Kenneth Berding

Blood Brothers

By Kenneth Berding Feb. 8, 2016 9:00 a.m. Apologetics, Culture, Evangelism, Missions

More than a generation ago, Don Richardson popularized the idea that Christians who share Christ across cultures might encounter—and even ought to look for—“redemptive analogies” in those cultures. The idea was that God has pre-placed customs or stories into cultures that prepare people to respond to the gospel ...

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This Was the Year the Adults Gave Up

By Kenneth Berding Dec. 30, 2015 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Culture, Ethics, Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation

Columnist Joel Stein in the December 21 issue of TIME (p. 174) labeled 2015 as “The Year the Adults Gave Up" ...

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How Much Money Should You Spend on Christmas Gifts for Your Children?

By Kenneth Berding Dec. 15, 2015 9:30 a.m. Christian Education, Culture, Ethics, Marriage and Family

I have no intention of answering this specific question. (Do you think I’m crazy?!) But since this is a truly difficult question for many Christian parents, let me offer a suggestion about gift spending that might help you in the future. I know that you’re probably reading this post too late in the season to make any changes for this upcoming Christmas, but now may be the ideal time to formulate plans for the future ...

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One Way to Pray About the ISIS Crisis in the Middle East

By Kenneth Berding Dec. 9, 2015 9:00 a.m. Apologetics, Culture, Evangelism, Missions, Spiritual Formation

Praying for peace is good. Praying for justice is good. Praying for your Christian brothers and sisters who are facing torture and death is good. Praying for non-Christians who are facing torture and death is also good. But there is one crucial thing you can pray about that could change the course of history in the Middle East.

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Can You Identify the Biblical Allusions? Check Your Bible Knowledge

By Kenneth Berding Nov. 30, 2015 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Old Testament

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 someone who reads the Bible a lot should be able to recognize. Test your Bible knowledge and see if you know what Hosea is alluding to in each of these five cases ...

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Why Classical Christian Educators Should Teach Greek Instead of Latin

By Kenneth Berding Nov. 9, 2015 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, New Testament, Old Testament

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. Feel free to add Latin later if you’re so inclined, but really you should start with Greek. Here are eight (well … sort-of eight) reasons why Greek ought to be the core language you teach in your Classical Christian education program instead of Latin ...

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Sub-Themes in the New Testament Authors' Use of the Old Testament

By Kenneth Berding Sep. 10, 2015 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament, Old Testament, Theology

One of the keys to understanding the New Testament (NT) use of the Old Testament (OT) may be the recognition that when a NT author draws upon an idea found in a particular OT passage, it does not have to be the main idea of that passage to be usable. The contemporary assumption (often not articulated) that it has to be the main idea of an OT text to be legitimate seems to be a key stumbling block for people studying the NT use of the OT. The tendency for people to focus only on the main idea of a text (rather than also upon sub-themes) may also explain my present discomfort with the sense / referent distinction made by various authors.[1] The sense / referent distinction seems to assume a single sense for a verse that is akin to an exegetical idea of that verse.

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