Kenneth Berding

Who is the Best Biographer—and Who Isn’t? A.W. Tozer Weighs In

By Kenneth Berding Jun. 17, 2015 9:00 a.m. Christian Education

Before launching into his own biography of A. B. Simpson, the founder of the Christian & Missionary Alliance, A. W. Tozer reflects a bit on what kind of person makes the best biographer.  As one who enjoys reading biographies, I appreciate the wisdom in Tozer’s words and offer them to all of you who have benefitted and grown as a result of reading the stories of others’ lives and journeys.  So who is the best person to write a biography, and who probably shouldn’t write a biography?

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Paul’s 4th Missionary Journey (And I Don’t Mean His Trip to Rome)

By Kenneth Berding Apr. 14, 2015 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, New Testament, Historical Theology

“Paul’s fourth missionary journey? I thought he went on three missionary journeys!” Yes, according to Acts, Paul embarked on three missionary journeys. Then he was imprisoned in Palestine for a couple years, transported under guard via ship to Rome (a journey that included a shipwreck on Malta), and spent a couple more years under house arrest in Rome. End of story? No. That is where the book of Acts ends, but it is not the end of the story. There are enough biblical and historical hints floating around to allow us to reconstruct some of what happened next. As a result of such a reconstruction, perhaps we ought to start talking about Paul’s fourth missionary journey ...

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Bible Fluency Giveaway

By Kenneth Berding Mar. 28, 2015 11:34 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament, Old Testament, Spiritual Formation

Weaver Book Company is sponsoring an Amazon.com giveaway of the Bible Fluency Complete Learning Kit.  Up to five times, for each 100 entrants, one will receive a free copy of the Bible Fluency kit, including the teaching videos, flashcards, workbook, and music CD.  Spread the word!  The giveaway will last one week or until the fifth prize is awarded. 

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Should You Pray to the Holy Spirit?

By Kenneth Berding Mar. 10, 2015 9:00 a.m. Church Life, New Testament, Spiritual Formation, Theology, Historical Theology

The short answer, I believe, is that there is nothing wrong with offering a prayer to the Holy Spirit since God the Spirit is, of course, fully God, just as is God the Father and God the Son. However, most prayers in the New Testament and in the church of the second and third centuries were to God the Father, with a few exceptions.

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Ask God for What? Paul Weighs in on the Content of Petitionary Prayers

By Kenneth Berding Feb. 5, 2015 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Church Life, New Testament, Spiritual Formation, Theology

I am regularly vexed by how shallow my prayers can become. When I pray for something—and I know that all prayer is not for things—what should I pray for? Only for my family? For someone I know who is ill? For God to help me in the day ahead? For God to resolve whatever problem is currently worrying me? I often sense that there is some content that I’m missing when I’m praying. Do you sense the same thing? ...

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Newsweek's Assault on Bible-Believing Christians: A Response

By Kenneth Berding Jan. 10, 2015 8:14 a.m. Apologetics, Culture, Ethics, New Testament, Old Testament, Historical Theology

Newsweek decided to begin the New Year by attacking people who hold a high view of Scripture. (“The Bible: So Misunderstood It’s a Sin,” by Kurt Eichenwald, January 2-9 issue.) Their lead article on the Bible contains so many untrue or partially true assertions that it seemed to me that some sort of concise and readable response needed to be offered. But it would, literally, require a book-length critique to adequately address all the mischaracterizations, factual mistakes, and suggestive statements propounded in this single article. So I have decided to simply read through the article, select an occasional assertion from the article that needs a response, and try to offer a straightforward and hopefully fair response. None of these responses should be taken by a reader as sarcastic; my goal has been to offer sober-minded responses to particular assertions in an article that is full of inaccuracies.

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Why You Shouldn’t Tell your Children that Santa Claus is Real

By Kenneth Berding Dec. 18, 2014 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Culture, Ethics, Marriage and Family, Theology

A few evenings ago, we hosted a delightful group of ten Biola students at our house for dinner. During dessert, we launched into a lively discussion about how we should celebrate Christmas as Christians. We discussed various sub-topics under this broader question, but we spent the largest portion of our time talking about how Christians should—and should not—talk to their children about Santa Claus.

 

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