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Craig Blomberg

  • Can Allah and God Be Used Interchangeably?

    If one can use Allah and explain what one means by it and this is a bridge for sharing Christian beliefs, by all means use it. If among a different group of people, it is inextricable from distinctively Islamic tenets, one may have to abandon it.
    Craig Blomberg
    December 9,2014
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  • What is the "Sin Unto Death" (1 John 5:16b)?

    If we knew who those people were who had so hardened their hearts that they had committed what Jesus calls blasphemy against the Spirit (Matt. 12:32) so that God gives them over to their depravity (Rom. 1:24, 26, 28), we could stop praying for them, knowing it was pointless. But we don't have such knowledge.
    Craig Blomberg
    November 25,2014
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  • The Proper Use of Galatians 1:8?

    I knew I was in trouble when I saw the Scripture chosen for the header at the top of this pastor's blog.
    Craig Blomberg
    November 11,2014
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  • The Rich in James 5

    I was reminded once again of how evangelicals even in the comparatively prosperous nations of Western Europe (and Ireland had the fastest growing economy in the world at one point in the last decade until the recent financial downturn) still lag noticeably behind even the average middle-class American Christian.
    Craig Blomberg
    October 28,2014
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  • Why Do Teachers Face Stricter Judgment?

    The stricter judgment against teachers which James warns about may, at least in large part, have to do with negative consequences of the teachers' sins in this life.
    Craig Blomberg
    October 14,2014
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  • Conversation, Conduct, or Citizenship (Philippians 1:27a)?

    In Philippians 1:27, the NLT and the TNIV speak of living “as citizens of heaven.” Where does this come from?
    Craig Blomberg
    September 16,2014
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  • Money for Ministry

    When he could be sure that no strings were attached, Paul was happy to receive support for his ministry.
    Craig Blomberg
    September 2,2014
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  • Marriage is for Life!

    I remember being shocked as a young adult by some Hollywood wedding (a true story) in which the traditional vows were replaced with promises to be faithful “until the death of love parts us.” It’s time to return to basics. Love is a commitment, not a feeling. Feelings follow from godly actions, not vice-versa.
    Craig Blomberg
    August 19,2014
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  • Middle Knowledge and the Calvinist-Arminian Debate

    Middle knowledge is a proposed solution to predestination vs. free will, to divine sovereignty and human responsibility, going all the way back to the medieval Jesuit priest Molina (so sometimes it's also called Molinism).
    Craig Blomberg
    August 5,2014
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  • The Despised Doctrine of Judgment

    Anyone who shouts in God’s face that they will not know him unless he abandons all forms of final judgment should be recoiling in terror of what they are creating for themselves on Judgment Day.
    Craig Blomberg
    July 22,2014
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  • Why Go to Church?

    It’s here in the U.S., in the Western world more generally, where so much less is at stake that we offer up such pathetic reasons (at least I suspect God considers them pathetic) for not joining together with fellow believers on a regular, weekly basis. And almost all of the excuses are anthropocentric rather than Christocentric.
    Craig Blomberg
    July 8,2014
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  • The Threefold Antidote to Timidity

    Paul gathers together three key terms here that most people don’t naturally think of as belonging with each other. Any one of them by itself is usually not enough. Two of them together are much better. But all three are necessary for a full-orbed personality of godly leadership.
    Craig Blomberg
    June 24,2014
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  • Christian Mid-Course Corrections

    The old “praise sandwich” (praise sandwiched around any criticism necessary) still works best. Paul knew. People matter more than programs or performance.
    Craig Blomberg
    June 10,2014
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  • Apostolic Succession and Apostasy

    Did Peter really have special authority over the church and is there any sort of special succession mandated in Scripture?
    Craig Blomberg
    May 27,2014
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  • Are All Sins Equal?

    One person commits adultery, but probably all of us lust. So how can we criticize the adulterer or engage in church discipline with them?
    Craig Blomberg
    May 13,2014
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  • Does 2 Corinthians 1–2 Justify Promise-Breaking?

    I was startled recently to read on a friend’s blog that it was a sermon on 2 Corinthians 1-2 which was part of what convinced him that it was OK to renege on a promise that he had made.
    Craig Blomberg
    April 29,2014
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  • How to Cope Theologically with Apostasy

    Sadly, I have watched people abandon professions of faith in Christ at a variety of times in my life. I have heard others tell their stories, whom I have encountered only after the fact.
    Craig Blomberg
    November 27,2012
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  • The Bridge

    It is fashionable in some circles these days to lampoon the historic Christian doctrine of substitutionary atonement as divine child abuse. But to do so is a tragic mistake.
    Craig Blomberg
    March 26,2013
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  • Bible Translations Aren't THAT Different, but We Can Have Preferences

    A series of conversations in recent months, linked only by the theme of Bible translation, has made me dramatically more aware than ever before of the following observations.
    Craig Blomberg
    February 19,2013
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  • Are You a Person of Your Word?

    Without denying trends of violence and sex, I wonder if more attention needs to be paid to being people of integrity.
    Craig Blomberg
    August 13,2013
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