But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Sunday, 10 October 2010 14:00

1 Kings 14; Colossians 1; Ezekiel 44; Psalms 97–98

1 Kings 14; Colossians 1; Ezekiel 44; Psalms 97–98

FAITH, HOPE, AND LOVE are together sometimes referred to as the Pauline triad. They occur in Paul’s letters in various combinations. Sometimes only two of the three show up; sometimes all three.

Probably the best known verse with the...

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Written by Don Carson
Sunday, 10 October 2010 14:00

1 Kings 14; Colossians 1; Ezekiel 44; Psalms 97–98

1 Kings 14; Colossians 1; Ezekiel 44; Psalms 97–98

FAITH, HOPE, AND LOVE are together sometimes referred to as the Pauline triad. They occur in Paul’s letters in various combinations. Sometimes only two of the three show up; sometimes all three.

Probably the best known verse with the...

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Written by Don Carson
Saturday, 09 October 2010 14:00

1 Kings 13; Philippians 4; Ezekiel 43; Psalms 95–96

1 Kings 13; Philippians 4; Ezekiel 43; Psalms 95–96

SOME PRACTICAL ADVICE FOR Christians (Phil. 4:4–9):

(1) Always rejoice in the Lord (Phil. 4:4). This command is so important that Paul repeats it. Our responsibility to obey it is independent of circumstances, for regardless of how...

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Written by Don Carson
Saturday, 09 October 2010 14:00

1 Kings 13; Philippians 4; Ezekiel 43; Psalms 95–96

1 Kings 13; Philippians 4; Ezekiel 43; Psalms 95–96

SOME PRACTICAL ADVICE FOR Christians (Phil. 4:4–9):

(1) Always rejoice in the Lord (Phil. 4:4). This command is so important that Paul repeats it. Our responsibility to obey it is independent of circumstances, for regardless of how...

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Written by Don Carson
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 23:46

Bulgaria Part 1

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Friends,

I just arrived in Bulgaria yesterday for seven days of speaking in various cities.

Today Darin (the leading creationist in Bulgaria) will take me to Varna, a university town. I will speak at a biological university for a meeting organized by Campus Crusade for Christ. There should be a lot...

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Written by Dr. Terry Mortenson
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 04:31

Another Full Weekend

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Attendance at the church seminar was good, and although not as many resources were purchased as expected (due to the depressed economy and loss of jobs in the Detroit area), very many people expressed their appreciation for the teaching.

An engineer told me on Sunday morning that he loved the topic...

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Written by Dr. Terry Mortenson
Friday, 24 September 2010 04:23

Costa Rican Police Officers

COSTA RICA—In July of 2010 I embarked on a “police training agreement journey” with a group of 36 Costa Rican officers from five different police bases (Guadalupe, Moravia, Coronado, San Pedro and Curridabat). Every Tuesday we would meet for one hour to study The Story of Hope...

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Written by Good Soil Evangelism and Discipleship
Friday, 24 September 2010 03:55

Venezuelan Educational Inspector

VENEZUELA—An inspector for the the Venezuelan Ministry of Education hears the gospel as presented by a Pemon Indian pastor using The Story of Hope.

Authors: Good Soil Evangelism and Discipleship...

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Thursday, 26 August 2010 07:24

Old-earth Geology Refuted

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I would like to draw your attention to two new resources dealing with the age of the earth.

One is an article by John Reed (PhD, geology, and a ruling elder in a Presbyterian church) in response to the old-earth views of eight fellow Reformed geologists (one of whom is Davis Young, emeritus...

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Written by Dr. Terry Mortenson
Thursday, 19 August 2010 00:06

Albuquerque Seminar

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This past weekend was very full as I did a creation seminar in Albuquerque, New Mexico. People were very responsive to the eight presentations I made, and I spent a lot time after the talks answering questions. Plus, a lot of resources were purchased.

An older couple came up to me on the last night,...

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Written by Dr. Terry Mortenson
Friday, 13 August 2010 07:28

Speaking in the Creation Museum

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Many times each month, I give a lecture in the Creation Museum (as do the other AiG speakers). Afterward, I go to the museum bookstore to answer questions or autograph books or DVDs. Sometimes people who object to what I said come to talk to me. These range from atheists to Christians who accept...

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Written by Dr. Terry Mortenson
Tuesday, 10 August 2010 07:12

Christian Leaders Grand Canyon Trip 2010

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In mid-July we conducted our by-invitation-only, third annual Grand Canyon trip for Christian Leaders. This seven-day raft trip down the Colorado River through the canyon exposed 24 seminary professors and other key Christian leaders to the biblical and geological arguments for a global Flood and...

