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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Tuesday, 05 April 2016 04:00

Sinners and Their Knowledge of God – A Rejoinder Featured

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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

All of my reviews of Jack McElroy’s book, Which Bible Would Jesus Use?, in one place.

[1] Preliminary Remarks and Forward

[2] The Introduction

[3] Chapter 1

[4] Chapters 2-3

[5] Chapter 4

[6] Chapter 5

[7] Chapter 10

[8] Chapter 13

[9] Chapters 14-17

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Monday, 28 March 2016 06:00

Gleanings from Judges [5] Featured

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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

Thursday, 24 March 2016 03:50

Reviewing Which Bible Would Jesus Use? [9] Featured

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This will probably be my final review article of Jack McElroy’s King James Only book, Which Bible Would Jesus Use? I want to cover four of his concluding chapters in his book because they are so vital to the way a lot of KJVO apologets think and argue their position. His chapters also underline clearly why KJVO apologetics as a whole

Wednesday, 16 March 2016 03:45

Reviewing Which Bible Would Jesus Use? [8]

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Why “Which Edition?” is (quite often) a trick question

I return again to a review of the King James Only book, Which Bible Would Jesus Use?, written by Jack McElroy. Coming to chapter 13 in his book, McElroy interacts with a chapter from an anti-KJVO book titled, One Bible Only? edited by Roy Beacham and Kevin Bauder.

The chapter in

Thursday, 10 March 2016 04:00

Gleaning from Judges [4] Featured

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The Messenger of YHWH – Judges 2:1-5

As I have been noting in my series, the book of Judges is a dark time in the history of Israel. Roughly from 1390 BC to 1050 BC.

The most troubling aspect of this divinely inspired recorded history is the decent of the people of Israel into apostasy. The covenant people, who experienced the LORD God deliver

Monday, 07 March 2016 03:50

Ezekiel 18 and the Imputation of Adam’s Sin Featured

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I had occasion recently to engage some individuals who deny the imputation of Adam’s sin. This of course was on Facebook; a place that can be dank at times, filled with many dark corners occupied with the cages of every theologically foul bird imaginable.

One of the key arguments my antagonists used to make their case was an appeal to Ezekiel

Monday, 29 February 2016 05:00

What Roman 1 tells us about man’s knowledge of God Featured

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I recently had a nearly 2 hour discussion on the subject of apologetic methodology with Adam Tucker, the director of missions and evangelism at Southern Evangelical Seminary. Our conversation highlighted the key differences between classical apologetics of the Thomistic stripe and presuppositionalism, or what I like to call biblical apologetics.

Thursday, 25 February 2016 20:20

Podcast Discussion on Apologetic Methodology

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I had an enjoyable discussion this afternoon with Adam Tucker and Devin Pellew on the subject of apologetic methodology. We discussed a number of topics related to the distinctions between Classic Apologetics and Presuppositionalism.

There were some good exchanges that took place, many of them worthy of independent comment in a blog article or

Wednesday, 17 February 2016 03:45

Gleaning from Judges [3] Featured

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The Conquest of the Land – Judges 1

The book of Judges is not necessarily a strict, chronological history. It is a basic survey that follows from the closing years of Joshua’s ministry and runs to the beginning of Samuel’s ministry. In fact, the early chapters of Judges clearly overlap with the final events that are found in

Wednesday, 10 February 2016 05:00

Gleanings from Judges [2] Featured

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The Destruction of the Canaanites

Judges can be a disturbingly dark and tragic book. We see the people of God sliding into apostasy, becoming like the pagans the were told to destroy from out of the land.

But the book of Judges really begins in Genesis, for that is where we have the record of Canaan’s cursing after Ham’s sing against his

Tuesday, 02 February 2016 12:45

Reviewing Which Bible Would Jesus Use? [7] Featured

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It has been a number of months since I took up Jack McElroy’s KJV only book, Which Bible Would Jesus Use? I had to put aside my reviews for a little while because the book was just becoming so wearisome to read. However, I didn’t want to abandon the project entirely. There are a few remaining posts I can draw out of the book. As I

Saturday, 30 January 2016 08:58

Rachel Held Evans Then and Now Featured

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Sibylline Oracle, Rachel Held Evans, September 7, 2012,

God’s name is not something to use to score political points.  It’s not something to throw around lightly or to use as a weapon against a political opponent. God and Our Political Platforms.

