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October 22, 2021 | ZA Blog
Grace in the Old Testament
When we talk about God’s grace, it’s easy to focus on the example and teachings of Jesus. Throughout his life, the Lord demonstrated grace i...
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October 12, 2021 | ZA Blog
What Is the Inerrancy Debate and How Should We Think about It?
This article is adapted from Seven Things I Wish Christians Knew about the Bible by Michael F. Bird.When God speaks through human authors, h...
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October 11, 2021 | bill-mounce
Bible Contradiction: Sinful Woman? (Luke 7:36-50) - Mondays with Mounce
There are two stories in the Gospels about a woman pouring perfume on Jesus, and there are enough differences that some people argue Luke cr...
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October 5, 2021 | ZA Blog
Christology: Understanding the Incarnate Messiah
In Engaging Theology, Ben C. Blackwell and R. L. Hatchet address how Jesus’ arrival changed everything: His first advent stands as the fulcr...
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October 4, 2021 | bill-mounce
Who Do Your Give Credit to? (Romans 15:18–19) - Mondays with Mounce
Paul’s only boast is in what God has done through his own ministry, the goal of which was “bringing the Gentiles to obedience” (v 18b). Paul...
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September 27, 2021 | bill-mounce
When γάρ Can’t Mean “For” (Romans 12:3) - Mondays with Mounce
γάρ is a tricky word. The more formal equivalent translations tend to just use “for” and let you figure out what it means. The problem is th...
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September 22, 2021 | ZA Blog
Who Wrote the Gospel of Mark?
The four Gospels are were anonymously written, strictly speaking. None name their authors. Luke and John come closest: Luke with its first p...
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September 21, 2021 | ZA Blog
Understanding Privilege and Leveraging Its Power
Dominique Dubois Gilliard’s Subversive Witness: Scripture’s Call to Leverage Privilege offers a significant scriptural examination of the is...
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September 20, 2021 | bill-mounce
When is Tribulation only Affliction? - Mondays with Mounce
How do you translate θλῖψις? If you translate it as “tribulation,” does that bring in foreign ideas in some contexts? This is a tricky one.B...
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September 14, 2021 | ZA Blog
Who Was Julian the Apostate?
In the AD 330s, 40s, and 50s, everything seemed to be going the church’s way. Successive emperors and co-emperors (Constantine II, Constanti...
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August 30, 2021 | bill-mounce
Is “Dynamic Equivalent” a Dirty Word? - Mondays with Mounce
I was talking to someone yesterday who was explaining why he didn’t use the NIV. He referred to it as a “dynamic equivalent” translation, an...
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August 16, 2021 | bill-mounce
Did Jesus Care the Disciples were Drowning? (Mark 4:38) - Mondays with Mounce
Don't you find it strange that after many months with Jesus (we don't know how many), the disciples find themselves in a potentially fatal s...
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August 9, 2021 | bill-mounce
Is Prayer Part of God's Armor? (Eph 6:18) - Mondays with Mounce
Paul encourages us to “put on (ἐνδύσασθε) the full armor of God” (v 11), and again to take up (ἀναλάβετε) the full armor of God (v 13). The ...
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July 26, 2021 | bill-mounce
Do Modern Translations Deny the Trinity? (1 John 5:7b–8a) - Mondays with Mounce
It is often argued by a small but vocal minority of people that modern translations omit the doctrine of the Trinity. Despite the overwhelmi...
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July 19, 2021 | bill-mounce
Answer the fool, or not? (Proverbs 26:4–5) - Mondays with Mounce
Some people say they don’t trust the Old Testament because of all the so-called contradictions. One of the apparent contradictions often poi...
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July 12, 2021 | bill-mounce
Are the Gospels Truly Anonymous? - Mondays with Mounce
It has long been said that the Gospels are anonymous. At one level, that’s true. The names of the authors are not embedded in the text of th...
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