?
- John Owen on the Holy Spirit
- Putting People Before Policies in Church Discipline
- A Biblical Theology of Church Discipline
- ἰῶτα in Matt 5:18: Which “Law”?
- Irony in Chronicles
- Paul's Mission to the Gentiles and the Noahide Laws
- The Seven Churches of Revelation: Why They Matter and What We Can Learn
- Exodus 32: Our Most Troubling Trouble
- Logical Fallacies by Andreas Kostenberger
- The Man of Sin Sitting in the Temple of God
- The Gospel According to the Sacraments, Part 1
- Abram’s 318 Men
- The Gospel According to the Sacraments, Part 2
- Why It's Important for Christians to Understand the Difference Between Poss
- The Gospel according to the Sacraments (Part 3): One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism
- Psalm 2, and its Messianic Implications
- What Is the Mark of the Beast?
- 7 Unbiased Facts about Jesus' Death
- A calendar page for January 2018
- A poem for literally all seasons
- Jesus Came to Bring Salvation (Psalm 80)
- Underacknowledged Ways to Shape the Future
- A Medieval Man’s New Year’s Resolutions
- The First Sexual Revolution
- Salvation as Robbery: Christus Victor and Binding the Strong Man
- Who rules: The lay or the clergy?
- The Flying Scroll
- The Book of Jonah
- Yet Another Option: The Pietist Option
- Why It’s Hard for Muslims to Convert
- 6 Cracks in a Secular Worldview
- A Catechism for Teaching Youth
- The Psalm-Singing Church
- The Personalism Of Peter Leithart
- Reformed, Baptists, and Infant Baptism; The Principle of Covenant Solidarity
- Four Kinds of Deep Work
- Prayer in the Early Church
- Nine Priorities for a Christian Politics
- Farewell to the Rapture
- Tom Wright’s New Testament Translation
- Holy City
- Jim Hamilton on His New Revelation Commentary
- Can a Church with No Extra Money Have a Pastoral Internship?
- Eschatology Chart
- How Sacrifices Stack Up
- Infographic: A Visual Harmony of the Gospels | Bible Gateway Blog
- All the songs in the Bible [infographic]
- Two Men in one Bed (Luke 17:34)
- Contrasting Pictures of Intermarriage in Ruth and Nehemiah
- Read Books of the Bible in One Sitting
- The Four Holy Gospels Project
- How "Happy" Is Christianity? Exploring Moods in Christian Music and the Bible
- Recognizing a Fine Bible
- Hidden Text in England's Oldest Printed Bible Revealed
- 7 Reasons to Not Tattoo You
- Chris Harrison : BibleViz
- Hacking the Bible
- Five Ways Your Bible Translation Distorts the Original Meaning of the Text
- Itemized inventory of the synoptic gospels.
- Does God “Want” All to Be Saved? Probing into the Will of God
- Selecting a Quality Bible
- Can You Identify the Biblical Allusions? Check Your Bible Knowledge
- A Sixteenth-Century Bible Study Flowchart
- Helping the Young Engage The Sermon
- 5 Metaphors for Your Church Membership
- What Was a Church Service Like in the Second Century?
- 9 Things You Should Know About Vintage Christianity
- Why Classical Christian Educators Should Teach Greek Instead of Latin
- The Collapse of the Canopy Model
- Hebrew Influences Greek Meaning
- 13. Those Who Have Never Heard: A Survey of the Major Positions
- The Lordship Salvation Debate
- Introduction to the Four Views
- Paul, Philemon, and the Problem of Slavery
- Nonexistent Pastor Theologians Have Led to Theological-Ecclesial Anemia
- Charismata and the Authority of Personal Experience
- How to Get a Theological Education Through iTunes U
- Jane Austen and Jeremiah 20:7
- Romans 7
- "REGENERATION : A CRUX INTERPRETATION"
- What about Prophecy and Tongues Today?
- Making the Bible Your Own–Incarnational Translations
- I am the Very Model of a Doctor of New Testament
- Ten hard questions about speaking in tongues (glossolalia and xenoglossy)
- Translation Tips on the Greek Church Fathers
- NT Use of OT Part 2: Seven Approaches to How the NT Uses the OT
- How to read a Greek Minuscule Text
- Why Our Children Don’t Think There Are Moral Facts
- “Sign Gifts”?
- Faith and Repentance by Sinclair Ferguson
- The Plain Sense(s) of Scripture: Questioning interpretive singularity in Galatians 3 and Romans 4
- 3 Ways Not to Use Greek in Bible Study
- Biblical Guidelines for Giving
- Christian Academe vs. Christians in Academe
- Hebrews 2:3-4 and the Sign Gifts
- 10 Things I Wish Everyone Knew About Reformed Theology
- Daniel Wallace: Early New Testament Manuscripts Discovered
- An Interview with Daniel B. Wallace on the New Testament Manuscripts
- The Problem of Self Loathing at Evangelical Colleges
- How the Fruit of the Spirit Works: Kindness and Goodness
- What Does “coram Deo” Mean?
- Eight Kinds of Suffering in the Old Testament
- Unreached Peoples
- Ten Obstacles That Get in the Way of Bible Fluency
- Why We Educate Our Girls
- 3 Assumptions of Systematic Theology
- Common Objections: The Old Testament is Full of Rape, Murder, Slavery, Homophobia
In this verse, Paul tells us that “These things happened to them as examples, and were written down as warnings for us”.
I took a PhD seminar from Graham Cole in spring 2007 entitled “Historical Theology: The Atonement.
Donald Hagner’s article on Jewish Christianity in the Dictionary of the Later New Testament provides a summary of the theology of Jewish Christianity. This is a different way of getting at the “types of Jewish Christianity” than Raymond Brown’s four-levels.
I think this distinction is helpful because the basic meaning of fearing the Lord that we read about in Deuteronomy is also in the Wisdom Literature, where we’re told that “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” The focus here is on a sense of awe and respect for the majesty of God.
