Posts in New Testament

Have You Been Asking the Right Question?

By Karin Stetina May. 16, 2017 9:00 a.m. Church Life, New Testament, Old Testament, Spiritual Formation, Theology

What is my purpose in life? This is a question that plagues each and every one of us. The Westminster confession puts the question this way: "What is the chief and highest end of man?"

Countless books and blogs have addressed this question. But are we really asking the right question? ...

 

 

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The Apostolic Fathers: Interview with Ken Berding

May. 15, 2017 9:00 a.m. Apologetics, Church Life, Culture, Ethics, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament, Historical Theology

Kenneth Berding (Professor of New Testament at Talbot School of Theology) recently wrote and published The Apostolic Fathers: A Narrative IntroductionWe wanted to learn more about this book, so we had Ken respond to some questions ...

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Does the Earliest Gospel Proclaim the Deity of Jesus?

By Sean McDowell May. 8, 2017 9:00 a.m. Apologetics, New Testament

Scholars generally agree that Mark was the first written Gospel. As a result, critics often claim that the doctrine of the deity of Christ does not appear clearly in Mark but emerges later in the Gospel of John.

While there are certainly explicit claims to deity in John, such as when Jesus says, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am” (8:58), this critical challenge overlooks distinct proclamations of the deity of Christ throughout the Gospel of Mark.

Here is my contention: From the first chapter until the end, the Gospel of Mark proclaims that Jesus understood himself to be God. Consider six brief examples ...

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The Historical Paul

By William Lane Craig May. 5, 2017 9:00 a.m. Apologetics, New Testament, Philosophy, Historical Theology

This is the weekly Q & A blog post by our Research Professor in Philosophy, Dr. William Lane Craig.

Dr. Craig,

... Recently I was witnessing to a friend of mine who is an atheist and he had a friend with him who is a religious studies major. As we got into the historicity of Jesus and His resurrection I argued for the origins of the church and the subsequent conversions of James the brother of Jesus and Saul of Tarsus. I was a little thrown off by the response of the religious studies major who stated "Hardly any scholar believes Paul actually existed. It is believed it was a pseudonym for a number of anonymous church members to get their beliefs into church doctrine" ...

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Is Group-First Christianity A Trans-Cultural Value?

By Joe Hellerman May. 4, 2017 12:00 p.m. Church Life, Culture, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament

Is the church here to help me to grow in Christ as an individual? Or has God put me here to help the church grow both qualitatively and quantitatively?

The easy answer is “Both!” And that’s not completely wrong. But the early Christians clearly prioritized the health and growth of God’s community over the goals and desires of individual believers.

This group-first mentality is not only characterized the early church, it characterized family life throughout the ancient Mediterranean world. This is why families arranged marriages. The goal of marriage in the ancient world was the not relational satisfaction of the individuals involved. It was the honor and ongoing viability of the two families who brokered the marriage. The group — in this case the family — came first ...

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Taking Offense at Jesus: Did Israel Have a Wrong View of the Kingdom? (Part 1)

By Mark Saucy May. 2, 2017 8:37 a.m. New Testament, Old Testament, Spiritual Formation, Theology

Reading the other day in Luke’s Gospel I ran across some arresting words aimed indirectly at John the Baptist.  In Luke 7:23, right after the account of John sending a delegation of disciples to inquire whether Jesus is the “Expected One,” Jesus cites his deeds and words to say in effect, “yes, indeed I am.” But then Jesus closes the episode with another “beatitude” seemingly made in John’s direction:  “Blessed is the one who takes no offense at me" ...

 

 

 

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Why So Many Metaphors for the Holy Spirit?

By Kenneth Berding Apr. 27, 2017 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Christian Education, New Testament, Old Testament, Philosophy, Spiritual Formation, Theology

Why does the Bible use so many metaphors and analogies to describe the Spirit’s activities and our relationship to those activities? Why not employ concrete language to teach us what we need to know about the Holy Spirit and our relationship to him? ...

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