Category Archives: Biblical Interpretation

Gospellegory: Or, An Allegory’s An Allegory

*Posted by Barry Creamer Engraving from Pilgrims Progress, John Bunyans allegory of the Christian life. All scripture ought to be interpreted carefully then applied prescriptively. Scripture is more than a record of others faith and practice. It is a directive for our faith and practice. Its fairly easy to interpret and prescribe a New Testament command like pray without ceasing. It takes a bit more work to apply an Old … Continue reading

A Little Heaven on Earth

*Posted by Andrew Hebert The following is a passage from George Eldon Ladds The Gospel of the Kingdom. Has the realization gripped you that the very life of heaven itself dwells within you here and now? Did you ever know that? I am afraid we live most of our life in terms of promise. We often sing of the future, and so we ought to sing. Our Gospel is a … Continue reading

Why the Bible Doesn’t Change Us

Over at the Gospel Coalition,Jen Wilkin considers the reasons why Bible study often leaves us unchanged. Why, with so many study options available, do many professing Christians remain unschooled and unchanged? Scripture teaches clearly that theliving and activeWordmatures us,transforms us,accomplishes what it intends, increases our wisdom, andbears the fruit of right actions. There is no deficit in the ministry of the Word. If our exposure to it fails to result … Continue reading

Did Jesus Support Gay Marriage?

Yesterday, President Obama came out in support of gay marriage. In an interview with ABC News he explained that his view on the issue had evolved over time and that he felt the need to take an affirmative position. While the news may come as no shock to many, the most alarming part of his statement (not included in the video linked above) was his use of the Bible to … Continue reading

Christian Academics and Two Masters

Posted by Barry Creamer Academicians have a commitment to the truth. After all, the point of being a member of the academy is having opinions and research validated through the work of similarly qualified and committed researchers and thinkers. The presumption is that the corporate conclusions of competitive and in some ways independent thinkers have a sort of objective authority an individual or a self-contained conclave of thinkers is unlikely … Continue reading

Jesus’ Body Found!?

*Posted by Kirk Spencer Its big news. And its old new. But its Good News! The body of Jesus was foundalivefirst in the garden, then in Jerusalem, then along the road to Emmaus, then by the Sea of Galilee, then on the Mount of Olives, then among the clouds. After the inability of both Roman authorities and religious skeptics to produce a body; and after hundreds of eye-witnesses gave their … Continue reading

Is Church Tradition Really Important?

Dr. Bruce Ashford of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary explains why studying church history and historical theology is important: Church history and historical theology assist the theologian in his task in several ways. First, the historical disciplines help us to recognize the ways in which inherited theological traditions have shaped the questions we ask and the answers we give. We recognize why certain issues occupy a central place in our structure … Continue reading

But He Has a Good Heart!

*Posted by Bill Watson. This piece was originally posted at In Christian circles, it is common to hear of a particular person as having a good heart while lacking deep understanding of the Bible. This is often considered an acceptable failing, so long as the person really does have a good heart. There are many problems with this kind of perception. The following is an excerpt from St. Augustines … Continue reading

“Paradise” Lost

*Posted by Barry Creamer Adam and Eve lost paradise for mankind when they were expelled from Eden after eating from the forbidden tree. It can be argued (in some cases correctly, in others incorrectly) that mankind lost paradise through disobedience, through the knowledge of good and evil, through the inherent imbalance of intellect and will, or through the inevitable realization of divine decrees. Arguments proceed ad infinitum (or ad nauseum, … Continue reading

Wallace and Ehrman Debate: On Probability

*Posted by Barry Creamer CSNTM (the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts) recently hosted a debate between Bart Ehrman and Daniel Wallace on whether the text of the New Testament is trustworthy. Both are world class scholars in textual criticism. Both studied as believers at Wheaton and have served and been ordained in the ministry [Creamer edit: Oops. Actually, Wallace attended Biola.] . While Wallace has maintained his … Continue reading