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, 10 August 2017 21:24

I Like Billy Graham, But His Kids Are Insane

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Anne Graham Lotz, the daughter of evangelist Billy Graham, warned on her “Giving You Jesus” blog on Aug. 7 that the upcoming solar eclipse may be God’s judgment on America.

Wut?

Lotz did not mention any of scientific explanations for the solar eclipse, but did cite a Bible verse,...

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Thursday, 10 August 2017 21:17

The Question of Abortion and the Big Professorial #FAIL

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You may have heard about James Franco’s questioning of an Ivy League ‘Philosopher’ regarding abortion. His takedown of her stupidity is epic:

And the Bishop’s response is on the mark-

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He’s right. She shouldn’t be teaching anything.

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Thursday, 10 August 2017 20:56

Different People Should be Treated Differently

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Luther once observed

image… you may deal harshly with the liars and hardened tyrants, and act boldly in opposition to their teachings and their works, for they will not listen. But the simple people, whom they have bound with the ropes of their teaching and whose lives are endangered, you must...

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Thursday, 10 August 2017 04:23

The Foes of Truth…

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image…  find great difficulty in refuting the enemies of pure and sound doctrine: possessed of serpentine lubricity, they escape by the most artful expedients, unless they are vigorously pursued, and held fast when once caught.  — John Calvin

Preach it, John!  Or, put in...

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imageDieses Lehrbuch bietet eine Auswahl der wichtigsten theologischen Grundbegriffe Luthers, dargeboten anhand von Zitaten, die in der Weimarer Ausgabe nachgewiesen werden. Das Wörterbuch möchte die Theologie Luthers am Leitfaden ihrer Grundbegriffe darstellen. Diese sollen in Luthers eigenen...

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Thursday, 10 August 2017 03:04

Sometimes It Just Happens…

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(I borrowed the image from George A, but he’s not responsible for the text)

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Thursday, 10 August 2017 02:53

Did You Know…

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That it was on August 10, in 70 A.D. that the Jerusalem Temple was destroyed by Roman troops?  Yup, now you do.

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Wednesday, 09 August 2017 23:25

Inconsistency is Just Another Word For Hypocrisy

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So if ‘Christians’ like Falwell and Metaxas and Jeffress and Graham think God appointed Trump they must also accept that God appointed Obama, Clinton, Carter, and all the rest.  Otherwise their inconsistency is mere hypocrisy (which of course it is).

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Wednesday, 09 August 2017 22:21

The Blinding Force of Self-Love

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imageMay everyone learn to know himself—by another in no wise is one known—although the defenses of self-love are so strong that very few persons, if any at all, break through to a knowledge of their own selves.

Under no other teacher or guide than God alone, the builder of man, will it ever...

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Tuesday, 08 August 2017 06:15

How to Structure A ‘Successful’ Youth ‘Ministry’

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Via the Bee

We consulted with thousands of biblical scholars and asked them what the most important elements of a biblical youth group are, and this is what they came up with. Don’t get mad at us; we’re just reporting the facts.

1.) A fully stocked video game arcade. Lame...

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Nope.  It’s just another one of the many exaggerated claims that fly around.  Indeed, the story doesn’t match the headline.  Here’s the headline:

The Lost Home of Jesus’ Apostles Has Just Been Found, Archaeologists Say

Here’s the opening of the story:

Archae...

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Tuesday, 08 August 2017 00:06

A Dose of Luther to Cheer Your Heart and Brighten Your Day

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God has punished you by making you incapable of understanding truth, virtue, or honor, thus handing you over to the devil to tell nothing but lies, indeed, to do all that is evil, and to upset all that is good. — Martin Luther

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I must patiently submit to this condition which providence has assigned me, that petulant, dishonest and furious men, as if in conspiracy, pour out their virulence chiefly upon me. Other most excellent men indeed they do not spare, assailing the living and wounding the names of the dead; but the...

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Sunday, 06 August 2017 20:16

Emil Brunner on Forgiveness

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There is no forgiveness of sins without a truly repentant heart to which sin is sincerely painful and which renounces it with all its power.  – Emil Brunner

Filed under: Brunner, Modern Culture

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Saturday, 05 August 2017 21:56

Today With Luther: The Publication of his ’67 Psalms’

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Luther’s work on Ps 9-147 appeared on this date in 1521.  It’s evidence of the early Luther’s still evolving theological thought.  As the American editor remarks of this volume,

… on August 6, 1521, it appeared in print. Its German title is “Deutsche...

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Saturday, 05 August 2017 00:57

News From BNTS

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Booking for this year’s conference closes on August 18th. Please make sure you book your place before then. http://maynoothcollege.ie/pontifical-university/2017/04/10/british-new-testament-conference-31st-aug-2nd-september-2017/

The conference begins on Thursday 31st August, with Registration...

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In the preface, the editors of the American Edition of Luther’s works write

The fact that Luther, during the last years of his life, wrote treatises harshly condemnatory of the Jews and Judaism is rather widely known. The treatises themselves, however, have not previously been available in...

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Bloomsbury is publishing a series of what they describe as ‘study guides’ for the Old Testament, but don’t make the mistake of thinking these are mere ‘Cliff Notes’.  Quite the contrary.  I reviewed a couple of these volumes in the most recent number of the...

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Wednesday, 02 August 2017 20:39

The ‘Comprehensive Report’ on the Jordan Lead Codices

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Jim Davila has it.  He writes

It is lengthy: over 1100 pages, although that includes many images. It addresses the issues that need to be addresed and does so thoughtfully and in great detail. Rather than coming to a final conclusion, Dr. Zinner explores the evidence for what he understands to...

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Wednesday, 02 August 2017 10:49

There Is No Difference Between Abortion and Infanticide

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Here’s where we are now in the race to kill the helpless:

Parents should be allowed to have their newborn babies killed because they are “morally irrelevant” and ending their lives is no different to abortion, a group of medical ethicists linked to Oxford University has argued.

The...

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Give this a listen (after all the popups are dismissed).  Chrisoph is a good scholar.  And a very nice person.

This is an interview episode with emerging biblical scholar, Christoph Heilig. We spend much of our time discussing a new volume, which engages the work of NT Wright, called G...

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This lecture takes place in October.  All the details are here.

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imageAnyone who wishes to manage their sources adequately must work with categories that help to bring order to the transcribed material. In many cases, such categories simultaneously shape the way in which we evaluate our sources. Critical reflection of the chosen categories is therefore crucial for...

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Fans of celebrities barely bat an eye anymore at the drunken antics of superstars. Instead the public displays of carnality of the rich and famous are celebrated. Smiled at. Wink wink. Are we seeing this same blasé attitude in the visible Church?

Celebrity Pastor Carl Lentz, who pastors...

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Sunday, 30 July 2017 22:03

Canon, Codex, and Biblical Theory

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Canon and Codex. Surely, the alliteration indicates that these ideas are co-extensive, right? Depends on whom one asks. Armin Lange in the same article referenced here says:

I have also referred repeatedly to the invention of the mega-codices as a catalyst in the...

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