An Introduction to Old Testament Textual Criticism
Jan29

An Introduction to Old Testament Textual Criticism

by Zach Vickery In the opening words of the book of Ruth, one finds a variety of readings between the textual witnesses. The Masoretic Text (MT) reads, “In the days of the judging of the judges,” but the Greek Septuagint (LXX) simply reads, “when the judges judged.” Moreover, the Syriac Peshitta reads, “In the days of the judges.” Though this example is relatively insignificant, it demonstrates the dilemma of the Old Testament textual...

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Book Review: Remodeling Youth Ministry
Nov02

Book Review: Remodeling Youth Ministry

by Ben Campbell “For too long, YFM (Youth and Family Ministry) has suffered from pragmatic solutions to eternal problems,” concludes Talbot.[1] For the past forty years, the goal of youth ministry has been to gain students through entertainment. The time has come for a reformation and a remodeling of youth ministry. In Remodeling Youth Ministry, Christopher Talbot does an exceptional job of communicating the need to return to a...

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Sola Fide (Faith Alone): The Past, Present, and Future Hope of the Gospel (Part II/II)
Oct19

Sola Fide (Faith Alone): The Past, Present, and Future Hope of the Gospel (Part II/II)

by Kevin L. Hester This is part two of two. See part one here. Implications of Sola Fide The distinct understanding of salvation embodied in Sola fide continues today in those committed to their reformation heritage. The history of this thought is an interesting story surrounding a particular reading of Scripture which led to an event that would usher in the modern world. But that was 500 years ago. What relevance does it have for...

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Sola Fide (Faith Alone): The Past, Present, and Future Hope of the Gospel (Part I/II)
Oct16

Sola Fide (Faith Alone): The Past, Present, and Future Hope of the Gospel (Part I/II)

by Kevin L. Hester Outside of sola scriptura, the reformation principle of sola fide stands as the most central and divisive doctrinal distinction between Protestants and Roman Catholics today. In addition, the development of the Protestant doctrine of justification by faith alone impacted soteriology and pushed Christian doctrine forward in ways not seen in the Church since the great ecumenical councils.[1] Luther’s ressourcement of...

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Book Review: Sexuality, Gender, and the Church
Aug21

Book Review: Sexuality, Gender, and the Church

by Zach Vickery “We’re living and ministering in an era of swift and unprecedented change, especially regarding the definition of sexuality, gender, and marriage,” writes J. Matthew Pinson in Sexuality, Gender, and the Church.[1] Though these issues are not unique to our day, many changes concerning sexuality and gender have arisen in recent years that have forced the church to reaffirm and strengthen its historical positions. While...

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