Rethinking Heaven, Hell and New Creation with N.T. Wright

The lecture below represents and distils much of N.T. Wright’s significant contribution to Christian thought and theology over the last four decades. Continue reading “Rethinking Heaven, Hell and New Creation with N.T. Wright”

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Bearing Witness

One of the more subtle misconceptions about evangelism is that it is “bearing witness” to Jesus. The reason people say this is because it is language found in the Bible. However, in the New Testament (NT) proclaiming the good news about Jesus is actually not necessarily the same as testifying about him. I will explain this distinction but we must first acknowledge that in the New Testament “bearing witness” or “testifying”, actually requires seeing something with your own two eyes or hearing it with your own two ears before you publicly declare it. The following are some clear examples. First of, Jesus says to Nicodemus, Continue reading “Bearing Witness”

Quotes on the Genre of the Gospels

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“Can we speak of the Gospels as biographies!? If by that what we mean modern, Western biographies, then of course not. Jesus lived in the Middle East, not in the West, and he lived long before the modern era. It would be sheer anachronism and a monstrous injustice to evaluate Matthew, Mark, and Luke by twenty-first century standards of precision, some of which they probably never could of imagined.” –Dr. Craig Blomberg

“In attempting to identify the gospels in terms of existing literary genres, it is not always recognized, as it should be, that Mark alone calls his book by that name…

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Shoring up the Shortcomings of the Apostles’ Creed

Last year I posted an article by Eric Chabot titled Why the Apostles’ Creed Falls Short. In it the author highlights the great shortcoming of the Apostles’ Creed, which is there is no explicit reference to Jewishness and why that is a terrible omission. New Testament scholar Matthew Bates in his excellent book Salvation by Allegiance Alone constructs an analytical summary of the Gospel according to the New Testament. The structure of his creedal summary was partly inspired by the Apostles’ Creed. The crucial difference is Bates’ distillation of the New Testament’s proclamation does contain explicit references to Jewishness. His creedal formulation is as follows: Continue reading “Shoring up the Shortcomings of the Apostles’ Creed”

Preaching the Gospel

The following are a collection of posts on the nature of the gospel proclamation.

1. The meaning of “gospel.”

2. The essential contents of the Christian gospel.

3. What it means to preach the Gospel.

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In Fairness to the Pharisees (Part 2)

A few weeks ago I posted something on the Pharisees. They were an issue I had wanted to address for a long time because they have been unfairly characterised in the Christian world. “Pharisee” is now a Christianese synonym for “hater.” The truth is the Pharisees as a group are not just stock villains in Christian sermons but are actually very important, even to today’s Christian. Continue reading “In Fairness to the Pharisees (Part 2)”

Preaching according to the New Testament

The following is a brief excerpt from the first chapter of The Apostolic Preaching and its Development by C.H. Dodd, who was one of the leading New Testament scholars of the 20th century. Dodd examines what was the earliest message that the New Testament church preached:

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