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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Monday, 21 May 2018 06:57

Help get the Bible into all 7000 languages!

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image I have been a volunteer with Wycliffe Associates for three years, in their MAST program, and am very excited about their goal to see the Bible in all 7000 languages of the world. It is very rewarding to spend some of my “off time” helping people around the world to hear the Bible in...

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Have you seen the memes that go like this?

imageA pastor friend just mentioned something that I had also wondered, that the figure 365 seemed really high! So I ran it through my Bible software, and within a few minutes found that the number indeed was way off.[1]

“Fear not” is a...

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Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:30

Gossip, anyone?

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“Let’s pray first!” I overheard the two sitting at the next table at my favorite coffee shop, before they sipped their coffees and nibbled at their bizcochos. I smiled to hear people stop to pray in a public place.

  • And so they bowed their heads.
  • And prayed.
  • And launched an immediate...

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Originally published as: “The ‘Ultracharismatics’ of Corinth and the Pentecostals of Latin America as the religion of the disaffected.” Tyndale Bulletin 56.2 (2005): 91-110. This is a detailed exegetical study, more technical than most of what I post on this blog.

To download...

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Thursday, 29 March 2018 05:01

Romans Commentary, Romans 6:1-8:39

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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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I am extraordinarily excited about a new documentary on the manuscripts of the New Testament. This is a topic I teach on, and I can tell you that this is based squarely on the best historical research, by the world’s top experts (Craig Evans, Dan Wallace).

That is, it is not one of these...

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Wednesday, 21 March 2018 01:20

When News is not News

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I invite you to read two news articles:

ARTICLE #1 –

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Eco-Terrorists Attack Clean Energy

The millennials have finally gotten off their couches, but unfortunately it was to get involved in illegal mischief. This Lancaster Against Pipelines group trespasses into energy projects in order to get...

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Ideally, a young girl should grow up surrounded by love; the adults in her life should be dependable; they should respect boundaries; they should alleviate fear rather than stir it up. We instinctively feel that all of these shouldsought to be a given. But the sad reality is that a large...

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Tuesday, 06 March 2018 00:11

Romans Commentary, Romans 3:21-5:21

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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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Tuesday, 27 February 2018 02:02

Romans Commentary, Romans 1:18-3:20

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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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Tuesday, 13 February 2018 06:07

Romans Commentary, Romans 1:1-17

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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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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 04:31

Romans Commentary, Introduction Part 2

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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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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 03:43

Romans Commentary, Introduction Part 1

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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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Tuesday, 06 February 2018 06:17

Bible word studies!!

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It is a common idea that doing Bible word studies is the method for digging deep into the Bible.

A common idea, but a myth. A myth propagated by some popular “expository” preachers, in fact, who take a somewhat useful tool and blow it out of proportion.

To illustrate: if you were to...

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Wednesday, 03 January 2018 02:25

** GARY commentary alert!

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To my surprise, I just found out that Zondervan republished my Thessalonians commentary some months back!

You can now buy three full commentaries in one eBook! Mine has a lot of Greek in it, but also much application and thoughts on how to preach the letters. The collection includes Holmes NIV...

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Monday, 01 January 2018 03:44

What I Read in 2017, the Short List

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It is not quite correct to say that “I read”; better that “I am a reader,” sub-category, “reader-avid.” A few months ago I crossed the line, and have logged over 2000 books, at least the ones that I can remember reading. And once again this year, I accepted the...

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Friday, 29 December 2017 11:49

My Top 86 Literary Picks!

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image I just updated my Goodreads log of the books I have read, and marked some titles, whether fiction, drama, non-fiction, theology, with my own personal Gold Star. Here are the fictional works (novels, stories, plays, science fiction, poetry).

Now that I spell them out, it strikes me that my taste is...

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Saturday, 23 December 2017 13:14

The Solitude of the Dusky Cave

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When I first saw the title of the epic novel Cien Años de Soledad by Gabriel García Márquez, and got that it meant “one hundred years of solitude,” my heart leapt in anticipation. 500 pages later and I grasped that the protagonists of the story didn’t get...

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Thursday, 07 December 2017 03:09

John Wesley’s “Rules for Band-Societies”

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Gary’s Introduction: this concept of Band-Societies was a small group dynamic, in which believers would volunteer to be accountable to one another. It has inspired similar meetings for almost three centuries. By the way, this was not simply a “lowest-common-denominator” group to...

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Monday, 04 December 2017 03:09

Putting Christ back into Christmas

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Putting Christ back into Christmas is not as simple as arm-wrestling our neighbors into say “Merry Christmas” instead of “Happy Holidays.”

No, it is a daily spiritual discipline: speaking the truth about the incarnate Savior; abstaining from the addictions of materialism,...

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Friday, 01 December 2017 11:10

Who rewrites the Bible? Probably we all do!

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Openoureyeslord welcomes Guest writer, Sam Kautzmann, here with his wife Julie

“We can’t interpret the Bible according to our own personal taste! Or twist it to conform with today’s culture! Or invent our own meaning!” Most of us evangelicals would say Amen. And we all could...

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Saturday, 04 November 2017 03:14

No Time for Bible Reading?

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I just read through the prophet Habakkuk. It took 9 minutes to read aloud from beginning to end.

I happen to know that you can read both 1 and 2 Thessalonians aloud in less than a half hour.

Just did some work in Mark: it can be read aloud, beginning to end, in roughly 1 hour and a half.

MEANWHILE, a...

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Friday, 27 October 2017 05:39

What? Me, a priest?!

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Note: this is the abridged verion of a talk I gave at Seminario ESEPA, on the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. To download the entire article with footnotes, go HERE or download the pdf here: Shogren_The Priesthood of All Believers in the Reformation En español: Shogren_El...

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To download the entire article with footnotes, click here: Shogren_The Priesthood of All Believers in the Reformation En español: Shogren_El sacerdocio de todos los creyentes

Introduction 1. The Catholic Doctrine 2. The Reformation and Beyond: Luther, Calvin, the Anabaptists,...

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Here is a link to the article under question, “Still Saving Eutychus,” by Marty Sweeney. Says the author: “In my circles it is assumed, to put it simplistically, that to be more faithful to God you must preach longer.” He goes on to question that assumption.

And despite...

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