Wayne Grudem: “The Bible is enough.”

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Is the Bible enough for knowing what God wants us to believe and what he wants us to do?

The sufficiency of Scripture means that:

it contains all the words of God he intended his people to have in each stage of redemptive history, and it now contains everything we need God to tell us for salvation, for trusting him perfectly, and for obeying him perfectly.

Scripture contains everything we need for salvation.

In 2 Timothy 3:15, Paul says that Scripture is “able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.”

Paul goes on to write about Scripture containing everything we need to live the Christian life. Paul goes on to…

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Responding to David Hume’s Argument Against Jesus’ Miracles

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miracles_blog_image Understanding Hume’s objections

Perhaps the most well-articulated argument against Jesus’ miracles comes from David Hume, the great eighteenth-century Scottish philosopher.

You’re probably already familiar with it, but in case you need a refresher…

Here is his argument, in a nutshell:

Human experience confirms the certainty of the laws of nature. Since miracles violate the laws of nature, it would take an enormous amount of evidence to confirm any miracle.

How much evidence? An impossibly large amount.

Because such evidence does not exist, belief in miracles is therefore irrational.

Hume supported his primary argument with four supporting claims:

No miracle has been attested by a sufficient number of educated and rational witnesses. There is a human tendency to believe the…

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Michael Bird on the “Gracism” of Romans 3:21–31

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9780310327189Aussie Michael Bird observes what many Americans often forget: “Blacks, whites, and Latinos are never more segregated than when it comes to attending worship services.” Sunday at 11:00 a.m. truly is the most segregated hour in America.

What we need is a healthy dose of “gracism.” Bird’s fresh look at Romans 3:21–31 will administer this vital antidote.

He explains the connection between grace and race in his new Romans commentary (SGBC series):

Gracism means that grace is both preached and practiced toward others. Gracism means that the most ruthless and efficient way to destroy our tribal enemies is by making them our brothers and sisters in Christ. (135)

What Bird…

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20 Questions You Never Thought to Ask about the Gospels… But Need to

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20 Questions about the Gospels

Have you ever wondered…

1. Why isn’t there just one account of Jesus in the Bible? Why four?

2. Why not more than four? Other gospels were written, such as the famous Gospel of Thomas. Why aren’t they included in the Bible?

3. Who were the Gospels written for? Not just us. We as twenty-first century readers aren’t the only audience. How did the first readers experience the message?

4. Did Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John really write their…

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What You Might Not Know about Paul’s Letters

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Paul's Letters

Almost anyone who has read the Bible has read the Apostle Paul. Here are four things you might not know about Paul’s letters:

1. Paul’s letters were long.

The average private letter in the Greco-Roman world was 90 words long, and the average literary letter was 200 words long. Typically, a letter would fit on one papyrus sheet—or roughly the size of a piece of paper in a modern notebook. By comparison, Paul’s letters average around 1,300 words. Paul’s shortest letter (to Philemon) is 335 words long, and his longest letter (to the Read more

What Happened Between the Old and New Testaments? 4 Things You Need to Know to Read the New Testament Well

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Have you ever wondered what happened between the Old and New Testaments?

If you’ve ever flipped from the last page of the Old Testament to the first page of the new—you’ve just skipped over 400 years of history with that single page turn.

What exactly happened during these 400 years? Who was in control? What people groups shaped the experience of the earliest Christians?

In those four hundred years, the Pharisees and Sadducees, synagogues, Roman governors, and the family of Herod emerged onto the scene. None were present in the Old Testament. Where did they come from?

And countless events not mentioned in the New Testament had a profound impact on the world of Jesus, such as the Maccabean revolt, the rise…

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Why Did Paul Write Romans? Michael Bird Offers 5 Possible Reasons

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9780310327189Like many practitioners, my shelves groan under the weight of a cohort of Romans commentators, including: Cranfield, Dunn, Fitzmyer, Jewett, Moo, Nanos, Schreiner, and, of course, Luther, Calvin, and Barth.

