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  • A Puzzler: Hosea 1:10 and 2:23 in Romans 9:25–26

    In Hosea the “my people” who receive God’s renewed mercy are Jews; in Romans they’re Gentiles. Has Paul misread his Bible? Perhaps you’ve wondered the same thing.
    Theologically Driven
    June 4,2014
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  • The Importance of Being Important

    Throughout church history, Christians have debated what beliefs and practices are proper for the believer. That debate continues today. Another debate has also occurred throughout church history—what should be done with those who disagree on the proper beliefs and practices for a believer?
    Theologically Driven
    May 28,2014
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  • Abortion and the Early Church

    Abortion is not a new issue. It wasn’t even particularly novel in the first century. In fact, various ways of causing an abortion had been in use for a long time before Christ walked the earth. But what did the earliest Christians think of such practices?
    Theologically Driven
    May 21,2014
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  • Three Reasons Why the Lottery is a Bad Bet

    There are many reasons why people should not play the lottery and several more why it should be viewed as poor public policy. Here are three reasons why Christians should not spend their money on the lottery:
    Theologically Driven
    May 14,2014
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  • Paul’s Strange Proof: Psalm 19:4 in Romans 10:18

    How can Paul prove that Israel has heard the gospel by citing Ps 19:4? The psalm doesn’t seem to have the spread of the gospel in view at all but rather something more like general revelation.
    Theologically Driven
    May 7,2014
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  • Specks and Beams

    The reason that our Lord points out the hypocrisy of the judges in Matthew 7 is because they are not genuinely concerned about sin or about helping other people. If they were concerned about sin, they would deal with their own first.
    Theologically Driven
    April 30,2014
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  • The Oversight of Ourselves

    If you are looking at a renewal or reformation of your heart for ministry, I would prescribe this book. Baxter gives us good, straightforward medicine on having a pastoral ministry that is scripturally proportioned.
    Theologically Driven
    April 23,2014
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  • Is Allah a God of Love?

    It is common today to hear people talk about a God of love, often connected with the idea that all religions teach about a God of love. But is that true?
    Theologically Driven
    April 16,2014
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  • The Date of Easter

    People are often surprised when they discover that a series of significant and sometimes very bitter controversies have taken place over how to calculate the date of Easter.
    Theologically Driven
    March 6,2013
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  • Israel’s Hermeneutical Problem

    In 2 Cor 3:13 Paul says that “Moses put a veil over his face to prevent Israel from seeing the end of what was passing away.” What exactly was it that Israel couldn’t see?
    Theologically Driven
    April 2,2014
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  • What King David Said about Judas Iscariot

    What Judas had done and what, then, the remaining apostles had to do was prophesied, according to Peter, by David in the psalms. But how does that work?
    Theologically Driven
    March 26,2014
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  • Is Jesus Presently Reigning?

    Despite all this, some still insist that it isn’t appropriate to say that Jesus is presently reigning as the davidic messiah, the davidic king. One problem with this reading is that it seems to contradict what Paul says about Jesus in 1 Cor 15:25.
    Theologically Driven
    March 19,2014
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  • Galatians and Hebrews: A Key Similarity

    Essentially, Witherington tries to explain why Hebrews shows up next to Galatians in some of the early canon lists (e.g., in the Sahidic NT). He thinks the order can be explained by the fact that the two documents share many similar features.
    Theologically Driven
    March 12,2014
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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.”
    Theologically Driven
    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.
    Theologically Driven
    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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