What Do We Mean When We Say the Bible is ‘Self-Authenticating’?

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Even though most Christians believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, very few can give an articulate answer for how Christians know this to be true.  We believe it, but we are not sure why we believe it.

Of course, the average non-Christian critic out there is quick to pounce on this problem. “Christians have no reliable basis for knowing whether the Bible is God’s Word,” they might say.  “You Christians can believe it if you want to, but you have no grounds for believing it.  You are believing it without a reason.”

In order to address precisely this issue, I gave a lecture this past Spring …

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Where Are They Now? RTS Charlotte Alumnus Alex Mark

Alex Mark

Over the last year or so, we have been working our way through a number of RTS Charlotte alumni in the Where Are They Now? series.  For the complete series, see here.

In this installment, we interview Alex Mark (class of 2013).  Alex embodies many values of RTS Charlotte, but we particularly appreciate his work in the area of church planting.  Here at RTS Charlotte we believe that the church, the bride of Christ, is the best way to spread the gospel to the ends of the earth.

Even more than this, Alex places a special emphasis on the preaching of the Word.  If a church is going to …

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Were Early Churches Ruled by Elders or a Single Bishop?

Ignatius

There is a (seemingly) never-ending debate amongst theologians and pastors about the proper form of government for the church.  For generations, Christians have disagreed about what leadership structure the church ought to use.  From the bishop-led Anglicans to the informal Brethren churches, there is great diversity.

And one of the fundamental flash points in this debate is the practice of the early church.  What form of government did the earliest Christians have?  Of course, early Christian polity is a vast and complex subject with many different issues in play.  But, I want to focus in upon a narrow one: Were the earliest churches ruled by a plurality of elders or …

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Should You be a Pastor or a Professor? Thinking Through the Options

Thomas Chalmers

Since I am a professor at a seminary, it is not unusual (indeed, it is very common) for students to come to me for advice about whether they should enter the pastorate or seek to be a professor.  While many of these students may have entered seminary with the intention of entering pastoral ministry, they have found themselves falling in love with a deep study of theology and the Bible.  And so, they think, perhaps the academic world is right for them.

I confess that I am often torn when students come to me with this question.  On the one hand, I want to discourage students from pursuing the Ph.D./professor …

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