Naturalistic origin of the moon comes under hard times Gregory H. Revera, wikimedia commons Figure 1. The near side of the moon. Article from: Journal of Creation 30(1):14-15 April 2016 Science built on naturalism has always struggled with the origin of our nearest neighbour, the moon.
The sexual revolution has a well-known masculine bias. Though feminists have won real battles, the outcome of the war has never been in doubt. Unmooring sexuality from the home, from marriage, and from religion has benefitted nobody more than lecherous, grasping men.
In a long and stimulating piece in the New Atlantis, Samuel Matlack explores the role of metaphor in contemporary physics, especially with regard to the challenges of translating the mathematical formulae of theory into popular writing.
It is possible to group the various types of early Christians around the evangelist responsible for the establishment of their group. 1 Cor 1-4 demonstrates that there were schisms along the lines of teachers.
What is sacrifice for? Many ancient cultures thought that animal offers fed the gods. The situation is more ambiguous for ancient Greeks.
Study of the sacramental in early modern English poetry has become a cottage industry in literary scholarship. Kimberley Johnson isn’t satisfied with the direction this scholarship has taken, and in her Made Flesh, she offers a corrective.
This post is adapted from K. Scott Oliphant’s new online course, Know Why You Believe. How could you believe that an ax head could ever float on water?
Led by Zwingli, the church in Zurich studied the Old Testament at a level of care which will doubtless amaze us today but which was certainly an evidence of the power of the Spirit in their midst. A contemporary account paints the picture: “This gathering began with intercessions.
Ecclesiastes is one of the most misunderstood books of the Bible. Its wisdom can be hard to understand and, even when it’s clear, hard to accept. The contemporary tendency to prooftext can be especially problematic with Ecclesiastes.
After the people commit a “great sin,” Moses offers to go back up Mt. Sinai. His hope? “Perhaps I can make atonement for your sin” (Ex 32:30). This work of atonement began with begging God’s forgiveness (Ex 32:31-32), but that clearly wasn’t enough (Ex 32:33-35).
Four things puzzle Agur the son of Jakeh, elusive author of Proverbs 30: eagles in the sky, serpents on rocks, ships on the sea, and “the way of a man with a maid” (v. 19). Agur is thinking of the mysteries of attraction and passion. There are plenty of puzzles in that arena of our experience.
According to Bible Gateway, the top Bible verses in 2016 were John 3:16, Jeremiah 29:11, Philippians 4: 6 and 13, Romans 8:28, and Psalm 23:1-6.
Common Places has been a regular column on the Zondervan Academic blog with a focus on systematic theology.
Buildings from ancient Rome are still standing after two thousand years and more. Whereas modern structures do well if they can last a century, with many not lasting that long. Experts have found that ancient Roman concrete actually gets stronger with time. Whereas our concrete erodes.
Lauri Thurén, Parables Unplugged: Reading the Lukan Parables in Their Rhetorical Context Reviewed by Susana de Sola Funsten
Work together in harmony, struggle together, run together, suffer together, rest together, rise together, as stewards, advisors and servants of God.
Subscribe to Pints With Aquinas on iTunes or Stitcher. I answer that, The passions of the irascible part differ in species from those of the concupiscible faculty.
Each new day seems to fulfill Neil Postman’s prediction that we are Amusing Ourselves to Death.
Cornelius van der Kooi is professor of systematic theology and director of the Center for Evangelical and Reformation Theology at the Free University of Amsterdam. His first book with Eerdmans, Christian Dogmatics, was co-authored with Gijsbert ven der Brink.
Much of our life is spent making significant judgments about others with very little evidence, but you do not and cannot actually know someone without getting to know them face-to-face. We should learn to follow C.S. Lewis’ newspaper rule.
I just finished preaching through Ecclesiastes. It was difficult but rewarding. When venturing into a complex and debated book like Ecclesiastes, it is always helpful to be in dialogue with others who have gone before you. Here are three accessible companions I found helpful on my journey.
Brent Nongbri has some valid observations about the limits of my listing of second/third century Christian manuscripts on his blog site here. It’s true, that it’s a list of copies of texts, not a list of manuscripts as such.
Relating to my recent posting about the questions Brent Nongbri has raised about some widely-accepted datings of some early Christian manuscripts, I’ve uploaded to my list of various items (under the tab “selected published essays” on this blog site) the most recent updated and corrected ver
The following summarizes the structural analysis of Isaiah found in David Dorsey’s Literary Structyre of the Old Testament. Like most of the books of the Old Testament, Dorsey finds that Isaiah is organized in a sevenfold pattern: There are close linkages between these various passages.
Now I can consider whether Paul himself actually wrote 1 Cor 14:34-35 — a passage that tells women they are not allowed to speak in church — or if it was, instead, inserted into his letter by someone else later.
In the Arminian/Calvinist debate, Limited Atonement, the “L” in the TULIP, is almost certainly the most common point of contention. Many Arminians have embraced the other four points while still rejecting this one. These often call themselves “four point Calvinists.
It’s ironic that as I crossed the Walt Whitman Bridge to attend an urban apologetics conference in Philadelphia I encountered the very religious pluralism that makes conferences such as these a necessity.
Sorry for the pessimistic title! But knowing that a large number of New Year’s resolutions typically get dropped by mid-January, I wouldn’t be surprised if many reading this post do not find themselves in this predicament.
Mention the “public,” and you’re liable to be greeted with lamentation and hand-wringing. Citizenship isn’t what it used to be. No one participates in public events any more. Once upon a time, we were active citizens.
Has the splintering of the Protestant church into thousands of denominations become a hindrance to our witness to the world? What can we do? This is an important question that we may not dismiss. Our Lord warned the visible church about the danger of scandals, i.e.
