This Voice from the Past is Still Calling for the Seekers

“The continuous and unembarrassed interchange of love and thought between God and the soul of the redeemed man is the throbbing heart of New Testament religion.” That quote is from chapter one of The Pursuit of God. The title of the chapter, “Following Hard after God,” is taken from Psalm 63:8. It’s natural to read … Read more

Five Myths about Church History: Heresy and Orthodoxy

Alister McGrath overviewed the epic, centuries-long battle between good and bad theology in Heresy: A History of Defending the Truth. Here are five ideas about heresy that, according to McGrath, are either myths or misconceptions. Myth One: Heresy arose from boredom with orthodox doctrine and an appetite for something new Most of the classic heresies arose … Read more

Paul vs. the Debaters of the Age: Some Background to the Corinthian Letters

In the beginning of 1 Corinthians, Paul issued this challenge: “Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?” (1 Corinthians 1:20 ESV) When we understand what was happening in Corinth in the first century, both … Read more

Two Common Mistakes That Lead to Oversimplified Church History

“There is no surer basis for fanaticism than bad history, which is invariably history oversimplified.” This quote is from Diarmaid MacCulloch’s Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years (three thousands years because he starts with the ancient Greeks and Israelites). I think I can see the logic behind MacCulloch’s statement. A fanatic can’t be reasoned with … Read more

Pontius Pilate, Caiaphas, and the Backroom Deal That Fell Through

Frank Morison didn’t believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. He thought it was a myth. He studied the Gospels because he wanted to write a skeptic’s account of the passion narrative. As he studied, he became convinced that he was dealing with eyewitness accounts of a true event. The book he ended up writing … Read more

The Sermon on the Mount through the Centuries

The Sermon on the Mount through the Centuries is a collection of essays in which scholars look at how different commentators have approached the Sermon, from John Chrysostom to John Stott. Here are some lessons, drawn from that book, that may help as as we seek to understand and apply this greatest of sermons. Chrysostom: … Read more

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