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, 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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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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