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Loving Language, Section 2

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In my last post I talked about having fun decoding some of the modern Greek I saw during my recent trip to Europe. I also enjoyed some of the peculiarities of English in Britain. Of course the Brit might well […]

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Loving Language

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One of the things I most enjoy about traveling in foreign countries is being exposed to different languages. During my days as a student I actually studied seven languages. Yes, seven: Spanish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic, and Latin. All […]

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Sunday Inspiration from Pray the Gospels

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Excerpt He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” Mark 4:40 Click here to read all of Mark 4:35-41 Prayer Dear Lord, thank You for this passage from Mark. I need it today. You know […]

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Evensong in London

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While in London, my wife and I attended a Sunday Evensong service at St. James Paddington Anglican church. While walking in, I noticed the sign advertised: “Professional choir at both service.” This made me worry a bit. Are folks coming […]

Heaven’s Gain, Our Loss

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Heaven recently gained one of the finest men I ever knew, Raymond Ortlund. No doubt about it, heaven’s gain is our loss. Ray had a broad and blessed ministry as a pastor, preacher, teacher, writer, and discipler. He served as […]

Just in Case You’re Confused

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Just after I got off the plane in London, I saw the sign to the right. I had to chuckle. Of course we Americans would refer euphemistically to the “Women’s Restroom,” though women don’t actually rest in such places. We […]

More from Kensington Gardens

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Part 8 of series: European Reflections 2006 Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post I talked a bit about Peter Pan, who was “created” in Kensington Gardens, Londan, through the creativity of J. M. […]

Peter Pan Still Charms

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Part 7 of series: European Reflections 2006 Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series One of the most beloved of plays written for children is Peter Pan, by J. M. Barie. It began with stories that Barie told […]

Sunday Inspiration from Pray the Psalms

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Excerpt May he grant you your heart’s desire, and fulfill all your plans. Psalm 20:4 Click here to read all of Psalm 20 Prayer O Lord, You are the one who can grant my heart’s desire. Indeed, as I reflect […]

Santorini

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Santorini is a collection of islands in the southern Aegean Sea. Technically, it’s called an archipelago, and it is part of Greece. Santorini was formed from an ancient volcano, which, when it blew its top, left a circular group of […]

Photos from Ephesus

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On our recent trip to Europe, we had the chance to visit Ephesus, which lies just off the western coast of Turkey. Some of what we saw in Ephesus was truly amazing, such as the theatre in the photo to […]

Friends

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Friends sitting in an open market in Tuscania, Italy.

Being in London as History is Made

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Part 6 of series: European Reflections 2006 Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series As the last leg of our European sojourn, my wife and I spent six days in London. We were there from July 1 to […]

Flowers, Anyone?

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The flowers throughout London are wonderful, especially in flower boxes and hanging baskets. On their exteriors, most pubs feature baskets spilling over with bright, colorful flowers. But the Churchill Arms has to take the cake (or the scone, or whatever […]

Why Do Europeans Smoke So Much? Section B

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Part 5 of series: European Reflections 2006 Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post I began to theorize on why Europeans, in general, smoke more than Americans. My first idea was: Reason #1: Europeans […]

Sunday Inspiration from Pray the Gospels

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Excerpt And about three o’clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Matthew 27:46 Click here to read all of Matthew 27:45-56 Prayer O Lord, I […]

Mind Your Head

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Here is one of my all-time favorite signs from my recent vacation in Europe: Europeans are fond of saying “Mind . . .” when we Americans would say “Watch out for . . . .” In the Tube (subway) of […]

Why Do Europeans Smoke So Much? Section A

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Part 4 of series: European Reflections 2006 Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post I noted that Europeans, in general, smoke more than Americans, in general. (Only the Swedes smoke less than Americans.) Plus, […]

The Smell of Europe?

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Part 3 of series: European Reflections 2006 Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series I’ve been to Europe three times, and every time I feel the same sense of shock when I first step off the airplane and […]

A Classy Experience

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Part 2 of series: European Reflections 2006 Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series I realize that there are different classes of people in this world. I’m talking about socio-economic classes, you know, upper class, middle class, lower […]

A Different Way to Fly

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Part 1 of series: European Reflections 2007 Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series I don’t do a lot of flying. As a pastor, mostly I stay put and shepherd my own congregation, with only an occasional sojourn […]

European Reflections 2007

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If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that I often put up various reflections after my summer vacation. Mostly these are lighthearted bits that offer me a chance to mull over what I have experienced while […]

My Agenda-Driven Story

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Today’s post, as well as several posts to come, are excerpts from my new book, Can We Trust the Gospels? Investigating the Reliability of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. My theological agenda also motivates me to be truthful when I’m […]

Truthful History Motivated by Theology

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Today’s post, as well as several posts to come, are excerpts from my new book, Can We Trust the Gospels? Investigating the Reliability of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Sometimes I find it odd that certain scholars have so much […]

The Gospel Writers: No Hidden Agenda

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Today’s post, as well as several posts to come, are excerpts from my new book, Can We Trust the Gospels? Investigating the Reliability of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. If there’s one thing that all New Testament scholars agree on, […]

“All Truth Is God’s Truth”

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Today’s post, as well as several posts to come, are excerpts from my new book, Can We Trust the Gospels? Investigating the Reliability of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. When I was a freshman in college and was struggling with […]

The Gospels as Hellenistic Biographies

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Today’s post, as well as several posts to come, are excerpts from my new book, Can We Trust the Gospels? Investigating the Reliability of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Not long ago it was common for New Testament scholars to […]

What are the New Testament Gospels?

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Today’s post, as well as several posts to come, are excerpts from my new book, Can We Trust the Gospels? Investigating the Reliability of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. What are the New Testament Gospels? Are they histories? Biographies? Novels? […]

Closing Thoughts on Oral Tradition

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Today’s post, as well as several posts to come, are excerpts from my new book, Can We Trust the Gospels? Investigating the Reliability of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. When my daughter, Kara, was four years old, I decided to […]

The Process of the Oral Tradition about Jesus

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Today’s post, as well as several posts to come, are excerpts from my new book, Can We Trust the Gospels? Investigating the Reliability of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The Telephone game assumes that the communication of the key sentence […]

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Sunday Inspiration from the High Calling
Can We Find God in the City? Psalm 48:1-14 Go, inspect the city of Jerusalem. Walk around and count the many towers. Take note of the fortified walls, and tour all the citadels, that you may describe them to future generations. For that ...

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Why Did Jesus Have to Die? The Perspective of the First Christians, Part 3
An Act and Symbol of Love Perhaps one of the most startling of the early Christian interpretations of the cross was that it was all about love. It’s easy in our day, when crosses are religious symbols, attractive ornaments, and trendy ...

posted 2:41:47am Apr. 08, 2011 | read full post »

Why Did Jesus Have to Die? The Perspective of the First Christians, Part 2
The Means of Reconciliation In my last post, I examined one of the very earliest Christian statements of the purpose of Jesus’ death. According to the tradition encapsulated in 1 Corinthians 15, Jesus died “for our sins in accordance with ...

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