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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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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Monday, 05 December 2016 07:15

Your Body, God’s Temple

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The devil has a Weapon of Mass Destruction, and it is called online pornography. Of help is the following article is by Jason DeRouchie of Bethlehem Bible College and Seminary. It is one of the best explorations of the topics of masturbation and sexual fantasy that I have read, and I repost it,...

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Tuesday, 08 November 2016 13:31

The Golden Rule and Political Discussion

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This has been the most difficult election season, at least since 1948, perhaps since 1860. For that reason, may I request that, when someone didn’t vote the way you or I did, that we not automatically respond: “Oh, that means you don’t care at all about ____.” “Oh,...

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Saturday, 29 October 2016 18:30

Lady Apostle Lands in Jail!

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If I asked you “Who were the martyrs of the early church?” you would, quite properly, begin with Stephen in Acts 7; James in Acts 12; and then go on to Peter and Paul. “Brave, godly men were early martyrs” = a right answer. But not a complete answer. Why not? Because we all,...

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What does it mean when Paul (quoting Isaiah) says “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived, the things God has prepared for those who love him.” (1 Cor 2:9)? Is this a parallel to, for example, 1 Cor 13:12, “For now we see only a […]...

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Well, so here we are on October 6, 2016, and another false prophecy, made by a false prophet, has fallen flat. Jonathan Cahn’s wacky, mystical Shemitah scheme is a classic example of the logical fallacy known as the Texas Sharpshooter – a Texan claims to be a great marksman, and he...

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Thursday, 06 October 2016 10:01

Act now!

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Last month I was waiting my turn at the barber shop, and a homeless woman stuck her head in and said she was hungry. I didn’t want to lose my place, but I told the barber, “Uh…hold my spot, be right back!” I popped over to the bakery right next door and got her some...

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Saturday, 01 October 2016 14:23

Spirituality and intellect

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Wish I had said this, but in no way can I improve on this quote: …there are two common, but misguided, sentiments in some quarters of the Christian church regarding the relationship between spirituality and the academic or intellectual life. One is the belief that intellectual pursuits...

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Friday, 23 September 2016 07:20

Ancient copy of Leviticus deciphered

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Experts announced on 9/21/16 that they had deciphered an very old copy of a book of Moses, perhaps from the year AD 100. As technology advances, so does the ability to read an unopened scroll, just as an MRI can read layer after layer of your brain. By scanning the unopened roll, it was discovered...

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Monday, 19 September 2016 05:24

My Time with the Koran, April 2016

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Read the whole file here shogren_my-time-with-the-koran or download it on your phone.  My reading the Koran is like a rock-and-roller trying to figure out what in the world that jazz trio is up to. Still, if I will opine that the Koran is right, wrong, or indifferent, I feel I should...

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Sunday, 18 September 2016 03:00

A Year of Aramaic and Syriac!

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October 10, 2016 is the day! We will be launching Peshar (Aramaic for “interpretation”), our new Facebook group for learning and reading Aramaic and Syriac. If you can already read biblical Hebrew and would like to expand your skills, let me know if you want to join! Visit HERE....

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With all due respect to the original, this is my thorough paraphrase, condensation, and updating of George Whitfield’s, “Worldly Business No Plea for the Neglect of Religion,” Sermon 20 of his Collected Sermons Matthew 8:22 – “Let the dead bury their dead.” When...

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Thom S. Rainer is the president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources and has a very popular blog on church life. Having read with approval a number of his other articles, I was surprised to find one that I broadly disagreed with. It is titled “FIFTEEN REASONS WHY YOUR PASTOR SHOULD NOT...

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