Andy Stanley and the Old Testament: A Few Concerns


Podcast – Undesigned Coincidences in the Gospels and Acts

Dr. McGrew holds a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University and is an analytic philosopher. She is also the author of the book Hidden in Plain View: Undesigned Coincidences in the Gospels and Acts. She is wife to Dr. Tim McGrew. Join us today as she describes what “undesigned coincidences” are, how they compare to other theories, and how they strengthen the historical reliability of the NT biblical texts.

Outline for Discussion

  1. Lydia, as we ask all our first-time guests, could you talk about the time when you first accepted Christ as your Savior?
  2. You recently wrote a book entitled Hidden in Plain View: Undesigned Coincidences in the Gospels and Acts. Could you explain what you mean by “undesigned coincidences?
    1. Can you provide a few more examples? I found the example of the “green grass” (66-67) and the example of Joseph of Arimathea’s courage (76-79) fascinating.
  3. How do these undesigned coincidences strengthen the integrity of Gospels’ and Acts narrative?
  4. How does your view help one to work through the so-called inconsistencies of the Gospels and Acts?
  5. We have listeners from various educational backgrounds who listen to the podcast. Could you explain the literary device theory? What is this theory and how does this contrast with the undesigned coincidence theory?
  6. What are some of the problems you see with the literary device theory?
  7. How has your research strengthened your belief in the historical reliability of the Gospel-Acts narrative?
  8. Do you have any closing thoughts you would like to share?

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Bible reading…

by Thomas Brooks–

“Remember that it is not hasty reading, but serious meditation on holy and heavenly truths, that makes them prove sweet and profitable to the soul.

It is not the mere touching of the flower by the bee that gathers honey, but her abiding for a time on the flower that draws out the sweet.

It is not he that reads most, but he that meditates most, that will prove to be the choicest, sweetest, wisest, and strongest Christian.”