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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Tuesday, 05 June 2018 00:42

Abbott and Costello Do 2 Kings 17:4

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With apologies to Abbott and Costello's "Who's on First."
Abbott: We're in 2 Kings 17:4. Let's go over the story. Hoshea quit paying tribute to the king of Assyria and sent envoys to Egypt. I forget the King of Egypt's name.
Costello: So. 
Abbott: Huh?
Costello: So.
Abbott: You're right, it's not...

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Interpreters have wrestled with how Paul is using Deuteronomy 25:4 in 1 Corinthians 9:9. Allyson Presswood Nance has created a helpful table surveying a number of the different views. I have made a few minor changes and additions.
 

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Saturday, 02 June 2018 02:56

Negative Comments on Course Evaluations

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Anyone who teaches, preaches, or otherwise is involved in ministry knows that criticism is par for the course. Even the Lord was criticized. Maryellen Weimer's post here provides some good advice on dealing with critical course evaluations in an academic setting but this probably applies to...

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Friday, 01 June 2018 00:14

Free Logos Book for June: Ecclesiastes (WBC)

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The free Logos Book for the Month for April is Roland Murphy's Ecclesiastescommentary in the Word Biblical Commentary series You can also purchase John Durham's Exodusfor $1.99 and George Beasley-Murray's John commentaryin the same seriesfor $9.99. While you are there you can register for a...

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Wednesday, 30 May 2018 23:15

The Use of Lament Psalms

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Gordon Wenham gives four theological reasons for using lament psalms (with slight modification). 1. The lament psalms are some of the most quoted in the New Testament. 2. Jesus prayed the lament psalms. 3.The martyr’s prayers in the book of Revelation is...

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Wednesday, 30 May 2018 00:33

The Latest Issue of the Review of Biblical Literature

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The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below but unfortunately you must be a SBL member. Stan Harstine A History of the Two-Hundred-Year Scholarly Debate about the Purpose of the Prologue to the Gospel of John: How Does Our...

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Friday, 25 May 2018 00:12

Paul, the Apostolic Decree, and 1 Corinthians

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Recently while working on 1 Corinthians, I came across an older article in my files addressing the question of why Paul does not mention the Jerusalem Council’s decree on the issue of food sacrificed to idols (8:1–11:1). A. S. Geyser suggests that that Acts 16:4 is a later addition....

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Wednesday, 23 May 2018 00:32

Psalm 150 as the Conclusion to the Psalter

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In discussing how Psalm 150 serves as an apt conclusion to the Psalter, Edward Feld provides the following summary. 
And so it is with this orchestral symphony of praise that the book of Psalms ends. The book begins with a single individual, one person who...

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Saturday, 19 May 2018 00:44

Why You Should Be Read

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I am probably preaching to the choir here, but here is another article touting the benefits of reading.

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The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below but unfortunately you must be a SBL member. Jan Assmann From Akhenaten to Moses: Ancient Egypt and Religious Changehttp://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=10607 Reviewed by...

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Wednesday, 16 May 2018 01:22

The Eye of the Needle

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David Gowler has a helpful summary here of the "camel through the eye of the needle" statement in Matthew 19:24, Mark 10:25, and Luke 18:25. There is not anything new here but it is a nice summary and I think that Gowler is correct in his view.

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Tuesday, 15 May 2018 01:14

Kress Biblical Resources

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Kress Biblical Resources offers helpful resources for pastors and teachers. They are celebrating a new website and blog with a special offer of 50% off all their titles and free shipping. The offer is good through 5/30/18. Check it out here.

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Monday, 14 May 2018 03:37

Preaching the Old Testament

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Clint Archer asks and answers the question, "Why Preach the Older Testament?" here. This is a much better approach than the one advocated recently by a well-known pastor who advocates unhitching the Old Testament from the New. In any case, Clint's four points are as summarized as follows.1. The Old...

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The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below but unfortunately you must be a SBL member. Robbie F. Castleman, Darian R. Lockett, and Stephen O. Presley, eds. Explorations in Interdisciplinary Reading: Theological, Exegetical, and...

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Saturday, 12 May 2018 09:04

Latest Volume of the Master's Seminary Journal

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The latest volume of the Master's Seminary Journal (29:1) features articles by the late Robert Thomas is available as free PDF here.HT: Alf Cengia

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Friday, 11 May 2018 00:24

"Love" in John 21, Again

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Ian Paul has a good discussion here on the use of agapeand phileoin John 21. I am not sure there is a lot that is new here but it is a good summary.

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Thursday, 10 May 2018 08:10

Σκύβαλον in Philo

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Mike Aubrey has a nice post here on the use of σκύβαλον in Philo. Like many Greek students, I was taught that Paul's use of the term in Philippians 3:8 was edgy at best and perhaps profane. This study and others help to show that this view is not...

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Wednesday, 09 May 2018 00:38

What the Word of God Says About the Word of God

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See Jared Wilson's post here on the Bible's testimony related to God's Word both spoken and written.

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Tuesday, 08 May 2018 00:30

Mother's Day and Proverbs 31

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Mother's Day is upon us and typically not a few sermons will involve Proverbs 31. I have found that many Christians are unaware that there is a fair amount of disagreement on how the Proverbs 31 woman should be understood. In this article, Will Thomas suggests one of them: 
"Rather than a to-do...

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Monday, 07 May 2018 09:00

Seminary-Related Links

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David Murray has posted a nice list of seminary-related links here. Some of the links have already appeared in this blog but this is still a handy compilation.

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Saturday, 05 May 2018 10:53

The 12 "Most Effective" Preachers

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An article in Christianity Today lists them here. The list is based on survey conducted by Truett Theological Seminary.

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The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below but unfortunately you must be a SBL member.Ionel Ababi Natan et la succession de David: Une étude synchronique de 2 Samuel 7 et 12 et 1 Rois 1https://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.as...

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Thursday, 03 May 2018 02:58

The Ten Plagues in Exodus

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The Zondervan blog has a good post on the ten plagues in Exodus here. The article is supplemented with several helpful tables.

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Christianaudio.com is offering Christian George's Jonathan Edwards: America's Genius as their free audio download for the month of May. To read more about this resource and to get your free audio download in either MP3 or M4B formats go here.

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The free Logos Book for the Month for May is Four Views on the Warning Passages in Hebrews. You can also purchase Charts on the Life, Letters, and Theology of Paulfor $1.99 and/or A Commentary onJudges and Ruthfor $9.99. While you are at it, you can register for a chance to win the five-volume Kreg...

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