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

Triablogue - Apologetic Report
Wednesday, 28 November 2018 09:03

The Caravan

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Predictably the liberal media had a freakout over the fracas on the Southern border. Tear-gassing children! A few observations:
i) From what I've read, most of the invaders were adult men. In addition, they threw rocks and bottles at border-control agents. I don't know if the tear gas was used to...

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Tuesday, 27 November 2018 23:43

Living under the Beast

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Christians in the English-speaking world are beginning to face persecution. In the USA, the Trump presidency has given us a temporary reprieve, but that won't last if the Democrats regain power. There are different ways in which people respond to oppression:
Quislings
They switch to the winning side....

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Tuesday, 27 November 2018 22:59

The transgender agenda infiltrates Biola and the ETS

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When I opened the program guide for this year’s meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society in Denver, I was surprised by a paper titled “Walking across Gender in the Spirit? The Vocation of the Church and the Transgender Christian.” My interest piqued, I made plans to attend...

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Tuesday, 27 November 2018 07:32

Fallen idol

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It is certainly true that having great expectations of a Church makes the Church’s failures to live up to those expectations especially hard to take. Had the Roman church not made such grand claims for itself, as Matt elaborates, its failure to live up to them would not have landed as such a...

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Tuesday, 27 November 2018 00:36

Boilerplate anti-Calvinism

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Justin Brierley recently published this article:
I'm not sure if this is worth commenting on because it's such well-trodden ground. Justin is a great guy who's doing great...

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Monday, 26 November 2018 19:30

The King In Isaiah 9 Isn't Hezekiah

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Among those who look for a naturalistic fulfillment of Isaiah 9 or a fulfillment that doesn't identify the king as God, Hezekiah is a candidate who's often suggested (H.G.M. Williamson, Isaiah 6-12 [New York, New York: Bloomsbury, 2018], n. 103 on 393). In my last post, I argued for the deity of...

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Monday, 26 November 2018 12:37

The transgender endgame

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My New Vagina Won’t Make Me Happy
Next Thursday, I will get a vagina. The procedure will last around six hours, and I will be in recovery for at least three months. Until the day I die, my body will regard the vagina as a wound; as a result, it will require regular, painful attention to...

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Monday, 26 November 2018 11:59

In the mind's eye

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Calvinism as well as some varieties of freewill theism (e.g. Molinism, classic Arminianism) affirm God's future knowledge and/or counterfactual knowledge. However, even in that respect they share less in common then meets the eye.
Let's take a comparison. I've read that Alfred Hitchcock filmed his...

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Monday, 26 November 2018 07:41

Sending missionaries

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1. The martyrdom of Christian missionary John Chau provoked critics of Chau from both ends of the political/theological spectrum. On the one hand you have the secular progressives. One allegation is that he represents white-American colonialism. Some basic problems with that allegation:

i) Was he...

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Sunday, 25 November 2018 18:02

The King In Isaiah 9 Is God

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Before we get to the names in verse 6 that usually are the focus of discussion, we should consider some other evidence. Since Isaiah 9 is about the culmination of the monarchy in Israel, a good place to start is with the origins of that monarchy.In 1 Samuel 8:7, God tells Samuel that Israel's...

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Sunday, 25 November 2018 10:41

Deathbed atheism

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I just told my 6 year old her grandfather is gone, he doesn’t exist anymore. I told her some people may tell her he’s in another place called heaven, but that’s not true and to just ignore them. She was told to remember him and know that he loved her. She handled it well. https://t...

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Sunday, 25 November 2018 09:18

Lili Marleen

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There's a difference between what people see and what they perceive. Take this performance:

I suspect that for many younger viewers, it means nothing. The song means nothing. The performer means nothing. It's not a part of their world.

In a sense, Dietrich was before my time. She was born in...

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Saturday, 24 November 2018 00:15

Is conversion to Catholicism apostasy?

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1. Are evangelical converts to Catholicism apostates? The question has a sting to it inasmuch as apostates are typically viewed as hellbound. 
Although Catholics might view the characterization as offensive or melodramatic, it cuts both ways. In traditional Catholicism, to convert from...

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Friday, 23 November 2018 22:31

Where are the Protestants?

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One major objection to the Protestant faith goes like this: "Where are the Protestants in early church history?" Catholic apologists complain that they can't find any Protestants in early church history. That's also one reason why some evangelicals convert to Catholicism. 
The short answer is...

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Friday, 23 November 2018 12:50

Why I'm still Protestant

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1. Let's begin with an admission. As a Protestant, it would be nice to have more theological clarity and certainty on some issues. It would be nice not having to sift through multiple interpretations of Scripture. It would be nice to have more evidence or direct evidence for some OT events. It...

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Thursday, 22 November 2018 23:25

A severe diagnosis

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After doing my own post in response to the devastating diagnosis of atheist blogger Jonathan Pearce:
I listened to Craig's podcast: 
Craig...

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Thursday, 22 November 2018 20:18

Christmas Resources 2018

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The issues surrounding Jesus' birth are important, but often neglected. I've been posting an annual collection of resources for the Christmas season for several years:2008200920102011201220132014201520162017Go here for an archive of our posts with the Christmas label. Keep clicking on Older Posts,...

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Thursday, 22 November 2018 10:06

I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member

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I've been banished from the Reformed Thomism discussion group. Fact is, I never asked to join the group. Rather, I was asked to join. I declined. I was made a member anyway. I used the opportunity to ask questions to clarify the interpretation and implications of Thomism.
It's a relief not to have...

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Thursday, 22 November 2018 08:46

The Last Days of Sodom and Gomorrah

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Assuming this is how it happened, this would be a coincidence miracle:
The method employs a natural mechanism, but the timing and placement are unnaturally discriminating. A preternatural event:...

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Wednesday, 21 November 2018 11:37

A few modern miracles

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Cards on the table: I have personally witnessed a large number of miracles like this. Blindness, deafness, paralysis, unlearned earthly languages being spoken (in one recent case, a Rwandan language that was being spoken by a white British girl in our prayer meeting, and understood by a native...

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Wednesday, 21 November 2018 11:16

Clock management

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I'll comment on this:
Here are 10 questions I’d like to ask of young earthers:
1. Can we start by agreeing that the Gospel is more about the Rock of Ages than the ages of rocks?
The centre of the Gospel is the...

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Proclamation of Thanksgiving

This is the proclamation which set the precedent for America's national day of Thanksgiving. During his administration, President Lincoln issued many orders similar to this. For example, on November 28, 1861, he ordered government departments closed for a local day...

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Tuesday, 20 November 2018 11:23

The girl of his dreams

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After his parents died, Andras was apprenticed to a mason. The mason was a harsh taskmaster. For Andras, life was a joyless grind with no hope in sight.
Then one night he had a dream. He found himself in a meadow with blooming wildflowers. And there he met a pretty girl his age, in a chiffon dress...

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