Is the Trinity in the New Testament?

Mike Bird talks about this on his blog.  Here is conclusion:

In my mind, the Trinity is both a biblically analytic doctrine (based on the raw data of Scripture) and also a theologically synthetic doctrine (based on inferences drawn from Scripture). In other words, Scriptures gives us “biblical pressure” (Kavin Rowe’s term) to construct a Trinitarian doctrine even if it does not explicitly lay out that doctrine. That is because of the triadic nature of the economies of creation and redemption which include Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and because of scriptural affirmations about the personhood and deity of the Father, Son, and Spirit which are also affirmed in Scripture. The Trinity is the conceptual model we use to make sense of the biblical materials and to show their theological coherence. While classic Trinitarians statements in some sense go beyond the New Testament, without the Trinity we have a hard time making sense of what the New Testament says about the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

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on the Book of Revelation

a friend of mine from Seminary posted the following on his Facebook wall!  I loved it and wanted to pass it along.  Hope you get a good chuckle from it too:

I’ve decided to add another element when I teach my Bible classes. “5 Ways You Know You’ve Been Taught The Book Of ________ Wrong”

For example: 5 Ways You’ve Been Taught Revelation Wrong

1: You have more nightmares and worries about the end times than you did BEFORE taking the class.

2: You are more enthralled about who the anti-Christ is rather than who Jesus is.

3: You look at the condition of the USA and think Jesus has to be coming soon.

4: You still think someone might be right this time when they set a date for Christ’s return.

5: You still call it the book of Revelations.

These are 5 I just pulled of the top of my head (I’m not currently teaching Revelation.) I think it would add a nice element to end a class.

Well, hope y’all have a good day!

Get The Deliverance of God: An Apocalyptic Rereading of Justification in Paul for $.99

Brian Fulthorp:

good deal here

Originally posted on Theological Musings:

Right now at Logos you can not only get Doug Campbell’s massive tome The Deliverance of God: An Apocalyptic Rereading of Justification in Paul for only $.99, but you can also get Stephen Westerholm’s Justification Reconsidered: Rethinking a Pauline Theme for free. That’s right folks, two fantastic books for only a buck! Do I need to tell you to go grab them?

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The Eclectic Text of the New Testament – a conspiracy against the Word?

Brian Fulthorp:

Some good stuff here from Gary Shogren on ‘The Eclectic Text of the New Testament. HT: Dave Black

“The critical text does not lead to spiritual apostasy, as it is the Word of God, and in a slightly more accurate text than that of the Textus receptus. Sure, there are fans of the critical text who lose their faith; there are also plenty of Textus receptus or KJV-only people who go astray. I don’t know about you readers, but I can report that my confidence in the New Testament is stronger than ever, as is my awareness that I must obey it …”

Originally posted on Open Our Eyes, Lord!:

God’s beloved Word – you bet I study it daily. Yes, as a Bible teacher, since my ministry is teaching the New Testament in Spanish and English, and also from the Greek. But more fundamentally I read the Bible simply as a Christian, because it is through the reading, meditation, and obedience of God’s Word that we grow as believers. [1]

Therefore it concerns me when I read about a supposed conspiracy, made up of people who secretly despise God’s Word and are paving the way for antichrist, out to destroy the Bible and leave us in the dark. These charges are leveled against the Nestle-Aland edition of the Greek New Testament, the very “critical” edition I and my students read and interpret. [2]

That’s why I am impelled to read up on the so-called Alexandrian Conspiracy to ruin the Bible. If it is a real and present danger, I…

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Honoring Gordon Fee

reblogging this from the pneuma website:

The Society for Pentecostal Studies held a special session to honor the life and work of Dr. Gordon Fee in November 2014 as a part of the joint American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature annual meetings held in San Diego, California.

See “The Legacy of a Pentecostal Theological Educator: Gordon Fee” that I wrote for the January 2015 issue of The Pentecostal Educator Newsletter (available as of Jan 18, 2015 at this address:

The week before the SPS meeting, Dr Fee’s wife went to be with the Lord.   I pray the Lord will continue to bless him in his remaining years!

What are some of his books you simply “must have”?  Consider some of the following:

Co-authored with Douglas Stuart, How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth (Zondervan, 1981, 1993, 2003, 2014)

God’s Empowering Presence: The Holy Spirit in the Letters of Paul (Baker, 1994, 2009)

Co-authored with Mark L. Strauss, How to Choose a Translation for All Its Worth: A Guide to Understanding and Using Bible Versions (Zondervan, 2007) [Read thereview by John Lathrop]

Paul’s Letter to the Philippians, New International Commentary on the New Testament (Eerdmans, 1995)

Listening to the Spirit in the Text (Eerdmans, 2000) [Read the review by Steven Brooks]

Pauline Christology: An Exegetical-Theological Study (Hendrickson, 2007) [Read the review by Bradford McCall]

Paul, the Spirit, and the People of God (Hendrickson/Baker Academic, 1996)

There is No Such Thing as Spiritual Gifts (Kind of)

Brian Fulthorp:

This is a good blog post here and I agree! :-)

Originally posted on Andrew Gabriel:

SPIRITUAL_GIFT_IMAGEHave you ever read a book or heard a sermon on the so-called “spiritual gifts.” There is actually no such thing. Go ahead. Search your Bible. You won’t find the phrase “spiritual gifts” anywhere.

Okay. You found it? But it isn’t in the original Greek language (the language that the New Testament was first written in). Let me explain.

Some Christians create a metaphorical box called “spiritual gifts.” That is, they list the gifts that are found in 1 Corinthians 12 and 14, Romans 12, Ephesians 4, and 1 Peter 4, and say that only those “gifts” that appear in these New Testament lists qualify as “spiritual gifts.” In this sense, some create a technical category called “spiritual gifts” to refer to a limited number of ways that the Spirit works. The result is that even though the Spirit might enable a person to be…

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