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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Monday, 18 February 2019 22:00

Who Wrote the Book of Acts?

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The following post is adapted from Robert H. Gundry’s online course,New Testament Survey.

According to church tradition, Luke wrote the book of Acts. If he did, the book is a sequel to the Gospel of Luke. Evidence within Acts supports authorship by Luke:

  • Just as his Gospel opens with a...

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Monday, 11 February 2019 22:00

Why Did the Philippians Send Paul a Gift?

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One of the reasons why Paul wrote Philippians was to thank them for supporting his ministry—not just in prayer, but with a financial gift. He specifically mentions their gift towards the end of his letter, in Philippians 4:15–18:

“Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early...

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Wednesday, 06 February 2019 22:00

Who Wrote Philippians?

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The very first verse in Philippians attributes the letter to the Apostle Paul. Right from the beginning, it says who it’s from and who it’s to:

“Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all God’s holy people in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and...

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Tuesday, 05 February 2019 06:00

What Does the Bible Say about Abortion?

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Abortion is a controversial topic. While it’s been settled in the Supreme Court for decades, it remains an actively debated moral issue, packed with difficult questions.

Does a woman have full autonomy over her body, even if another human is dependent on her body?

Is a fetus a person, and...

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Like Philippians 4:13, Philippians 4:19 is a popular verse that’s often misused. After thanking the Philippians for generously supporting him, the Apostle Paul writes, “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”

Some have used this...

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Sunday, 03 February 2019 22:11

My Father Died Last Week

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I am going to interrupt my normal Greek blogs to share some thoughts about my dad, funerals, and death.

Dad passed away due to complications from two surgeries, broken hip, shoulder, and elbow, all from falling. He was 97. His obituary is on his blog site, Shout4Joy.net.

It is expected to be...

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Philippians 4:13 is one of the most well-known New Testament verses, but it’s also notoriously misused. After telling his audience that he’s experienced both poverty and affluence, the Apostle Paul writes these well-known words: “I can do all things through Him who strengthens...

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Monday, 28 January 2019 21:00

Why Paul Wrote the Letter to the Philippians

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Philippians is a letter about joy. Writing from prison, Paul describes the joys of following Christ and persevering for the gospel, and the secret to being content in any situation. We know from the letter that the Philippians were facing a lot of hardship (and Paul wasn’t exactly living the...

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Sunday, 20 January 2019 13:25

Sale: Word Biblical Commentary eBooks

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Right now, save up to 77% on Word Biblical Commentary (WBC) eBooks that deliver biblical scholarship at its best. Get the deals today because sale prices end soon (January 27, 2019).

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In Evangelism in a Skeptical World, Sam Chan combines the theological and biblical insights of classic evangelistic training with the latest insights from missiology, illustrating his insights with real-world examples drawn from over fifteen years of evangelistic ministry.

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Language is imprecise. It would be great if all of us said exactly what we meant, and meant exactly what we said, but that is neither human nature or the nature of language.

That’s why context is king. That’s why a “verse of the day” is the worst exegetical tool there is...

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Wednesday, 09 January 2019 21:00

Women in the Bible: What We Learn from the Book of Luke

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Opponents of Christianity will often suggest that the Bible has a low view of women. It’s a patriarchal book with a patriarchal worldview. In many cases though, Scripture reveals that while that may have been true of ancient Judaism (like many other ancient cultures), God–and...

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Rarely do I find a translation that makes no sense to me, and since this particular one is replicated in all the translations, I am assuming I am missing something, but I have no idea what it could be. Can you help?

Jesus has just announced his public ministry, and in Mark 1:16 Mark writes,...

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imageIf you have ever longed to become acquainted with the major thinkers and schools of thought in Christian theology from the nineteenth century to the present, there is now a resource that is both accessible and comprehensive to aid in your understanding of the last two centuries of modern theology.

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image’Tis the season to reflect upon the majesty and mystery of the incarnation of Christ. But why not also reflect upon another aspect of his person and work: the imputation of his righteousness to sinners?

Although the Lenten season is still a few months away, Christmas still affords us the...

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Wednesday, 19 December 2018 21:00

For to Us a Child Is Born: The Meaning of Isaiah 9:6

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Isaiah 9:6 is a prophecy about a future child who would bear the government on his shoulders and be called by titles that could only rightfully be attributed to God:

For to us a child is born,to us a son is given,and the government will be on his shoulders.And he will be calledWonderful...

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imageWhat do Augustine and Francis of Assisi, Karl Barth and Dietrich Bonhoeffer all have in common?

They embody the rich legacy of preaching through the ages. Now that legacy is collected into twonewvolumes that are perfect for students, preachers, and interested Christians alike who...

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(You can watch this blog post on YouTube.) One of the fundamental lessons everyone who does word studies needs to understand is that words have a range of meaning. When students memorize Greek vocabulary, we have to give them the basic meaning (or meanings) of the word, but it is a mistake to think...

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When we reflect on the meaning of salvation—and on our piety, mission, and life together—our thought necessarily engages the doctrine of justification. But what does justification mean? In many ways, this question has always sat at the heart of the Christian faith. However, at various...

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Monday, 10 December 2018 21:00

Who Was Isaiah?

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Isaiah was a Jewish prophet who lived during the eighth century BC. The Book of Isaiah claims to be written by him, and scholars believe he at least wrote partof it.

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(Note: you can watch this blog post on YouTube.) In first year Greek we historically do just one wooden, word for word translation. This way the teacher knows that the student knows the tense of the verb or case of the noun. The problem is that the students leave first year class thinking that word...

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Wednesday, 05 December 2018 21:00

Who Wrote the Book of Isaiah?

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Scholars generally accept that the Book of Isaiah was at least partially written by the prophet Isaiah, during the eighth century BC. However, there’s also evidence that other authors made additions.

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When we reflect on the meaning of salvationand on our piety, mission, and life togetherour thought necessarily engages the doctrine of justification. Michael Horton aims to help scholars, students, pastors, and interested Christians alike (re)engage this vital doctrine in his new two-v...

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Monday, 03 December 2018 21:00

Comfort, Comfort My People: The Meaning of Isaiah 40:1

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After 39 chapters of narrative, the Book of Isaiah makes a dramatic shift: it becomes a book of poetry. But it makes another, perhaps more radical change: it skips ahead about 150 years into the future.

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It is often said that translators are traitors. They are traitors because they either over- or under-translate the meaning of the original text. Either they say too much in an attempt to convey the full meaning of the Greek, or they say too little and leave some of the meaning untranslated.

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