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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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A Guide to Use the Greek in Your Bible Software

Most students and pastors nowadays use some sort of Bible software, whether it’s the big 3 (BibleWorks, Accordance, or Logos) or one of the free programs (e-Sword, BibleSoft, WORDSearch, Blue Letter Bible, or an app). Yet, not all students and pastors have taken Greek or retained it. That means all the capabilities in this software to study the NT….

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The Final Word on the Extent of the Atonement?

In 1647, John Owen published what some consider to be his most influential work, The Death of Death in the Death of Christ, which defended the doctrine of limited atonement. Perhaps because of Owen’s work, many have assumed limited atonement to be the default position of most Reformed theologians (that and the well-known recent….

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Word-Driven Discipleship through Christ-Centered Preaching

What is the best long-term strategy for discipling your congregation? Glitzy programs? Seeker-friendly services? One-on-one weekly meetings? I could go on, and many of these have their advantages. But when we think about a solid, sustainable, and long-term strategy for discipleship, the most central plan is word-driven discipleship through Christ-centered preaching. Many preaching books focus on different aspects of preaching. Bryan Chapell’s Christ-Centered Preaching is a step-by-step guide to preparing a sermon that includes a gospel message, no matter what passage you’re preaching…

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Think You Understand Crucifixion? Think Again

The concept of crucifixion seems straightforward enough, but is “crucify” a correct translation of σταυρόω? For what were people crucified, and when did this punishment arise? Did it occur in the ancient Near East, or in the Roman Empire prior to Jesus? How do the Latin terms crux and patibulum relate to the Greek noun σταυρός? If you thought this whole crucifixion thing was straightforward, meet these three WUNT monographs from Mohr Siebeck that will unsettle you… or maybe not. Chapman and Schnabel’s The Trial and…

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Using Creeds to Teach Theology: Why You Should and How to Do It

Teaching Christian doctrine is no easy task, and making it interesting is even harder. Since Augustine’s On Christian Teaching, manuals of doctrine and hermeneutics have flooded the church, but for me the real test is whether I can use a book in a small group in my church. Mike Bird’s What Christians Ought to Believe passes that test with flying….

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