Did the Gospel Authors Think They Were Writing Scripture?
To explore this further, let us just consider just one of our gospels, namely the Gospel of Matthew.
If by the first century Chronicles was regarded as the final book in the Hebrew canon,as some scholars have argued,then Matthew’s gospel would certainly be a fitting sequel. An Old Testament canon ending with Chronicles would have placed Israel in an eschatological posture, looking ahead to the time when the messiah, the son of David, will come to Jerusalem and bring full deliverance to his people.
Can We Trust the Four Gospels to Tell Us the Truth About Jesus? (Part 1 of 3)
Why should we consult these four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke & John) and no others?
If you’re suspicious of the four Gospels because they were accepted and used by the church so early and so widely, keep in mind that this is not the established, government-supported, corrupt church of the Middle Ages. The early church, before Constantine, was known for its loving community, sacrificial concern for one another and for the needy... Continue Reading
Is the Church over the Bible or is the Bible over the Church?
The proper posture of God’s people (the church) is always one of submission to God’s word. There is no higher authority than God himself.
One might wonder: Why is Freeman so intent on lowering the authority of Scripture? Every argument in his article, whether historical or theological, has one simple end in mind, namely to convince the reader that the Bible is a problematic construction with less authority than people think. So, why would Freeman, an Orthodox priest, do... Continue Reading
Why Christian Education
Training and nurturing covenant children while preparing them for ‘works of service’
The Bible clearly states that the unregenerate mind cannot please God because it places man at the center, assumes that human beings are basically good, actively suppresses the truth about God, and denies the supernatural realities of heaven and hell. The regenerate mind, from which Christian education flows, affirms the opposite: God is the creator... Continue Reading
Before You Consider Homeschool
If homeschool is something you’ve tossed around in your mind, I want you to consider a few things before you decide to homeschool.
One of the greatest misconceptions about homeschool is that homeschooling isolates children from other children their age and that they never learn how to socialize with others. I could write an entire article on why that’s not true but for the sake of brevity, here’s the truth: there is so much for homeschoolers to do... Continue Reading
Is Capitalism Based on Greed?
There has been a wide-spread and oft-repeated myth that capitalism is based on greed
“Such misconceptions are even prevalent in the evangelical world, as preachers like Tony Campolo insist that the greed principle underlies the modern capitalistic system of America. Many well-meaning evangelicals, who have a genuine care for the poor, find themselves drawn to the rhetoric of people like Campolo and their disdain for capitalism.” Ever since... Continue Reading
Did Matthew Think He Was Writing Scripture?
One of the most common misconceptions about the New Testament canon is that the authors of these writings had no idea that they were writing Scripture-like books
The first step is to get our expectations clear. We should not expect that Matthew would say something like, “I, Matthew, am writing Scripture as I write this book.” Gospels are a very different genre than epistles, and we would not expect the authors to provide the same type of direct and explicit statements about... Continue Reading
Is Scripture Still Holy?
A critique of, Is Scripture Still Holy? Coming of Age with the New Testament, by A.E. Harvey
While the title of this volume implies that the author may still be presenting this as an open question, the first chapter makes it quite clear that the answer in this volume will be “no”—are at least “no” in regard to any historical, traditional sense in which Christians have regarded the Bible as God’s holy... Continue Reading
Polemic Theology: How to Deal with Those Who Differ from Us
Similarly, in dealing with those who differ, we ought not to split hairs about language just in order to pounce on our opponent because he or she has not used accurate wording. It is more effective to seek to apprehend what is meant and then to relate ourselves to the person’s meaning (Editor’s Note: This... Continue Reading
Discerning Roman Catholic Tendencies Among Professing Reformed Churches
If we are good Presbyterians, whose consciences should be bound to Scripture alone, then why should we be deemed wise to follow a tradition that Romanism has practiced? Introduction With the dawning of the Reformation, our gracious and merciful God lifted His people from the dregs of Popery. For centuries, God’s visible church had languished... Continue Reading