In truth, all suffering can be traced back to the entrance of sin into our world; that is, before sin entered the world there was no suffering. However, this does not mean that all personal suffering is the result of personal sin (John 9:3). But let’s face it.
Of course, as she knows, this is impossible, even with advanced memory techniques. That’s why we take notes and use calendars. These are components of our external memory, which are parts of our extended minds.
Ordinary Time is upon us. It does seem like a sorry exchange to go from Christmas and Epiphany to the ordinary.
Last week, The Gospel Coalition published an article with the intriguing title “Don’t Just Read the Bible.” I was expecting the article to be about Bible study (Don’t just read the Bible but study it.
Do you know about Google’s Arts & Culture site? It’s a rather remarkable virtual treasure house, a digitalized collection of the holdings of hundreds of museums around the world.
Jesus’ letters to the seven churches at the beginning of Revelation have often been a source of direction and encouragement. While each of the letters follows the same format, each shines a light on the needs of a particular congregation and calls them to greater faith and faithfulness in Christ.
The king of Judah is panicked, and all Jerusalem with him (Isaiah 7). Judah has been invaded by the combined armies of Pekiah, King of Israel, and Rezin, King of Aram. They have come against Jerusalem and are besieging it, but they cannot conquer it. But they’ve spooked the whole city.
In the next section of his Brief Admonition to the Polish Brothers, a work written against contemporary anti-Trinitarians, Calvin begins to deal with the different ways in which Scripture speaks of God.
Isaiah’s name – “Yah saves” – is reassuring, and his message of rescue and salvation is a reassuring message because during Isaiah’s time, Judah needs saving, and they need saving again and again.
Having just come out of the holiday season, many of you will likely remember recent rhetoric surrounding a certain conflict—one that some have called the “war on Christmas.
How strange would it sound if a friend described what they did this morning like this? “After she got out of bed, she took a shower and then made a quick breakfast for herself—just some coffee and a bagel.
What does it means to be human? Although Christians have answered that “Jesus reveals what it means to be human,” this orthodox truism isn’t all that helpful. That’s what theologian Marc Cortez concluded when he started reading in theological anthropology:
In his book, I Was Just Wondering, Philip Yancey recounts one of C.S. Lewis’ most interesting arguments for God’s existence. Lewis claimed that only a theistic worldview could explain the existence of dirty jokes. The argument was pretty simple.
The battle of Gog and Magog is found in Ezekiel 38-39. My purpose in this brief essay is to propound an explanation for this passage that I have not encountered in any of my commentaries, but that makes more sense to me than any other.
Many of the Ancient people of the Middle East who were mentioned in the Bible are not extinct. Their old national names have been replaced with different names. This article will proof that many of the tribes in the Bible are still around today. Many of them still in the Middle East.
The next neighbor I would like to discuss are the Edomites. The Edomites were descendants of Esau. We read that the descendants of Esau expelled the original inhabitants of the area the Edomites settled. We read in Deut.
Sir, I read Russell Moore’s article regarding theocracy that you linked to, and I am a bit aghast. How can anyone who has read the Bible make any such blanket and universal condemnation against theocracy in any and every form (i.e., his critique “also is true of every theocracy.”)? Does Mr.
As I plod through my 20s, I’ve noticed a strange phenomenon: The music I loved as a teenager means more to me than ever—but with each passing year, the new songs on the radio sound like noisy nonsense. On an objective level, I know this makes no sense.
Maximalism and Minimalism: labels for two opinions about the relation between written evidence and archaeology, which sometimes are conflicting. The expressions are used when discussing the past of ancient Israel, but similar debates are known from Roman, Greek, and Iranian archaeology.
Few accepted at face value the inflated claim that 1989 brought us to the “end of history” (Fukuyama), where democratic capitalism was left with an ideological monopoly. Still, many operated on the assumption that globalized trade would make the world more peaceful and democratic.
Matthew 6 records some of the most alarming words ever spoken by the Lord Jesus Christ. In the portion of His teaching which has become known as the Lord’s Prayer, He instructed the disciples to regularly pray for forgiveness.
Because speaking the truth is central to an effective Gospel ministry, there is little doubt that Satan will devise as many reasons possible to discourage Christians from either speaking to those living in the death spiral of sin and idolatry; or to distract them from intentionally, thoughtfully a
Simonetta Carr continues her outstanding series of Christian-History biographies by introducing a hero of the early church. His life was not as dramatic as the Apostles’, or even that of his teacher Polycarp, who was famously martyred at the stake.
Subscribe to Pints With Aquinas on iTunes or Stitcher. Before I share with you the text from Aquinas from today’s episode, here are those three icons of Jesus leading the just out of Hell. The top image is the one I spoke about at length in today’s show:
We have now been back in the US for over 10 months. Traveling around, talking about Bible translation, we occasionally get asked the question, “Why not just teach the people French?” I have asked this question myself.
Do we have reason to believe that subsequent to our born-again experience we may have life-changing, empowering, and transforming encounters with the Holy Spirit? Yes. Here are ten things that we should keep in mind.
There have been a surprising number of original takes on the Agnus Dei (Lamb of God) in my little liturgical corner of the world. Here they are!
Given the high view of marriage and sexuality in Scripture, Paul’s instructions to the Corinthians are odd and out of character. Why would Paul think it good for everyone to be as he is? Jeremiah 16 provides a clue.
Paul can sound like the Solomon of Proverbs: “Be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish but understand what the will of the Lord is” (Ephesians 5:15–17). Wisdom and folly are stark opposites.
Do I have a hard heart? For that matter, how do I know whether my heart is hard or tender? As I study the book of Hebrews, God is teaching me the dangerous nature of a heart hardened with unbelief. Through His Spirit, He’s also revealed hardness in my heart.
Answering the question, “What is Puritan Theology?” may sound too much like attempting to define Puritanism, a slippery term that evades a crisp definition or at least agreement on one.
I love music. I have over 500 CDs of Dave Matthews Band concerts, and I have vivid memories of specific moments in my life listening to them.
