Tag: New Testament

Book review: The King Jesus Gospel
(June 10, 2014)

Last week (Close to understanding Jesus?) I outlined how I came to see that much of the evangelical teaching I had received about Jesus didn’t really explain Jesus and his ministry in accurate terms historically. It seems that many people are coming to similar conclusions, for example New Testament scholar NT Wright and the philosopher, […]

Close to understanding Jesus?
(June 3, 2014)

One day, when I was a young christian, I had a surprising thought. As soon as I thought it, I knew it couldn’t be true. But this untrue thought set me on a path of discovery that I am still on today. This path has enriched my understanding of Jesus and changed the way I […]

How the four gospels came to be written?
(May 18, 2014)

You can read the New Testament without knowing anything about the authors or the background to their writing. If that’s you, you probably won’t be interested in this post. But I have long been interested in these background matters, and lately I’ve be coming to a few conclusions.

Update on sermons and why we should abandon them (for the most part)
(May 2, 2014)

Last post I discussed the messages our dependence on sermons sends, and referred back to a study I had done on Sermons – not how we learn best? A reader went to that page and found a bunch of broken links. I have therefore completely re-structured the page, and included quite a lot of new […]

Book review: Evangelical Faith and the Challenge of Historical Criticism
(March 24, 2014)

I’ve been reading a few books on the Old Testament lately. Paradoxically, this is probably the one I most disagreed with, yet also the one I gained the most from.

The Bible – how do we know it's not a fraud?
(February 1, 2014)

I have been considering the implications of Peter Enns’ suggestion that, in the light of the evidence, we should understand the Old Testament differently than we have done in the past. In a comment on the post Interpreting the Old Testament, Brisancian has asked a number of questions about how we can know what’s true. […]

Interpreting the Old Testament
(December 30, 2013)

Previous posts on topics related to Peter Enns’ book Inspiration and Incarnation: The Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern Literature and Variation in Old Testament teachings. Finally, how Jesus and the New Testament writers interpreted the Old Testament. It wasn’t the same way we do it today.

The slippery slope?
(June 16, 2013)

I’ve been looking at some ways that christianity is changing, including changing views of evolution and gay marriage. But how much are christians free to change while remaining true to God and the Bible? Many christians fear any change is a slippery slope that will lead them right away from being faithful to God’s revealed […]

The Bible: scholarship vs faith? (2)
(April 30, 2013)

I recently wrote about how academics in christian universities and colleges in the USA are finding their professional conclusions coming into conflict with the faith statements of their colleges. But this is an issue that to some degree affects all christians. How should we respond when secular learning seems to contradict traditional christian belief?

The Bible: scholarship vs faith? (1)
(April 24, 2013)

It seems inevitable that there will be a tension for christians between academic knowledge and faith. But sometimes the tension becomes very personal in its impacts, and feelings are high on both sides. These issues have come to a head a number of times in recent years at universities and colleges in the USA.