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

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Thursday, 19 July 2018 22:26

Fleeing Self-Reliance for the God of Resurrection

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We think you ought to know, dear brothers and sisters, about the trouble we went through in the province of Asia.

We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it. In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Thursday, 19 July 2018 22:21

Out of control censorship on Twitter. And Facebook. And . . .

imageSo I got banned from Twitter for a week — plus a threat of permanent banning should I keep saying the same type of things — for this response to a business who had caved to the LGBQTX mob:

So saying that “trans” people have mental disorders gets you banned from our mainstream...

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Written by Eternity Matters
Thursday, 19 July 2018 22:20

OUTRAGE: Members expected to go to church. Featured

Pulpit & Pen Daily Update for July 20, 2018

OUTRAGE: Members expected to go to church.

More Archived Episodes of The Pulpit & Pen Daily Updates & Polemics Report – HERE

Visit JD Hall’s Polemics Report Page – HERE

Visit JD Hall’s Pulpit and Pen Page...

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Written by social element
Thursday, 19 July 2018 22:18

A Decade of Marriage Already?

This week we celebrated our tenth anniversary. Ten years ago I stood at the front of a church and cried my eyes out at the momentous decision I was making. A decade later, I understand a tiny bit of how momentous it actually was. Here, in no particular order, are things that stand out about the...

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Written by Joel Arnold
Thursday, 19 July 2018 22:17

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Urban Missions

Several months ago, the United Nations released data showing more than half of the world’s population lives in cities. The projection is that before 2050, that number will climb to two-thirds. According to the report posted on CNN.com: Today, 55% of the world’s population is urban, a...

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Written by Scott Hildreth
Thursday, 19 July 2018 22:14

You Exist to Glorify Christ

“For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.” – Colossians 1:16 Christ is the focus of the apostle’s gaze in this text. He...

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Written by Robert Nelsen
Thursday, 19 July 2018 22:00

One Race

Racism continues to be a problem in the world today.  Prejudice or discrimination due to skin color or other ethnic characteristics is a violation of biblical law.  Yet the problem persists, and unfortunately is even found within the church.  As is often the case, the solution to...

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Written by Dr. Lisle
Thursday, 19 July 2018 21:52

How many houses is too many? Featured

imageThis is a beautiful Galveston Bay bayfront house, on a doublelot, with its own private beach. I wonder whose it is?

By Elizabeth PrataFor sale (in 2016): Gorgeous waterfront Home on Galveston Bay. This stellar property comes with TWO lots! One includes very rare private sandy beach for total land...

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Written by The End Time
Thursday, 19 July 2018 21:34

The Doctrine of the Standing or Falling Soul

“Justification is still the article of the standing or falling church.” So were the word of the late professor John Murray.Of course, Murray was playing off of Luther’s famous words, “If this article stands, the church stands; if this article collapses, the church...

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Written by Nicholas T. Batzig
Thursday, 19 July 2018 21:00

What Is A Simple Case for Religious Liberty?

image Without using the Bible, or other Scripture, how do you make a case for religious freedom? Sean briefly tackles this question.

Authors: Sean McDowell...

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Written by Sean McDowell
Thursday, 19 July 2018 21:00

10 Things You Should Know about Preaching

July 20, 2018 by: Lewis Allenimage

This article is part of the 10 Things You Should Know series.

1. Preaching is a wonderful privilege.

Preaching is declaration of the gospel—what the Apostle Paul calls in Ephesians 3:8 “the unsearchable riches of Christ.” C. H. Spurgeon...

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Written by Lewis Allen
Thursday, 19 July 2018 20:06

New Articles in TC: A Journal of Biblical Textual Criticism

The first installation of TC: A Journal of Biblical Textual Criticism volume 23 (2018) is complete with three articles and a number of reviews. Three or four additional articles will follow in the second installation in November. Notably, two of the articles are written by two PhD students,...

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Written by Tommy Wasserman
Thursday, 19 July 2018 20:00

Top 10 Features Your Church Website Needs

imageTop 10 helpful and informative features for church websites.

Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Thursday, 19 July 2018 20:00

Megalomaniac

What is megalomania? The dictionary says it is "a delusional mental illness that is marked by feelings of personal omnipotence and grandeur." Some of the Roman emperors were megalomaniacs. They demanded to be worshiped as gods. Hitler was a classic megalomaniac. He sought to rule the world,...

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Written by Winging It
Thursday, 19 July 2018 19:53

Pete Enns: Christians are not to trust in the Bible?

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After writing “Analysis of Rachel Held Evan’s Book “Inspired” Part 1: Introduction” yesterday I noticed that Rachel Held Evans sees Peter Enns as a mentor.  I have written on Peter Enns before on our blog (see the link in the analysis to Evans’ book)...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Thursday, 19 July 2018 19:17

How the Names of God Reveal the Nature of God Featured

imageOne of the paradoxes of our faith is that God both reveals himself to us and yet is incomprehensible. We know him in part, yet we do not know him in full (at least, not yet).

And yet: we know God in part. It’s a real knowing, a real understanding. One of the best ways to learn about...

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Written by Wyatt Graham
Thursday, 19 July 2018 19:00

Five Star Links

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. Persis:
Todd Pruitt shares about his experience with depression and anxiety - The Hard Apprenticeship of Sorrow
This hard apprenticeship of sorrow has caused me to long for Christ’s appearing...

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Written by Persis
Thursday, 19 July 2018 19:00

From Welfare to Work: What Do Effective Nonprofits Have in Common?

When we think of charity, helping someone get a job doesn’t immediately come to mind. We’re more likely to hand $20 to a homeless man, provide a holiday meal for a single mom, or donate to a local food pantry.

Important as these charitable acts might be, they are geared toward meeting...

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Written by David Bass
Thursday, 19 July 2018 19:00

What’s So Great about the Sovereignty of God?

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A great many Christians can bear testimony to the earthshaking effects of realizing the sovereignty of God. These same kinds of testimonies are found in the Bible, perhaps none more profound than the prophet Isaiah’s account of his life-changing encounter with the sovereign Lord. If the...

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Written by Rev. Richard Phillips
Thursday, 19 July 2018 18:56

Did the Rothschild’s really Purchase Jerusalem in 1829 – Fact or False?

An investigation into whether or not reports that the Rothschild family purchased Jerusalem in the early 1800’s are true..  

Authors: Tony Koretz...

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Written by Tony Koretz
Thursday, 19 July 2018 18:41

Why Unforgiving People Are So Unforgiving

imageI was in the studio a few years ago with Frank Sontag for his KKLA radio program in Los Angeles. We were talking about Cold Case Christianity and the transformation I experienced when I first became a Christian. As an atheist, I embraced a moral code very similar to the Christians I knew. I...

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Written by jwallace
Thursday, 19 July 2018 18:05

Judges 3; Acts 7; Jeremiah 16; Mark 2

Judges 3; Acts 7; Jeremiah 16; Mark 2

THE OLD TESTAMENT historical psalms offer plenty of examples in which writers review the shared history of the Israelites for some special theological or ethical purpose. Something similar occurs when 1 and 2 Chronicles retell 1 and 2 Samuel and 1 and 2 Kings,...

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Written by Don Carson
Thursday, 19 July 2018 18:00

Fellowship with the Father

“. . . and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.” (1 John 1:3) One marvelous reason for which God has adopted us (Ephesians 1:5), indeed part of the very “calling” to become God’s children, is to fellowship (1 Corinthian... More......

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Thursday, 19 July 2018 18:00

Debunking Lies About Heaven Featured

Why is it important to know the truth about heaven? With all the contradicting theories and theologies, you can imagine that some Christians would prefer to live in blithe ignorance about what awaits beyond the grave. But knowing the truth about heaven is not just about being right for the sake of...

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Written by Grace to You Blog
Thursday, 19 July 2018 17:00

Who Is the Happiest Human Being Who Ever Lived?

