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

Why the Bible is Clear in its Condemnation of Homosexual Practice and Why it Matters

To hear some people in Christian circles discuss the issue of homosexuality, one would think that Scripture is not terribly clear on the issue and that there is great latitude around whether it should be viewed as sinful. The United Methodist Bishop of the North Georgia Conference, Sue Haupert-Johnson, has called an openly lesbian bishop … Continue reading Why the Bible is Clear in its Condemnation of Homosexual Practice and Why it Matters

Some 18th Century Traditions as a Guide to Detecting our Own

In my recent reading, I have been spending a reasonable amount of time looking into the 18th and 19th centuries. One of the things that I have noticed has been how certain traditions, that to us today seem quite strange, had taken hold and greatly impacted what was considered to be appropriate Christian practice. These … Continue reading Some 18th Century Traditions as a Guide to Detecting our Own

When Translation Obscures: The NLT and Romans 4:6-9

The basic goal of translation is to communicate the meaning of the source language into the target language. That is, in the context of Bible translation, to accurately communicate the words of the original language, whether Greek/Hebrew/Aramaic, into the best possible equivalents in English. There are two basic philosophies for trying to accomplish this: formal … Continue reading When Translation Obscures: The NLT and Romans 4:6-9