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Written by Dr. Terry Mortenson
Monday, 03 May 2010 02:44

How the Church Growth Movement Drives the Gospel out of Churches

By Bob DeWaay

Authors: Critical Issues Commentary...

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Tuesday, 20 April 2010 20:06

Lea Returns Home with The Story of Hope

HONG KONG - PHILIPPINES—Lea is a Filipino who lives in Hong Kong. In December of 2009, Lea returned to the Philippines to visit her family. She had gone to the Philippines in the summer, and tried to share the gospel with her family without any success. This time she did not go with the same...

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Written by Good Soil Evangelism and Discipleship
Monday, 05 April 2010 13:30

The Story of Hope Preaching Series

COLOMBIA—As I was preaching through The Story of Hope events, on a recent Sunday event #36 (Jesus' Return for Believers) was presented. During the invitation one lady admitted that she was not ready if the rapture was to occur soon, and she trusted Christ as Savior that day.

Authors: Good Soil...

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Written by Good Soil Evangelism and Discipleship
Friday, 02 April 2010 03:40

Unique Grand Canyon Trip—Strategic Ministry

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One of the important aspects of my ministry at Answers in Genesis is helping to organize and lead our strategic Grand Canyon outreach to seminary and Christian college professors and other key Christian leaders, which AiG is co-sponsoring with Canyon Ministries and The Master’s Seminary....

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Written by Dr. Terry Mortenson
Sunday, 28 March 2010 14:00

Persuasion in Gospel Presentations

​When all of the steps in the process of tilling and planting evangelism have been taken, the faithful gospel witness knows that it is time to reap. Knowing full well that it is God who provides the increase, the witness carefully clarifies and personalizes the message, and then persuades his...

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Written by Good Soil Evangelism and Discipleship
Wednesday, 24 March 2010 00:46

Atheists Stand on the Bible

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The enemies of Christianity will pervert anything we do: http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2010/03/but_you_should_be.php. Isn’t it remarkable that they can hate so much someone whom they don’t believe exists, and be so vehement that we Christians are wrong even though they insist there...

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Written by Dr. Terry Mortenson
Monday, 15 March 2010 02:44

2 Thessalonians 2:1-8: Does it Support a Pre-wrath View?

By Eric Douma

Authors: Critical Issues Commentary...

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Wednesday, 10 March 2010 00:44

"Undefining" God's Mission - The Emerging Church "On a Mission from God"

By Bob DeWaay

Authors: Critical Issues Commentary...

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Wednesday, 20 January 2010 06:24

Marilene, Eva, and Paulo

BRAZIL—Laura and Lynell use The Story of Hope in their evangelism and discipleship ministries in Campo Grande, Brazil. Here are three "Good Soil" stories resulting from their ministries: Marilene, whom Lynell met in a mechanic's shop; Eva, who asked Laura to lead her through a Bible study;...

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Written by Good Soil Evangelism and Discipleship
Thursday, 14 January 2010 13:00

Genesis 16; Matthew 15; Nehemiah 5; Acts 15

Genesis 16; Matthew 15; Nehemiah 5; Acts 15

IN ALL OF ANCIENT NEAR EASTERN LITERATURE, so far as I am aware, Hagar is the only woman whom Deity directly addresses by name (Gen. 16:8; 21:17). The woman in question is not one of the great matriarchs of the Old Testament — Sarah, perhaps, or...

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Written by Don Carson
Thursday, 14 January 2010 13:00

Genesis 16; Matthew 15; Nehemiah 5; Acts 15

Genesis 16; Matthew 15; Nehemiah 5; Acts 15

IN ALL OF ANCIENT NEAR EASTERN LITERATURE, so far as I am aware, Hagar is the only woman whom Deity directly addresses by name (Gen. 16:8; 21:17). The woman in question is not one of the great matriarchs of the Old Testament — Sarah, perhaps, or...

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Written by Don Carson
Wednesday, 13 January 2010 13:00

Genesis 15; Matthew 14; Nehemiah 4; Acts 14

Genesis 15; Matthew 14; Nehemiah 4; Acts 14

GOD’S TIME SCALE is so different from ours. Abram wants a son, and feels his time is running out; God envisages a race with countless millions of descendants. Abram feels his life is approaching its termination with nothing very much settled as to...

