Anthony Norris Groves, “if ‘it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle…'”

“How difficult it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” —Jesus (Luke 18) Anthony Norris Groves in Christian Devotedness (1829): If then this is the judgment of…Read more Anthony Norris Groves, “if ‘it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle…'”

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The Church Fathers on war and military service

"[W]hen God forbids killing, he is not only ordering us to avoid armed robbery, which is contrary even to public law, but he is forbidding what men regard as ethical. Thus, it is not right for a just man to serve in the army since justice itself is his form of service. Nor is it…Read more The Church Fathers on war and military service

David F. Watson, “I don’t want the Benedict Option. I want the Wesley Option…”

From David F. Watson: Earlier this year I read Rod Dreher’s The Benedict Option. Its basic premise is that the culture has turned against us as Christians. We need to retreat and form tightly knit communities that will serve as arks in which we can ride out the flood of neo-paganism in Western culture. This is…Read more David F. Watson, “I don’t want the Benedict Option. I want the Wesley Option…”

Dr Ben Witherington on the Exegetical Evidence for Prevenient Grace

From Dr Ben Witherington, in his review of the exegetical section of Dr W. Brian Shelton's book, Prevenient Grace: God's Provision for Fallen Humanity: While certainly, there is plenty of discussion of grace in the NT, the fact remains that the phrase ‘prevenient grace’ does not occur in the NT, any more than the noun phrase…Read more Dr Ben Witherington on the Exegetical Evidence for Prevenient Grace

Roger Olson, “America has Become a Mission Field”

From Dr Roger Olson: [...] Christian missionaries from all over the world, especially the Global South (but also including some countries in the Northern Hemisphere), are flooding the U.S. with the clear and stated goal of re-evangelizing the very country that sent their countries missionaries years ago. One outstanding example of this new trend came to…Read more Roger Olson, “America has Become a Mission Field”

Jesus vs. “God-behind-it-all theology”

From Dr Greg Boyd: When Jesus encountered people who were physically, socially or spiritually oppressed, he never once encouraged them to resign themselves to their situation as being part of God’s mysterious plan. He rather viewed their various afflictions as the direct or indirect result of Satan’s will – and he revolted against them. For…Read more Jesus vs. “God-behind-it-all theology”