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

Bible X - Apologetic Report
Friday, 30 March 2018 00:02

10 Pointers for Preaching Easter Messages

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See Peter Mead's helpful suggestions here.

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Wednesday, 28 March 2018 12:03

Reconstructions of Seven ancient Ruins

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Although not strictly biblical, I enjoyed these reconstructions of seven ancient sites.

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Tuesday, 27 March 2018 04:36

Journal of Biblical Literature 137:1

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Volume 137:1 of the Journal of Biblical Literature is now out. Here is a list of the articles with links to abstracts.The Meanings of the Book of Job Michael V. FoxabstractThe Impact of Siege Warfare on Biblical Conceptualizations of YHWH Elizabeth Bloch-SmithabstractDouble Trouble: Counting the...

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Sunday, 25 March 2018 05:20

Spiritual Gift Quiz

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I just had to chuckle at this spiritual gifts inventory in Babylon Bee.

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Saturday, 24 March 2018 01:01

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.John J. Collins The Invention of Judaism: Torah and Jewish Identity from Deuteronomy to Paulhttp://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=11673...

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Friday, 23 March 2018 00:19

Preaching the Parables

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Although this article on preaching the parables came out last year, I somehow missed it. In any case, I think it provides some Screwtape-like cautions and good advice.

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I appreciate the caution expressed below by Loren Stuckenbruck in using the Dead Sea Scrolls to shed light on the New Testament (see here for the book section).
The recognition of essential differences between “the New Testament” and “the Dead Sea Scrolls” as collections is...

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Wednesday, 21 March 2018 13:11

Eight Questions to Ask in Mentoring

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Although this article is written from a business perspective, it does provide some helpful questions to ask in the mentoring process and it wouldn't take too much effort to adapt these to a ministry context.

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Tuesday, 20 March 2018 05:58

Ten Things You Should Know about the Exodus

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Alistair Roberts identifies ten truths that you should know about the Exodus here. This is a list of the tend but do read the fuller discussion using the link.1. The deliverance from Egypt is not the first example of the exodus pattern in the Bible. 2. The...

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Monday, 19 March 2018 00:32

Wipf Stock Sale

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Wipf & Stock is offering 50% off of their entire inventory until April 3. Use the code INV50 during checkout. Note that all sales are non-refundable. You can access the website here or the list of titles here.

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Sunday, 18 March 2018 07:27

Why You Should Be Reading

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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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Gary Rendsburg writes about the world’s oldest Torah scrolls and the recent acquisition by the Library of Congress here.

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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.Aaron Chalmers Interpreting the Prophets: Reading, Understanding and Preaching from the Worlds of the Prophetshttp://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail...

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Thursday, 15 March 2018 12:56

Determining the Jewishness of the Pseudepigrapha

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While the Jewishness of the pseudepigrapha was generally accepted in my theological training, recent scholarship has challenged this assumption. In seeking to address this issue, James Davila has identified “five signature features” that help to verify the Jewishness of a given text....

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Wednesday, 14 March 2018 05:08

Köstenberger on Bblical Theology

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You can find two recent addresses by AndreasKöstenberger on biblical theology in print here and here and in video here and here.

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Tuesday, 13 March 2018 01:03

The Function of the Transfiguration in 2 Peter

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I think Michael Kok is spot on here in suggesting that the reference to the Transfiguration in 2 Peter 1 is more than a validation of Peter as an eyewitness (although I believe it is that) but fits within the broader eschatological argument within the epistle.

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Monday, 12 March 2018 00:53

Another New Testament Greek Resource

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Hopefully, by now you are aware of, and better yet using, the wonderful resources of Daily Dose of Greek and Daily Dose of Hebrew. But now NT Resources, a website established by the late Rod Decker, is starting "Greek for a Week," a series of short videos that will go through the Greek of Philemon....

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Sunday, 11 March 2018 10:50

Free Productivity Apps

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David Miller has discusses some free apps that you might want to consider here.

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Saturday, 10 March 2018 03:18

Latest Issue of 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.Aidan Dodson Amarna Sunrise: Egypt from Golden Age to Age of Heresyhttp://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=10605 Reviewed by Jan Moje Kyl...

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Friday, 09 March 2018 05:17

Where Is the Bethsaida Mentioned in the Gospels?

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Ben Witherington talks about that question here. There are also two useful maps noting the two main proposals.

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Thursday, 08 March 2018 08:31

Online Bibliographies for 2 Peter

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You can find links to five of them here.

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Wednesday, 07 March 2018 12:03

Free Course on Acts by Craig Keener

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BiblicalTraining.org is offering free audio of Craig Keener teaching the book of Acts. Check it out here.

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Tuesday, 06 March 2018 12:14

Multi-Site Churches

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Here is an interesting overview of multi-site churches.

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Monday, 05 March 2018 03:51

Slides on Acts

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Steve Walton has made two presentations introducing the book of Acts available here.

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Sunday, 04 March 2018 04:10

Reading the Bible in Community

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Might friend Brian Wright identifies four reasons to read the Bible in community here.

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