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

Denny Burk - Apologetic Report

The Huffington Post apparently thinks it’s newsworthy that Karen Pence—wife of Vice President Mike Pence—has taken a teaching job at a Christian school. What’s so extraordinary about this? According to the report:

It’s not a school where everyone is welcome. In a...

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Over the weekend, I was gobsmacked by something that I read on social media. A PCA church in St. Louis is hosting an event that includes an openly lesbian speaker named Jay-Marie Hill who is coming to the church to “teach us how to not only mourn the tragic deaths of trans folx, but learn to...

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I just finished a long and interesting Buzzfeed piece about Ellen Degeneres. There is much that I could comment on, but there is only one item I will highlight here. The author of the article writes this:

Yes, we all have a shared humanity. But there is so much more that we don’t...

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image Last month, over 250 Dutch pastors and church leaders went public with their endorsement of the Nashville Statement. At least one member of the Dutch parliament also endorsed the statement. Even though they simply meant to reaffirm what Christianity has always taught for its entire 2,000-year...

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Monday, 31 December 2018 04:58

How can the fallen mind accept Exodus 4:22?

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image My daily Bible reading had me in Exodus 4-7 today where God is calling a reluctant Moses to go back to Egypt to lead the children of Israel out of slavery. This particular command from God to Moses jumped off the page at me:

Exodus 4:22 Then you shall say to Pharaoh, ‘Thus says the Lord,...

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Monday, 31 December 2018 00:20

Top Ten Posts of 2018

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image I want to thank all of you who have read and interacted with this site over the last year. I am grateful for every one of you. For those of you who are interested, I give you the top 10 blog posts from 2018. This blog is a combination of content creation and content curation, which means that I...

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Wednesday, 26 December 2018 19:00

A Plan to Read through the Bible in 2019

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image In years past, my customary mode for reading through the Bible every year involved starting in Genesis and reading right through to Revelation. I estimated that about four chapters per day would get me through in under a year’s time. The method worked reasonably well, but it wasn’t...

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Tuesday, 25 December 2018 12:00

Top 10 YouTubes of 2018

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image It’s time for my annual posting of the Top 10 YouTube Videos of the Year (see last year’s list here). The videos below are actually not all YouTubes. There are some Twitter and Facebook videos in there too. Nevertheless, I’m gonna keep the title “Top 10 YouTubes”...

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Monday, 24 December 2018 01:26

God sent his son into the world…

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imageI confess that I have been—for my entire life—an unabashed reveler in schmaltzy Christmas traditions. The music, the food, the movies, the anticipation of the season. I’ve always loved it. Nevertheless, it is also true that every year I find myself less and less satisfied by the...

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Sunday, 23 December 2018 23:43

Let every heart prepare him room!

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How could there possibly be anything more mysterious and wonderful than the incarnation of Jesus Christ? God became a man. God took on mortal human flesh and became subject to all the things that every other mortal is subject to. He sneezed. He coughed. He got headaches and an upset stomach. Every...

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image You may have read the news last week that the Communist government in China has cracked down on a church in the city of Chengdu. A couple weeks ago, Chinese authorities arrested pastor Wang Yi, his wife, and over 100 Christians who attend Early Rain Covenant Church. The Communists regard religion...

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Friday, 14 December 2018 00:50

Chaplain Bill. RIP.

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I only have happy feelings when I think about my days as a student at Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS). It was such a formative time, and I remain grateful to professors who poured their lives and teaching into me during those years.

A big part of life on campus in those days was chapel. I...

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In A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Ebenezer Scrooge has a startling conversation with the ghost of his dead business partner, Jacob Marley. Jacob is damned in death for his misdeeds in life, and he appears to warn Scrooge that he is headed for the same fate. Scrooge resists the suggestion...

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Thursday, 06 December 2018 22:42

Sex and the false gods of the marketplace

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imagePeter Jensen has a wonderful review of Glynn Harrison’s new book A Better Story: God, Sex and Human Flourishing (Intervarsity, 2017). I haven’t read the book yet, but I want to point out two paragraphs from the review that are important. Jensen writes:

We frequently hear from Christians...

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Now that it’s Advent I’ve begun my annual tradition of complaining/explaining to Protestants that no matter how charming you find this picture, it’s presenting heretical theology (i.e., Mary as co-redemptrix). pic.twitter.com/TKJFxeiGSz

— Joe Carter (@joecarter) December 3,...

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Sunday, 02 December 2018 23:43

Another harsh assessment of John Chau’s mission

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Lyman Stone wrote an essay for The Federalist last week criticizing John Chau as an unprepared adventurist who recklessly threw his life away trying to reach the Sentinelese people with the gospel. Among other things, Stone writes:

Chau was killed while serving as a missionary. But he was not killed...

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I’ve been dismayed this week by the amount of criticism aimed at John Chau’s mission to the Sentinelese, not because his mission is above criticism but because critics seem to be operating on assumptions rather than on facts. My question has been how so many people feel that they have...

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imageMissionary John Chau was killed only ten days ago, and yet there has been no shortage of Christians publicly criticizing the strategy he employed in order to reach the Sentinelese people with the gospel. I just read another such article today, this time in Religion News Service.

I have said before an...

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imageLast night, I read the news of missionary John Chau’s death. He was killed last week by the very people he was trying to reach with the gospel. He knew the risks, and he went anyway. There are several items from Chau’s letters and journal that have pierced me to the soul, perhaps this...

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Wednesday, 21 November 2018 00:51

ETS Debate about the Continuation of Charismatic Gifts

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image Last week at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, there was a session about the continuation/cessation of charismatic gifts. This was a really stimulating discussion which I wrote about here. Unfortunately, the audio is not free, but you can purchase and download audio at the...

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image I attended the 70th annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) in Denver, Colorado last week. For those of you who don’t know, ETS is a society of theologians and biblical scholars who are dedicated to biblical inerrancy and a belief in the Trinity. At the annual meeting,...

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ABC News reports on female survivors of the mass shooting in Thousand Oaks, California. In the video above, you will see one woman describe what heroic young men did at the critical moment. She describes it this way:
There were multiple men that got on their knees and pretty much blocked all of us...

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Monday, 12 November 2018 05:03

Stan Lee wrote the stories of my youth

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I just saw the news about the death of comic book mogul Stan Lee. I don’t know much about Stan Lee the man, but I do know something about the characters and worlds he created within Marvel comics. Lee’s stories and characters were a big part of my childhood. He didn’t create...

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Sunday, 11 November 2018 21:32

A Hope Not on Offer in the Gnostic Gospels

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image Yesterday, I finished Elaine Pagels’ moving memoir Why Religion? A Personal Story (Ecco, 2018). If Pagels’ name is unfamiliar to the general reader, it is not to scholars of the Bible and early Christianity. Pagels has been writing provocative books about early Christianity...

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Wednesday, 07 November 2018 22:15

If you accept transgender, then why not trans-aged?

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A 69-year-old man asks to be declared 49, claiming age is as fluid as gender https://t.co/H7LB0CzoZu

— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) November 8, 2018

The Washington Post reports that a man wishes to self-identify as twenty years younger than he actually is. Not only that, he wants the...

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