The issue was how the entire German nation could stand by and watch it happen and do nothing. Meade keeps making this counter-argument and that is why I suggested he is taking an “all-or-nothing” approach to the codex. To watch, go here. Reformed folks have addressed that issue in spades. It’s a step in the right direction. Supernaturalism vs. Naturalism:  Given the reality of Theism, the next question is whether man saves himself and works his way to God (Naturalism) or whether God intervenes and saves man (Supernaturalism). Luke stares in amazement, “I don’t believe it.”, Yoda’s reply is classic, “That is why you fail.”. However, the rarity of biblical fidelity at the higher levels of scholarship makes such voices stand out all the more. Along with the joys of being a Minister of Word and Sacrament (with our Associate Minister Alan Gay, a fellow RTS-C alumnus), I most enjoy the refreshing fellowship of the saints at Ballantyne. Next Tarico appeals to the well-worn argument that since Paul, our earliest Christian writer, provides little biographical details of Jesus’ life, then Jesus must not have existed. In particular, I remember A Thief in the Night (1972), which scared the pants off of me. Last week we announced the hire Dr. Nate Brooks as Assistant Professor of Christian Counseling at RTS Charlotte beginning June 1, 2020. Over the last decade, I have taught an elective here at the RTS Charlotte campus entitled “The Origin and Authority of the NT Canon.” We cover a variety of subjects related to the origins of the NT, including definition of canon, theology of canon, epistemology of canon, the historical reception of the canon, and so on. But while Stanley has correctly diagnosed the disease, serious questions remain about whether he has offered an adequate cure. However, 450 out of a thousand senior American Protestant pastors surveyed by LifeWay Research, between September 26 and October 5, 2014, stated the Islamic State … RTS Charlotte Alumnus Alex Shipman, African American Presbyterian Fellowship (AAPF), Taking Back Christianese #1: “The Christian Life is All about Being Transparent and Vulnerable”, RTS Launches a New Journal: Reformed Faith and Practice, Note to Aspiring Preachers: Here are Seven Key Pitfalls to Avoid, It’s Here! And it is precisely this sort of experience that is absent with the arrival of modern e-book technology. Sproul, and others. This is an intimidating idol which looms threateningly over all our nation’s citizens and is embraced by many of the governing officials. Every Wednesday, 120 plus women gather together to study the book of Romans, and it has been a delight. Now, some of this is certainly true. I refer back to my class notes from RTS regularly, and I have a few particular statements that resonate in my head. Richard Baxter explains the various kinds of motivations for our obedience: [Read more…], Filed Under: Ethics & Morality, Pastoral Ministry, Reformed Theology, Sanctification Tagged With: good works, Obedience, Rewards, sanctification. And some of this evidence is routinely overlooked. But, if you are looking for more than just a link to a good Bible reading program, you will want to check out the great 4-part series my wife Melissa did over at TGC on her blog Wit’s End. but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion [Read more…]. For a quick overview, here’s the video! New approaches, new ideas, new ways of thinking are highly prized. It is a stunning picture of what our world believes about sin. This is particularly useful for students who don’t live in Charlotte but are willing to travel here for one week to knock out a class. Bart Ehrman’s book, How Jesus Became God, argues that “It will become clear in the following chapters that Jesus was not originally considered to be God in any sense at all” (44). Jezebel is mentioned again by name as a spirit in the New Testament. First, Dr. Rod Culbertson made me feel welcome during my campus visit. We need to find a compelling way to address the questions and doubts people have about their faith without ducking the hard questions. If Christians claimed that Christianity was the only true religion on the basis of their own personal investigations and personal knowledge, then such a claim might indeed count as arrogant. This information cannot be trusted. Andy Stanley’s Latest Book, Will Ross Joins the Faculty of @RTSCharlotte as Assistant Professor of Old Testament, “Let Them Not Share in the Affairs of Life”: How Ancient Christians Were Viewed as Dangerous to Society, Is the Truth of the Bible Essential to the Christian Message? By “full manuscript” they mean they write out their sermon exactly how they would preach it. And those skills won’t develop by sticking with a full manuscript. Jim will oversee all the counseling degree options, including the 66 credit-hour MA in Christian Counseling (MACC). For this individual, it doesn’t matter if a person choose abortion or chooses adoption. The latter position is (generally speaking) a Protestant one—the Scriptures, and the Scriptures alone, are the only infallible rule and therefore the supreme authority over the church. Lewis, fictional literature, J.R.R. Trusting the Word of God. July, 2018. It was a bit of a mix between a horror movie and cheesy spy thriller. And it looked genuinely innovative and culturally fascinating. What was once seen as wrong is now seen as right. Dr. Russell Moore at RTS Charlotte (HOJB Lecture Series 2016) from Reformed Theological Seminary on Vimeo. Since it has been released, folks have been asking how this book connects to the modern church. As I said in a prior post, “The logic used to justify homosexual marriage is like an acid that will eventually eat its way through every remaining sexual boundary in our culture. 