14 Feb 2012

Worship Warcraft

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Every time I hear a specific date announced for the end of the War in Afghanistan, I experience a brief snort of laughter. What kind of world do we live in where the beginning and end of wars can be scheduled? The fact is, so long as differing worldviews exist, wars are inevitable, and they...
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13 Feb 2012

American Catholicism's Pact with the Devil

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This is the title of a thought-provoking post (essay?) by Paul Rahe, Professor of History at Hillsdale College. Dr. Rahe briefly traces the history of the Roman Catholic Church’s involvement in the political sphere throughout the history of Western civilization. When he arrives at the modern American scene, he says: In the 1930s, the majority...
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11 Feb 2012

A Bad Trade?

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Here’s the basic fallacy of the Elephant Room 2 storyline—once you’ve granted to someone good standing as a Christian brother and fellow servant of the gospel, you can’t claim that you’re going to be sitting down to discuss whether he is truly such or not. You’ve already tipped your hand, so the rest of the...
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10 Feb 2012

Update on 1st Century Gospel of Mark

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In a previous post, I noted that Dr. Dan Wallace remarked during a recent debate that he had information about the discovery of a fragmentary papyrus manuscript of the Gospel of Mark that may possibly be from the 1st century A.D. Immediately, Wallace’s announcement was big news on numerous blogs, with Wallace himself responding in...
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9 Feb 2012

Artful Dodges

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Personally, I think that Thabiti Anyabwile has provided some of the best commentary on the inclusion of T. D. Jakes into the Elephant Room discussion. His initial offering before the event was dead on target, and his follow up post is also worth reading. He continues to provide valuable insight that by highlighting the personal...
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8 Feb 2012

2012 Student Global Impact Missions Conference

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In January, during Christmas Break, Inter-City Baptist Church was privileged to host over 200 college and seminary students for the Student Global Impact National Conference. Since 2000, every other year, this conference has provided an opportunity for college and seminary students to be challenged in the area of missions, to network with other students interested...
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6 Feb 2012

Use @: a Logos tip

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I’m teaching a class on Paul this semester and this week we looked at 1–2 Thessalonians. One of the interesting things about these letters is that both appear to have been co-authored by Paul and two of his companions, Silas—you may know him as Silvanus—and Timothy (see 1 Thess 1:1 and 2 Thess 1:1; cf....
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5 Feb 2012

1st Century Copy of the Gospel of Mark Discovered

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Dan Wallace, in reporting on his recent debate with Bart Ehrman, says that a papyrus fragment of the Gospel of Mark that preliminarily dates from the 1st century A.D. has recently been discovered. This would make it the earliest copy of the New Testament known to exist and the only one from the 1st century....
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4 Feb 2012

Frederick William Danker: RIP

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Today is the memorial service in St. Louis for Frederick Danker, who died on Thursday. Danker was the editor of the Bauer-Danker-Arndt-Gingrich Greek lexicon (BDAG), which is the standard Greek dictionary of the New Testament. Those of us who teach New Testament Greek can never seem to communicate to our students the importance of this...
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3 Feb 2012

Elephant Room 2

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If you have been following, or trying to follow, all the discussion and controversy surrounding James MacDonald and T. D. Jakes at Elephant Room 2, Mike Riccardi over at the Cripplegate has provided us with an excellent historical survey. Justin Taylor hints that “a substantial statement from Don Carson is forthcoming.”   Update: Carson and Keller have now responded.