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  • Kyle Dunham - Mon, 02/11/2019 - 1:51pm
    I first came across the phrase “overrealized eschatology” in a seminary class on the exegesis of 1 Corinthians. The idea had been suggested by the commentator C. K. Barrett to describe how, in his view, the Corinthian church had mistakenly come to believe that the end times were already fulfilled. Barrett understood the apostle Paul... Read More
  • John Aloisi - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 10:38pm
    We have five books we’d like to giveaway this week. Here are the books:   Constantine Campbell, Advances in the Study of Greek Victor Kuligin, The Language of Salvation Sam Storms, Packer on the Christian Life John Bolt, Bavinck on the Christian Life Milton Eng and Lee Fields, eds., Devotions on the Hebrew Bible In... Read More
  • Rolland McCune - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 8:16am
    [This is the final post in the series. See part one, part two, and part three] The Spiritual Gifts for the Church In the spiritual gift lists in the New Testament, some gifts were miraculously endowed and immediately exercised (e.g., healing, tongues, prophesying) and some were non-miraculously, naturally inherited and used (e.g., administrations, helps, teaching). These latter... Read More
  • Tim Miller - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 8:13am
    A few weeks ago, I suggested that we should read larger portions of Scripture at a time. In this post, I want to consider a few questions pertaining to the issue: 1) why does it seem unnatural to read like this and 2) how, practically, can I read larger portions. On the one hand, reading... Read More
  • Rolland McCune - Fri, 01/25/2019 - 11:09am
    [See part one, and part two] The Miracles of Jesus Christ John the Baptist (who did no miracle) was the new voice for God to Israel after the four sterile centuries between the testaments. His message concerned the Kingdom of God and the need to repent and make spiritual preparation for it (Matt 3:2). He... Read More
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Religious Affections (about)

  • Scott Aniol - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 8:00am
    New Testament authors identify people groups (ethnicities, tribes, nations, etc.) as those of common ancestral heritage who share common culture flowing from common values. They do not think about “culture” as such; rather, they think about behavior, and they believe that the gospel changes behavior—it changes a person’s culture. Since culture is a component of […]
  • Kevin T. Bauder - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 8:43pm
    Kevin T. Bauder During the years following my parents’ conversion, our little church went through a series of pastors. Some were more qualified and some less so. The congregation finally called a church planter from the Fellowship of Baptists for Home Missions. He is the pastor who baptized me and who began to instruct me […]
  • Becky Aniol - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 7:00am
    You can click on the map below and use the arrows to read about each stop of our trip and/or scroll through the list below describing our entire itinerary. A majority of these stops are on our Big Road Trip to and from the first church where Scott will minister in the Outer Hebrides Isle […]
  • Scott Aniol - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 7:00am
    The Holy Spirit’s characteristic work is not only an ordering of God’s historical-redemptive plan, but it also a moral ordering. This work begins with his acts of convicting sinners (John 16:8) and regenerating hearts (Titus 3:5), bring life and order to once dead and disordered lives. This re-ordering continues with his frequently mentioned work of […]
  • David de Bruyn - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 9:16am
    The idea of beauty is present in the first chapters of the Bible, as God creates and then makes the evaluative judgement that it was “good”. God was not judging the morality of the world, but praising the the beauty of creation. The Bible opens with God creating a cosmos which was aesthetically pleasing to […]
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Thoughts on Theology (about)

Stuff Out Loud

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Institute for Nouthetic Studies Blog (about)

  • Donn R Arms - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 12:00am

    As we celebrated Jay Adams’ 90th birthday last week I was reminded of this prayer Jay wrote in 1979 in a little book entitled Prayers for Troubled Times.

    I’m tired.
    __As I grow older
    __fatigue comes sooner.
    __This worn and weary frame
    __no longer functions
    __as it once did.
    That I may continue to serve You
    __and live the rest of my days
    __to their full
    __is my prayer.
    I know, Lord, that I must learn
    __to recognize limitations,
    __to choose among opportunities,
    __to eliminate excess baggage.
    But that knowledge comes hard.
    __I am not wise;
    __I need to understand
    __much more that I now know
    __of the practical application
    __of your Word
    __to these matters.
    Forgive me Lord
    __for not learning sooner,
    __for wasting time
    __and dissipating energy
    __I now wish I had.
    __I see the importance
    __of these commodities
    __now that I am beginning
    __to run short of them.
    I want to serve You
    __to the end,
    __not in a lackluster manner,
    __nor in weariness of flesh,

  • Donn R Arms - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 11:52am

    We are pleased to announced that the first reprint of Dr. Adams’ books is now available! Committed to Craftsmanship has been one of our most frequently requested titles and its new availability has been met with gratitude by those who teach Biblical counseling, seasoned counselors, and counseling students alike.

    As Dr. Adams interacted with counselors over the years he became concerned that many counselors had settled for a minimal amount of training, had adopted a one-size-fits-all approach to common problems, and were not growing. This book is not only his challenge to such counselors, but an encouraging guidebook for those who want to grow and become true Craftsman in the art of Biblical counseling.

    If you are a Biblical counselor who is serious about pleasing God and providing genuinely biblical help to your counselees, this book is must reading for you. Order your copy from...

  • Donn R Arms - Tue, 01/22/2019 - 9:49am

    On January 30 Jay Adams will celebrate his 90th birthday! While Jay no longer receives email, we have established a special email address for his friends to communicate with him on this special occasion. Send your greeting and whatever message you would like to communicate, long or short, to this address— We will print them out and present them to him in a binder so he can read through them in the days to come.

