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The Good Book Blog

  • Is It Reasonable to Trust the Bible?

    Isn’t it irrational, oppressive, or even dangerous to base our lives on an ancient book—any book—rather than to “think for ourselves”? In fact, basing our lives on the Bible is exactly what thinking for ourselves leads us to do—if we’re thinking well.
    The Good Book Blog
    December 17,2014
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  • Actually Praying

    If your life is anything like mine, you are the designated pray-er for family functions. But there is a significant risk when we bow for prayer but don’t actually pray.
    The Good Book Blog
    December 10,2014
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  • Women in Jesus' Genealogy

    There are five women in the genealogy of Jesus Christ. In a time when genealogies didn’t normally contain even a single female name, why are these women included? And what does their presence imply?
    The Good Book Blog
    December 3,2014
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  • Thanksgiving: Our Appropriate Response

    Not only is giving thanks the appropriate response to God for all that He has done and is doing for us, but not giving thanks is at the very heart of sin.
    The Good Book Blog
    November 26,2014
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  • What Role Should a Deacon Have?

    The office of deacon has some ambiguity to it in church practice. So, what exactly does the Bible tell us? And is this role only meant to deal with “physical” needs?
    The Good Book Blog
    November 19,2014
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  • What Should I Preach This Sunday?

    Yesterday I spent about 45 minutes talking and praying with one of my current students. He now finds himself responsible for preparing and teaching a message every Friday and Sunday. Here's my advice to him.
    Theologically Driven
    November 12,2014
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  • “Into Him” and “In Him” in Ephesians 1: Should We Leave These Out When We Translate into English?

    A couple days ago I was reading Ephesians 1 in Greek during my morning Bible-reading time. As I read, I was drawn to two phrases that are clearly present in Greek but are often eliminated in English.
    The Good Book Blog
    November 5,2014
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  • Shepherds, Sheep, and Talking Heads

    I am often asked my opinion of the mega-church model of ministry. I find the model lacking, frankly, but not for the reasons you might think.
    The Good Book Blog
    October 29,2014
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  • Can Women be Deacons?

    In what follows, I will present the arguments about 1 Timothy 3:11 (as referring to women Deacons or not) and propose a way this office can be promoted for greater expression of complementarianism in the church.
    The Good Book Blog
    October 22,2014
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  • A Woman’s Worth

    Christians are often misled by the voice of our culture. The world system, led by Satan, gives identity, purpose, and worth to a woman only as it is purchased or earned. But what does God, my Creator, say about me as a woman?
    The Good Book Blog
    October 15,2014
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  • The Secret to Becoming Irrelevant: Spend All Your Time Trying to Be Relevant

    When relevance is our first priority we end up powered not by the Spirit of Christ, but the spirit of the age. There is a more fundamental question we must face squarely together.
    The Good Book Blog
    October 8,2014
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  • Why We Want a Divine Warrior

    God’s role as a divine warrior is most likely one of his more neglected characteristics. Some today have gone so far as to reject any talk today about God being a divine warrior, viewing it as tired metaphor that should be retired.
    The Good Book Blog
    October 1,2014
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  • Theology of the Body and Sexual Harm

    Why is sexual sin singled out as uniquely damaging to the body in a way that other physical actions are not? Substance abuse, gluttony, cutting—these are all harmful acts to the body, but they do not do what sexual misconduct does, according to Paul.
    The Good Book Blog
    September 24,2014
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  • 7 “Churchy” Words and the Need for Clarity

    We are moving in the West further along this path as a post-Christian culture. No longer are Christian terms and biblical concepts commonplace. Here’s my list of seven troublesome words and brief explanations, with suggested alternatives.
    The Good Book Blog
    September 17,2014
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  • Embrace Your Weakness

    Have you ever examined your heart and glimpsed sin and darkness and defeat? I have. It is discouraging and demoralizing. There is no doubt that I am a flawed vessel. But does that mean that I am a useless vessel?
    The Good Book Blog
    September 10,2014
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  • Minding the Heart

    Robert Saucy, distinguished professor of systematic theology at Talbot, just released the new book, Minding the Heart: The Way of Spiritual Transformation. He kindly took some time to answer a few questions about the book.
    The Good Book Blog
    September 3,2014
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  • A Handy Way to Demonstrate the Stability of the Greek Text

    People often get up-tight when they first learn of the existence of variations in the text of the Greek New Testament, but their concerns are baseless. Here's what I mean.
    The Good Book Blog
    August 27,2014
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  • 5 Ways to Know if Someone is “Free from the Love of Money”

    One of the qualifications for an overseer/elder/pastor (all the same office in the Bible) is that he be “free from the love of money.” But how do we know if this is the case? Here are 5 ways to tell.
    The Good Book Blog
    August 20,2014
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  • I am Here for the Church

    God’s primary GOAL in this Christian adventure is not my spiritual growth as an individual. It’s not about me, after all! It is about the growth of “the whole body.”
    The Good Book Blog
    August 13,2014
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  • How to Keep Up

    A frequently asked question from my graduate advisees is this: How do you keep up with the latest scholarship in your discipline? Or, how do you stay on the “cutting edge” in your academic field? There are at least five maintenance disciplines that come immediately to my mind.
    The Good Book Blog
    August 6,2014
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