Posts from April 2014

Ukrainian Students Press On

Apr. 29, 2014 4:00 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Culture, Evangelism, Ministry and Leadership, Missions

Despite nearly five months of instability in Ukraine, students in the Talbot School of Theology Kyiv Extension are pressing on with their ministries and with their studies.

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Grounds for Skepticism Concerning Jesus’ Burial and Empty Tomb

By William Lane Craig Apr. 25, 2014 9:00 a.m. Philosophy, Theology

Dr. Craig,

In your debates on the Resurrection, you often present four facts that the majority of New Testament scholars support, namely the honorable burial, the discovery of the empty tomb by women, the post-Resurrection appearances, and the disciples' genuine belief in the Resurrection. While the majority of scholars support these facts, my question has to do with the minority who disagree. For example, John Dominic Crossan has claimed Jesus was buried in a shallow grave, where his body was eaten by wild dogs. My question is this: from what sources do scholars who disagree with the four facts stated above draw their conclusions? The way I understand it, there are very few extra-Biblical sources that discuss the Resurrection, and none that contradict the four facts stated above. And the Canonical Gospels make it very clear that the four facts are indeed what happened. So on what grounds do these dissenting scholars dispute the four facts stated above?

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Update on Biola’s Extension Site in Ukraine

Apr. 23, 2014 3:00 p.m. Christian Education, Culture, Missions

Biola’s Talbot School of Theology extension site in Kyiv, Ukraine opened its doors to the first group of students in the spring of 2007 and exists to help meet the great need for theological education across the former Soviet Union. Professor Mark Saucy shares about Biola's extension site in Kyiv in light of turmoil in Ukraine.

 

 

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Workbooks in the History of Redemption: An Interview with Kenneth Berding

Apr. 21, 2014 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Christian Education, New Testament, Old Testament, Theology

A creative series of workbooks for classrooms and churches has recently been released. Following is an interview with the series editor and author of the first workbook, Kenneth Berding.

"This series of workbooks is a new and creative way of drawing out the back story that lies behind the writings of the Bible ... These workbooks provide an entryway that will allow you to start uncovering this story for yourself."

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Jesus’ Predictions of His Own Resurrection

By William Lane Craig Apr. 18, 2014 9:00 a.m. New Testament, Philosophy

Dr. Craig,

I appreciate the work you do a great deal and it has been personally beneficial to my faith and my ministry. I do have a question, however, concerning the 1st century Jewish expectations of resurrection. You write, and I agree that the evidence points to a Jewish belief in a general resurrection at the end of the age (John 11:24), as opposed to that of a dying and rising Messiah during their own lifetime. This would seem to work as evidence against certain theories that would deny the resurrection, such as it being a hoax, or the resurrection appearances being hallucinations, etc. ...

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Blood Moons and the End of the World

By Mark Saucy Apr. 17, 2014 4:15 p.m. Culture, New Testament, Old Testament, Theology, Historical Theology

... I’m all in favor of blood moons (awe-inspiring astronomical phenomenon!), tetrads (rare!), Jewish feasts (our overly Gentilized Church calendars should be more dominated by these—as they are fulfilled in Christ), and apocalyptic (it can be literal too—resurrection is a feature of apocalyptic and we all believe in that one). But put them together in yet another sensationalized, factually crazy, books-flying-off-the-shelf spectacle for the world, and I just shake my head.  We’re in the same ditch as those who have no hope ...

 

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To Hope From Despair

By Joy Mosbarger Apr. 16, 2014 9:00 a.m. Old Testament, Spiritual Formation, Theology

The week from Palm Sunday to Resurrection Sunday must have been an emotional rollercoaster for the disciples, Jesus’ friends and family, and Jesus himself. Together they experienced the triumphant celebration of Palm Sunday, the poignant fellowship of the Last Supper, the deep despair of the cross, and the amazing joy of the resurrection. In Ezekiel 37:1-14, Ezekiel has a vision that takes him on a similar journey from a place of deep despair to a place of incredible hope.

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