Adding to the Bible: Reflections on 1 John 5:7-8

December 9, 2013

The King James Version of 1 John 5:7-8 reads: For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. Nowhere […]

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Found or Not Found? An Examination of 2 Peter 3.10

August 11, 2013

Let’s briefly take a look at one of the knottiest textual problems in the New Testament: 2 Peter 3.10. For the purposes of this discussion, we’ll set aside issues of canonicity (hotly-contested) and authorship (not Peter) and simply focus on the text of this single verse.

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Lexical Lies and Dictionary Deceptions

July 12, 2013
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In a recent online discussion regarding the Bible and homosexuality, one participant brought up the fact that Jesus never directly addressed the issue of homosexuality. To my surprise, another participant claimed that Jesus most certainly did condemn homosexuality in Matthew 15.19: “For out of the heart come evil intentions, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, […]

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Mark Driscoll doesn’t want you to study the Bible

April 28, 2013

Mark Driscoll recently caused another brouhaha with his views about gender roles. The short version of this latest controversy is that he compared nagging wives to water torture. You can watch the offending segment here. But are we really surprised by this sort of thing from Driscoll? By now it should seem par for the […]

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It’s All Greek To Me

November 16, 2012

When I write posts referencing Greek words or when I have discussions about the meanings of words in particular Bible verses, I’m never sure to what extent others are familiar with Koine Greek. Can I write μέτοχος? Should I transliterate it to metochos? Or maybe the answer is that you should learn Greek! Every Christian […]

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Baptism in the Holy Spirit

October 1, 2012

Perhaps the primary doctrinal difference separating Pentecostals and most Charismatics from the rest of Christendom is the doctrine of Baptism in the Holy Spirit. According to their view, Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a singular milestone in the Christian life that occurs subsequent to salvation and is evidenced by speaking in tongues. The Assemblies […]

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