27 Feb 2012

What Is the Best Commentary?

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I received a phone call from a pastor in Florida a few weeks back who was going to be speaking in his church from the book of Ephesians. He wanted my opinion as to what I considered to be the best commentary on the epistle. I quickly told him to look at Harold Hoehner’s Ephesians,...
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25 Feb 2012

Detroit Baptist Seminary Journal

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If you notice the header of this blog, you will see a tab marked “Journal,” which if selected will take you to the web page for our seminary journal. Detroit Baptist Seminary Journal began in 1996 and is published annually in the fall of the year.  At the web page you will find the table...
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23 Feb 2012

John MacArthur and the NIV 2011

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Since its introduction last year, the 2011 update of the New International Version has been, to say the least, the subject of quite a bit of controversy. Many folks were surprised at the recent announcement that the MacArthur Study Bible with its 20,000 notes will be available in the NIV for the first time. The publisher, Thomas...
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21 Feb 2012

Book Note: James Dunn's Baptism in the Holy Spirit (2nd ed.)

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James D. G. Dunn. Baptism in the Holy Spirit: A Re-Examination of the New Testament Teaching on the Gift of the Spirit in Relation to Pentecostalism Today. Second edition. London: SCM Press, 2010, xxi + 248 pp. This second-edition of Baptism in the Holy Spirit represents Dunn’s latest revision of his oeuvre. In the book...
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19 Feb 2012

Dr. Bryant Wood to Speak at DBTS

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On March 14 DBTS will host the William R. Rice Lecture Series. The speaker for this year’s event is Dr. Bryant G. Wood. His topic will be “Archaeology and the Conquest: New Evidence on an Old Problem.” Dr. Wood is a widely respected biblical archaeologist and scholar who is the Director of Research at Associates for Biblical Research in Akron,...
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17 Feb 2012

More on 1st Century Gospel of Mark

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In my previous posts, here and here, I reported on a debate between Dan Wallace and Bart Ehrman during which Wallace remarked that he had information about the discovery of a fragmentary papyrus manuscript of the Gospel of Mark that possibly may be from the 1st century A.D. The debate is now available online. Dr. Wallace’s...
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15 Feb 2012

Typology: Lessons from R. T. France

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We received word yesterday of the death of noted New Testament scholar R. T. France on February 10. Dr. France was well known for a number of important books, including commentaries on Matthew and Mark. You can see a list here. But today I want to call attention to what I think is one of...
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14 Feb 2012

Worship Warcraft

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Every time I hear a specific date announced for the end of the War in Afghanistan, I experience a brief snort of laughter. What kind of world do we live in where the beginning and end of wars can be scheduled? The fact is, so long as differing worldviews exist, wars are inevitable, and they...
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13 Feb 2012

American Catholicism's Pact with the Devil

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This is the title of a thought-provoking post (essay?) by Paul Rahe, Professor of History at Hillsdale College. Dr. Rahe briefly traces the history of the Roman Catholic Church’s involvement in the political sphere throughout the history of Western civilization. When he arrives at the modern American scene, he says: In the 1930s, the majority...
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11 Feb 2012

A Bad Trade?

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Here’s the basic fallacy of the Elephant Room 2 storyline—once you’ve granted to someone good standing as a Christian brother and fellow servant of the gospel, you can’t claim that you’re going to be sitting down to discuss whether he is truly such or not. You’ve already tipped your hand, so the rest of the...
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