What is Real Success?

Google the phrase “What is success” and you will get 1.13 billion results. I’d like to examine each of those with you today (not really). Much has been said about success. Everybody seems to want it, but it is surprising how few actually can define it. One dictionary...
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Q & A: Sexuality, Christian Ethics, and the State

I received this question from a philosophy professor who was seeking to get a Christian perspective on this controversial issue: Q: In a moral issues class, during a discussion of same-sex marriage, a student stated, “I am a Christian. I would vote to deny marriage...
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A Necessary Ingredient of Biblical Literacy   

Knowing God’s word is a central responsibility and privilege for Christians. It is by His word that we get to know Him, and it is His word that equips us (2 Tim 3:16-17; Eph 4:12). His word protects us (Eph 6;11-17), guides us (Ps 119:11, 105),  sustains us (Mt 4:4),...
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Epistemological Foundations of a Biblical Theology (Video)

Dr. Christopher Cone addresses the source of authority and how one interprets that authority in their worldview. Alternate title: "Bob's Crazy Day With the Dandelions." Presented to the Chafer Theological Seminary Conference in Houston Texas, Spring, 2014....
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A Biblical Perspective on Spanking, Part 2 of 5 (Prov 22:15)

Previously we examined Proverbs 13:24, a passage from which we understood three powerful principles: (1) proper discipline is associated with the use of the rod, (2) proper discipline is associated with love, and proper discipline is not described here in terms of...
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Q & A: Is there a difference between a pastor and an elder?

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The Bible, Government, and Social Justice Part 3: Government’s Inherent Limitation

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How Did We Get Here? Competing Theories of Origin

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Theistic Evolution and Cultism Are Not Our Only Options

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Integrating Exegesis and Exposition: Preaching and Teaching for Spiritual Independence

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9 Steps for Bible Exegesis and Exposition, Step #4: Identify Grammatical and Syntactical Keys

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NEW BOOK ALERT A Concise Bible Survey: Tracing the Promises of God

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A Worker’s Manifesto: Why Do Excellent Work?

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The Beautiful Paradox: God’s Unfathomability and Knowability

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Why Go to Church?

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9 Steps for Bible Exegesis and Exposition, Step #1: Verify Text and Translation

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Q & A: Hair, what’s up with that?

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Review of Integrating Exegesis and Exposition, by Rubén de Rus

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The Emergence of Philosophy, Part 2: Philosophy vs. Theology

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Comfort in the Midst of Tragedy

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Three Ingredients for Higher Education Survival

In his recent well-crafted article, “Higher Education Seeks Answers to Leaner Years,” Jon Marcus of The Hechinger Report has provided a resonant clarion call for higher education leaders. Marcus quotes one administrator who acknowledges that, “We inherited a system...

Overview of Ecclesiastes (Slides)

Having been a historic experimenter, Solomon writes the conclusion to his philosophical journey in Ecclesiastes. He describes the advantages and disadvantages of a number of different worldviews "under the sun," and he concludes that the beyond-the-sun perspective...

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