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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Monday, 10 July 2017 08:04

The Articles Concerning Predestination

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Articles concerning Predestination

  1. Before the first man was created, God in his eternal counsel had determined what he willed to be done with the whole human race.
  2. In the hidden counsel of God it was determined that Adam should fall from the unimpaired condition of his nature, and by his defection...

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Monday, 10 July 2017 07:10

The Corruption of Biblical Studies

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This is a fantastic essay by Jonathan Berman of Bar Ilan.  With thanks to William Ross for the heads up.

Midway through we read

The point: in biblical studies, there are two types of practitioners: genuine scholars, and conservative scholars. The former are presumed innocent, motivated only by...

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Although evidently not enough for most Americans to make it a regular part of their lives…  Funny how that works.

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Filed under: Modern Culture

Authors: Jim...

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Sunday, 09 July 2017 22:52

Calvin on Doctrineless Sermonizing

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[Where] there is seldom any doctrine used … it were better for the wicked babblers even then to hold their peace, who thrust in their own unclean inventions instead of the Word of God, and pollute with the stink of their impiety whatsoever is holy. — John Calvin

If you are one of those...

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Saturday, 08 July 2017 04:47

Naming The Names of those Who Teach Falsely

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imageIn his Commentary on True and False Religion Zwingli, who normally didn’t mention those against whom he wrote, made an exception- remarking

Emser and Eck … are pests to the teachings of Christ. Their own wanton recklessness has forced me to write pretty sharply against them and by...

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Saturday, 08 July 2017 02:52

Rudolf Bultmann’s Advice to all Biblical Scholars

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imageIn today’s parlance- if you don’t understand it, don’t talk about it.  And if you don’t have first hand familiarity with it, leave it to those who do to explain.

Filed under: Bultmann

Authors: Jim...

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Saturday, 08 July 2017 02:29

Hell as Everlasting Misery

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Matthew Hafenreffer opines-

“They are the most exquisite pains of soul and body (for both had sinned), arising from the fear and sense of the most just wrath and vengeance of God against sins, the most sad consciousness of which they carry about with them, the baseness of which is manifest,...

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Photo courtesy of Joe Mock

His earliest education was commenced in his fifth year in the school of his native place: but such was his fondness for learning, application, and forwardness, that in his twelfth year, June 11, 1516, his father sent him to a grammar-school at Emmerich on the Rhine. There...

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Friday, 07 July 2017 21:36

Joyce Meyer is a False Teacher…

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So if you buy her books, or, now, her ‘Bible’, you’re embracing false teaching.  And, by the way, shame on the publisher of this crap rubbish.

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via Nick Norelli on Twitter

Filed under: Pentebabbleism, pseudo-christianity, pseudo-scholarship, pseudo-theology

Authors: Jim...

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Selected Writings of Erhard S. Gerstenberger, prof. em. of Old Testament, Marburg

image There has been published by the University Library of Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen, a large collection of essays by OT professor Erhard S. Gerstenberger written over the past 50 years. The volume comprising...

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Friday, 07 July 2017 02:42

A Little Lutheran Prodigy

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David Chytraeus

imageDavid Chytraeus (Kochhaff), sometimes called the last of the Lutheran Fathers, was born at Ingelfingen, near Swabian Hall, in Würtemberg, February 26, 1530. He received the rudiments of his education at Gemmingen, where he advanced rapidly in his knowledge of the Latin language....

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Right here.  I don’t know how long they’ll be free, so take a look before they’re gone.

Filed under: Church History

Authors: Jim...

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Friday, 07 July 2017 00:01

‘Marriage For All’ Is Marriage For None

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A very interesting and thought provoking essay on the topic of marriage equality concludes

Bleibt nur die Frage, was der Staat noch gegen die Polygamie vorbringen kann. Wenn es tatsächlich so ist, dass in Zukunft die «Ehe für alle» gilt, dann auch für drei Männer oder...

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Thursday, 06 July 2017 21:24

Calvin: On Ridding the Church of Wicked Pastors

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This is becoming more and more important.  Churches should pay attention and act accordingly:

We recognize no other pastors in the Church than faithful pastors of the Word of God, feeding the sheep of Jesus Christ on the one hand with instruction, admonition, consolation, exhortation,...

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Thursday, 06 July 2017 20:43

How Did Hobby Lobby Become the Object of Leftist Rage?

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Simply put, several years ago the company decided it didn’t wish to provide certain medical benefits to employees.  Benefits, by all rights, that should be offered to any citizen.

But HL saw things differently and pursued legal action to assert their rights.  As do most companies...

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I thought he was all about openness and acceptance

Vatican police have raided a cardinal’s apartment where a drug-fuelled homosexual orgy was taking place. Police entered an apartment at the former palace of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (or Holy Office) last month,...

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America was founded by oligarchs.  For the benefit of oligarchs.  And has been ruled by oligarchs ever since.

Filed under: Modern Culture

Authors: Jim...

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imageAtheists generated widespread anxieties between the Reformation and the Enlightenment. In response to such anxieties a distinct genre of religious apologetics emerged in England between 1580 and 1720. By examining the form and the content of the confutation of atheism, Anti-Atheism in Early Modern...

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Monday, 03 July 2017 22:34

The Reformation in 3 Minutes

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Monday, 03 July 2017 20:55

John Flavel’s “Warning to an Ungodly Nation”

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Worth repeating fully– (with the ht here)

WARNINGS TO AN UNGODLY NATION

From John Flavel (1628 – 1691)

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John Flavel

As Paul had many clear premonitions and fore-notices of the sufferings that should befall him at Jerusalem, that he might not be surprised by them...

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Monday, 03 July 2017 20:13

Win a Copy Of Robert Myles’ Book

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All the details are here.

To celebrate the re-launch of this blog, I have a copy of my 2014 book The Homeless Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew (Sheffield Phoenix Press) to give away to one lucky reader! All you need to do is re-tweet my initial tweet linking to this blog post (1 entry), make a...

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Monday, 03 July 2017 09:15

When Authentic Christians Read NT Wright…

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This is their reaction-

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Filed under: Modern Culture

Authors: Jim...

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Sunday, 02 July 2017 21:44

A Splendid Tool For Reformation Research

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Is the Schweizerisches Idiotikon: Schweizerdeutsches Wörterbuch. Users can easily find obscure words and their definitions as used in Swiss literature from 1000 CE to the present. So, for instance, if you’re looking for a word Bullinger used in a 1552 sermon, fygend, and you can’t...

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Friday, 30 June 2017 23:53

BCTR(S) Seminar 2017: Timetable

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Fun times-

Harnessing Chaos

Sent in from the BCTR Executive Committee (BCTREC):

Location: Prince of Wales pub, 118 Alcester Road, Moseley, Birmingham, B13 8EE

DAY ONE (Wednesday, July 12)

11.45-12.15am: Arrive

12.15pm-1.00pm: David Tollerton, ‘The Brand New Testament as Revised Brianology’

1.00...

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imageWell here we are once again, having persevered for many years  inviting you to join us on our tour of the best of the best postings from the world of biblical studies which appeared in the month of June in the year of our Lord, 2017.  Our Carnival’s theme?  Bringing the Heat! Th...

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