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What I’ll Be Up to at the TGC National Conference

Next week, Sept 25-27 th , I’ll be headed to Indianapolis to participate in The Gospel Coalition National  Conference entitled, “Hope in the Wilderness.” The conference this year is unique because TGC is partnering with other organizations to offer “micro events.” These are sort of like smaller conferences within the larger conference. So, while TGC...

September 20, 2023

Bible Studies

The Gospel of Mark

Lesson 19: The Marks of a Jesus Follower

RTS Charlotte Women's Bible Study

September 20, 2023

Bible Studies

The Gospel of Mark

Lesson 18: The Highs and Lows of the Christian Life

RTS Charlotte Women's Bible Study

September 13, 2023

Interviews

Doubt

How Christians Can Deal with Doubt

The Gospel Coalition

August 28, 2023

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Apologetics

Are Christians Allowed to Doubt? My Conversation with Josh Chatraw

At the inaugural Keller Center gathering last spring, I got together with Josh Chatraw, Billy Graham Chair of Evangelism at Beeson Divinity School, to discuss this important issue of doubt in the Christian life. The video of our conversation is below. Both of us have written on the subject. Josh has recently released an entire book on...

August 28, 2023

Articles

Authority of Scripture

So, What Did Jesus Think about the Old Testament?

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The Old Testament has run into some hard times as of late.  It’s seen by many as a curmudgeonly, legalistic, violent, confusing, and, maybe most of all, boring sort of book. As the atheist Richard Dawkins famously opined, “The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all of fiction.” On...

August 21, 2023

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Ethics & Morality

The World’s Easiest Theological Question

For those who love to talk about theology, a good head-scratching question can really be fun. It allows us to stay up late in deep conversations with our friends over the mysteries of God and his Word. Indeed, Jesus was known for asking some pretty tough theological questions. Sometimes the answer seemed obvious when it...

August 7, 2023

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Academics & Seminary

Is It a Waste of Time for Seminary Students (and Pastors) to Learn the Biblical Languages?

It’s that time of year again. A wonderful new crop of seminary students has arrived here at RTS-Charlotte and today they begin the grueling month-long experience of Summer Greek. And, like all seminary students before them, they will begin to ask the question of why studying these ancient languages even matters. After all, a few years after...

July 31, 2023

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New Testament Canon

How Were the Books of the Bible “Chosen”?

“Who chose the books of the New Testament canon?” Among the countless questions I have heard over the years about the origins of the canon, this may be the most common. And that’s totally understandable. The Bible didn’t drop from heaven on golden tablets, perfectly complete and intact. It was delivered through normal historical channels,...

July 20, 2023

Interviews

New Testament Canon

How Were the Books of the Bible Chosen?

Crossway Podcast

July 10, 2023

Articles

New Testament Canon

Even More Books on the Origins of the New Testament Canon

As I noted in a previous blog post, it seems that the issue of the origins of the biblical canon continues to garner quite a bit of scholarly attention. And this is good news. There’s always more issues to be explored and debated. Let me mention four new volumes sitting on my desk, the first two...

July 3, 2023

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New Testament Canon

How Did We Get the Bible?

I recently did a weekend conference for Christ Covenant Church in Atlanta, GA, on the topic of where the Bible came from, and why we can trust it. Here’s a video of my lecture, followed by a video of an interview I did with Jason Dees, the senior pastor of Christ Covenant. Enjoy!

June 19, 2023

Interviews

Reformed Theological Seminary

On Missions featuring Dr. Craig Sheppard

RTS Charlotte: Ministry Matters

June 1, 2023

Articles

Pastoral Ministry

How to Make People Feel “Seen” Rather than “Watched”

As the tributes to Tim Keller continue to pour in, I was struck by a comment my wife Melissa made recently in a podcast with Collin Hansen. As they discussed Tim’s ministry, she made the observation that Tim had the ability to make a person feel ‘seen’ rather than ‘watched’ (starting at 19:33). I thought that...

May 30, 2023

Articles

Pastoral Ministry

My Tribute to Tim Keller

By now, you have heard the sad news. Tim Keller has just passed away. I still remember the first time I heard a Tim Keller sermon. It was the mid-90’s, and I happened to be in New York City. Having just graduated from seminary, I had heard all the buzz about this new pastor in...

May 19, 2023

Interviews

Spiritual Abuse

Confronting the spiritual abuse within the church with Dr. Kruger (beEmboldened)

May 11, 2023

Interviews

Spiritual Abuse

Deep Conversation With Dr. Michael J. Kruger | Spiritual Abuse (Apollos Watered)

May 9, 2023

Articles

New Testament Canon

New Book on Canon Formation

My interest in the origins of the New Testament canon began probably 30 plus years ago. At the time, there was a general interest in the subject, but it was still pretty niche. One had to dig around to find works on the canon that went beyond the well-known volumes by the likes of Bruce...

May 9, 2023

Interviews

Reformed Theological Seminary

What does it mean to be winsomely Reformed?

RTS Wisdom Wednesday

May 3, 2023

Articles

Apologetics

6 Ways Christian Students Can Prepare for College: #6 Stick Together Like a Band of Brothers (or Sisters)

Over the last few months I have been working through a 6-part series helping Christian students think through how to prepare for life at a big university. This topic is particularly relevant, I hope, given the number of high school seniors who are in the middle of deciding where they will go to college in the fall....

April 24, 2023

Interviews

Spiritual Abuse

Abuse in the Church: A Conversation with Michael Kruger (Center for Faith & Work St. Louis)

April 19, 2023