10 Facts and 10 Misconceptions About the New Testament Canon

  • 26 August 2013

New Testament scholar Michael Kruger has produced the following 2 blog series' to help Christians understand how the New Testament canon was developed, presenting 10 facts and 10 misconceptions.  These are “designed for a lay-level audience and hopefully could prove helpful in a conversation one might have with a skeptical friend.”. Click on the links to read the full articles.

10 Misconceptions About the New Testament Canon

1. The Term “Canon” Can Only Refer to a Fixed, Closed List of Books
2. Nothing in Early Christianity Dictated That There Would be a Canon
3. The New Testament Authors Did Not Think They Were Writing Scripture
4. New Testament Books Were Not Regarded as Scriptural Until Around 200 A.D.
5. Early Christians Disagreed Widely over the Books Which Made It into the Canon

What must the creator of the universe be like?

  • 2 July 2013

What properties must the creator of the universe possess? Apologist William Lane Craig offers the following summary. You can read the full article here.

I have tried to make this more digestible and easy to remember, as well as provide some scripture.

Timeless (Exod 3:14, Ps 90:2-4, Hab 1:12, 2 Pet 3:8, Rev 1:8)
Changeless (Ps 102:27, Mal 3:6, Heb 13:8)
Immaterial (John 4:24, Col 1:15, 1 Tim 1:17)

How faith glorifies God

  • 14 June 2013

"Let’s illustrate this for the children. Your daddy is standing in a swimming pool out a little bit from the edge. You are, let’s say, three years old and standing on the edge of the pool. Daddy holds out his arms to you and says, “Jump, I’ll catch you. I promise.” Now, how do you make your daddy look good at that moment? Answer: trust him and jump. Have faith in him and jump. That makes him look strong and wise and loving. But if you won’t jump, if you shake your head and run away from the edge, you make your daddy look bad. It looks like you are saying, “he can’t catch me” [i.e., he's incompetent] or “he won’t catch me” [i.e., he's mean] or “it’s not a good idea to do what he tells me to do” [i.e., he's unwise]. And all three of those make your dad look bad.


Deep down, everyone knows

  • 31 May 2013
The Bible tells us that all men know God exists. It is ‘plain to them, because God has shown it to the things that have been made’ (Rom 1:19-20). Ecclesiastes 3:11 says God 'has put eternity into man's heart’ (Ecc 3:11).
However, because man doesn’t want to worship God, he suppresses what he really knows deep down. Like a parent of a naughty child who refuses to accept their child’s waywardness, they deceive themselves to only see and believe what they want to.
Joe Coffey, in Smooth Stones, presents 3 internal evidences for the existence of God: The Universal Concept, The Law of Human Nature, and the tendency toward Better Mental Health.

Know doctrine, know life. No doctrine, no life.

  • 12 April 2013
Ideas have consequences.
What we think affects how we live. Orthodoxy (right belief) leads to orthopraxy (right behaviour). 
Sometimes this is obvious and sometimes it isn’t. We sometimes struggle to apply the weightier themes in the bible to specific aspects of our daily lives. Does it really matter what I think about doctrines like election, the trinity or substitutionary atonement? Does a correct understanding of  these things really affect how I live? Can’t I just love Jesus and be good?
Lets see what the bible has to say.
Titus 3:4-8
In Titus 3:4-8, Paul sets forth some of the big, old, orthodox Christian doctrines - the nature of God, salvation, grace, mercy, regeneration, indwelling of the Spirit, justification, adoption, eternity. We are then told to insist on these things. Why? Notice the “so that” in verse 8. So that we will devote ourselves to good works.

When I say I am a Christian

  • 6 February 2013
When I say, "I am a Christian"
I'm not shouting, "I’ve been saved!"
I'm whispering, "I get lost!
That's why I chose this way"
When I say, "I am a Christian"
I don't speak with human pride
I'm confessing that I stumble—
Needing God to be my guide
When I say, "I am a Christian"
I'm not trying to be strong
I'm professing that I'm weak
And pray for strength to carry on
When I say, "I am a Christian"
I'm not bragging of success
I'm admitting that I've failed
And cannot ever pay the debt
When I say, "I am a Christian"
I don't think I know it all
I submit to my confusion
Asking humbly to be taught
When I say, "I am a Christian"

Strive to know Him

  • 30 January 2013
Reader, would you have more faith? Then seek to become more acquainted with Jesus Christ. Study your blessed Savior more and more, and strive to know more of the length and breadth and height of His love. Study Him in all His offices, as the Priest, the Physician, the Redeemer, the Advocate, the Friend, the Teacher, the Shepherd of His believing people.

40 reasons to be part of a local church

  • 23 October 2012

At the bare minimum, there are forty different commands in the New Testament to live life in some sense with other believers. While certainly it is possible to do some of these with Christians in general, the weight of this list should convince you of the necessity of having on going relationships with other believers.

1. Stimulate one another to love and good deeds (Heb 10:24)
2. Confess your sins to one another (James 5:16)
3. Build up one another (1 Thess 5:11)
4. Be of the same mind as one another (Romans 12:13, 15:5)
5. Comfort one another in the face of death (1 Thess 4:18)
36. Give preference to one another (Rom 12:10)
37. Don’t bite and devour one another (Gal 5:15)
38. Submit to one another (Ephesians 5:21
39. Seek the good of one another (1 Thess 5:15)
40. Don’t forsake assembling with one another (Heb 10:25)