Episode 52 // Colossians, Philippians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians // Rev. Dr. Chris Holmes
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 On this week’s episode, Mat Hotho and Monica Largess virtually met up with the Colorado native the Rev. Dr. Chris Holmes. Chris has a Ph.D. from Candler School of Theology. Now, he is the Scholar in Residence at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta. Also, he partners with Brennen Breed (you may remember from Episode 32 on Daniel) in the project called “Office Hours” which is a pop-up virtual Bible study with experts in the field. They have a Facebook page or you could find them at firstpresatl.org/office-hours

This discussion covers four books in the New Testament: Colossians, Philippians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians. We talk about the purpose of the letters, as well as the audience, and the changes over time in Paul’s messages to the different urban centers. 


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Writers, Ink
Writers, Ink
J.D. Barker and J. Thorn
Taking Risks to Pursue Your Dreams with Lisa Gardner
Lisa Gardner is no stranger to taking calculated risks as a writer. From leaving high-paying jobs to constantly letting go of agents and switching publishers, she has always lived by the phrase: “If you really want to write, you’re going to write." Lisa is a #1 New York Times bestselling thriller author who has sold millions of books worldwide. Among many outstanding works, she is well known for her debut novel, The Perfect Husband, a twisted story of love and suspense. Her latest publication, Before She Disappeared, is available tomorrow. From Amazon.com: New York Times #1 bestselling crime novelist Lisa Gardner began her career in food service, but after catching her hair on fire numerous times, she took the hint and focused on writing instead. A self-described research junkie, she has parlayed her interest in police procedure, criminal minds and twisted plots into a streak of bestselling suspense novels. Her 2010 novel, THE NEIGHBOR, won Best Thriller from the International Thriller Writers. Most recently, she was honored with the Silver Bullet Award for her work with at-risk kids and homeless animals. Lisa loves to hike, travel the world, and yes, read, read, read!   Whether you’re traditionally published or indie, writing a good book is only the first step in becoming a successful author. The days of just turning a manuscript into your editor and walking away are gone. If you want to succeed in today’s publishing world, you need to understand every aspect of the business - editing, formatting, marketing, contracts. It all starts with a good book, then the real work begins.   Join international bestselling author J.D. Barker and indie powerhouses, J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon, as they gain unique insight and valuable advice from the most prolific and accomplished authors in the business. In this episode, you’ll discover: -How to kill a friend and maim a buddy -Why Lisa gets inspired by true stories -Why writing is a personality, not an art -The differences between calculated risks and impulsiveness -How to find your unique writing process Links: J. D. Barker - http://jdbarker.com/ J. Thorn - https://theauthorlife.com/ Lisa Gardner - https://www.lisagardner.com/ The Perfect Husband by Lisa Gardner - https://mybook.to/PerfectHusband Before She Disappeared by Lisa Gardner - https://mybook.to/SheDisappeared Proudly sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://kobowritinglife.com/ Music by Nicorus - https://cctrax.com/nicorus/dust-to-dust-ep  Voice Over by Rick Ganley - http://www.nhpr.com and recorded at Mill Pond Studio - http://www.millpondstudio.com Contact - https://writersinkpodcast.com/contact/  *Full disclosure: Some of the links are affiliate links.
