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
Monday, 01 April 2019 13:44

Me, myself, and I

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i) A stock objection which unitarians raise to Trinitarian theology is that in the Gospels, Jesus talks to the Father or prays to the Father. Unitarians point to that and exclaim: "Ah ha! Jesus and the Father must be different! How silly to think God is talking to himself!"
ii) Now, at one level,...

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Monday, 01 April 2019 12:49

Chronological time

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1. Readers might find my title redundant. What other kind of time is there? Isn't time necessarily chronological? Depends on what you mean. 
Let's distinguish between chronological time and biological time (or physical time). According to Christian eschatology, God will rejuvenate believers at...

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Monday, 01 April 2019 12:18

We don't know what Jesus looked like

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In my experience, there are roughly three objections to "pictures of Jesus". One invokes the 2nd Commandment. That's an important objection, which raises a number of complex issues. I think it fails, but it needs to be taken seriously. 
Another objection is the "Nestorian" charge. That's a...

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Monday, 01 April 2019 03:42

Atonement by crucifixion

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Historically, many Arminians reject penal substitution. They agree with Calvinists that if Jesus died to satisfy God's justice on behalf of the redeemed, then all the redeemed must be saved, since there's no judicial basis for them to suffer eschatological punishment. In addition, progressive...

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Sunday, 31 March 2019 12:21

Progressive Christianity

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Liberal Christian theology is like someone who started out with a luxury car but over time had to strip it down to a set of wheels that has to be pushed.You've got to admire the determination to not give up on the car.#exchristian

Authors: steve...

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Sunday, 31 March 2019 10:49

Is God incoherent?

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The NYT recently published an attack on Christian theism by a secular philosopher:
Before considering the specifics, there's a general flaw running through Peter Atterton's attack. He appears to be making words like...

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Saturday, 30 March 2019 18:53

Escaping from the Hornets’ Nest

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I found this letter (pictured) while looking through some old papers, and I thought it was too rich not to share it. The letter is a response to me by Donald Wuerl, who now is the disgraced Cardinal Archbishop of Washington DC, having forgotten that he knew about Cardinal McCarrick’s...

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Saturday, 30 March 2019 09:30

Rome's moral compromise

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That the Roman Catholic church has been morally compromised by the sodomite subculture is now part of its indelible public image. However, the moral compromise doesn't begin with that.
Historically, Roman Catholicism became the state religion of Europe and (prior to the Reformation) Great Britain....

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Saturday, 30 March 2019 01:17

Types of fiction

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Human beings love stories. Human beings love fiction. I think a basic reason for that is because individual human experience is extremely provincial. You can only live in one place at a time. You can only live in one timeframe. So stories enable us to vicariously expand our range of individual...

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Friday, 29 March 2019 05:00

Evangelical Jainism

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This has been kicking around for 4 years already:
Signatories include Albert Mohler, Russell Moore, Richard Land, Daniel Akin, and Bill Hybels (because nothing says moral...

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Thursday, 28 March 2019 13:23

Parsing faith

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1. In philosophy and theology, faith is defined in different ways:
i) Faith fills the gap between evidence and knowledge
ii) Faith involves risk-taking 
iii) Calibrating confidence to the level of evidence
iv) Knowledge or belief based on testimonial evidence
v) Conviction grounded in evidence
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Wednesday, 27 March 2019 18:36

Jesus' Fulfillment Of The Other Servant Songs

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Isaiah has been called the fifth gospel for good reason. We've written a lot about the evidence for Jesus' fulfillment of passages like Isaiah 9 and 52-53, such as here and here. But I want to say more about a few passages in Isaiah that Jesus has fulfilled that don't get discussed as often. The...

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Wednesday, 27 March 2019 15:13

When there are no easy answers

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I'll be quoting from John S. Feinberg, When There are No Easy Answers (Kregel 2016). He's an evangelical philosopher and messianic Jew. His mother suffered from chronic pain. His father developed dementia. His brother died of complications from diabetes. His wife has Huntington's disease, which, in...

