What I’ll Be Up to at the TGC National Conference

Next week, Sept 25-27 th , I’ll be headed to Indianapolis to participate in The Gospel Coalition National
Conference entitled, “Hope in the Wilderness.”

The conference this year is unique because TGC is partnering with other organizations to offer “micro
events.” These are sort of like smaller conferences within the larger conference. So, while TGC has
invited plenary speakers, and even sponsored some of their own breakout sessions, each of these
organizations have invited their own speakers.

On that note, Reformed Theological Seminary has a micro event with a number of speakers including
myself, James Anderson, Greg Beale, Scott Swain, Leigh Swanson, Nancy Guthrie, Melissa Kruger, and
Ligon Duncan.

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How Were the Books of the Bible “Chosen”?

“Who chose the books of the New Testament canon?”

Among the countless questions I have heard over the years about the origins of the canon, this may be the most common. And that’s totally understandable. The Bible didn’t drop from heaven on golden tablets, perfectly complete and intact. It was delivered through normal historical channels, and people want to know the details of how that happened.

The problem, however, is that the wording of the question already presumes the answer (or at least part of it).  Most people don’t realize this, of course. They are just honestly asking a question, probably using words that come most natural to them (or …

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Even More Books on the Origins of the New Testament Canon

As I noted in a previous blog post, it seems that the issue of the origins of the biblical canon continues to garner quite a bit of scholarly attention. And this is good news. There’s always more issues to be explored and debated.

Let me mention four new volumes sitting on my desk, the first two of which I was able to endorse.

Tomas Bokedal, Christ the Center: How the Rule of Faith, the Nomina Sacra, and Numerical Patterns Shape the Canon (Lexham, 2023).

While I always appreciate new books on the canon, sometimes it seems that we are rehashing the same topics over and over. Not …

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