Category: Theology

The God Who Became Human: A Biblical Theology of Incarnation (Graham A. Cole)

When it comes to doing biblical theology, a common pattern is to take a topic or a theme and trace it from Genesis to Revelation. The Covenants, for example, between God and man, are meant to be a theme that we attempt to look for from the beginning of humanity to the ending of mankind, showing how God and man interact covenantally throughout Scripture and history. “But what of the Incarnation?” (17). Is the idea of God taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men a biblical-theological narrative being told even in the Old...

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The Majesty of Mystery: Celebrating the Glory of an Incomprehensible God (K. Scott Oliphint)

“Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it” (Ps 139:6). David’s words in this verse sum up my thoughts when I come before Scripture, good books, and teachers of theology. Discourses on various doctrinal concepts have kept theologians busy for millennia. It is simply too wonderful, and yet, entirely fascinating. There is a majesty in mystery, as K. Scott Oliphint puts it, and it is worth plumbing the depths of theology. In one sense, The Majesty of Mystery is extremely deep and will stretch anyone’s brain. Mostly, that is because of the subject...

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The Triune God (Fred Sanders)

Let’s face it: the Trinity is without a doubt the most important, complex, and debated doctrine in all of Christian thought. For thousands of years, Christians have been attempting to define the Trinity, and nothing is new under the sun. Even today, despite all of the exegesis and the systematic and historical theology textbooks we have access to, questions still remain, persuasions still divide. We cannot exhaust our study of the Trinity, nor should we want to. Yes, it can be taxing, but it is the stuff on which worship is founded. Says Fred Sanders, “All theology ought to...

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NIV Faithlife Study Bible by Zondervan

Today I want to share with you an incredible resource that will not only enhance your study of God’s Holy Word, but also increase retention and understanding of difficult passages, doctrines, and give you tools to utilize in teaching others the basics of the Christian faith. The NIV Faithlife Study Bible combines the practical tools, graphics, academic notes, and book summaries that the Faithlife Study Bible app contains in a hard copy of the beloved NIV translation that’s used by millions of Christians world-wide. This is a resource that, whether you are a pastor, Bible teacher, lay-leader, a new...

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Interpreting Apocalyptic Literature

When the term apocalyptic literature is used, most are likely drawn to thinking about books in Scripture such as Revelation or perhaps the ending chapters of Matthew where Jesus described the time of the end. While both are indeed apocalyptic, what is often forgotten is the plethora and rich literature of this genre found in the Old Testament. Dr. Richard Taylor in his book Interpreting Apocalyptic Literature: An Exegetical Handbook takes a helpful look through Daniel, the OT Prophets, and extra-biblical texts, exploring the overall genre and providing the reader how to read, understand, and most importantly, apply these...

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