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Though the answer wouldn’t be obvious to unbelievers or even to most Christians, the Bible is clear on this: it’s Jesus. Psalm 45:6-7 is quoted in direct reference to the Messiah, in Hebrews 1:8-9, where the Father says of His Son: “You have loved righteousness and hated...

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Written by Randy Alcorn
Thursday, 19 July 2018 17:00

Why A Classical Historian Changed His Mind About Christianity

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I don't know how Justin Brierley does it, but he gets the most fantastic guests on his show Unbelievable. In this clip from a forthcoming episode, Tom Holland explains to Tom Wright why he changed his mind about Christianity: specifically, how he came to realise that his assumptions about liberty,...

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Written by Andrew Wilson
Thursday, 19 July 2018 15:59

How and Why I Choose Which Books to Read and Review

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Of all the books that come my way, how do I choose the ones I’ll actually read and perhaps even review?  I was asked the question at a recent Ask Me anything event and provided this answer…

How do you choose which books to read and review? How do you decide when to give a negative...

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Written by Tim Challies
Thursday, 19 July 2018 15:57

A La Carte (July 20)

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Today’s Kindle deals include quite a good list! I had some extra time this morning so looked far and wide.

Be sure to check out Westminster Books’ deal on a new book from Ed Welch (as well as some other resources for helping others).

(Yesterday on the blog: For the Pastor Knee-Deep...

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Written by Tim Challies
Thursday, 19 July 2018 15:05

July 20: And the Larger Catechism, too.

Blow the Dust Off  that Larger Catechismby Rev. David T. Myers

imageOn this date in 1648, July 20th,  the Westminster Larger Catechism was approved by the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in Edinburgh, Scotland. Yet to countless Presbyterians today, the Larger Catechism is a forgotten...

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Written by Wayne Sparkman
Thursday, 19 July 2018 15:05

A Pastor’s Thoughts on Reading Augustine

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Augustine’s influence is profound, his depth of insight stunning, and his literary output insane. Isidore of Seville (AD 560-636) once said that if anyone claimed to have read all Augustine wrote, they were a liar. The progress I’ve made in Augustine is minimal, but I would like to...

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Written by Jonathon Woodyard
Thursday, 19 July 2018 15:05

How Beautiful Are The Adverbs When They Preach Good News

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The students in my classes know that I don’t like adverbs.

Or, I should say, the over reliance on adverbs. In academic writing, they are a quick shortcut to the expression of thoughts but do not often* bring clarity, and hinder progress in the writing discipline. However, adverbs,...

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Written by Jason G. Duesing
Thursday, 19 July 2018 15:00

Earnestness: Its Marring and Maintenance (Part 1)

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C.H. Spurgeon’s Lectures to My Students, Second Series, Lecture 8. (Editor’s note: Paragraph breaks have been added to ease reading.)

If I were asked—What in a Christian minister is the most essential quality for securing success in winning souls for Christ? I should reply,...

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Written by SharperIron
Thursday, 19 July 2018 14:20

How the Social Justice Gospel Will Be Used by Satan In Coming Elections

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It seems almost like a horrible dream, those eight years that we suffered under the reign of Barack Obama.  We knew with whom we were dealing.

He called himself a Christian.

“For a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. Forevery tree is known by its...

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Written by Geri Ungurean
Thursday, 19 July 2018 14:17

Revelation intro for Zondervan videos on Revelation-2.5 minutes

A brief introduction to Revelation for my video course on Revelation for Zondervan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqSh8caoO48

Authors: Craig Keener...

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Written by Craig Keener
Thursday, 19 July 2018 14:07

Richard Sibbes’ Balaam’s Wish.1

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Richard Sibbes’ sermon “Balaam’s Wish” published in 1639 considers the statement of Balaam recorded in Numbers 23:10, Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his!

To consider this verse, Sibbes begins by making observations. Before we look at what...

