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

Theological Matters - Apologetic Report
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 22:30

Top 5 Seminary Hill Press Books of 2018

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Seminary Hill Press is the publishing arm of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, publishing books, pamphlets, tracts, and other Christian resources by the institution’s faculty and alumni. In 2018, the press produced multiple titles that would make great Christmas gifts for theologians...

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Monday, 10 December 2018 22:30

Has True Love Waits Harmed the Young?

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In recent days, several authors have received attention in the media for proclaiming that the “evangelical purity culture” has harmed young people. One of those authors, a former pastor, invites adults to send her their discarded purity rings so she can melt them and form a sculpture of...

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¿Qué otras implicaciones podrían extraerse de la narrativa de Babel (Gén 11:1-9), además de saber que es el evento que causó la confusión de los idiomas? Bueno, una aplicación puede ser dirigida a los ministros, que no deben hacerse un nombre...

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Monday, 26 November 2018 22:30

The Gospel as Meta-Narrative

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Recently, I have found myself and others engaged in debates over the components of the biblical Gospel. Some may question why such conversations still persist after 2,000 years of Christianity. After all, the core message of Christianity is the Gospel. However, Christians do not always agree on the...

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Monday, 19 November 2018 22:30

Do You Want to Grow Spiritually?

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When my wife and I were rearing our sons, some of the most exciting times when they were very young was when we measured their height and then marked it on the back door jamb to see how much they had grown since the last time we measured. As they got older, we attended their school functions and...

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Monday, 12 November 2018 22:30

Forging Intergenerational Relationships

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Churches have practiced a ministry model for years that moves people of similar age, life experience, or grade into groups together, leaving them devoid of significant intergenerational relationships. Some intentional and strategic ministry and teaching among such groups can be and is warranted....

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1. La Escritura no lo enseña. La Biblia habla de “declarar” en el sentido de “hacer claro,” explicar y proclamar un mensaje ya dado por Dios para que nosotros lo sigamos y obedezcamos en adoración (Salmo 19:1; 50:6; Daniel 10:21; Mateo 13:35; Juan 4:25). Pero,...

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Monday, 29 October 2018 23:30

Redeem the Time

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As followers of Christ, time is one of our most precious and often wasted resources. We must be diligent to guard and redeem our time, because there are always people and activities that desire to spend it. Oswald Sanders argues that we often have more time than we admit. He points out that if we...

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Monday, 22 October 2018 23:30

Solution to Culture’s Identity Crisis

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Man has been plagued with the desire to “play God” since Genesis 3. This includes promoting imago self rather than imago Dei. That is, culture is obsessed with representing self according to one’s own design. Although the created has always sinfully desired to be the Creator,...

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Tuesday, 16 October 2018 00:57

Religious Law and Christlike Love

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Recently I had a conversation with a student about some trials his family is facing—one of his siblings has become wayward. He explained how his father is willing to accept this wayward sibling back into his home on the condition of repentance—an adherence to the house rules.

As I...

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Tuesday, 09 October 2018 00:05

The Folly of Fakery in Ministry

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“You fake it ‘til you make it.” So the saying goes. I can’t tell you how many are faking it in the ministry, but I can tell you that the tensions run high with the pressure that comes with ministry—preaching, ministering to people, giving counsel, keeping up with...

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Recuerdo que hace algún tiempo un profesor amigo, excelente académico en su área, fue invitado a dar ciertas conferencias en el seminario donde yo trabajaba en Latinoamérica. Como era su amigo y profesor allí me ofrecí a ayudarlo en la traducción del...

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Monday, 24 September 2018 23:30

If You Love Me, Give Me Whatever I Want

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When I was a child, my two sisters shared a bedroom. It was larger than mine, and I wanted it. On one occasion, while my parents were gone, I convinced my sisters to switch rooms with me. “If you really love me,” I said, “you will switch rooms with me.” So they did. We moved...

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Monday, 17 September 2018 23:30

Good Foundations at the IMB

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At the 2018 SBC annual meeting in Dallas, many Southern Baptists received a copy of the new IMB document, Foundations, at the IMB exhibit area. The document’s stated purpose is “to answer foundational questions of who we are and what we do with implications for how we live and work...

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Monday, 27 August 2018 23:30

What is Real Biblical Manhood?

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Current needs require that we proclaim the truth that biblical male leadership is not about self-preservation and self-glorification. Rather, it is about protecting and providing for others. Biblical manhood is about service and sacrifice. This becomes apparent when biblical manhood is defined...

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Monday, 20 August 2018 23:30

Seminary’s Box of Crayons

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Last year, I penned an article entitled “Tips for being a Successful Student.” Here, let’s examine what is THE school supply every Southwestern student MUST have.

I have always loved the start of a new school year. The excitement and expectation of learning new things, the joy of...

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Tuesday, 07 August 2018 02:12

Is Euthanizing Children Healthcare?

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Our children remain under attack by society’s increasing immorality, the disintegration of bioethics that no longer upholds sanctity of life and the image of God as foundational underpinnings, and the confusion caused by biomedical technologies blurring the line between life and death. To be...

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Monday, 06 August 2018 23:30

The Unbearable Truth

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“Why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot hear my word.” (John 8:43)

In the climax of the 1992 movie “A Few Good Men,” Col. Nathan R. Jessep vehemently responds to Lt. Daniel Kaffee’s inquiry for the truth with the famous line, “You...

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No, this title is not clickbait. It is a question our seminaries, churches, and homes are confronting daily. Read on.

State of Affairs

A recent Gallup poll reported that 43 percent of Americans now think pornography is morally acceptable.[1] This is up from 36 percent last year and up from 30 percent...

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Monday, 02 July 2018 23:30

The Perils of Patriotic Preaching

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What does a theologian teach to young preachers at the dawn of the Third Reich? Such was the dilemma of Karl Barth, a Swiss-born theologian, noted professor and outspoken critic of Adolf Hitler.

Barth launched a resistance movement amidst the German firestorm of 1932-1933 with a series of...

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Recently, I was invited to a meeting with area pastors about a serious issue that our school board was facing. An organization was suing our school board for various acts of religious expression that they felt violated the separation of church and state. It had made national news. Suddenly, so many...

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Friday, 15 June 2018 01:53

Demonstrating God the Father

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God created three institutions this side of heaven—family, church and government. Family was the first institution He created in Genesis 1-2, and it has been under assault since Genesis 3. Family is the basic unit of society. If you weaken the family, you weaken society; if you destroy the...

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Monday, 28 May 2018 23:30

Families and Purity

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That sweet family sitting in worship may have secrets. Dad and his teenage son probably visit the same pornographic websites. Mom may be flirting online with her high school sweetheart. The middle school daughter may be sexting photos to her boyfriend. And grandmother may be reading Fifty Shades of...

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Monday, 21 May 2018 23:30

Jesus: Logician and Lord

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Jesus as Philosopher and Thinker

Dallas Willard once said, “There is in our culture an uneasy relation between Jesus and intelligence.”[1] What Willard meant is that there are many things we, as Christians, think of when we think of Jesus, but His smartness and intelligence are not often...

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Monday, 14 May 2018 23:30

An Incredible Name

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One of the most interesting discussions you can have with Muslims has to do with their 99 names for God. They are supposed to continually think about these names as a way to worship and also understand how magnificent God is. I like to ask them to explain some of the names and to tell me which are...

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