Mark 16:17-18 According to Edward Irving

The Five Signs as Five Areas of Dominion Is there a pattern behind the list of signs that Jesus gives in Mark 16:17-18, where he says, “these signs will follow those who believe…”? The passage lists five signs, seemingly at random, and some are oddly specific. Did Jesus intend for these examples to represent five … Read more

A Three-Fold Perspective on the Word of God

The Bible can be described as God’s work in history, recorded by men, for your sake. That description can then be divided into three ways of approaching the Bible, which should be held together: God’s work in history Recorded by men For your sake I came up with this description by comparing three Gospels as … 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

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

How to Entrust Your Soul to a Faithful Creator While Doing Good

1 Peter 4:19 I’ve been thinking about why Peter used the term “faithful creator” in this verse: “Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful creator while doing good.” (ESV) So why “faithful creator”? I think it might have to do with this earlier statement from 1 Peter … Read more