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Two Problems with Making Converts Instead of Disciples

I’ve seen it over and over, especially in “low churches.” Pastors and leaders might read the Great Commission as “make disciples,” but in practice they act as though Jesus commanded us to “make converts.” In fact, I once heard a well-known president of a seminary say it would be better to save hundreds of people from hell and leave them as baby Christians than to focus on discipling a few Christians deeply….

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Verse by Verse through the Toughest New Testament Greek

Alan Thompson is a brave man to explain every phrase in Luke, piece by piece, twenty four chapters long. But he accepted the challenge and executed it laudably. I actually had the opportunity to proof-read this volume so I worked through it in painstaking detail. I can tell you that Thompson’s research must have taken years and he packs it into a neat 400 pages. If you are preaching, teaching, or studying Luke, you will want this volume at your side….

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Breakthroughs in Understanding the Greek Verb

When I finished my first four semesters of Greek, I was enchanted by the language and the way it opened up my understanding of the Bible as a whole. Yet I knew there was still much more to learn than the basic verbal categories in Wallace’s grammar, especially given all the exceptions to his rules. His description of aspect….

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Learn Syriac at Home: New User-Friendly Grammar with Workbook

As I worked on my dissertation on Ps 68 in Judaism and Paul’s epistles, I came across several articles that approached the problem of Ps 68:18 in Eph 4:8 from a text-tradition perspective. Paul changes Ps 68:18’s “you received” to “he gave” in Eph 4:8, so naturally an examination of early versions was a first step. But one of the early versions is the Peshitta, to which I had no linguistic access, but which was appealed to in several articles and commentaries. I quickly learned that Syriac was yet another language I needed to learn if I would study the New Testament….

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Take Your Greek to the Next Level with the Septuagint

The best way to improve your Greek is to read lots of it. We all enjoy reading the New Testament in Greek, but Koine Greek is much broader than the NT. The two corpora we should turn to first to continue expanding our Greek horizons are the Apostolic Fathers and the Septuagint. The Greek of the latter is probably easier (overall) and is therefore a great place….

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Is Jesus Christ Really God in the Flesh?

At the center of biblical and systematic theology is the doctrine of Christ. The early church hammered it out with treatises, councils, and creeds. Moderns have hammered it out with philosophical and theological developments. Christology is ever-developing, although one wonders whether any significant alterations to traditional Christology have been made….

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