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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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Bible Q&A: The mystery of the Trinity
Apr06

Bible Q&A: The mystery of the Trinity

In my last column, I referenced the basic fabric out of which a doctrine of the Trinity can be woven. That fabric can be reduced to the following seven statements. The first three confess the name of the Triune God: 1. The Father is God. 2. The Son is God. 3. The Holy Spirit is God. The next three statements affirm that a distinction must be made between the three persons of the Trinity. That is, there is not merely one God who...

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Bible Q&A: Who wrote the Gospels?
Apr06

Bible Q&A: Who wrote the Gospels?

If you open the first Gospel in the New Testament you will find a heading something like, “The Gospel According to Matthew.” You will find the same heading for Mark, Luke or John. What you might not notice is that this heading is not actually part of the original text, in fact, the headings attributing the Gospels to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John were added once more than two of the Gospels began to circulate together, more than likely...

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The Incarnation: Why Does it Matter?
Dec24

The Incarnation: Why Does it Matter?

As we celebrate Christmas, we focus on one of the most important Christian doctrines—the incarnation. Jesus was “Emanuel,” “God with us” (Matt. 1:23). So why does the incarnation really matter so much? (1) The incarnation matters because it reminds us that the body is not evil. God created the physical world, including the human body, and He described it as “good” (Gen. 1:4, 10, 12, 18, 21, 25, 31). The Bible’s affirmation that the...

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