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

Bellator Christi - Apologetic Report

In this second of a two-part series, we discuss moral apologetics with Drs. David and Marybeth Baggett, professors at Liberty University and authors of the book The Morals of the Story: Good News about a Good God. This podcast will conclude our conversation as we discuss the following:

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image In this first of our two-part podcast, we discuss moral apologetics with Drs. David and Marybeth Baggett, professors at Liberty University and authors of the book The Morals of the Story: Good News about a Good God. 

On this episode, we discuss the following:

-David and Marybeth’s...

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By: Brian G. Chilton | May 22, 2018

image Holland, Tom. Contours of Pauline Theology: A Radical New Survey of the Influences on Paul’s Biblical Writings. Scotland, UK: Mentor, 2004. $19.99. 392 pages.

Dr. Tom Holland (Professor of NT and Hermeneutics at Wales Evangelical School of...

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On this edition of the Bellator Christi Podcast, Brian Chilton answers five questions he is frequently asked about the Molinist theological system. The questions include:

  1. What is Molinism? (Who is Luis de Molina? What is the ROSES acronym? What are the three moments of God’s...

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On this flashback edition of The Bellator Christi Podcast, we look back to an interview originally aired on Blog Talk Radio. We are joined by Dr. Chad Thornhill as he discusses election from the perspective of Second Temple Judaism as found in his book The Chosen People: Election,...

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Tuesday, 15 May 2018 00:38

What is Molinism? - Bellator Christi

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By: Brian G. Chilton | May 15, 2018

When it comes to theology, many issues are not discussed among most ordinary Christians. For instance, few people will speak of the aseity of God on most Sunday mornings. However, when it comes to the issue of divine sovereignty and human freedom, the first...

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By: Brian G. Chilton | May 10, 2018

In The Apostle Paul and the Christian Life: Ethical and Missional Implications of the New Persective, edited by Scot McKnight and Joseph B. Modica, it was noted that God is most glorified when the church is most unified. But, how do we obtain unity when...

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On this much anticipated edition of the Bellator Christi Podcast, we are joined by Dr. Lydia McGrew. Dr. McGrew holds a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University and is an analytic philosopher. She is also the author of the book Hidden in Plain View: Undesigned Coincidences in the Gospels and Acts.She is...

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5/4/2018

Today, we discuss four ministerial dangers that Paul and Barnabas faced on the final leg of their first missionary journey. The dangers they faced then are the same that we face now. Those dangers are: POISONING, PRIDE, PITY, and PRIVACY. Listen to this edition of the Bellator Christi...

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By: Brian G. Chilton | April 30, 2018

Recently, I was talking to a friend of mine who was infatuated with a person who did not necessarily share the same sentiments. In fact, it was not certain what the other person really desired in their relationship. I will not mention anything more about...

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4/27/2018

GQ magazine’s editors recently published an article which readers were advised to keep from reading twenty books in favor of others. The article can be read in its entirety at https://www.gq.com/story/21-books-you-dont-have-to-read. Strangely, the list included classics...

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By: Brian G. Chilton | April 23, 2018

One question has plagued people, especially believers, for millennia: Why do bad things happen to good people; especially those who have trusted God? This question has been around since before the time of Christ. This question has especially hit hard in our...

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Note: Due to unforeseen technical difficulties, the previous podcast with Dr. Gary Yates was cut short. This version of the podcast features the full interview and advertisements at the end of the show. I apologize to our listeners and to Dr. Gary Yates for the glitch on the previous show.

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image The OT prophets hold a great deal of relevance for NT Christians, perhaps none more than Jeremiah. How do we understand Jeremiah’s prophecy and what relevance does his text hold for us today? To answer that question, we are joined by Dr. Gary Yates, Professor of OT at Liberty...

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As originally published at https://www.christianpost.com/voice/dont-be-overcome-by-statistics-overcome-statistics-with-the-gospel.html.

By: Brian G. Chilton | April 10, 2018

Let’s be honest. We in the Christian world are inundated with bad news. We are bombarded with news about how the...

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Over the past few messages, we have been discussing heaven. In this final message in the series, Pastor Brian asks if it is possible for a person to know that he or she is going to heaven. Do believers have assurance of salvation or are they in salvific limbo? Pastor Brian answers that question...

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Continuing the series titled “Heaven: Our Eternal Home,” Pastor Brian Chilton discusses the new living kingdom found in God’s new creation as led by the Messiah. Will animals exist in the new creation? What will the governmental rule be like? Find the answers to this and much more...

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By: J. D. Kline | 4/9/18

Ed Hindson and Elmer L. Towns. Illustrated Bible Survey: An Introduction. Revised Edition. Nashville: B&H Academic, 2017. $49.99. 624 pages.

Summary

Hindson and Towns “provide a college-level textbook” that is “ideally suited for undergraduate students,...

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Does God communicate with us today? Granted, we have to be careful with claiming to have heard a word from the Lord as we often interject our own beliefs as being from God. Such is a dangerous mindset and can lead to great problems. However, we must also caution against a notion that God no longer...

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Monday, 02 April 2018 03:05

The 40 Days of Easter - Bellator Christi

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By: Brian G. Chilton | April 2, 2018

Easter is my favorite holiday. It is nice because of the warming weather, the blooming of flowers, the greening of the grass, and the growth of leaves on the trees. Everything looks dead during the winter, but everything seems to come to life around Easter.

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On this Good Friday episode of The Bellator Christi Podcast, Brian Chilton gives 9 reasons why he came back to the belief that Jesus really did raise from the dead on the first Easter morning. When he was faced with doubts from the Jesus Seminar, he was led to a stronger faith through the...

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Will heaven be boring? At times, we think of heaven being one large church service. Will there be nothing but singing in heaven? What will we do? Find out on this edition of The Bellator Christi Podcast.

  1. Heaven will not be boring because of an exciting new START (65:17).
  2. Heaven will not be boring...

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Our series on heaven continues with an exploration of a quite confusing topic: near-death experiences (NDEs). Because of confusion pertaining to NDEs, people gravitate towards two extreme positions. On the one hand, there are individuals who throw out the baby with the bathwater. Since not all NDEs...

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By: Jason D. Kline | 3/23/18

The Essence of the New Testament: A Survey.2nd edition. Edited by Elmer L. Towns and Ben Gutierrez. B&H Publishing Group. Nashville, TN. 2016. $28.99. 384 pages.

Book Overview

The Essence of the New Testament: A Survey isa gem for New Testament studies; a...

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On this edition of the Bellator Christi Podcast, host Brian Chilton revisits the issue of creation and explores six various views: fiat creationism, gap theory creationism, progressive creationism, theistic evolutionism, deistic evolutionism, and naturalistic Darwinian evolutionism. Part of this...

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