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  • John Aloisi - Mon, 12/24/2018 - 8:39am
    It’s that time of year when grocery store clerks, kind-hearted relatives, and even complete strangers ask children what they want Santa Claus to bring them. And it’s also a time when Christian parents struggle to help their children answer such people in a way that is both truthful and appropriate. Amidst the cultural clutter that... Read More
  • Tim Miller - Mon, 12/17/2018 - 2:18pm
    Have you ever read one of the Gospels in one sitting? I believe many Christians have not. Have you ever read Romans in one sitting? How would such a reading change your perspective on the book? I require my students to read the Bible in large portions. For instance, in the Gospels class, I require... Read More
  • Mark Snoeberger - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 8:13am
    When Paul entered the Areopagus in Acts 17, he entered into a place where debates over the latest pagan ideas took center stage. It was the first-century equivalent of Facebook. But rather than answering the Athenian fools according to their folly and taking sides in impossible debates, Paul chose to stay above the fray and... Read More
  • John Aloisi - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 3:00pm
    Giving Tuesday may be over, but there’s another way you can help DBTS financially this Christmas season and all year round. And it won’t even cost you anything. When you shop on Amazon using the link below, the prices won’t be any different, but Amazon will give DBTS up to 10% of your total. This... Read More
  • Kyle Dunham - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 1:46pm
    Jerome once compared studying the book of Job to grasping an eel. The more you squeeze, he opined, the sooner it escapes your grasp. Many interpreters have wondered similarly at the eloquence and challenge the book offers. While John Baker recognizes Job to be the “supreme masterpiece of Israel’s wisdom tradition” (“The Book of Job,”... Read More
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  • Christopher Ames - Wed, 01/09/2019 - 5:07pm
    Jonathan Aigner, with his usual crisp pungency, argues that the guitar is an inadequate instrument to support voices in public worship. I agree with him for the reasons he states, but also because one usually plays a guitar on different beats than one sings. Further, it is next to impossible to pick vocal parts out […]
  • Becky Aniol - Wed, 01/09/2019 - 8:23am
    Are you overwhelmed with your daily homeschool schedule? Do you feel like you don’t have enough hours in the day? (About a dozen people have told me recently that they feel this way.) Here’s a mom who shared those feelings, and this is what she learned and what she did about it. The daily schedule for […]
  • Scott Aniol - Wed, 01/09/2019 - 7:00am
    Arguably, the default expectation of contemporary evangelical worshipers is that the Holy Spirit works in worship in such a way so as to create an extraordinary experience, well expressed in the popular worship song by Bryan and Katie Torwalt: Holy spirit, You are welcome here Come flood this place and fill the atmosphere Your glory, […]
  • Becky Aniol - Tue, 01/08/2019 - 10:10am
    Consider this: Parents are called by God to disciple their children. Luke’s gospel tells us,  “A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher” (Luke 6:40). This is true of character, but this is also true of habits and loves. Consider this: Mothers bear the image […]
  • David de Bruyn - Tue, 01/08/2019 - 6:00am
    Proponents of definite atonement wish to avoid a “hypothetical” atonement by asserting that the elect’s sins were actually atoned for, when Christ died in A. D. 33. This has the unintended logical consequence of eternal justification: the hyper-Calvinist notion that the elect were justified before their birth. To avoid this logical consequence, proponents of particular […]
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  • Mark Ward - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 9:13am

    This is exactly where I’m at:

    Either you smugly preen about the mistakes you find abhorrent – this makes you a so-called prescriptivist – or you show off your knowledge of language change, and poke holes in the prescriptivists’ facts – this makes you a descriptivist. Group membership is mandatory, and the two are mutually exclusive.

    But it doesn’t have to be this way. I have two roles at my workplace: I am an editor and a language columnist. These two jobs more or less require me to be both a prescriptivist and a descriptivist. When people file me copy that has mistakes of grammar or mechanics, I fix them (as well as applying TheEconomist’s house style). But when it comes time to write my column, I study the weird mess of real language; rather than being a scold about this or that mistake, I try to teach myself (and so the reader) something new. Is this a split personality, or can the two be reconciled into a coherent philosophy? I believe they can.

    And I think he demonstrates that they do. Though he doesn’t say it, I’d...

  • Mark Ward - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 10:20pm

    In your book, The Reformation and the Right Reading of Scripture, you pointed out that the early church father Irenaeus did not argue based on his episcopal authority but on the basis of what Scripture said. You drew a contrast here with Martin Luther’s theological opponents, who, you said, “displayed a strong preference for appeals to episcopal authority over against argument based on or even involving scripture.” How important is a vernacular Bible to the Lutheran and Protestant tendency you name here, the tendency to appeal directly to Scripture in theological argument?

    You quote Calvin as saying that “there is nothing in scripture which is not useful for your instruction.“ Can Scripture be useful for instructions if it’s not translated?

    What kind of biblical literacy did Luther and Calvin and the other Reformers expect from laypeople? What did they expect them to get out of personal Bible reading?

    I think I see strong parallels between today’s insistent efforts to retain the KJV and yesterday’s insistent efforts to...

  • Mark Ward - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 12:00am

    I just posted the following in a Facebook group composed largely by pastors who graduated from KJV-Only institutions. One asked which schools group members would recommend for a youth pastor. I jotted out some thoughts I’ve been wanting to send to the KJV-Only community for a while—not because I want to condemn or confront them but because I truly want to help them.

    I care very deeply about Christian education. I gave 26 years of my life to receiving it (the last ten while working part-time—or it would have been 20 years), and I gave nine years of my life to promoting it by writing Bible textbooks for high schoolers. I’m still doing the latter as a freelancer, writing a biblical worldview textbook for sixth graders.

    If we can set aside the KJV issue for a moment (I’ll come back to it), I’d like to offer two opinions that are going to be a minority report in this group: Bible faculties with PhDs matter, and liberal arts education matters. I’ve given a lot of thought to these points over the years, because I never want to say that those without PhDs cannot teach accurately, or that Bible colleges shouldn’t exist. I also want to...

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