What does Paul intend when he writes that an overseer must be a husband of one wife in 1 Timothy 3:2 (cf. Titus 1:6 and 1 Timothy 3:12)? Here is a quick walk-through this somewhat complicated expression. There are four main historical approaches to interpreting this expression. I think two of them are quite unlikely. … Continue reading What is the meaning of “husband of one wife” (μιᾶς γυναικὸς ἄνδρα) in 1 Timothy 3:2?
Here is a powerful testimony from my friend, Dale Schneeberger, of how God worked a personal revival in his own life through a dream and his subsequent immersion in the Word of God. I'm confident that you will find Dale's testimony inspiring, soul-searching, and, perhaps for some of you, life-changing. I print it here with … Continue reading How God Awakened my Friend to the Grace of God and the Transformative Power of the Bible
[I wrote the following review of The Best News Ever in a similar register as the translation itself. Enjoy!] A woman named Jan Harthan lived in a different country. She went there to teach the Bible. She put the words of the Bible in their special language. Then she came home. She tried to read … Continue reading A New Bible Translation for Young Children: A Review
I recently led a seminar for students at Biola who are studying to become church worship leaders entitled: “Hidden Agendas in Worship Leading.” I had them break into groups and discuss what sorts of hidden motivations sometimes lie under the surface in the process of planning and implementing times of worship. When we came back … Continue reading Hidden Agendas in Worship Leading
I recently discovered something about Nehemiah that I had never noticed before. There are lots of hints in the biblical book that bears his name that Nehemiah was a person who lived with an ongoing awareness of the presence of the Lord, and who highly valued the importance of communion with God. Nehemiah is constantly … Continue reading Practicing the Presence of God…like Nehemiah
Today I'm excited to share with you a piece that I wrote a number of years ago about memorizing the Bible. This little article has probably been read by more people than anything else I've written in my life. I hope that it will increase your desire and confidence to keep hiding God's Word in … Continue reading The Easiest Way to Memorize the Bible: What I Learned from Dr. John Mitchell
Christians have always had to deal with skeptics, but the frequency of public attacks against the Bible’s reliability seem to have increased in recent years (think only of the audacious claims of the Jesus Seminar, Dan Brown’s The DaVinci Code, and Bart Ehrman’s unrelenting stream of skeptical books). In fact, a couple years ago, I … Continue reading Is the New Testament Historically Reliable? A Book Review