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

Apologetic Report - For the Love of God
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 15:00

Exodus 33; John 12; Proverbs 9; Ephesians 2

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Exodus 33; John 12; Proverbs 9; Ephesians 2

ONE CANNOT UNDERSTAND Exodus 33 without grasping two things: (1) The tabernacle had not yet been built. The “tent of meeting” pitched outside the camp (33:7) where Moses went to seek the face of God must therefore have been a temporary...

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Monday, 20 March 2017 15:00

Exodus 32; John 11; Proverbs 8; Ephesians 1

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Exodus 32; John 11; Proverbs 8; Ephesians 1

EXODUS 32 is simultaneously one of the low points and one of the high points in Israel’s history.

Only months out of slavery in Egypt, the Israelites prove so fickle that the delay of Moses on the mountain (a mere forty days) provides them with all...

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Sunday, 19 March 2017 15:00

Exodus 31; John 10; Proverbs 7; Galatians 6

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Exodus 31; John 10; Proverbs 7; Galatians 6

IN THE EXTENDED METAPHOR of the shepherd in John 10, Jesus keeps revising the dimensions and application of the metaphor as he drives home a variety of points, a few of which we may pick up.

(1) For the biblically literate, it would be difficult not to...

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Saturday, 18 March 2017 15:00

Exodus 30; John 9; Proverbs 6; Galatians 5

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Exodus 30; John 9; Proverbs 6; Galatians 5

AS THE FEEDING OF THE FIVE THOUSAND precipitates the bread of life discourse, so Jesus’ healing of the congenitally blind man in John 9 precipitates some briefer comments on the nature of spiritual blindness and sight.

Some of the authorities were...

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Friday, 17 March 2017 15:00

Exodus 29; John 8; Proverbs 5; Galatians 4

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Exodus 29; John 8; Proverbs 5; Galatians 4

TWO COMMENTS on John 8:12-51.

(1) Already in John 7:7, Jesus said to his brothers, “The world cannot hate you, but it hates me, because I testify that what it does is evil.” Both in his own person and in his uncompromising words, Jesus is so...

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Thursday, 16 March 2017 15:00

Exodus 28; John 7; Proverbs 4; Galatians 3

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Exodus 28; John 7; Proverbs 4; Galatians 3

THE PRIESTLY GARMENTS God prescribes (Ex. 28) are strange and colorful. Perhaps some of the details were not meant to carry symbolic weight, but were part of the purpose of the ensemble as a whole: to give Aaron and his sons “dignity and honor”...

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017 15:00

Exodus 27; John 6; Proverbs 3; Galatians 2

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Exodus 27; John 6; Proverbs 3; Galatians 2

JESUS DECLARES HIMSELF TO BE the “bread of life” (John 6:35), the “bread of God” (6:33).

The language is metaphorical, of course. That is made clear by John 6:35, where the metaphor is unpacked just a little: “I am the bread of...

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017 15:00

Exodus 26; John 5; Proverbs 2; Galatians 1

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Exodus 26; John 5; Proverbs 2; Galatians 1

ONE OF THE MOST STRIKING biblical passages dealing with what it means to confess that Jesus Christ is the Son of God is John 5:16-30.

In a preindustrial culture, the majority of sons do what their father does. A baker’s son becomes a baker; a...

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Monday, 13 March 2017 15:00

Exodus 25; John 4; Proverbs 1; 2 Corinthians 13

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Exodus 25; John 4; Proverbs 1; 2 Corinthians 13

EXODUS 25 AND JOHN 4 are canonically tied together.

The former begins the instructions for the construction of the tabernacle and its accoutrements (Ex. 25 — 30). The tabernacle is the forerunner of the temple, built in Solomon’ s day....

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Sunday, 12 March 2017 15:00

Exodus 24; John 3; Job 42; 2 Corinthians 12

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Exodus 24; John 3; Job 42; 2 Corinthians 12

IT IS NOT EASY TO SORT OUT some of the sequence of events in these chapters of Exodus. What is clear is that God graciously provides enough of the revelation of his covenant that the people agree to its terms (Ex. 24). More of its stipulations, especially...

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Saturday, 11 March 2017 13:00

Exodus 23; John 2; Job 41; 2 Corinthians 11

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Exodus 23; John 2; Job 41; 2 Corinthians 11

WHEN THE JEWISH LEADERS question Jesus’ right to cleanse the temple as he did, and demand that he provide some authority for his action, he replies, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days” (John 2:19).

Only...

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Friday, 10 March 2017 13:00

Exodus 22; John 1; Job 40; 2 Corinthians 10

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Exodus 22; John 1; Job 40; 2 Corinthians 10

WE SHALL DO WELL to a little of the case law found in the Pentateuch — beginning now with some of the laws of restitution found in Exodus 22:1-15.

Thieves must not only pay back what they stole, but something extra as well (22:1, 4). This extra amount...

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Thursday, 09 March 2017 13:00

Exodus 21; Luke 24; Job 39; 2 Corinthians 9

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Exodus 21; Luke 24; Job 39; 2 Corinthians 9

THE FIRST TWO VERSES of the following poem are a meditation on part of Luke 24:1-8, 13-25. The last two verses draw on other resurrection accounts (John 20:24-29; Heb. 2:14-15; 1 Cor. 15:50-58). It may be sung to the Londonderry Air (“Danny...

