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Rampant Biblical Illiteracy

May 14, 2011

In Amos 8:11 we read these frightening words: “‘The days are coming,’ declares the Sovereign LORD, ‘when I will send a famine through the land – not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of

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Biblical Illiteracy

Apr 18, 2011

As I travel around the country – and overseas – speaking at churches, Bible colleges, Christian conventions, and so on, one thing I find is the alarming increase in biblical illiteracy. Many believers simply seem to have very little grasp

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And Which Planet Did You Say You Were From?

Mar 30, 2011

Chronicling the many cases of PC madness is a never-ending affair, and one could easily hire a team of hundreds just to keep up with every idiotic and brain-numbing idea, scheme and agenda being promoted by various whacko groups around.

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Imperatives and Exhortation

Mar 9, 2011

With a title like this, I have probably attracted about two or three readers. That is because the first term would send many folks racing to a dictionary, while the second term would strike many as being judgmental or intolerant.

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The Word of God Lite

Mar 4, 2011

We live in an age where people seem to want everything to come in a lite version. Because of busyness, or laziness, or what have you, many people are seeking dumbed-down or radically curtailed versions of all sorts of things.

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Recommended Reading on Hermeneutics

Jan 19, 2011

The Word of God is a gift to God’s people, but mastering its content does not always come automatically. While the Spirit of God is also given to us to help us receive God’s truth, there are still practical things

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Recommended Reading on Scripture

Jan 15, 2011

Biblical Christianity holds that God exists and that God has spoken. While he speaks in different ways, he pre-eminently speaks to us in and through his word. Thus the Bible is the authoritative source of Christian belief and practice. Without

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A Review of the ESV Study Bible

Jan 14, 2011

Crossway, 2008.

In 2001 the English Standard Version of the Bible was released. Its parentage goes back to William Tyndale’s 1525 New Testament and the 1611 King James Version. The text of the 1971 Revised Standard Version provides the immediate

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Should We Read the Bible Literally?

Dec 2, 2010

This is a question which not only many Christians ask, but is one which is also used as an objection by those who are critics of Christianity. But whatever the reasons for raising such a question, it is an important

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On the Perspicuity of Scripture

Dec 1, 2010

Now that I have most of you rushing to your dictionaries, let me explain what this is all about. The Christian doctrine of the perspicuity of Scripture simply refers to the belief that the Bible is clear in terms of

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Who Needs Commentaries?

Jul 14, 2010

When I first started writing about Bible commentaries a few days ago, I did not realise it would blow out into a four-part series. But that it has. I wrote a piece on how to select good commentaries, and also

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How To Pick a Good Commentary

Jul 14, 2010

For those who wish to purchase some good Bible commentaries, but do not really know where to begin, here is some information which may be of use. To help us grow in the understanding of the Bible, a good commentary

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Recommended New Testament Commentaries

Jul 13, 2010

Commentaries lovers will appreciate this article, while everyone else will simply scratch their heads. But for the handful of people still with me, I here list some of my preferred commentaries on the New Testament. I explain in a related

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Scripture Twisting and Delusion Compounded

May 12, 2010

You expect secular activists to mangle and abuse Scripture. That is bad enough, but it is much worse when people who call themselves Christians misuse and abuse the Bible. This especially comes out on the issue of homosexuality. There is

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