Posts in New Testament

Can There Be Forgiveness Without Repentance? Part 1

By John McKinley Jun. 21, 2017 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Marriage and Family, New Testament, Spiritual Formation

The problem I notice is that many times Christians have ongoing difficulty in forgiving those who have wronged them. The strain may go on for many years even as they keep trying to forgive. They frequently assume that there is something wrong with them as being hardhearted and otherwise unloving. They fault themselves for not being able to forgive others. Perhaps these unforgiving Christians are trying to do something that God has not called them to do. Perhaps one-sided forgiveness is actually impossible in the absence of a necessary condition for forgiveness ...

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Jesus in Genesis 3:15?

By Jeffrey Volkmer Jun. 20, 2017 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, New Testament, Old Testament, Theology

In a post on his blog, "Jesus Creed," eminent New Testament scholar Scot McKnight seems to agree with some of the findings of Claude Mariottini's book Rereading the Biblical Text: Searching for Meaning and Understanding which argues that Gen. 3:15 is not in fact messianic. McKnight further points out that such a conclusion agrees with Old Testament luminaries Gordon Wenham and Gerhard von Rad as well as some translations. These, says McKnight, conclude that the “seed” mentioned in Gen. 3:15 refers to not an individual, but rather the sum total of the descendants of both the woman and the serpent ...

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What Pliny the Younger Learned When He Interrogated Christians (ca. A.D. 110)

By Kenneth Berding Jun. 15, 2017 9:00 a.m. Apologetics, Church Life, Evangelism, New Testament, Historical Theology

For many years I have been curious about a Roman governor known to us from history as Pliny the Younger. My interest initially arose because I resided for four years in one of the principal cities he governed—not to mention that one of my four daughters was born in that city. Moreover, since I have expended significant effort studying the writings of the earliest Christian authors after the period of the apostles (those authors known as the “Apostolic Fathers”), I continue to be intensely interested in learning anything I possibly can about the lives of Christians who lived during the first half of the second century ...

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5 Game-Changing Books to Read this Summer

By Sean McDowell Jun. 8, 2017 9:00 a.m. Apologetics, Christian Education, Culture, New Testament, Spiritual Formation

love reading. And what better time is there to read than summer? While there are certainly plenty of good books to read, here are five of my personal favorites. While they tend to be in the category of apologetics and culture, these books were all “game changers” for me that either led me to act or see the world differently ...

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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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