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The Gnostics and Jesus

For some months I have been getting questions about the "Gnostic gospels" and The Da Vinci Code, so it seems right to give readers of this newsletter a bit of guidance. This is by no means a definitive response or analysis—it is more like pastoral counsel— but I hope it will clear up a few things.

Recurring Biblical-theological issues in OT studies

A number of issues come up again and again as we try to give a sound theological exposition of the Old Testament. My goal is to set out the framework in which I understand these issues, so you can see how that framework applies. I encourage you to take these thoughts further as you wrestle with the texts on your own.

In the Word: On the Receiving End

It's not only more blessed to give than to receive," says Frederick Buechner, "it's also a whole lot easier."

The Uniqueness of Christ in an Age of Relativism

We live in a society where kind, intelligent, sincere people all around us have very, very different religious convictions from Christian ones. What would ever lead a person to believe that there is one true God and only one way to Him in a time of such plurality? Or as it was asked to me once, what is your excuse for believing such a thing?


Helping Christians speak compassionately and without compromise on a difficult topic. 

Gospel Living

I was on the campus of my alma mater a while ago. I was informed by one of my students that a significant "something" was going on in the midst of what is called Spiritual Emphasis Week, and quite frankly, I wanted to see it...

Deconstructing Defeater Beliefs

The implosibility structure of a culture

Knowing God's Will

A number of years ago, my family had the wonderful experience of spending a year at a cabin in the woods while I was on a writing sabbatical. We chose a cabin about an hour from St. Louis so we could be far enough away from normal seminary operations for me to get my writing done, while still being close enough to St. Louis for my wife, Kathy, to perform her job as choir director at our church...

Broad Principles for Wise Dating

not formulas!

Biblical World and Lifeview

Every single person in the world has a worldview. A worldview is the conceptual grid we use to understand how life fits together. But...

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