Why People are Reluctant to Talk about Their Christian Convictions

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We recently sat down with Greg Koukl to talk about what prevents people from articulating their faith to non-believers. Take a look at what he said:

The best way to start

In the Tactics online course, Gregory Koukl offers practical strategies to help you stay in the driver’s seat as you maneuver comfortably and graciously in any conversation about your Christian convictions.

In fact, we think this is so important that we’re giving away free access to the first lesson.

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How to Keep Receiving Your Newsletters from Zondervan Academic (Subscriber, Please Read)

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APRIL 7, 2017: If you subscribe to one of Zondervan Academic’s email newsletters, you may receive an unusual email from us soon. It requests that you click a link within your email “to keep receiving” your newsletter.

 

This is a legitimate email from Zondervan Academic. Clicking the email link (or more simply, re-subscribing to the Academc Update now) are the only ways to ensure you will continue to receive email updates from us.

 

What will happen if you click on the email link? Two things:

You will get access to something free. (A free PDF download or online course, depending on which newsletter you’re receiving.) You will continue to receive email newsletters from us for as long as you wish. You can still unsubscribe at any time.

 

Why is Zondervan Academic asking you to click a…

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Olive Tree Bible Software Sale: The Best Bible Reference Tools

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Save big on Bible reference works at Olive Tree Bible Software right now. (The sale ends April 17, 2017.) You will find deals on single volumes and complete sets:

Bible dictionaries, encyclopedias, and atlases guides on how to read the Bible for all its worth works from trusted authors including Moisés Silva, Bill Mounce, Mark L. Strauss, and more

Most deals are 50% off, with only a few exceptions. This is the time to build your Bible reference library. Learn more and browse the titles on sale now at Olive Tree Bible Software.

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How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth1. How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth, Fourth Edition by Gordon D. Fee…

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[Common Places] The Five Solas: Grace Alone

Carl Trueman on 2 weeks ago. Tagged under ,,.

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This year we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the beginnings of the Protestant Reformation, looking back to Martin Luther’s 95 Theses and the theological debates kick-started by their posting. The Reformation continues to be lauded, cajoled, and debated in circles of all sorts today. At Common Places we will begin the year by focusing on some of the central principles and most relevant texts that shaped early Reformation theology and that have continued that conversation in the centuries that followed. Each month we will begin with a post related to an ongoing book project from Zondervan Academic that addresses the five solas of Reformation theology. We will then conclude each month with an annotated reading guide on classic and contemporary works that…

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Tremper Longman III Reflects on the Challenges of Studying Genesis

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We recently sat down with Tremper Longman III to discuss why the book of Genesis is so challenging to read and understand. His new Genesis online course is now available.

Genesis, like the rest of the Old Testament is a difficult book for us as twenty-first Christians to understand.

After all, we’re distant from this book in many ways. For one thing, it’s an ancient book. This is a book that was written three thousand five hundred years ago and has many strange and ancient customs.

The book of Genesis is also distant from us in terms of culture. It was written in an Ancient Near Eastern culture,…

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Logos Software Sale: Illustrated Commentary Set on the Old Testament

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zibbcot-setSave 25% on the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary: Old Testament set at Logos Bible Software. This is the premier commentary for connecting to the historical and cultural backgrounds of the Old Testament. You will save $50. (Deal ends April 17, 2017.)

This richly visual commentary series features:

over 2,000 photos, maps, charts and diagrams passage-by-passage commentary that presents archaeological findings, geographic insights, notes on manners and customs, and more analysis into the literature of the ancient Near East that will help you gain a deeper understanding of the biblical text

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The commentary series includes work by world-class scholars:

John H. Walton (Genesis) Daniel I. Block (Judges) Tremper Longman III…

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eBook Sale on Reformed Theology: Deals Start at $1.99

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Save up to 76% on timely and popular eBooks by Timothy Keller, D. A. Carson, Michael Horton, Tim Challies, and over 16 other authors in our new eBook sale on Reformed theology.

