Posts with the tag “testament”
Joshua's Wars of Conquest
by Doug Becker on June 11th, 2021
by Doug BeckerNote: This essay was originally published as an appendix to Emergence's study guide for the book of Joshua in 2020.God’s commands for the Israelites to wage war against the Canaanites present one of the most difficult ethical questions for Christians who believe that the Scriptures are the revealed Word of God. These commands are carried out in the book of Joshua, and can cause deep ...
The Formation of the New Testament
by Doug Becker on January 4th, 2019
Why these twenty-seven books? As a pastor, this is a question that I get quite often. If we regard the New Testament is the "final authority in faith and life," we should have good reasons for doing so. In this essay, I lay out the basis for our understanding of why these books, and these books only, belong in the collection we call the "Word of God."A Brief Word On CouncilsBefore we begin, I need...