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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Sunday, 15 July 2018 15:27

Differences in the Gospels, part 1

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I was converted from a non-Christian background, so I didn’t grow up hearing the Gospels. The first time I read through the Gospels as a new believer, I was shocked. Matthew was great, but then Jesus got crucified again at the end of Mark. “How often is this going to happen?” I...

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Tuesday, 10 July 2018 12:19

Interview on Revelation (1-hour video)

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Craig Dumont interviews his fellow Craig, Craig Keener, on the Book of Revelation:

 

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Sunday, 08 July 2018 13:00

Abortion as a justice issue

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Roe vs. Wade is in the news again. For anyone who doesn’t know, that’s the case that legalized abortion in the United States (although “Jane Roe” herself later came to oppose abortion).

The legality of abortion is a volatile issue, but one in which Christians, and others who...

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My interview with Craig Dumont on Spirit Hermeneutics for PentecostalPastor.com. Not sure why I’m not smiling in the first frame but the smile comes after awhile. image

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Some cultures understand loyalty better than others do.

Some cultures identify strongly with their leaders. In some cultures, people are prepared to die for the king, the queen, or (more often) their nation. Sometimes such loyalty may be blind or misinformed, but it gives these loyalists a sense of...

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New Testament scholars sometimes contrast the Jesus of history versus the Christ of faith. Not everyone means the same thing by this contrast. Christian scholars, for example, usually recognize that what we can know about Jesus by conventional historical methods is limited; it is therefore less...

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Tuesday, 19 June 2018 16:40

Verses out of context-videos about them

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This link opens up to four roughly seven-minute videos, each of them tackling some examples of verses often taken out of context, including “This is the day that the Lord has made,” “Let the weak say I am strong,” “baptized in fire,” “faith comes by...

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This post is in response to U.S. attorney general Jeff Sessions citing Romans 13:1-7 with respect to taking children from their parents at the border.

To be fair, the larger context of his statement is that nations need to be able to legally protect their borders. But the larger, largercontext is...

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The psalmist celebrates the blessedness of those who observe God’s law, not doing wrong (Ps 119:1-3). God genuinely desires this ideal of full loyalty (119:4). Yet the psalmist is not yet claiming this ideal as his own life: “O that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your...

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Sometimes the comments people append to articles tell us more about the commenters than about anything else. Trolling betrays the antinomian spirit of the trolls.

Proverbs 18:2, NRSV:

“A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing personal opinion.”

NIV:

“Fools...

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Tuesday, 05 June 2018 14:47

The Sin of Achan (2 minutes)

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Achan’s sin risked destroying what God was doing in Israel. It brought judgment against his people, and others died because of his sin. He contrasts starkly with the figure of the Canaanite Rahab. See the brief discussion in:

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Today, at least in the West, most of us do not ordinarily think of spiritual powers influencing nations. Western culture emphasizes human autonomy; we run our own lives. But in Paul’s day, many people envisioned spiritual powers setting the tone for nations’ political, moral and...

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Tuesday, 29 May 2018 16:03

The Beast in Revelation 13 (49.13 minutes)

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Some people may want prophecies to be positive to guard against abuses, though this is subject to its own abuses (see part 1). Others, however, may prophesy positively as a way of expressing faith.

Prophecy as positive confession?

Some may insist on prophesying only positively as a vestige of an...

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When as a young Christian I attended a Pentecostal college, a beloved administrator warned me that prophecies should always be positive. That did not match all the prophecies I read about in the Bible.

It also did not match all the prophecies I had given; for example, I had felt led to warn one...

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The four riders and two other seals of judgment on the world.

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Sunday, 13 May 2018 10:48

The Zealot

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The other day I was laughing while recounting to my wife about an incident that took place when I was maybe 22 or 23 years old. A Bible college student who was about my age had invited me to speak at a worship service that he was leading. I was feeling nervous, as always before I spoke, conscious...

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Tuesday, 08 May 2018 14:59

Rev 5-redeemed from all peoples (15 min)

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The conquering lion turns out to be a slain lamb and takes the throne and opens the seals.

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Sunday, 06 May 2018 13:34

Resisting the Devil—Ephesians 2:1-3

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The Dead Sea Scrolls present every human action as caused by either the Spirit of Truth or the spirit of error (which the scrolls identify at times with Satan). But were they right? Biblically, God is omnipresent and sovereign, but Satan is not. Extreme demonology was not, however, limited to the...

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Tuesday, 01 May 2018 15:36

Revelation 4-worship (25 minutes)

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In Revelation 4, John experiences heaven’s residents worshiping God.

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Monday, 30 April 2018 09:19

Are There Apostles Today? (part 3)

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Are there apostles today? As noted in the previous twoposts, that depends on what you mean by an apostle. If by “apostle” you mean one of the Twelve, which is the most common use of the term in the Gospels, the answer must be No. But Paul uses the term in a broader sense than this...

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Thursday, 26 April 2018 15:04

Revelation 3.14-22-Laodicea (22.32 min)

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The church of Laodicea was proud of its self-sufficiency, but needed to repent and depend on Jesus. This is the church that made Jesus want to puke.

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