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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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 01:57

Rising sea levels

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If the primary objective of Noah's flood was to wipe out the human race, how much dry land would need to be flooded? For instance, consider this map if sea levels rose by about 1500 feet or 0.3 miles (see below)
Depending on the size and distribution of the prediluvian human population, it wouldn't...

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Monday, 18 September 2017 04:43

Ready To Run

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Ravi Zacharias has a piece in the Washington Post about Nabeel Qureshi. In the opening of the article, Zacharias refers to a characteristic Qureshi had that few other Christians have in this culture:
The first time I saw him, he sat at a table across from me, one of his legs constantly moving almost...

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Monday, 18 September 2017 03:20

Mere Protestantism

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I'll comment on this:
I guess the best thing that can be said for it is the pertinent reminder that the Reformation isn't over. It says a lot of things I can...

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Monday, 18 September 2017 03:11

Interpretive levels

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This is a prequel to a post on "A Reforming Catholic Confession". As I was thinking about it, it raised a number of preliminary questions.
i) Because Christianity is a bookish religion, centered on biblical revelation, hermeneutics is a central feature of Christianity. The interpretation of a text....

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Monday, 18 September 2017 02:25

Religious pedigree

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This post is occasioned by the question of whether Ahmadis are real Muslims. Because the late Nabeel Qureshi was the most high-profile Muslim convert to Christianity, Muslim apologists attempt to discredit his witness by claiming that Admadis aren't real Muslims. 
Since I'm not Muslim, I don't...

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Sunday, 17 September 2017 02:57

A tale of two cancer patients

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Nabeel Qureshi and Christopher Hitchens both died of cancer. Both had powerful inducements to recant their views: Hitchens to recant his atheism, and Nabeel to recant his Christian conversion. Both died as they lived. Hitchens died for nothing while Nabeel died for everything. 

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Saturday, 16 September 2017 23:36

I Am

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A friend asked me about why the Synoptics don't include the "I am" statements of Jesus, and the views of Craig Evans on John's Gospel. 
Evans is mainly a Synoptic scholar. He rejects inerrancy. He's in the camp of those who argue for the "basic historical reliability" of the Synoptics. At the...

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Saturday, 16 September 2017 14:04

The race is not to the swift

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I've discussed Nabeel's situation before, and some of my posts have been occasioned by his dire situation, even if I didn't mention him in particular. But I have some parting thoughts. Christians will have questions about his death, and Muslims will have malicious things to say, so I might as well...

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Saturday, 16 September 2017 02:15

I Look From Afar

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I often comment on the light motif in Gen 1, but additional to that, there's a sound motif. Not only does Gen 1 narrate light out of darkness, but sound out of silence. The opening scene begins in a state of silence as well as darkness. God breaks the silence by his creative commands and...

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Thursday, 14 September 2017 23:51

Postmortem stages

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The Bible distinguishes between this life and the afterlife. It subdivides the afterlife into the intermediate state and the final state. And it subdivides the final state into heaven and hell. The question is how to sequence these stages. 
I. Traditional Protestant eschatology
Every man has one...

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Crossway books has a forthcoming festschrift in honor of Vern Poythress, the polymath at WTS: John Frame, Wayne Grudem, & John Hughes, eds. Redeeming the Life of the Mind: Essays in Honor of Vern Poythress (Crossway 2017). ContentsForeword by J. I. Packer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ....

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Thursday, 14 September 2017 01:21

On God, providence, and natural disasters

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1. Two recent hurricanes in Texas and Florida renewed perennial debates about the problem of natural evil. Calvinists and freewill theists give different answers. A friend asked me to comment on this old screed by Rachel Held Evans:
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By 1529, a dozen years after the start of the Reformation, there was an on-going dispute, both political and theological, between Martin Luther’s German Reformation, and the Swiss Reform led by Ulrich Zwingli. In an effort to bring the two sides together, Philip of Hesse, a local Protestant...

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 03:36

Blind Faith vs. Faith that Sees

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 02:09

Parents And Students Are More To Blame Than Schools

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The Annenberg Public Policy Center just published their annual survey of how much Americans know about governmental issues. The results are ridiculous. Only 26% of Americans were able to name the three branches of government, for example.The statement I just linked refers to a need for improvement...

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 01:28

Soup kitchen religion

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There are well-meaning Christians who think the only prayers we should offer for someone with a life-threatening condition are prayers for healing. Their perspective is entirely one-sided.
To begin with, there are different kinds of prayers for healing. Not all medical conditions are...

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017 12:17

Religious test

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Some conservative pundits have criticized Sen. Feinstein's objections to a Catholic judicial nominee on the grounds that she's applying an unconstitutional "religious test" to the nominee. I think that's an ill-conceived strategy, on Constitutional and pragmatic grounds alike. As I said in a...

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017 00:53

The Sin of Certainty

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I was asked to comment on this very sympathetic review of a book Peter Enns published last year:
In the 19th century, Enns says, Christian orthodoxy absorbed four body blows, or “uh-oh...

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Monday, 11 September 2017 01:29

Road trip songs

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I've been hearing or singing some hymns and carols for over 50 years. Charles Hodge once said you “can ascertain the real faith of people more clearly and uniformly from their hymns and expressions of devotion than from their creeds and theologies.”
As a young boy I doubt I paid much...

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