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Bible Q&A: John the evangelist
Sep02

Bible Q&A: John the evangelist

Despite the fact that the fourth Gospel does not make an explicit claim about the identity of its author, the early church was virtually unanimous is ascribing it to John, the Apostle, the son of Zebedee, the “disciple whom Jesus loved” (13:23; 19:26-27; 20:2; 21:7; and 21:20). But who was he, and what do we know about him? John, the Son of Zebedee and brother of James appears 30 times in the New Testament. Our first glimpse of him is...

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Bible Q&A: Luke the evangelist
Jul16

Bible Q&A: Luke the evangelist

The author of the third Gospel almost certainly composed the Book of Acts as well, meaning that this single individual, inspired by the Holy Spirit, wrote more of the New Testament than any other individual, roughly 28% of the words found in the Greek text (37, 933 of the 138, 020 words). Paul, by contrast, wrote approximately 23% (32,417 of the 138,020). This fact alone makes Luke one of the most important yet underappreciated...

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Bible Q&A: Mark the man
May29

Bible Q&A: Mark the man

Once we accept the early church tradition that Mark is responsible for the Gospel that bears his name, the question remains, “Who was he?” and “What do we know about him?” To begin, we have some insight into his early life. The earliest reference to Mark, also known as John Mark, is in Acts 12. Following Peter’s miraculous release from imprisonment and imminent martyrdom, Peter went straight to where he knew the Christians were...

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Bible Q&A: Matthew the man
Apr23

Bible Q&A: Matthew the man

Once we accept the early church tradition that Matthew is responsible for the Gospel that bears his name, the questions remain: “who was he?” and “what do we know about him?” In Matthew 9:9-13, the Gospel of Matthew introduces us to a Jewish man who contracted with the Roman government to collect taxes from his own people on behalf of Rome. This man was not the kind of tax collector who went door-to-door collecting taxes; rather, he...

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Bible Q&A: What are some ways to think about the Trinity?
Apr06

Bible Q&A: What are some ways to think about the Trinity?

The idea of the three-in-oneness of God has proved to be extremely difficult to understand. It is, to be sure, an exercise well worth the effort. Ultimately, the question of the Trinity is part of an even more significant question: Do you know whom you worship? The basic fabric out of which a doctrine of God can be woven can be reduced to the following seven statements. The first three confess the name of the Triune God: (1) The...

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