New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 33: 1 Corinthians 1-10

This week, we're all in one place, 1 Corinthians, which is a smorgasbord of interesting topics, conflict, and controversy. There is a lot to say, and as long as this is, I've left out plenty.First, I've uploaded a copy of the rough text (link now fixed) from my presentation at the BYU Conference on the New Testament a few weeks ago, "Christian Accommodation at Corinth." It's adapted from one of the groundwork chapters in my Genesis book.Second, some background from Jim Faulconer's New Tes … [Read more...]

Necessary background on grace, faith, works, law, justification for the coming LDS Gospel Doctrine discussions (updated)

Let me open by saying, this is a wide-ranging and complex subject, on which I am not an expert and may well prove to be wrong on this or that point. You may well quibble with some of what I've written, and I may be missing important nuances here or there, and it's a bit scattered and repetitive. Let's get those disclaimers out of the way.I have, however, read a bit, and I think sharing some of that can help our Gospel Doctrine classes, as we see these ideas pop up again and again in Paul, … [Read more...]

New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 32: Acts 18:23-20:38, Galatians

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New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 31: Acts 15-18, 1-2 Thessalonians.

We're moving into very very dense historical, textual, and doctrinal territory today. Today I lean pretty heavily on Wright and the Anchor Bible Dictionary. … [Read more...]

New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 30: Acts 10-15

Since I am posting this and the last lesson two nights apart, I'm going to repeat my housekeeping remarks. First, at the bottom of every post and on the About page, there is a special Amazon link. You can support my work by buying things on Amazon through that link; whatever you would normally buy on Amazon, just buy it through that link. All my book links go to Amazon as well, and clicking on one of them and then purchasing other things has the same effect. Thanks for your support. Second, I’v … [Read more...]

New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 29: Acts 6-9

We're about half way through the year, and I felt it appropriate to repost some housekeeping things I hope you read.First, at the bottom of every post and on the About page, there is a special Amazon link. You can support my work by buying things on Amazon through that link; whatever you would normally buy on Amazon, just buy it through that link. All my book links go to Amazon as well, and clicking on one of them and then purchasing other things has the same effect. Thanks for your s … [Read more...]

New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 28: Acts 1-5

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Today we begin something new that is neither here nor there. Acts is not a letter, like so much of the rest of the New Testament will be. But it’s not a gospel, like the first four books we’ve read. Luke makes clear that it’s a sequel of sorts to his gospel. "In the first book [i.e. Luke], Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning” Acts 1:1. Compare Luke 1:1ff- "Since many have undertaken to set down an orderly account of the events that have been fulfilled amo … [Read more...]

New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 27: Matt. 28:1-20, Luke 24, John 20-21, Mark 16.

A candle inside the Holy Sepulcher

Apologies for a short post on such an important section.I don't get out to Utah that often, but what I absolutely love is the concentration of thoughtful, intelligent, people who love to talk about scripture and history. I've been lucky enough to get tossed in with a few of these overlapping collections, both formal (seminars, conferences, including one I'm presenting at) and informal (lunches, study groups, etc.) One of these seminars has done a really good job bringing in international … [Read more...]


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