Saturday, December 24, 2016

Preaching Is *A* Way To Present The Gospel, But Not *The* Way

Regretfully, many are bored with church. The numbers tell the story.  On one website it is reported:
On the evening of March 4, 1982, ....TV's popular "Family Feud" program posed to the contestant this question: "What is the most boring place you go to?" Her ready answer? "Church." And it turned out to be the number one answer, based on 100 people surveyed! [1]

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Sunday, March 13, 2016

The Textual Evidence for the Woman Caught in Adultery

Today in Sunday School we referenced the women caught in adultery story found only in John’s gospel (John 7:53-8:11). I did not get a chance to mention that the textual evidence for the inclusion of this passage into the New Testament is questionable, thus we should cite clearer passages when developing doctrine until the evidence becomes stronger for its inclusion. The NET Bible summarizes the evidence for this passage well. Respectfully, some of it may be hard to understand, but it at least sends the impression that these issues are not as cut and dry as we may think: 

Monday, January 18, 2016

How To Go About Christian Apologetics

Douglas Groothuis out of Denver Seminary talks about how we should go about Christian apologetics:

After the dust of a good argument settles, we may err by either understating or overstating the force of our conclusions. If we understate, we are not being humble but timid. If we overstate, we may be too proud to admit the limits and weakness of the argument. The ideal is neither timidity nor grandiosity. Honest and rational truth seeking should set the agenda….Certainty is no vice, as long as it is grounded in clear and cogent arguments, is held with grace, and is willing to entertain counterarguments sincerely. [1]

[1] Groothuis, Christian Apologetics: A Comprehensive Case for Biblical Faith 148-149.