Category Archives: Understanding the Bible

William Lane Craig and Bart Ehrman on the Resurrection

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What does it mean that Jesus fulfills Scripture?

“And So Was Fulfilled What the Prophet Had Said” This kind of language is common in the New Testament. Jesus did this or that in order that “scripture may be fulfilled”. I used to hear these parts of the Bible … Continue reading

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The “God is a Moral Monster” Objection Stated

I find this objection to Christianity to be increasingly common among Christian defectors. I thought it might be worth while exploring it further. As you’ll see later in this series, I don’t really thing it is as much an argument … Continue reading

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Why there are so many New Testament “submission” passages modern egalitarians bristle against?

Why So Many Submit Texts? In my men’s group we’re up to the submission section in 1 Peter 2:13f “Submit yourselves to every human authority for the sake of the Lord…” “House slaves submit in all fear to the despots, … Continue reading

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Tempting Jesus

“Jesus dealt with three temptations– to gluttony, vainglory and avarice. All three recapitulated the one temptation of Adam. ” Gregory the Great “It is not through miracles but by patient, long-suffering endurance that must prevail over the devil. We should … Continue reading

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Jesus’ Post-Resurrection Mission Shows the Breach

John 21 It’s fun to read John 21 and ponder the relational dynamics between Jesus and his disciples. My imagination fills up the gaps of the sparse text with my own experiences of course, but that is true of reading … Continue reading

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How Ham Hurts

Stumbling Around The Great Debate is over now  and as almost anyone could have predicted what the spectacle has produced is hardening in an already polarized field. Let me say a few things that will probably surprise people who know me … Continue reading

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Notes on Isaiah 6:9f

The great call of God to Isaiah is followed by what seems to be the most ridiculous calling. Isaiah is to speak the truth to a community that will never hear it. Jesus quotes this passage too. Isaiah 6:9–10 (NET) … Continue reading

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The Miracle of Common Bible Reading as Compared to reading other Ancient Literature

Reading Ancient Classics Rod Dreher is reading Dante, or rather a commentary on Dante. He comments on now this particular book helps him read Dante. I remember taking a class in college on Dante and I understood very little of … Continue reading

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Reading the Bible For Self Formation

From our Cultural Perspective We all come to the Bible with our own set of cultural filters we impose upon it. In the West, our enthusiasm at discovering the enormous power of science to arrive at a level of communal … Continue reading

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