[Common Places] Sanctification: Sanctification Made Strange

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Our current series, Sanctification, looks at elements of the forthcoming volume by Michael Allen in the New Studies in Dogmatics series.

sanctification_200 The harder part of theology can oftentimes take the form of bringing into relief that which we are most likely to overlook. We miss things for a variety of reasons. Sometimes we miss things because they are so foreign or odd to us, whether they are literarily odd or culturally exotic. We may even know that they are baffling and, therefore, avoid them altogether. Sometimes we miss things because they seem so straightforward and familiar. We presume that a word in the Bible means just what it might in our ordinary experience, as if the fact that it was written in koine

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Software Sale: 50% Off Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Original and Revised Editions

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Right now, both the original Expositor’s Bible Commentary (12 volumes) and the Revised Edition of EBC (13 volumes) are 50% off at Olive Tree Bible software. These deals will disappear on June 20, 2017.

The Expositor’s Bible Commentary series set the gold standard for expositors—for understanding the biblical authors and teaching their message today.

But which of the these series is best for you? Olive Tree published a helpful blog post about their similarities and differences.

Here’s more context:

From the original series

Written primarily by expositors for expositors, [this series] aims to provide preachers, teachers, and students of the Bible with a new and comprehensive commentary on the books of the Old and New Testaments. Its stance is that of a scholarly evangelicalism committed to the divine inspiration, complete trustworthiness, and full authority of the Bible. Its…

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Are We Misreading the Bible When It Comes to Gender Roles?

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

9780310529392In politics, so-called “third-rail issues” are policy subjects so combustible, so electric that touching them leads to sure-fire political ruin.

Today, the issue of gender roles within marriage and within the church is as equally combustible and electric. Yet in her new book Gender Roles and the People of God, Alice Mathews grabs it with both hands in order to help us rethink what we were taught about men and women.

What can we learn from Scripture and from history that will help us reach the clearest understanding of gender difference in God’s purposes for us? The journey may drive us to rethink what we’ve been taught. It may help us see what we might otherwise have missed. (16)

She begins the conversation with a…

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Something to Brag About: Jeremiah 9:22–23 (Part 1: Conjunctions) – Hebrew and You with Lee M. Fields

Lee Fields on 2 months ago. Tagged under ,,,.

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My daughter shared with me a verse she decided to memorize as she was reading through Jeremiah. It is a great verse for God’s people to know and there are several interesting and instructional features as well.

Hebrew vs. English Versification

The first thing this verse illustrates is that versification sometimes differs between the Hebrew and the English. In this section of Jeremiah, the Hebrew numbering includes the English 9:1 as 8:23, throwing off the numbering one verse. They reunite at 10:1. This post will follow Hebrew numbering with Hebrew texts and English numbering with English texts.

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Counterpoints eBooks on Sale: $1.99 and $3.99

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All of the Counterpoints eBooks are on sale right now for either $3.99 or $1.99, which means you save up to 83%. See the deals now because this sale ends on June 11, 2017 (11:59pm ET)!

What’s special about the Counterpoints series?

Counterpoints volumes offer you expert dialogue on issues important to Christians.

Each Counterpoints volume—for example, let’s take Two Views on Homosexuality, the Bible, and the Church—contains multiple expert contributions. Each expert presents their own perspective, but also responds to their fellow contributors. So in the volume on homosexuality you’ll find

cases from William Loader, Megan K. DeFranza, Wesley Hill, and Stephen R. Holmes plus each contributor’s responses to their peers

This unique “dialogue” format helps you compare, critique, and evaluate different views on important topics. You will be able to think more deeply about these subjects…

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Translating Every Word (Matt 10:4) – Mondays with Mounce 284

Bill Mounce on 2 months ago. Tagged under ,,.

When it comes to particles and conjunctions especially, it can be difficult to translate every single one. Sometimes the best translation is punctuation, and other times it feels like the word is superfluous and should just be dropped in order to write in proper English.

But extreme caution is urged in the case of the latter. There is a reason for every word, even if we don’t understand why it is used.