Among the many contributions to world culture credited to Mesopotamia is an object so familiar to people in the modern world that few pause to consider its origin: the dog collar. Throughout the ancient world, from China to Rome, dogs are depicted in works of art on a leash attached to a collar.
2 Chronicles 18 is the story of Ahab and Jehoshaphat’s war with the Arameans at Ramoth-gilead. The battle occupies only a brief portion at the end. Most of the chapter is taken up with the kings’ consultation of prophets.
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14Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, 15and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.’ “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.
There are people who profess to be Christians who nevertheless don’t believe that Jesus was conceived “by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary” without a human father. But the notion that this teaching is a mythological accretion or a misunderstanding of the language is being shot down.
The New York Times recently published a wonderful article entitled A Fragile Biblical Text Gets a Virtual Read, concerning the application of modern digital technology to reading an ancient Egyptian codex that includes the Book of Acts.
I’ve been doing some research into Puritan apologetics over recent weeks and thought I’d share a little of what I’ve discovered in a short series of blog posts. Today and tomorrow I want to work towards a definition of apologetics.
Through the book of Job, God offers paradigm-shifting insights to face suffering. In the first chapter, the drama’s Director tells us what the characters don’t know—what’s really going on. Job knew nothing about God commending Job to Satan and calling him blameless.
We are studying Deuteronomy in our Bible class at church, and, somewhat to my surprise, I am finding it fascinating and edifying. We looked at the laws for tithing, contains aspects I’ve never heard in a stewardship presentation!
The first thing you should know (but not included among the ten) is that Jonathan Edwards’s most important sermon was not “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” That was certainly his most famous sermon, but not the most important one he ever preached.
I love your Kingdom, Lord! The house of your abode; the Church our blest Redeemer saved with his own precious blood! For her my tears shall fall; for her my prayers ascend; for her my cares and toils be given ‘till toils and cares shall end.
Growing up in the modern worship boom of the mid-2000s, where thousands flocked to Passion conferences and CCM mainstays started releasing “worship records’’ that flew off shelves, I became quite fond of the latest and greatest in the genre.
LEXICON— a. ὅτι (LN 89.33): ‘because’ [HNTC, LN, Lns, WBC; all versions except NAB, NRSV], ‘for’ [AB; NAB, NRSV]. b. ἐν with dative object (LN 89.119): ‘in’ [AB, Lns, WBC; all versions except REB]. The phrase ‘to be in’ is translated ‘to inspire’ [HNTC; REB]. c.
Sometimes the idea of “formal worship” scares people. I hope to make that less scary. The Protestant traditions include Anglicanism, Lutheranism, the Reformed, and Presbyterianism. Although these traditions have important differences, they reflect important similarities in the way they worship.
When we think about the Christian faith, most people today rarely think about creeds, liturgy, or confessions, let alone see them as essential to their relationship with God. Our hesitation concerning creeds is understandable, especially when they are disconnected from our worship and love of God.
A quick Google search reveals that the word ‘mediaeval’ can be found over six million times on the Internet. This sounds impressive until you look up the word ‘medieval’ and find more than one hundred million references.
Theistic evolution is a viewpoint that God created matter and after that, God didn't guide, intervene, or act directly to cause any empirically detectable change in the natural behavior of matter until all living things had evolved by purely natural processes.
He was exiled five times. Athanasius admitted the truth of the charge and was exiled to Treveri (modern Trier) in northern France from 336 to 337. This was the first of five exiles, four of which were for his defense of the deity of Christ against Arianism.
Fifteen to twenty years ago, prominent figures in the missional movement began saying things like, “Our churches have to be safe places for doubters,” or “You should feel like you can come to our church with all of your doubts.
I had never heard a sermon exclusively about the ascension. So I decided to preach one. To be honest, what I learned and what I was reminded of was soul-stirring. The first time I preached at Cedarville this year was just before Christmas.
Here on this blog I’ve provided some lists of good commentaries, journals, and reference works. But how do you find these and other good sources? In particular, how do you go beyond the listed volumes to find other relevant books and journal articles? There are three basic tools to use.
I recently stumbled across a very useful site for students working on the Gospels or on the Jesus tradition. The Five Gospels Parallels, by John W. Marshall at the University of Toronto, presents the gospel texts (in English) in parallel vertical columns.
One of the great scriptural principles in ethics is the one about not kidding yourself. This is particularly important for marriage, for reasons I hope to explain shortly. Because we are sinners with an egoistic center, we are all prone to do this anyway.
As I've written about before, in the Bible the archangel Michael is described as God's main weapon in fighting the devil. Because of this, in the Catholic tradition prayers to St. Michael are believed to be particularly effective in gaining protection from evil.
As you can see, it depicts rough-hewn beams, fashioned together perpendicularly. Nailed to those boards is the man Jesus, blood seeping from both hands and both feet. There’s also the crown of thorns, with blood trailing down Jesus’ neck.
How Scripture records God consistently defending the humanity and dignity of women against sexual violence and exploitation. This slideshow is only available for subscribers. Please log in or subscribe to view the slideshow.
Of all the many requests we’ve had for infographics, none has been as consistent as the request for a visual presentation of the different views of the end times. And for good reason–it is a complicated and much-debated subject.
By Brian G. Chilton Early Apostolic Church Fathers (100-451 AD) recognized that Scripture had four layers of interpretation.
Earlier this week I discussed the alleged split between the prophets and the priests based on problematic readings of the prophetic critique of the cult. In it, I summarized the work of Jonathan Klawans, who has shown the ideological split has been exaggerated and absolutized.
The seeming dullness of our subject area inevitably limits the number of books a typical text-critic writes in their lifetime. Article-writing, then, is one of the fundamental ways in which we unleash our groundbreaking ideas onto unsuspecting scholarly public.
Orthodox Theologian David Bentley Hart has an article at Aeon on Everything You Know About the Gospel of Paul is Likely Wrong.
