As a layman, I have followed the “Jesus Family Tomb” and “James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus” Ossuary controversies fairly closely since 2007. In an attempt to bring greater clarity to those of us who are not archaeological, biblical, or philosophical scholars, I have composed lists summarizing what appear to be the pros and cons of each position. All of my research was conducted online and focused on reading scholarly blogs and magazine articles, scholars’ personal websites, book excerpts, and popular science and news media sources
Indifference about doctrine is the mother of every heresy in all of history, and in our day indifference about doctrine is spreading like wildfire in the pulpits and pews of our churches. Ironically, the assertion that doctrine doesn’t matter is in fact a doctrine in itself.
Who is the Holy Spirit and what is the nature of his work? Justin Holcomb joins the panel for this new series as the hosts begin with a discussion of the purpose of signs and wonders throughout redemptive history. Should we expect to see spectacular miracles or does the Spirit work primarily through providence in our time? Why does Jesus say that it’s a wicked generation that seeks after signs and wonders? That’s the focus of this edition of White Horse Inn.
Who is the Holy Spirit? Is he a person or a force? How do we know that he is divine and separate from both the Father and the Son? In some Biblical texts he is described as “the Comforter,” but is that really an adequate translation? On this program the host discuss the person and work of the Holy Spirit as they conclude their series on the Trinity.
Why should Christians believe in the Trinity, anyway? What biblical passages have been used to support this teaching? Are Father, Son and Holy Spirit simply three different forms of God’s presence? Does the Bible really teach that Jesus is divine? The hosts, along with Fred Sanders, walk through the biblical texts and alternative theories as they continue to explore the doctrine of the Trinity.
http://bible.com/59/deu.6.4-9.ESV “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
What are the roots and assumptions of secularism and why does this belief system have such a stronghold in Western culture? What are the other major worldviews and how are we to know which one is true? On this program Michael Horton talks with Claremont University professor Mary Poplin about her abandonment secularism and her subsequent conversion to the Christian faith.