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 - George H. Guthrie
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 19:22

Timothy George on "The Typographical Reformation"

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Timothy George is a wonderful Church historian. In a recent post on the First Things website, George offers fascinating insights into the role of printing in the Reformation. Since I touched on the subject a week ago, I thought I would share this very good article with you.

It begins:

The English...

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A few weeks ago, as I was preparing to teach the book of Philippians in Israel, I was translating the fourth chapter. Phil. 4:2-3 reads like this:

"I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to align their perspectives in the Lord! Indeed, I also ask you, true companion, help these women (literally,...

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Last night I had the privilege of participating in a panel discussion at our local synagogue in Jackson, TN. This was Part 2 in a 3 part series stretching from September to May. Part 1 dealt with the formative years of Judaism and that religion's relationship with the Christian movement, Part 2...

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Late Friday afternoon I arrived once again at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel. Lord willing, I will be here for a week, teaching an intensive course on Philippians at Israel College of the Bible in Netanya. My taxi driver, Hannan, who often has been the one carting me around in The Land,...

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Sunday, 22 January 2017 03:30

Say "Hello" to THE BIBLE PROJECT

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A couple of years ago I was introduced by a friend to THE BIBLE PROJECT, and I want you as my readers to be familiar with them too. The brainchild of Dr. Timothy Mackie and Jonathan Collins, THE BIBLE PROJECT communicates solid, engaging, biblical training in a beautifully done video format. These...

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“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” I remember very well using Phil. 4:13 as a high school quarterback. It was my go-to, “can-do” passage, used as part encouragement, part promise, an easily-remembered verse telling me that I was not subject to the...

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I am still blown away by the idea that the God of the universe wants to communicate with us on a daily basis and that he has chose to do so in this miraculous book we call the Bible. Historically—both the history it contains and the history of its shaping and transmission in the community of...

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Friday evening our family received a wonderful gift from dear friends, Daniel and Regina Lynn—a first-edition printing of a book that contained the poem "Christmas Bells" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Two weeks ago I preached at our church on the "disruption" of the Christmas story in...

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For many of us, Christmas probably evokes feelings of cozy comfort, a mix of family around the tree, warm fires, good food, bright carols, and goodwill. And the Christmas story, whether Matthew’s or Luke’s version, read by a minister at church, or Linus, or mom or dad, speaks beauty and...

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Over the past twenty-five years, studies have demonstrated conclusively the correlation between reading the Bible on a daily basis and personal spiritual health. In fact, according to such studies, no other practice of the Christian life serves as such an accurate predictor of whether a person is...

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Thursday, 24 November 2016 03:44

1 Main Thing the Psalms of Thanks Do For Us

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Have you ever thanked God for the shoes you wore today? How about the tastes you have experienced this week? Pick one you especially enjoyed, and think about it for a moment, letting the memory dance across your tongue. Have you thanked God for the color palette your eyes paint across your...

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Thursday, 17 November 2016 02:32

4 Spiritual Disciplines for Christian Authors

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This week I am at the annual meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society, the Institute for Biblical Research, and the Society of Biblical Literature. Among other things, such conferences are bookfests, large exhibit halls filled with book publishers, talking to authors about their books,...

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Over the past two centuries those of us in the Western world have embraced a very non-biblical view of faith as "a leap in the dark." Largely this view comes from a philosophical orientation known as existentialism. One version of that philosophy goes something like this: in the modern world we...

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Monday, 07 November 2016 06:04

A Cry to the Lord at this Critical Time

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My wife, Pat, crafted the following prayer, which she prayed in our worship service yesterday. Would you join us in praying it today?

Lord, because You are our High Priest, we approach Your throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace as we come to You and pray for...

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In two weeks I will attend a series of professional meetings in San Antonio, TX. Years ago at such a meeting I roomed with a long-time friend from another university. We stayed up late one night, talking and catching up, in spite of the fact that I had a very early breakfast meeting the next...

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Over the past few weeks we have been in a series on “6 Ways to Transform Your Reading of the Gospels.” First I suggested that we Read Matthew, Mark, and Luke from ‘the Earth Up’ and John ‘from Heaven Down.’ Last week we looked at how to Read Each Gospel for Its...

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We are in a series on “6 Ways to Transform Your Reading of the Gospels.” In our post last weekwe looked at the principle, “Read Matthew, Mark, and Luke from ‘the Earth Up’ and John ‘from Heaven Down.’ This week I want to suggest that we“Read Each...

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Thursday, 13 October 2016 07:38

6 Ways to Transform Your Reading of the Gospels

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The gospels stand at the very heart of God’s Story, and how we read them really matters for our Christian life, for our grasp of our place in the Kingdom of God, and for our understanding of the “gospel” as reflected in those gospels. 

Yet, the gospels can be a bit challenging...

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Thursday, 06 October 2016 04:36

6 Ways the Psalms Sing to Our Fears

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Let me be honest. At this stage of life, I sometimes struggle with fear. That gut-wrenching, cloud of dread that descends in the dead of night, shooting “what ifs” at my mind and heart. I can fear for my wife, my kids, myself. I am tempted to be afraid about finances, or illness, or the...

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imageOne evening in March 1998 when my son Joshua was 5, he called his mom to his room. Already tucked in bed, he asked Pat a question. Joshua: What was Elisha?Pat: A prophet.Joshua: I want to be a prophet.Pat: What made you think that?Joshua: I really believe in Jesus and I want to tell people...

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Let's be honest. Certain parts of the Old Testament can seem just plain weird, "recurringly odd and unaccommodating," as Mark Coleridge puts it. And no part of the Old Testament seems more foreign than those sections that detail God's laws for Israel. Whether we read that the Israelites were not to...

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Let's be honest. Certain parts of the Old Testament can seem just plain weird, "recurringly odd and unaccommodating," as Mark Coleridge puts it. And no part of the Old Testament seems more foreign than those sections that detail God's laws for Israel. Whether we read that the Israelites were not to...

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Let's be honest. Certain parts of the Old Testament can seem just plain weird, "recurringly odd and unaccommodating," as Mark Coleridge puts it. And no part of the Old Testament seems more foreign than those sections that detail God's laws for Israel. Whether we read that the Israelites were not to...

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In a post last week, I mentioned a bit of “cultural background” behind the story of David and Goliath, noting that David’s sling was not child’s toy but rather a serious weapon. I wrote that sling stones could be 3+ inches in diameter, the size of a peach, and could travel...

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In a post last week, I mentioned a bit of “cultural background” behind the story of David and Goliath, noting that David’s sling was not child’s toy but rather a serious weapon. I wrote that sling stones could be 3+ inches in diameter, the size of a peach, and could travel...

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