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, 19 June 2017 14:00

Why Biblical Archaeology Matters

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Catherine McDowell (PhD, Harvard) teaches Old Testament for Gordon-Conwell’s Charlotte campus. She previously taught at Wheaton College and was a teaching fellow at Harvard. Along with numerous articles, she has contributed to the NIV Archaeological Study Bible and is the author of The Image...

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Tuesday, 06 June 2017 14:00

Why Do We Lie?

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We can usually always admit that we were dumb as kids. In my case, I had a habit of doing something wrong and then completely denying my actions. In one case, my mother began to keep lemon candy in her purse, which she would distribute in small numbers during church. They weren’t very...

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017 14:00

The Borgias and the Reformation

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Further reading on the Borgias:

G.J. Meyer, The Borgias: http://amzn.to/2o2ZExE

Michael De La Bedoyere, The Meddlesome Friar and the Wayward Pope: Savonarola and Alexander VI: http://amzn.to/2oNEPmK

 

Further reading on papal history in general:

John Julius Norwich, Absolute Monarchs: A...

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Wednesday, 08 February 2017 13:00

Why Do Christians Care about Qumran and Dead Sea Scrolls?

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Catherine McDowell (PhD, Harvard) teaches Old Testament for Gordon-Conwell’s Charlotte campus. She previously taught at Wheaton College and was a teaching fellow at Harvard. Along with numerous articles, she has contributed to the NIV Archaeological Study...

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Monday, 23 January 2017 13:00

Do Christians Have Assurance?

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I have been teaching systematic theology this year. One question that often is raised is the issue of assurance. How do I know I am saved? What evidences do I need to have to have assurance?

My answer to this question I give in roughly 90 seconds in this short video.

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Saturday, 24 December 2016 13:00

Why the Incarnation? (Video)

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Monday, 19 December 2016 13:00

The History of Christmas Gifts

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My kids know that Santa isn’t real, yet they still can’t wait to pretend. I’m sure the presents are something they care about mostly. But where do Christmas gifts come from?

This short video (~7 minutes) tells you the story.


 

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Monday, 12 December 2016 13:00

The First Sermon in America

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There is something special about being the first to do something. Even if the historic first is something that had already been done for centuries.

In this short video (3:30 minutes) I describe the setting and context of the first sermon in the Plymouth Colony.

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Saturday, 10 December 2016 13:00

The History Behind ‘Silent Night’

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This year, my home has been warmed by the sound of my 8-year-old practicing the piano. Her first recital is tomorrow, and the song she will perform is Silent Night.

As it turns out, the man who wrote the words for Silent Night was born that same day.

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Tuesday, 06 December 2016 13:00

The Day Ambrose Became Bishop

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Today in Church History

On the 7th of December 374, Ambrose was ordained bishop of Milan. This short video tells the highlights of his ministry, including the conversion of Augustine.

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Sunday, 04 December 2016 13:00

Shakespeare versus Puritanism

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Some of us love Shakespeare, others of us love the idea of Shakespeare. But I have never met someone who takes issue with the Bard.

Then I met the Puritans.

‘Twelfth Night’ and Puritanism

One of Shakespeare’s early plays is Twelfth Night, written in 1601-1602. It is also one of...

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Thursday, 01 December 2016 13:00

Quick Biography: Who Was Athanasius?

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The books I recommend on Athanasius:

Books by Athanasius: ‘On the Incarnation’: http://amzn.to/2fUphI3

Biographies of Athanasius: Khaled Anatolios, ‘Athanasius’: http://amzn.to/2gicd07 Peter Leithart, ‘Athanasius’: http://amzn.to/2gWhcDu

Best books on Nicaea: Khaled...

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Sunday, 27 November 2016 13:00

The History of Advent

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The History Behind Advent


Many churches lit the first of their Advent candles today (hopefully without needing the fire department!). Even churches averse to liturgical practices find a way to mark the Advent season, if only by marking the days remaining until Christmas.

This is some of the...

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Tuesday, 01 November 2016 14:00

Did Jan Hus Really Predict the Reformation?

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“In 100 years, God will raise up a man whose calls for reform cannot be suppressed.”

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Now that the blood sugar has settled from Reformation Day it would be worth poking at a myth that is often repeated during this time. The myth involves Jan Hus and his death in 1415. It...

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Wednesday, 26 October 2016 14:00

Menno Simons: A Quick Biography

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Join us in Indianapolis next April to learn more about the Reformation’s relevance to various areas of life and ministry. Our 2017 National Conference—“No Other Gospel: Reformation 500 and Beyond”—will celebrate the Reformation’s 500th...

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Tuesday, 25 October 2016 14:00

The 4 Best Books on Luther

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Join us in Indianapolis next April to learn more about the Reformation’s relevance to various areas of life and ministry. Our 2017 National Conference—“No Other Gospel: Reformation 500 and Beyond”—will celebrate the Reformation’s 500th...

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Monday, 24 October 2016 14:00

The Apostles Creed (In 90 Seconds)

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A quick look (in about 90 seconds) at the origin of the Apostles Creed


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Sunday, 16 October 2016 14:00

Did Luther Want the Reformation?

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Join us in Indianapolis next April to learn more about the Reformation’s relevance to various areas of life and ministry. Our 2017 National Conference—“No Other Gospel: Reformation 500 and Beyond”—will celebrate the Reformation’s 500th...

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Tuesday, 11 October 2016 14:00

Two Things Trump Cannot Do

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In in my short, happy life I have never written on modern political issues. Professionally I am an expert on the history of politics, so I am a bit numb to contemporary fights. Maybe I just have young kids, and I’m always tired.

But I do feel the need today to write two quick points about...

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Friday, 07 October 2016 14:00

John Bunyan’s Life: The Basics

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Sunday, 02 October 2016 14:00

What Exactly Are Indulgences?

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Join us in Indianapolis next April to learn more about the Reformation’s relevance to various areas of life and ministry. Our 2017 National Conference—“No Other Gospel: Reformation 500 and Beyond”—will celebrate the Reformation’s 500th...

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Sunday, 25 September 2016 14:00

Black Christians in American Church History

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One of the challenges for me in wrestling with issues of race and the church is that, as a young man, I was woefully ignorant of so much of the story of black Christians in America. I doubt I am alone in this.

When I began to teach at Gordon-Conwell, I naturally was assigned the Church History...

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Thursday, 25 August 2016 14:00

Michelangelo, the Pietà, and Bad Lighting

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Today, August 26, marks the anniversary of the commissioning of Michelangelo to create what would become the Pietà. The year was 1498 and the pope was Alexander VI. The Reformation was on the horizon, but Luther was still a boy in the midst of...

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This week marks the anniversary of the St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre in 1572—where the slaughter of French Calvinists (Huguenots) spilled out first into the streets of Paris and then into the French countryside. The slaughter was one of the worst in the 16th century and is seen by many...

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imageThe Frontispiece (opening page) to the Great Bible

Spend much time in Protestant circles and you will eventually hear of the Authorized Bible or the King James Bible. People who should know better have invented all manor of theories about the purity of the KJV, its reliance on the Textus Receptus,...

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