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, 11 September 2018 23:15

Six stages of Catholic denial

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1. The church of Rome is the Bride of Christ. Without the Roman Magisterium, we'd be lost in the wilderness, forced to fend for ourselves. 
2. The church of Rome can't be falsified by what priesthood, hierarchy, or pope does, but only by what's officially taught.
3. The church of Rome can't be...

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Tuesday, 11 September 2018 12:17

The idolatry of whiteness

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From the founding of this nation until the present hour, the idolatry of whiteness has been a pro-death spirit within our republic. 
To this end, we call upon white leaders and members of the Evangelical church to condemn in the strongest terms the white supremacist ideology that has long...

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Monday, 10 September 2018 13:56

Dramatic license

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The same individual can be both a fictional character and a real person. Suppose, for instance, a director makes a scifi movie on an alternate history theme. Maybe Hitler wins WWII. Maybe the Civil War results in a truce. You just change some key variables. What if Hitler didn't invade Russia? What...

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Monday, 10 September 2018 13:32

144,000

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I believe dispensationists think the 144,000 in Rev 7:4 refers to ethnic Jewish converts. Bracketing the usual exegetical debates, that raises some philosophical and theodical issues. Some dispensationalists are Calvinists while others are freewill theists. Let's consider each in relation to that...

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Monday, 10 September 2018 02:22

Is the millennium timeless?

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Here's an interesting post by Alan Kurschner:
Premillennialists and amillennialists agree with each other that the thousand years reference denotes a temporal period, that is, a...

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Sunday, 09 September 2018 11:14

Two paths, two destinies

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Life is like poker. Each of us is dealt a hand. It's then a question of how we'll play our hand. In principle, there are different ways to play the same hand. It's instructive, sometimes inspiring, sometimes sobering, sometimes edifying, sometimes ominous, to see how different people play the hand...

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Saturday, 08 September 2018 15:36

The image of the invisible God

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15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things,...

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Saturday, 08 September 2018 11:49

I already wasted my life–now what?

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A listener named Bruce writes in: “Dear Pastor John, I haven’t read your book, Don’t Waste Your Life. The title is convicting enough. The fact is that I have already wasted it; or at least it feels that way. For decades I tried a variety of different...

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Can you think of any laws that give the government the power to make decisions about the male body?pic.twitter.com/lDcXPZ56hX
I dunno. How bout military conscription? You know–drafting young men to fight in war. Forcing their bodies...

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Friday, 07 September 2018 15:51

Next time will be different!

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Over the last few weeks I've read many eloquent essays by outraged Catholic laymen. Things must change! And they have the solution!  
But their attitude parallels the battered woman who can't bring herself to leave the abusive boyfriend. She always holds out hope that next time will be...

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Friday, 07 September 2018 15:16

Totalistic faith

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Perhaps the primary Catholic objection to the Protestant faith is doctrinal diversity within the Protestant tradition. However, that has a fringe benefit. Catholicism is totalistic. "We're the One True Church®". 
The danger is that you have lapsed Catholics who believe the arguments against...

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Friday, 07 September 2018 02:18

What about female abuse victims?

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One criticism I've run across regarding the Catholic abuse scandal is neglect of the female victims:
i) I'm no expert on the demographics, but it may well be the case that in the past a higher percentage of Catholic clergymen were straight. I believe there was a custom in some Catholic communities...

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Friday, 07 September 2018 01:15

Canned hysteria

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I gave The Statement on Social Justice a mixed review. Here's a very different reaction:
Purporting to address an alleged shift in evangelical circles away from the biblical gospel towards a false social gospel,...

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imageNew York and New Jersey have launched Pennsylvania-style investigations now into cover-ups in those states, and there are hints that a possible US-DOJ RICO investigation may be taking shape:

Authors: John Bugay...

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Thursday, 06 September 2018 14:08

Random thoughts on race

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I'll say a few things on the perennial topic of race in American that I don't see discussed:
1. Is it ever appropriate to feel closer to members of your own race? I think that needs to be disambiguated. 
i) It's natural for many people to feel closest to their immediate family. If their family...

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Thursday, 06 September 2018 02:01

Why I'm not signing the Statement on Social Justice

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I'm going to comment on this statement:
Let's begin with some things I agree with:
In view of questionable sociological, psychological, and political theories presently permeating our culture and making inroads into Christ's church, we wish to clarify certain key...

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Wednesday, 05 September 2018 20:33

“The Gay Priest Problem”

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imageVery succinct, and has parallels with the "Revoice" issue in Reformed churches.

Authors: John Bugay...

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Wednesday, 05 September 2018 14:36

The Book of Mormon

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Daniel C. Peterson a top Mormon apologist. I'm going to comment on a case he makes for Mormonism:
As a leading Mormon apologist and scholar, this is...

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imageIn many ways, I’m rooting for these folks at “Church Militant”. Not only does the main character, Michael Voris, S.T.B. (Bachelor of Sacred Theology) have a cool Donald Trump-style haircut, but he challenges the left wing of the Roman Catholic Church the way Donald Trump...

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Tuesday, 04 September 2018 12:22

One God or many gods?

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Some liberal scholars think the OT contains residual traces of polytheism. Divergent theologies which the editors and redactors failed to expunge. For instance:  
One God or Many Gods? 
Several key passages in the Old Testament speak of Yahweh alone as God...

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Tuesday, 04 September 2018 04:15

3 Mormons

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I finally watched the whole debate between James White, Jeff Durbin, and Mormon Kwaku:
I don't normally comment on Mormonism. I usually defer to Christian apologists who specialize in Mormonism and other cults (e.g. Islam). In that regard, here's a good...

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Monday, 03 September 2018 02:52

Mormonism and Michael Heiser

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Mormon apologists have tried to make use of Michael Heiser's divine council paradigm to provide exegetical justification for Mormon polytheism. Heiser responded: 

Aut...

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Monday, 03 September 2018 01:37

Equality with God

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I find this article rather odd:
1. Burk fails to directly interact with Hoover's classic seminal essay. Hoover argued that harpogmos doesn't have an isolated sense in this...

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Monday, 03 September 2018 00:45

What time is it?

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There's an ongoing dispute between old-earth creationism and new-earth creationism regarding biblical chronology. Traditionally, many Christians regarded the days of Gen 1 as consecutive calendar days, although some church fathers viewed creation as instantaneous. Likewise, Jews and Christians...

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Sunday, 02 September 2018 13:56

Perspicuity

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In this post I'd like to make two related observations. They're not directly related to teach other, but they share the same general topic, and it's more efficient to discuss them together than separately.
1. There are some Christians as well as former Christians who have an unwarranted expectation...

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