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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Friday, 20 September 2019 01:00

Bible Codes and the Secret Message of Scripture

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Periodically I get questions that relate to bible codes and a secret message in Scripture. The belief in a secret message in the Bible is seductive and has a long history with many Christian and Jewish proponents. Is there any evidence that the Bible contains a secret message that will yield fruit...

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Friday, 13 September 2019 21:00

Creation and the Distant Starlight Problem

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A common objection to the young earth creation position is the distant starlight problem. This starlight problem is usually framed with the following information. First, starlight travels approximately 186,000 miles per second. Therefore, the distance starlight can travel in a year is approximately...

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There are many reasons to believe that social media is here to stay. Social media provides an incredible opportunity to connect with family and friends, or to keep an eye on the news, sports, and weather. It is estimated that this year, 2.82 billion people will be involved on social media. Social...

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Friday, 23 August 2019 21:00

What is Socialism? A Biblical Analysis

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Socialism is becoming popular in the United States, especially among the younger generations. One poll noted that 61% of those between the ages of 18 and 24 thought positively of socialism. Another poll said that 43% of Americans thought some form of socialism would be a good thing for the United...

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One of the most perplexing verses in the New Testament is 1 Timothy 2:15, “Yet she will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control” (ESV). Although this is a difficult text to understand, the application of this text is...

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Friday, 09 August 2019 21:00

Seven Posts about the King James Version

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I thought it would be helpful to list all of the posts I have written about the King James Version for easy accessibility. Thus, the following posts deal with various issues pertaining to the King James Version and Bible translation in general.

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1. Thou Shalt Not Only Use the King James Version

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Friday, 02 August 2019 21:00

The Received Text, the KJV, and Erasmus

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We can’t talk about the KJV without talking about the Received Text (often called the Textus Receptus, or TR for short). The Received Text is the Greek text which underlies the KJV. This text is largely different from the Greek text which underlies the modern versions (NASB, ESV, NIV,...

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Thursday, 01 August 2019 21:00

Common Arguments from Those Who Hold to KJV Only

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In the last two posts we have discussed some of the problems with holding to the KJV as the only translation that should be used today. The first post addressed the general background of the translators who worked on the KJV. The second post looked at differences between the 1611 KJV and the modern...

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Last time we looked at some of the reasons why one should not hold to a view that the KJV is the only version Christians should use. Today we want to go deeper into the issue and look at the KJV itself. We will note some of the corrections that have been made from the original publication to the...

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Thursday, 18 July 2019 21:00

Thou Shalt Not Only Use the King James Version

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My first Bible growing up was the King James version. I did not only use the KJV, but I memorized all my verses in the King James version and I learned much reading through its stories. Then, one day my parents got me the New King James version. It was a lot easier to read, and I memorized more...

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When King James commissioned the King James Version, he approved 15 principles of translation which were instituted by Richard Bancroft, the bishop of London in 1604. These translation principles are as follows:

  1. The ordinary Bible read in the Church, commonly called the Bishops Bible, to be...

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Wednesday, 03 July 2019 21:00

Does Your Theology Start with Jesus? I Hope Not.

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Jesus is to be recognized as sovereign Lord in the church. But, is it justified to start with Jesus when it comes to forming theology? Many Christians affirm just that. For example, I was once listening to a podcast and the subject was raised about how we formulate our theology. One speaker said...

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I recently was pointed to an article by Desiring God which encourages the believer to wrestle with God like Jacob wrestled with God at Peniel/Mahanaim (Gen 32:1-32). The implication of the article is that Jacob’s wrestling match with God is a pattern for us to follow—we too ought to...

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Friday, 21 June 2019 07:00

Slavery Reparations and the Christian

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Slavery reparations are all the rage right now. This week there was a House hearing on reparations, and there were a variety of celebrity testimonies, including Danny Glover and Burgess Owens arguing for or against reparations.

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This conversation has really ignited over the last year. When the...

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Thursday, 13 June 2019 03:00

Punishing Jehu for the Blood of Jezreel?

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The names of Hosea’s children surely raised quite a few eyebrows in Hebrew kindergarten. The name Jezreel means, “May God sow.” But more shockingly, the Jezreel valley was well known as the location of much fighting and bloodshed (1 Sam 29:1; 2 Sam 2:8; 1 Kgs 21:1; 2 Kgs 9:24ff)....

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Saturday, 11 May 2019 05:05

A Tribute to Mothers and their Special Role

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Happy Mother’s Day! This Sunday marks a special day as we commemorate the value of mothers in the lives of our families. In a culture which attempts to mitigate the differences between males and females, these are special opportunities to point out that children relate differently to fathers...

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Friday, 19 April 2019 05:00

How Many Resurrections are there in Scripture?

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Easter weekend is upon us, and so we celebrate the most important part of Christianity–the fact that Jesus is alive! This is the essence of our hope as believers. Because of Christ’s resurrection we have hope of our own resurrection.

I saw an online discussion recently about how many...

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Recently Matt Walsh, conservative blogger and devout Catholic, wrote an article entitled, “When Christians Shouldn’t Quote the Bible.” In his article, he made a fairly bold statement:

I contend that Christians should not appeal to the Bible when arguing with unbelievers about...

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Thursday, 28 February 2019 14:00

Wisdom and Non-Christians

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Old Testament scholars have noted an interesting overlap in ANE wisdom literature. On the one hand you have a book like Proverbs, which is divinely inspired and a special part of the Canon. But on the other hand you have sources like Amenemope, an Egyptian collection of wisdom sayings, which is...

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Friday, 08 February 2019 01:58

Are there Songs We Shouldn’t Sing in Church?

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Well, I think most people would acknowledge there are some songs which are inappropriate for church worship. However, the real issue is where do we draw the line? To some, any “Christian song” is appropriate for use in a church. To others, only a certain kind of music is allowed. How...

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Thursday, 17 January 2019 23:10

A Tale of Two Mothers

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Last week my wife directed me to an article on parenting in the Washington Post (which she found through Challies’ website). In the article, a mother was confronted by her 4th grade daughter for writing about her and posting her pictures all over the internet for her articles.

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Friday, 04 January 2019 14:00

Is it Wrong to Drink Alcohol?

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Yes, today I tread into dangerous waters by discussing the Christian and drinking alcohol. First, a disclaimer. I grew up in the Midwest where it was culturally taboo to drink, smoke, or chew; or hang with girls that do! (As the saying goes). When I moved to California, people tended to emphasize...

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Friday, 21 December 2018 01:20

The Cascade Argument against Continuationism

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Over the last couple weeks I have had multiple opportunities to talk to people about the issue of continuationism (i.e., the belief that miraculous spiritual gifts like prophecy and tongues are currently in operation in the church today). In these discussions I often point to the cascade argument...

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“How can same sex relationships be wrong if they don’t hurt anyone?” This is a common objection to the biblical view that same sex relationships are wrong. The argument is often stated, “If two adults want to engage in a consensual relationship, if there is no harm done, why...

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Thursday, 11 October 2018 23:29

All Cultures are Not Equal

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There is a growing belief today that every culture is equal. In other words, no culture can claim moral superiority over another. Although this is a common idea, it has met resistance by some who have demonstrated that, on a pragmatic level, productivity and the standard of living are better in...

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