21 Apr 2012

Take a Test Drive

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One of the best ways to consider whether a seminary like DBTS is the place for you to train for gospel ministry is to actually take a class, or as we call it in car country, a Test Drive. Our summer Test Drive program is a wonderful opportunity to earn 2 graduate credits free of charge and...
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20 Apr 2012

God's Wisdom…but Mine

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In the interests of avoiding a reputation as an iconoclast, I thought it might be good to offer a positive follow-up to my previous post, God Is Not My Fall Guy. Some of you perhaps were scandalized by the post, supposing that the only alternative to invoking supernatural divine leading in ministerial decision-making is resorting...
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18 Apr 2012

God Is Not My Fall Guy

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“Hello, my name is__________, and I approve this message.” This awkward disclaimer became part of standard political jargon in 2002, when the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act was passed. Specifically, its “Stand By Your Ad” provision demands that all political ads run on radio or television include “a statement by the candidate that identifies the candidate and states...
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16 Apr 2012

The Preface and Opposition to New Translations

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In a previous post I noted that the Preface to the 1611 King James Version is an embarrassment to KJV-only advocates because in it the translators of the KJV make a series of statements that argue against the KJV-only position. Since KJV-only proponents insist that only the KJV is the Word of God in English, they are...
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15 Apr 2012

Tax Day in Ancient Israel

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Apparently, it was Benjamin Franklin who first said that the only thing we can be certain of is death and taxes. We are reminded of that again today, April 15, though the IRS has given us a couple of extra days this year to file our tax returns. Even the ancient Israelites had to deal...
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13 Apr 2012

Can a Person Be "Overly Righteous"?

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Be not overly righteous, and do not make yourself too wise. Why should you destroy yourself? (Ecc 7:16, ESV) Can “be not overly righteous” really be saying what it seems to be saying? Does God actually want us to tone down our righteousness? In order to correctly determine the meaning of this clause, it must...
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11 Apr 2012

One More Reason Why the Resurrection Is Such Good News

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I realize that resurrection Sunday may feel a bit like last week’s news. After all, it’s done. We’ve celebrated. Now we’ve moved on to what’s next, whether that’s Pentecost or something (slightly) less noble like the pennant race. We’ll be happy to do it all again next year, of course. But for now, we’ve got...
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9 Apr 2012

The Embarrassing Preface to the King James Version

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When the King James Version of the Bible came off the press of Robert Barker in 1611, it contained an eleven-page preface titled “The Translators to the Reader.” This preface is primarily a defense of the new translation, but it also provides important information about the translators’ views on the subject of Bible translation. It is...
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7 Apr 2012

The Date of Easter

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Throughout church history professing believers have argued amongst themselves about all kinds of things. In retrospect, some of these debates have been key steps in hammering out the details of important theological issues. Other debates have been less than edifying. Many of the disagreements related to the date of Easter have fallen into this latter...
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5 Apr 2012

Length of Days in the Creation Week: Genesis 1–2:3

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Though there are a number of Christians who question a literal interpretation of the creation week, a closer look at Genesis 1:1–2:3 should challenge those who have abandoned or are uncertain about the traditional understanding of the creation days. I will give four reasons to embrace a literal interpretation of the days in the creation...
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