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To illustrate how far down the wrong path many Christians have gone, consider the following not-so-far-fetched, hypothetical situation: Christian protesters stand in opposition to one another. All carry picket signs that read, “Thou Shalt Not Kill.” One group is against abortion. The other is protesting the death penalty. But get this. Each group is opposed to the other’s issues. The pro-lifers believe in capital punishment, while the anti-death-penalty folks are pro-choice. They begin to…

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Over the last few years I have finally learned that I do not have the authority to change someone’s mind. I don’t have enough logic or reason to ensure someone will change their mind. There is one thing I can do. I can pray. When it comes to having theological disagreements with people I am trying to pray for every…

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Raymond Brown – Community of the Beloved Disciple Brown’s take on the Johannine community in the Gospel and Epistles of John.

Marianne Meye Thompson – The God of the Gospel of Joh The title perfectly describes the book. This book is about how God is described and talked about in the Gospel of John. This is a…

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Robert C. Tannehill – The Narrative Unity of Luke-Acts (Vol 1) This book goes chapter by chapter through Luke giving you the various threads that connect the parts.

Craig Blomberg – Historical Reliability of the Gospels (2nd ed) Unlike his Historical Reliability of the Gospel of John, this book doesn’t run through the Gospels chapter…

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Willard Swartley – Israel’s Scripture Traditions and the Synoptic Gospels: Story Shaping Story This book makes a lot of theological connections between major Old Testament themes and the Synoptics. This has proven very useful in my studies especially in regard to the theology of the synoptics through the lens of Judaism.

David Rhodes – Mark as Story This is…

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Evertt Ferguson – Backgrounds of Early Christianity This is a standard work in New Testament studies. Ferguson also comes from a Church of Christ background and has taught at ACU for many years. This is a must have book for any student of the New Testament with thorough articles on hundreds of relevant topics.

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Willard Swartley – Israel’s Scripture Traditions and the Synoptic Gospels: Story Shaping Story This book makes a lot of theological connections between major Old Testament themes and the Synoptics. This has proven very useful in my studies especially in regard to the theology of the synoptics through the lens of Judaism.

Craig Blomberg – Historical Reliability…

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As Jesus went about healing the least of these Matthew lets us in on a little secret in Matthew 12:15-21. Matthew tells us that Jesus’ healings were a direct fulfillment of Isaiah’s words about the suffering servant in Isaiah 42:1-4,

“18 “Here is my servant, whom I have chosen,     my beloved, with whom my soul…

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When I think about having cordial disagreements in the church, I often focus on how I describe others. I rarely think about how I describe myself. Yet what I say about me and those that agree with me can speak volumes about how I view others.

For example, I was in an Internet discussion group where people would often ask, “Does anyone know a sound church in Smallville?” When I…

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1 Cor 12 and giftedness

Now that we have a better understanding of 1 Tim 2:11-14 and 1 Cor 14:33b-35, we can consider the significance of giftedness without feeling like we’re pitting one scripture against another. How does Paul say giftedness should be lived out in the church? The obvious place to look is 1 Cor 12 —

(1 Cor. 12:4-7 ESV) 4 Now…

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