So here we are. The end of our five part series designed to answer the question “Are the Gospels reliable?” I certainly don’t have all the answers and I certainly can’t cover all the topics in a blog-mini-series. But I hope you think about this differently, I hope there have been just enough thoughts to […]Read More Are the Gospels Reliable? Conclusion
Are we having fun yet? If you are still reading…let me just say “thanks” and I hope you have found some of this helpful. Maybe even some of this can serve to build your faith stronger in the reliability of the gospels! To trace where we have been – we started with an Introduction and […]Read More Are the Gospels Reliable? Part 3 – What About All the Mistakes?
Welcome back! We are in the midst of a five part blog post series answering the main question “Are the gospels reliable?” After a brief intro where we laid out the issues in play, we jumped into the first question of the feasibility of reliable written manuscripts in a predominantly oral culture. In this post, […]Read More Are the Gospels Reliable? Part 2- Wasn’t Stuff Changed?
So in the first post, we laid out the main issues with the reliability of the gospels and gave a general introduction. This time, we want to dig deeper into a first response to the main issues by answering the question – Was the first century Palestinian culture so much of an oral culture that […]Read More Are the Gospels Reliable? Part 1 – Wasn’t Everyone Illiterate?
I’m a Christian. These days, I’ll admit…even as a Pastor, that I say that statement with a trace of fear and intimidation in my heart, because I know that being a Christian is not highly regarded these days. Generally, people don’t like Christians very much. Fair enough, some Christians haven’t been the best examples of […]Read More Are the Gospels Reliable? An Intro
This is a bold book. It is a personally revealing and transparent book. It is a humble and sensitive book [see the Preface – “The Heart of the Authors”] It is a book that will make lots of people uncomfortable. I’m sure many people are angry about this book. It’s a book that will […]Read More Book Review – Defining Deception
Sons in the Son (P&R Publishing, 2016) by David B. Garner goes deep into the doctrine of our adoption in Christ. Adoption is one of those doctrines that warms and encourages the soul and needs to be dwelt upon. It is also deeply foundational to who we are as united to Christ. J.I. Packer famously […]Read More Book Review – Sons in the Son
My family has been a licensed NJ Foster Home for a while now, in that time we have seen many kids come through our door. Some only needing to stay a short time, others several months, and maybe one day (perhaps in the near future) we will be faced with the very real question of […]Read More Adoption and the Gospel
The bottom line is that what today traditionally represents, the sacrifice of Jesus, is massively important. Everything hinges on who Jesus is and what he came to do. There is much confusion – some say Jesus was a good teacher, a kind man, even a “perfect man” – and the usual answer to the question […]Read More The Massive Importance of His Sacrifice
If someone asked you to tell them in one word “What did Jesus come to do?” what would you say? Maybe “die on the cross” or “help people”? I want to read 1 verse from Luke 4:18 which may help answer this question. To set the scene a little, this is Jesus himself speaking publicly […]Read More What Did Jesus Come To Do?