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What a pastor should know about developments in NT textual criticism. Part 1: New Editions

By Peter Gurry | January 8, 2018
Codex Sinaiticus (01)

In this series, Dr. Peter Gurry explains recent developments in New Testament textual criticism. Read part 2 and part 3. Introduction: Why It Matters Pastors are busy. They are expected to maintain competence in a wide range of skills from preaching to counseling, balancing the budget to carefully parsing the doctrine of the Trinity. It can…

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Brian Arnold on Retrieving Cyprian

By Phoenix Seminary | January 2, 2018

Retrieval from earlier epochs of Christian history seems to be all the rage these days, and for good reason. In the increasingly chaotic realm of evangelicalism, believers are looking for deeper roots and many are turning to the fathers. In this quest for retrieval, we need to take another look at figures like Cyprian of…

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Musings on The Intellectual Life

By John Meade | December 28, 2017
Rembrandt painting

The Intellectual Life: Its Spirit, Conditions, Methods by A. G. Sertillanges (repr. CUA Press, 1998) is a classic of which the seminarian should be aware. I draw attention to a few of the salient points made by Sertillanges in hopes that the reader will pursue matters further by reading the whole book. Its preliminary chapters…

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Merry Christmas from Phoenix Seminary!

By Phoenix Seminary | December 25, 2017
Photo credit: Don Baltzer

Photo credit: Don Baltzer Merry Christmas from all of us at Phoenix Seminary! 6 For to us a child is born,     to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder,     and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,     Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and of peace     there will be…

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John DelHousaye on Praying the Nunc Dimittis

By Phoenix Seminary | December 18, 2017
Selection of Simeon in the Temple, by Rembrandt van Rijn, 1631

Luke has given us three prayers for Advent—the Magnificat, the Benedictus, and the Nunc Dimittis. This meditation focuses on the third; I intend to offer context for the focus (kavanah) we bring to the prayer. This section in Luke’s birth narrative of Jesus has four chiastic subunits: A         Piety of Parents (2:21–24) B          Simeon’s Piety…

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