Talk to some skeptics, even skeptical scholars of the New Testament, and you will get the impression that the Gospels were written by non-eyewitnesses in distant lands by people who had never even met the historical Jesus. While there are a few ways to go about responding to someone like this, an interesting way toContinue reading “The Gospel Authors Knew Palestinian Geography”
The Gospel of John is often criticized for being written later. It is likewise criticized for having differences with the Synoptic Gospels. Since the Gospel is said to have a higher christology than the synoptics, it is said the Gospel of John is a later legend. Here’s why none of these critiques are valid. StopContinue reading “Stop Dismissing John’s Gospel”
In conversations concerning the resurrection, the fact that the apostles were willing to die for their belief is usually brought up. Now, you don’t need to defend the validity of every apostle’s martyrdom. In fact, I would just stick with Paul, Peter, Jame, and early church persecution in general. However, Sean McDowell explains some linesContinue reading “Did the Apostle Thomas Die a Martyr in India?”
Ever been bombarded by objections to your Christian faith? Greg Koukl gives 3 easy steps on how to deal with such a situation. It turns out that you do not owe everyone a response. You have to know when to walk away. Stop that Steamroller! A Practical Application of Matthew 7:6
The majority opinion in New Testament studies is that the four biographies written about Jesus–the Gospels–and the Book of Acts were written after 70 C.E. Mark was written first, then Matthew and Luke, and John was written in the 90s. Acts would have been written some time after Luke, obviously. The arguments put forward forContinue reading “6 Reasons to Date the Gospels and Acts Early”
Friend of the podcast and cold case detective, J. Warner Wallace, writes about the Gospel of Philip. Why is it that we find the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John reliable, but not Philip? Why Shouldn’t We Trust the Gospel of Philip?
Dr. Michael J. Kruger, a friend of the podcast, writes about the Apocryphal Gospels and why they are so popular among the media. He also gives a quick answer as to why the Apocryphal are not in the Bible. And no, it isn’t because of someone with arbitrary power. Apocryphal Gospels, Conspiracy Theories, and theContinue reading “Apocryphal Gospels, Conspiracy Theories, and the Mainstream Media”
Dr. J. Brian Huffling writes about the many ways Jesus claimed to be divine. It should be noted that Jesus doesn’t directly say “I am God.” This might be expected, if you did not understand Jesus’ ministry. If Jesus had come right out and said “I am the Messiah!” or “I am God incarnate!” heContinue reading “Did Jesus Even Claim to be God?”
Dr. David Instone-Brewer examines the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ resurrection. Is it reasonable to believe that Jesus rose from the dead? Evangelism might be easier without a resurrection, but as Paul says, the Resurrection is at the heart of our message. Is the resurrection beyond belief?
I love passages of Scripture that interpret themselves. Sometimes we will read something “difficult,” or hard to understand, but the Bible itself will provide us with the correct interpretation. Perhaps, you have heard people say, “Let the Bible interpret the Bible.” The Bible Geek in me comes out when we find passages like this. IContinue reading ““Everyone whom the Father gives” John 6:37″