Sunday, November 23, 2014

Scholarly Mishaps

David Farnell New Attacks on the Bible Veritas Defending Inerrancy Scholarly MishapsIronically, there are errors, intentional or unintentional, made by evangelical scholars about other evangelical scholars in their latest presentations on biblical inerrancy.  Mishaps will happen, but these are beyond grammatical slip ups on Powerpoint slides and verbal mispronunciations of long tongue twisting Bible names.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Unnaswered Questions Within The Modern Debate On Inerrancy

The Alarmist Arbitrary Spotlight

Unanswered Questions Within Evangelicalism Over "How" The Current Debate Over Biblical Inerrancy Has Been Conducted


       The county fair was in full swing so the kids, my wife Rebecca, and I went out for a night of fun and music. When we arrived, we made our way through the maze of vehicles guided by volunteer staff directing traffic as we braved the hilliness of the grass parking area. After, we paid the entrance fee then headed toward the rides so the kids could have a thrill.

Monday, March 17, 2014

God Is Not Dead

I cannot endorse everything in this movie (mainly due to it not being released yet), but it looks interesting.  I encouraged all to consider going to go see it.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Scholars At Baylor University Views On The Rising of the Saints

David Garland, dean at Truett Seminary at Baylor University, [1] seems to confirm that the darkening of the sky, tearing of the veil, earthquake with the tombs opening, and the risen saints going into Jerusalem are literal historical events. 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Possible Textual Issues With Matthew 27:52-53

John Nolland, NT scholar out of Trinity College Bristol[1] and Anglican chaplain, analyzes the textual criticism issues with Matthew 27:52-53.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Wesley On Schisms Within The Church

      John Wesley on schisms within the Christian Church:

      If there be any word in the English tongue as ambiguous and indeterminate in its meaning as the word Church, it is one that is nearly allied to it,—the word Schism

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Is the Rising of the Saints in Matthew's Gospel a "Tall Tale" or a "Monomyth?"

Is it? I do not think so but others do. 

        Kenneth Waters expresses that the rising of the saints passage, “…is not history, nor is it presented as history.” [1] Also David Senior

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The First 750 Years

Good series on where different Church leaders from the end of the first century to around 750 A.D. stood on different verses in the Bible. 

Pittsburg Theological Seminary's Douglas R.A. Hare On Matthew 27:52-53

         Douglas R. A. Hare out of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary[1], does not directly indicate if the rising of the saints is a historical event.
         However, he does suggest that Matthew is focusing on this account as being a glimpse into what the general resurrection will be like. He writes that the, “…resurrecting of the saints, prefiguring the general resurrection, suggests that the death of Jesus has conquered death and prepared for the final victory of those who die in faith.”[2] Historically and theologically speaking he notes that, “…the temporal note of verse 53, ‘after his resurrection,’ is meant to prevent any misconception; Jesus will be the first to be raised from the dead. That is, Matthew does not mean to present the appearance of the saints as an event in the history of salvation but as a sign only.”[3] (emphasis original to author). It is not clear what he means here. Yet, Hare is at least recommending that Matthew’s intention is to concentrate on what is to come and not what did occur even if it did take place.


[2]Douglas R. A. Hare, Matthew, Interpretation, a Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching (Louisville, KY: John Knox Press, 1993), 324.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Rising of the Saints: R.T. France's View

NT scholar and Anglican cleric, the late R.T. France, comes to swallow that the report in Matthew 27 about individuals that had passed away but rose after Jesus' death “has no parallel in the other gospel accounts” while at the same time “leaves plenty of unanswered questions for the historically-minded interpreter.”[1]

Friday, January 31, 2014

The Growth of Christian Philosophy

D.A. Carson, Leon Morris, and Matthew 27:52-53

Commentator Leon Morris concludes in his commentary on Matthew (edited by D A Carson) [1] that it is more likely that Matthew’s point of writing about the saints is not something that happened literally.  He concludes:

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Editors? What Is Their Role?

         What is the role of an editor(i.e. General Editor) in publications?  Gerald C. Gross in his book Editors on Editing: What Writers Need to Know About What Editors Do points out that the role of a editor is:

Craig Evans, Robert Stewart, and Matthew 27:52-53

NT Scholar Craig Evans [1] in the book The Resurrection of Jesus: John Dominic Crossan and N. T. Wright in Dialogue (edited by Robert Stewart, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Theology at SBC New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary) [2] thinks that the Matthean account in 27:51-53 is legend. 

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Richard Swinburne On Why Believe In God?

Oxford philosopher Richard Swinburne on why believe in God?  I agree with him in general.  His answer seems more philosophical making more of a general theistic observation. If one chooses and is led, something to seriously consider.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

The Rising of the Saints: Micheal Green and the Late John Stott

The late John Stott edited Michael Green’s commentary on Matthew.  When John Stott passed away in July of 2011 at the age of 90 the NY Times called him a “Major Evangelical Figure." [1]  Micheal Green writes,

Friday, January 3, 2014

The Late James Montgomery Boice's Conclusions On Matt 27:52-53

The late James Montgomery Boice, one of the signers of the ICBI statement,[1] does take this account to be historical.  Before coming to this conclusion he does ask some interesting questions and points out some unknowns about this passage.  Boice suggests:

Thursday, January 2, 2014

The Bible Answer Man's Perspective On Matthew 27:52-53

Hank Hanegraff, also known as the Bible Answer Man, does not know how to take this passage.  On a radio broadcast on Jan 16, 2013 he received the question, “What happened to those who were raised in Matthew 27:52-53?"