About J. Carl Laney

J. Carl Laney teaches Biblical Literature at Western Seminary and coordinates the Israel Study Program. Carl has authored numerous books, including most recently, “Loving Your Enemy: A Biblical Alternative to Revenge” (Ministry: International Journal for Pastors, July 2011).


What is the “Unpardonable Sin?”

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A young man came to my office and expressed his concern that he had committed the “unpardonable sin” and there was nothing he could do to be saved from eternal condemnation and judgment. Many believers have been troubled by the question, “Have I committed the unpardonable sin?” A proper understanding of the historical circumstances can…
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The Gift of Roots and Wings

Birds with wings expanded.

The Columbia Classic was a 15 kilometer race which follows the historic Columbia River Highway from the Women’s Forum viewpoint to the foot of Oregon’s famous Multnomah Falls. I ran the race with my son, David, thirteen years ago. Although the Columbia Classic is no more, memories of that race linger with me. It was…
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Jonah and the Great Fish (Jonah 1:16)

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Have you ever wondered about the possibility that someone could survive being swallowed by a great fish? Few people would question the historicity of Jonah apart from the “fish story.” It is a whale of a tale! But could it have actually happened? In Sir Francis Fox’s book, Sixty‑three Years of Engineering (cited in Princeton…
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Studies in the Pauline Epistles: Essays in Honor of Douglas J. Moo

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Studies in the Pauline Epistles: Essays in Honor of Douglas J. Moo. Matthew S. Harmon and J. E. Smith, editors. Zondervan, 2014. 311 pages. $49.99. As the title suggests, this book is a collection of essays on the Pauline epistles written in honor of an incredibly gifted and productive New Testament scholar, Douglas J. Moo.…
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Work Matters: Lessons from Scripture

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Work Matters: Lessons from Scripture By R. Paul Stevens $16.00 Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2012.   Of the four books on the subject of “work” I have read in the last eight months, R. Paul Stevens, Work Matters, is on the top of my list. Stevens is professor emeritus of marketplace…
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