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Rejoicing in Failed Resolutions

I have to confess that I’m not all that great at keeping New Year’s resolutions. Whether its an overly ambitious Bible-reading plan or ridiculous fitness goals, most of time I fall pretty far short of my own expectations. Fortunately, expectations can be adjusted, or even discarded. There’s no immediate consequence that faces me when I fall short of personal resolutions (except maybe disappointment with myself).

News, Reviews, and Other Stuff

Newsweek vs. the New Testament Dr. Mohler responds to an article by agnostic New Testament scholar Bart Ehrman on Christmas and the historical reliability of the New Testament. Mohler writes, "Christianity stands or falls on the truth concerning Jesus, and thus it also stands or falls on the authority and truthfulness of the Bible. What you believe about historical truth defines what you believe about Jesus Christ. Without the revealed truths of the New Testament, there is no Christianity, just superstitions and fantasies about Jesus." You can read the complete response here.

Donkeys and Differences in the Gospels

One of the more challenging aspects of teaching or preaching through the gospels is trying to do justice to the text in front of you without ignoring what the other three gospel writers have to say regarding any given story. The four gospels, and especially Matthew, Mark and Luke often tell the same stories. Sometimes these stories are nearly identical, word-for-word. More often, there are details included in one or two but left out in a third.

What Happened to Those Verses? Part Two

A couple of weeks ago I wrote an introductory article about the so-called “missing” or “added” verses at the end of the Gospel of Mark. In that article I said that when we speak of the inerrancy of the New Testament writings, we are not talking about our English translations or even my printed Greek Bible that is sitting on my desk; rather, we are talking about the original, hand-written manuscripts of the New Testament writers. These are called “autographs.”

What Year Was Jesus Born?

Since the late 1500’s our calendars have been divided into two great epochs: A.D. which stands for anno domini or “year of the Lord,” and B.C. which stands for “before Christ.” Clearly, those who created our calendar intended to divide history into two parts, with the birth of Christ marking the change from one era to the next. Unfortunately, they were off by a few years, which means that we cannot say that Jesus was born in the year A.D. 1. The question is, then, in what year was Christ born?

Textual Criticism

As a follow-up to my last article about "missing" or "added" verses in the New Testament, I'm posting this video from Daniel Wallace. Wallace is a New Testament scholar and textual critic from Dallas Theological Seminary. In this video, the first in a series, Dr. Wallace defines textual criticism and explains what it is and what the goal of New Testament textual criticism is.

What Happened to Those Verses? Part One

Since I’ve been preaching through the Gospel of Mark for about nine months total (with a few weeks off here and there) I thought I’d share with you one of the most daunting aspects of preaching through this particular book. If you pay attention to the last chapter of Mark in your English Bible, most of you will notice that verses 9-20 are marked in some way (probably with brackets) and a note is added telling you that the earliest manuscripts do not contain these verses.

News, Reviews, and Other Stuff

Womanhood and Biblical Interpretation Rachel Held Evans has been making the rounds on television promoting her new book, A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband “Master.” Kathy Keller (wife of Timothy Keller) provides a great review and response here.

A Functional View of Voting Kevin DeYoung offers this helpful article on what we are actually doing when we vote. Here's his conclusion:

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