Literal Bible Translation Should Not Literally Be Done

It is sometimes (often?) a theme in more conservative Christian circles that the more literal Bible translations are the better translations. Translations that are “less literal” and more “thought for thought” are not as faithful to the text and may end up adding to it, or at least so the thinking goes. The thing about … Continue reading Literal Bible Translation Should Not Literally Be Done

Angel or Messenger? Some Interpretation in Translation

When it comes to translation, sometimes there are instances where English (and other languages) express multiple concepts that are contained within a single word in the source language (Hebrew or Greek in this case). The words commonly translated as “angel” or “messenger” are perfect examples of this. The Hebrew word we get “angel” from is … Continue reading Angel or Messenger? Some Interpretation in Translation

Not So Anonymous: Evidence for the Early Existence of the Titles of the Gospels

The end of the Gospel of Luke with the title of the Gospel of John.

An observant reader of the New Testament will note that all four of the Gospels are formally anonymous. The Synoptics do not give any hint concerning authorship, while John’s Gospel only hints at the author’s identity in the cryptic title of the “disciple whom Jesus loved.”[1] The question naturally arises about where the titles of … Continue reading Not So Anonymous: Evidence for the Early Existence of the Titles of the Gospels

Different Gospels: Quotations from Apocryphal Gospels

There is a fascination with the idea of “lost Gospels” or “secret Gospels” that were “suppressed” by the “theological winners.” The canon of the Bible is only in the form it is because a certain group won out, so the reasoning goes. Such reasoning may be seen from Bart Ehrman: But where did this book … Continue reading Different Gospels: Quotations from Apocryphal Gospels

Word of Faith Influences in Michael Todd’s Teaching

In my review of Michael Todd’s book Crazy Faith, I mentioned his vision of faith is essentially in line with a health, wealth, and prosperity gospel. This vision of faith seems especially influenced by what is commonly known as Word of Faith theology, which inherently is in line with the prosperity gospel. In this post, … Continue reading Word of Faith Influences in Michael Todd’s Teaching

A Distorted Vision of Faith: A Review of Michael Todd’s Crazy Faith

In August of 2019, a young pastor by the name of Michael Todd preached the first sermon in a series entitled “Crazy Faith.” It was an instant sensation. As of the writing of this post, that first sermon has 2.2 million views on Youtube. The whole Crazy Faith series (20 sermons) has over 11.5 million … Continue reading A Distorted Vision of Faith: A Review of Michael Todd’s Crazy Faith

Historical Precedent for Regular Observance of the Lord’s Supper

What is the proper frequency with which to partake of the Lord’s Supper? Weekly? Monthly? Quarterly? Despite the common misconception the Scripture prescribes weekly, the Bible actually does not command how regularly it should be done (Jesus does not say “as often as you come together,” but rather “as often as you drink...”). Though the … Continue reading Historical Precedent for Regular Observance of the Lord’s Supper