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
Judges 19 recounts the horrific event that took place in Gibeah. A group of thuggish perverts attacked a Levite, his servant, and his concubine wife. The wife was abused the entire night and died of her injuries the following morning. The Levite, as callus as...
My annual book review list for the year 2017.
Books I Heard
A wonderfully written narrative detailing the first attempt to cross the Arctic Sea. At the time, it was believed that the Arctic was a vast...
The Downfall of Gideon – Judges 8
Throughout the Scripture, we can take note that, at times, God will utilize men who may not be of the greatest of character.
– Abraham lied to Pharaoh about his wife and he took matters into his own hands with attempting to obtain a heir.
– Jacob acted deceitfully, stealing the birth-right from his
Shortly after I posted my article exploring the facepalming misuse of Scripture by many in the Reformed camp with the overuse of a typological hermeneutic, I had a dear pastor friend of mine leave a blistering comment on Facebook. He wrote,
There is rich irony in being lectured about typology by dispensationalists who regularly see Apache
Theology that is really cool and fun and stuff
At the risk of receiving a severe wedgie from a number of my Reformed acquaintances who run around my game circle, I wanted to respond to a discussion that took place at the ReformCom 2016 with the guys of Apologia radio, N.D. Wilson, and Darren Doane.
I specifically want to focus in upon the bizarre
1 Corinthians 8
I recently introduced the topic of Paul’s discussion on eating food sacrificed to idols from 1 Corinthians 8-10. Folks can pop over to my first post to catch up on the background info.
However, to provide a little recap:
It is my contention that Paul was doing much more than settling a dispute between factions of believers at
Gideon Delivers Israel – 6:28-7:25
The last judge I introduced was Gideon. He came from a well-to-do, wealthy and influential family. He was also a skeptical, sign-seeking, questioner of God. When the Angel of the LORD chose him to defend Israel, he excused himself by claiming he was a big nothing among the people of Israel. Yet, in spite of
An Overview of 1 Corinthians 8-10
I have been meaning for a while now to post some of my studies on 1 Corinthians that I presented to my volunteers at Grace to You over the last year. I was particularly anxious to toss up my studies on chapters 8-10, because I believe they are so wildly misunderstood by the larger Christian community.
I wanted to offer some comments on this post,
It was written in response to a talk that Scott Oliphint gave at the ReformedCon 2016 conference called Reformed or Romanist? Dr. Oliphint reviewed and critiqued a book entitled Evangelical Exodus, a collection of testimonies by former students
The Calling of Gideon – Judges 6
Of all the accounts recorded in Judges, Gideon’s is unique in that his is probably the longest one with the exception of Samson. Gideon’s judgeship and its aftermath covers four chapters, 6-9.
His account can be divided into two sections. Chapters 6-8 tell of Gideon’s deliverance of Israel
So recently on twitter, I had a back and forth with a Reasons to Believe apologist.
It began this way:
I tweeted out the following,
The next day, an associate of Reasons to Believe, tweeted to me the following response,
Now in fairness, he is absolutely correct. I had mis-tweeted, as it were. Technically, Ross, and RTB apologists, argue that there
I had the privilege once again to join the BTWN fellas to kick around a few topics. First, we discussed what church growth should look like for a congregation. Then we turned to Christian potheads, man. And then we spent the remainder of our time in a spirited discussion about whether or not Christian parents can send their kids to public school.
Peter Ruckman died. In a Chick tract-style nightmare, he was stripped naked and hauled by a gigantic angel to stand before a glowing outline of Jesus as the universe watched his entire life play out on a enormous drive-in movie screen.
Ruckman was the grandfather of 20th-century wild-eyed, kooksville KJV Onlyism. He was to KJVOlyism what Rousas
I wanted to offer some comments on a recent radio/podcast discussion between Sye Ten Bruggencate, who maintains the Proof That God Exists website, and apologist Eric Hernandez of Eric Hernandez Ministries. They were together on the Sin Boldly Podcast discussing apologetic methodology. Sye took the presuppositional position, Eric the classicist
Deborah and Barak – Judges 4-5
As I come to book of Judges this time, we encounter an unique story: the Judges Deborah and Barak.
Two things make this story unique:
First, there are two chapters devoted to describing the events. Chapter 4 provides us with the historical narrative. The chapter contains a lot of Hebrew waw consecutives that tell
I’ve been laying out my case as to how I believe continuationism is not a non-essential, second-tier doctrinal issue.
As I explained in two previous posts on this subject, see HERE and HERE, continuationism is a disastrous doctrine both in the church and with individuals because it has massive influence upon the way people think about
So I had a critic link me to some web forum comments he made against my posts I’ve been writing exposing the spiritual shamanism of continuationism. I wanted to offer up some responses to various, selected thoughts.
My challenger writes,
Fraud predominates in continuationism, yet Pentecostalism testifies overall being among most committed to
I have taken up explaining why I believe continuationism is not a non-essential doctrinal issue. My previous post introduced my basic thoughts on the matter, but just a quick recap:
Contrary to what is generally agreed upon among garden variety Evangelicals and Christian denominations, I don’t believe continuationism, or charismaticism, or
The last month or so, I have been introduced to the Hardcore History podcast hosted by Dan Carlin.
Now, I am guessing, that originally, these history talks/lessons started out as a general podcast, but as they were produced, Carlin had such an amazingly awesome way of presenting the material, that Amazon’s Audible picked it up and began
I am becoming convinced more and more every day that continuationism/charismaticism is not just a non-essential doctrinal issue for Christians.
My thinking about this started shortly after the Strange Fireconference as I engaged continuationist critics on social media. They denounced the conference with such fervent descriptions as
The First Three Judges (3)
The basic theme of Judges is outlined in chapter 2:11-19. A cycle took place during this time in Israel’s history: The people would sin, God judged them, the people would cry out to the LORD for help, and God would raise up a judge to deliver them. After the judge died, however, the people fell back into sin, and
Prepare yourselves. This is a, a long, withering, geeky post. Pack a sammich.
I recently participated in a podcast discussion on the topic of apologetic methodology with Adam Tucker, the director of evangelism and missions at Southern Evangelical Seminary. The discussion was meant to highlight the key differences between classic Thomistic
The Book of Deliverers (2:16-19)
The book of Judges takes its name from chapter 2:16. In fact, Judges 2:16-19 sets the theme for the entire book,
16 Then the LORD raised up judges who delivered them from the hands of those who plundered them.17 Yet they did not listen to their judges, for they played the harlot after other gods and bowed themselves
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