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
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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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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