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Written by Don Carson
Wednesday, 13 January 2010 13:00

Genesis 15; Matthew 14; Nehemiah 4; Acts 14

Genesis 15; Matthew 14; Nehemiah 4; Acts 14

GOD’S TIME SCALE is so different from ours. Abram wants a son, and feels his time is running out; God envisages a race with countless millions of descendants. Abram feels his life is approaching its termination with nothing very much settled as to...

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Written by Don Carson
Tuesday, 12 January 2010 13:00

Genesis 14; Matthew 13; Nehemiah 3; Acts 13

Genesis 14; Matthew 13; Nehemiah 3; Acts 13

IF ONE WERE TO READ through the book of Genesis without knowing the content of any other book of the Bible, one of the most enigmatic sections would certainly be these few verses about Melchizedek (Gen. 14:18-20). After all, how does he contribute in any...

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Written by Don Carson
Tuesday, 12 January 2010 13:00

Genesis 14; Matthew 13; Nehemiah 3; Acts 13

Genesis 14; Matthew 13; Nehemiah 3; Acts 13

IF ONE WERE TO READ through the book of Genesis without knowing the content of any other book of the Bible, one of the most enigmatic sections would certainly be these few verses about Melchizedek (Gen. 14:18-20). After all, how does he contribute in any...

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Written by Don Carson
Monday, 11 January 2010 13:00

Genesis 13; Matthew 12; Nehemiah 2; Acts 12

Genesis 13; Matthew 12; Nehemiah 2; Acts 12

THE PICTURE IS A LOVELY ONE, Jesus is so tender and gentle that when he finds a “bruised reed” (Matt. 12:20), instead of snapping it off thoughtlessly, he binds it up in the hope that it will rejuvenate itself. If the wick of a candle has been...

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Written by Don Carson
Monday, 11 January 2010 13:00

Genesis 13; Matthew 12; Nehemiah 2; Acts 12

Genesis 13; Matthew 12; Nehemiah 2; Acts 12

THE PICTURE IS A LOVELY ONE, Jesus is so tender and gentle that when he finds a “bruised reed” (Matt. 12:20), instead of snapping it off thoughtlessly, he binds it up in the hope that it will rejuvenate itself. If the wick of a candle has been...

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Written by Don Carson
Monday, 11 January 2010 05:00

The Story of Hope in Family Evangelism

BRAZIL—Since taking the Good Soil training course in discipleship and evangelism at our church (New Life Baptist Community in Bauru, Brazil) in October, I had been praying that God would give me a chance to use what I had learned with people I meet.

Authors: Good Soil Evangelism and...

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Written by Good Soil Evangelism and Discipleship
Sunday, 10 January 2010 13:00

Genesis 12; Matthew 11; Nehemiah 1; Acts 11

Genesis 12; Matthew 11; Nehemiah 1; Acts 11

THIS PASSAGE, Genesis 12, marks a turning point in God’s unfolding plan of redemption. From now on, the focus of God’s dealings is not scattered individuals, but a race, a nation. This is the turning point that makes the Old Testament documents...

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Written by Don Carson
Sunday, 10 January 2010 13:00

Genesis 12; Matthew 11; Nehemiah 1; Acts 11

Genesis 12; Matthew 11; Nehemiah 1; Acts 11

THIS PASSAGE, Genesis 12, marks a turning point in God’s unfolding plan of redemption. From now on, the focus of God’s dealings is not scattered individuals, but a race, a nation. This is the turning point that makes the Old Testament documents...

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Written by Don Carson
Saturday, 09 January 2010 13:00

Genesis 11; Matthew 10; Ezra 10; Acts 10

Genesis 11; Matthew 10; Ezra 10; Acts 10

MOVED BY COMPASSION when the crowds remind him of sheep without a shepherd, Jesus instructs his disciples, “Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field” (Matt. 9:38) — and then he organizes a trainee...

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Written by Don Carson
Saturday, 09 January 2010 13:00

Genesis 11; Matthew 10; Ezra 10; Acts 10

Genesis 11; Matthew 10; Ezra 10; Acts 10

MOVED BY COMPASSION when the crowds remind him of sheep without a shepherd, Jesus instructs his disciples, “Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field” (Matt. 9:38) — and then he organizes a trainee...

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Written by Don Carson
Friday, 08 January 2010 13:00

Genesis 9 – 10; Matthew 9; Ezra 9; Acts 9

Genesis 9 – 10; Matthew 9; Ezra 9; Acts 9

DESPITE THE COMPREHENSIVENESS of the punishment it meted out, the Flood did not change human nature. God well knows that murder, first committed by Cain, will happen again.  Now he prescribes capital punishment (Gen. 9:6), not as a deterrent...

