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

Think on These Things - Apologetic Report
Right Thinking is a collection of articles written by a dozen men associated with The Master’s Seminary, Master’s University and/or Grace Community Church and edited by Nathan Busentiz, professor and Dean of Faculty at TMS.   Some years earlier a similar book, Right Thinking...

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Human leadership of the local church is delegated in the New Testament to elders (also called overseers and pastors or shepherds—p. 73).  Jeramie Rinne has written this little volume “to provide a concise biblical job description for elders” (p. 15).  His target audience...

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Frank Viola and George Barna believe that virtually everyone misunderstands the church because they draw almost everything they do from pagan sources instead of the New Testament, and thus the modern church has become an organization and an institution rather than a living organism.  The...

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This volume is written by eleven United Kingdom Bible scholars, including four women.   The authors consider only Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes as wisdom books proper, but find wisdom themes in Ruth, Song of Solomon, and Psalms as well as laced throughout the Old Testament.  Wisdom...

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Timothy Keller’s popular The Reason for God presented a case for belief in God and Christianity, but Keller does not believe it began back far enough for the true skeptic, and thus the reason for this present volume (p. 4).  He wants to demonstrate to secular readers that Christianity is...

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Thursday, 11 May 2017 01:26

Why Definitions Matter

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It was Mark Twain who famously said, “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.” Used by Twain, the distinction between being a mediocre author and great one, such as himself, was the choice of...

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Rod Dreher believes that the culture war which began with the sexual revolution in the 1960s, has ended in defeat for Christian conservatives (pp. 3, 79) and there is no hope of being reversed (p. 89).  Ultimately all faith among European and North American Christians will disappear (pp. 8,...

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What the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fourth Edition (DSM-4) called gender identity disorder, the DSM-5 now calls gender dysphoria.  Gender dysphoria is not a synonym for terms such as transgender, transsexual, genderfluid, gender bending, transvestism or...

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Mark Sayers is a pastor, author, and “cultural commentator” living in Melbourne, Australia.   In the earlier days of his ministry he was well-known as a leader in the counter-cultural, organic, “hipster” style of Christianity until he began to realize that such...

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The subject addressed in The Invisible Hand is the providence of God, a favorite theme of the author and minister, R.C. Sproul.  This particular book is an unusual mixture (for anyone but Sproul) of historical accounts, philosophy, Scripture, personal stories and references to...

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Biblical prophecy is often the subject of discussion and sometimes intense and contentious debate.  Author Ron Rhodes seeks in this volume to reveal the basis for these debates, graciously explain various views and defend his understanding, which could be defined as a Revised Dispensational...

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In a day in which Christian celebritism is rampant, and almost all biographies are written about the big names of the past, it is encouraging to read about a few “normal” Christians who served the Lord as faithfully as those we emulate today.  Michael Haykin has chosen in this...

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Eddie Hyatt writes a very fine overview of the history of Pentecostal/charismatic beliefs and practices throughout church history. As a historical account this volume is accurate and helpful to anyone desiring to understand the roots and developments as well as the present manifestations of...

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It has become popular among many modern theologians to disparage the Reformation and blame the Reformers for the “hermeneutical havoc” that has been unleashed upon the modern world (p x, see pp 10, 18-19). Vanhoozer wants to refute this idea by reclaiming “elements for a normative...

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Friday, 17 March 2017 05:19

Biblical Literacy

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I concluded my article titled “Biblical Illiteracy” with these words: “Biblical illiteracy is well recognized today.  There are many reasons why not only the general population but also the evangelical church has little understanding and knowledge of Scripture, and I have...

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Friday, 27 January 2017 07:36

Biblical Illiteracy: Its Tragedy and Remedy

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Both statistical research and anecdotal observation come to the same conclusion – America, a nation once steeped in Scripture if not always living in obedience to God, has joined the ranks of the biblically illiterate from around the globe.  Theologians and sociologists both speak of our...

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Strength in the River is written for Christians who are going through sorrow, pain, suffering and trials from any number of sources.  Especially in focus, as the first chapter indicates, are those who have endured pain for a long time and think it is never going to stop.  For such people,...

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It is commonly held that inerrancy is the doctrine upon which evangelicalism stands or falls, and is one of only two doctrinal requirements to be a member of the Evangelical Theological Society (p.9).  It is therefore vital to understand how the term is being defined today within...

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David Wells believes the biblical understanding of salvific conversion has been distorted in modern times and needs to be reclaimed by the church.  From at least the Reformation on, evangelicals saw conversion as a supernatural act of God due to the depravity of human nature (pp. 18-20,...

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Wednesday, 14 December 2016 09:08

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

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Robinson won the Pulitzer Prize for this fictional story of an aging and dying pastor who wants to leave for his young son a written legacy of his life.  John Ames is a third generation pastor in the little town of Gilead, Iowa.  He has spent virtually his whole life in Gilead, and most...

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The Master’s Academy International has self-published this excellent volume on the challenges facing biblical inerrancy globally.  There are 18 Master’s Academies in 17 countries today.  Leaders of the academies each wrote a chapter discussing the unique implication of...

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Wednesday, 14 December 2016 09:03

Rejoicing in Lament by J. Todd Billings

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Todd Billings, professor of Reformed Theology at Western Theological Seminary, was in his late thirties when he was diagnosed with incurable cancer in 2012.  Rejoicing in Lament chronicles his journey through chemotherapy, a stem cell transplant, suffering, and uncertainty about his...

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Wednesday, 30 November 2016 09:14

Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger by Ronald Sider

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Originally published in 1977, Rich Christians, now in its sixth edition, is perhaps the most important book within the Christian genre calling for social justice. While everything from environmental issues to politics is addressed, the thrust of the book is alleviation of poverty throughout the...

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The kingdom of God has been at the forefront of Christian thinking since the day Jesus walked the earth, and in fact is dominant in the Old Testament as well.  Get the kingdom of God right and you will comprehend the Lord’s plan for humanity.  Get it wrong and you will inevitably go...

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For a no-holds-barred, well documented, and biblically sound critique of the Lausanne Movement, this work by E. S. Williams would be difficult to beat.  The concluding statement demonstrates well what the author intends to prove, “In light of the evidence presented in this study, we must...

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