41 min
Help Me Teach The Bible
Help Me Teach The Bible
The Gospel Coalition, Nancy Guthrie
Dan Doriani on James (Re-release)
To teach us how to teach the book of James, Nancy Guthrie talked with Dan Doriani, vice president of strategic academic initiatives and professor of theology at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis. Doriani is the author of _Getting the Message: A Plan for Interpreting and Applying the Bible_, a book that is essential reading for every Bible teacher, as well as numerous commentaries. He also wrote the introduction and notes on the book of James in the _Gospel Transformation Bible_. Topics in this discussion include: * the way Jesus is presented differently in James compared to other epistles * the tree tests of James * the nature of “true religion” * the gospel according to James * bringing a social justice framework to teaching James * whether there’s conflict between James and Paul regarding faith and works * praying for healing according to James Here are some additional resources you may find helpful in preparing to teach James: * Doriani’s class lectures on James at Covenant Theological Seminary (registration required) * Sermons on James by Alistair Begg * Sermons on James by Dick Lucas * Let’s Get Real! sermon series by various teachers at All Souls, Langham Place For further study, here are some books you may find helpful, including titles from Crossway, the sponsor of Help Me Teach the Bible: * _James _(Reformed Expository Commentary) by Dan Doriani * _The Letter of James _(Pillar New Testament Commentary) Douglas J. Moo * _James: Faith that Works_ (Preaching the Word Commentary) by R. Kent Hughes * _James: a 12-Week Study_ by Greg Gilbert
1 hr 4 min
Bible Thinker
Bible Thinker
Mike Winger
Dr. Craig Blomberg Reviews The Passion Translation Book of 1 Corinthians
Open description for time stamps. I've hired a number of scholars to review Brian Simmons' seriously flawed Bible version. This is my "Passion Project". Today's video features Dr. Craig Blomberg and his thoughts after reviewing the book of 1 Corinthians in The Passion Translation. Scroll down for links to Dr. Blomberg's paper. This same link will have ALL the reviews and papers as they are published. You should see a total of 5 uploaded by the beginning of January. After that I will need to wait a while for more scholars to finish their papers and do interviews. I hope to have it all done in the next few months. What's was my goal with this? I want the people of Christ to know the truth about this "translation" so that they can love what God has said without Brian Simmons altering it in unjustified ways. However, in the course of researching for this project I've uncovered some other very concerning things about Brian Simmons' teachings including false prophecy and various extreme claims regarding his own spiritual experiences. I'll be sharing some of this in future videos as well since I have realized that he is not just styling himself as a Bible translator but as an inspired Bible interpreter who is going to release a last days transformation in the people of God so that "everything that can be said about Jesus can be said about you". Yeah, it's weird. LINK to all interviews AND papers as they are uploaded. https://biblethinker.org/index.php/the-passion-translation Dr. Blomberg’s book – Can We Trust The Bible? https://www.amazon.com/Can-Still-Believe-Bible-Contemporary/dp/1587433214 For even MORE content on TPT here is a playlist of my own research into this translation. I think it’s even worse than many of the scholars have said, but that’s not because of a failure on their part. They restricted themselves to reviewing the translation text of a single book each, and only glancing at the footnotes, whereas I looked at the work as a whole and found various other issues of concern including misleading statements from Brian about his own experience as a translator for the Paya Kuna Bible, his degree of education and even stunningly false prophecies he has given. https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZ3iRMLYFlHvXha4rjCj1Po0WLQc_jGGW My website https://BibleThinker.org *These timestamps will work after the video has premiered. 0:00 Intro 0:17 Why this video is important: Brian Simmons wild claims. 1:55 What my Passion Project is. 2:35 Who is Dr. Blomberg and why is he reviewing TPT? 4:52 Dr. Blomberg's attitude toward paraphrases. 6:41 Dr. Blomberg is not driven by bias against TPT but by credible concerns. 7:51 Is TPT misleading people when it calls itself a "translation"? 9:27 A great example of why TPT isn't a translation. 10:07 The "glaring, recurring error" in TPT's footnotes (the "Aramaic"). 12:38 This is REALLY bad. Brian Simmons is deceiving people about what "all the scholars" think. 17:37 Simmons' knowingly misuses Mike Bird's scholarship even after Dr. Bird rebuked the misuse. 19:42 Brian Simmons claims that his FOOTNOTES in TPT are the result of God's inspiration. 