Many people today talk about the need for faith. “You just gotta have faith” is Hallmark card spirituality, as if faith is some kind of inner strength that will get you through hard times. Diagnosed with a serious illness? Just believe, and you’ll make it.
1. Faith comes by hearing (Rom 10:17), hope by experience (Rom 5:3, 4). 2. Faith comes by hearing the Word of God, hope by the credit that faith hath given to it (Rom 4:18).
Following are some of my own observations about some of the systemic challenges my colleagues face in trying to do genuine African theology—dialogue between African cultures and the world of the Bible.
Thinking and writing about the study of God is known as theology. And in some ways, all of us who are Christ-followers are theologians in that we read and study the Bible. We are commanded to love God with all our mind.
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I recently taught my kids about the power of compounding. It’s a finance term that refers to the exponential growth of an investment. You invest a small sum of money which earns an annual return that is re-invested and over time, accumulates into a large sum. Compounding has a snowball effect.
We are not told the age of Jonathan, but we can figure it out approximately. Here are the relevant facts: Therefore, Jonathan met David when David was about 18 and Jonathan was at least 28 and probably older.
Do you care what colour your passport is?The news that post-Brexit British passports would return to their former blue was greeted with indifference by most, joy by some, and spluttering fury by others.
In my various discussions of the modern forms of “two kingdom” theology, I have frequently summed up my concerns with the question of how many kings there are. This has made my point, to a point, but it still needs to be pushed into the corners.
I recently told a class of tenth-graders that what our culture needed was a return to trinitarian bubble-gum commercials. They were a little nonplussed, and so I hastened to explain.
There is Christianity. There is liberal Christianity, which stretches the term considerably. There is heretical Christianity, which is outside the pale but at least claims to still be Christian.
First, I just want to mention that this will be the last Hebrew Corner post (at least for awhile). After the holidays I will be starting a new series called "Bible Backgrounds" dealing with background issues from the ancient Near East that help us to interpret the Bible with fresh insights.
Who is the main character of the Passion story? Jesus, of course. But who is Jesus? Who was tried by Pontius Pilate, tortured, and crucified? That is the central question in all the debates about the incarnation in the early church. Those early debates got highly very technical.
The imagery of a cosmic battle with chaos described in part one, is properly the foundation for the Christian life. “Chaos” is a metaphor for so much that threatens God’s good creation and makes war against His saints.
I was sitting outside the library at the University of California at Santa Cruz when two other students walked by complaining about Christian faith in the crucifixion of Jesus. As a young Christian with an interest in working with my cohorts to evangelize the campus, I turned my head to hear more.
One of my close friends was telling me about a recent interaction he had at a Reformed seminary with a student who was preparing to go into college ministry. In the course of their conversation, my friend and this seminarian entered in on the subject of sexual sin.
This year I visited museums—many, many museums. I spent time in world-class exhibits in Canada, Germany, Israel, Italy, and Switzerland. I encountered significant historical artifacts and gazed at world-renowned works of art.
This post is adapted from Darrell Bock’s Theology of Luke and Acts online course. To determine when Acts was written, we need to evaluate the evidence from both Luke and Acts, because the two books were written together, with Luke appearing slightly before Acts.
Our entertainment-drenched culture is a reflection of the colonizing power of liberalism. Liberalism is a drive for unlimited freedom, and any inequality or hierarchy stands in the way. Even the distinction between superior and inferior ways of life is anti-liberal.
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This is the fourth of my short essays on Scholasticism. I keep promising that each will be my last. Perhaps if I do not make such a promise this time, I’ll be able to stop. So this time I do not promise to quit. Each essay has been more elementary, more basic, more simple, than the last.
First and Second Chronicles recount the history of the Davidic kings of the kingdom of Judah. It’s a checkered history, to say the least. King Jehoshaphat foolishly allies himself with idolatrous King Ahab, giving Baal a foothold in Judah.
What place do human emotions, needs, and desires have in apologetics? Should we appeal to the satisfaction of basic human needs and longings as a reason to consider Christianity? In a series of blog posts (here, here, and here), I’ve argued that although this aspect of apologetics has been much ne
If this universe was designed, why is there so much lifeless “wasted space”? John Piper reflects on the reason for the mind-boggling size of the universe in A Peculiar Glory: “The heavens declare the glory of God” (Ps. 19:1). This is why God made them—to put his majestic glory on display.
John Owen is among the theologians whose thoughts most closely mirror my own and, apart from the Scriptures themselves, this particular book of his could be called the manifesto of the theology that drives Monergism.com.
In recent years, the number of churches committed to exercising biblical church discipline seems to be increasing. This is a good thing! However, in the process of implementing policies and revising bylaws, it’s easy to forget that people are both involved and affected.
To some Christians, church discipline seems to contradict the whole shape of the Bible’s story.
It’s interesting that Matthew quotes Jesus as saying that not a ἰῶτα will pass away/fall away/disappear from the law. That’s a Greek letter.
Many commentators have noted the similarities between Josiah’s death (2 Chronicles 35) and that of Ahab (2 Chronicles 18). Christine Mitchell argues, however, that commentators often miss the irony of the Chronicler’s account, and some of the other precedents for Josiah’s death.
In Judaism there is a teaching regarding what are called the Noahide Laws. These seven laws were believed to be binding upon all of humanity, a minimal and universal moral ethic for Jew and Gentile alike.
The book of Revelation opens with seven letters to seven churches. Each of the seven letters is a prophetic word from Jesus, through the Spirit, who is inspiring John to write.
God has explained to Moses how to recreate heaven on earth by building a place for God to live with his people. Moses holds in his hands two tablets of stone inscribed with Yahweh’s testimony (Ex 31:18). Now it’s time to execute the Lord’s instructions.
