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

Cannon Fodder - Apologetic Report

I am asked all the time about which faculty positions are hardest to fill.  Although the answer is debatable, I think that finding solid Old Testament professors is a significant challenge.

There are a variety of reasons for this.  One is that there are just fewer of them.  In the...

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Celsus “just can’t stand Christians.”

So, writes James O’Donnell (Pagans, 101) as he describes the vicious opposition to Christians in the earliest centuries, particularly from the second-century critic Celsus.

A few weeks ago, I began a short, three-part blog series about...

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Over the last few months I have slowly worked my way through a series entitled “The 10 Commandments of Progressive Christianity.”  It’s an examination of 10 core tenets of progressive (or liberal) Christianity offered by Richard Rohr, but really based on the book by Philip...

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It’s that time of year again.

A few weeks ago, a new crop of seminary students began the grueling month-long experience of Summer Greek.   And, like all seminary students before them, they will begin to ask the question of why studying these ancient languages even...

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There’s been a good bit of buzz lately about Andy Stanley’s recent interview with Jonathan Merritt (see here).  Stanley had already created a stir back in April when he said that Christians should “unhitch” themselves from the Old Testament (see here), and this...

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If a person asks how we know which books belong in the NT canon (and which do not), they will often hear that the answer lies with the “criteria of canonicity.”

All we have to do, we are told, is simply look for books that meet these “criteria” and then we can know which...

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Let’s just get it out there. Preaching is hard.

In the midst of all the disputes over preaching, this fact remains undisputed.  Yes, preaching is wonderful and exhilarating.  But, it is also exhausting, frustrating, and difficult. Whether a person has preached one time, or a hundred...

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I’ve been pleased this year to see so many encouraging responses to my new book, Christianity at the Crossroads: How the Second Century Shaped the Future of the Church (IVP Academic, 2018). Who would’ve thought people would be interested in the second century?

For those who haven’t...

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When it comes to being a seminary professor, I enjoy not just the teaching but also the watching.  That is, I enjoy watching to see how God will use each of our grads in ministry over the years. It is a reminder that our labor has not been in vain.

On that score, it is particularly satisfying...

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I continue to work my way through a series entitled “The 10 Commandments of Progressive Christianity.”  It’s an examination of 10 core tenets of progressive (or liberal) Christianity offered by Richard Rohr, but really based on the book by Philip Gulley.

Now we come to the...

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Some things never change.  At least when it comes to what critics think of Christianity.

When we hear modern-day stereotypes of Christianity we might assume that they are, well, modern.  These are criticisms, we think, that pertain to the present cultural moment in which we find ourselves.

B...

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This past week, I spoke at the TGC Women’s conference in Indianapolis.  I did three sessions on a number of different topics, but the highlight was the RTS-sponsored lunch conversation where Melissa and I discussed why theology matters for women.

Afterwards, I was asked repeatedly about...

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It’s that time of year (at least for my denomination).  This week (June 12-15), PCA elders from all over the country are headed to Atlanta for our annual General Assembly.

This annual event serves a number of purposes.  It’s a time to do church business, to discuss theological...

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I’ve been working my way through a series entitled “The 10 Commandments of Progressive Christianity.”  It’s an examination of 10 core tenets of progressive (or liberal) Christianity offered by Richard Rohr, but really based on the book by Philip Gulley.

Now we come to...

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My wife Melissa and I will both be speaking at the upcoming TGC Women’s Conference in Indianapolis, June 14-16.

During that event, we have a special lunch-time event that I want to share with you.  If you are attending the conference, you are invited to come. Here are the details:

Why the...

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Over the last several years, there has been much discussion in the blogosphere (and beyond) about the possibility that a fragment of Mark’s Gospel had been discovered which could reliably be dated to the first century.

Most notably, the fragment was alluded to by Dan Wallace in his 2012 debate...

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I’ve been working my way through a series entitled “The 10 Commandments of Progressive Christianity.”  It’s an examination of 10 core tenets of progressive (or liberal) Christianity offered by Richard Rohr, but really based on the book by Philip Gulley.

Now we come to...

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One of the most exciting programs over the  last few years at RTS Charlotte is the Center for Campus Ministry (CCM).  The CCM is designed to equip our students for the challenges that are unique to campus ministry–and there are many.  The college campus is one of the most...

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“At the very root of the modern liberal movement is the loss of the consciousness of sin.”  –J. Gresham Machen (p.64)

I’ve been working my way through a new series entitled “The 10 Commandments of Progressive Christianity.”  It’s an examination of...

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In the world of biblical studies, at least among some critical scholars, Gnosticism has been the darling for sometime now.  Especially since the discovery of the so-called “Gnostic Gospels” at Nag Hammadi in 1945, scholars have sung the praises of this alternative version of...

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Last week I announced a new series entitled “The 10 Commandments of Progressive Christianity,” based off a list offered by Richard Rohr.  This list embodies the type of theological liberalism that was battled by Machen in the early 20th century and still abides today.

So,...

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In 1923, J. Gresham Machen, then professor at Princeton Seminary, wrote the book, Christianity and Liberalism.  The book was a response to the rise of liberalism in the mainline denominations of his own day.

In short, Machen argued that the liberal understanding of Christianity was, in fact,...

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Congratulation to John Currid, the Carl W. McMurray Professor of Old Testament here at RTS Charlotte, for the recently released ESV Archaeology Study Bible. John was the editor of the project which was a monumental piece of work.

The volume includes contributions from a number of...

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Back in Fall of 2016, RTS Charlotte launched the Center for Church Planting(CCP) and it has been exciting to see how God has blessed and grown it since.  You can read original press release here.

The purpose of the CCP is to become a national and international resource for the planting of...

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For critics of early Christianity, one of the stock objections is that Jesus predicted he would return in the lifetime of his disciples.  And since he clearly didn’t return, then he cannot be believed.

Indeed, it is this belief that has spurred many other theories among scholars, most...

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