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

For the Love of God - Apologetic Report
Sunday, 04 March 2018 16:00

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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Saturday, 03 March 2018 16:00

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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Friday, 02 March 2018 16:00

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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Thursday, 01 March 2018 16:00

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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Wednesday, 28 February 2018 16:00

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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Monday, 26 February 2018 16:00

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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Sunday, 25 February 2018 16:00

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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Saturday, 24 February 2018 16:00

Exodus 8; Luke 11; Job 25 – 26; 1 Corinthians 12

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Exodus 8; Luke 11; Job 25 – 26; 1 Corinthians 12

ONE OF THE MOST STRIKING PICTURES of what might be called a “partial conversion” is found in Luke 11:24-26. Jesus teaches that when an evil spirit comes out of someone, it “goes through arid places seeking rest ant does not...

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Friday, 23 February 2018 16:00

Exodus 7; Luke 10; Job 24; 1 Corinthians 11

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THE STORY IS TOLD of Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, one of the most influential preachers of the twentieth century. When he was dying of cancer, one of his friends and former associates asked him, in effect, “How are you managing to bear up? You have been...

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Thursday, 22 February 2018 16:00

Exodus 6; Luke 9; Job 23; 1 Corinthians 10

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Exodus 6; Luke 9; Job 23; 1 Corinthians 10

ONE OF THE TASKS IMPOSED ON those who wish to read the canonical Gospels sensitively is to see how the various units are linked. Casual readers remember individual stories about Jesus from their Sunday school days, but do not always reflect on the links...

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Wednesday, 21 February 2018 16:00

Exodus 5; Luke 8; Job 22; 1 Corinthians 9

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Exodus 5; Luke 8; Job 22; 1 Corinthians 9

ACCORDING TO Luke 8:19-21, “Jesus’ mother and brothers came to see him” but were unable to achieve their objective owing to the press of the crowd. Word was passed up to Jesus: “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting...

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Tuesday, 20 February 2018 16:00

Exodus 4; Luke 7; Job 21; 1 Corinthians 8

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Exodus 4; Luke 7; Job 21; 1 Corinthians 8

IN EXODUS 4 two elements introduce complex developments that stretch forward to the rest of the Bible.

The first is the reason God gives as to why Pharaoh will not be impressed by the miracles that Moses performs. God declares, “I will harden his heart...

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Monday, 19 February 2018 16:00

Exodus 3; Luke 6; Job 20; 1 Corinthians 7

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Exodus 3; Luke 6; Job 20; 1 Corinthians 7

TWO ELEMENTS IN Exodus 3 demand attention.

The firstis the dramatic introduction of “the angel of the LORD” (3:2). Initially, at least, Moses does not perceive an “angel.” The text reads, “There the angel of the LORD appeared to...

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Sunday, 18 February 2018 16:00

Exodus 2; Luke 5; Job 19; 1 Corinthians 6

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Exodus 2; Luke 5; Job 19; 1 Corinthians 6

IN THE MOST CRUCIAL EVENTS IN REDEMPTIVE HISTORY, God takes considerable pains to ensure that no one can properly conclude that these events have been brought about by human resolve or wit. They have been brought about by God himself – on his timing,...

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Saturday, 17 February 2018 16:00

Exodus 1; Luke 4; Job 18; 1 Corinthians 5

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Exodus 1; Luke 4; Job 18; 1 Corinthians 5

“THEN A NEW KING, who did not know about Joseph, came to power in Egypt” (Ex. 1:8). Those who learn nothing from history are destined to repeat all its mistakes, we are told; or, alternatively, the only thing that history teaches is that nothing...

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Friday, 16 February 2018 16:00

Genesis 50; Luke 3; Job 16 – 17; 1 Corinthians 4

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Genesis 50; Luke 3; Job 16 – 17; 1 Corinthians 4

THE LAST CHAPTER OF GENESIS includes a section that is both pathetic and glorious (Gen. 50:15-21).

Everything that is sad and flawed in this family resurfaces when Jacob dies. Joseph’s brothers fear that their illustrious sibling may have...

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Thursday, 15 February 2018 16:00

Genesis 49; Luke 2; Job 15; 1 Corinthians 3

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Genesis 49; Luke 2; Job 15; 1 Corinthians 3

JESUS GREW UP A THOROUGHLY Jewish boy. Not only was his lineage Jewish, it was Davidic: legally, he belonged to the suppressed royal house (Luke 2:4). Imperial politics were divinely manipulated to ensure that Jesus would be born in the ancient town of...

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Wednesday, 14 February 2018 16:00

Genesis 48; Luke 1:39-80; Job 14; 1 Corinthians 2

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Genesis 48; Luke 1:39-80; Job 14; 1 Corinthians 2

SOMETIMES BAD THEOLOGY BREEDS reactionary bad theology. Because Roman Catholicism has gradually added more titles and myths to Mary, Protestants have sometimes reacted by remaining silent about her astonishing character. Neither approach fares very...

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Tuesday, 13 February 2018 16:00

Genesis 47; Luke 1:1-38; Job 13; 1 Corinthians 1

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Genesis 47; Luke 1:1-38; Job 13; 1 Corinthians 1

HOW DID THE CANONICAL Gospels come down to us?

At one level, it is enough to be assured that God provided them. But normally God operates through identifiable means. At no point do the canonical Gospels give the impression that they were handed down...

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Monday, 12 February 2018 16:00

Genesis 46; Mark 16; Job 12; Romans 16

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Genesis 46; Mark 16; Job 12; Romans 16

ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT THINGS to grasp is that the God of the Bible is both personal – interacting with other persons – and transcendent (i.e., above space ant time – the domain in which all our personal interactions with God take place)....

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Sunday, 11 February 2018 16:00

Genesis 45; Mark 15; Job 11; Romans 15

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Genesis 45; Mark 15; Job 11; Romans 15

IN MARK 15 PEOPLE SPEAK better than they know.

“What shall I do, then,” Pilate asks, “with the one you call the king of the Jews?” (15:12). Of course, he utters the expression “king of the Jews” with a certain sneering...

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Saturday, 10 February 2018 16:00

Genesis 44; Mark 14; Job 10; Romans 14

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Genesis 44; Mark 14; Job 10; Romans 14

UP TO THIS POINT IN THE NARRATIVE (Gen. 44), Judah has not appeared in a very good light. When Joseph’s brothers first declare their intention to kill him (Gen. 37:19-20), two of them offer alternatives. Reuben suggests that Joseph should simply be thrown...

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Friday, 09 February 2018 16:00

Genesis 43; Mark 13; Job 9; Romans 13

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Genesis 43; Mark 13; Job 9; Romans 13

CHRISTIANS HAVE OFTEN DISAGREED over the precise interpretation of Mark 13. But whatever disagreements prevail, we cannot fail to note the stunning contrast between the perspectives of the disciples when they look around the temple complex and the perspectives...

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Thursday, 08 February 2018 16:00

Genesis 42; Mark 12; Job 8; Romans 12

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Genesis 42; Mark 12; Job 8; Romans 12

THE EXCHANGE BETWEEN Jesus and some of his opponents in Mark 12:13-17 is full of interest. Mark says that Jesus’ interlocutors set out “to catch him in his words” (12:13). Doubtless that is why they begin with some pretty condescending flattery...

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