New Testament

Apologetics: Reza Aslan and “The Jesus of History”

“The more I probed the Bible,” Reza Aslan declares in the introduction to his bestseller Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, “the more distance I discovered between the Jesus of the gospels and the Jesus of history” (xix). […]

PROOF: PROOF and Union with Christ

By Garrick Bailey The New Testament provides extensive witness to the oneness between Christ and Christians. According to Paul, this oneness, through the Holy Spirit, is the foundation for the unity of the church (Eph 4:1-6). Historically, this concept of […]

Church History: Who Decided Which Books Belong in My Bible?

Suppose that you became a Christian in the second century A.D. You’ve heard the story of a divine being who died on a cross and rose from the dead. Through baptism, you’ve openly identified yourself with his followers. Now, you […]

Apologetics: Did Christians Create Their Faith Or Did the Faith Form Christians?

What factors actually formed the New Testament and the faith of the early church? Conspiratorial reconstructions suggest that church leaders selected texts that preserved and expanded their own political powers. If so, what shaped the early church were books and […]

Family Ministry: How Paul’s Teachings About the Family Apply Today

Not long ago, I shared with some thoughts about how Christians can apply Paul’s teaching in their homes. Paul established a priority-changing paradigm for marriages and families in Ephesians 5 and 6. He invited parents to view their task […]

Apologetics: Was Scripture Modified to Oppose Women and Jews?

According to Dr. Bart Ehrman, in his book Misquoting Jesus, there exists a category of New Testament alterations which includes changes that occurred because copyists “who were not altogether satisfied with what the New Testament books said modified their words to […]

Apologetics: Is Jesus A Product of Pagan Myth?

To be sure, there are similarities between certain events in the Gospels and the ancient myths of Egypt, Persia, and other nations. Long before the first century A.D., Egyptians deities such as Osiris, Adonis, Attis, and Horus were believed to […]

Apologetics: Two Rotten Reasons to Trust Jesus

At least once every couple of years, some new challenge arises that calls into question the belief that Jesus was the divine Son who died and rise again. With Reza Aslan’s recent publication, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus […]

Apologetics: Can We Trust a Copy of a Copy?

I slumped in an unpadded pew, half-listening to the morning Bible study. I wasn’t particularly interested in what the Bible teacher in this small Christian high school had to say. But, when the teacher commented that the Gospels always reported […]