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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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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There are Christians who are King James people because they prefer the wonderful language and cadence of the KJV, or who believe (with little evidence, but no matter for now) that it best represents the original Greek text. Overall, with these brothers and sisters, I have no serious quarrel.

But...

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This is one of the most interesting articles I have read in a while, so I will post a link to it HERE.

I am particularly tickled that he got, well, got “saved” I think is the appropriate term, by simply reading his Bible.

The so-called Prosperity Gospel, Word of Faith, Rhema Doctrine,...

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2 Cor 3:6 – “the letter killeth, but the Spirit giveth life.” A verse that is frequently misused and misapplied to mean that we should focus on our feelings as a source of light superior to the Bible (here’s one example). To my surprise, Calvin wrote about this almost 500...

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Friday, 15 September 2017 09:32

False Apostles are Smacked Down by Hurricane Irma!

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Companion essay: “Why would a hurricane hit Texas and Florida and not, for example, Alabama?”

As Hurricane Irma approached Florida in September 2017, Latin America awoke to hear a number of its anointed prophets and apostles shouting, “You, Irma, go away!”

This is a...

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I offer the following difficult theme with, I hope, all respect to those who suffer and with prayer God’s blessings on the residents of Texas as they pull their lives back from the flood. And we will close with an appeal for donations.

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Hurricane Harvey, 2017

Human beings are wired to look for...

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Tuesday, 22 August 2017 07:33

One of my “Other Ministries” in Costa Rica

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Let’s label this ministry as: “Hi homeless friend! Would you like some breakfast?”

On Saturday, I go to the grocer and buy a kilo of local farmer’s cheese, a couple of loaves of bread, and big bottles of iced tea. Then I make up sandwiches for 25 or so people, gather paper...

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017 07:59

Do Visitors To Your Church Feel Welcomed?

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The Gospel Coalition just published a very interesting article, one which seemed to resonate with at least one friend. The author writes:

Do you make visitors feel conspicuous in the worship service? Stop it. Seriously. Please stop. Some visitors don’t care and will actually appreciate...

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017 07:45

Mail, I get mail!

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Today’s “love letter” to my blog.

“Your website contains some of the worst humanist thinking out there disguised at Christian teaching…You speak from a lying spirit and the world loves what you say! And if the world loves you then you are not of Christ!”

Believe...

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I have written elsewhere: “set aside videos of cute kittens or adolescents cracking up their skateboards. Let’s focus on those other things – political, social, religious, etc. – which get posted on social media and spread like wildfire! I invite you to read the first two...

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Thursday, 03 August 2017 09:54

Israel and Palestine and a Hope for Peace

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Seminario ESEPA held a conference in 2014 on the topic of “Israel and Palestine.” They asked me to be one of the participants; I offered the following thoughts, which I have updated a bit, with the proviso that they come from a Bible student with only a bit of knowledge of world affairs....

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017 08:50

The NIV and six degrees of Rupert Murdoch

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We see it in panicked blog posts and garish YouTube videos, and hear it in whispers from concerned friends! That Rupert Murdoch is trying to take your Bible away from you! That he is a friend to the Vatican and a pornographer and the guy who put shows like “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” on...

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Thursday, 06 July 2017 03:38

False teachers: a bad road to a bad end

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There are false teachers and false teachers.

Some are individuals who believe the devil when he says they will get money, power, cars, houses, sex, bestsellers, huge crowds, lasting fame.

“Just give your doctrine a bit of a twist,” he whispers, “and for a few drops of falsehood...

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Saturday, 24 June 2017 13:00

My month with the Book of Mormon – May 2017

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TO read the entire article, download it as a pdf: Shogren_My month with the Book of Mormon – May 2017 The Bible is really, incredibly old! The Old and New Testaments were copied by hand for centuries, if not millennia! And to interpret the Bible correctly, an expert ought to be well...

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Monday, 05 June 2017 04:00

Some advice for young men. About the ladies.

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For Karen, on our 30th anniversary (orig. written May 2010) This is for the guys, but the women can listen in! Weddings are a great place to meet young women. Everyone is thinking of love and marriage, and many want to meet guys. So go to weddings when you’re invited, even if you have to...

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Tuesday, 30 May 2017 07:12

Israel’s Holocaust Memorial, Yad Vashem

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Last week I visited Yad Vashem, the memorial to the more than 6 million Jews who were killed in the Holocaust. I invite the reader to visit their website yadvashem.org, and to study indepth the horror of the Holocaust, which I am unable to describe in this short space. Our wonderful guide, Dani,...

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This is a long essay with numerous footnotes. The reader may prefer to download it in pdf form: Shogren_Bible Prophecy #1 Bible Prophecies that are NOT in the Bible I plan on at least two more articles in this series, in which I will describe End-Time expectations that may or may not be found...

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Monday, 24 April 2017 03:44

Holy books, wholly understandable

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I try, every year, to read the scripture of some other faith. That is, read the books themselves, not just a second-hand analysis of them In 2016 it was the Koran, which I found well worth the read, if a little repetitious. It is about 4/5 the length of the New Testament. In 2017 I […]

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To download the full article with all images and notes, click here: Shogren_Archaeology of the New Testament Usually it’s the Old Testament that garners all the publicity for archaeological finds, and for good reasons: the Israelites inhabited the land for centuries and left behind all...

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This article has many images and footnotes; I encourage the reader to download it as a pdf here: Shogren_Christians and Coincidences It happened just the other day: I had been thinking about James Bond, and later when I pulled out a form of identification for the bank teller, I noticed that my...

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