Is Complementarianism Connected to Domestic Abuse?
Black and white Bible. Black and blue wife.
These two word pictures offer an all-too-real account of what many women in the Church face: black-and-blue domestic abuse at the hand of black-and-white complementary-minded husbands.
Ruth Tucker should know. For 19 years she suffered physical, emotional, and sexual abuse while her husband quoted biblical texts commanding her to submit to male headship. She recounts her story in her new book Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife.
She also uncovers an uncomfortable reality:
I have asked some of the dozens of critical unanswered questions that relate directly to women’s stories of abuse. Sadly, there is little evidence that proponents of male headship are seriously grappling with them and speaking out publicly, and most women…
Can Someone Be Gay and Christian, and Faithfully Christian?
Let’s go further: Is same-sex attraction itself sinful?
And perhaps more pressing: Can gay Christians be faithfully Christian?
These questions sit at the heart of an ongoing discussion within the Church about the meaning of sexuality. They also form much of the pastoral thrust to a new book exploring why homosexuality isn’t just an issue.
In People to Be Loved Preston Sprinkle freshly engages the biblical passages and human faces behind the issue in a way that respects both. The engagement below reveals such a respect. It also reveals what it means to be gay and Christian, and to live faithfully unto Christ.
Gay and Christian?
First, should Christians who are same-sex attracted identify as gay? Sprinkle distinguishes between two senses…
Remembering Ed Dobson: By Stan Gundry
This post by Dr. Stan Gundry was originally published on the Bible Gateway Blog. Read the full article.
Edward G. Dobson, known as Dr. Dobson to some, as Pastor Dobson to others, as author to still others, and as Eddie to many close friends, died on December 26, 2015. I was his publisher, he was my pastor, but to me he was “Ed.” I have prayed for him many times since he was diagnosed with ALS in the year 2000, a disease that he fought valiantly but that finally got the better of him.
My first contact with Ed came in the mid 1980s, but given the nature of our contact, I would not have dreamed that we would ever be close. You see, at the time he was associated with Liberty University, involved with the Moral Majority, the…
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Learn from word-class scholars with NIVAC commentaries:
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Christianity Today’s 2016 Book Award Winners
Each year Christianity Today announces a selection of books they feel are most likely to shape evangelical life, thought, and culture. We are pleased the editors have selected four Zondervan Academic titles for inclusion in their 2016 list.
The Pastor Theologian by Gerald Hiestand and Todd Wilson, Award of Merit for The Church/Pastoral Leadership; From Dependence to Dignity, by Brian Fikkert and Russell Mask, Award of Merit for Missions/The Global Church; Their Rock Is Not Like Our Rock by Daniel Strange, Award of Merit for Theology/Ethics; Malestrom by Carolyn Custis James, Winner for Her.meneutics.
These books represent this year’s crop of important resources touching on the Bible, the church, theology, missions and other perennial matters of faith. They are the perfect last-minute gift for someone you know, or even for…
Can the Future mean “Should” (Malachi 2:6) – Mondays with Mounce 278
Malachi 2 contains a serious warning to the priests, and I would apply the warning to preachers today.
The priests refused to honor God’s name, and so God will rebuke their descendants. They should have followed Levi’s example, who revered God and “stood in awe of my name. True instruction was in his mouth and nothing false was found on his lips” (vv 5-6).
What caught my attention was the use of “ought” in translating v 7. “For the lips of a priest ought to preserve knowledge (יִשְׁמְרוּ), because he is the messenger of the Lord Almighty and people seek instruction from his mouth” (NIV). יִשְׁמְרוּ is a Qal…
2 Reasons Why We Need a New Conversation About Homosexuality
Preston Sprinkle weaves together these two questions in a new book, appropriately titled People to Be Loved: Why Homosexuality Is Not Just an Issue. With rhetorical deftness, pastoral sensitivity, and theological depth, he offers Christians from across the spectrum an honest, engaging, surprising look at the Zeitgeist’s most important existential topic.
