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A sign of the times.

February 23, 2017

Family Christian Bookstores are shuttering all 240 stores and laying off more than 3000 employees. Read about it here.

Lessing’s Ditch and the Reliability of the Gospels

February 23, 2017

Peter Gurry (PhD Cambridge) offers a balanced, evangelical review of Anthony Le Donne’s book What Can We Know and How Can We Know It? It’s worth a look.

Moreover, “the best explanation of many textual variants” in the Gospels is not “that there was no one original story” but that copying by hand is hard work. That explanation may be banal, but that does not make it less true. To be sure, some significant variants in the gospels may be due to the influence of oral tradition(s), but that hardly demonstrates that our copies of Matthew’s Gospel do not descend from an original manuscript.

Rolland McCune on the Coherence of Scripture

February 21, 2017

If there is but one unified, non-contradictory network of biblical truth, indeed of all truth, due to the eternal self-consistency of the self-contained tri-unity of the God of all truth, it follows that there must be an honest attempt to resolve difficulties within the Scripture. One simply does not have the luxury of rejoicing in biblical antinomies and ultimate unintelligibility, due to the majesty and other-worldliness of the Bible and the finiteness of human understanding. Scripture was given in human languages to be understood by human beings and carries an essential and indigenous perspicuity. There is a unitary authorship between God and the human authors that has resulted in a Bible that conveys infinite divine truth through purely human beings and their languages with their linguistic categories. Both the writers and their first readers/hearers understood the essence of God’s message and were not caught up in an impenetrable fog of linguistic opaqueness.

Rolland McCune, A Systematic Theology of Biblical Christianity, Vol. 3, ,p. 104

Reviews of Jeff Brown, Corporate Decision Making

February 19, 2017

Jeff Brown is missionary (Baptist Mid-Missions) to Germany who earned his research doctorate from Central Seminary. He published his dissertation as Corporate Decision-Making and the Church of the New Testament (Pickwick Publications). The volume has recently been reviewed both by Ministry Today and by the Expository Times. Congratulations to Dr. Brown on recognition for a fine volume.

 

The Fundamental Baptist Fellowship is No More!

February 18, 2017

Word comes to us that the Fundamental Baptist Fellowship International is no more. Actually they haven’t really gone. They just changed their name! At their recent board meeting, we understand that the Fundamental Baptist Fellowship leadership voted to change their name to Foundations Baptist Fellowship, retaining the FBF shorthand version but changing its name because the term “fundamental” is no longer useful. We understand they intend to continue to “proclaim and defend the historic Baptist fundamentals.” At the time of this writing, the fbfi.org website has yet to be updated but we assume this is coming soon.

Recker on the Millennium

February 18, 2017

Some years ago, Sam Storms published a brief explanation of why he abandoned premillennialism for amillennialism. Recently, Pastor Matt Recker of New York has written what I think is a convincing reply, “Why I Cannot Change My Mind on the Premillennial Return of Christ.” Recker’s reply is particularly significant in view of the importance of the doctrine of the Lord’s return. Thanks to Pastor Recker for the essay, and to the FBFI for publishing on Proclaim and Defend.

Storms finds it impossible to believe in the Millennial Kingdom of Jesus Christ on earth for 1,000 years for a number of reasons and concludes that “premillennialists must believe what the NT explicitly denies.” Major points that he insists that are a clear contradiction to NT teaching is that premillennialists must “believe that physical death will continue to exist beyond the time of Christ’s second coming.” He also insists that the “the New Heavens and the New Earth are introduced immediately following the parousia.”

Does the Scripture teach explicitly and without any doubt what Storms says that it does?

No, it does not. I wholeheartedly disagree with Storms on these points and other details he says the New Testament cannot teach regarding Christ’s literal earthly kingdom. Let’s consider these two points in further detail and then conclude with John’s chronology in the Book of Revelation, a chronology which contradicts Storms’ amillennialism.

 

BJU to regain Tax-Exempt Status

February 17, 2017

After more than three decades without it, BJU, on March 1st, will regain its non-profit status. Read about it here.