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In the spirit of end-of-year top 5, 10, and 16 lists, here are the top 5 articles we’ve published at the B&H Academic Blog. Thank you for reading, subscribing, and staying up to date with all-things-B&H Academic.
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1. Must We Believe in the Doctrine of the Trinity? (Malcolm Yarnell)
Evangelicalism in America has amalgamated for scholars in the organization known as the Evangelical Theological Society. The two parts of its “doctrinal basis” concern the Bible’s truthfulness and God the Trinity. While some evangelicals have addressed the Trinity in terms of systematic theology and others have employed the Trinity in debates over gender relations, few monographs are dedicated to evaluating the biblical source material for the Trinity.
2. Catholicity and the Homosexual Heresy (Rollin Grams and Donald Fortson III)
The historic witness of the church on the topic of homosexual practice could not be more transparent. The church’s constant verdict on homosexuality is completely reasonable given the unambiguous testimony of Scripture. The historic texts explored in this volume are filled with biblical references because the Bible has always been the final authority behind Christian condemnation of homosexual practice. The historical evidence for a consistently negative assessment of homosexual practice is indisputable. In fact, as evidenced in the texts cited, there are no dissenting voices at all. In light of the unanimous historic witness, it is not surprising that 90 percent of the Christian churches in America find the gay Christian arguments unconvincing. In order to jettison traditional Christian teaching about homosexuality, one would need to identify overwhelming exegetical evidence in Scripture. The lack of dissenting voices in church history confirms that there is no such exegetical evidence.
3. Spurgeon’s Valentine (Ray Rhodes)
Charles Spurgeon had a realistic view of marriage, realizing it “is not all sugar.” However, he also believed that “grace in the heart will keep away most of the sours.” He wrote: “It should be the husband’s pleasure to please his wife, and the wife’s care to care for her husband.” Encouragingly, Spurgeon counseled, “When home is ruled according to God’s word, angels might be asked to stay the night with us, and they would not find themselves out of their element.” What Charles and Susannah provide for those who will contemplate the pattern of their lives is not only a vision for a happy marriage, but also Scripture as an anchor that holds strong amidst trials and temptations.
4. What Are the Benefits and Dangers of Expository Preaching? (Tony Merida)
Expository preaching is an approach that is founded on certain theological beliefs, such as the role of the preacher according to Scripture, the nature of the Scripture, and the work of the Spirit. Therefore, many of the benefits for doing exposition are hard to measure. However, nine practical-theological benefits are worth noting.
5. The Best Way to Improve Your Greek (Todd Scacewater)
The best way to improve your Greek is simply to read it. Read lots of it. Immerse yourself in Greek as much as possible. Admittedly, this is not easy. There are a few problems with immersing yourself in the Greek consistently, but also some practical ways to get over the hurdles.