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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Our current series, Sanctification, looks at elements of theforthcoming volume by Michael Allen in the New Studies in Dogmatics series.

imageListening to Augustine

In the year 413, Augustine wrote a small work entitled “On Faith and Works” (De fide et operibus). He responded to some men who...

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imageHow should Christians live in a culture that’s either outright hostile or increasingly opposed to our faith?

That’s the question Peter addresses in part in his first letter to the churches of Asia Minor. Dennis Edwards explores this same question in his new 1 Peter commentary (Story of...

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This blog is purely on translation and not directly on Greek, but I have been thinking about this a lot lately so thought I would share it.

Most people say there are two translation camps, formal equivalent and functional equivalent (or dynamic equivalent). The longer I am in translation work, the...

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“Grace is the heart of the Christian gospel. It is a doctrine that touches the very depths of human existence.” (19)

In today’s excerpt from Grace Alone–Salvation as a Gift of God, Carl Trueman, professor of Historical Theology and Church History at Westminster Theological...

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image“On no other point, in my view, is the Spirit’s work more misunderstood than with regard to the manner of his operation in the life of believers” (244).

Which is why Michael Horton offers an entire chapter on “How the Spirit Gives” in his new book Rediscovering the Holy...

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One of the better known conundrums in NT exegesis is Jesus’ response to hearing about Lazarus. “Now Jesus loved (ἠγάπα) Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So (οὖν) when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more...

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Our current series, Sanctification, looks at elements of the forthcoming volume by Michael Allen in the New Studies in Dogmatics series.

image The harder part of theology can oftentimes take the form of bringing into relief that which we are most likely to overlook. We miss things for a variety of...

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Right now, both the original Expositor’s Bible Commentary (12 volumes) and the Revised Edition of EBC (13 volumes) are 50% off at Olive Tree Bible software. These deals will disappear on June 20, 2017.

The Expositor’s Bible Commentary series set the gold standard for...

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image In politics, so-called “third-rail issues” are policy subjects so combustible, so electric that touching them leads to sure-fire political ruin.

Today, the issue of gender roles within marriage and within the church is as equally combustible and electric. Yet in her new book Ge...

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My daughter shared with me a verse she decided to memorize as she was reading through Jeremiah. It is a great verse for God’s people to know and there are several interesting and instructional features as well.

Hebrew vs. English Versification

The first thing this verse illustrates is that...

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Tuesday, 06 June 2017 01:59

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All of the Counterpoints eBooks are on sale right now for either $3.99 or $1.99, which means you save up to 83%. See the deals now because this sale ends on June 11, 2017 (11:59pm ET)!

What’s special about the Counterpoints series?

Counterpoints volumes offer you expert dialogue on issues...

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When it comes to particles and conjunctions especially, it can be difficult to translate every single one. Sometimes the best translation is punctuation, and other times it feels like the word is superfluous and should just be dropped in order to write in proper English.

But extreme caution is urged...

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In today’s excerpt from 1 Peter, the newest installment of the Story of God Bible Commentary series, Dennis Edwards teaches us about behaviors that foster Christian unity, and how we are expected to behave in a hostile environment.

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1 Peter 3:8–12

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The language of grace so permeates the Bible and all traditions of Christian theology that to claim that salvation is by grace alone is, in itself, to claim very little at all (17).

imageSo begins Grace Alone, Carl Trueman’s tour de force examining the doctrine that salvation as a gift of God.

He...

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imageScripture alone. Faith alone. Grace alone. God’s glory alone.

These so-called solas were the rallying cry of the Reformers nearly 500 years ago. And binding them together was a fifth: Christ alone.

That’s the thesis of Stephen Wellum’s new book by the same name on the...

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In first year Greek, we teachers need to make a bigger deal of Aktionsart. Meaning isn’t conveyed just by the meaning of the word, or its tense, or its aspect. Language gives us many tools to nuance what we want to say, and our students need to know that meaning can also help convey aspect.

For...

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image This year we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the beginnings of the Protestant Reformation, looking back to Martin Luther’s 95 Theses and the theological debates kick-started by their posting. The Reformation continues to be lauded, cajoled, and debated in circles of all sorts today. At...

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image One hallmark of biblical interpretation is the meant-means distinction: we need to determine what the Biblemeant (to the original author and audience, in their context and culture) before understanding what it means(to us in our context and culture).

Authors William Klein, Craig Blomberg, and...

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How do you treat people who disagree with you theologically?

There has been a lot of dissension in the church over this question. My computer’s dictionary describes “dissension” as a “disagreement that leads to discord,” and this may be part of the key. There is a type...

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In today’s excerpt from Rediscovering the Holy Spirit, author, pastor, and theologian Michael Horton reveals that the work of God’s Spirit is far more ordinary and common than we realize. Horton argues that we need to take a step back every now and again to focus on the Spirit...

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image Martin Luther called the letter “one of the grandest of the New Testament.” Early church fathers Clement of Rome and Polycarp of Smyrna were inspired by the letter’s consoling, hopeful words. More recently, Karen Jobes said the five-chapter General Epistle is “significant...

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Right now, the Word Biblical Commentary set is on sale at the software retailers Logos, Accordance, Olive Tree, and WORDsearch.

If you act now, you will save at least $800.This is a very steep discount: you pay an average of $6.56 per volume!

Don’t wait, beacause this sale ends May 22, 2017!...

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I came across another example of how word-for-word translations aren’t always translations, assuming that a translation is meant to convey meaning.

Joseph was a δίκαιος man, and as such wanted to divorce Mary quietly. But think about it; depending on...

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Our new resource engaging the intersection between science and faith, TheDictionary of Christianity of Science,gives you access to key terms, theories, individuals, debates, and much more to help you engage in these important discussions. In today’s excerpt, we give you a sampling of...

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Image: Bach’s notation Soli Deo Gloria on his sheet music.

This year we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the beginnings of the Protestant Reformation, looking back to Martin Luther’s 95 Theses and the theological debates kick-started by their posting. The Reformation continues to be...

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