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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Monday, 01 October 2018 10:16

Credible Testimony

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This is a follow-up of sorts to my earlier post.

After the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings last week, I encountered many comments to the effect that either Ford or Kavanaugh gave a “credible testimony.” (Some claimed that both did.) Consider these two statements:

(1) It’s...

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Monday, 01 October 2018 06:11

A Singer-Songwriter You Should Know About

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I’d never heard of Ginny Owens before this summer. That probably tells you more about me than her, because she’s been performing for two decades, she’s sold over a million records, she’s won three Dove awards, her music has been featured on television, and she’s...

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Saturday, 22 September 2018 05:04

A Quick Note on the Kavanaugh Accusation

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image “Either he’s lying or she is.”

I’ve come across some version of this statement in several online articles this past week. It seems to be a common point of view among those who withhold judgment (for now) on whose story is correct. But it’s a false dichotomy as it...

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Friday, 21 September 2018 06:23

Wikiality

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My students know that I have very mixed feelings about Wikipedia. On the one hand, it can be invaluable for quickly obtaining or checking uncontested facts about names, dates, locations, and sequences of events. It can also be a useful starting point for research; it often provides a serviceable...

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Saturday, 25 August 2018 08:00

Adventures in Branch-Cutting

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Here’s a remarkable paragraph from Graham Oppy’s Atheism and Agnosticism, which appears in a discussion of whether theism or naturalism better explains our mental faculties:

Some – e.g. Plantinga (2012) and Reppert (2009) – argue that our reasoning capacities could not be a...

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Saturday, 25 August 2018 08:00

Adventures in Branch-Cutting

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Here’s a remarkable paragraph from Graham Oppy’s Atheism and Agnosticism, which appears in a discussion of whether theism or naturalism better explains our mental faculties:

Some – e.g. Plantinga (2012) and Reppert (2009) – argue that our reasoning capacities could not be a...

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Tuesday, 07 August 2018 00:27

Scripture’s Self-Attestation

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“Great Doctrines of the Reformed Faith” is the title of the 2018 Thornwell Lectures hosted by First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, SC.

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I was honored to be invited to contribute to this year’s lecture series and I spoke on the topic of Scripture’s Self-Attestation.

The entire...

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Tuesday, 07 August 2018 00:27

Scripture’s Self-Attestation

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“Great Doctrines of the Reformed Faith” is the title of the 2018 Thornwell Lectures hosted by First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, SC.

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I was honored to be invited to contribute to this year’s lecture series and I spoke on the topic of Scripture’s Self-Attestation.

The entire...

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Sunday, 22 July 2018 23:57

Exploring Islam Teaching Series

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image Last year Ligonier Ministries invited me to work with them to produce a new teaching series on Islam. The final product, Exploring Islam, is now available for preorder.

Here’s the description from the DVD cover:

Speaking the Truth in Love

What do Muslims believe? With so much diversity in the...

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Sunday, 22 July 2018 23:57

Exploring Islam Teaching Series

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image Last year Ligonier Ministries invited me to work with them to produce a new teaching series on Islam. The final product, Exploring Islam, is now available.

Here’s the description from the DVD cover:

Speaking the Truth in Love

What do Muslims believe? With so much diversity in the Muslim world,...

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Friday, 08 June 2018 04:41

Why Is There Evil In The World (And So Much Of It)?

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I’m delighted to report that the third volume in the Christian Focus series, The Big Ten: Critical Questions Answered, is now available: Why Is There Evil In The World (And So Much Of It)? by series co-editor Greg Welty.

image Having been closely involved in the editing process, I’m thrilled...

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Friday, 08 June 2018 04:41

Why Is There Evil In The World (And So Much Of It)?

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I’m delighted to report that the third volume in the Christian Focus series, The Big Ten: Critical Questions Answered, is now available: Why Is There Evil In The World (And So Much Of It)? by series co-editor Greg Welty.

image Having been closely involved in the editing process, I’m thrilled...

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Thursday, 17 May 2018 07:09

Bertrand Russell on Pragmatism

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Pragmatism is the view that a belief or claim is ‘true’ not because it accurately represents the way things are, but because it has beneficial effects. Truth is what’s useful, what works, what gets results. Correspondingly, religious pragmatism is the view that religious beliefs...

