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

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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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imageOn Saturday, January 1, 1519, he presented himself to the assembled canons [of Zurich], and was formally inducted into his office as people’s priest. … Zwingli thanked them for electing him, requested their prayers and the prayers of the congregation, and then announced that he would...

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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

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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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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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