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

I recently read a promoter of exclusive use of the King James Version who argued that if anyone has trouble understanding KJV English, they can just go to Matthew Henry’s commentary for all the explanations they need.

I was skeptical. I still am. It’s just not the job or the concern of a...

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I come to the Trinitarian Bible Society’s twopart, 38,000-word “Examination of the New King James Version,” written by Albert Hembd, with a question. The question is precise and direct: Will the author ever mention a specific passage in which the NKJV translators made a...

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Thursday, 12 March 2020 14:31

A False Friend (Kind of) in Shakespeare

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I’m a fan of the music of Philip Glass. It’s the Western classical tradition stripped down to its essentials: triad after exciting triad (until it gets old, which it sometimes does, but listen to the composer play Mad Rush and tell me if the repetition gets old!). My introduction to...

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Thursday, 12 March 2020 04:20

Plagiarism by Time Machine!

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I originally posted this article on the Logos Talk Blog, and I obtained permission to repost it on my personal blog because I’m trying to have a reasonably complete record of my thoughts on the KJV under my “KJV” category for anyone out there in Internet Land who is interested.

In...

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Monday, 09 March 2020 07:27

Future.Bible Conference

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In one week I’ll be “speaking” “at” a “conference” that on the future of the Bible that is all online—actually, I recorded the video today and am now uploading it. My talk was really fun to put together, and I gave it this title: “Anything...

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Monday, 09 March 2020 06:41

Review: The Innovators

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The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter IsaacsonMy rating: 5 of 5 starsSomehow some writers of biography end up sounding trite, both in their relating of their subjects’ stories and in the lessons they draw from them.Isaacson is not...

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From the difficult-to-watch documentary (available on Netflix), One Child Nation. So profoundly sad and sobering.

For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that the work of the law is...

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I’ve become a counselor for a number of young men who have realized that they can no longer in good conscience remain tied to King James Only institutions. Almost without exception, the ones who have reached out to me have shown genuine graciousness and gratitude toward the...

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Monday, 03 February 2020 00:45

Review: The Count of Monte Cristo

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The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre DumasMy rating: 2 of 5 stars

I couldn’t enjoy this book once it became a sprawling set of vendettas—and that was about half the huge tome. I just kept thinking…

You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but you shall reason frankly with...

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Saturday, 25 January 2020 12:58

Have You Ever Doubted the Christian Faith?

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A young aspiring pastor recently asked other pastors in a Facebook group what kinds of doubts they’ve had about Christianity, and what they’ve done with those doubts. I replied…

I went through a several-month period of doubt during my senior year as a Bible major at BJU. I...

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Chuck Surrett has recently released a short white paper of sorts, arguing in some detail but in admirable brevity that the Bible teaches perfect preservation of the Hebrew and Greek texts of Scripture. It teaches, he says, “the certainty of the words” (Prov 22:20–21). I have been...

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I love my brothers and sisters in Christ who insist on the exclusive use of the King James Version, because we have a “like precious faith” in the biblical gospel—and because certain of those brothers and sisters showed great love to me in high school. They continue to do so.

I...

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Monday, 06 January 2020 04:00

A Major Family Adventure

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We visited grandparents and great grandparents and a rarely-seen uncle in Ohio over Christmas and New Years. Our Saturday-afternoon flight from Cleveland to Denver (departure scheduled for 4:37 pm) was delayed for four hours by a mechanical fault. We had to deplane with all our stuff (and with...

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Thursday, 02 January 2020 06:02

How to Read More Books in 2020

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I was asked by a friend to write this. 30 minutes later, here it was:

  1. Watch less TV. Don’t let it be your default evening activity. Love higher and better things.
  2. Don’t let social media be your default activity either. I periodically delete my Facebook app, and I have it set to turn off...

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The UK’s Trinitarian Bible Society is one of the most serious and sober KJV-Only organizations active today. They are involved in Bible translation projects around the world. It is their printing of Scrivener’s Greek New Testament that is used in all KJV-Only educational institutions...

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Friday, 22 November 2019 12:50

Another False Friend

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When you know a helpful label and understand the phenomenon it is naming, you see that phenomenon better than you did before.

So it is with the central concept of Authorized: “false friends.”

I was just reading the KJV, and I saw another false friend. Can you find it below in John 8:44?

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Sunday, 17 November 2019 12:56

Answering Moe the Internet Bully

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Calvin of Calvin & Hobbes fame was sometimes targeted for abuse by a bully, Moe. Unfortunately, Calvin’s clever retorts usually came to him hours after Moe’s initial taunts.

I’ve got a parallel situation: a minor instance of woke bullying was directed at me a few weeks ago, and...

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A friend of mine is something of a seeker, entertaining and exploring Christian faith and often apparently inhabiting it—but still struggling in a move from darkness to light. That’s the best way I know how to describe him.

He wrote me an eloquent letter in which he used his training...

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Friday, 01 November 2019 09:18

Fish on Facebook and Free Speech

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Free speech issues have made the news recently as political tensions rise—along with distrust in and fatigue with social media.

No one has helped me understand the issues at stake better than Stanley Fish. His Winning Argumentsis very helpful, and this article from Fish on Mark Zuckerberg may...

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Thursday, 31 October 2019 07:06

It Happened Again with the KJV

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I’m almost done with a year-long project writing a BJU Press Bible textbook on biblical worldview for sixth graders. I needed to quote a verse that helps them understand that Christians are called to live lives of practical good works for their neighbors. I turned to Titus 3:14. Here it is in...

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Saturday, 26 October 2019 08:57

Four New ESV Editions, Or, How Does Crossway Do It?

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I work for a Christian publisher, and we have made Bibles of various kinds. If you could listen to our internal discussions, you would hear quickly that Crossway sets the standard for Bible publishing. More beautiful typography and more innovative editions have come from Crossway than from any...

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Tuesday, 15 October 2019 04:18

Review: Write Better, by Andrew T. Le Peau

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Andrew Le Peau is surely qualified to write a book on writing better: he has been an editor at IVP for forty years. But I hope I’m qualified to say that (most of) the book, though fine, didn’t scratch where I personally itch. His advice for the first two thirds of the book is fairly...

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There’s a beautiful Christian camp I’ve been to many times which serves my hometown crowd of more or less independent, baptistic churches. Anybody who knows me can guess which camp I’m talking about, but please don’t: what I’m about to say applies to many, many...

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When I first heard the story below, about a New York City public school, I didn’t believe it. It seemed too convenient, like something concocted for a fundraising letter. My wife had the same reaction. I read the whole piece to assure myself of the reliability of the author. I am now assured.

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Rcently, against my better judgment and somewhat by accident, I became involved in today’s predominant form of public discourse: an online discussion with strangers. I found myself the lone defender of the fairly straightforward idea (it seemed to me at the time) that pirating movies is an...

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