Introduction to The Synoptic Problem With the rise of scholarly research regarding the New Testament Canon there has been a general trend toward criticizing and playing down the historical traditions that have been associated with the New Testament. “The adjective ‘synoptic’ has been used since the time of J.J. Griesbach (ca. 1790) to describe the … More Synoptic Problem
Introduction to The Emerging Church Recently, Brian McLaren, a leading theologian in the emerging church, said, “I was a good kid, I believed what I’d been told. And as a pastor, I started having gay people come out to me and what became clearer and clearer to me is that their experience was not explained … More What is the Emerging Church?
1. Discuss the issues regarding the location of the churches to which Paul wrote Galatians. Give your view of whether the region referred to as “ Galatia” represents a Northern or Southern Galatia. Defend your view. Why is the location of the church important? When one looks at the audience to whom Paul intended the book … More Who is Galatians written to?
After reading Enns’ section on “Reformation Soteriology,” critique and evaluate his assessment of Calvinism (Reformed) and Arminianism on the select topics of atonement and faith and works (Enns, ch. 30). Are you in agreement with the Reformed or Arminian or some modified position? Enns’ section on “Reformation Soteriology,” he does a fair … More Calvinism vs. Armenianism
5. Define the terms righteousness, faith, and justification as used by Paul in Romans. Using these definitions, explain how Paul presents the gospel in Romans. How are humans trapped in a hopeless predicament? How has God acted to rescue people from the power of sin and death? Righteousness – In Romans, righteousness is actually dependent on … More Key terms in Romans
I think that Enns section on the “Gifts of the Holy Spirit” has some value but is ultimately lacking because of his conclusion that any spiritual gifts ceased after the time of the Apostles and are no longer in use today. This conclusion tends to stifle the working of the Holy Spirit, and actually tends … More Gifts of the Spirit
Discuss the occasion and purpose for the writing of two of Paul’s letters from Prison (Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon). Who were the opponents (if any) of Paul in these areas? What was the nature of the opponents’ doctrine and how did Paul respond to it? Discuss the occasion and purpose for the writing of … More Audience of Timothy and Titus