Posts in New Testament

What a Difference a Century and a Half Can Make!

By Kenneth Berding Jul. 8, 2014 9:00 a.m. Historical Theology, Christian Education, Church Life, Culture, New Testament, Old Testament, Spiritual Formation

In 19th century England, Atheists knew more about the Bible than most Christians do today. So did Liberal Anglicans, Anglo-Catholics, Unitarians, and Agnostics. So claims Timothy Larsen in A People of One Book: The Bible and the Victorians (Oxford, 2011) ...

 

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Wealth and Following Jesus

By Aaron Devine Jul. 2, 2014 9:00 a.m. Theology, Biblical Exposition, Church Life, New Testament, Spiritual Formation

A question that naturally surfaces in [the reading of Luke 18:18-27] is whether Jesus considers wealth to be compatible with a life of faithful discipleship. Some interpret this story to say that material things and following Jesus do not mix well. This interpretation is sometimes based on a plain reading of passages like this, but it can also be motivated by material excesses in Christianity that make us uncomfortable. Too much focus on material blessing as a necessary indicator of God’s approval can stifle efforts at legitimate Christian disciplines such as frugality, generosity, and financial sacrifice. As such, divesting material wealth is sometimes seen as a corrective to bad prosperity theology ...

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When the Bible Arrests Me

By Dave Talley Jun. 9, 2014 9:00 a.m. Ministry and Leadership, New Testament

I love moments when I am reading the Bible, and the words I am reading come alive and arrest me. All the rules I have learned about proper interpretation are not in the forefront of my mind. The literary context is not controlling what happens in that moment. The language in which it was written is not ignored, but it is not a factor in that moment. The historical context may be obvious in the passage I am reading, but it is temporarily set aside in that moment. What the passage meant in their day pales in that moment.

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A Father’s View of Adoption

By Dave Keehn Jun. 5, 2014 9:10 a.m. Church Life, Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament

In November 2009 my family had the incredible honor to adopt Mfundo from South Africa. The journey to that point was filled with unknown challenges to us, as we happened to be the first adoptive family from the United States to legally adopt in South Africa. We were not the first to try to adopt from this country; we were just the family that happened to be furthest into the adoptive pre-work when the two countries came into agreement for international adoptions.

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Jesus' Radical Ways

By Joanne Jung May. 22, 2014 9:00 a.m. Theology, New Testament

The shortest Good Book Blog entry to date.

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When The Church Was A Family—Even From Town To Town!

By Joe Hellerman May. 19, 2014 9:00 a.m. Theology, Biblical Exposition, Church Life, Culture, Missions, New Testament

... Among the unique aspects of early Christianity, when compared to other religious options in the ancient world, are the relationships the early Christians shared across geographical boundaries. The church was a family—not only locally but also from town to town ...

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A Hill to Die On: How Biblical Backgrounds Help Make Scripture More Engaging

By Joe Hellerman May. 15, 2014 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament

Last Saturday evening, my wife and I had a delightful dinner out with two of our very best friends, John and Leah Hutchison. Before we left the house, I had about fifteen minutes to kill while Joann was still getting ready. The nerd in me has something laying right on my nightstand for just such occasions: a volume of Josephus’ Antiquities. I picked it up, intending to read a little Greek, and stumbled across a story that had escaped my memory but is worth revisiting ...

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