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

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

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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.

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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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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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Friday, 30 June 2017 03:44

While We Endure Trump, The Germans Debate B and ß

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Es sieht aus wie eine Mischung aus einem klein geschriebenen “ß” und einem großen “B”: Das Eszett, das es als Beschluss des Rates für deutsche Rechtschreibung ab sofort auch als Großbuchstaben gibt. Wichtig ist das vor allem für das Schreiben von...

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Friday, 30 June 2017 02:02

The Anniversary of the Death of Luther’s Mom

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imageMartin Luther’s mother Margarethe died on June 30, 1531, in Magdeburg, Germany. From his descriptions of her, we know that he saw her as a stern but loving mother. Even Lucas Cranach the Elder’s portrait of her gives her a dower expression.

But by looking at all of Luther’s...

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Friday, 30 June 2017 00:28

The Commentary Sale

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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 yours truly for a paltry $100 this Holiday weekend by...

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Thursday, 29 June 2017 03:17

First Baptist Church, Dallas: Practitioners of Idolatry

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Yesterday was “Freedom Sunday” at the First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas.  The pastor of First Baptist is Robert Jeffress.  He is a Trump supporter, Christian nationalist, and prominent court evangelical. As the pictures attached to this tweet indicate, it was a...

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Mat Collins wrote on the SOTS facebook page on 29 June, 2016-

image For those interested in that sort of thing, it was 100 years ago today (29th June 1916) that the first proper planning meeting for SOTS was held. Nine scholars met in the rooms of R.H. Kennett at Queen’s College, Cambridge, and...

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imageJerusalem is one of the cities in the worldon which most intensive archaeological research has been conducted. Nevertheless, the architectural history of the city resembles a puzzle of which only few pieces are known, which, moreover, belong to different historical levels.

Since 1838, numerous...

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Tuesday, 27 June 2017 21:45

Zwingli on the Death Sin Brings, and the Slavery

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imageIn John 8:34, Christ says: “Everyone that committeth sin is the bond-servant of sin.” Adam sinned. Therefore he became the slave of sin.

Paul, writing to the Romans, puts it thus, Rom. 6:16: “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves as servants to obey, his servants ye are...

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Tuesday, 27 June 2017 21:27

Luther: on the Privileged Elite

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It is a result of their lack of social concern, that they adopt the attitude that only they themselves should be free and rich, have enough and all the pleasures, live without worry, and have every security. They want to be socially uncommitted and to have special privileges, and so St. Paul calls...

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‪If your ‘faith’ is mere self help or self actualization, you kid yourself when you call it faith. It’s really just self peering back at you‬.

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June 25, 1535, Anabaptist Munster is conquered by means of treason. Anabaptist leader Jan van Leiden had hoped the city would be liberated by Easter of 1535, but his prophecy went unfulfilled, and he would be executed in 1536, along with other leaders of the city.  Via CRRS.

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