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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Saturday, 24 June 2017 00:25

Martin Luther on Death and Dying

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Here’s an interesting essay you will enjoy very much.

imageIn the late 15th century, when Martin Luther was born and grew up, death was very much present. Family, friends, and neighbors seldom reached what we today would consider a middle age, and women of childbearing age were at special risk....

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Friday, 23 June 2017 21:31

Total Depravity: The Tax Fraud Televangelist Edition

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North Carolina televangelist Todd Coontz– author of numerous books on faith and finances – has been indicted on charges of tax fraud spanning more than a decade.

“As a minister, Coontz preached about receiving and managing wealth, yet he failed to keep his own finances in...

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Friday, 23 June 2017 08:12

On Translating: Jerome

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Horace too, an acute and learned writer, in his Art of Poetry gives the same advice to the skilled translator:—

And care not thou with over anxious thought To render word for word.

Terence has translated Menander; Plautus and Cæcilius the old comic poets. Do they ever stick at words? Do...

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imageThose who are strong only in fervor and sharpness, but are not fortified with solid doctrine, weary themselves in their vigorous efforts, make a great noise, rave, [and] make no headway because they build without a foundation.  — John Calvin

Filed under: Calvin, Church History, Theology Ta...

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Pope Adrian wrote Zwingli on 23 January, 1523-

“Adrian, Pope, the sixth [of the name], to his dear son salutations and the Apostolical benediction: We send the venerable brother Ennius, Bishop of Verulam, our domestic prelate and Nuncio of the Apostolic See, a man distinguished for prudence...

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Thursday, 22 June 2017 20:56

Writing: An Observation

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‪Writing is addictive. Once you’ve published something you literally cannot stop writing, and publishing. #randomness ‬

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For instance:

“[Your] zeal for heavenly life [is] a zeal which keeps a man entirely devoted to himself, and does not, even by one expression, arouse him to sanctify the name of God.”

The correspondence of these two can be read, in English, here.

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The blessed and holy St. Jerome wrote

The books of Origen have been read before a council of bishops and unanimously condemned. The following are his chief errors, mainly found in the περὶ ʼΑρχῶν.

  1. The Son compared with us is truth, but compared with...

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017 21:38

Chris Tilling, Exposed

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Behold, the real Chris Tilling-

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Authors: Jim...

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Monday, 19 June 2017 22:22

The Church Created Its Own Problems…

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When it stopped focusing on ‘making disciples’, which is what Jesus commanded, and became more interested in appeasing unbelievers and coaxing them in with any gimmick or trick that would fill seats.

As a consequence there are as many unredeemed in the church as there are outside of it,...

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I can answer that.  Not much.

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Monday, 19 June 2017 03:05

Why You’re Here: Ethics for the Real World

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imageWhat are Christians to be and to do in the world? What does faithfulness look like in these complex and confusing times?

Christians are often told either to take over the world in God’s name or to withdraw into faithful sanctuaries of counter-cultural witness. John Stackhouse offers a concise,...

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Sunday, 18 June 2017 21:32

Martin Luther: Rebel in an Age of Upheaval

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imageNo other German has shaped the history of early-modern Europe more than Martin Luther.

In this comprehensive and balanced biographywe see Luther as a rebel, but not as a lone hero; as a soldier in a mighty struggle for the universal reform of Christianity and its role in the world. The foundation...

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Sunday, 18 June 2017 21:24

Self Centered-ness as Hermeneutic…

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Liking some parts of the Bible and ignoring what you don’t doesn’t make you a good Christian. It just makes you self centered.  And your hermeneutic is nothing but the hermeneutic of self-centered-ness.

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UPDATE: this story was posted a year ago.  It’s interesting that in spite of all known facts, procedures and policies among academic institutions refuse to change.  That says a great deal about academia which, one would imagine, would be the most fact driven segment of society and...

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A funny thing happened on the way to academic integrity. Plagiarism detection software (PDS), like Turnitin, has seized control of student intellectual property. While students who use Turnitin are discouraged from copying other work, the company itself can strip mine and sell student work for...

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 21:31

When Reformers Disagree

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This week’s RefoThursday post starts out with two quotes-

“Farewell to those who want an entirely pure and purified church. This is plainly wanting no church at all.”—Martin Luther

“[T]he church which is outwardly without spot and blemish”—Menno Simons

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 21:11

Rise Up, Bull in the Vineyard!

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image From our Saxon friends-

1520: On June 15, Leo X. issued the bull Exsurge Domine (“Arise O Lord”), which charged that 41 sentences in Luther’s various writings were “heretical, scandalous, offensive to pious ears,” though it did not specify which sentences had received...

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 08:05

The Best Resolution the SBC has Passed in A Very Long Time

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RESOLUTION #10 ON THE ANTI-GOSPEL OF ALT-RIGHT WHITE SUPREMACY

WHEREAS, Scripture teaches, “From one man [God] has made every nationality to live over the whole earth and has determined their appointed times and the boundaries of where they live” (Acts 17:26); and

WHEREAS, The Psalmist...

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017 00:31

Christian Dogmatics: An Introduction

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imageThis one- volume systematic theology presents an accessible, orthodox overview of the Christian faith for students, teachers, pastors, and serious lay readers. Cornelis van der Kooi and Gijsbert van den Brink not only cover all the traditional themes-creation, sin, Jesus Christ, Scripture, and so...

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Sunday, 11 June 2017 21:13

Luther For Today

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Then Ignatius [Perknowsky] inquired, “Dear Doctor, is fornication also a sin if I don’t take another man’s wife but an unattached wench, as long as I am myself free too?” The doctor [Martin Luther] replied by citing Paul, “Neither the immoral [… nor adulterers...

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Sunday, 11 June 2017 10:23

Go Listen to James Crossley

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Or, watch the facebook page for a live stream- 1-3 PM Eastern time.

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Saturday, 10 June 2017 22:08

Calvin: On Those Who Endure Persecution

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If, while conscious of our innocence, we are deprived of our substance by the wickedness of man, we are, no doubt, humanly speaking, reduced to poverty; but in truth our riches in heaven are increased: if driven from our homes we have a more welcome reception into the family of God; if vexed and...

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imageI first read this book when it appeared in 1993 and I’ve been re-reading it the last couple of days.  I was impressed with it over 24 years ago and it’s still the best treatment of the topic available.  It is the most intelligent discussion to date.

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Thursday, 08 June 2017 23:57

Deepen Your Understanding of the Bible

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The ‘Person in the Pew’ commentary series is the only series of Commentaries written by a single person on the entire Bible and aimed at layfolk in modern history.

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The books are all available in PDF format from the author for $199 by clicking my PayPal Link.  It’s a...

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