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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What is the relationship between Christianity and Science? How does Christian theology relate to scientific inquiry?

The answer to these questions is finally here. The Dictionary of Christianity of Sciencegives you access to key terms, theories, individuals, debates, and much more to help you engage...

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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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Thursday, 20 April 2017 01:13

The Story of God and 1 John 3:11–18

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This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. (1 John 3:16)

image I would imagine several sermons pivoted around this verse over the past several days celebrating Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Resurrection...

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Monday, 17 April 2017 00:12

Who Wrote the Book of Hebrews?

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When you consider the wide agreement among biblical scholars about who wrote every other book of the New Testament, it’s a little mysterious that we don’t know who wrote Hebrews.

There are a handful of contenders. Let’s take a look at the reasons each of them might be the author.

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Thursday, 13 April 2017 22:22

Did Jesus Really Descend Into Hell?

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It is sometimes argued that Christ descended into hell after he died.

The widely used Apostles’ Creed reads, “was crucified, dead, and buried, he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead.”

But the phrase “he descended into hell” does not occur in...

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Wednesday, 12 April 2017 01:09

Did Jesus Know When He Was Going to Die?

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image Did Jesus expect to die? Did he intend to? If so, how did he view his death?

According to the Synoptic Gospels, from Peter’s confession at Caesarea Philippi onward, Jesus warned his disciples of his impending fate.

Three times he predicts that the Son of Man will suffer and die and then rise...

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“It’s my favorite thing I’ve written yet,” says Greg Koukl, President of Stand to Reason, about his new apologetics book The Story of Reality: How the World Began, How It Ends, and Everything Important that Happens in Between.

You may recognize Koukl as the author of the...

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Much of the scholarly discussion about the circumstances of Jesus’ death relates to the question of who was responsible for his arrest and crucifixion.

Who was responsible? The Jews or the Romans?

Historically, the primary responsibility has been placed on the Jewish leadership and the Jews in...

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imageFaith and science have been both kissing cousins and sworn enemies throughout Western history.

That tension, however, hasn’t stopped Paul Copan, Tremper Longman, Christopher Reese, and Michael Strauss from offering the church and academy a new reference resource for the intersection of the...

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image In his new book The Essentials of Christian Thought Roger Olson tells the story of an aunt who was a passionately devoted member of the Presbyterian church. Though she was “one of the sweetest, most intelligent and devout Christian women he has ever had the privilege to know,” there...

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I have been sensitive lately to finding passages in which a word-for-word translation is not clear but is ambiguous and perhaps even misleading. I am finding lots of examples.

The one that jumped out to me this morning is John 9:7. Jesus tells the man born blind, “‘Go, wash in the pool...

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We recently sat down with Greg Koukl to talk about what prevents people from articulating their faith to non-believers. Take a look at what he said:

The best way to start

In the Tactics online course, Gregory Koukl offers practical strategies to help you stay in the driver’s seat as you...

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APRIL 7, 2017: If you subscribe to one of Zondervan Academic’s email newsletters, you may receive an unusual email from us soon. It requests that you click a link within your email “to keep receiving” your newsletter.

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Save big on Bible reference works at Olive Tree Bible Software right now. (The sale ends April 17, 2017.) You will find deals on single volumes and complete sets:

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Wednesday, 05 April 2017 23:31

[Common Places] The Five Solas: Grace 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.

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We recently sat down with Tremper Longman III to discuss why the book of Genesis is so challenging to read and understand. His new Genesis online course is available at a discount through Friday.

Genesis, like the rest of the Old Testament is a difficult book for us as twenty-first Christians to...

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Save up to 76% on timely and popular eBooks by Timothy Keller, D. A. Carson, Michael Horton, Tim Challies, and over 16 other authors in our new eBook sale on Reformed theology.

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  • the Reformation and some of its solas (faith alone, God’s word alone, God’s glory...

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This is another way of asking the age old question, do you err on the side of word-for-word translation or on the side of meaning? Do you want clarity of meaning, or do you want to stay closer to the Greek and be less meaningful and more ambiguous?

You can’t have it both ways. Period.

Look at Jo...

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Save 44% on the NIV Application Commentary: New Testament set (20 vols.) at Logos Bible software. (The deal ends April 3, 2017.)

Billy Graham calls this series “an indispensable tool for every pastor and teacher who seeks to make the Bible’s timeless message speak to this...

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There are a thousand reasons to celebrate advances women have made as we contemplate Women’s History Month, but from another perspective, a picture is worth a thousand reasons. The recent setting was the White House, March 23, 2017 where Vice President Pence was leading a meeting related to...

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imageAlmost ten years ago I was introduced to hermeneutics by William Klein, Craig Blomberg, and Robert Hubbard in the first semester of my M.Div. program. Thanks to their sturdy textbook resource I got a goodly introduction to the important practice of biblical interpretation. Which is why I’m...

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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.

There...

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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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