Posts in New Testament

Cynicism and Affirmation

By Greg Ganssle Feb. 1, 2016 9:00 a.m. Culture, New Testament, Philosophy, Spiritual Formation

Each age has its particular hazards. Each age encourages certain vices and devalues certain virtues. Because we are immersed in our age, these hazards are often invisible to us. We simply cannot see the effects of certain cultural ideas and practices on our characters ...

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Did the Apostles Have a Resurrection Faith?

By Sean McDowell Jan. 27, 2016 9:00 a.m. Apologetics, New Testament

In The Fate of the Apostles, I argue that the willingness of the apostles to die for their faith provides convincing evidence that we can trust their testimony. However, as critics have pointed out, this rightly assumes that the apostles had a resurrection faith. If the apostles believed for some other reason, then their willingness to suffer and face martyrdom would be inconsequential to the truth of Christianity.

So, how do we know the apostles had a resurrection faith?

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Do the Deaths of the Apostles Prove Anything?

By Sean McDowell Jan. 25, 2016 9:00 a.m. Apologetics, New Testament

he willingness of the apostles to die for their faith is one of the most commonly cited arguments for the historicity of the resurrection. And yet in my research and experience, it is one of the most widely misunderstood. It is important we neither overstate nor understate the significance of this point. In my book The Fate of the Apostles, I carefully state the argument this way ...

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Do the Apostles of Jesus Qualify as Martyrs?

By Sean McDowell Jan. 20, 2016 9:00 a.m. Apologetics, New Testament

Pastors, apologists, and other Christians love proclaiming the deaths of the apostles as evidence for the Christian faith. As I lay out in The Fate of the Apostles, the willingness of the apostles to be martyred for their faith is one critical piece of evidence for the reliability of the resurrection accounts.

Despite the popularity of this claim, there are no early, reliable accounts that the apostles were given the opportunity to recant their beliefs before being killed. Does this undermine the claim that they were martyrs? ...

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Was Paul Beheaded in Rome?

By Sean McDowell Jan. 13, 2016 9:00 a.m. Apologetics, New Testament

The traditional view is that Paul was beheaded in Rome during the reign of Nero AD 64-67. In my recent book The Fate of the Apostles, I make the case that the apostles were all willing to suffer and die for their faith. While the evidence for individual apostles varies, there is very good historical reason to believe that Paul died as a martyr in the mid to late 60s ...

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Were the Apostles Willing to Die for a Misguided Faith?

By Sean McDowell Jan. 4, 2016 9:00 a.m. Apologetics, New Testament

Could the apostles have been sincere but misguided in their convictions about Jesus? In my recent book The Fate of the Apostles, I make the case that all the apostles were willing to suffer and die for their faith, and some of them did. A common objection, however, is that they were sincere but misguided. In other words, the apostles were not liars—they just mistakenly died for something that was false ...

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“Baby” Jesus

By Dave Talley Dec. 23, 2015 9:00 a.m. New Testament, Theology

I love advent season. Every year at our church we have a sermon series focused on advent during the five weeks leading up to Christmas day. It is always a joyous celebration. This year our focus is on John 1:1-18 ...

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