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There’s a famous passage in Genesis that often comes up in discussions of salvation. It says Abraham “believed the Lord; and he reckoned it to him as righteousness” (Gen. 15:6). Protestant pastors frequently preach on this passage, and they frequently get it wrong. Really wrong. Here’s why . . .   Why It Comes Up This […]

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Something very strange happens in John’s Gospel. Unlike any of the other Gospels, it indicates—directly—who its author is. And yet it also doesn’t tell us who he is. At the very end of the Gospel, we are told that it was written by a figure who has become known as “the beloved disciple.” But he […]

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It sounds like a trick question. You’re tempted to say, “Uhh . . . that would be John?” Yes, but which John? A handful of names were extremely popular in first century Israel. These included Simon, Judas, James, and, John. The frequency with which they occurred sometimes makes it hard to sort out who is […]

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Many people have the idea that, in biblical times, the Jerusalem temple was exclusively for Jewish use. This is a natural assumption, given the hostilities that led to the Jewish War of the A.D. 60s, as well as the attitude of some Jewish Christians who thought salvation was impossible for Gentiles. But the historical evidence […]

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Newspapers and websites erupted over the weekend with headlines like: Lord’s Prayer: Pope Francis calls for change (BBC) Pope Francis proposes change to the Lord’s Prayer (AOL) Pope Francis wants to change the Lord’s Prayer – Here’s why (Catholic.Org) Pope Francis calls for Lord’s Prayer translation to be changed (Catholic Herald) Shame on all of […]

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Jesus prophesied that the Jerusalem temple would be destroyed within a generation, and it was. Jewish rebels began a war against the Romans in A.D. 66, and four years later the temple lay in ruins. Will it ever be rebuilt? Many Jews and Christians think so, even claiming that this must happen for certain prophecies […]

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Some recent discussions have employed the concept of “editorial fatigue” as a way of shedding light on the Synoptic Problem. The basic idea is that, in the process of adapting material for his own work, a later author may grow mentally fatigued and begin to edit in an inconsistent way, retaining some elements of his […]

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Calvinist theology places a great deal of emphasis on the concept of God’s elect. The term “elect” is taken from the Greek word eklektos, which means “chosen.” In Calvinist thought, the elect are those that have been chosen by God to be saved on the last day. The Westminster Confession of Faith states, “God hath […]

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According to multiple books in the Old Testament, the Israelites came into possession of the land of Canaan after they left slavery in Egypt—an event known as the Exodus. Yet, according to some skeptical scholars today, the Exodus never happened. Instead, the Israelites simply were a group of Canaanites, and they eventually took over the […]

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St. Jerome’s Latin Vulgate is the most influential Bible translation in the history of western Christendom. As a translation, it’s been astoundingly important—even more than the King James Version. For many centuries, it effectively was the Bible for countless Christians. Through long ages in the west, educated people could read Latin but not Greek or […]

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