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Image: Remains of a first century synagogue at Gamla in the Golan Heights.

I have posted WM # 71: Was Jesus a Rabbi? In this episode I try to answer a question posed by a student in my NT and Early Christianity class: Was Jesus a Rabbi? Here are my notes:
The Aramaic term rabbi (“teacher”) or rabbouni/rabboni (“my teacher”) is used several times in the canonical Gospels in reference to Jesus. This usage, however, [...]
Fri, Feb 24, 2017, Continue reading at the source
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Day 55

Of God's Decree

Chapter 3, Paragraph 1.

“..in which appears His wisdom in disposing all things, and power and faithfulness in accomplishing His decree.”

Scripture Lookup

Numbers 23:19.

Ephesians 1:3-5.

Reflection

wisdom order

power to do it

faithful to complete

Through the unfolding of events, God's wisdom, power, and faithfulness is displayed. Through the actions and movements of individuals, through the rise and fall of nations, through natural cause and effect, God's [...]

Fri, Feb 24, 2017, Continue reading at the source
We can be forgetful people and need to remember many things. Even things that we think we know we have to be reminded of. The Bible calls us to remember over and over again. We never grow past the truths of God, no matter how simple we may think they are. Join Eric as he gives a call to remembrance. [...]
Fri, Feb 24, 2017, Continue reading at the source

Had not planned on going nearly two hours but time goes by so fast! Started off reading from the Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin. Then we moved on to reading a portion from Brave New World. You'll have to listen to hear why! Made some comments, and then shifted gears completely and played a video by Yahya Snow on the issue of Zaynab b. Jash and the Qur'an. [...]

Thu, Feb 23, 2017, Continue reading at the source

The Acts of the Risen Lord Jesus: Luke's account of God's unfolding plan,

Alan J. Thompson

(Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2011, 232 pages),

reviewed by Richard C. Barcellos

The Acts of the Risen Lord Jesus is the most recent installment in the New Studies in Biblical Theology series edited by D. A. Carson. It is written by Alan J. Thompson, lecturer in New Testament at Sydney Missionary and Bible College, [...]

Thu, Feb 23, 2017, Continue reading at the source
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Theme: February 22, 2017:

Dr. Greg Nichols,
1 of 3 Pastors at
Grace Immanuel Reformed Baptist Church,
Grand Rapids, MI, author of What Does the Bible Say about God?,
The Biblical Doctrine of God (Truth For Eternity) &
Lectures in Systematic Theology (Volume 1),
will address:

“The Importance of
SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY
(God, Creation &
Salvation)”

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Thu, Feb 23, 2017, Continue reading at the source
In The Holy Sabbath, A.W. Pink reminds his readers that the Sabbath day is holy and "we, by the worship of Him [God] and performance of spiritual exercises therein, are to keep it holy. And let it be carefully borne in mind that holiness pertains not only to external actions, but also and mainly to the spring from which they proceed, namely, the heart: unless we sanctify the Sabbath in our hearts, the performing [...]
Thu, Feb 23, 2017, Continue reading at the source

Should a church use a confession of faith? If so, how robust should that confession be? While few modern Baptists may be willing to identify with the Campbellite “no creed but Christ, no book but the Bible” approach to church life, considerably more seem to be skeptical of or even decidedly against the use of a robust confession of faith by local churches. Yet an extensive confession can serve a church well especially in seasons [...]

Thu, Feb 23, 2017, Continue reading at the source
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Day 54

Of God's Decree

Chapter 3, Paragraph 1.

“… nor is violence offered to the will of the creature, nor yet is the liberty or contingency of second causes taken away, but rather established;...”

Scripture Lookup

Acts 4:27,28.

John 19:11.

Reflection

Asked to lead my college Bible study group, I chose to work through the book Putting Amazing Back Into Grace by Michael Horton. I had recently learned of the doctrines of grace, [...]

Thu, Feb 23, 2017, Continue reading at the source

Day 54

Of God's Decree

Chapter 3, Paragraph 1.

“… nor is violence offered to the will of the creature, nor yet is the liberty or contingency of second causes taken away, but rather established;...”

Scripture Lookup

Acts 4:27,28.

John 19:11.

Reflection

Asked to lead my college Bible study group, I chose to work through the book Putting Amazing Back Into Grace by Michael Horton. I had recently learned of the doctrines of grace, [...]

Thu, Feb 23, 2017, Continue reading at the source

Did the subservient covenant view (which is brought to its logical conclusion and fullest expression in 1689 Federalism) have anything to do with the shift in theology that resulted in the 1788 American revision of the Westminster Confession and the founding of the United States? It would appear so.

William Findley (c. 1741 – April 4, 1821) was an Irish-born farmer and politician from Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. He served in both houses of the [...]

Thu, Feb 23, 2017, Continue reading at the source

If we were smart, we would line up with the Father's thinking about the Son. In that way, we would be satisfied with Christ and would find ourselves enjoying the very life of the Gospel (John 20:31).

The Word declares that those who rest on Christ are doing the work of God (John 6:29). If we are doing God's work, then, evidently, we are in God's will. If we are in God's will, then we [...]

Thu, Feb 23, 2017, Continue reading at the source
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Thu, Feb 23, 2017, Continue reading at the source
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Meditation and contemplation are neglected yet necessary activities in our age. Mysticism has gripped the heart of many as there are those that are looking for a tangible practice for their faith and are thus lead astray into error and the invention of man. There are, however, very real spiritual practices that Christians should participate in. One such activity is to meditate upon the scriptures. There are many scriptures that speak to this practice, [...]

Thu, Feb 23, 2017, Continue reading at the source