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Were the Earliest Christians Illiterate?

How Christianity Could Be a Textual Religion When Most People Couldn't Read

In the 1979 film Rocky II, the newly famous Rocky Balboa, fresh off his split-decision loss to Apollo Creed, is hired to do a TV commercial. During the filming of the commercial it quickly becomes clear that he can’t read the cue cards. The director, frustrated by how long the filming is taking, ruthlessly mocks...

June 11, 2024

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Culture & Politics

Remembering Tim Keller

One year ago on this day, we said goodbye to Tim Keller. In honor of his passing, I am reposting my original tribute to him below. ______________________ By now, you have heard the sad news. Tim Keller has just passed away. I still remember the first time I heard a Tim Keller sermon. It was...

May 19, 2024

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Academics & Seminary

Does it Matter Whether Seminary Education is In-Person or Online?

A Case for the Power of Presence in Theological Education

Ever since I became the president of the Charlotte campus of Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS)—now more than a decade ago—I’ve been committed to a basic practice. It might not seem like much. It’s not anything extraordinary. But I think it has proven to be one of the most meaningful things I do. Here’s my practice:...

May 6, 2024

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Culture & Politics

Is Marriage a Good Thing?

Marriage has fallen on hard times of late. As of 2020, US News and World Report documented how the US marriage rates have dropped to historic lows. Indeed, since records were kept from the early 1800’s, at no point in our history have people been married so infrequently. But it’s not just declining rates—the people...

April 16, 2024

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Ethics & Morality

A Wonderful New Book on Parenting Teens

Ok, let’s just get it out there. Parenting is hard. And parenting teens is particularly hard. Even more, parenting teens in our current cultural moment is exceptionally hard. While every generation has “new” challenges, it is fair to say that the current generation has more than its fair share. We are faced with an increasingly...

April 1, 2024

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Gospels

One of the Most Overlooked Arguments for the Resurrection

Well, soon it will be Easter. That wonderful time of the year when we remember (and celebrate) the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. But, not all will be celebrating. There are many that find Easter to be a senseless holiday—apart from, perhaps, the joys of Sunday brunch or chocolate eggs. After all, it is...

March 28, 2024

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Ancient Manuscripts

The Dead Sea Scrolls, the Book of Esther, and the Argument from Silence

When we want to know how the New Testament canon developed, we have a number of sources at our disposal. Most fundamentally, we have patristic sources—the writings of the church fathers—which can show us when books were known, read, and cited. We also have archaeological evidence at our disposal. We continue to find manuscripts of...

March 25, 2024

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The Gospel Coalition

March 18, 2024

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Ancient Manuscripts

Announcing My New Book with Oxford University Press

And an Update on Other Academic Projects

Since this blog is primarily designed to put out lay-level content on the origins of the New Testament (among other issues), I don’t normally talk about the more technical scholarly projects I am working on behind the scenes. So, here’s a little update on what I’ve been up to academically. 1. First, I am pleased...

March 18, 2024

Bible Studies

The Gospel of Mark

RTS Charlotte Women's Bible Study

February 28, 2024

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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

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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

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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

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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