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February 23, 2022 | ZA Blog
Developing a Definition for Evangelism
In Evangelism in a Skeptical World, Sam Chan offers tools to equip Christians to share the gospel in a world growing increasingly suspicious...
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February 21, 2022 | bill-mounce
Greek Word Order and Nuance (Eph 2:8–9) - Mondays with Mounce
There is meaning in Greek word order, but it is normally so nuanced that it can’t come out in translation. Ephesians 2:8–9 is one of the rar...
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February 18, 2022 | ZA Blog
Life after Death: the Afterlife in Greco-Roman Antiquity
The New Testament arises from a specific cultural context. Since we live in a post-New Testament world, it can be difficult to imagine that ...
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February 16, 2022 | ZA Blog
Phoebe: Deacon and Sister in the Early Church
Phoebe gets a lot of attention in discussions about New Testament gender roles. As the woman tasked with delivering Paul’s letter to the Rom...
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February 15, 2022 | ZA Blog
Jewish Sects During the Time of Jesus: The Revolutionary Movements
One mistake we make when approaching the New Testament is to assume that the culture in Israel was monolithic. At the time of Jesus, Israel ...
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February 14, 2022 | ZA Blog
Ruth and Boaz: A Cute Little Love Story or Much More?
In the second chapter of Ruth, we’re introduced to Boaz, a wealthy landowner and relative of Naomi’s late husband. Boaz treats Ruth with ten...
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February 11, 2022 | ZA Blog
The Curse of Ham and Biblical Justifications for Slavery
The ideological battle over slavery that led to the Civil War was fought on multiple fronts. For nineteenth-century churchgoers, this inclu...
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February 8, 2022 | ZA Blog
What Is the Nature and Purpose of the Gift of Prophecy?
One area where cessationists and continuationists can find themselves in sharp disagreement is around the topic of prophecy. In Understandin...
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February 7, 2022 | bill-mounce
The Myth of “Literal Translations” (1 Tim 4:13) - Mondays with Mounce
Have you ever noticed that when you see something, perhaps something new or different, all of a sudden you start seeing it everywhere? You s...
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January 22, 2022 | ZA Blog
The New Covenant, Hebrews 8, and Christianity’s Relationship with Judaism
On some level, the Book of Hebrews is a book about covenants. At its heart, Hebrews focuses on the superiority of Christ’s covenant, encoura...
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January 21, 2022 | ZA Blog
What Does the Bible Say About Faith? A Look at Hebrews 11
If you’re looking for a biblical definition of faith, the eleventh chapter of Hebrews is an inspiring and informative place to start. In The...
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January 10, 2022 | bill-mounce
Everything All of You Do Should be Done in Love (1 Corinthians 16:13–14)
Paul is ending his letter to the Corinthian church and concludes with a general admonition. V 13 illustrates the issue of aspect, and v 14 s...
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December 13, 2021 | bill-mounce
Where O Where Did the Comma Go? (1 Cor 13:2) - Mondays with Mounce
Sometimes the absence of a comma can significantly alter the meaning of a passage, and its inclusion can clarify. 1 Corinthians 13:2 provide...
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December 10, 2021 | ZA Blog
Understanding Cessationism from a Continuationist Perspective
In Understanding Spiritual Gifts, Sam Storms addresses common questions and misunderstandings around the topic of spiritual gifts. One of th...
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December 6, 2021 | bill-mounce
Who is Lower than the Angels? (Hebrews 2:6–8) - Mondays with Mounce
The challenge of translating Hebrews 2:6–8 is that the original context (Psalm 8) was talking about people in general (plural), but the auth...
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November 8, 2021 | bill-mounce
Encouragement for Exhausted Pastors (2 Tim 1:10) - Mondays with Mounce
Adverbial participles are flexible little critters with a wide swatch of possible meanings. Usually their meaning is relatively clear, somet...
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