It’s time to add another: Bird.

Michael Bird’s new Romans commentary is a worthy addition to our shelves. Not only because he exploits Romans’s narrative world and situates the letter within the broader biblical story. But because of how he views Romans, which informs his commentary:

Romans is a word of exhortation, a masterpiece of missional theology, culturally savvy apologetics, christological exegesis, pastoral care, theological exposition, and artful rhetoric… (11)

His Romans-In-Brief helps answer…

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Is Mark’s Gospel ‘Theological’? These 7 Themes Affirm It Is!

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9780310270881Some have dismissed Mark’s gospel as nothing more than the work of an unsophisticated storyteller, lacking in theological profundity. In fact, Augustine discounted the gospel as nothing more than “an abridgment of Matthew.”

But are they right?

In his new book A Theology of Mark’s Gospel, David Garland argues Mark is a theological work, yet it unfolds in a distinctive way.

“The gospel was not intended by its author to be a vessel of theological truths waiting to be quarried but a story in which Jesus is the central figure. Mark’s theology is unfurled through narrative development.” (42)

Garland’s work is the fourth volume in the celebrated…

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Free Course from Zondervan: How to Choose a Bible Translation

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Free Course from Zondervan

When there are hundreds of Bible translations to choose from, how do you know you’re using the right one?

In the How to Choose a Bible Translation course, you will learn:

How we got our English Bible What the major translations are Two different approaches to Bible translation Why literal translations aren’t always more accurate How we can be certain that the Bible we possess is really God’s Word Four guidelines for choosing Bible translation

When you enroll, you will get:

High-quality video lectures from J. Scott Duvall Reading materials adapted from the Grasping God’s Word textbook Review sessions using personalized adaptive learning technology Assessment tools

This…

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What Can South Asia Teach the West About the Holy Spirit?

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South Asia Bible CommentaryThere has been a fascinating movement afoot within the Church since at least a decade ago: brothers and sisters in Christ from Africa, South America, and Asia have been teaching us Westerners a thing or two about Christian orthodoxy and orthopraxy.

A prime example is the new South Asia Bible Commentary, a resource by South Asian scholars for South Asian readers.

Originally the brainchild of fourteen Langham scholars from India and Christopher Wright, SABC is focused on “building a bridge between biblical teaching and life in modern South Asia.”

I submit it’s also a resource for us Westerners, as it provides a non-Western lens through which to view the Bible and Christian theology. Given increasing global (particularly Eastern) influences in the West and the global nature of the Church…

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Have We Misunderstood Romans 1:26–27? 6 Interpretations Say ‘Yes’

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People to Be LovedPreston Sprinkle believes we need a new discussion around the most potent topic in the church these days: same-sex relations and marriage.

Eschewing recycled responses and easy answers, his new book People to Be Loved freshly engages the passages and people behind the issue in a way that respects both, while challenging Christians across the spectrum.

“Are we sure we’ve understood what the Bible really says about same-sex relations?” (15) Sprinkle asks. Especially the crucial Romans 1 passage? Have we misunderstood it?

Six views say, ‘Yes’!

We’ve briefly outlined and engaged them below to bring clarity and offer a way forward.

1) Heterosexuals Having Homosexual Sex

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3 New Videos: Advances in the Study of Greek with Constantine Campbell

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What’s new and exciting in the study of biblical Greek? Find out in these new videos featuring Constantine Campbell. To learn more, pick up a copy of Campbell’s recent book Advances in the Study of Greek: New Insights for Reading the New Testament.

A Short History of Greek Studies (Chapter 1)

Deponency and the Middle Voice (Chapter 4)

Discourse Analysis I and II (Chapters 7 & 8)

9780310515951Advances in the Study of Greek offers an introduction to issues of interest in the current world of Greek scholarship. Those within Greek scholarship will welcome this book as a tool that puts students, pastors, professors, and commentators firmly in touch with what is going on in Greek studies today. Those outside Greek scholarship will warmly receive Advances…

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