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

Zwinglius Redivivus - Apologetic Report

Donald Trump’s spiritual adviser has suggested that people send her money in order to transform their lives, or face divine consequences.

Paula White, who heads up the president’s evangelical advisory committee, suggested making a donation to her ministries to honor the religious...

Read more

Tuesday, 19 December 2017 21:22

The Word of the Lord

Written by

The LORD will also subject you to madness, blindness, and confusion of mind. You will feel your way along at noon like the blind person does in darkness and you will not succeed in anything you do; you will be constantly oppressed and continually robbed, with no one to save you. You will be...

Read more

Tuesday, 19 December 2017 16:16

Knowing The Difference Between a Fake and a Genuine Scroll

Written by

imageFrom our friends in Birmingham-

How can you tell a forged manuscript from a real one?

Find out in the 8th Annual Rabbi Tann Memorial Lecture, ‘Beautiful Bookhands & Careless Characters: An Alternative Approach to the #DeadSeaScrolls’ by Prof Eibert Tigchelaar.

Register here.

Filed...

Read more

Tuesday, 19 December 2017 07:57

The Current State of Theology

Written by

Too many theologians are cowards.   And too many cowards are theologians.  Our world needs more of the sort like St. Jerome.  Martin Luther.  John Calvin. Huldrych Zwingli.  William Tyndale.  John Foxe.

Filed under: Modern Culture

Authors: Jim...

Read more

Yay!

What Does the Text Say?

Too much “worship” in churches today is nothing more than the product of people’s imaginations designed to make them feel good. It should be the product of the study Scripture and designed to glorify God.

Having observed that the Word of God is the test...

Read more

Wednesday, 06 December 2017 21:29

Truth: There is No Christian Life Apart from Christian Doctrine

Written by

image

Via the Dutch Calvinist.

Filed under: Theology

Authors: Jim...

Read more

Wednesday, 06 December 2017 21:17

Pope Francis Errs When He Mangles the Lord’s Prayer

Written by

Don’t miss this grand rejoinder by an actual biblical scholar to Pope Francis’s attempt to distort the Lord’s Prayer:

Diskussion um das Gebet der Gebete: Papst Franziskus bemängelt, »und führe uns nicht in Versuchung« sei eine schlechte Übersetzung. Die...

Read more

H. Wayne Pipkin’s fine essay titled  «They went out from us, for they were not of US»  Zwingli’s Judgment of the Early Anabaptists is as interesting now as it was in 1992, two decades ago.  He begins

imageWe will never know what the Reformation would have looked...

Read more

Tuesday, 05 December 2017 19:57

How Evangelicals Are Destroying Christianity in America

Written by

You need to read this.  He’s not completely correct, but he’s correct enough to deserve a hearing.  And Evangelicals need to repent.  That is obvious to all of us.

He says, among other things,

Evangelicalism forsakes holding a sexual predator, an adulterer, a ...

Read more

Sunday, 03 December 2017 18:30

Catholic Reform in the Age of Luther

Written by

imageIn his portrait of Duke George of Saxony (1471–1539) Christoph Volkmar offers a fresh perspective on the early Reformation in Germany. Long before the Council of Trent, this book traces the origins of Catholic Reform to the very neighborhood of Wittenberg. The Dresden duke, cousin of...

Read more

Friday, 01 December 2017 07:37

Rob Bell Has Written His Most Sensible Essay to Date

Written by

This is Rob Bell at his very best.  This is, literally, the best he can do.

Op-Ed: When We Learn To Zim To God’s Zum, Red Potato Pepper Cascading At The Burning Of Dawn.

Zim. It’s not just a nonsensical word I made up: it’s the key. The experience. The journey. The God-Fountain...

Read more

imageMoving beyond the all-too-common shallow recognition of differences, Sacred Dissonance: The Blessing of Difference in Jewish- Christian Dialogue explores the essential distinctions between religious identities and the cultural boundaries between Jews and Christians. Co-authored by...

