Welcome to the first installment of the New Testament Survey Podcast! In this installment, I begin my lecture, "What Is the New Testament?" Download lecture MP3. (This is an approximately 30 MB file and may take several minutes to download.) Continue reading What Is the New Testament?
If you are a student at Vanguard University and are enrolled in NT 101C: New Testament Survey, welcome! You can download a copy of the syllabus here. (If prompted for a password, please click on the "Read Only" button.) Please check back to this site on a weekly basis for class announcements, lecture podcasts, and links to issues mentioned in class. Continue reading NT 101C: New Testament Survey Syllabus
Welcome to the first installment of the Worldview podcast! In this installment, I lecture on the topic, "The Essence of the Christian Worldview." Download lecture MP3. Continue reading The Essence of the Christian Worldview
If you are a student at Vanguard University and are enrolled in THEO 300C: Developing a Christian Worldview, welcome! You can download a copy of the syllabus here. (If prompted for a password, please click on the "Read Only" button.) Please check back to this site on a weekly basis for class announcements, lecture podcasts, and links to issues mentioned in class. Continue reading THEO 300C: Developing a Christian Worldview Syllabus
For the past 3 days, I've been in St. Petersburg, Russia, as part of a Baltic cruise with my family, celebrating my parents' 40th anniversary. So, blogging has been light. But I'll resume blogging after Labor Day. Today we got to see the Hermitage, including Rembrandt's wonderful, "The Return of the Prodigal." Henri Nouwen has a wonderful book about the painting. I'll blog more about the trip (with pictures) when I return. Continue reading Greetings from St. Petersburg!
The Daily Word will be on hiatus from Monday, August 14th to Tuesday, September 5th. We'll resume our study of Romans then. Continue reading The Daily Word on Hiatus
Listen to The Daily Word online. For the past few weeks, we have been studying Romans 9-11. In these chapters, Paul asks why his fellow Jews rejected Jesus and whether this rejection indicates a failure on God’s part. In Romans 10.21, which quotes Isaiah 65.2, Paul describes Israel as “a disobedient and obstinate people.” Israel’s disobedience and obstinacy, then, explain its rejection of Jesus. But isn’t this a dangerous answer? I mean, haven’t Christian anti-Semites throughout the centuries used Israel’s disobedience and obstinacy as an excuse for their persecutions against Jews? Haven’t pogroms been legitimized by appeals to Jewish incorrigibility? … Continue reading The Remnant (Romans 11.1-6)
This music video by OK Go is the best I've seen in quite a long time. Enjoy! Continue reading Best Music Video I’ve Seen in a While
Debra Young of Pastors Retreat Network asked me to post this message. PRN looks like a pretty good ministry, so I'm more than happy to oblige. The Pastors Retreat Network is a ministry that has energized more than 3,500 pastors nationwide by offering free retreats to both them and their spouses. Their goal is straightforward: to glorify God and build His kingdom by strengthening Christian pastors for better ministry to the people they lead. The United States is currently losing approximately 1,200 small churches and 1,500 pastors each month. One of the reasons is that the work of ministry often takes … Continue reading Pastors Retreat Network
Listen to The Daily Word online. I often talk with people about how to best reach their friends with the gospel. Usually, those conversations focus on presenting the gospel with language and concepts that nonreligious friends can understand. The unstated assumption is that if we could just find the right words, people would come to Christ. But what if that assumption is wrong? In Romans 10.18-21, the Apostle Paul asks why his fellow Jews failed to accept Christ. He offers three explanations, rejecting the first two in favor of the third. The first explanation Paul offers is that they have … Continue reading The Failure of Evangelism (Romans 10.18-21)