What’s the Difference Between the Bible and Lord of the Rings?

Apologetics and Theology

The two books that I have read and reread the most are the Bible and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. Recently, a skeptic asked me why we should read the Bible any differently than […]

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10 New Testament Scholars I Recommend

Apologetics and Theology

Most of my graduate work has been in the area of New Testament studies. I have been taught by some great scholars and have read many books in this area. Throughout these years, I have […]

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The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable? – Review

New Testament

I was recently listening a podcast that included an interview with Robert. M. Price about the origins of the New Testament and the formation of the canon. I was quite frustrated as the interviewer seemed […]

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IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament – Review

New Testament

There are tons of good biblical resources out there, but only a few that I would recommend for everyone. One of those would be The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament by Craig Keener. Keener […]

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Pauline Christology

Apologetics and Theology

Was Jesus divine? Was the divinity of Jesus a later invention of the church? What did Paul, our earliest Christian writer, say about Jesus? I can think of no better resource to answer these questions […]

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4 Reasons to Study the Apostle Paul

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 Reliability of the Gospels – Part Two

Reliability of the Gospels

If you have not already, make sure to read part one of this guest post by Wesley Huff. An Embarrassment of Riches… The Number of New Testament Manuscripts In 1631, a printing of the King […]

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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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Bart Ehrman and Richard Bauckham on the Reliability of the Gospels

Apologetics and Theology

Bart Ehrman has made a second career out of trying to demolish confidence in the New Testament. Because he is a respected scholar and a talented writer, he is someone who must be taken seriously. […]

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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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Karl Barth on the New Testament Hope

The New Testament presents a message of hope. But what is the content of that hope? I came across this summary of the New Testament hope by Karl Barth that I thought was very helpful. […]

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The Key to Understanding Romans

Apologetics and Theology

One of the things I try to get across to my Bible students is that the authors did not sit down to intentionally write the Bible. This is especially true when it comes to Paul’s letters. […]

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10 More Things You May Not Have Known About the Bible

Some time back I wrote a post about 10 Things You May Not Have Known About the Bible. Since I believe that there are always more things to learn, here are 10 more things you […]

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What is the Infancy Gospel of Thomas?

Apologetics and Theology

One of the highlights when I teach New Testament introduction courses is to have “story-time” with a reading from the Infancy Gospel of Thomas. Why would I read from such a book? Critics attempt to […]

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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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10 Things You May Not Have Known About the Bible

Apologetics and Theology

The Bible is the most influential book in western culture. Even in this post-Christian era, we are surrounded by the influence of the Bible. The Bible was crucial for me in my own faith journey. […]

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7 Things to Remember When Reading the Bible

Bible

Many years ago, I had a couple of Roman Catholic ladies come to my door. They went on to explain to me that the problem with the world today was that too many people read […]

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The Historical Jesus: Five Views

At the beginning of twentieth century, Albert Schweitzer wrote a book called, The Quest of the Historical Jesus. In this book (which I highly recommend), Schweitzer guides the reader through the post-enlightenment attempts of (mostly […]

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James Dunn on Oral Transmission

Some skeptics suggest that we do not have accurate sources in the Gospels because they were written too late (often assumed to be 40-50 years after the crucifixion). This claim makes some major assumptions. It […]

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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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Is Jesus a Sun God?

Apologetics and Theology

Some versions of the Jesus Myth Theory attempt to argue that Jesus was a sun god and that he was derived from other sun gods. But other than a desire to connect Jesus with Horus […]

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The Jesus Movements

Apologetics and Theology

In the second chapter of Deconstructing Jesus, Price continues to attempt a picture of the earliest church that differed on major issues. Price makes much of Q, the hypothetical document that contains sayings common to […]

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What is the Synoptic Problem?

There seems to be some sort of relationship between Matthew, Mark and Luke, but what is it? This episode of the podcast will look at what scholars call the Synoptic Problem. If you want to […]

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Reconstructing Christian Origins

Apologetics and Theology

I am currently reading Robert Price’s Deconstructing Jesus and I thought I would blog my reflections on each chapter. Although the book was published in 2000, Price is one of the few Jesus Mythicists who […]

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Parables of Jesus Review

I will be soon teaching a course on the Parables of Jesus at Emmanuel Bible College. One of the most important decisions is choosing a textbook. Although I had not read it before (always a […]

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Praying with Paul

Apologetics and Theology

Prayer is one of the most important activities for a Christian. But how do we pray? Prayer is one of the most misunderstood things in the Church. If we are going to learn, we need […]

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How to Write a New Testament Research Paper

  Writing a Research Paper I have taught New Testament at Emmanuel Bible College and Tyndale University College and every year, one of the assignments is a research paper. That means that every year I need […]

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Devotions: 1 Thessalonians

A devotion based on 1 Thessalonians 4:14. In 1 Thessalonians, Paul is dealing with a problem that is hard for us to imagine in our modern context. Christians in the early church thought that Jesus […]

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Devotions: Colossians

A devotion based on Colossians 4:3. Paul was a super-Christian. He was so close to Jesus that whenever he wanted something he just needed to call in a favour. Paul was so powerful that his […]

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Devotions: 1 Corinthians

A devotion based on 1 Corinthians 15:17. In this chapter, Paul is providing an extended treatment on the resurrection, both of Jesus and of believers at the return of Jesus. The reason for this is […]

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5 Things to Remember When Talking About the Historical Jesus

Apologetics and Theology

Some Christians feel uncomfortable when discussions start about the historical Jesus. The fear is that historical Jesus studies may compromise Christian beliefs about Jesus. The truth is that many of the top historical Jesus scholars […]

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The Key to Interpreting the Book of Revelation

Apologetics and Theology

Revelation is the most misinterpreted book in the entire Bible. The reason for this is very simple. The problem is the starting point. Many people begin their interpretation of Revelation with their newspaper or television. […]

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Was Jesus Adopted as the Son of God?

