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

As most readers know, there has been a long scholarly debate over what is known as the New Perspective(s) on Paul (NPP). This approach argues that “justification” in Paul does not mean what many Christians (especially Reformed folks) have always believed.

In short, NPP advocates (e.g.,...

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One of the wonderful developments in Reformed denominations in the last generation is a renewed emphasis on church planting.  It is a burgeoning movement in my denomination (PCA), and one of the reasons that RTS Charlotte launched the Center for Church Planting last Fall.

One of the notable...

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When it comes to our justification–our legal standing before God–our own good works are in no way the grounds of God’s declaration that we are “righteous.”  Indeed, that is the very thing that makes the gospel good news.  We are saved not by what we have...

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Last night, RTS Charlotte put on its bi-annual vision banquet at the Quail Hollow Club here in Charlotte (the location of the 2017 PGA Championship).  It was a beautiful venue overlooking one of the country’s finest golf courses.

We were blessed to hear from Michael Tarwater, recently...

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RTS Charlotte has a big announcement as it pertains to our faculty.  Here is the press release that went out today:

Reformed Theological Seminary is pleased to announce the appointment of Kevin DeYoung as Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at RTS Charlotte, beginning June 1, 2017. ...

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Last week I did a live “TV” interview with Ratio Christi on the topic, “Can We Trust the New Testament?” The interview covered a wide range of topics from textual criticism to bible contradictions to the development of the NT Canon. Here it is:

Authors: Michael Kruger...

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One of the most common misconceptions about the New Testament canon is that the authors of these writings had no idea that they were writing Scripture-like books.  I dealt with this misconception on a general level here, showing that there was a clear apostolic self-awareness amongst the New...

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Sunday, 05 March 2017 22:00

Veggie Tales, Moralism, and Modern Preaching

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A number of years ago, my kids were into Veggie Tales.  And, truthfully, so was I.  It was actually quite enjoyable to watch these charming videos, cataloging the journeys of Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber, et al.  Indeed, I could probably recite the opening song word for word....

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We live in a culture where the thing that is most offensive is not doing something wrong, but telling someone else that they are doing something wrong.

Bad behavior gets a pass.  Calling it bad behavior does not.

Of course, this cultural trend should not be surprising. We are told in Scripture...

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We live in a culture where the thing that is most offensive is not doing something wrong, but telling someone else that they are doing something wrong.

Bad behavior gets a pass.  Calling it bad behavior does not.

Of course, this cultural trend should not be surprising. We are told in Scripture...

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017 22:00

Did Jesus Claim To Be God?

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One of the fundamental question for Christians is whether Jesus claimed to be God.  Did he really present himself as divine?  Did the NT authors think Jesus was divine?

This issue has become especially important in recent years as some scholars continue to dispute whether Jesus ever...

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017 22:00

Did Jesus Claim To Be God?

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One of the fundamental question for Christians is whether Jesus claimed to be God.  Did he really present himself as divine?  Did the NT authors think Jesus was divine?

This issue has become especially important in recent years as some scholars continue to dispute whether Jesus ever...

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Although most discussions about the development of the canon focus on the patristic period (second century and later), there is much canonical gold yet to mine from the pages of the New Testament itself.  Unfortunately, this step is often skipped.

There are a number of possible reasons for why...

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Although most discussions about the development of the canon focus on the patristic period (second century and later), there is much canonical gold yet to mine from the pages of the New Testament itself.  Unfortunately, this step is often skipped.

There are a number of possible reasons for why...

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As many of you know, last year our beloved Dr. Doug Kelly retired from RTS Charlotte after 33 years as a professor.  He is now Professor of Theology Emeritus.

Upon his retirement many of us wondered who would replace Doug (and how that would even be possible!).  In  particular, we...

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017 22:00

Where Are They Now? @RTSCharlotte Alumnus Blair Smith

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As many of you know, last year our beloved Dr. Doug Kelly retired from RTS Charlotte after 33 years as a professor.  He is now Professor of Theology Emeritus.

Upon his retirement many of us wondered who would replace Doug (and how that would even be possible!).  In  particular, we...

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In all of the many Star Wars films (and there are too many now), one of my favorite segments is where Yoda is training the young Luke Skywalker in The Empire Strikes Back.

After Luke fails to lift his X-wing fighter out of the swamp by using the Force, he complains to Yoda, “You want the...

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One of the most-oft repeated ideas about the earliest Christians is that they believed that the Kingdom of God would come (apocalyptically) within their own lifetime.  In fact Schweitzer famously argued that Jesus himself thought the world would end in his own lifetime; of course the world...

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Since the Spring 2017 academic term just began, I thought it would be helpful to highlight what our faculty have been up to (at least as it pertains to publications) over the last year.

One of the blessings of being at the Charlotte campus is that I get to serve with some of the finest faculty in...

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A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to join R.C. Sproul, Michael Haykin, and Stephen Nichols for the Ligonier 2017 Winter Conference.  The theme was “Scripture in the Early Church.”

There were a number of great sessions on a variety of topics related to early Christianity,...

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One of the most common objections made to the absolute claims of Christianity is that Christians are arrogant.  Christians are arrogant to claim that they are right; arrogant to claim others are wrong; arrogant to claim that truth can be known.

Unfortunately, in the midst of such accusations,...

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How do modern psychological theories fit with the Christian worldview?  That is an enormously important question.

If you want to explore the answers to that question, then you will want to know that this week (Jan 16-20) RTS Charlotte hosts Dr. Heath Lambert who will teach our Theology and...

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One of the joys of training seminary students is sending them out and watching how they bless the lives of so many other people.  While there is always a sadness with the departure of each graduating class, that sadness is lessened by the joy that comes from seeing the impact of their...

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In any election year (especially one as tumultuous and exhausting as 2016), there will be claims and counter-claims about what values and principles should guide the United States of America.

And such debates inevitably lead to appeals to the history and heritage of our country.  What...

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Monday, 02 January 2017 06:39

Check out @RTSCharlotte’s Winter 2017 Classes

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In order to make seminary as accessible and flexible as possible, RTSoffers week-long intensive classes in both Winter (January) and Summer terms.  The students receive all the lectures in a single 5-day block (Mon-Fri), and then complete the assignments and exams over the following months.

Thi...

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