Posts in New Testament

Chronology of Easter in John and the Synoptic Gospels

By Gary Manning Jr Mar. 30, 2015 9:00 a.m. New Testament

The exact chronology of Easter is not the most important thing to think about during Easter week, but students often ask me questions about chronological issues in the Gospels. Here are two common questions:

What is the probable date of Jesus’ crucifixion?

In the Synoptic Gospels, Jesus dies the day after Passover. But in John, it seems like he dies on the Passover. Can these be reconciled?

 

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Bible Fluency Giveaway

By Kenneth Berding Mar. 28, 2015 11:34 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament, Old Testament, Spiritual Formation

Weaver Book Company is sponsoring an Amazon.com giveaway of the Bible Fluency Complete Learning Kit.  Up to five times, for each 100 entrants, one will receive a free copy of the Bible Fluency kit, including the teaching videos, flashcards, workbook, and music CD.  Spread the word!  The giveaway will last one week or until the fifth prize is awarded. 

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Reject Jesus for Judaism?

By William Lane Craig Mar. 27, 2015 9:00 a.m. Apologetics, New Testament, Old Testament, Theology, Historical Theology

Dear Dr. Craig,

On Jan 5th I made a statement that I was not going to allow doubt in regards to Jesus into my life, Jesus appears to be the best choice and that’s what I’m going with and I’ll reevaluate at the end of the year. Well, a few days after I made this statement some books by Rabbi Tovia Singer (Let's Get Biblical) that I ordered earlier arrived and I couldn’t help myself to start reading them. I hate that I’m so inconsistent, but I will not apologize for yearning for truth ...

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Should You Pray to the Holy Spirit?

By Kenneth Berding Mar. 10, 2015 9:00 a.m. Church Life, New Testament, Spiritual Formation, Theology, Historical Theology

The short answer, I believe, is that there is nothing wrong with offering a prayer to the Holy Spirit since God the Spirit is, of course, fully God, just as is God the Father and God the Son. However, most prayers in the New Testament and in the church of the second and third centuries were to God the Father, with a few exceptions.

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An Orientation to Four Pervading Themes of the Christian Life from Dallas Willard

By Klaus Issler Mar. 9, 2015 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament, Spiritual Formation

Dallas Willard (1936-2013) has been one of the key evangelical interpreters and provocateurs regarding the important doctrine of formation into Christlikeness. Willard was professor of philosophy at the University of Southern California and a former Southern Baptist pastor. Sometimes due to Willard's spearheading the importance of spiritual practices among Protestants, he is viewed as having said little else on the topic of Christian formation (Richard Foster claimed that Willard was his mentor on that particular subject, in the acknowledgement section of Foster’s classic book, Celebration of Discipline, HarperSan Francisco, 1978). But there is much more. ... Four pervading themes in Willard’s writings on Christian formation are briefly developed below, mainly with quotations from Willard.

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Salvation in James: Gift and Responsibility, Part Three

By Darian Lockett Mar. 4, 2015 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, New Testament, Theology, Historical Theology

In this series of posts, we attempt to offer a rich and appreciative reading of James chapter 1 and 2 with an eye to James’ theology of human redemption—a Jacobian soteriology. In the previous post, we considered James 1:18 and 21 and concluded that this “word of truth” and “implanted word” thus is a new character, a new heart’s disposition created in us. It must be received (1:21) and, as the “law of freedom” it must be obeyed (1:22-25). Mercy must, it appears, be enacted in order to be efficacious. And thus the answer to the third question regarding this proverbial statement appears to be “yes,” mercy is a “work” required for salvation. But that is a misleading way to understand James. It is better perhaps to call the mercy that triumphs an appropriation of the divine concern (2:5, 8), proof of the reality of the “birth” (1:18) and the “implanted word” (1:21), and an accurate understanding of “faith” (2:14). This question of what constitutes “good works” will be explored now in this final post. 

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Salvation in James: Gift and Responsibility, Part Two

By Darian Lockett Feb. 25, 2015 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, New Testament, Theology, Historical Theology

In this series of posts, we attempt to offer a rich and appreciative reading of James chapter 1 and 2 with an eye to James’ theology of human redemption—a Jacobian soteriology. In the previous post, we considered the function of the “word” and the “law” as God’s gracious gifts for salvation. Here we specifically looked at James 1:18 and 21 and concluded that this “word of truth” and “implanted word” thus is a new character, a new heart’s disposition created in us. It must be received (1:21) and, as the “law of freedom” it must be obeyed (1:22-25). Thus, the “word/law” in James is God’s instrument for salvation—it is both gift and responsibility. In this second post we will focus on James 2:12-13 where “mercy” triumphs over judgment. 

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