Craig Blomberg

  • 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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  • 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
    January 21,2014
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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
    January 14,2014
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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
    January 7,2014
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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
    December 31,2013
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  • Christmastime Leadership

    How can Christian leaders continue to follow this counter-intuitive approach? Central to the answer to this question is recognizing the eternal glory that awaits us after we suffer.
    Craig Blomberg
    December 17,2013
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  • The Christmas True or False Quiz

    If the following appear in Scripture (in the original languages of course), answer true. If not, answer false.
    Craig Blomberg
    December 10,2013
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  • Christmas is for Outcasts

    Jesus' family history makes one point very clear: Jesus is a Messiah for outcasts, whether or not they deserve the stigma others attach to them. How are you showing His love?
    Craig Blomberg
    December 4,2012
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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
    November 26,2013
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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
    November 19,2013
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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
    November 12,2013
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