2. Although she presented herself as African American–a bit of a prerequisite for heading up a chapter of the NAACP–it turns out that she is not black after all. 13. Rachel Dolezal has tried to make herself black. In order to make seminary as accessible and flexible as possible, RTS offers week-long intensive classes in both Winter (January) and Summer terms. We could listen to our friends—maybe a roommate or a co-worker. Our doctrine of Scripture needs to include serious reflection on the issue of Scripture’s self-authentication, and this volume is the place to start. But, if that same individual stood in the Sistine Chapel and looked up at the wondrous work of Michelangelo and was still bored, then there would be something seriously wrong with them. A lion whose eagle's wings are plucked literally pictures the destruction of America since eagle's wings cannot survive without the body, but the lion body can and does survive. This archaeological component to textual criticism makes it a very tangible enterprise. It would be great to pair this book also with her 5 Things to Pray for Your Kids, as well as her Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood. Welcome to the website of Michael J. Kruger, President and Samuel C. Patterson Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, NC. Meanwhile, 52% say Christians should look both to the Bible and to the church’s official teachings and tradition for guidance, the position held by the Catholic Church during the time of the Reformation and today. A phrase, encouragement or advice? But, if someone is going to make such a claim then they have to do the heavy exegetical lifting to prove their case. Even if one anonymous Gospel could have been written and circulated and then somehow miraculously attributed to the same person by Christians living in Rome, Africa, Italy, and Syria, am I really supposed to believe that the same thing happened not once, not twice, but with four different books, over and over again, throughout the world? Last night Andrew was fantastic (as expected) and was a great blessing to listen to. It’s a bit like being in a fight with multiple opponents at the same time. I have just finished reading Bart Ehrman’s Jesus Before the Gospels: How the Earliest Christians Remembered, Changed, and Invented Their Stories of the Savior (HarperOne, 2016), and Brant Pitre’s The Case for Jesus: The Biblical and Historical Evidence for Christ (Image, 2016). And then during his graduate studies, after deep engagement with the text, he realized he could no longer maintain his evangelical beliefs. Engaging with Andy Stanley. No person could really live as if reality were entirely determined by ourselves. I just received in the mail the latest issue of the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society. So, God’s “will” is that we honor our parents, keep the sabbath holy, not commit adultery, etc. In light of these four concerns, I might suggest an alternative to a full manuscript. So, for the student in this situation, I offer some advice in the video below. [Read more…], Filed Under: Ancient Manuscripts, Textual Criticism Tagged With: Dan Wallace, First-century Mark, Gospel of Mark, NT manuscripts, P.Oxy. David is the executive director of CCEF and one of the leading thinkers, authors, and speakers in the world of biblical counseling. When were Christian writings first regarded as “Scripture”? Dell Inspiron 3442 Notebook (4th Gen Ci3 4GB 500GB... Set Wet Style Cool Hold Hair Gel 50ml Tube. They say there is no absolute truth, but, when push comes to shove, they concede there is absolute truth after all. So many good books deserve to be included. It is a heavy slog to get through anything Owen writes. The Formation of the New Testament Canon and Early Christian Apocrypha, Jens Schröter This invocation is 1927 years old and in the 12th ‘benediction’ the Talmudic Jews curse Christians. God does not align himself with man-made political parties in the sense that he endorses everything about them. This is probably going to sound very bizarre to a lot of people. I think Ehrman is spot-on in his analysis of much about Christianity in the early centuries. It is easy to see how a given person might be #3 at one point in his life, and #4 at another (and maybe then back again!). And that those parishioners would know that their pastor is a thinker, has a passion for the Word, and is eager to pursue God with his mind, as well as his heart. Last year I posted an article entitled “What Is The Earliest Complete List of the Canon of the New Testament?”  