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Fall 2002: Other Significant Articles


Andy Butcher, “When It’s Hard to Believe” Charisma (April 2002), pages 38-46.

What do your non-Christian neighbors really think about you and what you believe? Charisma asked a panel of unchurched people to explain how they see the church, offering an unflattering mirror of what we look like to the world we are trying to reach.



Tony Carnes, “‘New’ China: Same Old Tricks” Christianity Today (Mar 11, 2002, Vol 46 No 3), pages 38-42.

Chinese communist leaders are attempting to change their international image regarding their oppression of human rights. However, there are now available extensive documents demonstrating that top communists approve and promote the arrest and torture of Christians.



I. Howard Marshall, “Who is a Hypocrite?” Bibliotheca Sacra (Apr-Jun 2002, Vol 159 No 634), pages 131-150.

Professor Marshall compares the two English meanings of “hypocrite” with the Greek, Aramaic, and Hebrew words from which they are derived. One important conclusion he reaches is that the original Greek and Hebrew use of the “hypocrite” word groups were not always negative. Although usually linked with the concept of deceptive pretension, the word “hypocrite” can have a range of meaning. “Hypocrites” may not necessarily be people who are intentionally pretentious. From a Hebrew perspective, hypocrites may simply not realize they are not following God’s revealed ways. However, there are others who do “virtuous acts but with the motive of gaining human applause,” and were hypocrites because “they were people who sought to please God, and their desire for human applause was inconsistent with this” (p. 150).


Also in the Spring issue of BibSac can be found articles defending the book of Esther’s place in Scripture, and explanation of the imprecatory Psalms, an exploration of whether John the Baptist was an Essene, and an exposition of the judgment of the sheep and goats (Matt 25:31-46). Unlike many technical theological journals, BibSac may be trusted to uphold the inerrancy of Scripture and the fundamental beliefs of evangelical Christianity even if its writers differ strongly with Pentecostal/charismatics on the gifts of the Spirit for today. BibSac is published by the faculty of Dallas Theological Seminary.



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Please see in this issue “Recent Articles about ‘How Much Does God Control?’”


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