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

Peter Goeman - Apologetic Report

Critics of the Bible often point to Deuteronomy 22:28–29 as evidence that the Bible is hopelessly out of touch with ethical norms and the common decency which marks contemporary society. This passage reads as follows:

“If a man finds a girl who is a virgin, who is not engaged, and seizes...

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Christians are often accused of circular reasoning. Those who level these accusations say that it is improper to argue that the Bible is God’s Word by using the Bible as evidence for that. This argument may appear strong at a surface level, but it neglects the real issues involved in...

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Thursday, 08 June 2017 15:00

13 Practical Steps to Improve Self-Discipline

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It seems to me that self-discipline is the forgotten fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-23). Yet all the great men and women of God seem to be marked by it. On that point, I am often reminded of the importance of discipline by this quote from Dr. Martyn-Lloyd Jones:

I defy you to read the...

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Friday, 02 June 2017 15:00

An Important Primer on Dispensationalism

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image Over the last month, I have blogged a bit about what Dispensationalism is, and what it is not. Because I know it may be of interest to some, I wanted to write a brief review of a primer on dispensationalism by Dr. Mike Vlach, entitled Dispensationalism: Essential Beliefs and Common Myths. I have...

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Friday, 19 May 2017 15:00

Red-Letter Christians

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There is an official website called www.redletterchristians.org, with the stated purpose as follows:

The goal of Red Letter Christians is simple: To take Jesus seriously by endeavoring to live out His radical, counter-cultural teachings as set forth in Scripture, and especially embracing the...

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Sunday, 14 May 2017 22:00

An Exciting Next Step for Us

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The year 2017 has already been an exciting year for me and my family. My wife and I welcomed our son into the world in January and I graduated with my PhD in Old Testament from Master’s Seminary this month. Although this has already been a packed year, we are not close to being done. Come...

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Friday, 05 May 2017 21:00

Four Key Distinctives of Dispensationalism

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Last post we outlined seven beliefs that are often linked with dispensationalism, yet are not inherent to dispensationalism itself. That is not to say dispensationalists cannot hold to those beliefs. But, those beliefs are not inherent to the system of dispensationalism. Today we turn the page and...

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Readers of this blog may be curious as to what makes someone a dispensationalist. Simply put, dispensationalism is a set of doctrinal beliefs that deal with hermeneutics (how to read Scripture), ecclesiology (how the church operates), and eschatology (what the end times look like). Hence, a...

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Sunday, 16 April 2017 21:00

Taxation is Theft

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image The phrase, “Taxation is theft” has become a bit of a mantra for more and more Christians. This is partially due to the influence of the libertarian political philosophy in the Christian sphere. Libertarianism has received increasing support from Christians, partially due to the last...

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Saturday, 15 April 2017 03:23

Why Different Dates for Easter?

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image Last year Easter was on March, 27, 2016. This year Easter is celebrated on April 16, 2017. Next year, April 1, 2018 will be the chosen date of celebration. Why does the date of Easter change when a celebration like Christmas does not?

If you compare all of the possible dates for Easter, you...

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Saturday, 08 April 2017 00:00

The Book of Abraham: A Fatal Flaw in Mormonism

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image Mormons have a special place in my heart. The Mormons I have known have always been kind, generous, moral, and easy to talk to. I have enjoyed hanging out with them, and we have shared many mutual interests. But, even though I genuinely appreciate much about the Mormons I have known, that does not...

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Friday, 31 March 2017 21:00

How to Talk to Someone in Crisis

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image One of the hardest things for me is to know what to say to someone who is experiencing tragedy in their life. But, a big part of life in the church involves sharing crises with fellow believers. As Job 5:7 says, man is born to trouble as the sparks fly upward. Life is filled with tragedy. We need...

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Saturday, 25 March 2017 03:11

Is God Okay with Polygamy?

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When reading through the Old Testament, there are numerous examples of polygamy. Some of these polygamous relationships are even practiced by those whom we would consider important people in Scripture. One example, Jacob (one of the fathers of the nation of Israel) had two wives, Leah and Rachel...

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Saturday, 18 March 2017 03:12

Transgender Ideology Has Significant Problems

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Transgender advocacy, supporting the belief that anyone can choose any gender, is a popular issue in culture today. Mainstream culture promotes the idea that people should be able to identify gender by feeling and not by biological sex. Further, this same culture teaches that society needs to...

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Saturday, 11 March 2017 02:37

Why Everyone Should Discriminate

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“We never discriminate!”

“Discrimination is evil!”

Such cries are part of the culture today, yet I challenge the sanity of such claims.

First of all, what exactly is discrimination?

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Meriam-Webster’s dictionary defines the verb “discriminate” as follows:

As...

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Thursday, 02 March 2017 20:00

Cain and His Wife—Incest?

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After reading the previous post, a natural question arises concerning Adam and Eve’s children. If there were no other humans besides those who came from Adam and Eve, then by definition wouldn’t Adam and Eve’s children be committing incest? Also, if incest is wrong because of...

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Sunday, 26 February 2017 02:00

Incest as a Violation of Genesis 2:24

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I have not been very active on the blog lately as I have been completing my dissertation. But, now that I have almost wrapped that up, I have a little more time to spend in writing some blog articles.

image One of the things I have been thinking about a lot recently (partially due to its relevance to my...

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Saturday, 25 February 2017 02:43

Book Review: Sons in the Son

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image This month I had the opportunity to read Sons in the Son: The Riches and Reach of Adoption in Christ, by David B. Garner. I was first interested in the book because it covers a topic that I have not read much on, and it is a topic that is rarely addressed in depth—our adoption in Christ.

About...

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Saturday, 15 October 2016 09:00

Book Review: The Synoptic Problem

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Recently I had the opportunity to read a new book published in 2016, The Synoptic Problem. The “Synoptic Problem” is a phrase used in NT studies to refer to the comparison of the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke) and examine their relationship. This new book, edited by Stanley...

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Thursday, 22 September 2016 22:45

New Evidence for the Validity of the Text in Our Bibles

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Two days ago, the New York Timespublished an article entitled, “Modern Technology Unlocks Secrets of a Damaged Biblical Scroll.” The sum of the story is as follows.

image Archaeologists found a badly damaged ancient scroll in En-Gedi around the Dead Sea in the 1970s. Until recently have been...

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Friday, 16 September 2016 02:11

The Temple and the Tabernacle Review

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image I don’t ever remember learning about the Temple or Tabernacle while growing up. That is not to say it never happened, but if I did, it obviously was not done in a compelling or memorable way. Now, I can honestly say studying the Temple and Tabernacle is definitely something that gives me...

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Tuesday, 09 August 2016 18:00

Be Careful What You Worship

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One of the most striking things in Psalm 115 are the following verses (4-8):

4 Their idols are silver and gold, The work of man’s hands. 5 They have mouths, but they cannot speak; They have eyes, but they cannot see; 6 They have ears, but they cannot...

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