Greg Strand is EFCA executive director of theology and credentialing, and he serves on the Board of Ministerial Standing as well as the Spiritual Heritage Committee. He and his family are members of Northfield (Minnesota) EFC.
Questions about canonicity of the Bible have often been used to discredit the authority of the Bible. This issue has become especially acute in the past number of years with attention being given The Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Judas, and others, gospels besides the canonical gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
Michael J. Kruger is doing some of the most helpful work today on the issues of the canon. Kruger penned Canon Revisited: Establishing the Origins and Authority of the New Testament Books (Crossway, 2012), and he has also written The Question of Canon: Challenging the Status Quo in the New Testament Debate (IVP, 2013) which will be published later this year.
Kruger also writes a blog in which he includes a great deal of helpful information. He has done a couple of extremely helpful series, one I share today, and the second tomorrow.
Below you will find links to his excellent series on “10 Misconceptions About the NT Canon.”
This series is important for you to read. And then after you have read it, have your elders and other leaders read it.