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
Wednesday, 07 February 2018 16:00

Genesis 41; Mark 11; Job 7; Romans 11

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Genesis 41; Mark 11; Job 7; Romans 11

THE EXCHANGE BETWEEN Jesus and some of his opponents, reported in Mark 11:27-33, is one of the strangest in the four Gospels. Jesus ducks their crucial question by asking one of his own, one that they cannot answer for political reasons. Why doesn’t Jesus...

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Tuesday, 06 February 2018 16:00

Genesis 40; Mark 10; Job 6; Romans 10

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Genesis 40; Mark 10; Job 6; Romans 10

TRUSTING GOD’S PROVIDENCE is not to be confused with succumbing to fatalism. It is not a resigned sigh of Que sera, sera – “What will be, will be.” This Joseph understood (Gen. 40).

The account of Pharaoh’s cupbearer and baker does...

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Monday, 05 February 2018 16:00

Genesis 39; Mark 9; Job 5; Romans 9

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Genesis 39; Mark 9; Job 5; Romans 9

IT IS ENTIRELY APPROPRIATE to read Genesis 39 as a lesson in moral courage, a case study of a God-fearing man who rightly perceives that an attractive temptation is in reality an invitation to sin against God (39:9), and who therefore cares more for his purity...

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Sunday, 04 February 2018 16:00

Genesis 38; Mark 8; Job 4; Romans 8

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Genesis 38; Mark 8; Job 4; Romans 8

UNDER QUESTIONING, the disciples confess who Jesus is (Mark 8:27-30). Christ is the Greek form of Messiah, which has a Hebrew background. This confession triggers a flood of fresh revelation from the Lord Jesus (8:31-38). Now he teaches that the Son of Man...

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Saturday, 03 February 2018 16:00

Genesis 37; Mark 7; Job 3; Romans 7

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Genesis 37; Mark 7; Job 3; Romans 7

MANY PROTESTANTS ARE suspicious of “traditions.” In popular polemic, Protestants have often portrayed Roman Catholics as embracing the Bible plus traditions, while we ourselves simply hold to the Bible. There are several matters that need clarification...

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Friday, 02 February 2018 16:00

Genesis 35-36; Mark 6; Job 2; Romans 6

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Genesis 35-36; Mark 6; Job 2; Romans 6

IN MARK’S ACCOUNT of the feeding of the five thousand and of Jesus’ subsequent walk on the water (Mark 6), one finds a small aside that stirs up profitable reflection. As soon as Jesus climbed into the boat in the midst of the raging storm, the wind...

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Thursday, 01 February 2018 16:00

Genesis 34; Mark 5; Job 1; Romans 5

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Genesis 34; Mark 5; Job 1; Romans 5

REVENGE MOVIES AND REVENGE BOOKS are so endemic to popular culture that we rarely think about the ambiguous, corrosive nature of sin. There are only good guys and bad guys. But in the real world, it is far from uncommon for sin to corrupt not only those who do...

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Wednesday, 31 January 2018 16:00

Genesis 33; Mark 4; Esther 9-10; Romans 4

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Genesis 33; Mark 4; Esther 9-10; Romans 4

THE SO-CALLED PARABLE OF THE SOWER (Mark 4:1-20) might better be called the parable of the soils, for the variable that gives the parable life and depth is the variation in the land onto which the seed is thrown.

Because Jesus provides the interpretation of...

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Tuesday, 30 January 2018 16:00

Genesis 32; Mark 3; Esther 8; Romans 3

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Genesis 32; Mark 3; Esther 8; Romans 3

WHAT A TRANSFORMATION IN JACOB (Gen. 32)! Superficially, of course, not much has changed. He left Beersheba for Paddan Aram because he was afraid for his life; his brother Esau had reason enough, according to his own light, to kill him. Now he is returning...

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Monday, 29 January 2018 16:00

Genesis 31; Mark 2; Esther 7; Romans 2

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Genesis 31; Mark 2; Esther 7; Romans 2

THE THREE MOST COMMON ACTS of piety amongst many Jews were prayer, fasting, and alms-giving (i.e., giving money to the poor). So when Jesus’ disciples seemed a little indifferent to the second, it was bound to provoke interest. The Pharisees fasted, the...

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Sunday, 28 January 2018 16:00

Genesis 30; Mark 1; Esther 6; Romans 1

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Genesis 30; Mark 1; Esther 6; Romans 1

WHEN I WAS A CHILD IN SUNDAY SCHOOL, I learned the names of the twelve tribes of Israel by singing a simple chorus: “These are the names of Jacob’s sons: Gad and Asher and Simeon, Reuben, Issachar, Levi, Judah, Dan, and Naphtali – Twelve in...

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Saturday, 27 January 2018 16:00

Genesis 29; Matthew 28; Esther 5; Acts 28

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Genesis 29; Matthew 28; Esther 5; Acts 28

THE CLOSING SENTENCE OF Matthew 28 is striking: “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (28:20). Of course, this is a grand promise from the resurrected Christ to his people, on the verge of his ascension. But the context...

