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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Wednesday, 06 November 2019 15:11

A Prayer for the Czar?

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In one of our all-time favorite films, Fiddler on the Roof, the Jewish citizens of the fictional Russian shtetl of Anatevka ask the rabbi if there is a prayer for the Czar. With a twinkle in his eye, he assures them there certainly is, and then goes on to cite the prayer for his listeners....

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Wednesday, 30 October 2019 16:09

What is Truth?

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In John 19:38 Pilate responds to Jesus when he quips, “What is truth?” It was more of a commentary on the problem of language in that day than on the claims of Jesus. The very definition of “truth” in Greco-Roman culture was elusive and contradictory. For the common people,...

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Wednesday, 23 October 2019 15:25

The Nephilim Files

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This is a follow-up to the Angels Unawares and Demons ‘Ex Machina:’ What Are Demons? articles from The Crux, August 29, 2019 and October 3, 2019, and it will be followed by one regarding giants. These articles are succinct versions of otherwise very detailed elucidations from several...

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Wednesday, 16 October 2019 15:43

Myths and Genealogies

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In 1 Timothy, after his opening salutation, the Apostle Paul immediately launches into warnings about false teachers, false doctrine, myths and genealogies. What is he referencing in the category of “myths and genealogies”? The Faithlife Study Bible comments: The Greek term used here,...

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Wednesday, 09 October 2019 17:03

The Loss of God’s Holiness

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Over the years we have watched various dubious fads ripple throughout the church. They’re not all the same, but one trait these fads seem to have in common is the loss of God’s holiness. Of course, God has lost none of His holiness, even after all these centuries, but the new fads seem...

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Wednesday, 02 October 2019 16:32

Demons “Ex Machina:” What Are Demons?

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This is a follow-up to the “Angels Unawares” article from The Crux, Thursday, August 29, 2019 and will be followed by articles on Nephilim and giants. These articles will be succinct versions of otherwise very detailed elucidations from several books I have written.1 The concept of...

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Wednesday, 25 September 2019 18:24

Reading Romans

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Something always bugged me about Paul’s letter to the Romans. Growing up in the atmosphere of Evangelical churches, principally Baptist, I absorbed the accepted narrative of what was going on in Romans. Paul wrote a letter to the house churches in Rome. It is Paul’s “Theological...

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Wednesday, 18 September 2019 18:36

Watch Your Language!

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When we were children back in the stone age, it was not uncommon to hear a parent say, “Watch your language!” It was sometimes punctuated with “young man” or “young lady.” Our language reflected the cultural values of the time. Certain communications were...

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Wednesday, 11 September 2019 15:26

“The Things You Know That Ain’t So”

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Several of us recently spent a day at a New Age Fair in Ohio talking with various exhibitors. Again, as was true at the last New Age fair we recently attended, in nearly every conversation the claim was made that reincarnation was in the Bible but was taken out by evil monks in the sixth century....

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Wednesday, 04 September 2019 15:32

The Road Away from Him

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Are Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile, who are pushing the Enneagram craze among Christians, truly providing a map to The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery? Or, should we more accurately call their self-discovery manual “The Road Away from Him?” This is an...

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Wednesday, 28 August 2019 20:40

Angels Unawares

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I will review demons, Nephilim, and giants in a future article. I expand on these in several books I have written.1 These posts will be succinct versions of otherwise very detailed elucidations. There are certain things “we all know” about Angels: They are spirit beings, sort of...

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Wednesday, 21 August 2019 15:07

Jesus is Lord

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Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christian Scientists, Mormons, some New Agers and other non-Christian groups would cheerfully say, “Jesus is Lord” if they are put on the spot to do so. This becomes puzzling to some in light of Paul’s words to the church in Corinth. He wrote: Therefore,...

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Wednesday, 14 August 2019 20:06

In the Beginning – Heresy

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Many seem surprised at how easily and quickly blatant false teaching is spreading today throughout the Evangelical church. But in fact, what we are seeing is not something new – heresy and deception have been with us since the beginning. The first deception is that of Satan himself, and that...

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Wednesday, 07 August 2019 15:58

Fraternity Over Orthodoxy

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After I spoke at a church this past weekend, I was asked, “How is it that so many celebrity preachers, celebrity Christian authors, and celebrity pastors take the stage with known (and popular) false teachers?” There are, of course, many possible reasons. It could be they seek to...

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The story is told of a young pastor who developed a series of talks titled, “The Ten Commandments of Child Raising,” which was a big hit – making him a much sought after speaker. By and by he and his wife had children of their own, and after a while he retitled the series to...

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Wednesday, 24 July 2019 15:33

The How and Why Questions of Life

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We all know how often the “how and why questions” are utilized by human beings, and we all know that often they either cannot or will not be answered to our complete satisfaction. A mother walks into her young child’s bedroom – which is a disaster area – and asks,...

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Wednesday, 17 July 2019 15:19

Freedom and Obligation

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The Apostle Paul wrote to the church in Galatia to address some very important issues which they had forgotten – Christian freedom chief among them. Along with that, he also laid out some obligations of the Christian life. As I considered the celebration of the birth of our nation and our...

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Wednesday, 10 July 2019 15:07

My Friend

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Last Monday, July 1, 2019, my friend, Dr. Norman L. Geisler, went to be with the Lord. That day, another friend, Dr. Bill Roach, posted his tribute, “I am put here for the defense of the gospel”—The Legacy of Dr. Norman L. Geisler, which was the first of many. Bill shares the...

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Wednesday, 03 July 2019 15:09

Nothing Like a Storm

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The man who has been called the greatest living Christian apologist has gone home to his great reward. I had the privilege of being Norman Geisler’s student from 1995-2006. I took only two classes from him but I attended numerous chapels and conferences. I was one of the many students to be...

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Wednesday, 26 June 2019 15:45

Minimizing God

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Could it be that many who like to claim Christianity as their faith can only do so by minimizing God? In Christianity& Liberalism by J. Gresham Machen, Machen spends a fair amount of time addressing how liberal theologians in his day, who were “in search of the historical Jesus,”...

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Sometimes when I speak in churches on the deity of Christ, I ask the congregation how many believe that Jesus is God? Most raise their hands. When I ask how many believe they could defend that claim, only a few would raise their hands. Then I’d pick someone with their hand in the air and ask...

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Wednesday, 05 June 2019 17:38

How to Pray for a President

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I think David Platt did just fine when President Trump showed up at McClean Bible Church and sat through the service. Platt brought him on stage and prayed for him. He showed us to the proper way to engage in prayer with our political leaders. I’ll get to how not to do it in a minute. On MBC...

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Wednesday, 29 May 2019 15:06

The Appeal to Signs and Wonders

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In the public debate over the orthodox vs heretical nature of the NAR (New Apostolic Reformation), the appeal to signs and wonders as evidence by those fully invested in the movement is a recurring theme. Detractors spend a great deal of time attempting to prove the claims of miracles, signs and...

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Wednesday, 22 May 2019 15:06

Is Liberalism Another Religion?

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In his 1923 book Christianity & Liberalism, J. Gresham Machen asserts that liberalism is another religion unto itself, far removed from the biblical Christianity out of which it came. We think he makes some good points. In Chapter Two of his book, he takes the liberalism (of his day) to task...

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Saturday, 18 May 2019 08:39

Thomas Merton: The Contemplative Dark Thread

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(Originally printed in the Fall 2006 Issue of the MCOI Journal page 8) Twenty-some years ago, my sister Janet and I signed up for a field trip sponsored by the Crystal Cathedral to a Vedanta monastery in the nearby Saddleback Mountains. At that time, we were working together on a discernment...

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