Whatever Happened to the Truth?
This book helps show us how a correct mind-set on truth will best enable us to understand the tenets of the Bible. It offers hope and steadfastness to the readers by reminding us of the irreplaceable value of truth. With...
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This book helps show us how a correct mind-set on truth will best enable us to understand the tenets of the Bible. It offers hope and steadfastness to the readers by reminding us of the irreplaceable value of truth. With exceptional scholarship and powerful arguments, truth is upheld throughout the pages of this clear and thoughtful work.
"Here is an anomaly: Christians outside the West dying because they believe their faith is true and Christians inside the West doffing their hats to the idea and then looking the other way This book explores what it should mean to say that Christians know the truth, doing so in ways that are searching, sure-footed, biblically convincing, and intellectually satisfying." --David F. Wells, Andrew Mutch Distinguished Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary ^"Truly a treatise for our times Not only do we learn where contemporary discourse is truthless, we are given tools to reclaim true understanding to redeem our minds and our age. In the end this book points to God's Word of truth, the Scriptures, and God's incarnate truth, his Son. Read, and be renewed in hope and wisdom for the holy and fruitful pursuit of truth to which all who know Christ are called." --Robert W. Yarbrough, Associate Professor of New Testament, New Testament Department C
All of us have felt the impact of disaster in one way or another. Whether it is the horrific, catastrophic images we've seen on the evening news or we've weathered the storm ourselves-each of us has been affected by the reality of pain, suffering, and death.The universal language of pain and suffering moves total strangers to give generously to make the lives of others more bearable. It motivates thousands of volunteers to put their lives "on hold," often at great personal sacrifice, to help those who are suffering. Working together in hard circumstances, rescue workers and volunteers bring rescue and hope to those who are desperate, helpless, and often clinging to life.Though we may avoid destructive disasters, we know that we cannot escape the "personal disasters" of life. An auto accident, a major illness, a divorce, the death of someone close to us, the loss of a joba these also come with pain, suffering, and-very often-personal devastation. Assessing risksDisasters remind us that life is fragile, the future is unpredictable, and many things are beyond our control. When we realize how vulnerable we are, we need to know there is hope. We want assurance that others care what happens to us, and that they will make an effort to help us survive and recover.Amazingly enough, the greatest impending tragedy people face isn't one we give much thought to. Yet it poses the highest degree of danger and has the most lasting consequences. That disaster is entering eternity separated from God. "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God," the Bible says in Romans 3:23. And by falling far short of God's standard of goodness we earn a disastrous paycheck: "The wages of sin is [eternal] death" (Romans 6:23). It's a disaster that we can't rescue ourselves from.Because God wanted to do something about the pain and suffering that sin causes, he sent the ultimate volunteer-his Son, Jesus Christ-to free us from sin's power and eternal consequences. At great personal sacrifice, Jesus voluntarily became one of us to set the rescue plan in motion.For over 30 years he withstood the same kinds of temptations and hardships we face, but without ever once sinning. Then, having lived a perfect life, Jesus allowed his enemies to crucify him on a Roman cross. In his death he took upon himself the punishment of the sins of the entire human race. "He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree [cross]" (1 Peter 2:24). "Christa suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God" (1 Peter 3:18)! Accepting rescueOur rescue has everything to do with our relationship with God's rescuer-Jesus. The Bible says that "There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12). It also says, "God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son [to die in our place], that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16).Thanks to the completed work of Jesus for us, the rescue plan is clear: Admit that your own sinfulness has created a spiritual "disaster." Then agree with God that the only way you can be rescued from the judgment of your sins is to believe that Jesus paid the punishment for them on your behalf. Believe that what Jesus did long ago makes your spiritual rescue possible today.Do you want hope? Jesus is the greatest giver of hope! He didn't stay dead, but rose from the grave three days later. And though Jesus told those closest to him, "In the world you will have tribulation" (John 16:33), he also assured them, "I am with youalways" (Matthew 28:20). He wants to begin making a difference in your life now!
Kevin J. Vanhoozer (Ph.D., Cambridge University) is Research Professor of Systematic Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, from 1990-1998 was senior lecturer in theology and religious studies at New College, University of Edinburgh, in Edinburgh, Scotland.
He has written Biblical Narrative in the Philosophy of Paul Ricoeur (Cambridge University Press), Is There a Meaning in This Text? (Zondervan), The Drama of Doctrine: A Canonical-Linguistic Approach to Christian Theology (Westminster John Knox). He is the editor of the Cambridge Companion to Postmodern Theology (Cambridge University Press), The Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible (Baker).
His most recent publications are First Theology: God, Scripture and Hermeneutics (Intervarsity Press), Remythologizing Theology: Divine Action, Passion, and Authorship. (Cambridge University Press) and Jeremiah (Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible).
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Andreas J. Kostenberger (Drs., Vienna University of Economics, Ph.D., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is Professor of New Testament/Director of Ph.D. Studies at South East Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest. He is also the editor of the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, and the author of numerous books including The Gospel of John (Baker Exegetical Commentary of the New Testament) Encountering the Gospel of John, The Book Study Concordance of the Greek New Testament, and The Missions of Jesus and the Disciples according to the Fourth Gospel.
He also translated Adolf Schlatter's two-volume New Testament Theology. His current publications include The Pastoral Epistles (Revised Expositor's Bible Commentary); A Theology of John's Gospel and Letters: The Word, the Christ, the Son of Godand The Cradle, The Cross and The Crown.
R. Albert Mohler Jr (Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the Joseph Emerson Brown Professor of Christian Theology and President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, one of the largest seminaries in the world. Dr. Mohler has been recognized by influential publications such as Time and Christianity Today as a leader among American evangelicals. In fact, Time.com called him the reigning intellectual of the evangelical movement in the U.S.
Dr. Mohler hosts a daily live nationwide radio program on the Salem Radio Network. He also writes a popular blog and a regular commentary on moral, cultural and theological issues. He is a frequent guest on national and international news outlets and is a popular preacher, teacher and lecturer. He is also the author of Cultural Shift: Engaging Current Issues with Eternal Truths; Preaching: The Centrality of Scripture and most recently The Disappearance Of God.
J. P. Moreland, Ph.D., (University of Southern California) is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, in La Mirada, California. He also serves as director of Eidos Christian Center. He has written, edited or contributed to twenty books with publishers ranging from Oxford University Press, Routledge, Wadsworth and Prometheus Books to Zondervan and InterVarsity Press. Among his books are Christianity and the Nature of Science, Does God Exist? (with Kai Nielsen) and Philosophical Naturalism: A Critical Analysis. He has also written helpful apologetic books for thinking people which include Body and Soul, Philosophical Foundations of a Christian Worldview, The Creation Hypothesis, Philosophy Made Slightly Less Difficult, The God Conversation and To Everyone an Answer. Most recently he has authored The Lost Virtue of Happiness and In Search of a Confident Faith with Klaus Issler.