Posts Tagged ‘biblical’

Tim Tebow is known for often having the Bible verse John 3:16 painted on his ‘eye black’ & being very open about his Christian beliefs – so open, in fact that he makes lots of people uncomfortable and some of them frequent church on Sundays. Why would that be? Tebow is by all accounts & to our best knowledge, no fake – he’s says what he believes & lives by it. Why does it make people uncomfortable? Maybe for the same reasons Jesus made people uncomfortable? This is something that should be explored further.

John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Chicago Tribune: In a shocking upset Sunday, the Broncos heisted the Super Bowl dreams of the heavily favored Steelers, capping wild-card weekend with the wildest of wins — a 29-23 victory in overtime. Minutes after the game, Tebow recounted his memories of the final play as if they were snapshots in his head. “When I saw him scoring?” he said. “First of all, `Thank you, Lord!’ And then I was running pretty fast chasing him — like I could catch up to DT — and then I just jumped in the stands. First time I’ve done that. That was fun. Then just got on a knee and thanked the Lord again and tried to celebrate with my teammates.” Tebow threw for 316 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another, pumping new hope into a franchise that backed into the postseason while losing its last three games. Tebow became just the second Broncos quarterback, along with Hall of Famer John Elway, to both pass and run for a touchdown in a postseason game. What’s more, Tebow and Thomas joined Elway and Michael Young as the only quarterback-receiver tandems to connect on a pair of 50-yard completions in the same playoff game.




Line of Fire : Does Tim Tebow embarrass you? Why? Maybe because of how you would be embarrassed if you were in Tebow’s shoes. Are you as open as Tebow about your faith? Should you be? Why are you not?

Also, we understand God doesn’t care who wins the game, but the fact is that Tebow uses his sport as a platform to exalt Jesus & share his faith. Why would God not honour that? It could very well be that this huge attention directed to Tebow was to allow him to do just that.

Albert Mohler : The Tebow sensation the media doesn’t know how to handle!

Some videos – for those that has not yet seen Tim in action & hear him talk about his Lord & saviour.



Gray deceased artefacts of history, like Hume, combined with prevailing Scientism had & continue to have a great impact on past & present thought around the miraculous, but books like Keener’s points out that the prevailing view is actually very unreasonable.

About Craig Keener’s latest work:

Biography: Craig Keener is professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky. Three of his many books have won national awards, and his background commentary has sold over half a million copies.

“Perhaps the best book ever written on miracles”

Most modern prejudice against biblical miracle reports depends on David Hume’s argument that uniform human experience precluded miracles. Yet current research shows that human experience is far from uniform. In fact, hundreds of millions of people today claim to have experienced miracles. New Testament scholar Craig Keener argues that it is time to rethink Hume’s argument in light of the contemporary evidence available to us. This wide-ranging and meticulously researched two-volume study presents the most thorough current defense of the credibility of the miracle reports in the Gospels and Acts. Drawing on claims from a range of global cultures and taking a multidisciplinary approach to the topic, Keener suggests that many miracle accounts throughout history and from contemporary times are best explained as genuine divine acts, lending credence to the biblical miracle reports.

Reviews:

“This book is the kind of performance that reviewers of opera like to call ‘bravura’ or ‘virtuoso’ and that philosophers call a tour de force. After putting it down, I’m standing up, clapping, and shouting, ‘Bravo! Bravo!'”
Leonard Sweet, Drew University; George Fox University

“Seldom does a book take one’s breath away, but Keener’s magisterial Miracles is such a book. It is an extremely sophisticated, completely thorough treatment of its subject matter and, in my opinion, it is now the best text available on the topic. The uniqueness of Keener’s treatment lies in his location of the biblical miracles in the trajectory of ongoing, documented miracles in the name of Jesus and His kingdom throughout church history, up to and including the present. From now on, no one who deals with the credibility of biblical miracles can do so responsibly without interacting with this book.”
J. P. Moreland, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University

“An exhaustive treatment of the subject, encompassing a range of sources from antiquity to contemporary times, from the Bible to modern Africa. It brilliantly serves not only biblical scholars but also–equally important–mission thinkers and practitioners.”
Wonsuk Ma, Oxford Centre for Mission Studies

“From the very beginning of the modern approach to the Gospels, the question of miracles brought controversy. Over the last few centuries, most historical-critical scholars have dismissed them out of hand. However, in recent years, the tide has turned for a growing number of Gospel scholars. It is within this context that Craig Keener’s new two-volume work can be fully appreciated. Those familiar with Keener’s past volumes will not be surprised by the remarkable level of scholarship in this work. The depth and breadth of research is stunning. The interdisciplinary synthesis is as careful as it is brilliant. The arguments are evenhanded and nuanced. In short, this work takes scholarship on miracles to a new level of sophistication and depth. A truly amazing set of books.”
Paul Rhodes Eddy, Bethel University

“Craig Keener has produced an impressive work that is meticulously researched, ambitious in historic and geographic scope, and relevant to current cultural concerns. Keener’s bold exploration of the plausibility of past and present miracle claims should provoke interest–and debate–among a wide range of readers.”
Candy Gunther Brown, Indiana University
“Any history of the rise and growth of Christianity that fails to take account of the belief in miracles and healings and signs and wonders is missing a very large part of the story. That statement is truer than ever today when we look at the booming churches of Africa and Asia. Craig Keener’s Miracles is thus a major contribution to understanding the Christian faith, past and present. The book is all the more valuable because of Keener’s thoughtful and bold analysis of the scientific method and the means by which we can test the miraculous. This massively researched study is both learned and provocative.”
Philip Jenkins, Pennsylvania State University

“Craig Keener’s discussion of New Testament miracles adduces a uniquely–indeed staggeringly–extensive collection of comparative material. That eyewitnesses frequently testify to miraculous healings and other ‘extranormal’ events is demonstrated beyond doubt. Keener mounts a very strong challenge to the methodological skepticism about the miraculous to which so many New Testament scholars are still committed. It turns out to be an ethnocentric prejudice of modern Western intellectuals. So who’s afraid of David Hume now?”
Richard Bauckham, St. Andrews University; Ridley Hall, Cambridge

“Craig Keener’s magisterial two-volume study of miracles is an astounding accomplishment. The book covers far more than the subtitle implies, because Keener places the debate over the biblical miracles in many different contexts, including the philosophical debate over miracles, views of miracles in the ancient world, contemporary evidence for miracles, and the relationship of the issue to science. Although this book is clearly the product of immense learning and a mind at home in many disciplines, it is clearly written and argued and shows good sense throughout.”
C. Stephen Evans, Baylor University

“In an age of a global church, the time has come for Bible scholarship to be enriched by considering the way Christians read and understand Scripture in non-Western countries and cultures. In Miracles, Craig Keener offers an invaluable example of how that enrichment can take place through hard scholarly work and a passion for integrity. He gives us an exhaustive wealth of historical understanding, anthropological richness, and missiological savvy.”
Samuel Escobar, Palmer Theological Seminary; Theological Seminary of the Spanish Baptist Union, Madrid

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“Ultimate Reconciliation,” Heaven, Hell, and Rob Bell: A Biblical Analysis

‘Love Wins’: Pastor’s book kindles firestorm over hell – USA Today

Line of Fire Radio – Part 1 (15 min)

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Line of Fire Radio – Part 3 (9 min, including interview with Bell)

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