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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Thursday, 18 January 2018 03:00

Can We Still Believe in Miracles Today? Should We?

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This post is adapted from K. Scott Oliphant’s new online course, Know Why You Believe.

How could you believe that an ax head could ever float on water?

How about a person? Could a person walk on water?

Can someone really rise from the dead?

Questions like these often come to Christians. Embedded...

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Tuesday, 16 January 2018 04:15

What is Christological Anthropology?

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imageWhat does it means to be human?

Although Christians have answered that “Jesus reveals what it means to be human,” this orthodox truism isn’t all that helpful. That’s what theologian Marc Cortez concluded when he started reading in theological anthropology:

I was struck by how...

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Thursday, 11 January 2018 22:00

When Was Acts Written?

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This post is adapted from Darrell Bock’s Theology of Luke and Acts online course.

To determine when Acts was written, we need to evaluate the evidence from both Luke and Acts, because the two books were written together, with Luke appearing slightly before Acts.

At first glance, it seems that...

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image The Zondervan Handbook of Biblical Archaeology is a reference resource for anyone interested in archaeology and its relevance to biblical, theological, and apologetic studies. Illustrated with full-color photos, charts, and maps, this handbook provides readers with a wealth of...

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The book of Revelation opens with seven letters to seven churches. Each of the seven letters is a prophetic word from Jesus, through the Spirit, who is inspiring John to write.

Who were the recipients of these letters? How were they read and understood in the first century? And what are we to make...

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imageAlthough the doctrine of eternal generation has been affirmed by theologians since the fourth century, it has fallen on hard times. A new book aims to reverse the trend.

Retrieving Eternal Generation addresses the hermeneutical logic and biblical bases of the doctrine of eternal generation, key...

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Before I get into the Greek, I think it is helpful for us to stop and ask ourselves if we really believe this. Think about the things that we value, to which we aspire, what we respect in other people, what we secretly long for. How many of these...

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Friday, 05 January 2018 02:00

What Is the Mark of the Beast?

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This post is adapted from material found in Craig Keener’s Revelation online course.

The book of Revelation speaks of several beasts. Perhaps the most famous is the beast found in Revelation 13:11–18. And this beast comes with a mark—the number 666.

What, or who, is this beast? What...

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New and popular eBooks are on sale, starting at $1.99 in this eBook sale on apologetics, sexuality, leadership and spiritual disciplines.

The sale includes deals from Greg Koukl, Nabeel Qureshi, Roger E. Olson, Wesley Hill, and many more.

Don’t wait because these deals end on January 7, 2018.

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Thursday, 28 December 2017 21:00

2017 Year in Review: The Most Popular Online Courses

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Zondervan Academic Online Courses has become one of the best ways to learn about the Bible online. As we’re reviewing and reflecting on our most popular courses from 2017 and looking ahead to 2018, we thought we’d share some of what we’re learning about what you’re learning.

H...

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Wednesday, 20 December 2017 22:00

What Is the Tabernacle?

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During the 40 years that the Israelites wandered in the desert under Moses’ leadership, God was with them. God gave clear instructions to the Israelites for a sanctuary where his spirit could dwell and where people could gather for worship and to offer sacrifices. This sanctuary is called the...

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image There are two versions of the Christmas story: the one reflected in Christmas carols and pageants; the other version most forget—Matthew’s Christmas story.

“Matthew’s version of our favorite holiday,” Rodney Reeves explains in his new Matthew commentary (SGBC...

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Friday, 15 December 2017 21:00

What Role Does the Holy Spirit Play in Bible Study?

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As the supernatural source of Scripture’s inspiration, it would seem that the Holy Spirit would play an important role in how we read and interpret God’s Word.

But how? Can we understand the Bible apart from the Spirit’s influence?

To understand how the Spirit operates when we read...

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Friday, 15 December 2017 00:00

Is the “Trinity” in the Bible?

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In recent years, we’ve seen a resurgence of arguments against Christian theology using the doctrine of the Trinity as a proof.

Critics argue that since the Trinity isn’t overtly mentioned in the Bible, it’s not real.

The greater implication is that Christian theology can’t be...

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Wednesday, 13 December 2017 23:00

What Does the Old Testament Say about the Trinity?

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In the New Testament, Christians are given a new lens through which they see God. He is still the one true God we discover in the Jewish Shema prayer:

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your...

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For centuries, artists have portrayed angels as beautiful humans with wings and glowing light, complete with halos, harps, and flowing white gowns (or perfectly sculpted bodies). But is that really what angels look like? Angels have inspired all sorts of imaginative stories and depictions, but...

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image Since 2013 the Los Angeles Theology Conference (LATC) has sought to advance contemporary dogmatics by fostering serious, collegial engagement with Scripture and tradition, retrieving the best of the Christian past in order to forge theology for the future. One result of LATC has been a series...

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I am working through the definitions of the vocabulary in my textbook, Basics of Biblical Greek, and got to wondering about ἄνθρωπος. I am trying to lay out the vocabulary in a way that doesn’t mash all the different meanings of a word into one long...

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The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, the Counterpoints series, and more are on sale right now at Logos, Accordance, WORDsearch and Olive Tree. Check out the deals today because they’ll be gone by December 10, 2017.

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imageThere is no shortage of inspiration for making 2018 your best year yet. May I suggest another, if not unusual source for inspiration?

New Testament Greek.

Not the Greek scriptures, per se, but the Greek language. A brilliant new devotional book offers inspiration for practical living...

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Tuesday, 05 December 2017 05:45

Bestselling eBook Sale

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Right now, 11 of our bestselling eBooks are on sale. (Deals end December 10, 2017).

This includes deals from:

  • Greg Koukl (Tactics and The Story of Reality)
  • Wayne Grudem (Christian Beliefs)
  • Tim Keller (Shaped by the Gospel)
  • Pete Scazzero (The Emotionally Healthy Leader)
  • Clay Scroggins’s recent book H...

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December 4, 2017

In October 2017 Dr. Andreas Köstenberger informed Zondervan Academic that his commentary on the Gospel of John in volume 2 of the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Commentary: New Testament (ZIBBC: NT) contained “a series of inadvertently unattributed references” to D. A....

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I am often asked why the ESV and NIV don’t capitalize “divine pronouns,” pronouns referring to God. For example, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works” (Eph 2:10, NASB).

There seem to be at least four reasons why not.

1. The originals did...

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Thursday, 30 November 2017 19:19

5 Disputed Books in the Old Testament

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The church hasn’t always agreed on the value of certain canonized books. Martin Luther famously wanted Hebrews, James, Jude and Revelation removed from the Christian canon. He believed they undermined Christian doctrines of sola fide (by faith alone) and sola gratia (by grace alone).

When it...

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image Rodney Reeves thinks asking questions of the Bible is important and relevant to preaching and teaching. So he introduces his new Matthew commentary (SGBC series) by asking a number of them them—including “Why?”

Why did Matthew write his gospel, and in the way he wrote it? Consider...

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