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Thursday, 17 May 2018 07:09

Bertrand Russell on Pragmatism

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Pragmatism is the view that a belief or claim is ‘true’ not because it accurately represents the way things are, but because it has beneficial effects. Truth is what’s useful, what works, what gets results. Correspondingly, religious pragmatism is the view that religious beliefs...

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Tuesday, 01 May 2018 03:23

Brian Abasciano on John 3:16

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Dr. Brian Abasciano recently posted an article on the Society of Evangelical Arminians website in response to an “untenable grammatical argument” offered by (so he claims) James White, Guillaume Bignon, James A. Gibson, and yours truly. Dr. Abasciano generously describes me as a...

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Tuesday, 01 May 2018 03:23

Brian Abasciano on John 3:16

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Dr. Brian Abasciano recently posted an article on the Society of Evangelical Arminians website in response to an “untenable grammatical argument” offered by (so he claims) James White, Guillaume Bignon, James A. Gibson, and yours truly. Dr. Abasciano generously describes me as a...

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Monday, 02 April 2018 00:33

John 3:16 Teaches Limited Atonement

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Yes, it really does. Hear me out.

John 3:16 is commonly cited against the Calvinist doctrine of limited atonement (LA).1 The argument is simple: LA teaches that Christ made atonement only for the elect, but this best-known verse in the Bible says that God so loved the world that he sent his Son....

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Monday, 02 April 2018 00:33

John 3:16 Teaches Limited Atonement

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Yes, it really does. Hear me out.

John 3:16 is commonly cited against the Calvinist doctrine of limited atonement (LA).1 The argument is simple: LA teaches that Christ made atonement only for the elect, but this best-known verse in the Bible says that God so loved the world that he sent his Son....

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Monday, 05 March 2018 00:37

Is There Only One Way of Salvation? (Tabletalk)

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I see that my short article for Tabletalk magazine with the above title is now available online. The theme of the August 2017 issue was apologetics (“Giving an Answer”). The other articles from that issue are also available. Some good material here that could be used with a youth group...

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Monday, 05 March 2018 00:37

Is There Only One Way of Salvation? (Tabletalk)

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I see that my short article for Tabletalk magazine with the above title is now available online. The theme of the August 2017 issue was apologetics (“Giving an Answer”). The other articles from that issue are also available. Some good material here that could be used with a youth group...

Read more

Tuesday, 27 February 2018 04:46

What Is Normal? What Is Natural?

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imageIs homosexuality normal?

Is polyamory normal?

Is transgenderism normal?

Is left-handedness normal?

Is belief in God normal?

Is death normal?

 How one answers such questions will hang on how one understands the term normal. The word ‘normal’ is etymologically related to ‘norm’ and...

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Tuesday, 27 February 2018 04:46

What Is Normal? What Is Natural?

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Is homosexuality normal?

Is polyamory normal?

Is transgenderism normal?

Is left-handedness normal?

Is belief in God normal?

Is death normal?

image How one answers such questions will hang on how one understands the term normal. The word ‘normal’ is etymologically related to ‘norm’ and...

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Tuesday, 13 February 2018 01:37

How Biblical is Molinism? (Part 6)

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[This is the last in an n-part series, where n turned out to be 6.]

In a highly irregular series of posts, I’ve been considering the question, How well is Molinism supported by the Bible? As I explained in the first installment:

Molinism is a theory that purports to reconcile a robust doctrine...

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Tuesday, 13 February 2018 01:37

How Biblical is Molinism? (Part 6)

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[This is the last in an n-part series, where n turned out to be 6.]

In a highly irregular series of posts, I’ve been considering the question, How well is Molinism supported by the Bible? As I explained in the first installment:

Molinism is a theory that purports to reconcile a robust doctrine...

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Friday, 09 February 2018 03:31

No God but One: Allah or Jesus?

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image My review of Nabeel Qureshi’s book No God but One: Allah or Jesus? appeared in the September 2017 issueReformed Faith & Practice. The review was written some time before Nabeel’s death, and, by unfortunate coincidence, it was published online on the day of his funeral. For that...

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