Friday, June 28, 2019

Saints of the Old Testament

This question comes to us from a YouTube comment. I was asked my thoughts on the process of salvation during the Old Testament. After the coming of Jesus Christ, we know that salvation is found in the grace of His finished work on the cross. What about those who lived before Him, though?

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

According to Mark: The Powerful Teaching of Jesus

The previous article in our study on the Gospel of Mark (which you can find here) looked at Mark 1:1–15 and focused on the groundwork that was laid for the ministry of Jesus. In those verses, the evangelist established that Jesus is everything that matters. As Messiah and Son of God, He is the good news of salvation to the world.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Scientific Errors in the Bible?

I’ve recently had an interesting conversation with a young Muslim man in Afghanistan. It went in a number of directions, but started with a simple question. He asked,

Why does the Bible have scientific errors?

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

According to Mark: The Groundwork of the Gospel

Following the introduction from last week, we are ready to move into the actual text of the Gospel of Mark. Technically, this is going to be more introduction, but I’m ok with it since it is Mark’s own. He starts out with a plan that he wants us to know, and we are quickly going to see some of those themes we talked about last time.

Friday, June 14, 2019

The Bible and Other Scriptures

Over the past few months, I have been making an effort to include some simple visual content in between my primary posts. A recent one included a quote from Charles Ryrie in which he said,

The Bible is the greatest of all books; to study it is the noblest of all pursuits; to understand it, the highest of all goals.

I think this is a marvelous comment on its own, but even better, it led to a question for Quest Forums. Someone saw it and asked,

“What would you say about other religious books?”

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

According to Mark: Introduction

A few weeks ago, I mentioned in another post that the book of Mark is a good place to start when reading the Bible for the first time. I have recommended it for that on a few occasions, and many others do the same. Since I last spoke about it, though, it has been on my mind to do a study on Mark’s gospel for Quest Forums. After a bit of time planning things out, I am ready to forge ahead with it.

Friday, June 7, 2019

What Is the Name Above All Names?

Over the years, I have used a number of study Bibles. It’s a great, simple way to gain a variety of perspectives, and I highly recommend it. But sometimes, even coming from different perspectives, they can have similar conclusions. I happened to notice this recently when reading the CSB Study Bible’s take on Phil. 2:9–11, and realizing how often I had seen their interpretation before. Not only had I seen it before, but it has never really sat right with me on those occasions. Possibly, it is a good example that scholars can make errors even when they all make the same one. Or possibly, it is a sign that I have a lot of hubris to think I can take them all on. Still, I think it is a matter of plain meaning and it is worth taking the risk.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

One Covenant or Two?: Evaluating Supersessionism

Around the same time that I heard about Rick Wiles calling Ben Shapiro “an antichrist,” which I covered in a recent post, I was also reminded about the debate surrounding supersessionism. The two go together, so I felt it would be good to follow up here.