Category: Assessments of Ministries and Teachers

GOLIATH WAS THE BAD GUY, REMEMBER? An Assessment of Henri Nouwen’s Teachings

© 2012, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Introduction On October 8 of this year, the Toronto Star published an opinion piece called “The life of a spiritual Goliath.”[1]  It was a paean to Henri Nouwen, the late Roman Catholic priest and writer of many books on “spirituality.”  According to the author, Stephen Bede Scharper, …

WOMEN AND CHURCH LEADERSHIP: An Inquiry and a Response to Pastor Keith A. Smith’s “Can Christian Women be Pastors and Preachers?”

© 2012, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. For many centuries, the Christian church understood that God had allocated to men only the authority and authoritative teaching roles in the church.  In the last several decades in the Western world, however, the changing zeitgeist has led to this understanding being challenged.  Many churches and entire …

DO “VIOLENT NAMES” PROVE ANIMAL DEATH PRIOR TO THE FALL?

© 2012, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. According to the creation account in Genesis 1-2, the world that God created and saw as “very good” featured no death of any sort, which necessarily means that animals did not originally eat other animals; indeed, Genesis 1:29-30 clearly states that both man and animals were to …

THE KING JAMES VERSION VS. THE NEW KING JAMES VERSION: A Response to James L. Melton’s “The NKJV: A Deadly Translation”

© 2012, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. (Melton’s article is found http://jesus-is-lord.com/nkjvdead.htm.  Accessed on February 20, 2012.) The words of Scripture were divinely inspired (“God-breathed” 2 Timothy 3:16) in the Hebrew, Aramaic, and Koine Greek languages, and it is these texts that are inerrant and infallible.  Every version in English or any other language …

NOT SO FAST: Why Fasting Is Unnecessary and Inappropriate for Christians

© 2012, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. The ancient practice of fasting seems to be growing rapidly in popularity in evangelical circles.  It is entering churches as an element of “spiritual formation,” and books on the topic are proliferating, making grandiose promises, books such as Fasting: Opening the Door to a Deeper, More Intimate, …

BRETHREN AGAINST CHRIST: An Indictment of The Brethren in Christ of North America’s “The Biblical Basis for Women in Church Leadership and Pastoral Ministry”

© 2011, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Introduction All Scripture is God-breathed, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17) There is a slogan popular among Evangelical Christians that goes as follows: …

MARK 16:9-20: A Response to CMI

© 2011, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. The Three-Headed Monster The historical era misnamed The Enlightenment, which began in the seventeenth century, was characterized by the exaltation of human reason as the means to determine truth, with the concomitant denigration of the concept of divine revelation.  In particular, the credibility of the Bible came …

HOW NOT TO DO HERMENEUTICS: A Response to Daniel Mann’s “Jesus: The ‘Begotten of the Father’” (Christian Research Journal 34(2), 2011, pp.8-9)

© 2011, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. The writer to the Hebrews, in demonstrating the superiority of the Son of God to angels, quotes Psalm 2:7, saying For to which of the angels did He ever say: “You are my Son, today I have begotten you”? (Hebrews 1:5). In this CRJ article, Daniel Mann …

ON THE MERITS OF THE SEPTUAGINT: A Response to Floyd Nolen Jones’ “The Chronology of the Old Testament”

© 2010, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Prolegomena There are Christians who believe that the King James Version is a divinely inspired translation and is the only true Word of God in the English language.  They hold to this position by faith, though it is not faith in what the Word of God says, …

A SECOND CAINAN?

© 2009, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. The genealogy of Jesus given by Luke includes a certain “Cainan” (Luke 3:36) who is indicated to be the son of Arphaxad and father of Shelah.  In the Old Testament, Arphaxad was the father of Shelah (Salah), according to Genesis 10:24 and 11:12, and 1 Chronicles 1:18.  …