Monthly Archives: December 2015

Book Review: Behind the Gospels: Understanding the Oral Tradition by Eric Eve

Originally posted on THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM:
Behind the Gospels: Understanding the Oral Tradition by Eric Eve, Fortress Press; Reprint edition (July 1, 2014), 224 pp. Even though  the Christian can always offer certain dates for the Gospels, it should remembered that there…

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Ramblings on the Firstborn

At church this morning, the pastor preached about Luke 2:25-38.  Simeon and Anna are at the Temple, and they bless the child Jesus.  They believe that Jesus will bring about the consolation of Israel and the redemption of Jerusalem. In … Continue reading

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Book Write-Up: Searching for Jesus, by Robert J. Hutchinson

Robert J. Hutchinson.  Searching for Jesus: New Discoveries in the Quest for Jesus of Nazareth—-And How They Confirm the Gospel Accounts.  Nashville: Nelson Books, 2015.  See here to purchase the book. Every Christmas and Easter season, sensationalist documentaries come out … Continue reading

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Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh

In Matthew 2, magi from the east present the child Jesus with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.  Why did they give Jesus those particular gifts? Here are three items.  The first two items draw from Tim Widowfield’s post on … Continue reading

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Movie Write-Up: Christmas with a Capital C

Christmas with a Capital C is a 2010 Christian movie produced by Pure Flix Entertainment.  It was on TBN last night. The movie is about a lawyer, Mitch Bright (played by Baldwin brother Daniel Baldwin), who returns to his hometown … Continue reading

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Questioning Christmas: The Star of Bethlehem

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Star of wonder, star of night… It’s a seasonal staple of carols, Christmas cards and nativity plays but what was the Star of Bethlehem? Astronomical fact or pious fiction, theological symbolism or astrological sign, or simply…

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Can God Command Feelings?

I am reading John Frame’s A History of Western Philosophy and Theology.  I received a complimentary review copy through NetGalley. An issue that came up in my reading a few days ago is whether God can legitimately command people to … Continue reading

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Two New IVP Books on Paul

Last month IVP Academic released two new books on Pauline soteriology, and since this is one of my perennial favorite topics, I couldn’t wait to dig into both. I’ve just started them, but I wanted to highlight them now especially…

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Book Review: Ernest C. Lucas, Proverbs (Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary)

Reading Acts Lucas, Ernest C. Proverbs. Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2015. 421 pp. Pb; $28.   Link to Eerdmans Commentaries on Proverbs are often difficult write because proverbs are, by nature, easy enough to understand yet … Continue reading

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Ramblings on WWJD, and Jesus Being Superior to Us

I was flipping through channels last week and came across the Catholic channel, EWTN.  Mother Angelica was discussing theology with some kids, probably sometime during the 1980s. Mother Angelica was trying to highlight how wonderful the incarnation of God in … Continue reading

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