7 Things You Need to Know About the Formation of the New Testament
These realities should comfort us, not only in knowing why we have the books in the New Testament that we do, but that our translations and copies are reliable and trustworthy due to the overwhelming internal and external evidence.
The New Testament books are the earliest writings we possess regarding Jesus. The New Testament was completed in the first century. This means the writings include testimonies from eyewitnesses and were written within fifty years of the events, which cannot be said of any of the apocryphal literature often discussed in the news. 1.... Continue Reading
What Do You Feed Your Eyes?
Our eyes will be drawn to what our hearts desire, but they also often hold sway.
Our eyes are not neutral. They influence and even drive our hearts. If we feed them what is true, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable, our eyes can grow our faith, heighten our love, and intensify our happiness. But where the eyes wander, the heart quickly follows — and falls. How many of... Continue Reading
The Lord Is My Shepherd; I Shall Not Want
Jesus knew that, ultimately, He Himself was “the good shepherd” who “lays down his life for the sheep.”
What looks at first like a shepherd’s lessons from shepherding turns out to be the confidence of a believer based on the truth of the Word of God and the revelation of His character. Perhaps this is less David the pastor thinking of caring for sheep and more David the expositor applying God’s Word to... Continue Reading
4 Ways to Seek the Good of Modern Day Babylon
Placed at the intersection between the “two ages”—“this present evil age” in bondage to sin and death, and “the age to come” under the reign of righteousness and life—our lives are marked by tension.
We are baptized into Christ: we are justified and are being renewed, gradually conforming to Christ’s image. Through his enduring word and sacraments, the age to come breaks into this present age that is fading away. “We are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken” (Heb. 12:28), which frees us to take our temporary citizenship... Continue Reading
3 of the Serpent’s Lies We Still Believe
“No! You will not die,” the serpent said to the woman. “In fact, God knows that when you eat it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:1-4).
Behind the simplicity was a cunning undertone. Behind this simple exchange which set off a cosmos-rocking event, the fork-tongued liar was leveling charges against the character and nature of God. What came off like a question was really an accusation. Behind these few sentences, we can isolate at least three lies about who God is, and they... Continue Reading
Equal in Power, Unequal in Authority?
Can Eternal Subordination of the Son (ESS) be reconciled with the orthodox Nicene doctrine of the Trinity?
According to the Bible and to orthodox Christian writers over the centuries since the councils of Nicea and Constantinople, power and authority are not different things. The consistent orthodox teaching of the church is to attribute the same power and authority to the Son as the Father. As Matthew Henry writes in his commentary on John 5:19, “He... Continue Reading
The Psalm of David the Shepherd
David knew the constant care needed to be a good shepherd and thus it provided a rich metaphor for God’s constant care for him in Psalm 23.
David’s life as a shepherd continued to play a role after he left the pasture. Much of what he learned leading sheep he applied as a leader of men. Famously, he appealed to his exploits in guarding the flock, how he depended upon God, to illustrate his ability to fight Goliath (1 Sam. 17:34–37). David’s... Continue Reading
Queer Culture and Family Pizza Night
In the making of them male and female, the very attributes of a Holy God act as a safeguard against queer culture.
That “God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female” may well be the locus classicus of apologetics in defending the biblical sexual ethic. For, again, what the text says is that male and female gender image the Creator and comprise human sex and sexuality. What... Continue Reading
5 Ways God Meets Us When Our Faith is Weak
We need to remember why we were created and that God gives something to us that can never be taken away.
God had compassion on us in our foolishness and folly. Our heavenly Father demonstrated his mercy by sending Jesus Christ, his Son to die for our sins (John 3:16–17). He knew we would fall again and again. Even when we pursued our own glory and happiness apart from him, he still sent his Son! He... Continue Reading
Within Chapters 17 – 19 of the Book of Judges, we see how deeply Canaanite customs and practices infected the Levites and the religious institutions of Israel.
The account of the rape of the concubine by the Benjamites of Gibeah purposefully echoes Genesis 19 in order to demonstrate than the nation of Israel has taken on the character of ancient Sodom. Reminiscent of Paul’s conclusions in Romans 1 regarding the consequences of idolatry, the Jewish nation has been given up to suffer... Continue Reading
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