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Bible Q&A: Turn the other cheek?
Dec10

Bible Q&A: Turn the other cheek?

Because some of Jesus’ sayings appear too radical to live out in everyday life, many assume that Jesus often set up an ideal ethic that is not realistic for people who live in this present evil age. As a result, there is a school of thought that argues Jesus’ more strenuous sayings were meant to drive us to our knees in recognition of our inability to keep God’s lofty moral standards. True enough, we are all in need of God’s grace,...

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Southern Baptists reflect on the Protestant Reformation, as 500th anniversary approaches
Oct19

Southern Baptists reflect on the Protestant Reformation, as 500th anniversary approaches

The 500th anniversary of the Reformation is celebrated this month. In honor of this historic event, signified by Martin Luther’s posting of the 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg, Germany church, Oct. 31, 1517, the Baptist Messenger shares a series of articles written by David S. Dockery on how the Reformation influenced Baptist life and Baptist beliefs. All three articles are below in order. The Reformation and Baptist life...

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Bible Q&A: Should Christians hate their parents (Luke 14:26)?
Oct08

Bible Q&A: Should Christians hate their parents (Luke 14:26)?

Southern Baptists hold a high view of Scripture, believing that inspiration involves even the words of the text, the words and their interpretation matter. In the vast majority of New Testament passages, the meaning and application is reasonably clear. Notice that I said, “vast majority.” The truth is, there are some texts that present a major challenge for understanding what the Jesus, Paul or Peter meant. When these texts involve...

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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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