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  • Mark Snoeberger - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 12:44pm
    The NT Scriptures frequently mention the Christian’s need for “power” or “strength” from God to obey him, endure persecution, and bear witness for him (Phil 4:13; Col 1:11; 1 Pet 4:11; etc.). This is the case not primarily because of our finitude, but because of our spiritual deficiencies. All persons are born under the crippling... Read More
  • Tim Miller - Mon, 10/07/2019 - 12:51pm
    NOTE: This is the first in a two-part series on one of the most significant fake letters in the history of the church. This essay will introduce the reader to the letter, explain what it says, and show the historical and factual problems with the narrative. A future post will address why the letter was... Read More
  • Kyle Dunham - Tue, 10/01/2019 - 12:04pm
    The origins of the Septuagint (hereafter, LXX) remain murky despite the evidence of its wide dissemination in the Hellenistic world.[1] Clues to its existence begin to emerge as early as the mid-second century B.C. Historical details, however, concerning the identity, provenance, and setting of the translators are relatively scant. Clearer is the fact that by... Read More
  • Mark Snoeberger - Tue, 09/17/2019 - 7:52am
    The Th.M. program at Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary has as one of its goals the development of scholar-pastors in possession of the research and writing skills necessary to peer-reviewed publication. Recently one of our students, Mike Moses, published a paper that he originally prepared for a Th.M. seminar here at DBTS. You may read his... Read More
  • Mark Snoeberger - Fri, 09/13/2019 - 11:43am
    The Bible teaches that Christians ought to pray for healing and that God routinely answers such prayers (Jas 5:14–15 et al.). But what exactly should we expect from God when we pray to him for healing? As I see it, there are basically five discernable responses to this query: Some praying Christians expect out-and-out miracles... Read More
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Religious Affections (about)

  • Scott Aniol - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 7:00am
    Over the past several weeks I have been tracing how western culture was impacted in eighteenth and nineteenth centuries by the rise of secularism. An initial response to the rise of secularism by Christians was to accept a separation of reason and faith and attempt to affirm both. However, adopting the rationalist redefinition of reason […]
  • Michael Riley - Tue, 10/15/2019 - 2:26pm
    Last week, I began a series on the relationship of conservative Christianity to the issues of the preservation and translation of the Bible. My goal is to address the notion that those who use (mostly) old songs would be more consistent if they also used an old translation. Let’s start with the question of the […]
  • Scott Aniol - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 7:15am
    I have posted episode 6 of my new podcast, “By the Waters of Babylon.” You can listen here. In this episode, I trace the pattern of worship found in Scripture from Mt. Sinai, to the tabernacle dedication, to the dedication of Solomon’s temple. I then show how this pattern is actually found in the worship […]
  • David Huffstutler - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 7:00am
    I’m not sure that anyone who usually reads the blog here at Religious Affections has an appetite for this movie to begin with, but, should you be tempted, there are several reasons not to see the newly-debuted Joker (or movies like this one). I’m sure that if I were to watch it, I could offer […]
  • Brett Williams - Fri, 10/11/2019 - 11:31am
    Brett Williams Science has become a proper noun. Its hegemony and authority are all but unrivaled. Sitting atop the pantheon of disciplines, it enjoys both prominence and preeminence. All other disciplines look up at it in awe and to it for guidance. If one needs proof of this dominance, one only has to look at […]
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Thoughts on Theology (about)

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Stuff Out Loud

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Institute for Nouthetic Studies Blog (about)

  • Jay Adams - Mon, 08/26/2019 - 12:00am

    . . . When counselors may become so overwhelmed by a counselee’s situation that, along with Job’s wife, they want to say something like, ”Curse God and die!” (Job 2:9).

    In such circumstances, what must they do?

    Answer:  remember the many words of Scripture that make no such allowance for such bad advice (for instance, 1 Corinthians 10:13).