Read more

Friday, 10 November 2017 01:00

There’s Still Time to Acquire the Commentary…

Written by

image

From now till midnight on Sunday the 12th of November you can purchase the entire Commentary for $99.  Yup.  You read that right.  For the next 3 days you can acquire the entire Commentary in PDF format for less than half price.  How?  Just by clicking my PayPal Link....

Read more

Wednesday, 08 November 2017 18:25

Understanding God’s Incomprehensible Providence

Written by

imageWe struggle and waver in the matter of Providence. When It presents Itself before our eyes so plainly that we are forced even against our will to see It, regard It, and execute Its commands, we yet bid ourselves to hope for results according to our own desires.

This recklessness sometimes goes so...

Read more

Wednesday, 08 November 2017 18:14

Calvin On the Restraint of Power

Written by

We know how insatiable are the desires of kings, inasmuch as they imagine that all things are lawful to them. Therefore, although the royal dignity may be splendid, God would not have it to be the pretext of unrestrained power, but restricts and limits it to legal bounds. — John Calvin

Filed...

Read more

Monday, 06 November 2017 22:55

What is the Gospel?

Written by

imageThe gospel is a good and a sweet word, and an assured testimony of God’s grace to us-ward, exhibited in Christ unto all believers. Or else: The gospel is the most evident sentence of the eternal God, brought down from heaven, absolving all believers from all their sins, and that too freely,...

Read more

Just published, “The Old Testament in Archaeology and History” is a volume with which I am intimately familiar, having read through most of it in early editorial stages.  I can recommend it to you for courses in Old Testament and for courses in Archaeology.  The essayists are...

Read more

Sunday, 05 November 2017 21:03

Luther’s Thoughts on Personal Libraries

Written by

imageIsn’t it a crying shame that heretofore a boy was obliged to study for twenty years or even longer merely to learn enough bad Latin to become a priest and mumble through the mass? Whoever got that far was accounted blessed, and blessed was the mother who bore such a child! And yet he remained...

Read more

Saturday, 04 November 2017 01:34

The Plague of Plagiarism in Academia, By Professors!

Written by

Every single academic (especially O’Brien and Koestenberger) need to read this piece in the Guardian.  It begins

When a professor ripped off my work in a journal, they escaped unpunished. How can we expect academic originality from students if we don’t uphold it?

Indeed!  And...

Read more

Thursday, 02 November 2017 19:42

Christians Are Obliged to Obey The Laws of Christ, Not Caesar

Written by

imageThe laws of Cæsar are different, it is true, from the laws of Christ: Papinianus commands one thing; our own Paul another. Earthly laws give a free rein to the unchastity of men, merely condemning seduction and adultery; lust is allowed to range unrestrained among brothels and slave girls, as...

Read more

This will be very much worth your time, if you are able to attend.

What do archaeological discoveries teach us about the Bible? Do biblical narratives convey historical reality? What do we know about the world of Abraham, Moses, and David? What are the oldest biblical manuscripts?

This conference is...

Read more

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 04:59

‘Soul Winning’ – An Observation

Written by

You don’t ‘win souls’, the Holy Spirit does.   Likewise, you can’t ‘lose souls’ because they aren’t yours to begin with.

You’re merely a pointer- like John the Baptist, saying ‘he must increase and I must decrease’. ...

Read more

The textual apparatus is quite intelligently and elegantly done.  Here’s Mark 16:9ff.  You may have to click on the picture to enlarge it-

image

Filed under: Bible, Biblical Studies Resources

Authors: Jim...

Read more

Tuesday, 26 September 2017 22:04

T.D. Jakes is a Heretic, A False Teacher, and a Liar

Written by

And if you think otherwise, you simply know nothing of Christianity-

image

Filed under: Heresy and Heretics, pseudo-christianity, pseudo-theology

Authors: Jim...

Read more

imageLuther has the answer-

ALL of us who want to be Christian and to be saved must concede that within Christendom there is no rest from sects, false brethren, and the devil’s raging of all sorts; they never cease. Satan wants to be—and must be—among the children of God (Job 1 [:6])....

Read more

Page 1 of 8