• A Place @ Ladd’s Table: Introduction

    A Place @ Ladd’s Table: Introduction

    In 2008 Oxford University Press published John A. D’Elia‘s A Place at the Table: George Eldon Ladd and the Rehabilitation of Evangelical Scholarship in America. We (Luke & Kenny) enjoyed the book so much and found it so captivating that we’ve been discussing some sort of blog series for nearly six months. A Place at the Table […]

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  • Mark 13 and “The End”

    Mark 13 and “The End”

    In my first post in this three-part series I shared my way of reading Mark 13, explaining why I have long believed that it is a call to discernment, perseverance, faithfulness and witness, and is not an invitation to look for signs of the end-times and to calculate timetables based on all the signs. According to […]

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  • Top Ten Books of 2014

    Top Ten Books of 2014

    As is customary for this time of year, I’d like to share the top ten books that I read. I’ve done this for 2011 and 2013 and have provided lists for my top five books on the plurality of pastors, top five books on the kingdom of God, top ten books on Charismatic Theology, and some […]

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  • ThinkTheology.org’s Blogging Plans for 2015

    ThinkTheology.org’s Blogging Plans for 2015

    This past year has been exciting for ThinkTheology.org and our merry band of contributors. We’ve had several of our posts go “vial” and our readership has grown by literally thousands of people. We’re thankful that many have found our posts helpful or thought-provoking. While there’s no doubt that some of our blogging is done with a sense of […]

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  • ThinkTheology Top 10 Posts for 2014

    ThinkTheology Top 10 Posts for 2014

    Okay friends, here they are! The top-ten most read posts on ThinkTheology.org for 2014 in reverse order… #10 – Getting Left Behind? — According to Matthew & Luke, it’s preferred to being taken! – By Kenny Burchard Written to challenge some of the conventional understandings of “rapture” eschatology, and the misuse of texts in Matthew and Luke to […]

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  • The Bible: A Collection of “Oral Texts”

    The Bible: A Collection of “Oral Texts”

    …alternatively titled – “Why we should all spend way more time reading the Bible aloud with lots of other people around, and relatively less time reading it alone and silently.” It can seem like an oxymoron to refer to the Bible as a collection of “Oral Texts.” How can written texts be oral? Such an […]

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  • 10 Signs You are Dealing with a Theological Troll!

    10 Signs You are Dealing with a Theological Troll!

    The art of trolling has long been perfected by a select group of people who reside on the Internet. It happens in just about every circle of Internet interaction, but I’m especially keen to recognizing when trolling happens of the theological variety. In fact, I’ve developed a way for you to be able to discern whether someone […]

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Biblical Studies

Exchanging the Apologetic with the Prophetic: The Role of the Holy Spirit in Postmodern Hermeneutics

Exchanging the Apologetic with the Prophetic: The Role of the Holy Spirit in Postmodern Hermeneutics

Postmodernism is thought to be as both the villain and the savior for the contemporary church, depending on who is asked. To some, postmodernity is the greatest threat to the Christian Church since Nero, and to others, it is a breath of fresh air that promises the demise of hard-lined fundamentalism that has plagued evangelicalism […]

Seven tips for surviving first-semester Biblical Greek

Seven tips for surviving first-semester Biblical Greek

Having taught Elementary Greek to about 30 different groups of students, and of course having learned it myself before that, I have a few tips and pointers to share. For most of them, there’s a story! Here goes: Tip #1: Don’t depend on your teacher or your textbook: Everything depends on you! If you are […]

The Six Spaces We Interpret The Bible In.

The Six Spaces We Interpret The Bible In.

The Bible is not a Chilton’s auto repair manual  (because we are not machines) if it were we would have far fewer differences among scholars concerning interpretation.

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Quotables

Those in whom the Spirit comes to live are God’s new Temple. They are, individually and corporately, places where heaven and earth meet. — N.T. Wright

Theological Studies

Mark 13 and “The End”

Mark 13 and “The End”

In my first post in this three-part series I shared my way of reading Mark 13, explaining why I have long believed that it is a call to discernment, perseverance, faithfulness and witness, and is not an invitation to look for signs of the end-times and to calculate timetables based on all the signs. According to […]

Signs of “The End” in Mark 13? No.

