What Kind of English? On Bible Translation (Blomberg)

 I've been interested in Bible translations ever since I learned the biblical languages in college and seminary some years ago.  I learned right away that translating the Bible is not so simple nor is it a straightforward black-and-white process.  A very literal translation of the Bible would not be understandable.  And just because a translation… Continue reading What Kind of English? On Bible Translation (Blomberg)

Giving the Text the Benefit of the Doubt (Blomberg)

After a cursory reading of two texts that seemingly contradict each other, many New Testament critics simply say the Bible has errors.  Their logic usually goes like this: "Mark said one thing, Matthew said another.  Both can't be right.  Therefore, the Bible has errors and you're foolish to trust it." But it's not that simple. … Continue reading Giving the Text the Benefit of the Doubt (Blomberg)

Disciples and Stewardship: Give Without Expecting Anything Back

"...[T]he Bible's teaching about material possessions is inextricably intertwined with more 'spiritual' matters."  So writes Craig Blomberg in his helpful Bible survey of money, wealth, and possessions: Neither Poverty Nor Riches (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1999).  Specifically thinking of Jesus' teaching and parables about wealth/possessions, it's important to note that stewardship is a big part… Continue reading Disciples and Stewardship: Give Without Expecting Anything Back

Commentary List on James’ Epistle

I've spent the past few months preaching and teaching through James' epistle, which was quite the faith-strengthening and repentance-increasing endeavor.  Since there are dozens of commentaries on James, I couldn't use them all.  Here are the ones I've used to some extent, with a brief review of each. 1) Craig Blomberg and Mariam Kamell's Zondervan… Continue reading Commentary List on James’ Epistle

The ZECNT Blog Tour: The Epistle of James

 Zondervan kindly sent me a review copy of their new Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament: James, so I'm taking part in their blog tour today (12/15/10) by giving some feedback on this commentary. I have been using this commentary quite a bit as I preach and teach through the epistle of James, and so far… Continue reading The ZECNT Blog Tour: The Epistle of James