In Matthew 10 we find the list of the disciples. In v 4 we read, “Simon the Cananaean (Σίμων ὁ Καναναῖος), and Judas Iscariot (καὶ Ἰούδας ὁ Ἰσκαριώτης), who betrayed him (ὁ καὶ παραδοὺς αὐτόν).” ὁ … παραδοὺς αὐτόν is straightforward Greek, a phrase modifying Ἰούδας. But why is καὶ…

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Christian Behavior in a Hostile Environment – An Excerpt from 1 Peter (SGBC)

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In today’s excerpt from 1 Peter, the newest installment of the Story of God Bible Commentary series, Dennis Edwards teaches us about behaviors that foster Christian unity, and how we are expected to behave in a hostile environment.

9780310327301First: LISTEN TO THE STORY

1 Peter 3:8–12

The sideways glances, insults, and dismissive attitudes that Christians sometimes face in our North American context are far from what might be called persecution, but they can still hurt. The way that we respond to those who demean us says much about the nature of our faith. When we respond well, we display the character of our Lord Jesus himself. Responding well means taking a “high road” when bullied and not retaliating in kind. Peter echoes the…

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Five Intriguing Insights About Grace and the Old Testament

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

The language of grace so permeates the Bible and all traditions of Christian theology that to claim that salvation is by grace alone is, in itself, to claim very little at all (17).

9780310515760_imageSo begins Grace Alone, Carl Trueman’s tour de force examining the doctrine of salvation as a gift of God.

He examines the development of this theme in the early church, through the Reformation, to the Protestant confessions that still shape the church in the present day. Trueman also explores the biblical means of receiving God’s grace—with a highly informative engagement of grace in the Old Testament.

Below we’ve highlighted some of his material to help you better understand what the Old Testament says about this doctrine, in order to help the church recover it in the face…

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5 Reasons Why “Christ Alone” Is at the Center of the Five Solas

Jeremy Bouma on 3 months ago. Tagged under ,,.

9780310515746Scripture alone. Faith alone. Grace alone. God’s glory alone.

These so-called solas were the rallying cry of the Reformers nearly 500 years ago. And binding them together was a fifth: Christ alone.

That’s the thesis of Stephen Wellum’s new book by the same name on the uniqueness of Jesus as Savior.

Solus Christus stands at the center of the other four solas, connecting them into a coherent theological system by which the Reformers declared the glory of God. (19)

Wellum offers five reasons why Christ alone came to form the center of gravitational force of the Reformation—and why it’s also the heart of Christian theology.

It’s the Lynchpin of Reformation Theology

First, Christ alone is essential for coherent Reformation doctrine. Wellum summarizes how Christ is at the center of the five Reformer solas in…

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Aktionsart and Ask, Seek, Knock (Matt 7:7-8) – Mondays with Mounce 283

Bill Mounce on 3 months ago. Tagged under ,,,.

In first year Greek, we teachers need to make a bigger deal of Aktionsart. Meaning isn’t conveyed just by the meaning of the word, or its tense, or its aspect. Language gives us many tools to nuance what we want to say, and our students need to know that meaning can also help convey aspect.

For example, Matthew 5:2. “And he opened his mouth and taught (ἐδίδασκεν) them” (ESV, also NRSV). ἐδίδασκεν is imperfective, but the ESV thinks that the meaning of “to teach” is sufficiently continuous that the verb doesn’t need to be expressly continuous. Most translations treat it as an inceptive imperfect: “he began to teach” (

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[Common Places] Reading Notes: Soli Deo Gloria

Rev. Dr. Sue Rozeboom on 3 months ago. Tagged under ,,,.

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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.

Centuries after the Reformation, reformation theology distilled itself, as it were, to five principal…

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How to Apply the Bible to Your Life in Four Steps

Jeremy Bouma on 3 months ago. Tagged under ,,,,.

9780310524175One hallmark of biblical interpretation is the meant-means distinction: we need to determine what the Bible meant (to the original author and audience, in their context and culture) before understanding what it means (to us in our context and culture).

Authors William Klein, Craig Blomberg, and Robert Hubbard echo this hermeneutical rule in Introduction to Biblical Interpretation, Third Edition, a fully updated resource to help students unravel the mysteries of interpreting Scripture.

One of those mysteries is the means side of the equation: how to apply the Bible. The authors explain that “all applications must be consistent with the meaning of passages arrived at by means of…sound hermeneutical principles” (609). But how can one make the connection between what a passage meant, as determined…

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