“Studying the issue of homosexuality is not enough,” writes Sprinkle. “We need to listen to gay and lesbian people…Homosexuality is about people. At the same time I want to be ruthlessly biblical about how we formulate our thoughts about homosexuality.” (19, 21)
Defying simple, thin answers to complex, thick questions,…
Finally, A Commentary by South Asian Scholars for South Asian Readers
Several years ago an American friend worked with pastors in Ukraine, offering ministry encouragement and strategic insights. At his first meeting he was greeted by a baseball diamond diagram popularized by an American book helping churches supercharge their ministry. They were using it to help guide their Eastern European churches.
He thought the baseball analogy was contextually out of place. Instead of importing American ministry strategies, he encouraged these leaders to create contextual ones for their indigenous ministries.
The same could be said for Bible commentaries.
Biblical insights from Western commentaries can be helpful elsewhere. Yet non-Western churches need resources to explain the Bible, relate its meaning to specific contexts, and apply Scripture to their life and ministry. Now we have such a resource for South Asia.
The new South…
D. A. Carson Explains the Essence and Importance of Biblical Theology
The major contribution of the NIV Zondervan Study Bible is that it focuses on a biblical theology for personal Bible reading. Recently, D. A. Carson, general editor, was interviewed on John Piper’s podcast about this freshly-conceived study Bible. He explored the essence of biblical theology and why it matters to the devotional life of ordinary Christians.
First, he explained the two foci of biblical theology:
You work carefully with each book or corpus (e.g. the Synoptics) to understand what God is saying through that corpus at the time before exploring how it contributes to the canon. You track themes that run through the Bible, tying them together. There are 20 large themes and 60 smaller ones, which include atonement, covenant, messiah, and kingdom.
Carson closes by explaining why a study Bible that emphasizes biblical theology is important for lay readers. He…
Meet the Scholars Behind the NIV Zondervan Study Bible
One of the strengths of the new NIV Zondervan Study Bible is that it’s been forged and fashioned through the contributions of sixty scholars, drawn from around the world and across the denominational and theological spectrum. Contributors include:
Kevin DeYoung Tim Keller Karen Jobes Bruce Waltke Henri Blocher Craig Blomberg Simon Gathercole
Stewarding the notes and in-depth essays was a committee of five OT and NT scholars, including: D. A. Carson, Doug Moo, Richard Hess, T. D. Alexander, and Andy Naselli.
“While all good study Bibles shed light on the biblical text,” Alexander explains, “the NIV Zondervan Study Bible offers something fresh. It does so by drawing on the experience of gifted scholars who have a common desire to teach the word of God faithfully.”
Watch D. A. Carson introduce some of the NIV Zondervan Study Bible’s contributing scholars,…
Biblical Theology, Harry Potter, and the NIV Zondervan Study Bible
What do Harry Potter and the new NIV Zondervan Study Bible have in common? Assistant professor and assistant editor Andy Naselli explains. In the four insightful videos below Naselli tells the story of this freshly-conceived study Bible, revealing its benefits and explaining its uniqueness.
First, Naselli explores a distinctive feature of the NIV Zondervan Study Bible and how it fits with the 5 theological disciplines. Where some study Bibles focus on systematic theology, the NIV Zondervan Study Bible focuses primarily on exegesis and biblical theology. “In general exegesis analyzes, and biblical theology synthesizes. Exegesis helps you read the Bible’s storyline with precision, and biblical theology helps you exegete with the Bible’s storyline in view.” Watch him share how this new study Bible executes this mission.
Next, he explains how Harry Potter helps illustrate biblical theology. As he tells it, the…
Understand the Bible and God Better with the NIV Zondervan Study Bible
Last month, Zondervan was pleased to release a ground-breaking new study Bible built on the most widely-read English Bible translation, the NIV Zondervan Study Bible. In the two videos below, general editor D. A. Carson explains its scope and benefits.
One of his more insightful revelations is the framework of the ZSB: Where other study Bibles have chosen to build upon systematic theology, the NIV Zondervan Study Bible is rooted in biblical theology. Not only do the notes follow this trajectory. Twenty-eight essays at the end pick up certain themes and follow them through the whole Bible as well.
As Carson explains, “It’s not looking at the Bible’s themes from a distance giving a summarizing view, but it tracks the themes throughout the Bible as they go.” Some of those themes include: Kingdom, Jerusalem, the consummation,…