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Rollin Grams
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Theological Education and Ministry Training, United World Mission; Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Theological Education and Ministry Training, United World Mission; Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

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A Missional Movement or an Institution? Understanding the Church and Its Mission in the Early Church and Today
Earlier New Testament scholarship—say, in the 1960s-1980s—was beholden to the idea that the early Church began as a ‘charismatic’ movement that developed into a ‘catholic’ institution by the beginning of the second century.  This ‘early Catholicism’ theory ...
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What Was Missing in the Senate Judicial Committee’s Kavanaugh Hearings?
The Senate Judicial Committees’ hearings on the appointment of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court were painful enough to watch.  Yet they captured social pressure points throughout society.  The elephant in the room was the Roe v. Wade decision that...
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The Ethics of Tribal Victimhood versus Biblical Vulnerability
The Modernist, Western era has pursued, with considerable advantages at times, an approach to ethics through ‘rights.’  The USA added an addendum to the Constitution of ten amendments, called the ‘Bill of Rights.’  The United Nations’ charter was written in...
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False Testimony, Sexual Violence, and Speaking Out: Some Biblical Texts
The Judiciary Committee’s hearings around the appointment of Judge Brett Kavanaugh raise questions about what the Bible says about false testimony, sexual violence, and the responsibility of victims to speak out immediately.  The following quotations (from ...
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Tribal Victimhood and the 'New Justice': A Reflection on the Kavanaugh Hearings
Since the 1980s, Judicial Committee hearings for Supreme Court justices have provided a window into cultural changes in the United States.  The postmodern turn in Western culture involved moving from a modernist understanding of truth as objective to unders...
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From Naturalism to Anti-Naturalism: Understanding the Enemy in Today's Culture Wars
Bill Muehlenberg yesterday reminded us of J. Gresham Machen's fight in the culture wars of his day, the early 20th century ('Notable Christians: J. Gresham Machen,' Culture Watch (August 28, 2018; online at: https://billmuehlenberg.com/2018/08/28/notable-ch...
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'Let your alms sweat in your hands, until you know to whom you should give'
The early 2nd-century Christian document, the Didache , includes advice about charity.  The last word offered on the teaching is, ' Let your  alms  sweat in your hands, until you  know  to whom you should give' (ch. 1).  In this blog, I would like to redire...
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Interpreting Romans 8 in Light of Paul's Use of the Old Testament
Introduction Romans 8 seems to include a reflection on several Old Testament passages.  While only one is directly quoted, Psalm 44.22 in Romans 8.36 , two others have been missed by commentators.  All three Old Testament texts have to do with suffering and...
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Regarding the 'Spiritual Friendship' Perspective and the Revoice Conference
My previous post addressed the 'Spiritual Friendship' and Revoice Conference (coming shortly in July, 2018).  The conference is being offered to support the recently developed 'Spiritual Friendship' view, which advocates a view of 'gay identity' without eng...
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On the Attempt to Distinguish Desire from Sinful Acts
Introduction This chapter addresses the distinction sometimes made between desire and acts.  Some have used this distinction to suggest that only actions are sinful whereas the desire is not.  Such a distinction fails rather roundly in the court of Scriptur...
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