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, 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: 
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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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Monday, 30 April 2018 12:18

Free Loeb Classical Volumes

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Back in 2010 I noted here that some of older (i.e. out of copyright) volumes of the Loeb Classical Library were available as free downloads. I updated that list here in 2012. Now apparently we have an even newer list here.HT: Mark Hoffman

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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. Susan I. Bubbers A Scriptural Theology of Eucharistic Blessingshttps://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9727 Reviewed by Richard...

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Friday, 27 April 2018 01:09

A New Resource for Studying Ancient Corinth

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This looks like a cool resource for studying ancient Corinth.

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Wednesday, 25 April 2018 23:41

Biblical Hebrew Quiz

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The Eerdmans blog has a brief biblical Hebrew quiz that you can take here.

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Wednesday, 25 April 2018 10:16

The Demise of Christian Bloggers

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Tim Challies has some good insights in asking and answering "Why Christians Blogs Aren’t What They Used To Be."

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Tuesday, 24 April 2018 01:27

Gideon the "Hero"?

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Lee Fields has a good discussion of the NLT's translation of Judges 6:12 here.

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Monday, 23 April 2018 00:54

Reading Together, Early Church Style

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It's not everyday that one of your friends has a story featured in Christianity Today, "Reading Together, Early Church Style." You can read it here. Well done, Brian.

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Sunday, 22 April 2018 04:38

Praying the Psalms with the Terminally Ill

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Eric at the Scatterings blog has posted a former student's paper entitled, "Praying the Psalms with the Terminally Ill." Check it out here.

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Saturday, 21 April 2018 06:34

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. A. Graeme AuldLife in Kings: Reshaping the Royal Story in the Hebrew Biblehttp://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=11675 Reviewed...

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Friday, 20 April 2018 04:34

On the Use of Commentaries

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Matt Waymeyer's post, "Expository Preaching and the Use of Commentaries," provides some sound advice on the use and abuse of commentaries.

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The limitations and/or impracticality of seminary or theological education for pastoral ministry is frequently noted. But this post is a good reminder of what a good seminary or theological education can do for you.

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A number of archaeologists answer that question here.

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Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:23

"Fake News" on Genesis 22

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According to this post, a 1,500 year old Coptic manuscript suggests that Abraham actually sacrificed Isaac on Mt. Moriah. Readers of Genesis know that this is fake news.

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Wednesday, 18 April 2018 01:14

A Potential Sermon Illustration

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Surely there must be at least one sermon illustration in this story: "40 Sea Gulls Wrecked His Hotel Room. 17 Years Later, a Pepperoni Pardon."

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Tuesday, 17 April 2018 01:36

New Volume in the Photo Companion to the Bible Series

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Todd Bolen and the folks at Bible Places have done it again with their newest volume in the Photo Companion to the Bible series.This volume focuses on Ruthand it once again provides a plethora of pictorial resources broken down by chapter/verse. These images are helpfully presented in four...

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Monday, 16 April 2018 03:46

Lessons or Sermon Conclusions

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Although this article in Inc ("Stop Ending Your Speeches With 'Any Questions' and End With This Instead") is not aimed specifically at the sermon or lesson, there is some good advice in it.

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Sunday, 15 April 2018 05:18

Are "Learning Styles" a Myth

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This article in The Atlantic and a number of other studies say, "yes." I was first introduced to the concept that learners tend to be visual, auditory, or kinesthetic, etc.in college. This was followed by some affirmation of the idea in seminary. And I must admit that I once bought into the...

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Saturday, 14 April 2018 01:14

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.Cavan W. Concannon “When You Were Gentiles”: Specters of Ethnicity in Roman Corinth and Paul’s Corinthian Correspondencehttp://ww...

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