Apologetics and Theology

Christians believe that Jesus is the Son of God. But what does that mean? Does that mean that Jesus has always been the Son of God or that God really liked Jesus and adopted him […]

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Devotions: Matthew

Apologetics and Theology

A devotion based on Matthew 6:10. When I was in public school, we recited the Lord’s Prayer every morning. The church I attended prayed the Lord’s Prayer every Sunday. At least for that generation, the […]

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World Upside Down

As part of a course that I am teaching on Acts at Emmanuel Bible College, I assigned World Upside Down: Reading Acts in the Graeco-Roman Age by C. Kavin Rowe. While understanding this aspect of […]

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What Does “Unequally Yoked” Mean?

Apologetics and Theology

We should interpret the Bible by what we read. However, 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 is an example of a passage that others have interpreted for us before we ever read open the Bible. “Do not be […]

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5 Things You Need to Know About the Gospels

I am surprised at how little Christians know about the Gospels. Yes they know the stories and can recognize some of the parables but when it comes to what the Gospels are and why they […]

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An Introduction to the New Testament

Introduction to the New Testament Second Edition By D.A. Carson & Douglas J. Moo / Zondervan An Introduction to the New Testament focuses on “special introduction” that is historical questions dealing with authorship, date, sources, […]

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Acts of the Apostles

Acts of the Apostles

I am doing some preparation for a course on Acts that I am teaching at Emmanuel Bible College. While I have picked a different book for my text, I knew the book I wanted to […]

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A Popular Survey of the New Testament

Available for over 70% off! A Popular Survey of the New Testament By Norman L. Geisler / Baker Books The disconnect of our cultural, historical, and intellectual setting to the world of the New Testament […]

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What You Need to Know About the Bible

If you can understand this one thing, you will avoid many of the problems that Christians encounter. Are your ready? This is very important. The Bible was not inspired as a western twenty-first century document […]

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Does This Mean I Can’t Handle Snakes?

What exactly is the ending of the Gospel of Mark? Does it end at Mark 16:8 or at Mark 16:20? “Now when he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first […]

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Bart Ehrman and Richard Dawkins: Who is the Most Dangerous?

When I think of popular critics of Christianity, I think the most well known are Bart Ehrman and Richard Dawkins. They are very different. Bart Ehrman is an agnostic New Testament scholar who was once […]

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The Wrong Jesus

I believe that one of the main battlefronts for apologetics at this time is in New Testament studies, more specifically in the study of the historical Jesus. In many ways, things have not changed that […]

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The Johannine Comma and the Trinity

Apologetics and Theology

If you do not know what the Johannine Comma is, I will explain it to you (hint: it is not John’s punctuation). The best way to understand it is to compare 1 John in the […]

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The Trinity in the New Testament

People often point out that the trinity is not in the Bible. What they really mean by this is that the word ‘trinity’ is not in the Bible. The basic concept of the trinity is […]

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Reinventing Jesus

I have had Reinventing Jesus on my bookshelf for some time. While it looked interesting, it was not a priority for me to read. It looked like more of the same popular level historical Jesus […]

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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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James, Jude and Peter

Many scholars doubt that the epistles in the New Testament named after James, Jude and Peter were actually written by those individuals.  There is some logic to that doubt.  After all, James, Jude and Peter […]

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Male-Female Pairs in Luke-Acts

One of the things that I like about Luke is that he has a special interest in the role of women.  In both his Gospel and in Acts, Luke often pairs men and women, giving […]

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Matthew’s Genealogy

Matthew

One of the projects I am working on is an apologetic commentary on the Gospel of Matthew.  I am going to start it as a series of posts and then collect them as a book. […]

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Can We Trust the Gospels?

I just read an excellent book by Mark D. Roberts called Can We Trust the Gospels?  Technically, this is a “blook,” that is, a book that developed out of a number of blog posts.  This […]

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The Late Dating of the Gospels

I have been listening to a podcast by York University professor Philip Harland and have been enjoying it.  I disagree with about 25% of what he says but there are enough good insights for it […]

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Polycarp and the New Testament

Sometimes critics like to suggest that the New Testament is late, and that although individual writings may be earlier, the gathering of them as Scripture is a much later development.  We are led to believe […]

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Divinity By Decree: Part Two

Did Jesus receive his divinity by a vote at the Council of Nicaea?  In part one of this discussion, we looked at Jewish monotheism and saw that there was some flexibility within that monotheism that […]

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The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable?

One of my favourite biblical scholars and writers is F.F. Bruce (1910-1990).  Bruce’s career was the beginning of a renaissance in evangelical Christian scholarship.  Bruce demonstrated that it was possible to be faithful to high levels […]

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