Posts from October 2016

Is Satan Real?

By Clint Arnold Oct. 31, 2016 6:00 a.m. Apologetics, Culture, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament, Spiritual Formation

This was a question posed to me by NBC News reporter John Larson a few years ago.  The interview was part of a Dateline episode that explored the topic of Satan, evil spirits, and supernatural evil.  As often happens in the editorial process, only a small portion of the 45-minute interview was included in the show.  I thought I would share a more complete account of the interview.

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Sexual Morality In A Christless World

By Sean McDowell Oct. 25, 2016 2:50 p.m. Culture

How would you make a case for Christian sexual morality in a secular setting? Specifically, what would you say if you were asked to speak on the Christian view of homosexuality and same-sex marriage in a university classroom? This is exactly the opportunity that motivated pastor Matthew Rueger to start researching and studying Christian sexuality in depth, and ultimately to write the book Sexual Morality in a Christless World.

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How Did Christianity Prevail in Ancient Rome and What Can We Learn from It?

By Sean McDowell Oct. 13, 2016 12:00 p.m. New Testament, Historical Theology

What was unique about Christian practices and teachings in the first three centuries of the church? And how did such a minority faith — which was considered irrelevant, extreme, and at odd with the role “religion” is supposed to play in a pagan society — ultimately prevail? In his recent book Destroyer of the gods, New Testament scholar Larry Hurtado focuses on the first of these questions. But his book also has powerful implications for the second.

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Talbot Impacting Slavic Scholarship

Oct. 11, 2016 1:00 p.m. Ministry and Leadership, Theology

Saturday, October 1, 2016, marked the publication of a tremendous evangelical resource for Russian-speaking students of the Bible. At the National Pedagogical University of Dragomanova in Kyiv, Ukraine, the Slavic Bible Commentary (hereafter SBC) was officially presented and highly celebrated. This project, five years in the making, incorporates the work of over 90 Slavic evangelical scholars.

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Allah or Jesus? Is God One? — An Interview with Nabeel Qureshi

By Sean McDowell Oct. 6, 2016 12:00 p.m. Apologetics, Evangelism

 

Nabeel Qureshi is one of the leading apologists today on Islam. Raised in a devout Muslim home in the United States, Nabeel became a Christian in college. He records his faith journey in his first book, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus (2014). His second book, Answering Jihad, was written as his response to the “why” behind the recent jihadist terrorist attacks. His latest book, No God but One: Allah or Jesus? A Former Muslim Investigates the Evidence for Islam & Christianity, released in August 2016. It is an excellent book for Christians to better understand Islam and how to answer tough questions Muslims often raise, but also a great book to give to your Muslim friend. Along with his M.D., Nabeel has three master’s degrees, including a master's in Christian apologetics from Biola University (where I teach). Coinciding with this latest book release, Nabeel was diagnosed with late stage stomach cancer. Nabeel answers a few questions related to his most recent book in this blog post.

 

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A Turkic-world Connection in The Chronicles of Narnia?

By Kenneth Berding Oct. 4, 2016 1:55 p.m. Culture

Each time I have read through The Chronicles of Narnia I have been struck by some apparent linguistic and cultural allusions to the Turkic-world in C.S. Lewis’s beloved series for children.  Two of these seem beyond any reasonable doubt to be allusions to things Turkic, others seem very likely to connect somehow, and still others feel to the present author like connections, but may not in fact be. 

As a non-specialist, I list these for the consideration of those who are more familiar with linguistic/cultural influences on Lewis than I.  I am a professor of New Testament who happens also to fluently speak and read modern Turkish.  Moreover, I genuinely admire Lewis’s writings.  These are my only qualifications.  Readers who understand Lewis can research my suggestions further.

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