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Wednesday, 08 March 2017 13:00

Exodus 20; Luke 23; Job 38; 2 Corinthians 8

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Exodus 20; Luke 23; Job 38; 2 Corinthians 8

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (Ex. 20) were once learned by every child at school in the Western world. They established deeply ingrained principles of right and wrong that contributed to the shaping of Western civilization. They were not viewed as ten...

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Tuesday, 07 March 2017 13:00

Exodus 19; Luke 22; Job 37; 2 Corinthians 7

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Exodus 19; Luke 22; Job 37; 2 Corinthians 7

THE NEW TESTAMENT ACCOUNTS of the “words of institution”: — i.e., the words that institute the Lord’ s Supper as an ongoing rite — vary somewhat, but their commonalities are striking. Luke 22:7-20 allows us to reflect on some...

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Monday, 06 March 2017 13:00

Exodus 18; Luke 21; Job 36; 2 Corinthians 6

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Exodus 18; Luke 21; Job 36; 2 Corinthians 6

ONE CAN ONLY IMAGINE the conversations that Moses had enjoyed with Jethro, his father-in-law, during the decades they spent together in Midian. But clearly, some of the talk was about the Lord God. Called to his extraordinary ministry, Moses temporarily...

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Sunday, 05 March 2017 13:00

Exodus 17; Luke 20; Job 35; 2 Corinthians 5

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Exodus 17; Luke 20; Job 35; 2 Corinthians 5

BY THIS STAGE IN JESUS’ MINISTRY, the tensions between him and the authorities have become acute. Some are overtly theological; others have pragmatic overtones and elements of turf protection. Every unit in Luke 20 reflects some of this increasing...

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Saturday, 04 March 2017 13:00

Exodus 16; Luke 19; Job 34; 2 Corinthians 4

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Exodus 16; Luke 19; Job 34; 2 Corinthians 4

THE CLOSING VERSES OF Exodus 15 are a harbinger of things to come. Despite the miraculous interventions by God that characterized their escape from Egypt, the people do not really trust him; the first bit of hardship turns to whining and complaining. Exodus...

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Friday, 03 March 2017 13:00

Exodus 15; Luke 18; Job 33; 2 Corinthians 3

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Exodus 15; Luke 18; Job 33; 2 Corinthians 3

EACH OF THE FIRST FOUR UNITS OF Luke 18 can easily be misunderstood; each makes abundant sense when read in conjunction with the others.

The first (18:1-8) is a parable that Jesus tells his disciples “to show them that they should always pray and not...

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Thursday, 02 March 2017 13:00

Exodus 14; Luke 17; Job 32; 2 Corinthians 2

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Exodus 14; Luke 17; Job 32; 2 Corinthians 2

THREE OBSERVATIONS ON the crossing of the Red Sea (Ex. 14):

First, the dynamic confrontation between Pharaoh and the sovereign Lord continues. On the one hand, Pharaoh follows his desires, concluding that the Israelites are hemmed in by sea and desert, and...

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Wednesday, 01 March 2017 13:00

Exodus 13; Luke 16; Job 31; 2 Corinthians 1

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Exodus 13; Luke 16; Job 31; 2 Corinthians 1

ON FIRST READING, the parable of the shrewd manager and its unexpected conclusion is one of the strangest stories that Jesus tells (Luke 16:1-9).

An inefficient and wasteful manager is called in by the wealthy owner and told he is to be sacked. He must...

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Tuesday, 28 February 2017 13:00

Exodus 12:21-51; Luke 15; Job 30; 1 Corinthians 16

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Exodus 12:21-51; Luke 15; Job 30; 1 Corinthians 16

THE PASSOVER WAS not only the climax of the ten plagues, it was the beginning of the nation. Doubtless Pharaoh had had enough of Moses; God had had enough of Pharaoh. This last plague wiped out the firstborn of the land, the symbol of strength, the...

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Exodus 11:1 – 12:20; Luke 14; Job 29; 1 Corinthians 15

THE CRUSHING PLAGUES have followed their ordained sequence. Repeatedly, Pharaoh hardened his heart; yet, however culpable this man was, God sovereignly moved behind the scenes, actually warning Pharaoh, implicitly inviting repentance. For...

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Sunday, 26 February 2017 13:00

Exodus 10; Luke 13; Job 28; 1 Corinthians 14

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Exodus 10; Luke 13; Job 28; 1 Corinthians 14

PILATE WAS A WEAK, wicked man. Thus the account in Luke 13:1-5 is entirely credible. The details may be obscure, but the general picture is clear enough. Some Galileans had offered sacrifices: if they were Jews, they must have done so at the temple in...

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Saturday, 25 February 2017 13:00

Exodus 9; Luke 12; Job 27; 1 Corinthians 13

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Exodus 9; Luke 12; Job 27; 1 Corinthians 13

YOU’VE SEEN THE BUMPER STICKER: “The person with the most toys wins.” Wins what? The person with the most toys takes out of this life exactly what everyone else does. A billion years or so into eternity, how many toys we accumulated...

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