Kenneth Berding

A Short Book Review of One of the Longest Books I’ve Ever Read

By Kenneth Berding Jul. 22, 2014 9:00 a.m. Theology, Historical Theology, Biblical Exposition, New Testament, Old Testament

After six months of on-and-off reading, I have just completed N.T. Wright’s book, Paul and the Faithfulness of God.  The book is 1660 pages long if you include the bibliography and indices.  (If you don’t it’s only 50 pages long…just kidding.)  Here are three things I liked about this two-volume book, and two things that I struggled with.

 
 
 

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What a Difference a Century and a Half Can Make!

By Kenneth Berding Jul. 8, 2014 9:00 a.m. Historical Theology, Christian Education, Church Life, Culture, New Testament, Old Testament, Spiritual Formation

In 19th century England, Atheists knew more about the Bible than most Christians do today. So did Liberal Anglicans, Anglo-Catholics, Unitarians, and Agnostics. So claims Timothy Larsen in A People of One Book: The Bible and the Victorians (Oxford, 2011) ...

 

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“These Were My Thoughts On the Night I Thought I Would Die” - My Daughter’s Testimony

By Kenneth Berding Jun. 24, 2014 9:00 a.m. Evangelism, Marriage and Family, Missions, Spiritual Formation

Almost eleven months ago, my wife and I said a tearful goodbye to our young adult daughter Lydia just before she boarded a plane at the Los Angeles airport on her way to serve as a missionary nurse in Mindanao, Philippines ... About six weeks ago Lydia discovered that she had contracted typhoid fever, a very serious illness.  Subsequently, she was hospitalized three times in Mindanao, first to treat the typhoid, then to rescue her during a life-threatening emergency related to the typhoid, then to treat sepsis, her second life-threatening emergency ...

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Skills vs. Character: Which is More Important in Ministry Leaders?

By Kenneth Berding Apr. 2, 2014 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Christian Education, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament

Have you ever noticed how often we rank skills over character?

You’re seeking to hire someone for a job. Which is more important? Skills for the job, or the character of the one seeking the job? In almost every hiring situation, skills are the focus (though I have heard that Human Resources folks are increasingly Facebook and Instagram-stalking potential employees in an attempt to ascertain whatever they can about applicants’ private lives.)

I would like to suggest that in Christian ministry, character should be weighted over skills.

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How Many Herods Are There in the Bible?

By Kenneth Berding Mar. 3, 2014 9:00 a.m. New Testament

In my last post (What Does The Fox Say? Who is the Fox Anyway?) I wrote about Herod Antipas. As I was writing, I realized that a lot of people get confused about who “Herod” is in the Bible. This isn’t surprising since there are actually six different (!) “Herods” in the New Testament, and they are all somehow related to each other. Here are thumbnail sketches to help you keep track of who’s who...

 

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What Does the Fox Say? Who is the Fox Anyway?

By Kenneth Berding Feb. 5, 2014 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Culture, New Testament, Spiritual Formation

The Fox is Herod Antipas.  Jesus says so.  If you don’t believe me, look at Luke 13:32.

But what does this arrogant, sensual, and power-hungry tyrant say? 

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Exponential Mentoring

By Kenneth Berding Jan. 6, 2014 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation

In an ideal world, all Christians would maintain three types of spiritual relationships as they walked through life. (Disclaimer: There have only been a couple times in my own life when I have had all three going at once, but this is still an ideal worth aiming for.)

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