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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Thursday, 25 May 2017 21:23

Luther: Get The Right Sort of Woman…

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Nowadays … people strive for and seek to get almost nothing but riches. But Holy Scripture describes Isaac’s bride in this manner, that she was a beautiful virgin, chaste and modest, endowed with good manners, intelligent, sensible, and obedient to her parents. A woman like this...

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Thursday, 25 May 2017 09:20

Andy Stanley Thinks He’s The Holy Spirit

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But he isn’t.  Not even close.  And it’s only the Spirit that can make grace irresistible.

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Filed under: pseudo-christianity, pseudo-theology, Twitter Theology That Makes Me Sigh

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Thursday, 25 May 2017 08:58

On Predestination

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“Through mortal sins the elect may altogether lose and banish the Holy Ghost, faith and the grace of God, and thus for a time become subjects of condemnation, yet they cannot be wanting to the end, and perish eternally. Total loss of grace is one thing, final loss of grace is another. That is...

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Wednesday, 24 May 2017 12:36

The Depths of Racist Vileness

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Are enfleshed in this person.

A “shabby racist” who kicked a pregnant woman in the stomach, causing her to lose her baby, has been jailed for more than three years.  As Samsam Haji-Ali shouted “I’m pregnant”, David Gallacher continued his...

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Wednesday, 24 May 2017 02:37

Shifting Patterns of Reformed Tradition

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imageThe thirteen essays in this volumewere all originally presented at international conferences or in public lectures.They address three main areas of inquiry, all of which, in one way or another, are of key importance in early modern historical discourse and theological thinking: (1) the theological...

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Tuesday, 23 May 2017 20:40

Reading Catechisms, Teaching Religion

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imageThis new work by Lee Palmer Wandel has just been published-

Reading Catechisms, Teaching Religion makes two broad arguments. First, the sixteenth century witnessed a fundamental transformation in Christians’, Catholic and Evangelical, conceptualization of the nature of knowledge of...

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Tuesday, 23 May 2017 01:12

Jesus:  An Observation

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‪The Jesus of the liberal left never existed. He is a product of their ideological imagination: a projection of their views into the past.‬

Filed under: Modern Culture

Authors: Jim...

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From the Tyndale Bulletin

Review Article: The Deliverance of God: an Apocalyptic Rereading of Justification in Paulby Douglas A. Campbell, reviewed by Bruce Clark (Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge)

Campbell launches a sustained attack against traditional theological conceptions of justification and...

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Monday, 22 May 2017 21:06

Now That’s How You Write a Book Dedication

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Calvin dedicated his Commentary on Hebrews to Sigismund Augustus on 23 May, 1546.  He begins thusly

imageTHERE are at this day many foolish men, who everywhere, through a vain desire for writing, engage the minds of ignorant and thoughtless readers with their trifles. And to this evil, most...

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Monday, 22 May 2017 21:04

Today in Church History

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Savonarola met with the same fate as Hus. He, too, was unsparing in his attack on the corruptions of the Church. On May 23, 1498, he was put to the double death of hanging and burning, and his ashes were thrown into the Arno. A slab in the pavement in front of the Palazzo Vecchio at Florence marks...

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Monday, 22 May 2017 01:21

Fun Facts From Church History

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image In the early editions of the Loci, Melanchthon didn’t discuss the doctrine of the Trinity because he had a certain bit of scorn for attempts to explain the mystery of the divine unity in trinity.

He accepted the doctrine and thought efforts to rationalize it silly.

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Sunday, 21 May 2017 22:43

Dear Young Theologians…

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Pride and hubris are inappropriate for your field of endeavor.  Grandiose claims about this or that thinker or system aren’t your proper attire because familiarity only comes with time and hard work. 

You aren’t a Barthian simply because you’ve read three of Barth’s...

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Sunday, 21 May 2017 10:38

The Arian Heresy Lives on, in the Church

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Pro tip- you can’t teach the Trinity by using the spinner.  If you do, you’re an Arian.

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

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Sunday, 21 May 2017 06:06

Quote of the Day

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Truth

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Sunday, 21 May 2017 03:11

If You Attend the 16th Century Society Conference…

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Come along and hear my paper titled Huldrych Zwingli: His Path to Reformation

Martin Luther is generally seen to be the ‘inventor’ of the Reformation. In this paper I will suggest that Zwingli actually turned, slowly at first and then more rapidly, to Reform beginning in 1515, before...

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Sunday, 21 May 2017 02:46

Reaping What’s Sown

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A South African big game hunter died after being crushed by an elephant cowthat had been shot on a game reserve in Zimbabwe at the weekend. Theunis Botha, 51, was leading a hunt with clients when the group accidentally walked into the middle of a breeding herd of elephants at the Good Luck Farm...

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Huldrych Zwingli published his little 19 page FlugschriftDie erste kurze Antwort über Ecks sieben Schlußreden on 21 May, 1526.  Zwingli also addressed it to the Confederation (so that all the Cantons which had embraced Reform would know how Eck should be answered by their own...

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Saturday, 20 May 2017 21:35

The Opening of the Baden Disputation

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The disputation was opened in the Catholic city of Baden, in Aargau, May 21, 1526, and lasted eighteen days, till the 8th of June. The cantons and four bishops sent deputies, and many foreign divines were present. The Protestants were a mere handful, and despised as “a beggarly, miserable...

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Saturday, 20 May 2017 09:04

The ‘Prophezei’ in the Heart of Wittenberg

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I love this story.

imageVom 20. Mai bis am 10. September 2017 präsentieren sich etwa 80 Aussteller aus Kirche, Politik, Kultur, Wirtschaft und Zivilgesellschaft mit einem unterhaltsamen Angebot in den Wallanlagen der mittelalterlichen Stadt Wittenberg. Der Schweizer Pavillon, angesiedelt im Torraum...

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Saturday, 20 May 2017 04:05

Submissions for the Wevers Prize

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imageKaren Jobes writes

Submissions for the 2017 John William Wevers Prize in Septuagint Studies are being accepted until AUGUST 15, 2017. This prize is limited to advanced graduate students or recent Ph.D. recipients (4 years or less after receiving the degree). Please submit your paper of 4500-5500...

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Friday, 19 May 2017 20:43

The Creation of Eve

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Speculum humanae salvationis (‘Krumlovský sborník’), Bohemia ca. 1420 (Praha, Knihovna Národního muzea, III B 10, fol. 2r)

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Friday, 19 May 2017 20:31

There is No Defense Against the Slanderer

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image The saying is certainly true that there is no defense against the attacks of slanderers. Nothing can be said so carefully that it can avoid misrepresentation. — Melanchthon

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Friday, 19 May 2017 09:54

Quote of the Day

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imageIt is never well with men, except so far as the Lord shows Himself to be gracious to them. – John Calvin

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Bravo.

Trinity's Portico

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Can I call you Frank? This is just pastor to pastor. Feel free to call me Peter. Anyway, I have to say I was flattered when I learned that your Decision America Tour took a detour off the beaten path to call upon us “small community churches.” We are...

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Friday, 19 May 2017 06:37

Reading Revelation as Pastiche

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This new book’s author says it’s good.

imageScholars have often read the book of Revelation in way that attempts to ascertain which other Old Testament book it most resembles. Instead, we should read it as a combined and imitative text which actively engages the audience through signalling to...

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