Category: Biblical Worldview

Andreas Köstenberger – The Present and Future of Biblical Theology

In his influential address, “Discourse on the Proper Distinction between Biblical and Dogmatic Theology, and the Right Determination of the Aims of Each,” Johann Philipp Gabler (1753-1826) lodged the programmatic proposal that scholars ought to distinguish between biblical and systematic theology. In his lecture, delivered at the University of Altdorf in 1787 (the year the Constitutional Convention met in Philadelphia), Gabler urged his colleagues to place their theological edifice more overtly on a scriptural foundation: “There is truly a biblical theology, of historical origin, conveying what the holy writers felt about divine matters.” Gabler claimed that a biblical theology conceived along these lines would provide the historical and rational scientific framework enabling systematic theology to relate biblical truths to contemporary life and thought. At its core, Gabler’s distinction between biblical and systematic theology marks an important foundation stone to this day. Biblical theology is essentially a historical discipline calling for an inductive and descriptive method. We must carefully distinguish between biblical and systematic theology before we can accurately describe the theology of the biblical writers themselves. Some of us may find this to be a truism hardly worth stating. But as a survey of the last decade of biblical-theological research will show, the need to (1) ground biblical theology in careful historical work, (2) conceive of the discipline as essentially inductive and descriptive, and (3) distinguish biblical from systematic...

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The Daily Roundup: 1 February 2014

8 Ways to Reverse the Decline of the American Book Lover – David Murray offers some suggestions for addressing the decline of book reading. LOGOS Free Book of the Month: Biblical Theology in the Life of the Church: A Guide for Ministry – Our friends at LOGOS have released the free book for February so take a look. Author Talks With Shaun Tabatt – Month In Review – January 2014 – Shaun Tabatt provides a month in review of all the great author interviews he conducted in January. In Defense of Creationism – In anticipation of the upcoming debate between Ken Ham from Answers in Genesis and Bill Nye, Trevor Thomas provides an excellent defense of biblical creationism. What it TAKES to Make a Worldview – Dr. James Anderson reveals part four in his series on worldviews, this time examining what is involved in making a worldview. Biblically Understanding the Prosperity Gospel – The true underlying nature of the prosperity gospel is explored in this post. Rejecting Jesus (Luke 22:54-71) – C. Overman continues his excellent journey through the Gospel of Luke. We highly recommend starting from the beginning of this series and working your way through each post. Start by clicking here. Weekend...

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The Daily Roundup: 31 January 2014

Always Talking, Never Doing – Aaron Armstrong examines the tension between belief and action. Don’t Outsource Your Sermon Prep – Tempted to do a little sermon plagiarism? Marc Cortez reminds pastors of why they should resist that temptation. The Challenge of Relativism – In today’s podcast over at the Servants of Grace main page, Dave Jenkins discusses the challenge of relativism. The Doctrine of Hell: Those Who Have “Never Heard” – J. D. Greear continues his series on the doctrine of hell, this time answering the popular question, “What about those who have never heard?” Orienting Principles: Four Priorities for the Imitation of Christ – Jimmy Agan notes four important priorities necessary for believers to imitate Christ in their life. Exposition of Ruth 2:1-7 – Mike Boling continues his study of the Book of Ruth, in this post working through Ruth 2:1-7. Shoot Christians say – Recognize any of these...

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William Gurnall – The Christian in Complete Armour

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. “Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; and for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.” — Ephesians 6:10-20. The Introduction Paul was now...

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A Hunger For the Word

The other day someone on Facebook shared the picture that is included in this post. Typically, I don’t pay much attention to the pictures shared on Facebook; however, this particular one noted a rather important message, namely inquiring what would happen if people had the same focus on Scripture as they do with their smart phones or other electronic devices. While many will perhaps nod their head at the wisdom found in the questions posed in this picture, I submit the truth of these questions will not travel the necessary twelve inches from head to heart. So let’s engage for just a bit on why we need to be devoted to God’s Word and how such devotion impacts all of life. Far too many believers view the word theology as the purview of only the pastor, the bible scholar or people with too much time on their hands and far too many books in their collection. Understanding or having a passion for the things of God, a passion and study firmly rooted in Scripture, is frankly a very neglected part of the Christian’s walk these days. You might find people still carrying their bibles to church, although many churches provide a pew bible or post scriptures on screens, making it “easier” for the parishioners to follow the sermon. Ultimately, most churchgoers’ interaction with Scripture is relegated to the hour...

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