When Oswalt summarizes James Barr and Brevvard Childs who claim “if the historical basis on which the supposed revelation rested was false, then why should we give any special credence to the ideas resting on that basis” (Oswalt, 31), he gives the perfect wording to what is already known. When we look at the Bible, in … More How should we approach the Bible?
Introduction to Mission Throughout the Bible we see the emphasis of God in the active working of salvation for all of mankind. In 2 Peter 3:9 we are reminded “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should … More Is Missions Biblical?
When looking at Scott Moreau’s book “Introducing World Missions” He brings to light ten principles that can be learned from Paul’s missionary work. These same principles can be applied in all cultures by all missionaries. While all of these are important, there are five that stand out above the others. First, “Paul’s strategy was far … More Paul’s Missionary Lifestyle
When looking at the monastic situation from the early days, there were many good principles that monks who lived by the rule would follow. Some of the best principles are those relating to the relationship of the monks and their devotion to spiritual matters. In the rule, each day had, “eight times of prayer were … More Oh Monastic Life! How simply though art!…Maybe?
The word therefore has two different thoughts on interpretation. Many pastors and people in general like to say “what is this there for?” and while that is true, it tends to minimize the impact of the word. We need to think of Therefore as a transition to form a cause and effect situation. In essence … More Ephesians 2:11-22
The four criteria of authenticity according to the textbook, The Cradle, The Cross, and The Crown are the criterion of Multiple Attestation, the Criterion of Palestinian Environment, the Criterion of Dissimilarity, and the Criterion of Coherence. The Criterion of Multiple Attestation is simply whether or not the same event and saying occur from more … More Is the Bible Authentic?
Today, as I was reading, Ephesians 2, I noticed it is tied back to everything in chapter one. However, instead of talking about non-Christians, it reminds Christians of where they came from which happens to be the same state as non-Christians, therefore we can read this to know two things, one the past state of … More Ephesians 2:1-10