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‘Love’, the Bible, and Gay Marriage

Sometimes being a dad is really hard. It’s rewarding, but tough. It’s tough because you realize early on that real love means you sometimes have to do things that you know won’t seem loving to your kids at the time. But, of course, if kids were able to define what fatherly love looks like then I suppose there’d be no groundings, no spankings, and no lectures; just ice cream, cake and sodas, and affirming nods and pats on the back. Fortunately, kids don’t get to define ‘love,’ and so we dads (and moms) get to try our best not to raise malnourished, bratty, self-centered human beings.

Forty Years Later

Forty years have now passed since the US Supreme Court’s decision to legalize abortion in Roe v. Wade. Since that time tens of millions of human beings have lost their lives in our own country before they even took their first breath (the numbers are staggeringly higher when one views things from an international perspective).

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.

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