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Bible Study Helps: The Pastoral Epistles

Dec 14, 2018

The three letters that we refer to as the Pastoral Epistles are 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus. That specific term has only been around for several hundred years, and it might be somewhat misleading. All of Paul’s letters have

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Bible Study Helps: Philippians and Colossians

Dec 7, 2018

These two shorter epistles by Paul (four chapters each) are very important parts of the New Testament. They feature a number of important truths and practical instructions. Both letters were most likely penned by Paul in the early 60s while

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Bible Study Helps: Galatians and Ephesians

Nov 18, 2018

As mentioned in this series, all up the Apostle Paul wrote 13 canonical letters, making up almost half of the New Testament. These are two very important epistles of Paul. Although brief (six chapters each) they contain crucial Christian truths

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Bible Study Helps: Corinthians

Nov 15, 2018

The two lengthy letters Paul wrote to the believers at Corinth are very important parts of our New Testament. Both letters were likely penned in the mid-50s by Paul. They stem from his earlier time of ministry with them –

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Bible Study Helps: Romans

Nov 13, 2018

The book of Romans is in many ways the magnum opus of the Apostle Paul. In its 16 chapters so many vital Christian truths and teachings are to be found. And its impact throughout Christian history has been immense. At

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Bible Study Helps: Paul

Oct 9, 2018

The Apostle Paul is a major figure in the New Testament. He is the author of 13 of the 29 books found in the New Testament. His importance cannot be overstated. His life and activities make up a major portion

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Bible Study Helps: The Synoptic Gospels

Sep 25, 2018

The first three gospels – Matthew, Mark and Luke – are known as the synoptic gospels, and they share a number of similarities. However, the three also differ in major ways from John’s gospel. Indeed, much of what is found

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Bible Study Helps: The Old Testament

Sep 16, 2018

The importance of the Old Testament for believers today cannot be overstated. But neither can it be overstated how often and how much the OT is ignored by contemporary Christians. This is a tragedy, and a long-standing one. Back in

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Bible Study Helps: The Minor Prophets

Sep 15, 2018

In this series on study tools on the entire Bible we now come to the final twelve Old Testament books – the Minor Prophets. These prophetic books are certainly not minor in terms of importance, but only in terms of

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23 More Recent Theological Titles

Aug 11, 2018

New theology titles keep pouring from the presses, and it is hard to keep up with everything that is out there. A few months ago I offered a list of 23 newish books on theology that I was reading. That

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Answering Cheap Troll Attacks

Jul 9, 2018

The internet and social media have created a relatively new and malicious monster: the troll. Today mischievous and irksome trolls seem to be everywhere, and anyone who seeks to share truth online will encounter a regular army of these serial

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Christianity Really Is Bookish

Jun 28, 2018

The Christian religion is one in which books really matter. Reading and writing matter greatly to biblical Christianity. It is a bookish religion. Note, I did not say Christians are bookish. Sadly that is not true of most Christians today.

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One Bible, Two Testaments

May 12, 2018

The Bible the Christian reads contains two Testaments and 66 books. The Old Testament contains 39 books while the New Testament has 27 books. That is our Bible, and basically only false teachers and cultists will try to tell you

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The King James Only Controversy, Part 3

May 7, 2018

In this third of a four-part article I look further at issues of textual criticism, translation theory, pros and cons about manuscript types and translations, and so on.

Objections raised against the Alexandrian texts and translators

Some critics claim that

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