After March 26th, 1935 Karl Barth was deported from Nazi Germany via police escort to Switzerland because he refused to sign the Nazi “Oath of Loyalty” without modification to Adolf Hitler (also known as “Hitler’s Oath”). After arriving in Switzerland, Barth became the Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of Basel at the precipice…
Not to my surprise, topics that center on the existence of God or the resurrection of Jesus, brings up the issue of relevancy. In other words, in a somewhat post modern world, people aren’t always asking whether it is true. Instead, they are asking, “What difference does this issue make in my life?” I previously did a post called Does It Matter Whether God Exists? Even though I discuss these in this video here, here are a few reasons why I think such a topic such as the resurrection matters:
1.The Resurrection of Jesus provides evidence that the God of the Bible exists. Let’s look a the following syllogisms.
I1. f Jesus rose from the dead, the God of the Bible exists
2. Jesus rose from the dead
3.Therefore, the God of the Bible exists (not Zeus, Thor or the Flying Spaghetti Monster)
“In a debate with Gary Habermas, former atheist…
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Part two of a conversation with Dr. Gene Green, professor of New Testament at Wheaton College, regarding the word hupotassō, often translated “submit” in 1 Peter and other NT books. He asks the question where and when should we “change the orders” rather than just to submit to them. Jonathan Blanchard, one of the founders of Wheaton College, was a respected abolitionist who looked at the “order” of society, challenged it, and ultimately helped to abolish slavery. Are there other orders in society that we should challenge and not just accept?
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Every now and then we scour the Eerdmans library looking for books with a bit of dust and a trove of wisdom. Stay updated on the latest news and books from Eerdmans. Today’s Off the Shelf selection features the insights of Richard Bauckham on Revelation 5:8. In this fascinating verse, the author of Revelation likens the…
Objections to the Cosmic Temple Motif in Scripture
In Beale’s book The Temple and the Church’s Mission, both the garden of Eden and the Jerusalem temple are types of the Church, which is confusingly called the literal non-physical temple. Beale’s thesis, which is fed by many ingeniously interpreted though vague allusions – mainly reliant upon reinterpreting OT texts by privileged interpretations of the NT – is that the OT stories of Adam, Abraham, and Israel recapitulate the same story of failure to extend God’s spiritual kingdom throughout the world. Jesus, the final Adam, the final Israel, and the final temple (though apparently not the final Abraham), will set everything to rights when He comes, and then it’s a wrap as far as this present creation is concerned.
This is it in a nutshell. While its supporters readily admit that the cosmic temple has little…
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Isaiah 40:28 -“Have you never heard?
Have you never understood?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of all the earth.
He never grows weak or weary.
No one can measure the depths of his understanding.”
NOW is the time to listen and understand,
Open your hearts and minds!
“You have such a February face, so full of frost, of storm and cloudiness.”
Well, the meteorologists in Minnesota must be turning cartwheels and flips this morning. We broke the all time record for snow in the month of February. I don’t feel particularly excited about it, as you can tell by the last few posts I’ve written.
In this shortest month of the year, we’ve managed to close schools for more days than usually allotted for snow days. Extreme cold and over average snowfall even caused the post office to close. Enough already! This will be my last post complaining about our fate in Minnesota. I have actually become part of the landscape and am now permanently frozen under a mound of record snow. Snow angels are not an option and our dog has given up eating so he won’t have to deal with the high snowbanks.
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Perhaps what concerned earliest Enlightenment writers was the sine qua non of religion, the term used to denote a first principle or essence constitution the very fundamental core of religion.
Scholars of religion and other prominent theorists (not always necessarily religious scholars but academics active in other fields overlapping with religion, such as sociologists, philosophers, and anthropologists etc.) have attempted to apply methodological attempts to isolate this first principle. They wished to distinguish the core elements of religion understood to be absolutely fundamental to it. This fundamental component was best captured in the phrase “That without which the subject would not be what it is.” Simply, if this essence could be determined the idea would be that without the essence in question religion would simply not exist. Seeking after religion’s sine qua non would thus constitute a rather daunting project, and in their attempt to discover this component theorists have…
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by Wally Fry
The Resurrection to Life and to Death
“Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation,” John 5:28, 29.
Friends, despite what all of the so-called science might try to teach us, we do not simply cease to exist when our physical lives end. Back in Genesis, we see where “the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” (Genesis 2:7). At the moment God breathed life into us, we became eternal beings, and each of us will live into eternity.
Someday Jesus will speak, and all the dead from…
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