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2 Thessalonians 2:4 – a statement about the Man of Sin – is no easy verse to interpret: “He will exalt himself and defy everything that people call god and every object of worship. He will even sit in the temple of God, claiming that he himself is God” (NLT).
My first title for this series of posts was “Evangelical Sacramental Ecumenism” – not exactly a clickbait title.
Genesis 14:14 says that Abram mustered his trained men, “born in his house,” to rescue Lot, and gives their number as 318. It is clear that the precise number is provided for some reason, but what is it? S.
In my previous post, I highlighted the sacraments as the point of convergence between evangelicalism and ecumenism arguing that baptism and communion are presented in the New Testament as signs of the gospel that simultaneously enact and remember union with Christ and the unity of Christ’s body.
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In the first post of this series, I proposed that the sacraments of baptism and communion are the nexus point for the evangelical and ecumenical movements.
Psalm 2 is a well-known Psalm that is often quoted or alluded to in the New Testament.
This post is adapted from material found in Craig Keener’s Revelation online course. The book of Revelation speaks of several beasts. Perhaps the most famous is the beast found in Revelation 13:11–18. And this beast comes with a mark—the number 666.
“According to multiple sources, Jesus was condemned to die for specific reasons. He attempted to lead Israel away from God through miraculous deeds. His enemies attributed his works to the devil as acts of sorcery. He was then condemned to die for blasphemy for claiming to be God.
2018 is going to be an exciting year at the British Library: as we recently announced, our major Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms exhibition opens on 19 October.
As followers of the @BLMedieval Twitter account know, some of us are fond of the hashtag #OTD. Short for ‘On this day’, it is used to recall which historical events took place on a given date. It’s a great excuse to highlight items from the British Library’s collections.
The “Son of Man,” rather than being, as it might appear to some, a reference to his humanity, is, rather, a special designation given to his divinity as the Messiah. Within this designation comes also something that Asaph was very concerned about: the promises of God made to Israel.
Since this is the last parsha in Bereshit, it seems fitting that Ramban takes one more opportunity to say that what happens to our forefathers prefigures our national history.
Looking ahead to a new calendar year inspires many of us to examine our old habits and shortcomings and resolve to make those changes that will lead us to become better versions of ourselves.
pictetus was the sort of figure that only the Roman Empire could have produced. He was born in the Phrygian hills of Anatolia in the middle of the first century. Enslaved and brought to the capital, he served in the household of the freedman Epaphroditos.
One of the complaints about penal substitutionary atonement is how it makes the ministry of Jesus soteriologically irrelevant. Jesus was "born to die," so his life and ministry was just a prelude to the real action: dying on the cross for our sins.
Hopefully on reading that title you are screaming out, “Neither! Christ rules!” However, since the beginning of the church there has been unhealthy tension between the shepherd and the sheep, the appointed leaders and those they lead.
And he said to me, “What do you see?” And I answered, “I see a flying scroll; its length is twenty cubits and its width ten cubits” (Zechariah 5:2). Immediately following his vision of the outpouring of the Spirit upon the restoration community (4:1-14), Zechariah saw a flying scroll.
The book of Jonah is the fifth book in the Christian canons and the Jewish Tanakh. It is one of 'Trei Asar' (The Twelve) prophets in the tanakh, and in Christian tradition as 'oi dodeka prophetai' or 'ton dodekapropheton' , Greek for "The twelve prophets.
Over the past couple of years, evangelicals and other Christians have been bombarded with “options.” These options are paradigms that typically draw on past figures or movements to provide a blueprint for contemporary faithfulness.
Recently, I was asked how most Muslims become Muslim and why it’s difficult for them to convert to another religion. It seems several factors are at play. First, most Muslims are born in a Muslim country and/or a Muslim family and simply adopt Islam as their religion by default.
When our friends hear the claims of Jesus, they wonder why we’d believe such fantastical things when there is a perfectly rational, coherent view of the world available to us.
Here's the catechism that we use at Christ Fellowship Bible Church for teaching our young people theology: Download: http://bit.ly/2lqWChU Some introductory remarks: 2. Parents can incorporate this catechism in the regular family worship times (Eph 6:4) 5.
It should surely not surprise us to learn that the church of our day has neglected one of the greatest treasures God has given her to worship Him--namely, the Psalter. The living God has breathed out an entire book of truth for us to sing back to Him whenever we gather together in corporate worship.
“While there are many theological matters upon which I heartily disagree with Peter Leithart, he is yet one of the finest literary critics writing…” is not the first line of this article. This is the most important thing I have learned from Peter Leithart.
The Applicability of the Atonement In our previous post (found here) we saw that the design of the atonement should always be distinguished from the question of its inherent value. Following the Hodges, moreover, we find that the same thing is true concerning its applicability.
While insisting on the principle of Deep Work, Cal Newport admits that there are many different ways to integrate it into your schedule. In his book, he outlines four approaches. This attempts to maximize deep efforts by eliminating or radically minimizing shallow obligations.
It might be assumed that worship in the early Christian Church was fairly spontaneous, used as we are to seeing perhaps the occasional poetic prayer attributed to St Patrick or his contemporaries. We might also think that set orders of service are a relatively modern introduction.
In my lecture in Richmond, VA a couple weeks ago on “What Does it Mean to be a Christian Citizen,” I pushed back against the idea that Christian politics was primarily a matter of particular Christian policies (see the previous two excerpts here and here), and I also emphasized that as our poli
Little did Paul know how his colorful metaphors for Jesus’ second coming would be misunderstood two millennia later. The American obsession with the second coming of Jesus — especially with distorted interpretations of it — continues unabated.
I’m not hearing much chat about Tom Wright’s new translation of the New Testament, called The Kingdom New Testament, but it sure does deserve careful consideration to be on your desk or chair when you read the Bible.
Calling Jerusalem the “holy city” comes so naturally to Christians that it comes as something of a surprise to realize how infrequently the phrase is used in Scripture.
