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Gospels

How to Face Apparent Contradictions in the Gospels

February 21, 2024

Bible Studies

The Gospel of Mark

RTS Charlotte Women's Bible Study

February 21, 2024

Articles

Ancient Manuscripts

One of the Core Markers of Early Christian Identity

One of the most notable features of early Christianity is that it was a religion concerned with books. Particularly, scriptural books. As Margaret Mitchell observed, “Christianity was a religious movement with texts at its very heart and soul, in its background and foreground. Its communities were characterized by a pervading, even obsessive preoccupation with and...

February 19, 2024

Bible Studies

The Gospel of Mark

RTS Charlotte Women's Bible Study

February 14, 2024

Articles

Pastoral Ministry

One of the Most Important Ministry Skills That Nobody Talks About

What’s the most important skill you need to be successful in ministry? Knowing how to run a good meeting. Ok, that’s not really true. Many other things matter more (a lot more!). But, running a good meeting still matters.  And more than you think. Even those who’ve only been in ministry a short time know...

February 12, 2024

Bible Studies

The Gospel of Mark

RTS Charlotte Women's Bible Study

February 7, 2024

Bible Studies

The Gospel of Mark

RTS Charlotte Women's Bible Study

January 31, 2024

Articles

Authority of Scripture

Is the Book of James Really ‘An Epistle of Straw’?

We have a lot of books in our New Testament. All of them, we believe, are divinely inspired. And yet we don’t spend equal amounts of time reading them. For most of us, our reading pattern is profoundly lopsided, focusing mostly on Paul (especially Romans and Galatians) and the Gospels (with John leading the way)....

January 29, 2024

Bible Studies

The Gospel of Mark

RTS Charlotte Women's Bible Study

January 24, 2024

Articles

Ancient Manuscripts

Recent Books on the Paratextual Features of Early Christian Manuscripts

There is more to a text than merely the words on the page. This is a principle that is often missed, even by modern readers. When a person reads a book, of course the intellectual attention is primarily centered upon the words and the meaning of those words. But, most readers don’t realize that there...

January 22, 2024

Bible Studies

The Gospel of Mark

RTS Charlotte Women's Bible Study

January 17, 2024

Articles

Authority of Scripture

Three Reasons the Old Testament is More Important than You Think

When it comes to the reasons people reject the Bible, the Old Testament might just rank near the top of the list.  Whether it’s just something confusing (the book of Leviticus), or something historically hard to believe (the “giants” of Genesis 6), or even something offensive (God’s supposed condoning of genocide), the Old Testament has...

January 15, 2024

Bible Studies

The Gospel of Mark

RTS Charlotte Women's Bible Study

January 10, 2024

Articles

Ancient Manuscripts

Is P.Oxy. 5575 the Only Manuscript that Mixes Synoptic Material with the Gospel of Thomas?

Further Reflections on the New ‘Gospel’ Fragment from Oxyrhynchus

Back in September of 2023, I published an article on the newly discovered “gospel” manuscript from Oxyrhynchus: “New ‘Gospel’ Manuscript Discovered? (What it Is and Why it Matters).” That manuscript, labelled P.Oxy. 5575, is a small papyrus manuscript dated to the second-century that exhibits a most notable feature, namely that it apparently contains a conglomeration...

January 8, 2024

Articles

Academics & Seminary

RTS Charlotte 2023 Year in Review

Well, it’s New Year’s Eve. It’s the time of the year to be inundated with “Best of” stories and “Year in Review” segments, dutifully cataloging everything that happened in pop culture or politics. But, what if a “Year in Review” was about more than celebrities or sports teams? What if we did a year in...

December 31, 2023

Articles

Bible Difficulties

Think You Know the Christmas Story?

Here Are Five Common Misconceptions

Bah, humbug. That’s probably one of the most well-known lines in literary (and now, cinematic) history. Everybody immediately recognizes the curmudgeonly voice of Ebeneezer Scrooge as he pours cold water all over our Christmas spirit. And his point is still made today by some, albeit in different words.  It’s that the Christmas story just isn’t...

December 11, 2023

Articles

Ancient Manuscripts

One of the Most Remarkable Features of Early Christian Manuscripts

One of my favorite electives I teach here at RTS Charlotte is “The Origin and Authority of the New Testament Canon.” We cover a lot of ground in that course: why we have a NT canon, what is the earliest evidence for a canon consciousness, what were the factors that led to the church receiving...

November 27, 2023

Articles

Ancient Manuscripts

Next Week I’m Headed to San Antonio for ETS and SBL—Here’s What I’ll Be Up To

Next week I’m headed to San Antonio, TX, for the annual meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) and Society of Biblical Literature (SBL)—two of the largest gatherings for biblical scholars in the world. In addition to the normal meals, gatherings, and meeting with old friends, here’s a little preview of what I will be...

November 8, 2023

Bible Studies

The Gospel of Mark

RTS Charlotte Women's Bible Study

November 8, 2023

Interviews

Reformed Theological Seminary

RTS Wisdom Wednesday

November 8, 2023