Posts in New Testament

When The Church Was A Family—Even From Town To Town!

By Joe Hellerman May. 19, 2014 9:00 a.m. Theology, Biblical Exposition, Church Life, Culture, Missions, New Testament

... Among the unique aspects of early Christianity, when compared to other religious options in the ancient world, are the relationships the early Christians shared across geographical boundaries. The church was a family—not only locally but also from town to town ...

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A Hill to Die On: How Biblical Backgrounds Help Make Scripture More Engaging

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

Last Saturday evening, my wife and I had a delightful dinner out with two of our very best friends, John and Leah Hutchison. Before we left the house, I had about fifteen minutes to kill while Joann was still getting ready. The nerd in me has something laying right on my nightstand for just such occasions: a volume of Josephus’ Antiquities. I picked it up, intending to read a little Greek, and stumbled across a story that had escaped my memory but is worth revisiting ...

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Remembering Heaven

By John McKinley May. 13, 2014 9:00 a.m. Theology, New Testament

For whatever reasons in my experiences and personality, I have often looked forward in life to a better situation: I’ll be able to drive, I’ll be finished with high school, I’ll have a job, I’ll be married, I’ll live in my own home, etc. I find myself sometimes weary of the present because of problems that I have to face today, and I sometimes wish I were already ahead in tomorrow. Not least does this occur for my desire to be in Heaven ...

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Discounting Historical Jesus Scholarship

By William Lane Craig May. 2, 2014 9:00 a.m. New Testament, Philosophy

"Those who attempt to discount the majority views of New Testament (NT) scholars on certain issues on the basis of Christian bias only show how naïve they are about historical Jesus studies. While it is doubtless true that Christians will be disproportionately represented in NT scholarship in contrast to various secular disciplines, it is far too simplistic to dismiss the conclusions of NT scholarship as heavily biased and thus easily discounted ..."

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Workbooks in the History of Redemption: An Interview with Kenneth Berding

Apr. 21, 2014 9:00 a.m. Theology, Biblical Exposition, Christian Education, New Testament, Old Testament

A creative series of workbooks for classrooms and churches has recently been released. Following is an interview with the series editor and author of the first workbook, Kenneth Berding.

"This series of workbooks is a new and creative way of drawing out the back story that lies behind the writings of the Bible ... These workbooks provide an entryway that will allow you to start uncovering this story for yourself."

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Jesus’ Predictions of His Own Resurrection

By William Lane Craig Apr. 18, 2014 9:00 a.m. New Testament, Philosophy

Dr. Craig,

I appreciate the work you do a great deal and it has been personally beneficial to my faith and my ministry. I do have a question, however, concerning the 1st century Jewish expectations of resurrection. You write, and I agree that the evidence points to a Jewish belief in a general resurrection at the end of the age (John 11:24), as opposed to that of a dying and rising Messiah during their own lifetime. This would seem to work as evidence against certain theories that would deny the resurrection, such as it being a hoax, or the resurrection appearances being hallucinations, etc. ...

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Blood Moons and the End of the World

By Mark Saucy Apr. 17, 2014 4:15 p.m. Theology, Historical Theology, Culture, New Testament, Old Testament

... I’m all in favor of blood moons (awe-inspiring astronomical phenomenon!), tetrads (rare!), Jewish feasts (our overly Gentilized Church calendars should be more dominated by these—as they are fulfilled in Christ), and apocalyptic (it can be literal too—resurrection is a feature of apocalyptic and we all believe in that one). But put them together in yet another sensationalized, factually crazy, books-flying-off-the-shelf spectacle for the world, and I just shake my head.  We’re in the same ditch as those who have no hope ...

 

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