Jimmy Akin

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The Four Gospels are Filled with Reports of Jesus’ Miracles

In his own day, did Jesus have a reputation as a miracle worker? Virtually all scholars—both believers and skeptics—are convinced that he did. The Gospels are filled with reports of his miracles. But Bart Ehrman disagrees. He argues that early...

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No Doubt About It: Jesus Was a Miracle Worker, and Everyone Knew It

Despite their disagreements, both believing and skeptical Bible scholars can agree on certain things about the life of Jesus. One of these is that, during his day, Jesus had a reputation as a miracle-worker. Accounts of his healings, exorcisms,...

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What Every OCD Sufferer Should Know About Vows and Promises

Have you ever felt a sudden compulsion to promise or vow something to God, even though it seemed irrational? If so, you’re not alone. Sudden, rash impulses are part of the human experience (due to original sin), and for some people, impulses of...

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Is It Possible to Pray Across Time?

In the Back to the Future movies, Doc Brown chides Marty McFly for not thinking fourth-dimensionally. He means that Marty—like most of us—is letting his options be limited too much by the here and now. Marty’s not taking into account the...

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The Mystery of the Beloved Disciple

Something very strange happens in John’s Gospel. Unlike any of the other Gospels, it indicates—directly—who its author is. And yet it also doesn’t tell us who he is. At the very end of the Gospel, we are told that it was written by a figure...

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An Important and Little-Known Fact About the Temple of Jerusalem

Many people have the idea that, in biblical times, the Jerusalem temple was exclusively for Jewish use. This is a natural assumption, given the hostilities that led to the Jewish War of the A.D. 60s, as well as the attitude of some Jewish...

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No, Pope Francis Is Not Changing the Lord’s Prayer

Newspapers and websites erupted over the weekend with headlines like: Lord's Prayer: Pope Francis calls for change (BBC) Pope Francis proposes change to the Lord's Prayer (AOL) Pope Francis wants to change the

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God’s Elect in the Old Testament

In both Calvinist and Catholic theology, God’s “elect” are often understood to be the people that God has chosen to be saved on the last day. Recently, we looked at individual places and people God “chose” in the Old Testament. However, in...

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Places and People God Chose in the Old Testament

In both Calvinist and Catholic theology, God’s “elect” are often understood to be the people that God has chosen to be saved on the last day. The basis of this divine choice is much discussed in theology. However, before considering the way a...

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God’s Elect in the First Epistle of Clement

Calvinist theology places a great deal of emphasis on the concept of God’s elect. The term “elect” is taken from the Greek word eklektos, which means “chosen.” In Calvinist thought, the elect are those that have been chosen by God to be saved...