[Common Places] The Five Solas: Soli Deo Gloria

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This year we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the beginnings of the Protestant Reformation, looking back to Martin Luther’s 95 Theses and the theological debates kick-started by their posting. The Reformation continues to be lauded, cajoled, and debated in circles of all sorts today. At Common Places we will begin the year by focusing on some of the central principles and most relevant texts that shaped early Reformation theology and that have continued that conversation in the centuries that followed. Each month we will begin with a post related to an ongoing book project from Zondervan Academic that addresses the five solas of Reformation theology. We will then conclude each month with an annotated reading guide on classic and contemporary works that address that particular principle.

Soli Deo Gloria—Glory to God Alone—in some ways seems the odd man out…

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eBook Sale: New Testament Commentaries

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Save up to 81% on eBook commentaries ranging from Matthew to Revelation in our biggest New Testament eBook sale of the year.

You will find deals from several popular series including:

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The Sermon on the Mount (Story of God Bible Commentary) by Scot McKnight is 65% off. Mark (Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament) by Mark L. Strauss is 68% off. Romans (Story of God Bible Commentary) by Michael Bird is 64% off. Ephesians (Story of God Bible Commentary) by Mark D. Roberts…

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One Concern with Renewed Interest in the Holy Spirit: Depersonalization

Jeremy Bouma on 1 month ago. Tagged under ,,,.

rediscoveringholyspiritIn Rediscovering the Holy Spirit, Michael Horton encourages us to refocus on the person and work of the Spirit, in order to recognize him as someone other than Jesus or ourselves—or as something in creation.

Although the Holy Spirit has made something of a comeback in recent years, Horton bears a word of caution:

As with the revival of interest in the Trinity, renewed interest in the Spirit does not always mean clarity or consistency with respect to historic Christian teaching. It is not to be assumed that the Spirit whom people have in mind is the Spirit identified in Scripture. (20)

Horton has one particular concern in mind: the Spirit’s depersonalization.

His concern arises from both the culture and the church. Horton…

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That Pesky γάρ (Rom 5:6) – Mondays with Mounce 280

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By now we should all recognize that γάρ means much more than “for,” and yet so often I hear people complaining that translators don’t always translate γάρ.

Someday we will get away from the simplistic attitude that the connecting tissue in Greek corresponds to words in English. Because of how English views words in sequence, and because of our use of punctuation and paragraphing, we can often convey the meaning of γάρ without using an English word.

BDAG gives these three basic meanings for γάρ.

1. marker of cause or reason, for 2. marker of clarification, for, you see 3. marker of inference, certainly, by all means, so, then

But our passage is even more complicated than this. Paul has gone through his list of the benefits of true peace within the context of suffering, concluding that “hope does not…

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2 Views on Human Evolution: Evolutionary-Creation vs. Unique-Origin

Jeremy Bouma on 2 months ago. Tagged under ,,,,.

9780310496052Discussions surrounding Christianity and science have been fraught with taut rhetoric and polarizing polemics on both sides of the aisle. The new Dictionary of Christianity and Science aims to shape these conversations by offering a framework for better dialogue.

Perhaps in no other discussion do we need such a sure, sturdy referee than in the one surrounding human origin. Through the Dictionary‘s “Multiple-View Discussions” entry type, two able scientists lead the discussion: Darrel R. Falk and Ann Gauger.

Below, we’ve engaged one aspect of their lengthy, robust discussion: the genetic evidence for so-called common descent—the view that our species, Homo sapiens, descended from ape-like ancestors.

We trust it will give you a taste of this definitive reference, showcasing why Scot McKnight says “Every Christian studying science will want a copy within arm’s…

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But What About Genetic Enhancement? An Excerpt from the Dictionary of Christianity and Science

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What is the relationship between Christianity and science? How does Christian theology relate to scientific inquiry?

The answers to these questions are finally here. The Dictionary of Christianity of Science gives you access to key terms, theories, individuals, debates, and much more to help you engage in the interaction between science and faith. In today’s excerpt, we give you a sampling of an article about genetic enhancement by the moral philosopher C. Ben Mitchell.

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9780310496052Part of the larger project of human enhancement, genetic enhancement is a means of augmenting the human genome or genetic blueprint to create “better humans.” The idea of manipulating the genetic structure, or DNA, of living entities dates back at least to Gregor Mendel’s experiments with pea plants. The Human Genome Project — the effort to…

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[Common Places] Five Solas: Grace Alone by Michael Horton

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This year we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the beginnings of the Protestant Reformation, looking back to Martin Luther’s 95 Theses and the theological debates kick-started by their posting. The Reformation continues to be lauded, cajoled, and debated in circles of all sorts today. At Common Places we will begin the year by focusing on some of the central principles and most relevant texts that shaped early Reformation theology and that have continued that conversation in the centuries that followed. Each month we will begin with a post related to an ongoing book project from Zondervan Academic that addresses the five solas of Reformation theology.

Referring to the Nicene Creed, Cardinal Newman observed that the Rubicon separating orthodoxy from heresy…

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The Story of God and 1 John 3:11–18

Jeremy Bouma on 2 months ago. Tagged under ,,,.

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. (1 John 3:16)

9780310327325I would imagine several sermons pivoted around this verse over the past several days celebrating Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Resurrection Sunday. It’s also the pivot verse in a passage Constantine Campbell engages in his new 1, 2, & 3 John commentary from The Story of God Bible Commentary series.

This resource offers a clear and compelling exposition of John’s epistles, as well as a guide for everyday readers in how to creatively and faithfully live out John’s lessons contextually. (Like each volume in The Story of God Bible Commentary series, Campbell explores this passage…

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Nabeel Qureshi eBook Sale: Apologetics eBooks Starting at $1.99

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For the first time, all of Nabeel Qureshi’s eBooks are on sale. Sale prices start at $1.99 but don’t wait—the sale ends on April 20, 2017 (11:59pm ET).

Deals include:

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity. 70% Off. Nabeel Qureshi’s bestselling story of the clash between Islam and Christianity in one man’s heart.Gary R. Habermas writes, “Nabeel Qureshi’s story is among the most unique two or three testimonies that I have ever heard. His quest brought together several exceptional features: a very bright mind, extraordinary sincerity, original research, and a willingness to follow the evidence trail wherever it took him.” No God but One: A Former Muslim Investigates the Evidence for Islam and Christianity. 70% Off. Can Islam…

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Who Wrote the Book of Hebrews?

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When you consider the wide agreement among biblical scholars about who wrote every other book of the New Testament, it’s a little mysterious that we don’t know who wrote Hebrews.

There are a handful of contenders. Let’s take a look at the reasons each of them might be the author.

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Did Paul write Hebrews?

It is possible Paul wrote the book of Hebrews. There are…

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Did Jesus Really Descend into Hell?

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It is sometimes argued that Christ descended into hell after he died.

The widely used Apostles’ Creed reads, “was crucified, dead, and buried, he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead.”

But the phrase “he descended into hell” does not occur in the Bible.

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Did Jesus Know When He Was Going to Die?

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peters-confessionDid Jesus expect to die? Did he intend to? If so, how did he view his death?

According to the Synoptic Gospels, from Peter’s confession at Caesarea Philippi onward, Jesus warned his disciples of his impending fate.

Three times he predicts that the Son of Man will suffer and die and then rise again (Mark 8:31–32, par.; 9:31, par.; 10:33, par.).

Historical evidence for the passion predictions

Some have argued that these passion predictions are prophecies created after the fact by the church, since Jesus could not have predicted his own death. Yet there…

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