Logos Bible Software, Part 1

I’ve been fortunate to receive a review (meaning “free”) copy of the Scholars base package of Logos Bible Software. The price is that I must post at least two articles reviewing the software — which is exactly what I was going to do anyway.

In April 2010 I received a review copy of the competing product, BibleWorks, and posted a number of articles regarding that product. Since then, it has replaced all my other Bible research software, so much so that I paid for the upgrade to version 10 a few weeks ago. It’s proved invaluable in my research. Continue reading

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Acts: 2:38 (“Repent,” Part 4, Conclusion)

Conclusion

The teaching in Acts is usually “repent” or “have faith in Jesus” — one or the other — and we tend to hear in “repentance” a call to moral living, whereas in “faith” we hear a call to a particular belief system.

Thus, we feel the need to add “repent” to “believe” to have what seems to be a complete plan of salvation. Indeed, we are puzzled that so many sermons — especially Peter’s sermon in Pentecost — ends with a call to “repent” rather than “believe.” Some even think this contradicts Paul’s understanding of the gospel! Continue reading

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The Canon

[Reposted due to being lost in the computer crash.]

Charles,

The closed canon theory is admittedly hard to prove from the Bible. There are usually two arguments made:

1. Cessationism, that is, miraculous gifts, include the gifts of prophecy, died out a generation after the apostles.

2. Dispensationalism, that is, the New Testament repealed the Old Testament laws and adopted new laws, and this is the last dispensation before Jesus returns. Hence, why would there be new laws? Continue reading

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Churches of Christ in Decline: In Answer to Brent

Jesus Christ on the Cross Pictures | Free Christian WallpapersBrent wrote,

In ECF theology, the different aspects of the tradition supported each of the other aspects and together were “One”. The Reformation broke the unity of the tradition.

This is not good history, for several reasons. Before the Reformation, there had already been several schisms — Orthodoxy vs. Roman Catholic, Nestorian, Monophysite, etc. And they all damned each other — often for reasons that seem incomprehensible to us today. Continue reading

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Quincy Community Church

The Quincy Community Church is a Boston-area church plant by a group of former Harding students. And usually I’d be talking about their church planting effort. But today, it’s about their blog.

There are 50,000,000,000,000,000 blogs on the Internet, give or take. And even though most of the blogs aren’t very good, there are still a kazillion, more or less, excellent blogs. How do you decide which ones to read? Continue reading

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Acts: 2:38 (“Repent,” Part 3, Acts)

Acts

We now turn to the later verses in Acts —

(Act 3:13-21 ESV)  13 The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified his servant Jesus, whom you delivered over and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release him.  14 But you denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you,  15 and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses.  16 And his name–by faith in his name–has made this man strong whom you see and know, and the faith that is through Jesus has given the man this perfect health in the presence of you all. Continue reading

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Acts: 2:38 (“Repent,” Part 2, Luke)

Luke

Let’s look at how “repent” is used by Luke. We begin with John the Baptist —

(Luk 3:3-9 ESV)  3 And he went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.  4 As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.  5 Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall become straight, and the rough places shall become level ways,  6 and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.'”  Continue reading

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Great Story About Alabama’s Barrett Jones

Barrett-Jones-Auburn-postgame-Almond.jpgBarrett Jones is an offensive lineman for Alabama who just won the Outland Trophy. But there much more to him than that. Read about a young man of character here.

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Acts: 2:38 (“Repent,” Part 1, Introduction and Jeremiah 31)

This is a longer post than usual, and I’m not entirely sure the topic justifies the length. We’ll see. But I think we’ve substantially misunderstood the meaning of “repent” in Acts 2:38. We’ve not been entirely wrong, but we’ve missed what’s really going on, I think.

(Act 2:38 ESV) And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

We usually take “repent” to mean “commit to stop sinning.” And, yes, Christians should turn toward God and away from sin! Yes! But that’s not exactly the thought being expressed here. It’s in there, but it’s not really the point.  Continue reading

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Acts 2:38 Post

Oops! Road SignI just posted and then deleted a draft post on Acts 2:38. It won’t make much sense, because it’s not supposed to be posted until Parts 1 and 2 go up — and it was a draft. Wait for the real post.

You see, I was supposed to be out of town at a wedding reception, but came down sick instead. And when I’m sick, I sometimes hit the wrong button.

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