Why Didn’t Paul Mention the Virgin Birth of Jesus?

Apologetics and Theology

Jesus Mythicists frequently comment on Paul’s lack of description of aspects of Jesus’ life, including the virgin birth. Does Paul omission of this event mean that Paul was unaware of it or rejected it? It […]

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Thoughts on the Radical Perspective on Paul

Radical Perspective on Paul

There has been much development in our understanding of Paul since Martin Luther reintroduced us to justification by faith five hundred years ago. One of the major developments is something called the New Perspective on […]

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William Lane Craig on Paul’s Epistles and Jesus Traditions

William Lane Craig

I have heard a number of skeptics argue that Paul’s lack of quotations of Jesus are a serious problem for our understanding of Jesus. Jesus was a well known historical figure, why doesn’t Paul quote him […]

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4 Reasons to Study the Apostle Paul

Apologetics and Theology

I’m currently teaching a course on the Apostle Paul at Tyndale University College. One of the things that I ask my students is, why should we study the Apostle Paul? Shouldn’t we be “red letter […]

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The Living Paul

Apologetics and Theology

I have been reading through some of my books on Paul for the course on the Apostle Paul that I’m teaching at Tyndale University College. One of the ones that I read was Anthony Thiselton’s […]

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Why Didn’t Paul Speak More About the Historical Jesus?

Apologetics and Theology

It is true that Paul did not speak as much about the earthly life and ministry of Jesus as we would have liked. Rudolf Bultmann claimed, “The historical Jesus plays no role or practically none […]

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Did Paul Write 2 Thessalonians?

2 Thessalonians

You may or may not be aware that there is some disagreement among New Testament scholars about how many of the letters Paul actually wrote. The “authentic” letters, that is the letters that they are […]

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The Gospel in the Marketplace of Ideas

Apologetics Journal

Paul Copan and Kenneth D. Litwak, The Gospel in the Marketplace of Ideas: Paul’s Mars Hill Experience for Our Pluralistic World (Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 2014), Pbk. 176 pp. One of the common passages for apologists to […]

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The Paulcast: A Podcast on the Apostle Paul

Paulcast

I’m always on the look out for good podcasts. A number come my way but are quickly dropped. One that has come to my attention and made the cut is the Paulcast with Kurt Willems. […]

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Four Views on the Apostle Paul

Apologetics Journal

Michael F. Bird (ed.). Four Views on the Apostle Paul (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2012), 236 pp. Pbk.   One of the most interesting series of books to come out is that of the four views. […]

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Apostle Paul, Christians and Islam

Islam

I have some serious concerns about the ways Christians speak about and speak to Muslims. As a Christian, I am embarrassed at what comes across my Facebook feed. If I was a Muslim, I would […]

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Are Spiritual Gifts for Today?

Apologetics and Theology

I sometimes joke that I believe cessationism died with the apostles. While I am amused by the statement, it often does not get the reaction I am looking for. The truth is that there are […]

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Introducing Paul

Apologetics Journal

Michael F. Bird, Introducing Paul: The Man, His Mission, His Message. Downer’s Grove: IVP Academic, 2007. 209 pp. Pbk. Truly, no evangelist had more impact on Christianity than Paul. Yet despite his prominence in writing […]

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Was Paul a Misogynist?

Apologetics and Theology

Did the Apostle Paul really hate women? Did he teach that women were inferior or that their rights should be limited? Some people believe so. Should women read Paul as one hostile to their gender? […]

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Devotions: Titus

Apologetics and Theology

A devotion based on Titus 3:9. By the time we get to Paul’s letter to Titus, we are reading a more mature and experienced apostle. While Christianity was originally just trying to distinguish itself from […]

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Pastoral Epistles and Pauline Authorship

Many New Testament scholars would deny that Paul wrote 1-2 Timothy or Titus. I accept the Pauline authorship, but not just because I am an Evangelical. There is no doubt that there are differences between […]

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Cutting Off False Teaching

Apologetics and Theology

I have been studying Galatians came across one of the most interesting passages in the Bible: “You were running well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? This persuasion is not from him who calls […]

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Love and Understanding

Philippians 1:9-11 Introduction Most people would agree that love is one of, if not the greatest virtue.  Television shows, movies and music are all drawn to the notion of love.  But what is love?  Is […]

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A Pastor’s Prayer

Ephesians 1:15-23 Introduction Who was the Apostle Paul?  Well, he was the author of much of the New Testament.  He was a church planter and missionary.  He was a theologian and a deep thinker.  But […]

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Five Hundred Witnesses

Apologetics and Theology

One of the most important passages for demonstrating the resurrection of Jesus is the first part of 1 Corinthians 15.  There is one part of this that some people have questioned: Then he appeared to […]

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Paul, the Spirit and the People of God

I recently reread Gordon Fee’s Paul, the Spirit and the People of God.  I am using this book for a course I am teaching on 1 Corinthians at Tyndale next month.  The book is not […]

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Wright and Dunn on the New Perspective

I must confess that I have not taken a position on the new perspective on Paul.  I think that there are some important correctives raised by the new perspective scholars but I am not yet […]

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Paul and the Historical Jesus

One of the things that I get frustrated with is the claim that the Apostle Paul never spoke of the historical Jesus.  If this is true, it leaves wide open the claim that the early […]

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