God’s Word and Contradictions: Sworn Enemies, Part 3

    Scriptures: Romans 16:25-27 1 Corinthians 15:3-19 2 Timothy 3:14-17 James 2:18-24 James 4:1-6 2 Peter 1:16-21 2 Peter 3:14-16 Service Music Opening Selection: “Speak To My Heart” (artist: Donnie McClurkin) “Word of God Speak” by Mercy Me “Word of Life” by Jeremy Camp Intermediate Selection: “Ancient Words” by Michael W. Smith Inspirational Selection:…

How did Judas die? Ehrman on the Judas death in Matthew and Luke

The commonly held view that Judas went out and “hanged himself” comes from Matthew (27:3-10). After Judas sees that his betrayal has led to Jesus’ conviction, he feels remorse and tries to return his pay of thirty pieces of silver to the Jewish chief priests, telling them that he has “sinned by betraying innocent blood.”…

God’s Word and Contradictions: Sworn Enemies, Part 2

  Scriptures: John 17:14-17 Acts 1:15-22 Acts 17:10-11 Acts 18:24-28 Romans 15:1-4 Service Music Opening Selection: “Speak To My Heart” (artist: Donnie McClurkin) “Word of God Speak” by Mercy Me “Word of Life” by Jeremy Camp Intermediate Selection: “Ancient Words” by Michael W. Smith Inspirational Selection: “Speak, O Lord” by Keith & Kristyn Getty Closing…

Doctrine Sunday, and The Essential Church Week in Review

Praise the Lord, everybody! It’s been another blessed week here at The Essential Church, with a lot of research being done and posts being written. We pray that you’ve had a chance to come along and read the work done at the site this week. If you haven’t, keep reading this post. At the end,…

Seven or Two Pairs? Bart Ehrman on the ark animals in Genesis 7

When Noah takes the animals on the ark, does he take seven pairs of all the “clean” animals, as Genesis 7:2 states, or just two pairs, as Genesis 7:9-10 indicates? [Bart Ehrman, Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible (And Why We Don’t Know About Them). New York: HarperCollins, 2009, page 9] Bart…

God’s Word and Contradictions: Sworn Enemies, Part 1

Audio Message:   Scriptures:  Matthew 26:47-56; Mark 12:18-27; Luke 4:16-21 Luke 24:44-48; John 7:38-42; John 10:34-36; John 13:18-19; John 17:9-17 Service Music Opening Selection: “Speak To My Heart” (artist: Donnie McClurkin) “Word of God Speak” by Mercy Me “Word of Life” by Jeremy Camp Intermediate Selection: “Ancient Words” by Michael W. Smith Inspirational Selection: “Speak,…