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

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Monday, 12 November 2018 12:32

Hebrews summary (14-minute video)

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Sunday, 11 November 2018 11:24

Celebrating being God’s child

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Today as I write this (Oct. 17, 2018: I scheduled this in advance), I am celebrating being a child of God.

Today I have felt so loved by God, as his son. This wasn’t something I grew up with before my conversion, but it has come in my relationship with God. I could feel the reality of the...

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Sunday, 04 November 2018 12:39

Why doesn’t the Bible talk more about exercise?

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Why doesn’t the Bible talk more about exercise, since it’s so important for health?

1 Timothy may allow for physical exercise, but its emphasis is more on spiritual discipline:

1 Tim 4:8 (ESV): “for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it...

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Tuesday, 30 October 2018 03:33

Cessationism

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An interview about cessationism for Vida Nova in Brazil (English with Portuguese subtitles):

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Sunday, 28 October 2018 13:29

Conflict part 3: conflict within families

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Sometimes conflict arises even in one’s family. And here I am not thinking just of extremely dysfunctional families like Joseph’s (yes, your brothers selling you into slavery is certainly dysfunctional). Who is closer, and to whom is one more vulnerable, than a person whom one loves...

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Sunday, 21 October 2018 13:25

Conflict part 2: other conflict

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The previous post addressed necessary conflict to stand for justice or truth on behalf of the Lord or others. But that post was mostly to qualify what I planned to write in this one. It was recent studies of conflict being bad for health that motivated me to think right now about some biblical...

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Sunday, 14 October 2018 13:20

Conflict part 1: conflict when needed

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Current research shows that conflict is bad for our health (presumably especially for us sensitive people). Recently I have read that marital conflict even correlates with earlier mortality in men.

Of course, there is conflict and then there is conflict. Some conflict is inevitable, or at least...

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Monday, 08 October 2018 07:31

Moses speaks like God to Pharaoh—Exodus 7:1-7

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God’s commission seemed impossible to Moses, but God reiterated his call (Exod 6:28-30). Before sending him back, he addresses Moses’s fears.

Not only was God far more confident than Moses that Moses would be effective in his commission, but he assured him with strong words. Pharaoh, who...

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Sunday, 30 September 2018 13:27

God uses little people—Exodus 6:28-30

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The last post discussed how Exodus uses Moses’s genealogy (Exod 6:14-25) to underline the weak sort of vessel that God chooses to use. Exodus frames that genealogy with Moses’s fearful protest in the presence of YHWH: “I’m uncircumcised in lips; so how is it that Pharaoh is...

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Monday, 24 September 2018 15:43

Tongues of angels in 1 Corinthians 13:1? (3 minutes)

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Sunday, 23 September 2018 12:24

A boring genealogy—Exodus 6:10-26

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God calls us to serve his purposes and does not wait for us to figure out whether he might use us. God takes weak people and shows his glory by using us. Moses eventually learns this lesson, despite his protests, and so can we.

After Moses questions whether God’s call in his life is...

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The common biblical theme of Israel inheriting the land elicits much discussion. These are just some comments on one aspect of that subject (I didn’t wade into discussions of the modern state of Israel here, but only the eschatological future and its implications for believers today):

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Sunday, 16 September 2018 11:17

Mission Impossible—Exodus 6:9-13

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Have you ever been in an impossible situation? But if you’re following the Lord’s plan, he’s got your back.

The Lord summons Moses to go back to Pharaoh, so that Pharaoh will let God’s people go (6:10-11). God does not promise that Pharaoh will comply on the next try, but he...

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Some different expressions of being filled with the Spirit in the Bible

 

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Sunday, 09 September 2018 13:44

The unexpected God

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God comes in ways we don’t expect, for example:

  • A chosen nation descended from a couple unable to have children (Abraham and Sarah)
  • A deliverer of his family initially scorned, nearly killed and ultimately sold into slavery by his own older brothers (Joseph)
  • Another deliverer initially rejected...

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The Spirit as the guarantee/downpayment of our future inheritance

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Sunday, 02 September 2018 11:50

Thinking about some characters in Exodus

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Recapping some of the character development so far in Exodus (in the earlier Bible studies):

(1) Moses. Moses seems perfectly understandable from a human point of view. Imagine that you have heard of the God of your ancestors, but you’ve never seen a miracle. Your people have been enslaved by...

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What will the new heavens and new earth be like?

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Monday, 27 August 2018 04:16

Brief Comments on the Passion Translation

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Lacking time to engage the Passion Translation thoroughly, I offer just two comments here, one positive and the other negative.

First, in the passages that I surveyed, the author captured the spirit of the text well, communicating it in contemporary language. In this, the work can function like The...

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Wednesday, 22 August 2018 16:45

The Meaning of Biblical Miracles

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Some of my other videos address the reality of miracles; this one, published by Seedbed, addresses their meaning and their relationship to Jesus’s preaching of the kingdom:

The Meaning of Biblical Miracles

 

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Monday, 20 August 2018 11:45

Reading the Prophets in Context (1.47 minutes)

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An example from Ezekiel 28:

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Monday, 20 August 2018 08:07

Why a “minimal facts” approach is valuable

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Many apologists use what is called the “minimal facts argument,” advanced by Gary Habermas to argue for Jesus’s resurrection.

Some Christians do not like the sound of “minimal facts,” supposing that it means we believe as few facts as possible. I briefly want to respond...

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Friday, 17 August 2018 05:22

What is the Mark of the Beast?

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9.24 minute video interview:

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Friendly dialogue on continuationism vs. cessationism, held in Brazil in March 2018 (naturally, with Portuguese translation), between friends Craig Keener and Michael Horton. The total time is 1 hour, 36 minutes, but feel free to skip around, so long as nothing is out of context! image

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An example from Isaiah 14:12, 1.28 minutes

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