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

Monday, 01 June 2020 10:16

3 Models of Heaven in the Early Church Featured

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by Michael J. Vlach
Lately, I have been reading a book called A History of Heaven by Colleen McDannell and Bernhard Lang. I am fascinated with their 22-page chapter, "Irenaeus and Augustine on our Heavenly Bodies." 
The authors compare the eschatology views of Irenaeus, the early Augustine, and...

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Sunday, 31 May 2020 05:54

A Post about Future Blog Posts Featured

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Hello stranger! This blog post is mostly about what I hope to be doing with future blog posts. If you follow me on this site at all you know that my posts are very few and far between. This is mostly because I try to provide high-quality information. 
But the effort and time needed to do that...

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Saturday, 27 July 2019 14:49

Six Views on New Covenant Fulfillment Featured

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By Michael J. Vlach
(@mikevlach)
Below is a listing of six views on New Covenant fulfillment of which I am aware. This is simply a listing and is not a refutation or defense of any of these views. Also, my emphasis is not on the adherents of each view, although I make some general statements...

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Thursday, 25 July 2019 13:21

How Jesus Used the Old Testament in Matthew 5:21-48 Featured

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By Michael J. Vlach
With Matthew 5:21-48 Jesus quoted the OT seven times. Six of these involve an OT command from the Law of Moses followed by the statement “But I say to you. . . . .” A seventh concerns a statement that Jerusalem is “the city of the great King,” a reference...

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By Michael J. Vlach
@mikevlach
This entry is Part 5 concerning what Jesus meant in Matthew 5:17-19. My focus here specifically is on what Jesus meant by “these commandments” in Matthew 5:19. This verse reads:
Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and...

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