In honor of the launch of our Fall semester, I’m going to explore an interesting phenomenon: plagiarism. Few will be surprised to learn the truth. Christian students plagiarize, whether they attend public or private colleges, secular or Christian universities. I find the psychology behind the urge to cheat fascinating, but...
You don’t often hear this. In fact, I often hear the opposite, something like: “Bible Scholars stifle our faith;” “they only complicate the Bible so that the common person is confused;” “you don’t need to be a scholar to understand God;” and on and on. There’s some truth to this....
In the last post, I mentioned that I’m finishing up a book titled Paul and Judaism Revisited, which compares Paul’s understanding of salvation with the Dead Sea Scrolls. So I thought I’d back up a bit and give a layperson’s overview to two things: (1) what are the Dead Sea...
Recently, a friend asked if it was hard to find people to partner with Eternity financially. He explained that most of his friends had to pay off their own college educations, and they likely believe our students should do the same. He also observed that today’s donors are less...
If you polled the students at Eternity Bible College (or probably any other Christian college), you would learn that not all classes are created equal. Most of our students see the value in taking a class on Genesis or on preaching. The spiritual value of such topics is easy...
The Society for the Advancement of Ecclesial Theology (SAET) asked Spencer MacCuish, our Academic Dean, to contribute to a blog debate on whether theological education belongs in the church or in traditional universities and seminaries. Spencer argues that theological education ought to happen in the context of the local...
While there are huge benefits to reading old books rather than new ones, we have to be careful. Here are a few reasons why. (Incidentally, the dangers of reading old books overlap somewhat with the dangers of reading biographies.) 1. An older book is not necessarily a better book. Nearly...
I actually hate grading papers. There, I said it. I love to read and I love to learn. But there’s just something tedious about slugging my way through a stack of papers that makes my eyes bleed—even if the papers are well-written. This is why I’ve tried to mix...
Yesterday I wrote about what it means to hear the voice of God and tried to navigate some of the subjectivity of how you know what God is calling you to do. Today I want to continue in that vein. Many Christians firmly believe that they have received a God-giving...
I mentioned before that our book of the month feature wasn’t necessarily going to be a monthly feature. I wasn’t lying. We’ll just post about great books we’ve read whenever we feel like passing them on to you. This “month” I want to recommend When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate...
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