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

B&H Academic Blog - Apologetic Report

By Andrew Spencer

imageWhen people get nostalgic for their childhood, they are usually remembering a time when things seemed simpler. That does not mean life was actually less complex, typically just that they were shielded from some of the twists, confusions, and injustices in the world.

My life was...

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What follows is an interview with Andreas J. Köstenberger about the recently released commentary on 1-2 Timothy and Titus from the Biblical Theology for Christian Proclamation series.

imageHow can an understanding of, and experience engaging in, the discipline of biblical theology (BT) help a...

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Tuesday, 28 February 2017 09:41

Reading the Greek New Testament and the Power of Ritual

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by Rob Plummer

image Most mornings, I get up and prepare three large mugs of hot tea (two for me, one for my wife). I set out my favorite mugs.

I boil the water in a kettle. I scoop the aromatic loose-leaf tea into a strainer and then pour the boiling water over the leaves. After 5-minutes of steeping, I...

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Thursday, 23 February 2017 11:16

Verbal Aspect and Following Jesus

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by Benjamin L. Merkle

image One of Jesus’ most well-known—but difficult—statements is found in Matthew 16:24: “If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me” (HCSB; εἴ τις...

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by the Editor

image Find out what sets The Lost Sermons of C. H. Spurgeon Volume I(Collector’s Edition) apart as a historical artifact celebrating the early ministry of one of history’s greatest preachers, Charles Spurgeon. These previously unpublished sermons are featured in a...

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017 21:42

Life as Spurgeon Knew It

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by Christian George

image Charles Haddon Spurgeon was born into an age of upgrade and downgrade. Over the course of his life, lightbulbs replaced gas lamps, engines replaced animals, and with the publications of Essays and Reviews, The Life of Jesus, and On the Origin of Species, nineteenth-century...

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Thursday, 09 February 2017 18:23

Debating the Doctrine of God

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by Bruce Ware

image Recent decades have witnessed a renewed and vigorous interest in the doctrine of God within evangelical theology. Theologians from the broad evangelical spectrum have produced both differing and innovative reformulations in understanding just who God is and how he relates to the world...

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Tuesday, 07 February 2017 17:23

So You Want to Be an Expositor?

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by Greg Harris

image To become a seasoned expositor of God’s Word requires a method, or a series of specific steps. Equally important, however, is one’s starting point, which is, sadly, quite often lacking. One’s starting point is important not only for learning how to become a better...

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The Bible Expositor’s Handbook of the Old Testament provides a thorough introduction to the attitudes and practices required to deeply understand the message of the Old Testament. Exhorting students of Scripture to approach the Old Testament with an attitude of humility and expectation, Greg...

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Thursday, 26 January 2017 14:53

Why Spurgeon Was the Greatest Preacher of the 19th Century

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by David Bebbington

image In 1856 Elias Lyman Magoon, pastor of Oliver Street Baptist Church, New York, published a collection of the sermons of Charles Haddon Spurgeon. Magoon had visited Britain in the previous decade and continued to be supplied with newspapers from the United Kingdom. He had...

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Tuesday, 24 January 2017 17:28

Spurgeon’s Enemies: Southern Baptists

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by Christian George

image Southern Baptists ranked among Spurgeon’s chief antagonists. The Mississippi Baptist hoped “no Southern Baptist will now purchase any of that incendiary’s books.” The Baptist colporteurs of Virginia were forced to return all copies of his sermons to the...

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Thursday, 19 January 2017 19:15

Who Was Charles Spurgeon?

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In 1857, Charles Spurgeon—the most popular preacher in the Victorian world—promised his readers that he would publish his earliest sermons. However, the demands of ministry prevented him from fulfilling that promise. For almost 160 years, these sermons have been lost to history. His...

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Tuesday, 17 January 2017 19:06

Dealing with the Problem of Evil

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by the Editor

The Problem of Evil: The Challenge of Essential Christian Beliefs offers a comprehensive examination of the problem of evil from both technical and ministerial perspectives.

