14 May 2019

My Grandpa’s “Worry Gene”

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When I was growing up, my Grandfather had a nervous habit of twiddling his thumbs. He was conscious of the habit and used to tell me that he did it because he had a “worry gene.” I don’t know if he was serious about that comment, but I got the sense that he at least...
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7 May 2019

The Unity of Apostolic Doctrine

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Around Easter I contributed a post about Paul’s view of the necessity of Jesus’ resurrection for salvation. The motivation for that post actually came from a Greek exegesis class as we considered 1 Peter. We were discussing 3:18, and we noted that Peter likewise believes the resurrection is necessary for salvation: This passage teaches that...
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1 May 2019

Did OT Believers Go to Sheol?

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Despite many advances over the last century in archaeology and biblical backgrounds, together with a growing field of studies in biblical theology, consensus concerning ancient Israel’s perspective of the afterlife remains elusive. The view that conscious life continued after death was pervasive not only in ancient Israel but throughout the ancient Near East. Defining and...
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22 Apr 2019

Is Pastoral “Desire” a Qualification for Ministry?

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The question of a pastoral “call to ministry,” reminiscent of God’s call of biblical prophets and apostles, has long been a issue with which ordination councils have been concerned. Many operate on the assumption that no one aspiring to the ministry may proceed without such a “call.” I concede, of course, that God’s Spirit is...
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19 Apr 2019

Without the Resurrection, there is no Salvation

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The point indicated in the title to this post is ably defended by Paul in 1 Corinthians 15. There, Paul indicates that if there is no resurrection, then Jesus is not raised, and if Jesus is not raised, then we are still in our sins. Such an argument makes little sense to some, for the...
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17 Apr 2019

Neither Forsaken nor Estranged from God

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Not long ago, I was able to attend a conference, where Dr. Mark Snoeberger presented on the question of what may rightly be said about the death of God in the death of Christ. This paper, published in The Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry, is a written form of that presentation. I heartily encourage you...
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15 Apr 2019

Why Do Christians Believe in the Trinity? Is It Rational?

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Christians are people of the book, but the word “Trinity” is not found anywhere in the Bible. So, is the Trinity a biblical doctrine? And if so, is it rational? What Does the Bible Teach? Though the Bible does not contain one verse that sums up the Trinity, it gives at least three distinct truths...
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12 Apr 2019

New Resource: KJVParallelBible.org

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A unique resource has finally been fully completed, and I thought our readers should take note. Mark Ward, a graduate of BJU who now works at Logos, has worked for two years compiling a helpful resource for comparing the Greek text underlying the KJV (TR) with modern versions (UBS/NA).[1] The unique element is that the...
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27 Mar 2019

3/27/2019 DBTS Chapel: Ken Brown

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Pastor Ken Brown preaches from Habakkuk 3 and encourages us to remember God’s work in the past and long for God’s glory alone   Download and subscribe to our Podcasts here
26 Mar 2019

The Difference Between Apocryphal Works and the Bible

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When I taught Old Testament Survey at a Christian University, one of my favorite assignments was having the students read Bel and the Dragon. This is a portion of apocryphal literature[1] which was written to be added to the text of Daniel (as chapter 14). I had the students read the account and then respond...
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