Craig Blomberg

  • 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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  • Deconversion, Blogs, and Enemy Love

    The fairly newly coined term for such abandonment of apparent faith that seems to be most popular among those traveling that road is “deconversion.” Studies of deconversions find three fairly consistent factors or kinds of experiences that trigger such rejection of Christianity.
    Craig Blomberg
    March 18,2014
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  • The Albanian Mice that Roared

    It is an amazing story. Before the fall of the iron curtain, only twenty years ago, there were no known Christians of any kind--Protestant, Catholic or Orthodox--in the little Soviet bloc country of Albania.
    Craig Blomberg
    March 11,2014
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  • Don't Be a Cretan!

    You could make an argument that "Don't be a Cretan!" is a fitting summary for what the Book of Titus teaches. There's more here than simply exaggeration.
    Craig Blomberg
    March 4,2014
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  • Of Earthquakes and End Times

    What’s crucial is to read the text carefully. Wars and rumors of wars should not alarm God’s people. The end is still to come. Such portents do not herald the end!
    Craig Blomberg
    February 18,2014
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  • Does an Angel or Eagle Fly in Revelation 8:13?

    The NKJV said that in one of John’s visions he heard an angel flying through the middle of heaven crying out woes over the earth. But the NIV said it was an eagle that was flying, not an angel. How can this be?
    Craig Blomberg
    February 11,2014
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  • The Uniqueness of Sex

    The Bible hasn't changed, nor has God's Spirit, which enables humans to obey Scripture. So why are we giving up (or giving in) so ridiculously easily and prematurely in this area?
    Craig Blomberg
    February 4,2014
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  • When an Argument from Silence Becomes Utterly Meaningless

    Not long ago an unsolicited e-mail asked me to comment on a skeptic’s blogsite that had posted a list of about twenty “historians” from the Jewish, Greek or Roman worlds of around the time of Christ. Here are my thoughts.
    Craig Blomberg
    January 28,2014
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