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Literal When Possible: The Sermon’s Earliest Reception

Literal When Possible: The Sermon’s Earliest Reception

In 1978, Robert M. Grant argued persuasively that the earliest Christians read the Sermon on the Mount as “literal when possible,” regarding them as commands to be obeyed. Grant’s excellent Semeia chapter, buried in an older volume, is a bit hard to find for the average reader. As we look at the reception history for the Sermon on the Mount,…

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Preparing For Theology 1: Sound Doctrine Is Healthy Teaching

Preparing For Theology 1: Sound Doctrine Is Healthy Teaching

In Paul’s final letters to young preachers Timothy and Titus, he urges them to “teach what is appropriate to sound doctrine” (Titus 2:1 NIV), because “the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine” (2 Timothy 4:3 NIV). When I was growing up, this phrase was actually used as “code:” if a church advertisement said it…

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