In that post I argued, contrary to common opinion, that the earliest (nearly complete) list is not Athanasius’ Festal Letter in 367. What does it really mean? What did he do?) For other examples, see Anderson’s What’s Your Worldview? And these messages probably didn’t come from her parents. We have been conditioned to never condemn certain kinds of behavior lest we are chastened by an avalanche of social media accusing us of being legalistic and judgmental. Only then, largely due to the influence of Irenaeus, were these books first regarded as Scripture. But, it strains credibility to think that this is a title that accurately and fairly describes their theology. Should we assume an author used oral tradition unless we can prove (without a shadow of doubt) that he used written tradition? In other words, part of being reformed is embracing an overarching view of the Bible known as covenant theology. But, here’s the thing that makes the Charlotte program unique: our counseling classes are not taken online. During the 2014 women’s conference she addressed “Cultivating Contentment in a Covetous World,” the subject of her first book. David loves God’s law not because he is a closet legalist. He also serves as the senior pastor of Christ Covenant Church here in Charlotte. Apocryphal Texts About Other Characters in the Canonical Gospels, Charlotte Touati and Claire Clivaz God and my wife alone deserve those two things! Preaching is hard. This missions “vibe” in Charlotte simply reflects the overall ethos we are shooting for here. Here Are Three Categories to Help You, The Peculiarity of Early Christian Worship (or How Early Christians Managed to Offend Just about Everybody), @RTSCharlotte Welcomes Kevin DeYoung: A Roundtable Discussion with Ligon Duncan, Kevin DeYoung and Myself, Would You Take the Red Pill or the Blue Pill? God always calls his people to respond, in some fashion, to what his Word declares. Isaac’s servants are Matthew, Mark, Luke, John; his servants are Peter, James, Jude; the apostle Paul is his servant. So, she asked me what I thought about that. Taking a year to read the Bible in its entirety allows us the opportunity to back up and observe the full picture. Here is a Great New Resource. B. Warfield, The Inspiration and Authority of the Bible, with intro by Van Til (P&R, 1948). The open session of the NT canon group meets 8:30-11:40AM, on that same day and in the same location. We are reminded that Moses was motivated by rewards, “He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward” (Heb 11:26). While para-church ministries have their place, the church needs these women and thus the committee was looking for ways to address this issue. Filed Under: Culture & Politics, Ethics & Morality, Homosexuality Tagged With: genetic sexual attraction, homosexuality, Incest, Same Sex Marriage. Sometimes, it seems that half your week is spent in some sort of meeting. On the content side, the outline provides the necessary prompts to carefully explain the theological and textual issues at hand. What is particularly noteworthy about the above list is that they represent a wide geographical range: Lyons (Gaul), Smyrna, Antioch, Hierapolis, Rome, Sardis, Ephesus, and Corinth. Our experience through our normal involvement at church in addition to my internship at the church leaves fingerprints on every aspect of ministry here. Not surprisingly, objective facts regarding biology, genetics, and ethnicity were not a deterrent to Dolezal’s insistence that she was black. Of the small portion of variants that are significant, our methodology can determine, with a reasonable degree of certainty, which reading is the original text. Besides, as my kids always complain, his name actually sounds a lot like Sauron’s which makes everything very confusing. Filed Under: Authority of Scripture, Bible Difficulties Tagged With: Authority of the Bible, contradictions, Inerrancy, Wisdom Wednesday. relatively silent about the release of the Planned Parenthood videos, Tolkien, Lewis, and the Blessing of a Messy Desk. Here are the details: Why the Church Needs More Female Theologians: A Lunch Conversation with Mike & Melissa Kruger (FREE), Friday, June 15 I 12:00pm I 209 Workshop Room, Reformed Theological Seminary invites you to join Mike and Melissa Kruger for lunch and a conversation about women in the church, seminary, and ministry. This volume collects together contributions from NT professors at Reformed Theological Seminary, both past and present. Being a faithful church member is an essential compliment to your seminary studies, and it is a prerequisite for being a faithful minister. Another example that the Gospels contain “eyewitness” testimony comes from the Gospel of Mark. Offering only one kind of illustration. But, as we near the 500th anniversary of Luther’s nailing of the 95 theses to the Wittenberg door (Oct 31st), we should at least consider what the Reformers were busy protesting. So, we are excited to see how this new Summer/Winter MACC program can allow people to get a degree without  moving, but at the same time preserving the important face-to-face, relational aspects of counseling. And there is a reason for such (obvious) inconsistency. It’s More Complicated Than You Think. Ok, so we all know the main Bible verse about money: “The love of money is a root of all sorts of evil” (1 Tim 6:10). Most of us can come up with a great ‘stump speech’ or two, but ministering God’s Word to the same people, time after time, is a whole different thing. RTS Charlotte’s own Dr. John Currid, the Carl W. McMurray Professor of Old Testament, contributed the portions on 1 and 2 Samuel. In modern studies of the NT canon, there is a lot of discussion (maybe even obsession!) What happened to the stories of Jesus during this period of time? I am also working on a PhD in historical