The Uneasy Handshake of Theologians and Historians

In the study of the Hebrew Bible, there are two very different approaches. The first is by the theologian. His main goal is to find the timeless theological truths either for abstract theology or for application. While the historical context of the books are important, they play a minor role in his overall work. TheContinue reading “The Uneasy Handshake of Theologians and Historians”

Faith and Reason

We have really no option but to think about Him with all our might and with the best intellectual instruments at our command. Reason—which is more than logic—insists on coming into our faith. Nothing is easier, nothing is cheaper, and, I believe, nothing in the long result is more fatal, than to give men theContinue reading “Faith and Reason”

Racism and Fundamentalism: Why We Need to Pursue Accurate Exegesis

Here more of my thoughts on fundamentalism. I was scrolling through Twitter last Saturday (yes, I have a twitter account @NateLabadorf) and noticed something that really disappointed me. I did a search for my alma mater Bob Jones University to find out what people were saying about it. To my disappointment, the most repeated topicContinue reading “Racism and Fundamentalism: Why We Need to Pursue Accurate Exegesis”

Academics Do not Kill Faith—Your Heart Does

I’ve noticed in church culture, there is a very strong anti-academic feeling that fills most of it. In broader Evangelicalism, this feeling is evident in the music that is chosen for worship on Sunday. The music is often shallow and focuses on the emotional relationship that believers have with God. Not to be out done,Continue reading “Academics Do not Kill Faith—Your Heart Does”

Did God Really Give Us the Bible?

This sermon explores the question of whether or not it is reasonable that we can claim the Bible as inspired. We are often presented with emotional or illogical reasons for why the Bible is inspired. This sermon is an effort to understand if we do indeed have a logical reason for claiming that the 66Continue reading “Did God Really Give Us the Bible?”

Should a Pastor be an Academic?

Recently, I’ve been thinking about the tile of a pastor in the church, particularly regarding his teach role. This affects me personally because I want to be a pastor but I also love academics and research. The question that I struggle with is how do I combine the two? Often, academics is set as theContinue reading “Should a Pastor be an Academic?”

Review: Between Faith and Criticism

Mark A. Noll. Between Faith and Criticism: Evangelicals, Scholarship, and the Bible in America, 2nd ed. Vancouver: Regent College Publishing, 2004. xii + 271 pp. Author Information Mark Noll was born on July 18, 1946 in Iowa City. He received his B.A. in English from Wheaton College in 1969. From there, he went to theContinue reading “Review: Between Faith and Criticism”

Review: The Outrageous Idea of Christian Scholarship

Marsden, George M. The Outrageous Idea of Christian Scholarship. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997. The Author George Marsden (b. 1939) is a Christian historian, writing works on American and Evangelical history. He received his BA from Haverford College, his BD from Westminster Theological Seminary, and his MA and PhD from Yale. He taught atContinue reading “Review: The Outrageous Idea of Christian Scholarship”

The Virtue of Courage in Köstenberger’s Book Excellence: The Character of God and the Pursuit of Scholarly Virtue

Köstenberger opens his book addressing young, Christian scholars entering the world of academia. Distraught over the bifurcation of scholarship from faith, he argues that the two can be united successfully by the Christian scholar. The Christian scholar, according to Köstenberger, should be both academically rigorous and committed to his Christian faith. Both objectives can beContinue reading “The Virtue of Courage in Köstenberger’s Book Excellence: The Character of God and the Pursuit of Scholarly Virtue”

The Christian in Critical Thought: A Reflective Essay on Browne and Keeley and Belief Perseverance

In the final chapter of Asking the Right Questions, Browne and Keeley (B&K) mention several road-blocks to critical thinking. Among others, they discuss how belief perseverance limits the ability of a person to pursue critical thinking. Belief perseverance is the “tendency for personal beliefs to persevere” despite evidence to the contrary (171). These beliefs areContinue reading “The Christian in Critical Thought: A Reflective Essay on Browne and Keeley and Belief Perseverance”