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

Justin Taylor - Apologetic Report

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Brant Pitre’s The Case for Jesus: The Biblical and Historical Evidence for Christ is creative and compelling. Read along with Peter Williams’s Can We Trust the Gospels? readers will have an outstanding one-two punch.

Pitre includes a helpful summary of how oral...

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I know I’m fighting a losing battle with this post. It won’t go viral. It probably won’t change many minds.

But I’ll give it a shot anyway.

No matter how many times people make the claim, it is simply wrong to say that 81 percent of white evangelicals in the United States...

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Only C. S. Lewis could take a common experience—the various ways in which we think throughout life about the riding of a bicycle—and use it as an illustration of the four universal phases of life, and how they point above and beyond themselves to something that nothing in this world can...

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Craig Blomberg, New Testament Theology, pp. 5–6:

Particularly noteworthy is how little attention is paid in more liberal circles (even more so in the United States today than in Germany!) to the growing body of literature spawned in varying ways by Larry Hurtado and Richard Bauckham,...

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Greg LaFollette is a musician and producer in Nashville, Tennessee. He is the resident artist at a local church plant, Grace Story Church, and serves as their director of arts and liturgy.

His sophomore album, Songs of Common Prayer, featuring artists Sara Groves, Sarah Masen, and Taylor...

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A well-read public figure was recently asked about what modern fiction he reads, and he replied that he only makes time for older fiction in his life right now—books that have stood the test of time. Not surprisingly, his preference was criticized. One person even claimed that this choice was...

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Tuesday, 27 November 2018 04:38

The First Christmas: God’s Mission to Earth

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A new film from SpeakLife UK.

Authors: Justin Taylor...

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David Powlison:

So often the initial reaction to painful suffering is

Why me?

Why this?

Why now?

Why?

You’ve now heard God speaking with you. The real God says all these wonderful things, and does everything he says.

He comes for you, in the flesh, in Christ, into suffering, on your behalf.

He...

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C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity:

Imagine yourself as a living house.

God comes in to rebuild that house.

At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on: you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not...

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From John Piper’s reflections, ten years later, on what he might say differently (or more deeply) than he did in his inaugural lecture for Bethlehem College and Seminary.

I actually began the message ten years ago with a warning about pride. This may seem gloomy. But I spent so many years in...

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There is no karaoke. And they are not comedians. But they are thoughtful guys who like talking about life and theology. That’s the idea behind New Testament professor Jonathan Pennington’s new venture, Cars, Coffee, Theology: Caffeinated Conversations with Thoughtful People. (In...

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Tuesday, 30 October 2018 12:50

The Big and Small World of Bible Geography

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David Barrett served as the cartographer for the ESV Study Bible,the Crossway ESV Bible Atlas, and the ESV Concise Bible Atlas, and the proprietor of BibleMapper.com, a map development and research tool.

I recently asked David if he would author a guest post for Between Two Worlds that would give...

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Senator Ben Sasse, author of the insightful new book Them: Why We Hate Each Other—and How to Heal, writes about the six-month “sabbath” he took from social media and how he used it differently when he returned:

We thought long and hard at my house before I went back—and...

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Thursday, 18 October 2018 14:37

Is a Miracle a Violation of the Laws of Nature?

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We sometimes hear—from Christian and atheist alike—that miracles are violations of the laws of nature. But that is to misunderstand what we mean by the “law of nature.”

Today, we understand natural law to serve essentially as description rather than prescription...

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Longtime readers will know that I am not a young-earth creationist (I think there are exegetical weaknesses I haven’t been able to overcome), but one of the things I appreciate about the young-earth-only ministry Answers in Genesis is that they have a section on their website entitled Argument...

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Monday, 15 October 2018 02:29

What Is This Book?

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A beautiful paragraph, found in the introduction of every Bible produced by the remarkable Gideon International:

The Bible contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers.

Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, its...

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Charles Camosy—associate professor of theological and social ethics at Fordham University, board member of Democrats for Life, and author of Beyond the Abortion Wars: A Way Forward for a New Generation—had an article in July helpfully summarizing seven reasons it is deeply...

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The conversation above is from the new video / podcast, SelfWire, hosted by Paul Maxwell.

Joe is always worth listening to, and I commend to you their conversation.

 

Authors: Justin Taylor...

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Thursday, 11 October 2018 02:08

A Short Documentary on Albert Mohler

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This is a wonderful documentary on the amazing story of how R. Albert Mohler Jr. assumed the presidency of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, 25 years ago this year, and returned the school to theological fidelity—one of the most significant events in 20th...

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Theologian John Frame sets forth the criteria he uses—and tries to avoid—when evaluating theological writings.

1. Scripturality

  • Are the ideas teachings of Scripture?
  • Are they at least consistent with Scripture?
  • This is, of course, the chief criterion.

2. Truth

  • Even if an idea is not found in...

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In his new commentary on 1 Corinthians, Tom Schreiner argues that Paul uses the word prophecy to reference “communicating revelation from God in a spontaneous utterance.”

He explains that Wayne Grudem “argues that New Testament prophecy is fallible, unlike Old Testament...

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Friday, 05 October 2018 00:33

A Poem about the New Heavens and New Earth

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From John Piper’s poem “Glorified” (written in 1985) on what every Christian longs to see someday.

And then the Lord Wiped every tear away and turned To see his bride. Her heart had yearned Four thousand years for this: His face Shone like the sun, and every trace Of wrath was...

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Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, delivered an outstanding 18-minute speech on the Senate floor last night, addressing the incredible pain and horror of sexual assault, lamenting the false binary choice being offered to Americans, and chastising our...

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Thursday, 04 October 2018 00:53

Why God’s Love Is Better than ‘Unconditional’

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David Powlison’s essay, “God’s Love: Better Than Unconditional,” suggests that people who use the term often have good intentions, wanting to affirm four interrelated truths:

  • “Conditional love” is bad—unconditional is shorthand for the opposite of...

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Tuesday, 02 October 2018 01:17

A 10-Point Social Media Strategy

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Ligon Duncan—Chancellor and CEO of Reformed Theological Seminary, as well as the John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at RTS—recently shared his social media strategy.

1. Relentlessly encourage, edify, and inform.

2. Ignore trolls, mockers, and slanderers into...

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