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Friday, 26 January 2018 16:00

Genesis 28; Matthew 27; Esther 4; Acts 27

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Genesis 28; Matthew 27; Esther 4; Acts 27

THE NAME BETHEL MEANS “house of God.” I wonder how many churches, houses, Bible colleges and seminaries, Christian shelters, and other institutions have chosen this name to grace their signs and their letterheads.

Yet the event that gave rise to...

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Thursday, 25 January 2018 16:00

Genesis 27; Matthew 26; Esther 3; Acts 26

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Genesis 27; Matthew 26; Esther 3; Acts 26

ALL FOUR OF THE PASSAGES contribute to the theme of the providence of God.

Genesis 27 is in many ways a pathetic, grubby account. Earlier Esau had despised his birthright (25:34); now Jacob swindles him out of it. In this Jacob is guided by his mother...

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Wednesday, 24 January 2018 16:00

Genesis 26; Matthew 25; Esther 2; Acts 25

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Genesis 26; Matthew 25; Esther 2; Acts 25

THE PARABLE OF THE sheep and the goats (Matt. 25:31-46) focuses attention on the hungry, the thirsty, the naked, the sick, and those in prison. It speaks volumes to us in a culture where the poor, the wretched, and the unfortunate can easily be ignored or...

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Tuesday, 23 January 2018 16:00

Genesis 25; Matthew 24; Esther 1; Acts 24

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Genesis 25; Matthew 24; Esther 1; Acts 24

IN TUMULTUOUS TIMES, Christians have often been tempted to set dates as to when the Lord would return — almost always saying that he would return within a generation of the one making the prediction. In Matthew 24:36-44, however, Jesus insists that the...

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Monday, 22 January 2018 16:00

Genesis 24; Matthew 23; Nehemiah 13; Acts 23

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Genesis 24Matthew 23; Nehemiah 13; Acts 23

THE LANGUAGE IN Matthew 23 is frankly shocking. Jesus repeatedly pronounces his “woe” on the Pharisees and teachers of the law, labeling them “hypocrites,” calling them “blind guides” and “blind fools,”...

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Sunday, 21 January 2018 16:00

Genesis 23; Matthew 22; Nehemiah 12; Acts 22

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Genesis 23; Matthew 22; Nehemiah 12; Acts 22

THE CLOSING VERSES OF Matthew 22 (Matt. 22:41-46) contain one of the most intriguing exchanges in the Gospels. After successfully fending off a series of tricky questions designed rather more to trap him or demean him than to elicit the wise answers he...

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Saturday, 20 January 2018 16:00

Genesis 22; Matthew 21; Nehemiah 11; Acts 21

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Genesis 22; Matthew 21; Nehemiah 11; Acts 21

THE DRAMATIC POWER of the testing of Abraham by the offering of Isaac (Gen. 22) is well known. The very terseness of the account calls forth our wonder. When he tells his servant that we (22:5 — i.e., both Abraham and Isaac) will come back after...

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Friday, 19 January 2018 16:00

Genesis 21; Matthew 20; Nehemiah 10; Acts 20

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Genesis 21; Matthew 20; Nehemiah 10; Acts 20

IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY, Lord Acton wrote that all power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. The founding fathers of the American Republic would not have disagreed. That is one of the reasons why they constructed a government with checks...

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Thursday, 18 January 2018 16:00

Genesis 20; Matthew 19; Nehemiah 9; Acts 19

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Genesis 20; Matthew 19; Nehemiah 9; Acts 19

AFTER JESUS’ INTERVIEW with the rich young man, he says to his disciples, “I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a...

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Wednesday, 17 January 2018 16:00

Genesis 19; Matthew 18; Nehemiah 8; Acts 18

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Genesis 19; Matthew 18; Nehemiah 8; Acts 18

IF A PERSON ISN’T CAREFUL, it is fairly easy to distort an analogy. The reason is obvious.  When one thing is an analogy of another, inevitably there are points where the two things are parallel, and other points where they are quite different....

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Tuesday, 16 January 2018 16:00

Genesis 18; Matthew 17; Nehemiah 7; Acts 17

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Genesis 18; Matthew 17; Nehemiah 7; Acts 17

ONE OF THE GREAT FAILURES into which even believers sometimes fall is the tendency to underestimate Jesus (Matt. 17:1-8).

Jesus takes the inner three of his twelve disciples — Peter, James, and John — to a high mountain, just the four of them....

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Monday, 15 January 2018 16:00

Genesis 17; Matthew 16; Nehemiah 6; Acts 16

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Genesis 17; Matthew 16; Nehemiah 6; Acts 16

WE ARE NOT TO THINK that God disclosed himself to Abram every day: the decisive moments take place over considerable time. Putting the chronological hints together, Genesis 12 occurs when Abram is seventy-five; Genesis 15 is undated, but occurs during the...

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Saturday, 14 October 2017 15:00

1 Kings 18; 1 Thessalonians 1; Ezekiel 48; Psalm 104

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1 Kings 18; 1 Thessalonians 1; Ezekiel 48; Psalm 104

IT IS TEMPTING TO COMMENT further on the Pauline triad found in 1 Thessalonians 1:3 (see meditation on October 11), but the confrontation on Mount Carmel (1 Kings 18) beckons.

The most shocking thing about that confrontation...

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