Confidence in the Bible – podcast

Myths about the Lost Books of the New Testament

by Ryan Turner

There are a number of popular myths about these supposed “lost Gospels” that are not in the New Testament.  The following is a response to these general misunderstandings.

Myth #1: The Lost Gospels should be in the New Testament.

Contrary to the claims of some, there were not hundreds of Gospels that were written about Jesus in the first century.  The early Church only had access to four first-century Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.  This is why there are only four Gospels in the New Testament.  The simple fact is that there were not any other first-century Gospels in existence at that time.

Furthermore, the criteria which the early Church used to discover which books were from God include the following:

There are at:

Commentary On John 20B (Jesus Appears To The Twelve)

Community Hermeneutics and Individual Responsibility

Yesterday I listened to three theologians talk about the authority of Scripture. I was surprised when one of them said, “We don’t read the Bible individually. We read it in community.”

That sounded postmodern to me. The speakers did not go on to give a clear explanation of what this meant. I thought it meant that our community tells us what a given text means. If our community has more than one view of a given text, then those views, plural, are the only views we can hold.

I went online to see what I could find out about reading the Bible in community. It turns out that emergent church leader Brian McLaren discussed this question in his book A New Kind of Christianity. (For more details see the two-part review, “Christianity and McLarenism,” by Kevin DeYoung at  One of the ten questions McLaren considers is “How should the Bible be understood?” He thinks that the Bible need not be consistent (that is, one Biblical author can contradict another) and that we learn what the Bible means by conversation within our community. He also evidently does not believe in an orthodox view of verbal plenary inspiration.

With further online research, I found that reading the Bible in community means slightly different things to different people.

There is more:

Hey Bill Johnson & Bethel Church, God Put Himself in a Box Called “Bible”


As usual, a great series and then this free collection of thoughts on Romans:

“Reflections on Romans” Released

That Pesky γάρ (Rom 5:6)

By now we should all recognize that γάρ means much more than “for,” and yet so often I hear people complaining that translators don’t always translate γάρ.

Someday we will get away from the simplistic attitude that the connecting tissue in Greek corresponds to words in English. Because of how English views words in sequence, and because of our use of punctuation and paragraphing, we can often convey the meaning of γάρ without using an English word.