God’s little sweetheart, Rachel Held Evans, November 19, 2012,

This, I

Thursday, 28 January 2016 03:30

Gleanings From Judges [1] Featured

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The Background to the Book of Judges

A few years ago, I had the opportunity of teaching through the book of Judges. The book is a bit foreign to us in the 21st century; but even so, it remains God’s Word and I believe there are many excellent truths we can glean from it.

Judges is a dark book. It represents 350 years during the history of

Thursday, 21 January 2016 03:20

NoCo Radio Interview

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I had the awesome privilege of being interviewed by Mike Abendroth for his daily NoCo radio podcast back before Christmas.

Fred Rerun Butler Interview 

I talked about working at Grace to You, having John MacArthur as a boss (sort of a boss), and food pharisees. Probably one of the better NoCo episodes this year. I’m already looking

Friday, 15 January 2016 06:45

Historical Vs. Origin Science – A Rejoinder Featured

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Back a few months ago I posted a theological geeky article entitled, Historical Science, Observational Science, and Creation. I was interacting with the challenges of an old earth proponent by the name of Luke Nix who maintains his blog called Faithful Thinkers.

Luke claimed in his initial post that the categories historical/origin

Monday, 11 January 2016 05:15

Recapitulation Revisited Featured

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Recently I had a commenter drop some challenges to one of my posts on eschatology. Specifically, my post addressing the concept of whether Revelation 20 is sequential or a recapitulation.

I thought I would bring a few of them to the front page and interact with the arguments for a broader audience.

First, let me remind everyone of the basics of what

Monday, 04 January 2016 04:35

Nathan Bedford Forrest’s Redemption

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I read Doug Kutilek’s review of what appears to be a wonderful little book. It tells the story of Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest’s Christian conversion and his renunciation of his racist views around a decade after the war and a few years before his death. The following review is taken from Doug’s occasional email

Friday, 01 January 2016 07:51

My 2015 Blogging Year in Review

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Ah. 2016 arrived, and the day before, I received WordPress’s annual review of my blogging the past year of 2015. Here are the results:

5. Interpreting Ezekiel’s Temple Vision. I originally posted this article back in January 2013, approximately 2 years ago to the month. It is still one of my most searched articles/series.

4. Perry

Thursday, 31 December 2015 08:00

War Room – A Review Featured

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I realize this review is several months too late, but seeing that War Room just released on DVD, I’ll just have to be behind on the uptake.

I wanted to see this film because it was so critically panned by many of the discernment folks who circle around in my immediate theological orbit. Reading all the reviews warning people away from it only

Sunday, 27 December 2015 04:30

Books I Heard or Read in 2015

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As is my custom since 2009, I want to highlight all the books I either heard or read this past year. Previous entries, if anyone is interested, can be found under this link at my blog, Various Reviews.

I will begin with the audio books I heard.

Audio Books

In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex. – Nathaniel Philbrick

I saw

Thursday, 24 December 2015 06:00

Sexual Fidelity: No Compromise – A Review

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I’ve had the privilege the last year or more of getting to know pastor Mike Abendroth. We attended Master’s Seminary around the same time, though he was probably a year or two ahead of me in study. My roommate used to work with him on the custodial crew at Grace Church, a common job for seminary students. I only knew of him at the time

Monday, 21 December 2015 10:50

Religion in Star Wars Featured

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So. The latest Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens, was finally released and it, shall we say, awakened the millions of fans who were enthralled with the original series back some 35 years ago. (I’m not counting the terrifically bad episodes 1-3 when I say “enthralled).

Latched onto all of the pop culture excitement for the new movie

Thursday, 17 December 2015 04:30

Debunking Ancient Aliens

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I remember as a kid watching an episode of “In Search Of…” that told about how aliens had visited earth thousands of years ago and helped humans build the pyramids and other ancient monuments. I sat transfixed as Leonard Nimoy’s sober narration convinced this 8 year old that aliens used tractor beams and levitation in

Monday, 14 December 2015 04:30

Babies During the Millennium Featured

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Over at Turretin Fan’s blog, a guest blogger attempts to employ some defeaters against premillennialism.

Infants and the Millennium – A Pre-Millennial Quadralemma

The author asks the question, “What happens to babies born during the millennial reign after the Return of Christ?”

He lays out four options and then attempts to

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