Al Mohler’s List of Top Books of 2013


I am sure I am late to the game on this, but I just observed Al Mohler’s top ten books for preachers for 2013. It is an interesting and fascinating list:

1. John M. Frame, Systematic Theological: An Introduction to Christian Belief (P&R Publishing, 2013)

2. Tom Nettles, Living by Revealed Truth: The Life and Pastoral Ministry of Charles Haddon Spurgeon (Mentor, 2013)

3. Michael J. Kruger, The Question of Canon: Challenging the Status Quo in the New Testament Debate (InterVarsity Press, 2013)

4. Thomas R. Schreiner, The King and His Beauty: A Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments (Baker Academic, 2013)

5. John S. Feinberg, Can You

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The Book of Revelation: How Difficult Was Its Journey into the Canon?


The story of the New Testament canon is a fascinating one, with many twists and turns.  There are books that were accepted very quickly, almost from the start (e.g., the four gospels), and there are other books that struggled to find a home (e.g., 2 Peter).

And then there is the book of Revelation. 

Roman Catholicism and the NT Canon: Today on the Dividing Line with James White


My new book, The Question of Canon, is designed to challenge a particular approach to the New Testament canon that is prevalent in the modern academy.  It is the approach that suggests that in the earliest stages of Christianity the canon was in disarray; the canonical process was a wide-open affair where no one agreed on much of anything and no one was able to distinguish canonical books from apocryphal ones.

What is ironic about this critical approach is that it has an unexpected ally: Roman Catholicism.  The Catholic claim is remarkably similar to the one of critical scholars (at least in its premise).  Both claim that the canonical …

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Bible Secrets Revealed?: A Response to the New History Channel Series (Part 5)


This is the fifth installment of a series of posts reviewing the new History Channel series entitled Bible Secrets Revealed (for others installements, see here, here, here, and here).  I am now a few episodes behind due to (a) the holiday break, and (b) the fact that History Channel locked all their videos and restricted access.  Not sure why they did this, but I have finally found a way to view them online.

The latest episode is entitled, “Mysterious Prophecies,” and examines the role of prophets in the history of Israel and the Church.  Did these prophets really predict the future?  Were the prophecies true?  In particular, …

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