23:50 Why we should reject Simmons' claims. 24:53 Why the "lack of italics" in TPT is deceiving people. 27:29 1 Cor 1 vv. 11-12 that show TPT is inconsistent with italics. 30:38 How Simmons messes up the "gender role" passage in 1 Corinthians. 35:07 Simmons has an axe to grind on the topic of women which he seems to be wrongly forcing into his translation of the Bible. 38:48 The one place where Simmons translation seems complementarian. 43:26 What attracts people to The Passion Translation? 45:03 Examples of Simmons adding "passion" to the Bible where he shouldn't. 46:08 TPT is named after and angel that Brian saw, according to Brian Simmons. 46:38 How Brian represents TPT as if it's a quality work without bias. 47:42 But Brian sometimes admits his translation is very much a sectarian work. 52:03 Simmons "reverses Paul's meaning" in 1 Cor 10 v. 13. 56:05 TPT perpetuates a "long standing mistranslation" in 1 Cor 11. 1:01:11 Dr. Blomberg thinks TPT can cause a doctrinal problem with the Trinity. 1:04:11 An example of hyper-charismatic alterations in TPT. 1:10:35 TPT once again mishandles a passage related to slaves. 1:13:39 Quick recap of other places TPT does this. 1:14:32 1 Cor 7 v. 36 is "particularly confused." 1:17:18 The best parts of TPT are also the worst parts. 1:18:11 1 Cor 13 shows us TPT's style. 1:21:21 Don't use TPT as a serious Bible. 1:22:13 Dr. Blomberg responds to Bill Johnson's quote. 1:23:33 TPT distorts the meaning of the Bible? 1:24:19 Misleading claims from TPT web site. 1:25:23 Should TPT be in apps and sites? 1:27:21 Did Brian really get secrets from God? 1:29:15 Brian's abuse of homonyms in the name of God. 1:33:29 Dr. Blomberg's advice to someone who loves TPT. 1:34:34 A Surgeon General's warning. 1:36:02 Can We Still Believe The Bible? 1:37:40 Last things. 1:39:56 "Cameo" from Brian.
1 hr 40 min
ESV: Through the Bible in a Year
ESV: Through the Bible in a Year
Crossway
January 19: Genesis 34–35; Psalm 18:25–50; Matthew 22
Old Testament: Genesis 34–35 Genesis 34–35 (Listen) The Defiling of Dinah *34 *Now Dinah the daughter of Leah, whom she had borne to Jacob, went out to see the women of the land. *2 *And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, the prince of the land, saw her, he seized her and lay with her and humiliated her. *3 *And his soul was drawn to Dinah the daughter of Jacob. He loved the young woman and spoke tenderly to her. *4 *So Shechem spoke to his father Hamor, saying, “Get me this girl for my wife.” *5 *Now Jacob heard that he had defiled his daughter Dinah. But his sons were with his livestock in the field, so Jacob held his peace until they came. *6 *And Hamor the father of Shechem went out to Jacob to speak with him. *7 *The sons of Jacob had come in from the field as soon as they heard of it, and the men were indignant and very angry, because he had done an outrageous thing in Israel by lying with Jacob’s daughter, for such a thing must not be done. *8 *But Hamor spoke with them, saying, “The soul of my son Shechem longs for your1 daughter. Please give her to him to be his wife. *9 *Make marriages with us. Give your daughters to us, and take our daughters for yourselves. *10 *You shall dwell with us, and the land shall be open to you. Dwell and trade in it, and get property in it.” *11 *Shechem also said to her father and to her brothers, “Let me find favor in your eyes, and whatever you say to me I will give. *12 *Ask me for as great a bride-price2 and gift as you will, and I will give whatever you say to me. Only give me the young woman to be my wife.” *13 *The sons of Jacob answered Shechem and his father Hamor deceitfully, because he had defiled their sister Dinah. *14 *They said to them, “We cannot do this thing, to give our sister to one who is uncircumcised, for that would be a disgrace to us. *15 *Only on this condition will we agree with you—that you will become as we are by every male among you being circumcised. *16 *Then we will give our daughters to you, and we will take your daughters to ourselves, and we will dwell with you and become one people. *17 *But if you will not listen to us and be circumcised, then we will take our daughter, and we will be gone.” *18 *Their words pleased Hamor and Hamor’s son Shechem. *19 *And the young man did not delay to do the thing, because he delighted in Jacob’s daughter. Now he was the most honored of all his father’s house. *20 *So Hamor and his son Shechem came to the gate of their city and spoke to the men of their city, saying, *21 *“These men are at peace with us; let them dwell in the land and trade in it, for behold, the land is large enough for them. Let us take their daughters as wives, and let us give them our daughters. *22 *Only on this condition will the men agree to dwell with us to become one people—when every male among us is circumcised as they are circumcised. *23 *Will not their livestock, their property and all their beasts be ours? Only let us agree with them, and they will dwell