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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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Bible Q&A: Translations, which one should I read?
Aug04

Bible Q&A: Translations, which one should I read?

Bobby Kelly is the Ruth Dickinson Professor of Religion at Oklahoma Baptist University You are probably aware that the Old Testament was written almost exclusively in Hebrew and the New Testament in Greek. This fact justifies the “why” of Bible translation. First, few English speakers are able to read Hebrew, Aramaic, or Greek. So, it must be translated. The reason it matters so much that people have the opportunity to read the Bible...

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Baptist Beliefs: The Christian and the social order

Jesus told the disciples that we are “the salt of the Earth” and the “light of the world” (Matt 5:13-16). He gave us the reason and the priority for this teaching in the Great Commandment, “…You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind” and the second command that “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matt 22:37-39). Our efforts to obey these commands should lead us to active...

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