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

By Faith We Understand - Apologetic Report
Friday, 14 July 2017 06:38

Dan Wallace on Textual Criticism

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I just finished listening to three dozen half-hour lectures by Dan Wallace on textual criticism. They were masterful, absolutely superb. And they’re free online at Credo House.

Wallace is an engaging lecturer with incomparable (among evangelicals) direct experience with the study and practice...

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I see many interesting lectures and interviews on YouTube that I know I will never, ever have time for. I simply cannot sit in front of a computer and watch a video. Email beckons too hard. But I can listen to these videos on the bus, while doing yard work, and at many other odd times that add up...

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A questions from someone who watched my Asia Center for Advanced Christian Studies lecture on Original Languages (click here and here for related blog posts):

Most pastors I know have only about 6 hours max, maybe 8, to prepare a message and most need to prepare 3 messages a week. We want to spend...

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Thursday, 29 June 2017 04:06

Nice Sale on Good Books by Good People

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I read all three of these books to my kids, and they’re all on sale at Audible for great prices. $10 for the whole series, almost 17 hours of car travel time covered.

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Our favorite was definitely Ember Falls.

The only problem is that you won’t get the great pencil illustrations from my...

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Thursday, 29 June 2017 04:06

Nice Sale on Good Books by Good People

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I read all three of these books to my kids, and they’re all on sale at Audible for great prices. $10 for the whole series, almost 17 hours of car travel time covered.

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Our favorite was definitely Ember Falls.

The only problem is that you won’t get the great pencil illustrations from my...

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In which I take students through How to Think about Others’ Exegetical Fallacies and then talk through some portions of my dissertation that focused on ἀγάπη (agape) and what it “really” means. No, like, for real this time.

Authors: Mark Ward...

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In which I take students through How to Think about Others’ Exegetical Fallacies and then talk through some portions of my dissertation that focused on ἀγάπη (agape) and what it “really” means. No, like, for real this time.

Authors: Mark Ward...

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I recently gave two more lectures (or four, depending on how you count the material in these two two-hour videos) for this interesting project run by respected friends:

Authors: Mark Ward...

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I recently gave two more lectures (or four, depending on how you count the material in these two two-hour videos) for this interesting project run by respected friends:

Authors: Mark Ward...

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Thursday, 15 June 2017 13:41

Review: John McWhorter’s Words on the Move

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imageI’ve gone through two of John McWhorter’s Great Courses on language; I’ve read several of his books, and I’m a faithful listener to his podcast. When I picked up this book I suddenly realized, “I know just what he’s going to say. I get John McWhorter.” I...

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Thursday, 15 June 2017 13:41

Review: John McWhorter’s Words on the Move

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imageI’ve gone through two of John McWhorter’s Great Courses on language; I’ve read several of his books, and I’m a faithful listener to his podcast. When I picked up this book I suddenly realized, “I know just what he’s going to say. I get John McWhorter.” I...

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 07:29

Review: Andy Crouch’s The Tech-Wise Family

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imageAndy Crouch is among the first parents to have nurtured children from clearly-too-young-to-have-a-smartphone to now-old-enough, during a time in which smartphones were in fact available for that whole period. It’s only been ten years since the iPhone’s debut. And in that time...

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 07:29

Review: Andy Crouch’s The Tech-Wise Family

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imageAndy Crouch is among the first parents to have nurtured children from clearly-too-young-to-have-a-smartphone to now-old-enough, during a time in which smartphones were in fact available for that whole period. It’s only been ten years since the iPhone’s debut. And in that time...

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The following is a comment I recently wrote in response to someone who prefers the KJV but does not insist on its exclusive use. He clearly has good education—from Southern Seminary, I believe. He also prefers the TR.

[William,] your argument that study Bibles and commentaries are just as good...

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The following is a comment I recently wrote in response to someone who prefers the KJV but does not insist on its exclusive use. He clearly has good education—from Southern Seminary, I believe. He also prefers the TR.

[William,] your argument that study Bibles and commentaries are just as good...

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imageThe Passionate Preaching of Martyn Lloyd-Jones by Steven J. Lawson My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Earnest, edifying, admirably brief. Doesn’t break any new ground or offer any new insight if you’ve already read Murray’s biography. But a great introduction for those unfamiliar...

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imageThe Passionate Preaching of Martyn Lloyd-Jones by Steven J. Lawson My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Earnest, edifying, admirably brief. Doesn’t break any new ground or offer any new insight if you’ve already read Murray’s biography. But a great introduction for those unfamiliar...

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Wednesday, 31 May 2017 03:53

Review: 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You

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image12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You by Tony Reinke My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The best way to summarize this book is probably to let the author do it.

In the last twelve chapters, I have warned against twelve corresponding ways in which smartphones are changing us and undermining our spiritual health:

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Wednesday, 31 May 2017 03:53

Review: 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You

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image12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You by Tony Reinke My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The best way to summarize this book is probably to let the author do it.

In the last twelve chapters, I have warned against twelve corresponding ways in which smartphones are changing us and undermining our spiritual health:

&nda...

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Tuesday, 30 May 2017 21:00

KJVOism, Fanatacism, and Epistemology

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Alan Jacobs offers a “useful definition of fanaticism”:

No matter what happens, it proves my point. That is, true believers’ beliefs are not falsifiable: everything can be incorporated into the system—and indeed, the more costs true believers have sunk into the system, the...

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Tuesday, 30 May 2017 21:00

KJVOism, Fanatacism, and Epistemology

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Alan Jacobs offers a “useful definition of fanaticism”:

No matter what happens, it proves my point. That is, true believers’ beliefs are not falsifiable: everything can be incorporated into the system—and indeed, the more costs true believers have sunk into the system, the...

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Tuesday, 30 May 2017 03:58

Advanced Hermeneutics, Lecture 1: Prolegomena

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My respected, long-time friend Joel Arnold has set up the Asia Center for Advanced Christian Studies, an online school aimed at men who don’t have access to PhD-level courses but who can benefit from them. ACACS uses live video in Zoom.us meetings. And multiple other respected, long-term...

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