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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Sunday, 25 June 2017 23:01

Before the Son of Man comes

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Lightly edited exchange I recently had with an unbeliever on Facebook:
When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next, for truly, I say to you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes (Mt 10:23).
Christians, how might you respond to this? It seems to...

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Sunday, 25 June 2017 07:07

The History Of Belief In Biblical Inerrancy

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Here's something I just posted on the subject on Facebook. It's in response to some recent comments by a New Testament scholar, Richard Burridge. The post cites a lot of resources on the history of the doctrine of inerrancy.

Authors: Jason Engwer...

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Sunday, 25 June 2017 02:38

He chose poorly

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For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself (1 Cor 11:29).
There are churches that fence the table because this is supposed to protect reckless communicants who deny the real presence. But if their interpretation is correct, shouldn't there be...

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Saturday, 24 June 2017 20:44

What's it like to live under sharia?

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Anecdotes from people who have lived in Muslim nations (warning: some bad language):

"[Serious] People who have lived under Sharia law, what was it really like?"

Authors: Patrick Chan...

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Saturday, 24 June 2017 11:33

Am I dying?

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Having responded to many cases since then where patients were in their last moments and there was nothing I could do for them, in almost every case, they have all had the same reaction to the truth, of inner peace and acceptance. In fact, there are three patterns I have observed in all...

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Saturday, 24 June 2017 11:24

Apple-bobbing

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Choosing is paradoxical. In the nature of the case, choices are future-oriented. It's too late to make choices about the past. So we deliberate and decide with a view to the future.
However, our actions in striving to achieve the goal impact the very future we aim for. We're reaching for a goal, yet...

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Saturday, 24 June 2017 10:21

A tale of two journeys

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Saturday, 24 June 2017 02:35

Nicene subordinationism and unitarian subordinationism

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The core of Clarke's subordinationism is as follows. Certain names or titles in the Bible, including “God”, always are nearly always refer to the Father, giving him a kind of primacy among the three. The word “God” is used in higher and lower senses, and in his view the...

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Friday, 23 June 2017 11:44

Kinder gentler Islam

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During the debate between Robert Spencer and James White, White said:
The question becomes, if we're using laws of abrogation to come up with all of this type of interpretation to begin with, what do you do with the people that you live with today who look at the stories of Muhammed and they...

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Friday, 23 June 2017 01:28

Arian and humanitarian unitarianism

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To my knowledge, there are roughly two kinds of unitarians: Arians and humanitarian unitarians.
(In this post I'm excluding Muslim and Jewish unitarians.)
1. Arian unitarianism
Arians regard the Son as the first creature. God made the Son, and the Son made everything else. Arianism is dualistic. 
A...

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Thursday, 22 June 2017 23:40

Memory wipe

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In responding to universalist Thomas Talbott, Craig floated the hypothesis that God might wipe the recollection of lost loved ones from the memories of the saints.  That way, the saints could enjoy eternity, since they'd be oblivious the hellish fate of their lost loved ones.
I don't think...

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Thursday, 22 June 2017 14:05

Bethel

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D.A. Carson writes the following in his book Praying with Paul: A Call to Spiritual Reformation (pp 161-165):

In 2 Corinthians 4:16–18, Paul writes, "Though outwardly [lit., in "the outer man"] we are wasting away, yet inwardly [lit., in "the inner man" - exactly the same expression as in...

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Thursday, 22 June 2017 10:30

Truth decay

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I'd like to make another point about the debate between Spencer and White:
White repeated a couple of things he's said on several occasions:
i) Due to inconsistencies in early sources of Islam, as well as alternative interpretive grids, there is no one true...

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Thursday, 22 June 2017 03:29

Handicapping the Spencer/White debate

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I'd like to comment on the recent radio debate between Robert Spencer and James White, hosted and moderated by Michael Brown:
1. The larger context of this debate is the current political situation in the Mid-East, Africa, Europe, the UK, and the USA, where...

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Thursday, 22 June 2017 00:30

Unitarian body-snatchers

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Continuing my response to a hapless unitarian:
Given that these beings are called gods, and they were called “god” by Yahweh, the word of God came (γνε...

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 22:55

Outer darkness

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Jesus uses "outer darkness" (Mt 8:12; 22:13; 25:30) as one of the images for hell. What is that image supposed to conjure in the minds of readers?
The light/darkness, inside/outside contrast may trade on the metaphor of a fortified city. If you arrive after the city gates close at night, you will be...

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image“Pope Francis” Brings Doctrinal Anarchy
 
The National Catholic Register is probably one of the most mainstream Roman Catholic publications that there is in the US. No one can claim that it’s either liberal or progressivist. They are purely the milquetoast EWTN Catholics. And now...

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From Sleep Paralysis to Spiritual Experience: An Interview with David Hufford by John W. Morehead.

David Hufford has been pursuing research on the "Old Hag" sleep paralysis phenomenon for quite some time. Perhaps his best-known work on this is The Terror That comes in the Night: An...

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017 12:59

Philando Castile

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I've seen mixed reaction to the Philando Castile verdict:
i) I don't have an informed opinion to offer. I didn't follow the case. There are about 1000 fatal police shootings every year. Obviously I don't have time to investigate them. And since I don't have time to investigate all of them, or most...

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