If you haven’t gotten a copy of Jim Hamilton’s new commentary on Revelation, now is the time to do so. This book is an excellent exposition of the text, and I commend it to you.
Yes, you can! In fact, we have done so for almost a decade without a dime in the budget going to it. It started off that way because I saw the need, we had young men desiring to be trained, but we had no funds to pour into it.
a. Dispensationalists argue for the necessity of the literal interpretation of all of the prophetic portions of Scripture. Charles Ryrie makes this point very clearly:
Leviticus 1:7-9 describes the arrangement of animal parts for an ‘olah, an “ascension” offering. It’s a double or triple layering of the animal: head, suet, and entrails-and-legs; or, as a double structure with the entrails and legs set off from head and suet by the water barrier.
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The Bible isn’t a songbook, but did you know there are at least 185 songs in the Bible? Battles, coronations, funerals, cities being sacked, and seas splitting up—you can find songs in the Bible for all kinds of occasions.
In the past, I have taught that Jesus never mentioned homosexuality.
Dr. Jacob L. Wright and Prof. Rabbi Tamara Eskanazi Shavuot as we have it in the Torah is a peculiar holiday. It’s not associated with an event in Israel’s history (similar to the way that Passover, for example, was eventually connected to the exodus).
Glenn R. Paauw. Saving the Bible from Ourselves: Learning to Read and Live the Bible Well. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2016. I learned about this book when I listened to Tony Reinke’s fascinating 30-minute interview with Paauw.
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Is the message of Christianity more upbeat than it is negative? Most Christians would likely answer that the core message of Christianity—grace given to man through Jesus Christ—is an overwhelmingly positive one, although to fully appreciate the extent of that good news, it’s necessar
The quality of any Bible depends primarily on the materials and the processes used in manufacture, as well as on the more immediately apparent factors such as text design and layout. The following guide offers some pointers for prospective customers considering the purchase of a fine Bible.
Long-hidden annotations in a Henry VIII-era Bible reveal the messy, gradual process of the Protestant Reformation. The handwritten notes were just discovered in a Latin Bible published in 1535 by Henry VIII's printer.
Let me begin by saying that God takes you from where you are, and not from where you should have been. If anyone is in Christ, there is no condemnation. If anyone is already tatted up, and the thing is done, then thank God that in Christ there is no condemnation.
This set of visualizations started as a collaboration between Christoph Römhild and myself. Christoph, a Lutheran Pastor, first emailed me in October of 2007. He described a data set he was putting together that defined textual cross references found in the Bible.
Stephen Smith doesn't look like a mad scientist, because he's not one. Not really. He's not even a code guy by training. But he has packed the room at BibleTech, an occasional gathering of coders, hackers, publishers, scholars, and Bible technology enthusiasts.
From the Ten Commandments to the Psalms to the Gospels, English translations of the Bible distort the original meaning of the text: The Ten Commandments don't forbid coveting. Psalm 23 is not primarily about sheep or a shepherd.
Current mode: View. This inventory lists every passage or pericope present in any of the synoptic gospels, Matthew, Mark, and Luke, whether extant in only one of them, in two of them, or in all three. It also provide breaks down each passage into phrases, or items.
As many know, the last two years I have been teaching a weekly women’s Bible study at RTS Charlotte designed to reach the community outside the formal seminary classroom. Every Wednesday, 120 plus women gather together to study the book of Romans, and it has been a delight.
Many articles have been written over the years concerning various translations of the Bible available. Which ones are good and reliable, which should be avoided like the plague, the specific errors or positive qualities, etc. of each.
This morning I was reading in Hosea 9:7-15 during my Bible reading time and was reminded once again why it is so important to be reading and learning the Bible. In those nine short verses are five allusions to places/events/things that anyone who reads the Bible a lot will immediately recognize.
Many printings of the Geneva Bible after 1579 contain the following flowchart by T. Grashop. This flowchart reflects the Renaissance obsession with ordering the world using tree diagrams and presents a systematic approach to studying the Bible.
At Redeemer Fellowship we are big on expository, experiential, theologically rich, gospel-centered preaching. But for a number of reasons (perhaps I'll explain why in a future post) we don't provide outlines. We don't even try to alliterate our main points.
The term “membership” is misleading because of how it’s commonly used. Often it connotes privilege in a club. Costco members get access to deals. Country club members get reduced green fees. If you pay your dues, membership entitles you to get something.
I’m really enjoying N.R. Needham’s 2,000 Years of Christ’s Power, Vol. 1: Age of the Early Church Fathers, part of a very accessible but well-informed multi-volume survey of church history. On pp. 66-75 he outlines a fairly typical church service in the second century (A.D.
“I am dedicated to unoriginality.” So said historical theologian Thomas Oden in his classic work, Classical Christianity. He goes on: “I plan to present nothing new or original in these pages . . .
Classical Christian education programs are on the rise. I am heartened that so many parents want their children to get a strong education that draws upon all that is wonderful, winsome, and wise from the past. But Latin instead of Greek? Are you serious? Come on, teachers and parents.
In brief, the canopy models gained popularity thanks to the work of Joseph Dillow, and many creationists have since researched various aspects of this scientific model.
While I may not be an accredited Bible scholar nor an accredited Hebrew or Greek grammarian, I am a Bible School graduate who was required to have five semesters of Greek and a semester of Hebrew.
John Sanders, “Those Who Have Never Heard: A Survey of the Major Positions,” in Salvation in Christ: Comparative Christian Views, ed. Roger R. Keller and Robert L. Millet (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2005), 299–325.
What is at stake in the Lordship Debate? Those who affirm "Lordship" salvation oppose the idea that one may have saving faith without submitting to the Lordship of Jesus in daily obedience.
Four Views of Eschatology Diagramed Important Terms Why is Eschatology Important? Four Different Views Compared More on Dispansationalism Postmillennialism Amillennialism Historic Premillennialism Two Other Rapture Views
Though Paul’s letter to Philemon is often used to accuse Paul of supporting (or at least being okay with) slavery, the criticism misses the deeper purpose of this letter.
