Posts in New Testament

Biola and Talbot at the Evangelical Theological Society and Society of Biblical Literature Conferences

Oct. 30, 2014 9:00 a.m. Theology, Biblical Exposition, Christian Education, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament, Old Testament

Every year Bible scholars from around the world gather for a series of conferences about the Bible and related topics. This year the conferences are being held in San Diego, making it convenient for many Biola faculty to attend the conferences, present papers, see friends, and wander the book tables. The following list (thanks to David Roberts for compiling it) includes the presentation titles by those associated with Biola. As you can read, our professors are engaged in research in many different and interesting areas!

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What Person Led You to Faith in Christ?

By Gary McIntosh Oct. 29, 2014 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Evangelism, Ministry and Leadership, Missions, New Testament

It was twenty-five years before church growth researcher Win Arn, building on the initial discoveries of Donald McGavran, conducted one of the largest studies of how people come to faith in Christ and to the church in the United States and Canada. Arn’s Institute for American Church Growth surveyed over 17,000 persons in 1980 asking, “What or who was responsible for your coming to Christ and to your church?” Arn published his findings in The Master’s Plan for Making Disciples, and church leaders were astounded ...

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Does the Holy Spirit Exist?

By William Lane Craig Oct. 24, 2014 9:00 a.m. New Testament, Philosophy

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

Q. ... Perhaps I haven't been looking hard enough but I have not been able to find any such support for the existence of or the work of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit plays such a prominent role in Christian theology and worldview -- but how can someone believe in it other than blind faith? I find this especially troubling when statements like "The early church fathers were guided by the Holy Spirit." It just seems impossible to verify or dispute leading to a grey area where Christians are no longer convinced by the evidence but believing blindly ...
 

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Sharing the Material Resources of Home to Embody the Gospel

By Aaron Devine Oct. 21, 2014 9:15 a.m. Theology, Historical Theology, Biblical Exposition, Church Life, Culture, Evangelism, Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership, Missions, New Testament, Old Testament

I often think about home in a specific way. For a long time, home has been a safe place to come back to at the end of the day. It has been a place to establish a comfortable niche in the world as a respite, a literal financial investment in emotional well being. Home has been about rest and nurture, as it can be a place of ministry to family and friends. It also has been a place to launch out into kingdom ministry more broadly.

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Snatched Up For a Meeting

By Gary Manning Jr Oct. 16, 2014 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, New Testament

The release of the movie Left Behind has again drawn attention to the Christian belief in the rapture. The movie tries to portray the chaos in the world as millions of Christians suddenly disappear. This image has interested Christians for quite a while. I recall watching the Thief in the Night series of movies back in the 1970s (the Antichrist had sideburns!). But I am interested in a question that is often overlooked: what is the point of the rapture in the Bible?

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Shepherds, Sheep, and Talking Heads

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

I am often asked my opinion of the mega-church model of ministry. I find the model lacking, frankly, but not for the reasons you might think.

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Teaching Bible Fluency: Using Classes and Videos

By Kenneth Berding Oct. 13, 2014 9:00 a.m. Theology, Biblical Exposition, Christian Education, Church Life, New Testament, Old Testament, Spiritual Formation

Are you as concerned about the growing problem of biblical illiteracy as I am?  We Christians have more Bible-focused resources available to us than has any generation of Christians in the history of the world.  Despite this we are literally—from a spiritual standpoint—starving ourselves to death. Would you like your church, adult Bible class, youth group, or small group to reach Bible fluency by pursuing an Old Testament Fluency in 12 Weeks class or a New Testament Fluency in 12 Weeks class using the free resources at biblefluency.com?  Here’s how.

 

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