When Christians think and speak about defending or sharing the Christian faith with the people around them—the Scripture itself must be our first line of defense and reasoning. Scripture stands by itself as the infallible, inspired and inerrant Word of God. Scripture is God’s conduit by which He redeems lost sinners and changes the hearts of man (Romans 10:17). Even with holding the authoritative Word of God as the ultimate resource, there are still many who endeavor to defend the faith by first turning to archaeology, philosophical arguments, scientific proofs and rebuttals, canonicity or textual criticism to defend the veracity of the Bible and add to its credibility in the eyes of the unbelieving world.… Continue reading
One of the benefits of getting older consists of gaining perspective, being able to put the past into its proper place in order to better understand the present. Fifty-four years of studying the Bible also has its benefits—primarily in more clearly understanding the continuity that exists between the Old and New Testaments. As I was reading through the Bible this past year, Isaiah 62:5 (“as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you”) called to mind the picture in Revelation 21:2 when John beheld the New Jerusalem descending from heaven “prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”… Continue reading
The word “doctrine” has almost become a dirty word in many churches. In fact, so has the word “preaching,” but that’s another post! Many don’t think doctrine is practical or important. It’s all just academic stuff for the theologian or seminarian, and if anything, does little more than cause discord in the church. It’s unfortunate that so many think this way, but it’s because today’s churches have a poor understanding of the meaning of “doctrine,” and because of this poor understanding, they perceive doctrine negatively, thinking it doesn’t apply to real life situations or real spiritual growth. In many circles, the word “doctrine” is considered synonymous with “vain genealogies” and is perceived as nothing more than the discussion of the number of angels on the head of a needle.… Continue reading
The men answer questions and criticisms regarding the Word of God. They continue by evaluating psychology/science (FYI: I did a more elaborated blog post of my response to science here and here), emphasis in preaching, and a few other topics. Please feel free to add to the discussion, ask questions, and challenge us where we have missed something. (None of us are perfect and all of us can use correction and grow in understanding).
Just a final comment. We have decided to send a free copy of Kevin DeYoung’s book on Scripture to the best answer or critique offered us on the blog.… Continue reading
The PS23 men discussed the Word of God. In part 1, the men analyzed what God says about HIs Word. In this discussion, the men answer common critiques about God’s Word. We pray our answers help you navigate and defend His Word. Discussion questions include:
- That’s just your interpretation.
- The Spirit speaks outside the Word.
- Does experience trump the Word of God?
- What is the danger of relying on your own interpretation?
- Science proves the Word inaccurate.
Feel free to critique, challenge, or discuss any of our answers or give us insight regarding what we missed. There will be a part 3 answering more questions.… Continue reading