Devoted to the Public Reading of Scripture? A Case for an Increased Emphasis upon the Public Reading

Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching. As I have been studying through the history of the text of Scripture, its transmission, and the realities of access to it in the ancient world, I have been thinking through the practical implications Paul’s exhortation in 1 Timothy 4:13 … Continue reading Devoted to the Public Reading of Scripture? A Case for an Increased Emphasis upon the Public Reading

A Closer Look at the Pericope Adulterae (The Woman Caught in Adultery)

Open up an ESV to John 7:53 - 8:11, and you will find the entire section in brackets with the comment, “THE EARLIEST MANUSCRIPTS DO NOT INCLUDE 7:53 - 8:11.” What is taking place here? This story of the woman caught in adultery, also known as the pericope adulterae, is well beloved in Christian circles; … Continue reading A Closer Look at the Pericope Adulterae (The Woman Caught in Adultery)

On Traditions Surrounding the Martyrdoms of Peter and Paul

It is quite likely, if you are a Christian, that you have heard some reference to traditions that exist concerning the martyrdoms of Peter and Paul. It usually goes something along the lines of “Peter was crucified upside-down because he did not feel worthy to be crucified in the same manner as his Lord” and … Continue reading On Traditions Surrounding the Martyrdoms of Peter and Paul

Examining the Prosperity Gospel #6: The Misapplication of the Atonement

Jesus’s atonement for sins lies at the very heart of the Christian message. The Christian faith proclaims that, on the cross, Jesus gave up his life and atoned for the sins of his people that he might free them from the bondage of sin and reconcile them to himself. This is the truth declared in … Continue reading Examining the Prosperity Gospel #6: The Misapplication of the Atonement

Examining the Prosperity Gospel #5: The Purported Power of Words

Declare positive, faith-filled words over your life. That’s the secret to moving your life in a better direction, at least according to the prosperity gospel. The most basic tenet of Word of Faith theology, the primary theology espousing the prosperity gospel, is the affirmation of the power of words. This doctrine is in fact what … Continue reading Examining the Prosperity Gospel #5: The Purported Power of Words

Examining the Prosperity Gospel #4: The Redefinition of Faith

You just need to have enough faith. Boost your faith. Activate your faith. Release your faith so that you may release God to work in your life. There’s a lot of talk about faith amongst prosperity preachers. While it may sound good and it may have the ring of authentic teaching because of the language … Continue reading Examining the Prosperity Gospel #4: The Redefinition of Faith

Examining the Prosperity Gospel #3: The Faulty Hermeneutics of the Prosperity Gospel

One of the reasons that the Prosperity Gospel thrives is that it is built upon faulty hermeneutics, or in other words, it is based on unsound principles of interpretation. Passages are quoted out of context and meaning is forced where it does not exist, leading to interpretations that would never come about from an honest … Continue reading Examining the Prosperity Gospel #3: The Faulty Hermeneutics of the Prosperity Gospel