3 Quotes on Salvation from Carson, Barth, Spurgeon

Enjoy these quotes on salvation and repentance from Carson, Barth, and Spurgeon. (Bonus quote from Tozer at the end, too.)

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If Bible Study Doesn’t Feel Like Work, You Aren’t Really Doing It

One of my favorite scholarly quotations about the hard work of seriously engaging the biblical text—what we popularly call Bible study—is that of the renowned Greek lexicographer, Frederick W. Danker (the “D” in BDAG). Danker famously said that “scholars’ tasks are not for sissies.” He was right, and I’m grateful he was willing to say what needed to be said. [Read more…]

What Is the Return of the Unclean Spirit in Luke 11?

There are certain passages that make you scratch your head, even if you’ve read them before.

Luke 11:24–26 is one of them.

Here’s how Joel Green, author of the Luke volume in the New International Commentary of the New Testament (NICNT), treats verses 23–26. We include his comments and footnotes so you can dive deeper into the argument and get a sense for how NICNT works. [Read more…]

Learning Logos: How to Access Pericopes from the Go Box

The recently released Logos 8.4 contains numerous tweaks providing enhancements designed hopefully to make our Bible study a little more powerful or enjoyable.

One such change is: with the simple addition of the word “study” in the Go box we can access pericopes (sections in the Bible). [Read more…]

Did Jesus Go to Hell After He Died?

Christ’s Descent into Hell by Follower of Hieronymus Bosch

Some versions of the Apostles’ Creed say Jesus descended into hell. Did he?

For centuries, Christians have proclaimed, “. . . he [Jesus] descended into hell . . .” Other versions of the creed say “the grave.”

Why do we say those words at all, and what are the implications of one versus the other?

This brief post is only an introduction to the matter. I’ll present the main relevant biblical texts, a brief overview of the primary interpretations, and a quick note about how I used Logos Bible Software to find this information.

Finally, I suggest resources for further study.

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Study the New Testament with N.T. Wright

There’s no better way to grow in your faith than to get God’s Word into each day—or rather, to let God’s Word get into you.

To gain a truly deep understanding of the Bible, you have to learn to study it inductively—to suspend judgment about a text’s message and let the text speak for itself. [Read more…]

10 Book Recommendations for the Atonement and Resurrection

For Christians, everything hinges on the resurrection. But without his death to pay for our sins (atonement), there would be no resurrection.

With Good Friday and Easter approaching, you may be interested in learning more about these two most important events in history. [Read more…]

Why the ‘Date’ of Palm Sunday Is so Profound

I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come.

— Isaiah 46:10, NIV

The significance of Palm Sunday was lost on me as a child. I suspect it’s lost on most Christian adults, too. [Read more…]

This Month Only: 40% off Reformed Resources through P&R

This month’s featured publisher, P&R (Presbyterian and Reformed), publishes books that promote biblical understanding and godly living as summarized in the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms.

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Is Acts a Work of Fiction, History, or Theology?

The Preaching of Saint Paul at Ephesus by Eustache Le Sueur (1649), commons.wikimedia.org

By Grant Osborne

Most ancient books trace the “acts” of heroes like Odysseus, Alexander the Great, or Julius Caesar. Luke’s is unique because these are the “acts” of a movement. As the second part of a two-volume work, it is a historical narrative tracing how the Christ followers built on their founder and became a worldwide force. They began as a fairly narrowly conceived Jewish “sect” and by the end of the book had expanded to “the ends of the earth” (1:8). This work tells how that came to pass in just a little over thirty years, from the ascension of Jesus (AD 30) to the imprisonment of Paul in Rome (AD 60–62).

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