Theologically Driven

  • What is the Best Commentary?

    This is a question that we often get at the seminary: “What is the best commentary on ______? In order to help students, pastors, and others answer this question, a number of years ago we created what we call the Basic Library Booklist.
    Theologically Driven
    November 27,2013
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  • Who Is Jesus? Mark’s Two Options

    Mark only gives us these two options: either Jesus was in league with the devil and was justly crucified as a messianic pretender OR he was Israel’s long-awaited messiah, sent from God to do away with humanity’s sin once-and-for-all.
    Theologically Driven
    November 20,2013
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  • Harmonizing a Theology of the Cross with a Doxological Center

    One of the persistent themes of the conservative evangelical movement has been a recovery of a “theology of the cross” from its eclipse by a “theology of glory.” In general, this is a positive development.
    Theologically Driven
    November 13,2013
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  • What Hebrews Teaches Us about Preaching

    Here I want to reflect on three things aspiring pastors like myself—and, I suspect, seasoned ones too—can learn from the wise pastor who prepared this sermon.
    Theologically Driven
    November 6,2013
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  • Does Your Church Feel the Need for Church Planting?

    How does your church feel about the need for new churches? Sometimes statistics can help out our feelings. Consider these simple statistics briefly...
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    October 30,2013
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  • Jesus’ Ethics: Four Observations

    What sorts of behavior did (soon-to-be-king) Jesus require of his disciples? Here we look at the epitome of Jesus’ ethics found in the Sermon on the Mount (Matt 5–7).
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    October 23,2013
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  • How Can We Know God Preserved Scripture?

    The purpose of inspiration was to produce Scripture, a written record, a deposit of divine truth for the readers, not the writer. Without preservation the purpose of inspiration would be invalidated.
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    October 16,2013
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  • The Road to Damascus… Then and Now

    In recent weeks the city of Damascus has frequently appeared in our headlines. It's a city of importance for Christians in the past and present.
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    October 9,2013
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  • Wanting to Be Noticed

    Stunning as it has been, the triumph of immodesty and hyper-sexuality is not itself the root problem. Instead, these problems are symptomatic of a more serious one: the problem of celebrity. And it is a virus that infects us more deeply than any of us imagine. So what are we to do?
    Theologically Driven
    October 2,2013
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  • Don’t Abandon Children’s Ministry!

    We don’t just have Sunday School, Junior Church, AWANA, and other programs just because “that’s the way we have always done it.” For us, our children’s ministry has a mission.
    Theologically Driven
    September 25,2013
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  • Stay Sharp, Pastor!

    We, as pastors, need help in staying sharp, setting priorities for continued growth in knowledge and ability in that which is our main calling–the ministry. Here are some tips for doing so:
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    September 18,2013
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  • Laugh and the World Laughs with You; Weep… then Hope

    But I wonder if our culture’s pursuit of fun is actually an obsession for diversion. Do we seek out lightheartedness to hide the heavyheartedness of our world?
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    September 11,2013
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  • Presuppositional Apologetics in a Non-Western Setting

    But in point of fact, there is one approach that works just as effectively in sub-Saharan Africa as it does in the ivory towers of Western academia—the presuppositionalist approach.
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    September 4,2013
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  • The Genre of the Psalms, Part 2

    In yesterday’s post I noted that a familiarity with the basic genres of the Psalms can be a real aid in reading and understanding them. Today I will cover the last three categories.
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    August 28,2013
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  • The Genre of the Psalms, Part 1

    An aid in reading the Psalms is to be able to arrange them in literary categories or genres. Based on thematic elements that are shared between psalms and literary features, we can more precisely classify the lyric poems of the Psalms.
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    August 21,2013
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  • Why the Quest for the Historical Jesus Matters

    Since history matters, since it’s necessary (part one), then the quest for the historical Jesus matters. Here let me suggest two specific reasons why.
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    August 14,2013
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  • Who Is the Angel of the LORD in the Old Testament?

    As one reads the Old Testament, he will undoubtedly notice the mysterious references to the angel of the LORD. Is this an angel like Michael who was sent out by the LORD? Or is this some kind of manifestation of deity? Who is the angel of the LORD?
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    August 7,2013
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  • Warrant for the Analogical Interpretation of Select Scriptures, Part 2

    Analogical interpretation is the purview of the common man and is instructive about how we should use the Scriptures today. The common man can read the stories of both testaments and find in them examples of circumstances similar to his own and profit from these examples
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    July 31,2013
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  • Warrant for the Analogical Interpretation of Select Scriptures, Part 1

    We must come up with some explanation for the curious habit, common among the NT Scripture writers, of appealing to OT texts for warrant, sometimes even using fulfillment language, when no hint of a forward-looking prophecy can be detected in the OT text cited
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    July 24,2013
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  • The Secret to a Successful Pastoral Ministry

    Though his instructions may not provide an eight-session video series, it is expert advice from God the Spirit through Paul.
    Theologically Driven
    July 17,2013
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