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4 Gospels of Resurrection: Mark

To find out why the Bible gives us four gospel accounts of the resurrection this series moves on to Mark, the most dynamic gospel, and one which poses a serious textual problem. Chapter divisions in modern Bibles neatly demarcate Mark's account of the resurrection to chapter 16. At this point…

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4 Gospels of Resurrection: Matthew

Why do we have four different accounts of Jesus' life? Logic would suggest that a single, accurate, and comprehensive account would be the simplest way to share a complex story, yet the New Testament begins with four such accounts of Jesus' life. To the Bible student this may appear unnecessary…

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7 Logical Fallacies in the New Testament

During a recent email discussion I was accused of invoking "personal incredulity" in response to a particular interpretation of Scripture. Just in case I wasn't paying attention, my accuser provided a handy link to the definition: Because you found something difficult to understand, or are unaware of how it works,…

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Why Jairus was interrupted

The story of Jairus' daughter is standard fare in Children's Bibles, but there is a remarkable contrast hidden within this deceptively familiar tale which belies a deeper lesson, a shadow of God's dealings with His People through the ages. There are two interwoven stories in the Gospel accounts that conspire…

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The irony of salvation

I was recently struck by the irony in the way that several Bible characters were saved. Take the following as examples: Noah was saved by water. It was the same water that wiped out his world (Gen 7v22-23). Moses lead Israel through more waters; again, these same waters then drowned…

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Death in the pot - part 2

When we left Elisha and the sons of the prophets in part 1, they were eating from a great death-pot of bitter gourds. Yum yum. The salient points from this story included the error of one man causing all to go hungry, and the introduction of coarse grain to mitigate…

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Death in the pot - part 1

As sound bites go, "Man of God! There is death in the pot!" is not the likeliest of phrases to make it onto a motivational poster. But it is in this strange tale from the life of Elisha that we hear whispers of a greater story; one which wouldn't be…

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