Signs of “The End” in Mark 13? No.

Mark 13 is often called the “Little Apocalypse” and in many English translations it is given the title “Signs of the End Times.” But there are good reasons to doubt the claim that Mark 13 contains “Signs of the End Times.” The chapter begins with Jesus’ disciples marveling at the grandeur of the temple and […]

So… What is the Gospel?

So… What is the Gospel?

“Jesus died for your sins, and that’s good news!” So ended the form-letter that my friend wrote, emailed to me, and asked me to read (and edit) for him. My friend wrote the letter so that he could cut and paste the names of various family members and friends onto the top of it as a […]

Reviews

“Teacher” Kenny’s Top 10 Reference Books for Teaching Pastors

“Teacher” Kenny’s Top 10 Reference Books for Teaching Pastors

In the spirit of camaraderie, I am chiming in with a must-have book list for pastors. Able & Robby have listed a few of their preferred titles, and I can learn a lot about their values and even their spiritual gifts as I read their lists. We tend to read and value things that help us with […]

Bassist Robby’s “Books I Wish Every Leader Would Read”

Bassist Robby’s “Books I Wish Every Leader Would Read”

Okay, so Pastor Able challenged all of us here at Think Theology to compile a “must-have” book list — books that serve as resources in our writing (and preaching, for those among us who are pastors), and in some way have shaped, encouraged, challenged, and sharpened our understanding of the faith. I am neither a […]

Pastor Able’s “Thirteen Reference Books Every Pastor Should Have”

Pastor Able’s “Thirteen Reference Books Every Pastor Should Have”

Here is a list of reference books that have been a tremendous help to me in my teaching and preaching.  Christian Theology by Alister McGrath (The who, what, where, when, how, and why of what we believe as Evangelicals) The Christian Theology Reader by Alister McGrath (Read the 350+ theological texts from 2000 years of Christian […]

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Practical Theology

The Kingdom Turns The World Upside Down

The Kingdom Turns The World Upside Down

Matthew 11:25  “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children;  (ESV) The Kingdom of God turns everything on its head. The wisest of religious leaders reject the Messiah and His kingdom, so Jesus’ followers end up being […]

Our Eternal Purpose

Our Eternal Purpose

Ephesians 3:11  According to the eternal purpose that He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord,  (BAB*) The purpose of God, brought about (epoiesen) in Christ is to proclaim the good news of Christ (v.8) to all (v. 9) nations. This is accomplished through the church (assembly), v. 10. That’s right, us! We who gather week […]

Three common misunderstandings of human depravity.

Three common misunderstandings of human depravity.

No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good. C.S. Lewis (Mere Christianity) As a pastor I hear a lot of discussion about what’s wrong with this or that. I also hear many solutions being confidently made political and otherwise in light of these discussions. But one of the things that […]

General

A Song For Martin Luther King Day

A Song For Martin Luther King Day

Here is one of my favorite old hymns. Written by an ex slave trader John Newton. I asked the Lord that I might grow In faith, and love, and every grace; Might more of His salvation know, And seek, more earnestly, His face. ‘Twas He who taught me thus to pray, And He, I trust, […]

ThinkTheology.org’s Blogging Plans for 2015

ThinkTheology.org’s Blogging Plans for 2015

This past year has been exciting for ThinkTheology.org and our merry band of contributors. We’ve had several of our posts go “vial” and our readership has grown by literally thousands of people. We’re thankful that many have found our posts helpful or thought-provoking. While there’s no doubt that some of our blogging is done with a sense of […]

ThinkTheology Top 10 Posts for 2014

ThinkTheology Top 10 Posts for 2014

Okay friends, here they are! The top-ten most read posts on ThinkTheology.org for 2014 in reverse order… #10 – Getting Left Behind? — According to Matthew & Luke, it’s preferred to being taken! – By Kenny Burchard Written to challenge some of the conventional understandings of “rapture” eschatology, and the misuse of texts in Matthew and Luke to […]