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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Thursday, 17 August 2017 04:42

Racism and DNA Testing

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DNA testing for ancestral heritage is all the rage these days.  You have likely seen ads from Ancestry.com, 23 and Me, and Family Tree DNA.  You may have seen the TV series, "Who Do You Think You Are?" or one of the other programs devoted to identifying the ancestry of celebrities and...

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Monday, 07 August 2017 01:35

Purple Mountain Majesty

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All that rain in the Eastern Sierras this past winter means lush mountain meadows and spectacular fields of flowers.  Solomon in all his splendour . . .

Authors: Kim Riddlebarger...

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Tuesday, 01 August 2017 04:36

Coming Attractions!

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Some of you have asked about my infrequent blog/Facebook posts of late . . .

I am well--thankfully.  But I am on Sabbatical and soon to take vacation.  I have been catching up on my reading, visiting with friends and family, and taking care of household stuff--like gassing pesky...

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I have heard many of the same legendary tales about the Russian mystic, Grigory Rasputin, you may have heard. 

Rasputin had unexplained healing powers.  He could seduce (and apparently did) virtually any woman he wanted.  His inexplicable ties to the Romanov family (especially...

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Saturday, 15 July 2017 03:20

The Short and the Tall of It

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The world of sports is filled with contrasts:

Aaron Judge (6' 8") and Ronald Torreyes (5' 8").

Manute Bol (7' 7") and Spud Webb (5' 7")

Wilt Chamberlain (7' 1") and Willie Shoemaker (4' 11")

 

Authors: Kim Riddlebarger...

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 One of the most subtle and dangerous temptations Christians face during their pilgrim journey is the allure of civil religion.  James Davison Hunter defines civil religion as a “diffuse amalgamation of religious values that is synthesized with the civic creeds of the nation; in...

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Jean Manco's revised and updated book Ancestral Journeys is one of the most interesting books I've read in a long time.   

The author is a "building historian," but is well equipped to combine archaeology,  climate history, and DNA research.  She capably turns a complicated...

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017 07:17

Better in Turkish?

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Just heard from the editor that my contribution on First Corinthians in the Lectio Continua series is now being published in Turkish.

You can order the English version from Reformation Heritage Books.  It is on sale!  First Corinthians Tolle Lege

Authors: Kim Riddlebarger...

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Sunday, 18 June 2017 08:37

"Whatever One Sows" -- Galatians 6:1-10

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Here's the audio from this morning's sermon on Galatians 6:1-10.

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Authors: Kim Riddlebarger...

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Friday, 16 June 2017 04:51

"Got Me a Gator"

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That is one big alligator--more than 15 feet with a huge head.  It had been killing the rancher's cattle when they came to drink.  That won't happen again.

Authors: Kim Riddlebarger...

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Summer is often considered a great time to tackle a couple of good books.  Let me heartily recommend that you add S. M. Baugh's new book, Majesty on High:  Introduction to the Kingdom of God in the New Testament, to your list.

Dr. Baugh was a classmate at Westminster Seminary California...

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 07:01

Lion of Princeton to Get New Cover

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My 2015 book on Princeton theologian B. B. Warfield, is being given a new cover by Lexham Press (the publisher).

The Lion of Princeton is part of Lexham's series in "Studies in Historical Theology & Systematic Theology."

You can read more about the Lion of Princeton here:  The Lion of...

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 06:50

"He Is the Living God" -- Daniel 6:1-28

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The Twelfth in a Series of Sermons on the Book of Daniel

The sign on the door of the royal palace read “under new management.”  The Persians (Medes) have displaced the Babylonians (Chaldeans) as the occupiers and rulers of Babylon.  The Babylonian king, Belshazzar, is...

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Here's the audio from this morning's sermon, the eleventh in my series on Galatians

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Authors: Kim Riddlebarger...

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Scary stuff. 

Apparently, Bernie missed the fact that the U.S. Constitution forbides any religious test for holding public office (h.t. Justin Taylor).

I highly recommend David French's response, including a transcript (Sanders Imposes a Religious Test for Office)

Authors: Kim Riddlebarger...

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The Eleventh in a Series of Sermons on the Book of Daniel

It was a party like no other.  Wine was flowing freely and the thousand or so royal guests seem completely oblivious to the fact that within hours the party’s host (the Babylonian king Belshazzar) would be dead and the Persian army...

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Here's the audio from this morning's sermon:  Click Here

Authors: Kim Riddlebarger...

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Wednesday, 31 May 2017 06:21

Senator Sasse on the Importance of Civics

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Senator Ben Sasse has made a number of media appearances promoting his recent and excellent book, The Vanishing American Adult.  But whenever Ben gets the chance, he reminds his audience (especially on his twitter feed--which is a must follow) that one reason behind a number of the problems...

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The Tenth in a Series of Sermons on the Book of Daniel

Nebuchadnezzar foresaw this terrible night in a dream–a great empire, crumbing by the day, now entering its final hours.  In his visionary dream of a gigantic metallic statue with a head of gold, Nebuchadnezzar saw the greatness of...

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Sunday, 28 May 2017 08:48

"For Freedom" -- Galatians 5:1-6

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Here's the audio from this morning's sermon: Click Here

Authors: Kim Riddlebarger...

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The Ninth in a Series of Sermons on the Book of Daniel

King Nebuchadnezzar has had a second terrifying dream.  Once again his court magicians and wise men cannot interpret his dream.  Greatly troubled, the Babylonian king summons his Hebrew servant Daniel to interpret this dream which has...

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Here' Rev. Lenzner's Morning Sermon on Psalm 130:1-9:  Click Here

Authors: Kim Riddlebarger...

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The Eighth in A Series of Sermons on the Book of Daniel

In Daniel chapter 4, we are given remarkable insight into a man who has played a key role in Daniel’s prophecy–the Babylonian king, Nebuchadnezzar.  In each of the three chapters of Daniel we have covered so far, Nebuchadnezzar...

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Sunday, 14 May 2017 08:24

"Two Covenants" -- Galatians 4:21-31

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Authors: Kim Riddlebarger...

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Wednesday, 10 May 2017 04:29

"But I See Four Men" -- Daniel 3:1-30

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The Seventh in a Series of Sermons on the Book of Daniel

After Daniel interpreted the king’s frightening dream, Nebuchadnezzaer was greatly relieved.  In fact, the king was so thankful to Daniel that he acknowledged his young Hebrew servant’s God as “God of gods and Lord of...

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