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
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!”

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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

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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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Hi, regular members of my blog. You will have received an announcement about a new post; however, it is not yet available. It will be in a couple of weeks. Thanks! Gary

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It is the narrative in a few remote corners of Christendom that only the Textus receptus reflects the original text of the New Testament. Some would add a second chapter, that newer critical editions – which, in fact, are based on almost 6000 manuscripts, let alone ancient versions and church...

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Wednesday, 08 February 2017 14:31

How to Read Romans [Studies in Romans]

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Certeza Unida and Kairos will publish my Romans commentary as part of their Comentario Bíblico Contemporáneo (Contemporary Bible Commentary). More than 160 scholars participated in the project. What follows is adapted from the section “How to Read Romans,” in which I show...

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I have tried to sketch out a blog article on this very topic for some time, but could never say it this well. So I’m going to link to this short essay by John Pavlovitz, posted last year in Relevant. By the way, a lot of people wrote back to the author and claimed he […]

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One of those, “Wish I had said this, in this way, but there’s no way I could have improved on this statement by Russell Moore – I think sometimes pastors and leaders simply take whatever they find objectionable in the culture and rail against it. They sometimes use the...

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Wednesday, 28 December 2016 16:57

What I read in 2016, the short list

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I have always been a big reader, but never more so than in 2016. That’s when I began to use the wonderful online group, Goodreads.com, to log the books that I have read, am reading, and want to read. I am up over 1900 books that I have logged as READ in my lifetime, so […]

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Wednesday, 21 December 2016 08:33

Your politics is not Christianity

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It doesn’t matter if you are Right, Left, Center, or Other: Any word you can tack “ism” to the end of is a potential idol. Anytime you add a hyphen to the word “Christian” (Christian-hyphen-whatever, or Christian/Whatever) you take away from the significance of...

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Thursday, 15 December 2016 12:40

Bible study – a work of prayer!

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This is a prayer of the great church father Augustine, which he was accustomed to use after his sermons and lectures. I have updated the version found in NPNF 1,8, p. 683. We now turn to the Lord God, the Father Almighty, and with pure hearts we offer to him, so far as we can […]

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