The American church is suffering.
Have you noticed the rise in psychic “hotlines” and TV shows nowadays? Five years ago, it would have been difficult to find even a psychic commercial on TV. Now, there are several half-hour infomercials, aired almost round the clock.
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The Lord provided for me on Saturday morning. I was preparing to preach Jeremiah 19–20, and I was really stuck on Jeremiah 20:7, which reads in the ESV, “O LORD, you have deceived me, and I was deceived; you are stronger than I, and you have prevailed . . .”
There are numerous interpretations of Romans 7, only four of which (and their variations) are listed below. The principal issue to be addressed is this: "Does Paul describe in vv.
David R. Anderson In every “system” of theology there are certain doctrines so imbedded in that system that to uproot them would fell the entire tree.
The Westminster Confession of Faith, insisting that Scripture is sufficient in our day, holds that "those former ways of God's revealing his will unto his people" have "now ceased" (1.1). We who adhere to that doctrine are thus often called "cessationists." That label carries a lot of baggage.
I took a couple of classes in January at the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, beginning a certificate program in Christian formation. One of the most interesting things discussed in my classes was the idea of “incarnational translation” of Bible passages.
With apologies to Gilbert and Sullivan's "I am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General," a patter-song in The Pirates of Penzance. If you're not familiar with the tune, you can listen to the original here. (Bothered for a rhyme... Amuse yah, amuse yah... Got it!)
Having been a Pentecostal and Charismatic Christian for most of my life, I know firsthand the difficulty in addressing this issue without inflaming controversy and anger, yet I will try to do my best.
Practical advice for students of Biblical Greek on reading the Greek Church Fathers. Translating the Church fathers from the original Greek is a rewarding adventure. Biblical Greek and classical students can easily adapt with a little bit of effort and some new resources.
With this blog entry I want to survey what I believe are seven different approaches used by scholars to understand how the NT uses the OT. This is not a defense or refutation of any of these approaches, but an explanation of the main positions.
This article is for those who wish to read and translate Greek manuscripts as close to the original as possible. Sometimes a thousand years is closest to the original, which means the copy was written somewhere between the tenth and thirteenth centuries.
What would you say if you found out that our public schools were teaching children that it is not true that it’s wrong to kill people for fun or cheat on tests? Would you be surprised? I was. As a philosopher, I already knew that many college-aged students don’t believe in moral facts.
Well, excuse me, but if we wish to arrive at the right answer, hadn’t we better start with the right question? And the above is just not the right question. It is a wrong question, because it presumes the existence of a category called “sign gifts” in the first place.
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Editor's note: Aaron Morris was one of my interns for the 2005-06 school year at Dallas Seminary. He read this paper at the Evangelical Theological Society's southwestern regional section on March 24, 2006 at Southwestern Baptist Seminary.
Bible students love to talk about “the original Greek.” Preachers, too. Some preachers seem to want to work Greek into their sermons as often as they can. And of course, there is nothing wrong with wanting to know something about the language that God gave us for the New Testament.
If your experience is like mine, you are continually receiving requests for donations, particularly as we approach the end of the year. These requests are so numerous there is no way we can possibly contribute to them all.
For all of my career, except for one semester, I have been a faculty member at secular schools. The University of Virginia, where I now teach, is often called “Mr. Jefferson’s university,” because Thomas Jefferson conceived and designed the school.
In the sometimes heated discussions over the question of the duration of certain spiritual gifts, one argument has persisted from the side of charismatics: There is no prooftext that any spiritual gift has ceased. As impressive as this argument sounds, a couple of responses should be given.
Reformed theology — or Calvinism — gets a bad rap. Calvinists are often seen as condescending, believing themselves to be part of God’s “elect.” It’s a cold, rigid theology that leaves no room for grace, oppresses women, and eliminates the need for evangelism. Or is it?
Muslims claim that the Bible has been corrupted. If Muslims are correct, we would expect earlier manuscripts to conflict significantly with later manuscripts.
As Craig Blomberg has written, “Dan Wallace has clearly become evangelical Christianity’s premier active textual critic today.
When I was an undergraduate at an evangelical college in the Pacific Northwest, I encountered a unique imperative, “Down with the Pinecone Curtain!” For my classmates who resonated with this battle cry, the towering evergreens on campus were a metaphor for the college’s cultural isolation.
This guest post is by Jeffrey Kranz, who writes more Bible-study material at OverviewBible.com. We’re going through the fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22–23), a list of qualities the Holy Spirit produces in our lives.
I remember Mama standing in front of me, her hands poised on her hips, her eyes glaring with hot coals of fire and saying in stentorian tones, “Just what is the big idea, young man?” Instinctively I knew my mother was not asking me an abstract question about theory.
The Lord has used Walt Kaiser in significant ways over the years, through his teaching, preaching and writing ministries. He taught and trained many Free Church pastors during his years of ministry at TEDS from 1966 until 1992, during which he was also ordained in the EFCA.
1. The Question Posed Is the unique biblical task of the church’s missionary enterprise to win as many individuals to Christ as possible before he returns, or to win some individuals (i.e.
This week, I’m attending the Conference on the Bible in American Life in Indianapolis. I thought it would be helpful to share some of what I’m learning here.
On April 14, 2014 the terrorist Islamist group called Boko Haram kidnapped over 270 girls, most between 16 and 18, from the Chibok Government Girls Secondary School in northeast Nigeria. Boko Haram means “western education is sinful.
Systematic theology is based on certain assumptions. The first assumption is that God has revealed Himself not only in nature but also through the writings of the prophets and the Apostles, and that the Bible is the Word of God. It is theology par excellence. It is the full logos of the theos.
Visitor: Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is impotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then where does evil come from? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?" Why don't we talk about the old testament?.