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Why Do You Refer to Israel as Palestine?

Why do you refer to Israel as Palestine (land of the Phillistines)? Should we not call the land by its biblical name, rather than by a name referencing its pagan dwellers? The fact is, there is no exclusive biblical name for that tiny territory (about the size of Massachusetts and Connecticut combined) that lies between the Jordan River and the ... read more »

Is the Gospel of Thomas Real or Fake?

The e-mail I received was from Dr. Paterson Brown, who is affiliated with the Ecumenical Coptic Project in Athens, Greece. He forwarded to me copies of the so-called "Coptic Gospels" of Thomas, Phillip, and Truth.With reference to the "Gospel of Thomas," Dr. Brown wrote: Significantly, Professor Helmut Koester of Harvard University, speaking as President of the Society of Biblical Literature ... read more »

The Papacy and Mark’s Significant Omission

About six months before his death, Jesus was in northern Palestine, in the area of Caesarea Philippi. It was at this time that a conversation of some renown, between Christ and his disciples, took place. Matthew's version of the narrative is as follows: "Who do men say the Son of man is? And they said, Some say John the Baptist; ... read more »

What Is Lasciviousness?

"What is 'lasciviousness,' as mentioned in Galatians 5:19?" The Greek word behind the English term "lascivious" is aselgeia. It occurs nine times in the New Testament. Twice it is rendered as "wantonness" (Romans 13:13; 2 Peter 2:18), and once it appears as "filthy" (2 Peter 2:7). The other six times it is translated as "lascivious" (cf. Mark 7:22; 2 Corinthians ... read more »

Looking for God in All the Wrong Places

It's "bottoms up" for believers in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. At least, that's what Peter Winkle, the former "reverend" and restauranteur, is hoping. He applied for a liquor license on December 11, 2002, planning to mix the Bible and Budweiser into some kind of spiritual concoction for the shy-of-church. "The focus," said Winkle, "is on getting the message out....If that ... read more »

Are the Gospels a Part of the New Testament?

Jesus Christ taught that a person who divorces his or her marital companion and then marries another is living in a state of adultery-unless the divorce was initiated by an innocent victim whose trust had been violated by the sin of fornication (see Mt. 19:9; cf. 5:32). The implication of this statement, of course, is this. The innocent victim does ... read more »

Did Peter’s Weakness Negate His Inspiration?

"If the apostles of Christ were inspired of God, and therefore could not make mistakes, why did Paul 'resist' Peter to his face (Gal. 2:11)?" No responsible Bible student contends that the apostles were divinely restrained from making personal mistakes. Certainly Peter sinned when he denied the Lord. Moreover, the Galatian text, referenced above, indicates that Peter acted the part ... read more »

Learning to Trust God

In his classic novel, Robinson Crusoe (1719), author Daniel Defoe has his leading character, Crusoe, cast upon a deserted island off the coast of South America following a violent shipwreck. For more than 28 years he languished under conditions that most would consider unbearable. On a certain occasion, however, the isolated Englishman reflected upon his circumstances - perhaps more deeply ... read more »

The Sinner’s Prayer — Is It Biblical?

"Ministers frequently tell lost people that they need to 'pray the sinner's prayer.' Exactly what is this 'sinner's prayer'? Is this prayer biblically based? If not, what is its origin?" The so-called "sinner's prayer" is a popular phenomenon in Protestant circles. It is employed at the conclusion of various denominational "revival" services in appeals to convince sincere people to "get ... read more »

The Rescue of Christ — So-Called

Solomon once declared that "of the making of many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh" (Eccl. 12:12). Truly, books roll from the presses by the millions - year after year. Not infrequently books reveal that they have been buttressed by "much study" which generates a "weariness of the flesh." Some of them ... read more »