Is the Church over the Bible or is the Bible over the Church?

Codex Sinaiticus

It is well known that misconceptions and misunderstandings regarding the origins of the NT (and OT) canon abound on the internet. Da Vinci Code style claims are in plenteous supply–ranging from the claim that the Council of Nicea established the NT canon to the claim that apocryphal gospels were as popular (if not more so) than the canonical gospels.

Of course, if one were to respond to each and every erroneous claim on the internet there would be time for little else. But every now and then, an article combines so many misconceptions about the canon is a single place, that a response is warranted. This is the case with the …

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Social Justice and the Gospel: What is the Core Mission of the Church?

helping the poor

There has been much talk in the last number of years regarding the role of mercy ministry (advocating for social justice) in the life of the local church.  I have addressed that issue in a number of previous posts, including this one here.  In addition, I recently led a faculty forum–an informal discussion time between students and faculty–on the topic here on the RTS Charlotte campus.

In that faculty forum, I acknowledged the legitimacy of doing “mercy ministry” in the local church.  After all, Christians should be known for acts of kindness and grace.  Indeed, in my own research on second-century Christianity it was clear that the early believers were different …

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Does the Bible Ever Get it Wrong? Facing Scripture’s Difficult Passages (#5): John Currid

John Currid

In a prior post (see here), I announced a new blog series designed to address problematic passage in the Bible.  This new series will feature guest posts from other evangelical scholars and is largely a response to the series by Peter Enns’ entitled, “Aha moments: biblical scholars tell their stories.”

The contributor for this installment is my friend and colleague John Currid (Ph.D., University of Chicago). John is the Carl W. McMurray Professor of Old Testament here at RTS Charlotte and the Project Director of the Bethsaida Excavations Project in Israel (1995-present).  He is the author numerous books including, Against the Gods (Crossway, 2013); Doing Archaeology in

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By Faith Magazine Highlights the RTS Charlotte Counseling Program

By Faith

In the most recent issue of By Faith, the magazine of the PCA, there is an article on the new RTS Charlotte counseling program.  The article includes a brief interview with me about the need for, and the distinctives of, the Charlotte program.  The article is only in print version (so far), but I have included a scanned pdf of it here.

The article highlights a key part of RTS Charlotte’s approach, namely that we see counseling as part of the “ministry of the word.”   The By Faith article quotes me in this regard: “Whereas preaching is the public ministry of the Word, counseling can be understood as …

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