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1 Corinthians 7:29-35 (living as though Jesus will return tomorrow)

We are continuing to work our way through 1 Corinthians after having been interrupted by a couple of surgeries and a much needed vacation. (1Co 7:29-31 ESV) 29 This is what I mean, brothers: the appointed time has grown very … Continue reading

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I finished N. T. Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God! Part 4

Perhaps the central teaching of Paul and the Faithfulness of God is that Paul was essentially a Second Temple period Jewish thinker, steeped in the Scriptures, and absolutely persuaded that Jesus is the Messiah promised by the prophets and that the … Continue reading

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I finished N. T. Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God! Part 3

I’m continuing to attempt to summarize N. T. Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God. It’s rather like attempting to summarize the Encyclopedia Britannica — or for my younger readers, the Wikipedia. Wright’s book is truly encyclopedic (or Wikipedic). And so … Continue reading

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I finished N. T. Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God! Part 2

Chapters 3-5 of the book are all about the Greco-Roman world in which Paul worked. It’s history — and I love it. I’m a history buff. The significance for Paul’s writings is not as obvious as the Jewish background covered in chapter … Continue reading

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I finished N. T. Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God! Part 1

It’s been nearly a year and 7 hospitalizations since my copy arrived from Amazon on November 6, 2013, but I finally finished the 1,700-page book. Having a one-week vacation helped, but what helped more was Amazon’s offer to sell me … Continue reading

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N. T. Wright at Oklahoma Christian University

This video is from a Q&A session at Oklahoma Christian University, which is affiliated with the Churches of Christ and historically has been fairly conservative. It’s truly fascinating viewing. Among other topics, Wright discusses predestination, the organic church vs. the … Continue reading

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Apologetics: August 24, 2014 class (Jesus is the Messiah)

So this is the last class for the quarter, but less than half the classes have been recorded. I got a late start and I’ve had substitutes teaching while I’ve been on vacation or in the hospital. But I start … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 7: Is Marriage Indissoluble Because Covenants are Indissoluble?

[Mojohn: I’m convinced that "contract" is not the most accurate English word to describe the marriage relationship. God himself calls marriage a covenant (Malachi 2:14). As I understand covenants in the ancient Near East, a party was bound to perform his … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 7: When Jesus Speaks of “Adultery,” Is He Being Figurative?

Reader Mojohn’s extensive and thoughtful comment questions my view that “adultery” in Jesus’ teaching on divorce in Matthew 5 is used metaphorically [Mojohn: According to CWDNT, the Greek word moichao (Strong’s # 3429) is translated “adultery” and “committing sexual acts … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 7: Does “Not Under Bondage” Allow Remarriage? Part 2

Is remarriage permitted? Now, the next question — although it’s really the same question — is whether the Christian may remarry. I mean, if the couple is “unmarried,” it follows that they may marry because they’re not married — unless … Continue reading

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