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
Tuesday, 30 May 2017 00:40

Apparently Metaxas is Writing a Book on Luther

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Save your money.  Metaxas isn’t a Luther scholar (or any kind of scholar) so his book will be at least as useless as his vile misrepresentation of Bonhoeffer.

Spare yourself the copious regurgitation Metaxas’s ignorant spewings will evoke.

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Following are some of the things that they’re saying about the Commentary* which you can acquire for yourself in electronic form for just $199 by clicking my PayPal Link.  And you should.  Today.

NT Wright:  “Jim who’s commentary?”

Michael Bird:...

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Sunday, 28 May 2017 20:57

Barth The Wrong

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Of Barth’s doctrine of election – and particularly of Barth’s notion that Jesus is ‘the elect man’ Brunner writes

No special proof is required to show that the Bible contains no such doctrine, nor that no theory of this kind has ever been formulated by any...

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A textual apparatus is useful as a quick summary of the evidence at a particular location and also to raise questions as to unexpected manuscript combinations or readings. However, by its very nature, an apparatus presents the evidence in an atomistic way and runs the risk of fostering a view of an...

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Sunday, 28 May 2017 20:45

Memorial Day

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I hope your day is pleasant and I hope that one day we will all beat our swords into plows and our spears into pruning hooks and our guns into paperweights and that we learn war no more and consequently none of our kids have to die for the land-grabs of the wealthy.

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This essay is worth reading.  Additionally, what’s said here can and also should be said of the TV church.

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“Wright’s portrait of Paul …is basically designed by the wishes of dogmatic concerns and constraints. … Luke … would be disappointed” – Becker

“PFG is not a modest book, and its author is not modest either” – Schliesser

Wright’s...

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Why devote your time, energy, resources, and skills to the effort it actually takes to learn how to understand the Bible when you can take a shortcut and pretend to be an expertly trained scholar with just one course….  Pop your brain in DTS’s microwave oven and voila!

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Friday, 26 May 2017 21:53

On the Day of Calvin’s Death

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Today is the anniversary of Calvin’s death.  I’ve previously posted on the event of course and you can enjoy 24 Hours of Calvin here.

After Zwingli, Calvin was the greatest of the Reformers.  It’s proper to remember him on the anniversary of his death.  Here’s...

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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.‬

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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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