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

Tuesday, 02 June 2020 15:44

Tangled Up in Quasi-Truth

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We just saw it from a different point of view Tangled up in blue

– Bob Dylan, “Tangled Up in Blue”[i]

I must admit I sometimes feel blue. At times there seems to be no reason for it. Other times there is.

When writing Christian apologetics—from the Greek word apologia, as...

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Many times I will go to bed with local Christian radio on. Perhaps this accounts, at least in part, for my occasional feeling of sleep debt.

Last night—I realize now this was at 4 AM!—I caught part of a very engaging monologue by Abdu Murray from RZIM (Ravi Zacharias International...

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Tuesday, 19 May 2020 15:07

Silence Punctuated Occasionally by Music

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“…When the musicians saw the score, they cried out: ‘Where is the music?’ But then they went on to play it very well. It was beautiful; it was quiet and beautiful.”

— Arvo Pärt1

OK, I confess I’m being a bit hyperbolic with the title. But music can be...

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Thursday, 14 May 2020 04:17

Masking…the Truth?

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I’ve shown a number of Tony Heller’s vlogs here on the subject of “climate change”. He has more recently been covering COVID-19. Heller just moved from Colorado Springs to Wyoming, having tired of the increasing Leftism in his former location. In a recent vlog he plays a...

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Monday, 24 February 2020 00:48

Man, It’s Dark in Here!

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When things are very dark, look to the Light. Don’t continue to look in the mirror.

I must remember this…

Authors: Craig...

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Sunday, 16 February 2020 08:02

Giving Thanks

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This one is for me. Is this for you, too?

https://www.truthforlife.org || By: Alistair Begg — (Ephesians 5:20). Many view gratitude as an admirable and important quality. The Apostle Paul, however, had much more to say regarding thankfulness, and in his letter to the church in Ephesus, he...

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Monday, 30 December 2019 13:01

I’d be looking forward to 2020…

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…but my vision’s rather poor. My hindsight isn’t even that good.

Authors: Craig...

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Tuesday, 24 December 2019 13:28

Today in the City of David an Eternal Present was Unveiled

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Today is the day we celebrate the birth1 of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,2 Jesus the Christ, the Messiah.3

A bit over two millennia ago, the eternal Word4 became the eternal-temporal Theanthrōpos,5 the God-man.6 God loved the world so much that He provided His one, unique Son7 as a...

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Sunday, 24 November 2019 09:25

A Proper Understanding of the New Testament Text

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What the authors ofMyths and Mistakes insist on is that it is neither necessary nor even possible to demonstrate that we can recover the exact wording of the New Testament. But what we have is good enough.

The above words by Daniel B. Wallace are the final sentences in his Foreword to the new...

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Friday, 18 October 2019 01:49

Climocentrism: The New Geocentrism

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“Trees don’t lie, but [some] climate scientists do.” -Tony Heller (@ 8:58 of video below)

One of the most embarrassing aspects of the historical record of the Christian Church was the stubborn, persistent belief that the earth was flat and/or our solar system was geocentric. This...

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Monday, 30 September 2019 15:18

“Climate Change” as Religion

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Somewhat recently I shared brunch with a friend, a non-believer. She has known about my Christian faith for some time. We’ve been friends for over 15 years, and I enjoy talking with her on a variety of subjects, some controversial. We can disagree yet not be disagreeable to each other.

Because...

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Saturday, 27 July 2019 03:26

Missing Pieces

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I’m struck by this poem. It was written by Joe Walsh as part of a song he composed titled “County Fair,” found on his album So What.

Found an old puzzle somebody had quit Tried a few pieces and hoped that they fit But they’re going together so slowly It may take me forever to...

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[This is part 6 of a multi-part article. See part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, and part 5.]

Comparison with John 1:1c and 1:14a

Comparing 5:27b with other theologically similar anarthrous PN-CV constructions in John’s Gospel, specifically 1:1c and 1:14a, may reinforce the stance adopted here.

In the verse which begins John’s Gospel the...

[This is part 5 of a multi-part article.  See part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4.]

Grammatical-Syntactical Analysis of John 5:27b

We now turn specifically to the anarthrous PN-CV construction in 5:27b:

ὅτι υἱὸς ἀνθρώπου ἐστίν ὅτ&io...

[This is part 4 of a multi-part article.  See part 1, part 2, part 3, part 5.]

Immediate and Larger Context of John 5:27b

Chapter 5 of John’s Gospel begins with Jesus healing the man at the pool of Bethesda. Jesus’ Jewish adversaries took exception to His healing on the Sabbath, and then commanding the now-healed man to...

[This is part 3 of a multi-part article.  See part 1, part 2, part 4, part 5.]

NT Usage of ‘(the) Son of Man’

In the NT the idiom is most often arthrous, with only four instances of anarthrous constructions, with John 5:27b included in the latter. We’ll briefly discuss the use of the articular form of the expression in the...

[This is part 2 of a multi-part article. See part 1, part 3, part 4, part 5.]

‘Son of Man’ in the LXX

In the LXX, the Greek OT, υἱὸς ἀνθρώπου (huios anthrōpou), the words translated into English most often as “son of man” – though some use...

[This is the first part of a multi-part article. See part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5.]

This article will argue that, properly understood, John the Gospel writer1 conveys in John 5:27 that Jesus Christ was given authority by the Father to judge due to His incarnational status of being fully human yet the Son of God. In other words, the Son of God was...

Saturday, 28 November 2015 07:53

Loving Your Neighbor as Yourself

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36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 A...

Tuesday, 20 October 2015 16:23

Random Thoughts

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This will be a bit unusual in that, just like the title states, this post will consist of random thoughts.  In thinking about writing down the ruminations swirling through my head of late, I was reminded of a term from a psych class I took as a college freshman – flight of ideas.  I’ve been convinced for some time now that...