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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Wednesday, 24 April 2019 00:56

Hobbits

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1. This raises a potential challenge to biblical creation:
As we discover more fossils, there may be further challenges in kind. One issue this raises is whether Christians should just admit that human evolution is true....

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Monday, 22 April 2019 23:31

Mutiny at SBTS?

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An OT prof. at SBTS has signed the Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel:
That's significant because it's been reported that Al Mohler privately threatened to fire...

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Monday, 22 April 2019 01:23

Preaching Christ from history

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1. A perennial issue in Christian theology is how to preach Christ from the OT. There's no consensus among evangelical scholars in that regard, viz.
One of the dangers, or perceived dangers, is that we're...

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Sunday, 21 April 2019 11:43

Birth strikers

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From antinatalism, through feminism and "white privilege"  to transgenderism, it's morbidly fascinating to see atheists adopt a suicidal, self-hating ideology:https://nationalpost.com/news/world/no-children-please-were-birth-strikers-new-growing-trend-against-starting-a-family-gives

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Sunday, 21 April 2019 04:45

Fallen angels

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It's striking how little the Bible explicitly has to say about the fall of angels. Just a few scattered, sometimes ambiguous passages. 
Liberals say the theology of fallen angels is a Second Temple development (e.g. 1 Enoch). And because it's a later development, this is legendary embellishment...

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Saturday, 20 April 2019 20:25

Things Into Which Angels Long To Look

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Earlier in this Easter season, I posted an article about Jesus' fulfillment of Isaiah's first three Servant Songs. Elsewhere, I've posted a collection of articles on other Easter prophecies, and you can go here to find a collection of posts we've written on prophecy fulfillment more broadly. As we...

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Saturday, 20 April 2019 10:47

Extreme altruism

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Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends (Jn 15:13).
There can be a gray area between suicide and altruism. Suppose a father has a teenager son with liver disease. The son needs a liver transplant. Suppose the father contracts a type of cancer that's almost...

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Saturday, 20 April 2019 01:20

Why I became Muslim

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I don't know if this is worth responding to:
So First Things, basically a Catholic outfit, is hosting a conversion story about an atheist who became a Muslim. A revealing example of the identity crisis that besets post-Vatican...

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Friday, 19 April 2019 02:40

Divine Condescension and the Attributes of God

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WTS theology/systematics prof. Scott Oliphint is facing a heresy trial:
A few brief observations:
i) I lack in-depth knowledge of Oliphint's theology. It's one of those...

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Thursday, 18 April 2019 23:59

Philosophers can't be friends

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In this post I'm going to discuss some related issues. One concerns the nature of biblical inerrancy. A way in which inerrancy is defended is to distinguish truth from pedantic precision. You didn't miss a target you didn't aim for. I'd like to put that distinction in a larger framework.
Another...

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Wednesday, 17 April 2019 12:41

Who is vandalizing French churches?

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There's been extremely widespread vandalism of French churches in the past year or so. Who are the culprits? Who'd be motivated to vandalize French churches?
I have no inside information. I'll just offer some conjectures. Perhaps the most obvious candidates are Muslim immigrants. And just in terms...

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Wednesday, 17 April 2019 11:53

Cathedrals and mosques

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I've seen some pundits complain that the Notre Dame fire got far more attention than China bulldozing the Keriya mosque. A few quick observations:
i) Different people have different reasons for what they value. Many people who aren't Catholic or Christian love Notre Dame as an architectural...

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Wednesday, 17 April 2019 10:06

Church architecture

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The fire at Notre Dame raises theological questions about the value of Christian art. At one end of the spectrum is the Puritan position. I disagree with that. It's a principled position, and I respect the Puritans, but it's reactionary. Nevertheless, it merits a respectful hearing. 
A sketchy...

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Wednesday, 17 April 2019 04:25

Gary Habermas on grief

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Well, my wife, it was over pretty quickly, but my wife had been sick for a few months. We had no idea what it was, and when they finally sent us for testing, they had already sent us for other tests, but when they sent us for the final testing, they discovered it. Turned out she had stage four...

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Wednesday, 17 April 2019 01:51

Mass and movie theaters

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1. Catholic apologists like to poke fun at Protestant sacraments. When Protestants take communion, "they are just eating bread"–unlike the Mass. When they undergo baptism, they "just get wet". 
i) Now, there's a sense in which that's true. From a metaphysical standpoint, the bread is just...

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Tuesday, 16 April 2019 13:48

What caused the Notre Dame fire?

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I don't have a firm opinion on what caused the Notre Dame fire. I'll be skeptical of an official investigation/report by the French gov't since the French gov't is motivated to cover for Muslims. For the same reason, I'm skeptical of reportage by the mainstream media. Here's some interesting things...

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Tuesday, 16 April 2019 12:56

Co-opting Christianity

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Kirsten Powers recently did a puff piece on Democrat presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg:
I don't know if this is worth commenting on. I don't know if he will be the...

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Tuesday, 16 April 2019 00:45

The beginning

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Where it [arche] is used in the temporal sense of the point at which something begins, this point can be thought of as included in the temporal process or as prior, external to, and unaffected by it, i.e., as the origin or principium. In the former case the arche corresponds to the telos (Heb 3:14;...

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Monday, 15 April 2019 23:53

Saving the Blessed Sacrament

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Etienne Loraillère, an editor at France's KTO Catholic Television, reported that “Fr. Fournier, chaplain of the Paris Firefighters, went with the firefighters into Notre-Dame cathedral to save the crown of thorns and the Blessed Sacrament.” 

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Monday, 15 April 2019 11:37

Notre Dame fire

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I'll use the Notre Dame fire as a launchpad to reflect on some related issues. Why do many people become attached to handsome historic buildings?
One reason is that when you step into a building like Notre Dame, you step into the past. It's like a time machine. Not as good as a time machine, but...

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Monday, 15 April 2019 09:38

French churches vandalized

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Monday, 15 April 2019 02:05

Is it time to end the seal of the confessional?

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I'll comment on Michael Bird's recent article:
I've discussed this before:
Despite my relentless opposition to Roman Catholicism, I...

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Monday, 15 April 2019 00:44

A pain in the Buttigieg

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Presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg recently gave a much-touted, much-quoted speech to Victory Fund, a pressure group for the LGBT pogrom. I have no idea who the Democrat nominee will be. I'll comment on some of his statements because dumb ideas can become very influential and harmful. 
Two...

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Friday, 12 April 2019 11:43

Unplanned pregnancies

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Critics of Calvinism like to bring up hard cases. That's legitimate inasmuch as Calvinism can't duck the hard cases. It is, however, self-deluded for freewill theists to imagine that their alternative exempts themselves from equally hard cases. 
Let's take the case of "unplanned pregnancies"....

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Thursday, 11 April 2019 20:02

An Upcoming Book On Papias

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Stephen Carlson is nearing completion of a book on Papias. Bart Ehrman recently put up two guest posts from Carlson on his blog, here and here, and it looks like at least one more is on the way. I've recommended Carlson's material in the past, especially on Christmas issues. I expect his book on...

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