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

Apologetic Report - Zondervan Academic Koinonia Blog

I was asked why all modern translations “omit” Matt 18:11. “For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost” (KJV). The form of the question betrays the basic problem, that people think modern translations omit verses rather than other translations add verses.

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It’s the best time to build your biblical library at Olive Tree, because you will save 50% on works in biblical studies and theology.

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Christians disagree on doctrine, politics, church government, certain moral questions—just about everything under the sun, it can seem. Yet a unity remains, centered around a core outlook on God and the world that is common to all believers.

In today’s excerpt from The Essentials of...

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017 22:55

[Common Places] Reading Notes: Faith Alone

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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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imageA few years ago, Zondervan Academic launched a new commentary series to explain and illuminate Scripture in light of the Bible’s grand story: The Story of God Bible Commentary. Today we’re pleased to share the next volume.

Constantine Campbell’s new commentary on 1, 2, and 3...

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I don’t know what kind of mood Paul was in when he wrote his second letter to the Thessalonians, but it is remarkable how many grammatical incongruities there are.

Read, for example, 2 Thess 2:7. Paul writes, τὸ γὰρ...

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In today’s excerpt from The Essentials of Christian Thought, eminent theologian and church historian Roger Olson explains what leads to confusion and accommodation to nonbiblical, non-Christian life and world perspectives.

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The world is a...

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imageDoctrine. Politics. Church government. Moral issues. Christians disagree on just about everything under the sun. Yet a unity remains, centered around a core view of God and the world. This unity is rooted in the Christian vision for ultimate reality—a vision challenged by culture and often...

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Michael Horton’s eBooks are on sale (starting at $1.99) for a brief time. View the deals. Sale ends at 11:59pm ET on March 14, 2017.

In this sale you’ll find eBooks on core Christian teachings, sustainable faith, suffering faithfully, and more.

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Right now the Zondervan Exegetical Commentaries on the New Testament and Old Testament are steeply discounted (50% off) at Olive Tree Bible Software.

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Wednesday, 08 March 2017 21:00

[Common Places] The Five Solas: Faith Alone

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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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In last month’s blog, we looked at different ways Gen 1:1 can be understood with respect to the following verses. In this blog, we want to look at v. 2 and analyze how vv. 1–3 relate.

Of Conjunctions and Clauses

The key to identifying clauses is noting how they are joined together. There...

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In Peter’s sermon on the eschatological outpouring of the Holy Spirit, he says this. “The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call...

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In Practicing the Power, pastor and author Sam Storms offers practical steps to understanding and exercising spiritual gifts in a way that remains grounded in the Word and centered in the gospel.

In Today’s excerpt, we learn how we as Christians often quench the Spirit, as well...

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Grand Rapids, Mich., Mar. 2, 2017 — Today Zondervan announced it represented a total of three titles that were chosen as top resources of the year by Outreach magazine.

Almost 200 total submissions were divided into twelve categories, with expert panelists for each category. Each panelist...

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imageIn 2014 we asked our friend and teammate Verlyn Verbrugge this question: How might a pastor or teacher find value in theNew International Dictionary of New Testament Theology and Exegesis? Verlyn later passed away in 2015, and we miss him. Before he passed, Verlyn wrote the article below. This...

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imageHow can we live “in the world” and yet not let the world own us and squeeze us into the shape of its own fallen values and assumptions?

A teenager and his friends, to say nothing of an entire nation, had to navigate this question themselves. Thankfully their wisdom has been preserved for...

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Monday, 27 February 2017 03:59

The Historic Faith eBook Sale

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To quote author Justin S. Holcomb, “Obviously, Christianity did not begin when we were born… Today’s Christianity is directly affected by what earlier Christians chose to do and to believe.”

Want to explore what earlier Christians chose to do and believe? Here is an eBook...

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When an adjective is used as a noun, it is usually clear what it is referring to. But every once in a while the ambiguity is unclear.

Take, for example, 1 Cor 15:53. “For this corruptible (φθαρτὸν τοῦτο) must be clothed with...

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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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We’re thrilled to announce a new relationship with Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary & Graduate School that lets you get academic credit when you take a course online from Zondervan Academic.

This is a great option to receive academic credit while working through an online course...

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Most sermons I heard on the first chapter of Daniel in my youth emphasized the negative refusal, the courageous stand of Daniel and his friends. The preachers and Bible study leaders never commented on the remarkable degree of acceptance that they showed. Three times they said...

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imageIf you’re a worship pastor, you’re probably known as many things: song leader, lead musician, artist.

What about church lover?

Given the crisis of commitment in many churches nowadays, Zac Hicks challenges fellow worship leaders to make this role primary in his new...

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Apposition is when you want to use a substantive to qualify another substantive. One way to do this is by putting the second substantive in the same case as the first.

In Acts 3, Peter calls for repentance so that “times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may...

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