Scholars Converge on Andrews University to Explore the Composition of the Pentateuch

Scholars Converge on Andrews University to Explore the Composition of the Pentateuch

“Hey, Scottie,” Kenneth Bergland called, “Filipe [Masotti] and myself are trying to get Ph.D. students together with a wide background of interests and specialties to begin a study group that has an interdisciplinary approach. We are thinking of studying the Pentateuch. We would like some archaeology students. Are you interested?” I was. And so beg

The Reformation and Sola Scriptura

The Reformation and Sola Scriptura

498 years ago this week, Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses on Wittenberg Church in Germany. What started out as a reform turned into a full-fledged reformation. In the annals of human history, the sixteenth century will remain a turning point that ushered in a new era of biblical literacy and spirituality. The clarion call of the Reformation was t

Can Prophets Make Mistakes?

Can Prophets Make Mistakes?

In conveying His message, God uses not only human beings but also human language. And both are imperfect. How do these imperfect vehicles affect God's perfect message? 1. An Imperfect Messenger The fact that prophets were called "holy men of God" (2 Peter 1:21)* neither means they were sinless nor prevents us from recognizing their weaknesses as hu

Ryan Bell and Liberal Theologies

Ryan Bell and Liberal Theologies

Over the past 12 months, hundreds of news outlets and blog sites have covered Ryan Bell’s “gut-wrenching decision” to leave behind his faith and embrace atheism. Nothing, however, gives us a glimpse inside Bell’s mind like the article he penned for CNN himself. He writes, I questioned the problem of evils and God's general silence and inactivity. I

Newsweek Cover Story Blasts Reliability of Bible

Newsweek Cover Story Blasts Reliability of Bible

Newsweek magazine starts 2015 attacking the veracity of the Bible. The magazine's cover story for January 2015—“The Bible: So Misunderstood It’s a Sin”—attempts to show the illegitimacy of the Bible as a trustworthy and divinely inspired book. While acknowledging the historicity of the Sabbath (Saturday) and its subsequent change to Sunday, Newswee

A Blessing to Claim: Another Look at “Doubting Thomas”

A Blessing to Claim: Another Look at “Doubting Thomas”

It was the evening of the Resurrection Sunday. The apostles, fearing the Jews, had locked themselves up in a room (John 20:19a). They had good reasons to be afraid. Not only had their leader been crucified a couple days before; earlier that Sunday His body had gone missing and they were accused of stealing it (Matthew 28:11-15). So the disciples st