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

Open Our Eyes, Lord! - Apologetic Report
Wednesday, 04 September 2019 09:10

The Book of Acts: Do the apostles always do right?

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Does the book of Acts intend to tell us a historical narrative, or does Luke tell us how we should be living? In other terms, is it just descriptive, or is it also prescriptive?

One approach is that we should follow what Acts says – or follow it more confidently – only when its narrative...

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Wednesday, 21 August 2019 03:34

Does ‘Abba’ mean ‘Daddy’?

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In short, no, the evidence suggests that in the first century AD and beyond, it just meant “father”.

Here are the three uses of the term in the New Testament:

For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry,...

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Tuesday, 13 August 2019 04:32

Apostasy, Right Ahead!

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Now that two public Christians have renounced their faith, some thoughts about the other 99% of us:

Apostasy is a possibility for every single Christian.

Every single Christian is at risk.

Every single Christian is in constant risk.

Now: How can I, who believe in eternal security, say this?...

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imageI was only recently alerted to this new edition, which seems to have become all the rage in some ministries, especially Pentecostal ones. As is often the case with one-person translations, its author promotes it as the very epitome of Bible translation! I will depend here on the extensive and carefu...

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There is a whole genre of exposé literature that follows this formula: “I am an ex-[whatever] and I am going to reveal the shocking inside secrets.” Ex-Communist. Ex-Mormon. Ex-Satanist. Ex-Janitor at Area 51. Ex-Catholic priest (Charles Chiniquy, Fifty Years in the Church of Rome...

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Wednesday, 03 July 2019 03:48

Jesus goes to a wedding – and has fun!

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This is the homily I gave at the wedding of our daughter Vikky to Chris, on June 29, 2019

John 2 says that “There was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Now both Jesus and his disciples were invited to the wedding.” In John’s gospel, Jesus’ first...

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Tuesday, 28 May 2019 02:48

Does anyone read the Bible “unfiltered”?

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So I hear:

“I GET MY DOCTRINE FROM THE BIBLE AND NO HUMAN INFLUENCE.”

While I of course respect the intent of the claim, and while I have a robust belief in the Spirit’s guidance, I have to qualify it:

EVERY CHRISTIAN IS INFLUENCED BY MERE HUMAN TEACHERS, AND EVERYONE READS THE BIBLE...

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This morning I read a portion of 1 John and happened to remember a rather odd teaching I heard a long time ago.

It ran like this:

Everyone knows 1 John 1:9, ‘If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.’ However [the...

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There are hundreds of Bible versions in English. To express myself bluntly, that is hundreds too many, and we are pouring time and energy and resources into new versions that are not needed. I exclude the regular updating of the versions that already exist – and my friends on the NIV...

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Fire destroys. But when a building burns, the fire also reveals: old art, former paint jobs, things hidden for centuries.

And the most striking thing the flames revealed was how we interpret events. It turns out that we are hardwired away from objectivity in our interpretations, that we will make...

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Once in a while I link to an article which I found to have great insight. While I was doing some reading on the anti-vaxxer movement I came across this one from the close of the 2016 political season. As the article hints, it is shocking to see the number of evangelical preachers who use...

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Wednesday, 27 February 2019 09:04

What I read in 2018 – Just the Highlights!

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By “Highlights” I do not mean the kids’ magazine, that staple of my dentist’s office as a kid. I read 104 books in 2018 as I pursued my goal of two books a week; this does not include daily Bible reading or magazines. One happy turn was that in 2018 I spend 7 months in the...

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Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 1 Thess 5:1-2

“And further, not to know when the end is, or when the day of the end...

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Wednesday, 02 January 2019 07:09

1-2 Thessalonians and the Olivet Discourse

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To download the entire article with footnotes click here: Shogren_1 Thess 2 Thess and the Olivet Discourse

How can we sketch out the outline of Christian eschatology from the years AD 40-50s and earlier? The Thessalonian epistles provide the clearest, datable data. The Thessalonians learned...

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Tuesday, 18 December 2018 03:13

Romans Commentary, Romans 16 and Conclusion

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This commentary was prepared for Kairos Publications in Buenos Aires. It was composed specifically for the Latin American church. In some cases I have retained the words “Latin America,” at other times I have substituted “the Americas.” The bibliography reflects what is...

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Monday, 03 December 2018 01:47

Why read the Septuagint from cover to cover?

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Pre-Christian fragments of the LXX

Last month we announced a two-year safari, reading through the Septuagint version of the Scriptures, from cover to cover!

Our friend David Baer (PhD from Cambridge, specialist in the Septuagint of Isaiah) has decided to join the group. He wanted to say a few words!

Wh...

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Our Goal: A two-year excursion through the Septuagint, including the Deuterocanonical books, from January 1, 2019 through the close of 2020. We will offer weekly reading plans that will average about a chapter and a half per day; for example, the week of January 1-6 we will read Genesis 1-12 LXX....

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Friday, 16 November 2018 04:40

Romans Commentary, Romans 15:14-33

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This commentary was prepared for Kairos Publications in Buenos Aires. It was composed specifically for the Latin American church. In some cases I have retained the words “Latin America,” at other times I have substituted “the Americas.” The bibliography reflects what is...

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Friday, 02 November 2018 06:00

Romans Commentary, Romans 14:1-15:13

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This commentary was prepared for Kairos Publications in Buenos Aires. It was composed specifically for the Latin American church. In some cases I have retained the words “Latin America,” at other times I have substituted “the Americas.” The bibliography reflects what is...

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To download the entire file click here: SHOGREN_ILE conference 2018, Lost Your Life No Problem Christ has it in Safekeeping

Mark 10:28 – Peter said to him, “We have left everything to follow you!”

Note: This series was given to students at the Spanish Language Institute in San...

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I have been blogging on this site since 2010 and just realized that this is my 300th post (on my other site, http://razondelaesperanza.com, I’m up to 212). So in order to celebrate with a really important theme, here are some thoughts from my Romans commentary. Enjoy! And sign up to be...

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Wednesday, 26 September 2018 12:05

Thou shalt not bear DIGITAL false witness!

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‘Thou shalt not bear false witness’ means, I think we can agree:

‘Thou shalt not tell speak falsely concerning that which thou knowest.’ ‘Nor makest up thou stuff about that which thou dost not know.’

How can we apply it in the age of electronic media?

‘When...

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