I like to think I don’t just believe things because I grew up with them. I like to think I am clear thinking and will follow facts to their conclusions, however uncomfortable. For any low church, evangelical Baptist like myself, diving into church history can be a jarring experience. As we wade back through the years […]Read more "Wait . . .What? Baptist Dispatches From Deep In Church History, Part 2"
Clarence Jordan was unusual. After earning a PhD in Greek from Southern Seminary in Louisville, he, his wife, and another couple left the academic world and at the height of Southern racial apartheid founded Koinonia Farm in southwest Georgia. The farm’s mission was to model a holistic community – a community dedicated to interracial fellowship, […]Read more "“Lazarus got what was left.”"
I’m not normally one to troll apologetics sites as I don’t really enjoy apologetics. However, I came across this intertextual analysis of the famous “Feeding the 5,000” story. The Bible certainly has difficulties, but it also has remarkable interlocking details which would be extremely difficult to make up or fabricate decades later. This is one […]Read more "Did The Feeding Of The Five Thousand Really Happen?"
Miracles. Just saying the word can elicit misty eyed stargazing from the pietistic and furrows of exasperation from the skeptical. There is hardly a more divisive concept faced by contemporary humanity. Miracles lay at the very crux of theism and atheism. But is there a middle road? What is the truth about miracles? Does it […]Read more "Miracles and Today’s World: How De We Respond?"
The two accounts of the death of Judas in Matthew 27:3-10 and Acts 1:18-19 are often cited as an irreconcilable, case and point that the bible cannot be true. Is that so? Let’s take a look: Possible death explanations: 1) They are different angles of the same story. If this is the case, Judas would […]Read more "How Did Judas Die?"
I’ve had a couple of people ask recently about the historical reliability of the Gospels? How do we know they are true? How do we know they are not some combination of fabrication, myth and wishful thinking? What is my response? First and foremost, we don’t know for 100% certainty. We don’t know anything from […]Read more "How Do We Know The Gospels Are True?"
This is a though provoking read for those interested in the historicity/transmission of the four gospel books and dealing with the apparent tensions found within. I took it straight from Greg Boyd’s Reknew blog. It’s lengthy but worth the effort. Enjoy and I would love to hear your thoughts. -Ben GOSPEL “CONTRADICTIONS” AND ORALITY STUDIES […]Read more "Gospel “Contradictions” and Oral Tradition"