Mere religious tradition can blind us to what really matters to God. Those whose honor derives from their religious or social status can resent those who speak truth. But Jesus transcends all boundaries and reaches out to all people. He shows true power to transform that mere religious rituals cannot. Jerusalem was the dominant city […]

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Have you ever wondered if God could use someone like you? People in the Bible often wondered that also. One person who wondered that was Moses. He wondered on multiple occasions; here we focus on one such context in which Exodus recounts his wondering. Most preachers do not preach from genealogies; most individual genealogies were […]

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Paul closes his first letter to the Thessalonians with a series of exhortations. Paul no doubt designed these exhortations particularly for the believers in Thessalonica, but they relevant for us today also. (Ancient writers sometimes listed a series of exhortations; in this case, Paul is adding some concise advice after finishing the main part of […]

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Paul declares that we are the body of Christ with many members (Rom 12:4-5; 1 Cor 12:12, 20). He then elaborates on some of the varied gifts God has graciously given us to serve the rest of Christ’s body. Because Paul is simply offering samples, he provides several different lists that include a variety of […]

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What does the Spirit-baptized life look like? Jesus is the model, and Mark presents him as such in his opening verses. The Gospel of Mark mentions God’s Spirit explicitly only six times, but half of them appear in Mark’s introduction (1:8-13), where he introduces some of his central themes. (That is what ancient introductions often […]

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The publisher has graciously given permission to post my article on Romans from the multi-authored, popular-level book UNITY: Awakening the One New Man, which especially addresses the unity of Jewish and Gentile believers in Jesus. Feel free click on the link to read my chapter on Romans, which addresses how Gentile followers of Jesus have been […]

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What matters about worship is whom it addresses: the true God. As far as music styles or other features, they often fit the culture addressed. The musical instruments used in Psalm 150:3-5, for example, were also used by Canaanites in their worship. The Israelites used all these same instruments, but the difference was that they […]

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This four-minute video contains a brief account of Craig’s conversion from atheism many years ago and his experience immediately afterward. It’s not the way he would’ve designed it himself, but it’s the way he experienced it. http://vimeo.com/104585831

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Sometimes today readers start with our specific doctrinal assumptions and read them into the Bible. One danger with this method is that it keeps us from ever learning anything new. If we read the Bible only as a textbook of what we already believe, we are likely to miss anything it has to teach and […]

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At a conference on special divine action in July, Craig gave a plenary paper concerning miracle reports for the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion at Oxford University. Lenn Goodman, professor of philosophy at Vanderbilt (and a friend with whom Craig has been privileged to share Shabbat and attend synagogue), introduced Craig’s paper; Western […]

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