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  • On Reading Old Books: A Few Suggestions from the Fourth Century

    Below I’m going to recommend four books that were written in the fourth century. These books are selected from a variety of genres. Each of these works is readily available, fairly short, and definitely worth reading.
    Theologically Driven
    March 5,2014
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  • Why You Can’t Barter with God

    We’ve all heard it, and most of us have either thought it or even prayed it. “God, if You [do this thing I currently want], then I’ll [do something I probably should do but haven’t].” But there’s a problem when we try to barter with God.
    Theologically Driven
    February 26,2014
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  • Celebrity and Gospel Witness

    For some reason, there remains a persistent belief that the public testimony of a well known athlete or entertainer will be more effective than that of a regular Joe. This is the Corinthian problem repackaged for the 21st century.
    Theologically Driven
    February 19,2014
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  • Did Paul Write Hebrews?

    If you think Paul wrote Hebrews, you’re in good company. One problem with this conclusion, however, is that what Paul says in Gal 1:11–12 seems to contradict what Paul says in Heb 2:3, presuming Paul wrote Heb 2:3.
    Theologically Driven
    February 12,2014
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  • Presuppositional Apologetics and Sound Parenting?

    One of the more surprising sources of parental advice that I have received came to me a few years ago in the form of a recorded lecture by Greg Bahnsen—a lecture in which he detailed the process of “becoming a philosopher.”
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    February 5,2014
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  • Union with Christ or Justification as the Heart of the Gospel?

    The recent tiffs over the role of personal obedience and activity in sanctification is symptomatic of a much deeper theological struggle that has intensified in the last decade.
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    January 29,2014
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  • The Problem with “Gospel-Centered” Sanctification

    The blogosphere has been humming lately with questions of Christian freedom and Christian depravity, the role of faith and works in sanctification, the priority of law or Gospel in sanctification, and the like.
    Theologically Driven
    January 22,2014
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  • Refresh Your Greek in 15 Minutes a Day

    If you’ve decided to shake out of your Greek-less stupor in this new year but aren’t yet sure how to do it, let me try to offer you some help.
    Theologically Driven
    January 15,2014
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  • The “Gospel” according to the Talmud

    David Instone-Brewer argues in a recent article that the Talmud’s account of Jesus’ trial contains the original Jewish charge against Jesus.
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    January 8,2014
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  • How Long, Lord? Will You Forget Me Forever?

    I have cried out with these words from Psalm 13:1a on a few occasions. How do I know that it is legitimate to apply this verse to my life? And what about other psalms?
    Theologically Driven
    January 1,2014
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  • A Little Christmas Music?

    The hymn “Joy to the World,” published by Isaac Watts in 1719, is one of my favorites. But it’s not my favorite Christmas song—because it is not a Christmas song at all.
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    December 25,2013
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  • Josephus (not Luke) Misdated Quirinius’s Census

    John Rhoads argues in a recent article that it was Josephus, not Luke, who misdated Quirinius’s census. Is he right?
    Theologically Driven
    December 18,2013
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  • Priorities During the Holiday Season

    Somewhere along the way, we as a nation seem to have crossed the line from enjoying God’s good gifts and displaying generosity toward others to blatant consumerism and greediness.
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    December 11,2013
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  • What’s Wrong with Justification by Works?

    In Gal 3:10–4:7 Paul gives two reasons why works will not justify.
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    December 4,2013
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  • 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.
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    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...
    Theologically Driven
    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).
    Theologically Driven
    October 23,2013
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