11 May 2012

Interview with a Transitioning Pastor

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One of the inevitabilities of working in a seminary community is that you’re likely to lose quite a few dear friends over the course of your tenure. It’s not because seminaries require vows of friendlessness, alongside those of poverty and humility. Rather, it’s because seminaries train pastors—reliable folks who pass along what they’ve learned to...
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9 May 2012

Marginal Notes in the King James Version

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The King James-only view argues that only the 1611 KJV is the Word of God in English. All other versions or translations are so corrupt that they are not to be used, nor be appealed to as the Word of God. Most KJV-only advocates contend that the printed Greek text from which the KJV was translated, commonly...
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7 May 2012

The Latin Vulgate as Background to the Version Debate

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In light of Bill Combs’s recent posts on the King James Version, I thought it might be helpful to look briefly at another Bible translation that dominated Western Christendom for even longer than the King James. From time to time, KJV-only advocates have argued for the superiority of the KJV based on the fact that...
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5 May 2012

The Real Indiana Jones

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That’s the title of an interview with Dr. Bryant Wood and Prof. Todd Bolen. Wood was the lecturer for the Seminary’s 2012 Rice Lectures. Bolen was our guide for the Seminary’s Israel Study tour in 2000. The interview discusses how both men got involved in biblical archaeology, what are the important finds, how objects are...
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4 May 2012

"Saved, Baptized, and a Member in Good Standing"

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I heard that phrase once a month growing up, and for years never considered the possibility that Baptists would administer the Lord’s Supper any other way. I attend a church today in which I hear much the same thing, but now know that the practice is rarer than I previously imagined. Still, I think it...
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2 May 2012

Is the King James Version the Final Authority?

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The King James-only movement suggests that with the coming of the KJV there was no need for further translation work and that the pro­liferation of modern versions is harmful to the church. Yet the transla­tors of the KJV faced the same objection. They note in their preface, “The Translators to the Reader,” that there was...
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29 Apr 2012

A New Commentary on Ecclesiastes

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I recently worked through a new commentary, Ecclesiastes: The Philippians of the Old Testament, by William D. Barrick. Dr. Barrick is a Professor of Old Testament and Director of the Th.D. program at The Master’s Seminary. He has authored a number of books and journal articles. He is also the Old Testament Editor of Logos’s...
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27 Apr 2012

Maintaining an Important Ministerial Habit

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Did you take any Greek in seminary or Bible college? Perhaps you teach it. If so, then I suspect you’ll know what I mean when I say that my second-year Greek class has entered that time in the semester when I’ve got to start talking about Heinrich Bizter or posting something Luther said about the...
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25 Apr 2012

Is Only the King James Version the Word of God?

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The King James-only movement refuses to recognize any other translation in English as the Word of God. As I noted in previous posts (here and here), the Preface to the 1611 KJV is an embarrassment to the KJV-only position because in the Preface the translators themselves absolutely reject the erroneous idea that any translation has...
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