Biblical Training Blog

August 15, 2018

What are your motives for being in ministry?

Dr. Bill Mounce, Question: We had talked earlier about whether we are doing things for our kingdom or for the Lord's Kingdom and what hit me was the whole reality that we could be so self-deceived. And I know you touched on that, but at a real practical level how can you distinguish between [these].  
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August 7, 2018

Do you consider culture when training leaders?

Missionaries came into the African context and the early assessment was a negative assessment of African Traditional Religion. There was a tendency to not take it seriously and to believe that the Christian gospel essentially would come in and obliterate these lower conceptions of God and practices, and Christianity would come in quite powerfully.
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August 6, 2018

What are the consequences of unmet needs?

What happens when the need of the moment is not met? But, a few insights about these needs. The fact that you picked [...] top three needs intuitively suggests that you have needs. The second thing about this is that these needs are Biblical.
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July 27, 2018

What does "original sin" mean?

The word "original" in the phrase original sin is ambiguous. It seems to a lot of people when they hear this, that original sin must mean how sin originated; like where sin came from in the first place. The doctrine is not about that. It is not about where sin originated in the first place. Original sin has to do with how the bias toward sinfulness is passed on to, or originates in, each individual person subsequent to Adam or after Adam and his sin. So it doesn't have to do with the origination of sin.
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July 25, 2018

What is divine providence?

The fundamental idea of providence is that God is guiding history to his appointed end. There is no debate about that. God is working on his good plan in the upholding of creation and the direction of all things toward his ultimate goal. God is active and guiding and limiting evil and his plan includes people who are acting according to their own decisions. 
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July 23, 2018

Is Job a Chiasm?

Notice the way things are organized. There is a prologue that is a couple of chapters long and there is an epilogue that is not a full chapter, but there is a lot in it. Then there is Job’s opening lament, chapter 3. Then look near the end, there is Job’s closing contrition. Then there is a dialogue or dispute set of cycles; three of them. Then there is a set of monologues and then it centers into the middle with the wisdom interlude. This is what we call a chiastic structure or a concentric structure. If those terms are new to you, look them up.
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July 19, 2018

What is the goal of preaching?

What I've tried to say to you this week is that it is important to keep Christ in our Christian messages. That sounds so simple but as you think on the implications of not only what I've been saying, but perhaps what I've done in the past and what you've done in the past, you recognize that it's very easy not to have Christ in our messages.
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April 7, 2014
Dr. Ronald Nash

What are the five most important issues of worldview thinking?

The five most important issues of worldview thinking: 1) The question of God - Is there a God, what is God like?  2) The question of ultimate reality - Which philosophers describe with the technical word metaphysics- how old is the universe? How did the world get here? What is the relationship between the universe and God. And then the question of knowledge. Is knowledge possible?  3) How do we know the truth? - Is truth relative or is truth absolute and unchanging? 
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February 12, 2014

What texts do Hindus regard as sacred?

Hinduism has a number of sacred books that are collectively part of their corpus of sacred literature. The earliest and most ancient and in some ways I guess the widest held to be given authority is a group of four collections of works known collectively as the Samhitas, but are individually known as the Four Vedas: The Rigveda, the Samaveda, the Yarjurveda and the Atharvaveda.
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February 5, 2014

What was Martin Luther's theology of the Word of God?

Luther sought to make the Word of God the starting point and the final authority of his theology. As a professor, the Bible was for him of paramount importance, and it was in it that he found an answer to his anguished quest for salvation. But this does not mean that he was a rigid biblicist.
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