with us.” *24 *And all who went out of the gate of his city listened to Hamor and his son Shechem, and every male was circumcised, all who went out of the gate of his city. *25 *On the third day, when they were sore, two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, Dinah’s brothers, took their swords and came against the city while it felt secure and killed all the males. *26 *They killed Hamor and his son Shechem with the sword and took Dinah out of Shechem’s house and went away. *27 *The sons of Jacob came upon the slain and plundered the city, because they had defiled their sister. *28 *They took their flocks and their herds, their donkeys, and whatever was in the city and in the field. *29 *All their wealth, all their little ones and their wives, all that was in the houses, they captured and plundered. *30 *Then Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, “You have brought trouble on me by making me stink to the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites and the Perizzites. My numbers are few, and if they gather themselves against me and attack me, I shall be destroyed, both I and my household.” *31 *But they said, “Should he treat our sister like a prostitute?” God Blesses and Renames Jacob *35 *God said to Jacob, “Arise, go up to Bethel and dwell there. Make an altar there to the God who appeared to you when you fled from your brother Esau.” *2 *So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, “Put away the foreign gods that are among you and purify yourselves and change your garments. *3 *Then let us arise and go up to Bethel, so that I may make there an altar to the God who answers me in the day of my distress and has been with me wherever I have gone.” *4 *So they gave to Jacob all the foreign gods that they had, and the rings that were in their ears. Jacob hid them under the terebinth tree that was near Shechem. *5 *And as they journeyed, a terror from God fell upon the cities that were around them, so that they did not pursue the sons of Jacob. *6 *And Jacob came to Luz (that is, Bethel), which is in the land of Canaan, he and all the people who were with him, *7 *and there he built an altar and called the place El-bethel,3 because there God had revealed himself to him when he fled from his brother. *8 *And Deborah, Rebekah’s nurse, died, and she was buried under an oak below Bethel. So he called its name Allon-bacuth.4 *9 *God appeared5 to Jacob again, when he came from Paddan-aram, and blessed him. *10 *And God said to him, “Your name is Jacob; no longer shall your name be called Jacob, but Israel shall be your name.” So he called his name Israel. *11 *And God said to him, “I am God Almighty:6 be fruitful and multiply. A nation and a company of nations shall come from you, and kings shall come from your own body.7 *12 *The land that I gave to Abraham and Isaac I will give to you, and I will give the land to your offspring after you.” *13 *Then God went up from him in the place where he had spoken with him. *14 *And Jacob set up a pillar in the place where he had spoken with him, a pillar of stone. He poured out a drink offering on it and poured oil on it. *15 *So Jacob called the name of the place where God had spoken with him Bethel. The Deaths of Rachel and Isaac *16 *Then they journeyed from Bethel. When they were still some distance8 from Ephrath, Rachel went into labor, and she had hard labor. *17 *And when her labor was at its hardest, the midwife said to her, “Do not fear, for you have another son.” *18 *And as her soul was departing (for she was dying), she called his name Ben-oni;9 but his father called him Benjamin.10 *19 *So Rachel died, and she was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem), *20 *and Jacob set up a pillar over her tomb. It is the pillar of Rachel’s tomb, which is there to this day. *21 *Israel journeyed on and pitched his tent beyond the tower of Eder. *22 *While Israel lived in that land, Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father’s concubine. And Israel heard of it. Now the sons of Jacob were twelve. *23 *The sons of Leah: Reuben (Jacob’s firstborn), Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun. *24 *The sons of Rachel: Joseph and Benjamin. *25 *The sons of Bilhah, Rachel’s servant: Dan and Naphtali. *26 *The sons of Zilpah, Leah’s servant: Gad and Asher. These were the sons of Jacob who were born to him in Paddan-aram. *27 *And Jacob came to his father Isaac at Mamre, or Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron), where Abraham and Isaac had sojourned. *28 *Now the days of Isaac were 180 years. *29 *And Isaac breathed his last, and he died and was gathered to his people, old and full of days. And his sons Esau and Jacob buried him. Footnotes [1] 34:8 The Hebrew for _your_ is plural here [2] 34:12 Or _engagement present_ [3] 35:7 _El-bethel_ means _God of Bethel_ [4] 35:8 _Allon-bacuth_ means _oak of weeping_ [5…
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