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

Mark doesn’t, Matthew doesn’t, James doesn’t.  The other Gospels use it very few times, the Catholic epistles as few.  Paul uses it most.

The interesting thing, as I think about it, is the fact that the worse a person is, the more they want to trade on grace.

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Saturday, 29 July 2017 04:32

Reformation Research

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Search for this brilliant group on Facebook.  Or just go here.

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Because the Universalists God is a utility and the Universalists are only concerned with essentially just enough God to ‘get me to heaven’. Theirs is truly a utilitarian God of ‘love’ who doesn’t love enough to discipline or correct.  A God as a means to an end,...

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If you want a quick-but-tedious way to separate some of the shallower evanjellyfish from the more theologically-serious evangelicals in your circle of friends, here’s a simple method: call N.T. Wright a heretic. It’s quick because the blowback you will surely experience can be timed in...

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I think everyone knows that Melanchthon had a penchant for astrology.  Luther chided him about it regularly.  But he wasn’t alone in the 16th century in holding such views.  Zwingli too had an affinity for such things (though of a milder sort than Melanchthon).  This was...

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017 21:22

Isaiah’s Benevolent Creator

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Here’s an entry worth your time.

Second Isaiah (Isaiah 40–55) represents the one of the most sustained assertions of YHWH as creator in the Hebrew Bible. As a theme, creation periodically appears throughout Second Isaiah from 40:12 to 54:16, thus almost the entire span of the work. I...

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017 03:00

Where Can We Find Authentic Comfort?

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The Heidelberg Catechism has it right:

Question 1. What is thy only comfort in life and death?

Answer: That I with body and soul, both in life and death, am not my own, but belong unto my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ; who, with his precious blood, has fully satisfied for all my sins, and...

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‪Ever notice how ‘christians’ who object to the government paying for health care never complain about the government paying for bombs?‬  

This is because there is a deep and profound and widespread ignorance, among Christians, not to mention the world, as to what...

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017 08:25

Wouldn’t It Be Nice if Churches Were More Christian?

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Wouldn’t it be nice if instead of giving people gas cards and movie passes and haircuts and backpacks and toiletries and pony rides (which anyone anywhere anytime can give), the Church gave people what they really need?  Christ.

Wouldn’t it be nice if the Church were Christian...

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Monday, 24 July 2017 23:14

The Reformation in France

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The NZZ has the essay- Warum die Reformation in Frankreich mit Calvin und nicht mit Luther begann.

Ein Jahr nach seinem Sieg über die Eidgenossen bei Marignano ging Franz I. von Frankreich 1516 mit dem Papst das Konkordat von Bologna ein. Es etablierte die gallikanische Kirche als...

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Calvin puts it succinctly like this:

Every one of us must maintain brotherly concord with all the children of God, give due authority to the Church, and, in short, conduct ourselves as sheep of the flock(Inst. 4.1.3).

This aligns with the biblical injunction that we love one another. One another...

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Sunday, 23 July 2017 21:46

Brill’s Textual History of the Bible

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For the LXXers

LXX Studies

image Over at Evangelical Textual Criticism I summarize the aims and purpose of the Textual History of the Bible. I have mentioned THB‘s article on the Canon of the Hebrew Bible elsewhere on my blog. I do not review this work. I am only interested in drawing attention...

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Vile.

Police said a group of teens recorded the dying moments of a 32-year-old man last week, mocking, cursing and laughing as the man drowned in a pond.

The minute-long video, which police called “extremely disturbing,” found its way to social media and appears to depict the unidentified...

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Friday, 21 July 2017 02:32

The Lost World of the Israelite Conquest

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imageHoly warfare is the festering wound on the conscience of Bible-believing Christians. Of all the problems the Old Testament poses for our modern age, this is the one we want to avoid in mixed company.

But do the so-called holy war texts of the Old Testament portray a divinely inspired genocide? Did...

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Friday, 21 July 2017 01:33

Jesus, Deliver Us From These Vile Deplorables

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JOHN MCCAIN CANCER IS ‘GODLY JUSTICE’ FOR CHALLENGING TRUMP, ALT-RIGHT CLAIMS

Despicable godless pagans.

Most Americans met Wednesday night’s news that Arizona Senator John McCain was facing a dire diagnosis of brain cancer with shows of respect for the elder statesman and...

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Thursday, 20 July 2017 23:39

Enoch from Antiquity to the Middle Ages

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Enochians, take note-

Remnant of Giants

imageExciting news for fans of Enoch and the giants. A volume from John C. Reeves and Annette Yoshiko Reed is planned for 1 March 2018 which will provide the first part of a comprehensive compendium of literature from antiquity to the Middle Ages which referenced...

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Part Two-

Newman Research Centre for the Bible and its Reception

In Part 1 of Newman graduand Isabella Wray‘s examination of Paul’s use of ‘slave’ and ‘freedman’ in 1 Corinthians 7:20-24 she described the geopolitical setting of Corinth and emphasised how the...

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017 23:32

Gentle Luther, Meek and Mild

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Who does not see here that the Anabaptists are not men possessed but are themselves demons possessed by even worse demons?  — Martin Luther

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Monday, 17 July 2017 21:07

William Loader on Jesus in John’s Gospel

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Enjoy.

Biblical Studies Online

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William Loader, Emeritus Professor of New Testament at Murdoch University, discusses his most recent book Jesus in John’s Gospel: Structure and Issues in Johannine Christology (Eerdmans, 2017) with Dr Robert Myles, current Lecturer in New Testament...

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Monday, 17 July 2017 01:50

Vom Alten Testament und vom Neuen

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imageThis new volume may be of interest to many of you:

Im Jahr 2015 kam es zu einer Debatte um den kanonischen Rang des Alten Testaments, der ein Echo auch in der kirchlichen Öffentlichkeit und in der Tagespresse fand. Ausgangspunkt war ein provozierender Aufsatz von Notger Slenczka, in dem er die...

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Saturday, 15 July 2017 22:58

INSCRIPTION!!!

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Fun!

The Tell es-Safi/Gath Archaeological Project Official (and Unofficial) Weblog

What a way to start the week!!!!

An inscription was found (by Hannah) during pottery washing, earlier today.

So far, all I will say is that it is quite similar, in its general characteristics, to the...

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Saturday, 15 July 2017 22:21

St. Augustine Was Right About One Thing…

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“It is only to the holy books that are called ‘canonical’ that I give the honor of believing that none of their authors has erred. Others I read in such a way that, no matter how eminent they appear in knowledge and holiness, nevertheless I do not consider...

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Saturday, 15 July 2017 10:17

‘Doing’ Theology

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‪Theology is more than talking about God. It’s thinking about God WITH the church in its life and faith and then describing the results.‬  Any dimwit can talk about God but that doesn’t mean they are doing theology any more than someone talking about the weather is...

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Saturday, 15 July 2017 00:22

Testament of Moses

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A question for the art historians: why is Satan naked when he tries to take the body of Moses?

Reading Acts

The first few fragmentary verses set the context for the testament.  Moses called Joshua and commanded him to go forth in the strength of the Lord. Moses tells Joshua he was prepared by...

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