5 Words You’re Probably Not Getting in the Christmas Story

Every Christmas Eve growing up, my father read the Christmas story from Luke 2 in the King James Version.

And every Christmas Eve, I thought I understood it. I largely did. But I now see little things I was missing—through no fault of my own, nor of the KJV translators, but simply because of the inevitable process of language change. The KJV is 400 years old, after all. I now see these little things because I focused hard on them while writing my new book, Authorized: The Use and Misuse of the King James Bible.

Here are five things you might not have noticed you were missing in the Christmas story in Luke 2 in the King James Version. [Read more…]

In Memory of R.C. Sproul: 20 Quotes on the Glory of God

R.C. Sproul, beloved theologian, writer, and pastor, went to be with the Lord in the afternoon of December 14th. He founded Ligonier Ministries in the 1970s to provide theologically rich Christian teaching to people with little or no access to it. Using radio, print, and television media, Sproul introduced many people to the Reformed theology, advocating for a revival of Calvinism among evangelicals. [Read more…]

What Do We Really Know about the Three Wise Men?

What do we really know about the “magi,” the three “wise men” who brought gifts to Jesus?

I get questions like this from my kids all the time, questions about Bible and theology stuff. I love their curiosity. And I often find myself answering them this way: “Well, how could we know?” [Read more…]

How Evangelical Theologians Are Tackling the Doctrine of the Trinity

The Trinity is a hot topic right now—because of its relationship to discussions about gender (see 1 Cor 11:3) and its place in the perennial back-and-forth between more confessionalist and more biblicist strains of evangelical faith.

Recently I attended the annual Evangelical Theological Society meeting in Providence, Rhode Island, and I felt that if I was going to have a responsible view in these important debates, I needed to listen to people who’d studied the Trinity far more carefully than I have. You may feel the same way. [Read more…]

What Does It Mean To “Stand in the Council”?


Most people think a prophet is someone empowered by God to foretell the future. No doubt, prophets announced God’s intentions, but forecasting future events wasn’t their primary job description. A prophet’s chief task was to serve as God’s mouthpiece to His covenant people Israel and to her enemies. So how did someone become a prophet? Was there some sort of heavenly qualification? In fact, there was.

You might think the standard for a prophet was whether their words came to pass exactly as uttered (Deut 18:15–22). But that’s actually a by-product of the real litmus test, which we read about in Jeremiah:

For who among them has stood in the council (סוד, sôd) of the Lord to see and to hear his word, or who has paid attention to his word and listened? [The Lord says] … “If they had stood in my council (סוד, sôd), then they would have proclaimed my words to my people” (Jer 23:18, 22).

What does it mean to “stand in the council”? Jeremiah elaborates: “to see and to hear his word … to pay attention to his word and listen.” The one essential test of a prophet—that preceded their ability to deliver a divine message—was that the prophet had to see and hear God in His council. [Read more…]

Who Are Gog and Magog, and What’s So Evil about the North?

The terms “Gog and Magog” seem to factor into biblical prophecy quite a bit. Do a Google search for them, and you’ll come up with quite a few conflicting (and sometimes fanciful) articles. Most speculation attempts to tie Gog and Magog’s appearances in Ezekiel and Revelation to a specific geographical location or country.

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Is There Anything New to Say about the Christmas Story?

Biblical scholarship is essentially a lot of very careful reading of very old, very familiar stories—with the goal of discovering something new in them.

The well has not run dry. After two millennia, the Christmas story, for example, is still delivering fresh insights to Bible readers of all kinds—like a grandmother sending out packages to grandkids reliably every December.

Does the “greatest story ever told” have anything left to tell us? As you prepare your heart for the Christmas season, here are three reasons to turn back to the Christmas story in your Bible reading, three reasons (among others that could be mentioned) why this story keeps delivering new insights. [Read more…]

3 Insights about Genesis You’ve Probably Never Heard

“If we all followed Genesis as our collective compass, the world would be a better place.”

This is one of the last quotes in Roadmap Genesis, a documentary by a filmmaker turned rabbi. In it he argues that the ills plaguing society today find their cure in the wisdom of Genesis.

And he gathers a wide array of perspectives to do so. Conservative governor Mike Huckabee, creationist Ken Ham, former Archbishop of Chicago Cardinal Francis George, Jewish lawyer Alan Dershowitz, and many others lend their voices from varied ideological corners to herald one unified message: we desperately need Genesis today. [Read more…]

Tim Keller, IVP & More: Save at Least 50% This Weekend

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These Black Friday Weekend savings start at 50% off and range up to 76%. They’re good Friday, November 24 through midnight (PT) on Monday, November 27. Here are just a few of the best deals. [Read more…]

One Week Only: 30 Years of D.A. Carson Sermons, Just $75

Imagine sitting down with one of the world’s most respected New Testament scholars and asking him questions about everything from Ezekiel’s vision or the cryptic language of Revelation 14, to how we can understand difficult passages in the Gospel of John.

And then, without hesitation, you receive detailed, accurate responses. [Read more…]