Epistles/Letters are didactic New Testament letters that work out a theological idea or application.
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Because we do not have access to the original outline of the authors, all outlines of biblical books are by necessity artificial. The interpreter is called upon to work back from the finished product to an organizing structure for the book. To do this he must ... Read More »
A key principle sounded by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount was that the righteousness of a disciple of the kingdom must exceed the righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees (Matthew 1:20). This principle became a vital part of the cutting edge of the unique ... Read More »
Galatians is a theological battleground. It is the primary document in a struggle for the very life of early Christianity. If Paul had lost his battle, Christianity would have been left as an inferior sect of Judaism. But, by the grace of God, the liberating g... Read More »
According to Philips Brooks, preaching is the “communication of truth through personality.” Andrew Blackwood says that God is the source of truth for biblical preaching, so putting the two together we can define biblical preaching as the communicat... Read More »
Nearly four decades ago E. F. Scott wrote regarding the book of James: “There is no writing in the New Testament on which critical opinion has varied so widely as on this Epistle.”Ernest Findlay Scott, The Literature of the New Testament (New Yo... Read More »
Preaching in a series adds zest to the pulpit fare. It puts the minister to work on a definite plan. He has no greater frustration than deciding what he will preach, and the absence of a plan, plus the rush of an average pastor’s schedule, can well leave... Read More »