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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Sunday, 18 June 2017 21:24

Self Centered-ness as Hermeneutic…

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Liking some parts of the Bible and ignoring what you don’t doesn’t make you a good Christian. It just makes you self centered.  And your hermeneutic is nothing but the hermeneutic of self-centered-ness.

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UPDATE: this story was posted a year ago.  It’s interesting that in spite of all known facts, procedures and policies among academic institutions refuse to change.  That says a great deal about academia which, one would imagine, would be the most fact driven segment of society and...

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A funny thing happened on the way to academic integrity. Plagiarism detection software (PDS), like Turnitin, has seized control of student intellectual property. While students who use Turnitin are discouraged from copying other work, the company itself can strip mine and sell student work for...

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 21:31

When Reformers Disagree

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This week’s RefoThursday post starts out with two quotes-

“Farewell to those who want an entirely pure and purified church. This is plainly wanting no church at all.”—Martin Luther

“[T]he church which is outwardly without spot and blemish”—Menno Simons

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 21:11

Rise Up, Bull in the Vineyard!

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image From our Saxon friends-

1520: On June 15, Leo X. issued the bull Exsurge Domine (“Arise O Lord”), which charged that 41 sentences in Luther’s various writings were “heretical, scandalous, offensive to pious ears,” though it did not specify which sentences had received...

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 08:05

The Best Resolution the SBC has Passed in A Very Long Time

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RESOLUTION #10 ON THE ANTI-GOSPEL OF ALT-RIGHT WHITE SUPREMACY

WHEREAS, Scripture teaches, “From one man [God] has made every nationality to live over the whole earth and has determined their appointed times and the boundaries of where they live” (Acts 17:26); and

WHEREAS, The Psalmist...

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017 00:31

Christian Dogmatics: An Introduction

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imageThis one- volume systematic theology presents an accessible, orthodox overview of the Christian faith for students, teachers, pastors, and serious lay readers. Cornelis van der Kooi and Gijsbert van den Brink not only cover all the traditional themes-creation, sin, Jesus Christ, Scripture, and so...

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Sunday, 11 June 2017 21:13

Luther For Today

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Then Ignatius [Perknowsky] inquired, “Dear Doctor, is fornication also a sin if I don’t take another man’s wife but an unattached wench, as long as I am myself free too?” The doctor [Martin Luther] replied by citing Paul, “Neither the immoral [… nor adulterers...

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Sunday, 11 June 2017 10:23

Go Listen to James Crossley

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Or, watch the facebook page for a live stream- 1-3 PM Eastern time.

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Saturday, 10 June 2017 22:08

Calvin: On Those Who Endure Persecution

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If, while conscious of our innocence, we are deprived of our substance by the wickedness of man, we are, no doubt, humanly speaking, reduced to poverty; but in truth our riches in heaven are increased: if driven from our homes we have a more welcome reception into the family of God; if vexed and...

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imageI first read this book when it appeared in 1993 and I’ve been re-reading it the last couple of days.  I was impressed with it over 24 years ago and it’s still the best treatment of the topic available.  It is the most intelligent discussion to date.

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Thursday, 08 June 2017 23:57

Deepen Your Understanding of the Bible

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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 the author for $199 by clicking my PayPal Link.  It’s a...

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imageThis forthcoming volume will doubtless be of interest to all.

This present volume aims to stimulate Bucer-research as it brings together a selection of the best of De Kroon’s and Van ’t Spijker’s articles some of which appear for the first time in English translation. In the first...

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Der Index des Papstes war die berühmteste Zensurliste der Welt. Auf ihm standen Bücher über Sex, Häresien und sogar die Bibel. Vor 50 Jahren verkündete der Vatikan das Ende der Liste. Eine Erinnerung.

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Die besten Chancen, auf dem Index zu landen, hatten religiöse...

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Wednesday, 07 June 2017 07:04

Women, Music and the Reformation

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In Luther’s times, music expressed the religious experience of enclosed nuns and Anabaptist martyrs, of Calvinist pious wives and Lutheran schoolgirls, of powerful female rulers and tired peasant mothers. Though few of their songs have reached our ears, they make a fascinating narrative worth...

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I’ve received word that without further funding, the critical edition of Heinrich Bullinger’s Letters will end with the publication of Volume 19 (volume 18 has just appeared).

Funding sources have become hard to come by and the project is suffering the consequences of it.

So, if you have...

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Tuesday, 06 June 2017 23:05

Parenting Advice From Luther

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image“One should not whip children too hard. My father once whipped me so severely that I fled from him and it was difficult for him to win me back again to himself. I would not willingly strike little Hans much, for if I did he would be shy of me and hate me, than which no greater sorrow could...

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Tuesday, 06 June 2017 20:51

Zwingli Reviews Luther’s Book on the Lord’s Supper

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image“In his book he [Luther] slays, uncautious man that he is, divine and human wisdom which it would have been easy to revive among the devout. Since the heretics, that is his followers, are with the impious themselves so deaf to all truth that they not only refuse the ear but even close the...

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Tuesday, 06 June 2017 19:50

A Reformation Exhibition

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All the details are here.

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Monday, 05 June 2017 22:06

More from Tyndale About Their Greek New Testament

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image“Knowledge of documents should precede final judgement upon readings.” Useful though this adage by Westcott and Hort is, it is also a little bit of an open door: lots of things should precede ‘final judgement’ (and when is anything ‘final’ in our discipline?) But...

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Sunday, 04 June 2017 21:00

Money as the Instrument of Satanic Corruption

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„Geld ist das Wort des Satans, durch das er alles in der Welt schafft, wie Gott sich alles durch das wahre Wort schafft.“ (Martin Luther). „Du darfst kein riesiges Maul sein, das alles gierig in sich hineinfrisst und verschlingt.“ (Johannes Calvin). Ob Calvin, Luther oder...

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Friday, 02 June 2017 21:40

When Luther Was Wished Another 40 Years of Life…

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In 1539, he replied

“God forbid! Even if God were to offer me paradise in order that I might last forty more years in this life, I wouldn’t want it. I’d rather hire a hangman to knock my head off. That’s how bad the world is now. It’s full of nothing but devils, so that...

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Wednesday, 31 May 2017 00:56

‘By Their Fruits You Will Know Them…’

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imageWe do not justify men before God by works, but say, that all who are of God are regenerated and made new creatures, so that they pass from the kingdom of sin into the kingdom of righteousness. In this way they make their calling sure, and, like trees, are judged by their fruits. — John Calvin

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Tuesday, 30 May 2017 21:59

The Marcionite Jesus The World Loves So Much…

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imageIsn’t Jesus.  And if the ‘Jesus’ you imagine never expresses anger or wrath, yours is a Marcionite Pseudo-Jesus too, just like the world’s.

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imageLuther has indicated with sufficient distinctness that he merely conceded to his theological opponents theological terminology, and made use of it himself merely on account of traditional familiarity with it, and because the employment of incorrect words was not necessarily of evil. He so expressed...

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