Topics in the sale include:

the Reformation and some of its solas (faith alone, God’s word alone, God’s glory alone) systematic and historical theology from a Reformed perspective ministry health and growth study Bibles for deeply biblical thinking

Read deeply, be strengthened, and be challenged by the eBooks in this sale. This eBook sale ends Sunday, April 9, at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

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Clarity or Ambiguity? (John 1:13) – Mondays with Mounce 278

Bill Mounce on 2 weeks ago. Tagged under ,,,.

This is another way of asking the age old question, do you err on the side of word-for-word translation or on the side of meaning? Do you want clarity of meaning, or do you want to stay closer to the Greek and be less meaningful and more ambiguous?

You can’t have it both ways. Period.

Look at John 1:13. My interlinear reads that children of God “were born (ἐγεννήθησαν), not from human stock or from a physical impulse (οὐδὲ ἐκ θελήματος σαρκὸς) or by a husband’s decision (οὐδὲ ἐκ θελήματος ), but by God.” But even that is moving toward clarity.

If you really want transparency to the Greek and to be as little interpretive as possible, you would write, “who were born not out of bloods nor out of…

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Logos Software Sale: NIV Application Commentary, New Testament

ZA Blog on 3 weeks ago.

Save 44% on the NIV Application Commentary: New Testament set (20 vols.) at Logos Bible software. (The deal ends April 3, 2017.)

Billy Graham calls this series “an indispensable tool for every pastor and teacher who seeks to make the Bible’s timeless message speak to this generation.”

What will you gain from this commentary series?

Understand the original audience and their problems, questions, and concerns—plus how the biblical author addressed those issues. Discern what is timeless in the timely pages of the Bible, and what is not. For example, if Paul’s primary concern is not circumcision (as he tells us in Galatians 5:6), what is he concerned about? Apply what you learn to present-day needs with accuracy and power. Understand any pitfalls you might encounter when seeking to apply the biblical messages, and get equipped to show how the…

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Giving Credit to Katharina von Bora (Katie Luther, First Lady of the Reformation)

Ruth A. Tucker on 3 weeks ago. Tagged under ,,.

There are a thousand reasons to celebrate advances women have made as we contemplate Women’s History Month, but from another perspective, a picture is worth a thousand reasons. The recent setting was the White House, March 23, 2017 where Vice President Pence was leading a meeting related to health care. On the docket was the proposal to remove maternity care as a required aspect of the Republican health care bill. That no women were pictured among the thirty men at the table was telling.

In fact, to demonstrate how few women hold high positions of leadership, Elle Magazine, in their #MoreWomen campaign of 2015, photoshopped men out of significant groupings of leaders in various arenas, from politics to business. The results were startling. In a grouping of more than thirty world leaders, only three women were left.

What if we…

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Hermeneutics 101: Reasons, Challenges, and Benefits of Biblical Interpretation

Jeremy Bouma on 3 weeks ago. Tagged under ,,,,,.

9780310524175Almost ten years ago I was introduced to hermeneutics by William Klein, Craig Blomberg, and Robert Hubbard in the first semester of my M.Div. program. Thanks to their sturdy textbook resource I got a goodly introduction to the important practice of biblical interpretation. Which is why I’m thrilled they’ve updated and revised it!

Now in its third edition, Introduction to Biblical Interpretation offers concise, logical, and practical guidelines for discovering the truth in God’s Word. With updates and revisions throughout that keep pace with current scholarship, this guide offers the best, most up-to-date information needed to interpret Scripture.

But how are we to learn what the Bible says? How do we…

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What Is Worse? Removing from Scripture or Adding to Scripture? (Matt 18:11) – Mondays with Mounce 277

Bill Mounce on 3 weeks ago. Tagged under ,,.

I was asked why all modern translations “omit” Matt 18:11. “For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost” (KJV). The form of the question betrays the basic problem, that people think modern translations omit verses rather than other translations add verses.

There are probably two reasons for this assumption. One is that the verse is in the KJV. The second is that in modern translations the verse number is skipped.

The first Bible to have verse numbers was the Geneva Bible (1557). Verse numbers allowed readers to cross-reference passages (see Wikipedia). This was 54 years before the KJV; but like the KJV, the Read more