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Written by Don Carson
Friday, 08 January 2010 13:00

Genesis 9 – 10; Matthew 9; Ezra 9; Acts 9

Genesis 9 – 10; Matthew 9; Ezra 9; Acts 9

DESPITE THE COMPREHENSIVENESS of the punishment it meted out, the Flood did not change human nature. God well knows that murder, first committed by Cain, will happen again.  Now he prescribes capital punishment (Gen. 9:6), not as a deterrent...

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Written by Don Carson
Thursday, 07 January 2010 13:00

Genesis 8; Matthew 8; Ezra 8; Acts 8

Genesis 8; Matthew 8; Ezra 8; Acts 8

WHY DOES JESUS FIND the faith of the centurion so astonishing (Matt. 8:5-13)? The centurion assures Jesus that as far as he is concerned it is unnecessary for the Master to visit his home in order to heal the paralyzed servant. He understands that Jesus need only...

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Written by Don Carson
Thursday, 07 January 2010 13:00

Genesis 8; Matthew 8; Ezra 8; Acts 8

Genesis 8; Matthew 8; Ezra 8; Acts 8

WHY DOES JESUS FIND the faith of the centurion so astonishing (Matt. 8:5-13)? The centurion assures Jesus that as far as he is concerned it is unnecessary for the Master to visit his home in order to heal the paralyzed servant. He understands that Jesus need only...

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Written by Don Carson
Wednesday, 06 January 2010 13:00

Genesis 7; Matthew 7; Ezra 7; Acts 7

Genesis 7; Matthew 7; Ezra 7; Acts 7

THERE WAS A TIME WHEN scarcely a person in the Anglo-Saxon world would not have been able to cite John 3:16. Doubtless it was the best known verse in the entire Bible. It may still hold pride of place today — I am uncertain. But if it does, the percentage...

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Written by Don Carson
Wednesday, 06 January 2010 13:00

Genesis 7; Matthew 7; Ezra 7; Acts 7

Genesis 7; Matthew 7; Ezra 7; Acts 7

THERE WAS A TIME WHEN scarcely a person in the Anglo-Saxon world would not have been able to cite John 3:16. Doubtless it was the best known verse in the entire Bible. It may still hold pride of place today — I am uncertain. But if it does, the percentage...

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Written by Don Carson
Tuesday, 05 January 2010 13:00

Genesis 6; Matthew 6; Ezra 6; Acts 6

Genesis 6; Matthew 6; Ezra 6; Acts 6

THE FIRST THREE SECTIONS OF MATTHEW 6(which itself is the central chapter of the Sermon on the Mount) deal with three fundamental acts of piety in Judaism: giving to the needy (traditionally called “alms-giving”), prayer, and fasting (Matt. 6:1-18)....

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Written by Don Carson
Tuesday, 05 January 2010 13:00

Genesis 6; Matthew 6; Ezra 6; Acts 6

Genesis 6; Matthew 6; Ezra 6; Acts 6

THE FIRST THREE SECTIONS OF MATTHEW 6(which itself is the central chapter of the Sermon on the Mount) deal with three fundamental acts of piety in Judaism: giving to the needy (traditionally called “alms-giving”), prayer, and fasting (Matt. 6:1-18)....

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Written by Don Carson
Monday, 04 January 2010 13:00

Genesis 5; Matthew 5; Ezra 5; Acts 5

Genesis 5; Matthew 5; Ezra 5; Acts 5

AGAIN AND AGAIN IN THE FIFTH CHAPTER OF GENESIS, one finds the refrain, “and then he died.” So-and-so lived so many years, and then he diedand then he diedand then he died… Why the repetition?

From the beginning, God’s...

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Written by Don Carson
Monday, 04 January 2010 13:00

Genesis 5; Matthew 5; Ezra 5; Acts 5

Genesis 5; Matthew 5; Ezra 5; Acts 5

AGAIN AND AGAIN IN THE FIFTH CHAPTER OF GENESIS, one finds the refrain, “and then he died.” So-and-so lived so many years, and then he diedand then he diedand then he died… Why the repetition?

From the beginning, God’s...

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Written by Don Carson
Sunday, 03 January 2010 13:00

Genesis 4; Matthew 4; Ezra 4; Acts 4

Genesis 4; Matthew 4; Ezra 4; Acts 4

IT TOOK ONLY ONE GENERATION for the human race to produce its first murderer (Gen. 4). Two reflections:

(1) In the Bible, there are many motives behind murder. Jehu killed for political advantage (2 Kings 9-10); David killed to cover up his adultery (2 Sam. 11);...

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Written by Don Carson