theology from the University of Aberdeen through Highland Theological College. The stories contained in the Bible are not taken at face value. But, it would still be helpful to revisit the question about when Christians began to conceive of Jesus as God. For all the details, see here. Dei Verbum declares, “This teaching office is not above the Word of God, but serves it” (2.10). Other RTS Charlotte folks are also participating in the conference. It is a phrase that attempts to capture some historical truths about our country and how it was conceived. Moreover, you want to be careful about whether you really want them to watch certain movies or shows. Of course, this doesn’t mean that growth cannot happen without a mentor. Again, this is a non sequitur in Tarico’s reasoning. The Lord is good to those who wait for him, 3. Certainly this lecture will be of great interest to all J.R.R. Special Seminar on Homosexuality at @RTSCharlotte with James White @DrOakley1689, Here is a Great Series by @melissabkruger on Reading the Bible in a Year, Daily Bread: 8 Reasons You Need it More Than You Think, Fruitful Vines: 7 Reasons to Read the Bible in a Year, Stopping Before You Start: 6 Possible Objections to Reading the Bible in a Year, Did Jesus Even Exist? In this volume, we collected together over 20 of the finest textual scholars today to address these important questions. Roman Imperialism: The Political Context of Early Christian Apocrypha, Candida R. Moss The Pastor-Scholar. RTS Charlotte Alumnus Jonathan Dorst, Tomas Bokedal Reviews “The Question of Canon”, @RTSCharlotte Speakers at @TGC National Conference, Seven Essential Lessons from an Evangelical Scholar in the Secular Academy, Kevin DeYoung and Andrew Peterson at RTS Charlotte. But, in this short post, I simply want to observe (and respond to) something noteworthy about Ehrman’s methodology. And, like all seminary students before them, they will begin to ask the question of why studying these ancient languages even matters. In brief, Christians need to stop basing their faith on the Bible. Each and every one of them. In addition, I would suggest that the best source for good illustrations is often overlooked: the Bible itself. With the elders. But in the midst of all the options there is one person that, ironically, Christians (and non-Christians) overlook. So, the goal of the series–and this is important to get–is not to refute these phrases but to clarify, to nuance, and to balance out these phrases. If they murder babies and make no money, is it then alright? Do their authors exhibit awareness that they were writing something like Scripture? This little book is one of my all-time favorites. “Yes,” they might say, “let’s remove all restrictions on marriage.”, But, if marriage can simply be whatever a person wants to make it, then it is swallowed up in an ocean of subjectivity. Brown, Pro-Life, RTS Charlotte, Russell Moore. The things that I learned at RTS make their way out in every aspect of the ministry here. When seeking to explain how one sin begets more sin, Richard Baxter simply said, “If one thief be in the house, he will let in the rest.”  Short, but powerful. This is not a series about wrong Christian phrases. Apparently Not, Where Are They Now? But not for Liddell. Many RTS Charlotte alumni have become RUF pastors or staff over the years, and we look forward to that trend continuing in the future. Filed Under: Academics & Seminary, Culture & Politics, Ethics & Morality Tagged With: Adoption, Harold O.J. Those two lectures are available for download: Session 1: How Is the Authority of the New Testament Being Attacked Today? Sabar’s fascinating page-turner has garnered quite a bit of attention over the last few months and it is easy to see why. But it does mean that all seminary professors should have a love for, and interest in, the church. For those interested in a summary of his thesis, here is the abstract: Filed Under: Academics & Seminary, Reformed Theological Seminary Tagged With: dissertation, Kevin DeYoung, Ph.D., RTS Charlotte. Why did you originally come to RTS Charlotte? When we think about what might help the church engage with an ever-more-hostile world, the issue isn’t that we don’t have enough apologetic books (we have tons of them). And I can’t imagine two books about Jesus more different from one another. But, there is little doubt that early Christians believed it. Surely this suggests that the Gospels not only possessed a high authority, but that they did play an important role in the life of ordinary Christians. But, behind the scenes, there is another story that often goes untold. All of this presents serious problems for those who claim early Christianity was oppressive to women. I hope it will prove helpful for a new crop of readers (or maybe even prior ones!). Although Satlow’s volume covers both OT and NT issues, my review addressed some weaknesses on the NT side of things: As for the development of the New Testament canon, Satlow provides a brief overview of some of the major players in the second century, including Justin Martyr, Tatian, and Irenaeus (pp. Christ himself gives the answer in his letter to Laodicea: “I counsel you to buy from me” (3:18). And that assumption is that external “historical evidences” are the only proper grounds for forming our beliefs about the Bible. 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