Author and acclaimed philosophy professor Jeremy A. Evans treats the history of the problem with fairness,...

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imageEnduring Truth argues that faithfulness to Scripture is the solution to a “crisis” among African American preaching. Though misinterpreting God’s Word is not restricted to one race or culture, author Aaron Lavender identifies three factors that have precipitated the decline of...

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Tuesday, 10 January 2017 19:35

Brother Pastor, Are You a Christian?

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by James W. Bryant and Mac Brunson

image Some years ago one of the authors was invited by the Lutheran bishop of Dusseldorf to come to Germany and speak to his new pastors. The bishop had been converted to Christ long after he had become a Lutheran minister. When asked what he saw as the...

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Friday, 06 January 2017 07:31

Are Ethics More Important than Theology?

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By Andrew J. Spencer 

image Why do some Christians love theology more than people? After all, from an eternal perspective, people matter more than ideas. It does not matter what you believe as long as you are doing good things in the world. Some people who do not even believe in Jesus are better...

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Tuesday, 03 January 2017 16:00

Time, Verbal Aspect, and Proper Biblical Interpretation

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by Andreas J. Köstenberger, Benjamin L. Merkle, and Robert L. Plummer

image Because of the extraordinary revelations the apostle Paul received, he writes, “A thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to torment me so I would not exalt myself” (2 Cor 12:7).

The apostle here...

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Thursday, 29 December 2016 16:49

Top 5 B H Academic Posts from 2016

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by the Editor

image In the spirit of end-of-year top 5, 10, and 16 lists, here are the top 5 articles we’ve published at the B&H Academic Blog. Thank you for reading, subscribing, and staying up to date with all-things-B&H Academic.

For our newest releases and upcoming titles, check out the...

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Tuesday, 27 December 2016 16:51

Churches, Repent!

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imageby Elmer Towns and Ben Gutierrez

Before Revelation pronounces a message of judgment on the unbelieving world, it first calls the churches to repentance. In these letters the Lord of the church speaks lovingly but firmly to the churches in words of both commendation and condemnation.

The message to...

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Thursday, 22 December 2016 04:00

Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men?

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by Andreas J. Köstenberger

image Christmas cards frequently proclaim, and Christmas carols echo, the well-known angelic pronouncement at Jesus’ birth of “peace on earth, good will toward men.”[1] Or do they? A closer look at the actual passage in Luke 2:14 proves both intriguing...

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Tuesday, 20 December 2016 20:59

The New Testament: Promises Fulfilled in Jesus

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image How does one grasp the essence of the New Testament? Simply put, the New Testament is about promises fulfilled in Jesus.

Jesus himself understands the out-working of his ministry as the fulfillment of Israel’s promises concerning the Messiah (Luke 24:27). The New Testament is an entire...

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Thursday, 15 December 2016 18:55

New B H Academic Titles for 2017

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imageFor our newest releases and upcoming titles, check out the all-new, interactive B&H Academic 2016–2017 catalog. You’ll find great resources in church history, biblical studies, biblical languages, theology, and pastoral ministry.  See below for a small sampling.

Christian George...

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Tuesday, 13 December 2016 14:36

A New Introduction to Inductive Bible Study

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imageInductive Bible Study is a practical, relevant, and time-tested approach to interpreting Scripture. This volume incorporates insights from contemporary evangelical hermeneutics into an approachable, step-by-step process moving from observation through interpretation and on to the application of...

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Thursday, 08 December 2016 14:21

Why Another Book on Inductive Bible Study?

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by Andreas Köstenberger and Richard Alan Fuhr, Jr.

image Why another book on inductive Bible study?

Since the 1952 work Methodical Bible Study by Robert A. Traina, dozens of books, ranging from popular-level works to academic textbooks, have presented a methodical, inductive approach to the study of...

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image Questions about the reliability of the New Testament are commonly raised today both by biblical scholars and popular media. Drawing on decades of research, Craig Blomberg addresses all of the major objections to the historicity of the New Testament in one comprehensive volume. Topics addressed...

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