#Bible

  • 9 Practical Tips for Bible Reading | George Sinclair
    You will never have enough time to read the Bible. If you wait until you have enough time to read the Bible, you will rarely read the Bible… [Read More]
  • An Encouragement to Use Catechisms | Garrett Kell
    Many contemporaries have a deep-seated suspicion of catechisms. In our own Baptist denomination, many would consider the words “Baptist catechism” as mutually exclusive. A popular misconception is that catechisms are used in times and places where inadequate views of conversion predominate or the fires of evangelism have long since turned to white ash. If the…
  • Canonicity: A Theologian’s Observations | Henri A. G. Blocher
    The topic of the biblical canon raises a specific, twofold difficulty for evangelical systematic theologians: the appeal to the Spirit’s testimony and a recognition of divine providence in history. It is crucial to recognize that “canon” entails both a principle—a body of teaching incorporating the word of God that binds the conscience of believers—and a…
  • Contemporary Challenges to Inerrancy | Don Carson
    Virtually every Christian doctrine has had doubt cast upon it by some people, but nothing has been more repeatedly undermined than what God has said, beginning as early as Genesis 3:1. Historically, it has been common to relativize Scripture’s authority by adding other authoritative sources; in recent times, it has been more common to question…
  • Is Scripture Sufficient for Counseling? | Ed Welch
    “They just use the Bible.” I have heard people say that about biblical counseling. I wouldn’t think about the comment except for two things. One, this is not a pat on the back; the word just gives that away. If I heard “they use the Bible,” I would be encouraged and keep at it, but…
  • Kingdom and Cross | Jeremy Treat
    God’s kingdom was present in Jesus’ life, proclaimed in his preaching, glimpsed in his miracles/exorcisms, established by his death, inaugurated through the resurrection, is being advanced by the Holy Spirit through the church, and will be consummated in Christ’s return. This essay explores the connection between the theological ideas of “cross” and “kingdom.” The tension…
  • Reflections on Handling the Old Testament as Jesus Would Have Us: Psalm 15 as a Case Study | Dane C. Ortlund
    In appreciation of the renaissance of christocentric and redemptive-historical hermeneutics and homiletics in our generation, this article selects an OT text, Psalm 15, that appears on the surface to be maximally resistant to a Christ-centered reading and preaching of Scripture. The article makes five overarching preliminary reflections in approaching a text such as Psalm 15…
  • Scripture as Divine Revelation | Matthew Barrett
    Divine revelation, which is a remarkable and gracious gift of God, comes in both general and special ways. General revelation is given to everyone everywhere is broad (though far from empty) in what it says about God. This kind of divine revelation is found in creation and in every person’s conscience. Special revelation, on the…
  • Subtle Ways to Abandon the Authority of Scripture in Our Lives | Don Carson
    Recently Eerdmans published The Authority of the Christian Scriptures. It is a rather big book, with about thirty-five contributors, all of them experts in their fields. The hope and prayer that guided the project were that this volume of essays would be used by God to stabilize worldwide evangelicalism—and not only evangelicals, but all who…
  • The Authority and Inerrancy of Scripture | Matthew Barrett
    The doctrine of the authority and inerrancy of Scripture is rooted in the doctrine of God; as God is true and trustworthy, so is his word recorded in the original autographs of Scriptures. This means that all things that the Scriptures assert are wholly true, both in the Old Testament, the Scriptures of Jesus and…
  • The Biblical Covenants | Paul R. Williamson
    The biblical covenants form the unifying thread of God’s saving action through Scripture, beginning explicitly with Noah and reaching fulfilment in the new covenant ratified through the blood of Jesus Christ. While some theologians argue that there are three covenants prior (the covenant of redemption, covenant of works, and covenant of grace), the first explicit…
  • The Scribe Who Has Become a Disciple: Identifying and Becoming the Ideal Reader of the Biblical Canon | Ched Spellman
    The literary notion of “implied reader” invokes a series of hermeneutically significant questions: What is it? Who produces it? and How can it be identified? These questions naturally lead to a further query: What is the relationship between this implied reader of a text and an actual reader of a text? This type of study…
  • The Story and Message of the Bible | Stephen Wellum
    The Bible is comprised of many books and written by various authors over centuries, but as God’s Word it is a unified revelation unveiling a single message. It is crucial to understand what the Bible’s overall message is to interpret it properly and rightly apply it to our lives. This article explains what the central…
  • The Sufficiency of Scripture | Matthew Barrett
    The doctrine of the authority and inerrancy of Scripture is that, as a corollary of the inspiration of Scripture, the God-breathed Scriptures are wholly true in all things that they assert in the original autographs and therefore function with the authority of God’s own words. The sufficiency of Scripture is a doctrine challenged on multiple…