  • Donn R Arms - Mon, 12/31/2018 - 8:31am

    We are grateful for all those who have contacted us to ask why our blog seemed to have gone dark. We are glad that so many noticed and have checked in. As 2018 comes to a close let me give you an update about what is happening at the Institute for Nouthetic Studies.

    First, let’s talk about Jay. Next month Jay will celebrate his 90th birthday. His entire family was able to gather for the Christmas holidays and, together with a number of local friends, they celebrated the event early with an event at Redeemer Presbyterian Church last Friday.  This is a photo of Jay and my daughter-in-law who baked and decorated the birthday cake.

    While Jay’s health has been stable in recent days he will be dealing with some challenges early next month. On Wednesday, January 2 he will be undergoing surgery on his foot and if all goes well, he will have the same surgery done on the other several weeks later. Please pray with us that he will tolerate the surgery well and that the result will enable him to walk better.

    January 30 is the date of his 90th birthday. We have set up a...

Institute of Biblical Leadership(about)

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ChurchWorksMedia Blog (about)

  • Paul Keew - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 5:20pm

    Chris Anderson gave an interview to BJU Today about the background, research, and writing process for his recent biography Panosian. You can read the full article here.

    The post Go Behind the Scenes appeared first on Church Works Media.

Strength for Today (about)

  • Diane - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 1:40pm
    So, yesterday by the time I got done with the long-overdue grocery shopping, I was exhausted and decided to pick up some Little Caesar’s for the family for supper. The usual SOP, placing the order, etc. When the gal brought the pizzas to the counter, she opened the lid for me to inspect them.   Me: It’s sort of weird that you are even required to do this. It looks great.   Pizza gal (looking forlorn): I had a woman scream at me because one of her pepperonis was cut in half by the pizza cutter.   Me: Oh dear, really?   Pizza gal: We get a good number of people who refuse their pizzas for stuff like that.   Me: Well, then, please allow me to apologize for all of those people. From what I can see, you’re doing a terrific job.   Pizza gal: (brightening) Have a wonderful day, and thank you!   So first…it doesn’t cost anything to show some kindness. Working in food service is tough. I think there should be some sort of “karma” thing which requires difficult people to spend at least a week on the other side of the counter.   Second…I shudder to think what will happen if things get really tough in this country...

By Faith We Understand (about)

  • Mark Ward - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 11:39pm

    Peter Williams is a treasure. These lectures contain some absolute gold, and they give me that lovely feeling of being right, of being validated by someone smarter than oneself. Indeed, some of his key points are things I have come to realize on my own—though he states them so much better, and he bases them on greater quantities of nerdy gumshoeing in primary sources. (For example, he went digging in Erasmus’ Annotations in order to show that he was aware of a huge number of textual variants that we know about.)

    Here is a point that I have made, and one Randy Leedy has kind of made, too:

    I would say, when we’re involved in the Greek New Testament at Tyndale House, we’re only editors. My job is not to restore a Greek text that God hasn’t chosen to give us. My job is to use the manuscripts that God has given us to do the best job of presenting [a printed text] to people. But when I present it to people, I say, “This is my editorial decision...

  • Mark Ward - Thu, 01/24/2019 - 2:50pm

    The Authorized documentary ships today. It’s the culmination of a lot of work, and I pray that its message will be persuasive and spread wisely.

    Here’s that message: we should all read the Bible in our English, not someone else’s. The “false friends” in the otherwise beautiful and valuable KJV—the word and syntax and punctuation that we still use today but use differently than they did in 1611—mean that modern readers simply cannot know what they’re missing if the KJV is their only Bible.

    I’m not saying that anyone should throw the KJV away. I certainly haven’t. I use it every day. But I don’t insist that others use it, or use it exclusively. We have many good English Bible translations, all of which are useful for Bible study.

    In the documentary I just say all this in funnier and more entertaining ways. You can watch for free during a 14-day free trial—and make sure to check out the other stuff on Faithlife TV. My kids enjoy Torchlighters, for example.

    Click here to watch the 45-minute show!

  • Mark Ward - Fri, 01/11/2019 - 1:15pm

    A friend and reader who has good training in linguistics wrote to ask me to evaluate a claim she found in an article online. Here’s what the writer said (and I won’t link to it because I don’t want to seem to be critical of this writer in particular—hers is a very common viewpoint, and the rest of her post is really quite good):

    TIP: The King James Version is a great one to use for this kind of studying! Though this version uses older English and can be a bit hard to understand if you are not used to it; when translating the Hebrew and Greek words the KJV is the most (though not entirely) consistent in using the same English word each time that Greek or Hebrew word is used. Thus, it is a lot easier to see patterns in word usages as you study! I love to see patterns and themes throughout God’s Word!

    After reading this paragraph and sharing it with me, my friend asked me,

    I don’t know Greek or Hebrew, so I have no idea how accurate this is, but I’m curious. What do you think of this? I thought I remembered that…friends in seminary used a different translation (NASB maybe??) in their Greek classes for glossing. In addition, from a basic linguistic point of...

  • Mark Ward - Wed, 12/26/2018 - 11:11pm

    Ember Rising by S.D. Smith
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    Loved it. So did the kids. (And the illustrations, by my respected friend Zach Franzen, were also excellent.)

    For a good while I was thinking that this book is The Benedict Option for kids—and for adults who dutifully read Dreher’s hot-title-of-2017 but whose affections were not fully engaged by his more prosaic approach (which I did find helpful—this is not a criticism). Ember Rising, by contrast, engages the heart with a stirring story. In this story there is a real evil, real danger, real pain. And, more importantly, real hope and real joy. I felt the story showed respect to the feelings and thinking of kids: it avoided cloying, no-fall-ever-happened saccharinity; and yet it didn’t over-burden the kids with darkness. The characters are well drawn,...

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