    Now, I know that frustration because of both the counselee’s response and the problems to which he is responding badly is common. It is easy, therefore, for you (as a counselor) to conclude that you are simply “not up to it.” And, in many respects, you aren’t—you can’t seem to figure out what God would have you advise and do in a particular instance. But there are several things you can do rather than utter some sort of exasperated advice. Let me list them:

    1. You may seek further information about, or details concerning those aspects of the problem that seem fuzzy, puzzling, or unclear.
    2. You may pray and ask the counselee to pray that you will become further enlightened in the biblical advice that you don’t have at the moment.
    3. You may consult (by permission from the...

Institute of Biblical Leadership(about)

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ChurchWorksMedia Blog (about)

  • Chris Anderson - Thu, 10/03/2019 - 2:17pm

    It’s natural for pastors to equate increasing numbers with ministry success. I’d like to challenge that idea a bit, beginning with an illustration from my own family. This summer I “married off” the oldest of my four daughters. When I finished walking my wife down the aisle, I whispered to her, “We did it.” I […]

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Strength for Today (about)

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By Faith We Understand (about)

  • Mark Ward - Tue, 10/15/2019 - 1:18pm

    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 standard, his examples as well. If you’ve never read such a book, Le Peau will serve you well. If you need to hear, “Reading widely and learning from experienced, educated authorities can be invaluable,” Le Peau will tell you. If you need to hear, “The advantage[s] of presenting the strongest case against our viewpoint,” Le Peau will tell you. If you need to take time to define your audience, he will tell you to do it. If you need to be told to rewrite, same. If you need to be told that the “rules” of grammar don’t come from heaven but are instead human tools, check. If you need to be told that a good title is essential to your books success, ditto. (I’m being a little hard on him: the titling section was useful: he did a good job breaking down common contemporary titling practice.)

    I nearly gave up on this book during those...

  • Mark Ward - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 11:32am

    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 institutions beyond this camp. The camp is just one of the ones I know best. I’ve gone to multiple retreats there, and I served as a teen camp counselor there for two summers. I’ve also helped out at weekend retreats, prayed for the camp, and given money. The staff is godly and dedicated and has made a lastingly positive impact on me; the property is nothing short of stupendous. Faithful churches have been investing in it for decades. The camp has done much good work in countless hearts.

    The camp uses the KJV exclusively for all preaching, teaching, and Scripture memorization.

    A full twenty years ago, as a teenage summer counselor, I happened to have a conversation with the camp’s founder: “When do you think our crowd of churches will be able to move away from the King James Version?” I asked. It was right about then that I had begun to realize, with the help of...

  • Mark Ward - Fri, 09/27/2019 - 10:10am

    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.

    The bathroom crisis hit our school the same year our son took the standardized tests. A girl in second grade had switched to using male pronouns, adopted the initial Q as a first name, and begun dressing in boys’ clothes. Q also used the boys’ bathroom, which led to problems with other boys. Q’s mother spoke to the principal, who, with her staff, looked for an answer. They could have met the very real needs of students like Q by creating a single-stall bathroom—the one in the second-floor clinic would have served the purpose. Instead, the school decided to get rid of boys’ and girls’ bathrooms altogether. If, as the city’s Department of Education now instructed, schools had to allow students to use the bathroom of their self-identified gender, then getting rid of the...

  • Mark Ward - Wed, 08/28/2019 - 5:53pm

    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 immoral act. I was quickly informed by my two interlocutors, digital Robin Hoods both, that movie moguls are rich; that movie (and music) stars are not really “working” anyway; that even if they are, they are getting paid too much.

    One wonders what key grips, prop handlers, and boom mic operators would have to say. But what a Christian would say should not be in doubt. I brought a biblical moral framework to the issue. Thou shalt not steal. The labourer is worthy of his hire. My worldview does not guarantee that I see all things clearly; it only means I have access to a clear standard by which to judge all things1 (though that judgment is subject to my own fallenness and finiteness, I readily grant). I chose to use my Christian moral framework explicitly in this public discourse, citing the eighth commandment, and this is what I...

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