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, 12 March 2019 14:09

The evangelical book club

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A friend drew my attention to this discussion, they draw an invidious contrast between the "evangelical Bible club" and the Mass, around the 1:11-13 min. mark:
i) On the one hand you can know a lot about a person from a book (e.g. biographies,...

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Tuesday, 12 March 2019 13:31

Desecration of the Host

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687. – After showing the dignity of this sacrament, the Apostle now rouses the faithful to receive it reverently. First, he outlines the peril threatening those who receive unworthily; secondly, he applies a saving remedy (v. 28).
688. – First, therefore, he says, Therefore, from the...

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Tuesday, 12 March 2019 01:46

To hell and back?

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I don't normally put much stock in NDEs about young children. No doubt some children have NDEs. And it wouldn't surprise me if some have a heaven-and-back episode during the interval when they are clinically dead, prior to resuscitation. But for various reasons, I don't think...

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Tuesday, 12 March 2019 01:24

Light and darkness

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A striking feature of life in a fallen world is how some of the same kinds of experiences range along a continuum of extremes. Some marriages are enormously fulfilling. They sustain each spouse emotionally throughout the course of life. They undergo adversity, but emerge stronger than ever....

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Monday, 11 March 2019 11:47

Cutting Jesus down to size

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Randal Rauser 
That depends. To note one example, Jesus refers to Moses (John 6). That provides prima facie evidence for the Christian to believe that Moses did in fact exist. But if there is strong evidence that Moses did not exist, the Christian could conclude based on that evidence that...

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Monday, 11 March 2019 11:05

Point of contrast

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Here's useful principle in biblical hermeneutics, although it's not one I've run across in books on biblical hermeneutics. When assessing the semantic force of certain biblical statements, it's sometimes helpful for the reader to ask, what's the point of contrast? Certain kinds of claims (e.g....

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Monday, 11 March 2019 10:24

Biblical warfare

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https://randalrauser.com/2019/03/the-problem-of-evil-and-biblical-violence-a-conversation-with-an-exvangelical/
Fraternite 
It should be fairly obvious that God commanding genocide is only a problem if our master values and identity are those of modern Western liberalism. For example, nobody...

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Monday, 11 March 2019 10:20

Is freewill theism a pipeline for apostasy?

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Here's what I mean: lots of churchgoers are indoctrinated in a theology of God's "unconditional love". By theologians and apologists. In sermons and praise songs. A lopsided emphasis on God's "unconditional love". That's treated as God's central, overriding attribute, eclipsing all other...

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Monday, 11 March 2019 00:16

Two types of apostates

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There are roughly two kinds of people who lose their faith over the problem of evil. On the one hand are apostates for whom this is an intellectual problem. That may include "offensive" passages or "offensive" doctrines in Scripture, as well as the usual assortment of natural and moral evils in the...

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Sunday, 10 March 2019 01:34

Real spiritual presence

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Lydia McGrew
Full disclosure: I'm a believer in a spiritual Real Presence, not in transubstantiation.
Apparently we have to be able to believe in some sort of special divine presence in particular physical locations in Old Testament passages. For example, the Holy of Holies.There was "something about...

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This Dude – and so far as I can tell, This Dude is neither the anonymous “CalvinDude” nor the writer of the “Epistle of Dude” – has mined the social media platform Tumblr for an answer to the question, “How Many Genders Are There In 2019?”. The short...

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Saturday, 09 March 2019 11:02

Archer City

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In this post I'll briefly revisit an issue I've discussed before, using a different illustration this time around. I'm going to deploy an a fortiori argument (from the lesser to the greater). Unbelievers contend that the Gospels aren't reliable history. Suppose, for argument's sake, that we...

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Friday, 08 March 2019 12:30

Mentoring young men

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This illustrates the need young men have for good male mentors and role models:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSXB6PJVJ-Q

Authors: steve...

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Friday, 08 March 2019 12:16

The world of the soul

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The relationship between body and soul is of great personal and practical importance in Christian theology. I've discussed this before, but now I'd like to approach it from a different angle. 
In part, that's related to the perennial nature/nurture debate. Humans have some hardwired...

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A bit dated, but more germane than ever, and broadly applicable to the current behavior of the liberal establishment:https://www.thenation.com/article/the-sovietization-of-the-american-political-media-establishment/

Authors: steve...

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Friday, 08 March 2019 05:20

The good, the bad, and the ugly

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Creative outline from Dan Block for preaching through the Book of Ruth.https://t.co/VLDFzedvZopic.twitter.com/0tpH9Lgex7

Authors: steve...

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Friday, 08 March 2019 00:59

Battle for the future

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There's currently a debate going on inside and outside evangelicalism. One group includes SJWs like Thabiti, Kyle Howard, Anthony Bradley, and Jemar Tisby.
On the opposing side, there's a group consisting of church leaders like John MacArthur, Phil Johnson, James White, and Tom Ascol. 
Straddling...

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Thursday, 07 March 2019 23:32

Is the status quo frozen in place?

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Let me put this simply.Intersectionality is utterly incompatible with a belief in the sovereign kingship of God and His divine decree.It is God who makes men to differ, God who makes the lame and the blind and the rich and the poor.
There are some...

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Thursday, 07 March 2019 11:46

Nothing to live for

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Apostates routintely glamorize atheism as liberating. That's a transparent way to rationalize apostasy.
On rare occasion, that's a half truth. Some apostates had a rotten religious background, so there's a sense in which apostasy was liberating in relation to the bad religion they put behind them....

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Thursday, 07 March 2019 07:46

Wise men from the East

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SaelmaWhile leading a Bible study with a group of young adult Hmong Christians, active members of an LCMS congregation with a Hmong ministry, the topic of demons came up. Usually I deal with this topic and the occasional morbid interest very simply by saying: 1) Demons are real, and 2) Don't play...

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Thursday, 07 March 2019 00:44

Apophatic sacramentalism

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One reason I don't believe in the real presence is because I couldn't believe it even if I wanted to. And that's because I don't know what it means. And I'm not alone in that. No one knows what it means. 
I know what a human body is. I know what a male human body is. What does it mean to say a...

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Wednesday, 06 March 2019 23:31

Concierge physician for the Khmer Rouge

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I did a post responding to a comment by progressive theologian Randal Rauser:
Here's his attempted rebuttal:
The first problem with Hays’ “rebuttal” is that the...

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Simonetta Carr is a mother and homeschool educator. She has worked as a freelance journalist and as a translator, and is the author of the Christian Biographies for Young Readers series. She was kind enough to answer a few of our questions about her newest book.

Q. Most of your books are about...

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Wednesday, 06 March 2019 07:46

Selective treatment

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Randal Rauser 
Imagine a doctor who has enough antidote for an entire population inflicted with a fatal disease. The doctor's choice to provide the antidote only to a subset of those inflicted would invite the reasonable question: why only some? Why not all?
And replying "He didn't need to save...

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Wednesday, 06 March 2019 01:35

Blue-eyed Jesus

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I was asked to respond to a Black Israelite/Hebrew roots website about the ethnicity/appearance of Jesus. 
i) Rev 1:14 says his hair was white like wool. It refers to the color, not texture. It doesn't say he had nappy hair.
And it's a vision with symbolic elements, viz. a tongue like a...

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