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Wednesday, 27 March 2019 00:39

Safe spaces in church

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Tom Buck, pastor at First Baptist Church, Lindale Texas, has a running series in which he critiques the inroads that homosexuality is making in TGC, ERLC, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, &c. It's not blatant homosexuality, but a soft, unstable, mediating position. In think Buck raises...

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Tuesday, 26 March 2019 23:20

COMMON MUSLIM MISUNDERSTANDINGS OF CHRISTIANITY

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Having looked at ways Christians sometimes misunderstand Islam, I shifted to talking about the three major misunderstandings that many Muslims have about Christians, and I think these are deeper and more significant.
I began by tackling the fact...

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Tuesday, 26 March 2019 12:02

True love can't be forced

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1. One of the flash cards objections to Calvinism is that true love can't be "forced". Of course, even on its own terms, that's a clueless objection. If everything predestined, then God isn't "forcing" himself on anyone. Force presumes resistance. But if everything is predestined, then there can't...

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Tuesday, 26 March 2019 12:00

World's Dumbest Partiers

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Every so often I eat at a sports bar. Good food at a good price. A side effect is seeing episodes of TV shows I don't normally watch. Indeed, I stopped watching TV altogether a few years ago. 
One time when I was waiting for my order, there was an episode of the World's Dumbest Partiers. First...

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Tuesday, 26 March 2019 02:01

The fixer

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Your favorite sibling confides in you that he accidentally hit somebody with his car while driving on a country road 10 years ago. He "thinks" the person was "probably ok" but he's not sure. He has since married and now has 2 kids. Do you call the police to report the accident?
— Tentative...

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Tuesday, 26 March 2019 01:27

Astronomy and the date of the crucifixion

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We have to be cautious about these correlations. It is, however, an interesting example of how extrabiblical data might illuminate the text. That would be obvious to the observer, but not to a reader who wasn't there:https://www.asa3.org/ASA/PSCF/1985/JASA3-85Humphreys.html

Authors: steve...

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Tuesday, 26 March 2019 00:33

Biblical chronology

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Traditionally, the royal chronologies in Kings and Chronicles appear to be a hopeless jumble to modern readers. The solution required distinctions in terms of different calendars at different times and places, regnal years, and coregencies. This was facilitated by biblical archeology, which...

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Monday, 25 March 2019 12:22

Seven Days in May

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One of the fascinating and alarming spectacles of the Obama administration was the contempt for our system of gov't. In the case of Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch, that was unsurprising–which doesn't make it any better.
Then you had the infamous Lois Lerner. In addition, it was fascinating to...

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Sunday, 24 March 2019 18:24

Easter Resources 2019

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For several years, I've been posting a collection of resources for each Easter season:2009201020112012201320142015201620172018You can find an archive of our posts with the Easter label here. You can also search for posts with other labels by replacing the word Easter in the URL with another phrase...

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Sunday, 24 March 2019 01:58

Near miss

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Yes, there is hype and over-reporting. But as I've asked ordinary people whether they have ever seen a miracle, I've heard many credible stories. None of them has been widely reported. In fact, sometimes the persons's own family has never heard the story. 
Dale Flowers, my pastor, told me of a...

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Saturday, 23 March 2019 13:37

Patsy for Islam

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https://www.npr.org/2019/03/21/705679944/new-zealand-listens-to-muslim-prayers-a-week-after-mosque-shootingsThe message she sends is that NZ has a PM who's a sob sister and patsy for the forces of sharia, jihad, and dhimmitude. If she really wishes to show solidarity with Muslims, she ought to take...

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Saturday, 23 March 2019 12:23

Should foot-washing be a sacrament?

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i) It's just a matter of arbitrary ecclesiastical tradition that it's not a third sacrament (or church ordinance, if you prefer).
ii) It has been incorporated in the Maundy-Thursday services of some liturgical denominations. In addition, some Pentecostal and Anabaptist denominations practice...

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