Contemporary Issues

Can We Still Believe the Bible?

Craig Blomberg, Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary, has written another outstanding volume. Blomberg is a committed evangelical, but not one with a closed mind. As he says in his preface about the environment of Denver Seminary (quoting Vernon Grounds, former president of the school), “Here is no unanchored liberalism—freedom to think without […]

North Korean Dictator to Execute 33 Christians

This news was reported on 5 March 2014 in a smattering of media outlets. Mark Shapland, in Britain’s Daily Mail, noted that “Thirty-three North Koreans face execution after being charged with attempting to overthrow the repressive regime of Kim Jong-un. “The Koreans have landed themselves in hot water after it emerged they had worked with […]

The Great Commission Part 3: Application

This is the third of three blogs on the Great Commission (Matt 28.19–20). In the first one I talked about the grammar of this passage and concluded that the standard English translation, “Go and make disciples… baptizing… teaching” is an accurate representation of the idioms of the Greek text. In the second blog I discussed […]

The Great Commission, Part 2: Historical Setting

In a previous blog (“The Great Commission or the Great Suggestion?”) we looked at the Greek construction of Matt 28.19-20 and concluded that the typical English translation, “Go and make disciples,” was pretty accurate. The participle translated “Go” is really dependent on the mood of the main verb (the imperative, “make disciples”) for its force. […]

The Great Commission or the Great Suggestion?

I don’t know the source, but I suspect it is from a Christian magazine article written in the last 75 years. My guess is that this idea would have found fertile soil during the Great Depression (when funds were definitely low and excuses for lack of action could be high; for a parallel, see Jas […]

Domesticated Camels in Israel: new evidence that ‘breaks the Bible’s back’?

A recent journal article by Tel Aviv archeologists argues that camels were not domesticated until about 800 BC. If that is true, then the Genesis account of domesticated camels in the days of Abraham is wrong. One of the things that bothers me about modern-day theological liberals is that they are anything but: they tend […]

Five Major Issues facing the Christian Faith Today: the Hugh Hewitt Show

I was in southern California today (14 February 2014), interviewed by Hugh Hewitt about five major issues facing the Christian faith. The show aired on over 120 stations. Hewitt is known as a conservative political pundit (and a law professor, among other things), and occasionally dips into religious issues. One can hear the interview by clicking […]

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus

My good friend, Nabeel Qureshi, has just gotten his first book published: Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity. It was co-authored with Lee Strobel and was released on 11 February 2014. I have known Nabeel for a few years. When I first met him he was a relatively new Christian. He was […]

The Transracial Implications of the Gospel

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., today being MLK day, it seems appropriate to discuss some of the implications of the gospel in terms of race relations. As shocking as it may sound, I grew up in a city that allowed no African Americans. In fact, I did not see a person of color […]

First Time to India

14 Jan 2014 I was asked by the Asia Christian Academy’s Evangelical Theological Seminary to teach some doctoral students on textual criticism for a week in January 2014. I jumped at the opportunity—in part because this would be my first trip to India, and in part because I was pretty sure these students had not […]

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