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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image Divorce is commonplace in our society. We are all impacted by divorce, either directly or indirectly. We either have family members who are divorced, or know people who are divorced. It is the way of our culture. But, what does the Bible say about marriage and divorce?

The Bible unquestionably...

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Last time I pointed out that it doesn’t make sense to read one passage upon another. Some might claim that they are interpreting Scripture with Scripture, however, in such a practice there is a violation of the nature of authorial intent.

The key to proper biblical interpretation involves...

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Saturday, 24 February 2018 14:00

The Dangers of Biblical Cross-referencing

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Consider the following situation.

A friend or neighbor comes up to you and says, “The Bible is clear that baptism is necessary for salvation.”

Now, you may be immediately put off by such a suggestion, but what if he goes on to quote Acts 2:38?

Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of...

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Friday, 16 February 2018 20:57

Exciting Podcast Announcement!

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Some of the readers of this blog may not be aware that last semester we launched a podcast to discuss topics of a biblical or theological nature. I realize that some of you subscribe to the blog posts via email, so you wouldn’t have had opportunity to note the podcast link at the top of the...

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Thursday, 08 February 2018 16:00

Who was Haman the Agagite?

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In Esther 3:1 we are introduced to Haman the Agagite, who is promoted within King Xerxes’ retinue to second in command. Immediately following the introduction of Haman into the narrative, we find out that since Mordecai does not bow before him, Haman wants to destroy not only Mordecai, but...

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Friday, 26 January 2018 02:51

Who was King in the Book of Esther?

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Sometimes different Bible translations can lead to interesting questions. For example, if we were to compare the NIV and the ESV translations, we would come across a seemingly large difference.

NIVThis is what happened during the time of Xerxes…
ESVNow in the days of Ahasuerus…

Clearly...

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Friday, 05 January 2018 00:52

A Man of Whom the World Was Not Worthy

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In life there are few men and women who exemplify what could be called true greatness. This kind of greatness often defies definition and is instead understood by seeing the character within the narrative which makes them special. Today I want to share with you the story of someone who exemplified...

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Wednesday, 22 November 2017 04:28

Who was Samuel and Does it Matter?

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The book of 1 Samuel opens up by talking about “a certain man of Rammathaim-zophim of the hill country of Ephraim whose name was Elkanah” (1 Sam 1:1). This man is married to two wives, one of whom is Hannah. Although barren, Hannah prays for a child, and the Lord answers her prayer.

After...

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The question about whether or not miraculous gifts such as tongues, prophecy, healing, etc., remain operative today is important. Although historically the Church has believed that these special gifts have ceased, there has been a resurgence in recent years in the belief that these special...

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Thursday, 26 October 2017 15:00

The Lovingkindness of God Leads to… Disobedience?

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One of the most powerful passages in the Old Testament, or even the Bible for that matter, is found in Exodus 34:6–7. In this passage the Lord gives self-revelation about His own glorious character.

Then the LORD passed by in front of him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD God,...

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Friday, 13 October 2017 00:07

Proverbs 22:6: Promise or Warning?

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Train up a child in the way he should go: And when he is old, he will not depart from it. (Prov 22:6, KJV)

This verse has been used by many parents as a promise that if they are diligent to discipline their kids, then their kids will grow up and hold fast to the ways of God. However, this in turn...

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Friday, 29 September 2017 04:30

What Does Being “Cut Off” Mean in the OT?

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Throughout the Old Testament there are numerous times where it is said of an individual, a family, or a nation that they will be “cur off.” But what exactly does that mean? The main theories are as follows:

  1. childlessness and premature death
  2. premature death caused by God
  3. capital punishment...

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Thursday, 07 September 2017 05:04

How Do the Righteous Speak?

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Jesus himself said that “the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart” (Matt 12:34b). It is an undervalued axiom in our culture that what we say—whether verbally, over text, or on social media—these acts of communication reveal our hearts.

Proverbs provides some of the...

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Friday, 11 August 2017 21:00

Elijah: Man of God or Coward?

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One of the most epic stories in the Bible is where Elijah squares off against the prophets of Baal in 1 Kings 18. There are 450 prophets of Baal, and just 1 Elijah. Yet through a dramatic display, Yahweh shows himself to be the true God, and Elijah convinced the people to slaughter the prophets of...

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If you are reading this article, congratulations! You are one of the few and the daring to spend your time investigating the Old Testament ceremonial laws. The only question you are asking yourself right now is—is reading about the Feast of Booths worth it? And yes, it is. In fact, the...

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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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