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

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...

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Friday, 10 November 2017 01:00

There’s Still Time to Acquire the Commentary…

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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....

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Wednesday, 08 November 2017 18:25

Understanding God’s Incomprehensible Providence

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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...

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Wednesday, 08 November 2017 18:14

Calvin On the Restraint of Power

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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

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Monday, 06 November 2017 22:55

What is the Gospel?

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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,...

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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...

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Sunday, 05 November 2017 21:03

Luther’s Thoughts on Personal Libraries

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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...

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Saturday, 04 November 2017 01:34

The Plague of Plagiarism in Academia, By Professors!

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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...

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Thursday, 02 November 2017 19:42

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

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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...

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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...

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Tuesday, 17 October 2017 04:59

‘Soul Winning’ – An Observation

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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’. ...

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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-

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Authors: Jim...

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Tuesday, 26 September 2017 22:04

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

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

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

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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])....

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 22:03

A Kindle Deal for the Barthians

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This is a good deal, Barthians.  I’m not sure how long it will last, but it’s a steal.

imageFor many students of Scripture and Christian theology, Karl Barth’s break with liberalism is the most important event that has occurred in theology in over 200 years. In Karl...

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 20:40

Hawarden ‘Old Testament in the New’ Conference, 2018

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Dear colleagues,

It is once again time to start making firm arrangements for this year’s Hawarden Seminar on the OT in the New. You are all very welcome to join us at Gladstone’s Library from the evening of Thursday 22nd March to lunchtime on Saturday 24th March 2018. The library staff...

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 04:56

Early Textual Transmission of Christian Texts

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No one knows early transmission of texts like Larry- so you should read this.

Larry Hurtado's Blog

Assumptions and claims about the transmission of the texts of early Christian writings continue to require correction.  Old assumptions and claims die slowly, advocates sometimes seeming so wedded...

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From the University’s web page

Dr Jim West from Ming Hua Theological College will be visiting Newman University Birmingham on 25th September for a public lecture on ‘The Intersection of Academic Biblical Studies and the Life of the Church’.

Dr West will be visiting the...

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Sunday, 17 September 2017 20:02

#ICYMI – It’s an Anglican Church of England Church…

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This is the best video on facebook.  And it’s why Richard Goode is my BFF

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Authors: Jim...

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Sunday, 17 September 2017 12:25

Allow Me To Be Uncharacteristically Blunt…

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‪Christianity doesn’t need advice from the likes of McLaren and its survival isn’t dependent on his absurd notions.‬  And if you think it does, you’re an idiot and a heretic.

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Sunday, 17 September 2017 07:41

Frustration Week

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Ask a curator frustrated us all. It wasn’t really about those in positions to do so answering questions though. It was the pretense of accessibility and accountability.

Roberta Mazza

Dear readers I should say this has been a week of social media and e-commerce failures. Having all been...

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Sunday, 17 September 2017 04:42

Meeter Center Scholarships

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The Meeter Center is delighted to announce that they have a new fellowship available starting in 2018-19. Thanks to the generosity of the Meeter family, a fellowship of $,3500 for a month to six weeks’ research at the Meeter Center in Grand Rapids will be open to faculty and independent...

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Thursday, 07 September 2017 10:19

The Proper Subject of Theology…

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Is God.  So why do so many modern theologians spend all of their time talking about their feelings?

Filed under: Theology

Authors: Jim...

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Watch the video.  It’s appalling.

I mean, seriously. From hurricane victims? It’d be totally different if it were the usual crowd. Those people deserve to lose their money for attending your cult anyway. But hurricane victims? Have you no shame, Osteen?

Filed under: Modern...

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Monday, 04 September 2017 23:31

Through the Bible 2017-2018 – Michael Langlois

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Do you want to study the Bible?

This year again, I teach a course of Introduction to the Bible and to exegesis at the University of Strasbourg.

This is a first-year course for students preparing a bachelor in Protestant Theology or a University Degree of Initiation to Religions.  We...

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