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Written by memoirandremains
Thursday, 19 July 2018 14:00

$5 Friday: Faith, Ethics, Atheism

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It's time for our weekly $5 Friday sale. This week's resources include such topics as faith, John Owen, the Trinity, Romans, atheism, ethics, covenants, the Apostle Paul, and more.

Sale runs through 12:01 a.m. — 11:59 p.m. Friday ET.

View today's $5 Friday sale items.

Authors: Nathan W. Bingham...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Thursday, 19 July 2018 12:32

This Is How Free Speech Is Destroyed Featured

Many enemies of the West and its values have sought to smash free speech and prevent differing points of view from being heard. This is typical of the radical left, and the examples of it are now endless. But of late the activists – along with politically correct governments and police forces...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Thursday, 19 July 2018 12:03

The Debt Secularists Owe to Christianity

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Written by Peter Pike
Thursday, 19 July 2018 11:58

Matt Chandler and Charismaticism | Polemics Report July 19, 2018 Featured

Matt Chandler and Charismaticism

On this episode of Polemics Report, JD reviews an article from Charisma Mag, claiming that people who aren’t slain in the Spirit are immune to Him because they’re left-brained. Then, before answering a couple sincere questions, he reviews a lengthy clip...

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Written by social element
Thursday, 19 July 2018 11:10

Be saved from this perverse generation.

With thanks to the contributors at “Famine In The land” blog, their latest article written by Stephen Colin. Stephen, along with Rick Becker, are two South African “brothers in the faith” concerned with the lack of discernment in South African churches – sadly not just...

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Written by churchwatcher
Thursday, 19 July 2018 11:00

No, Wait

“The coming ice age is coming, the globe is warming, and the science is settled, no, wait. Turns out the globe got so hot it cooked the books” (Confessions of a Food Catholic, p. 143).

The post No, Wait appeared first on Blog & Mablog.

Authors: Douglas Wilson...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Thursday, 19 July 2018 10:00

How repentance can heal your conflicts

– Episode 2188 –

How repentance can heal your conflicts

Segment 1 (00:00) – The definition of repentance 

Segment 2 (10:36) – The need for repentance part 1

Segment 3 (18:20) – The need for repentance part 2

Wretched Surprise! (24:57) – Sermon Sizzler,...

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Written by samueljroys
Thursday, 19 July 2018 09:49

Proof that Charismatics are handing themselves over to strong delusions?

Many of our readers (and contributors) will remember being ‘baptised in the Spirit’, speaking in tongues, having visions of Jesus, going through fire tunnels, seeing people ‘healed’ and may have even claimed the ‘anointing’ to slay people in the spirit. And we...

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Written by churchwatcher
Thursday, 19 July 2018 09:44

New In Print: Advice To Young Preachers

“Advice to Young Preachers” appears in the Summer issue of Expositor, a publication of Steve Lawson’s OnePassion Ministries.

Authors: R. Scott Clark...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Thursday, 19 July 2018 08:35

Church Membership, Adding "P" to LGBT, Matt Chandler Prophecy, Open Phones

Another Skype-based program from Evergreen, Colorado.  Looked briefly at the reaction to a church pruning its membership rolls, then read a portion of Douglas Wilson’s article on adding “P” to LGBT. Then considered the concept of “prophecy” in Matt...

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Written by James White
Thursday, 19 July 2018 08:29

2018 Theological Symposium: Plenaries and Sectionals

“The Cross Alone is our Theology!”

“The cross of Christ is the only way of instruction in the Word of God, and the only true theology.”

—Martin Luther, 1519. Operationes (Ps 6:11): WA 5:217,2–3.

The cross has always stood at the center of the Christian faith,...

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Written by Charles Arand
Thursday, 19 July 2018 08:05

Sam Allberry’s Advice for Conversations about Sexual Identity

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Desiring God has an interview with Sam Allberry on “How to Navigate Conversations about Sexual Identity,” and I thought this point was particularly helpful:

One of the things I want to try and show, as far as possible, is that Jesus treats us all the same. The gospel puts us in the same...

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Written by Amy K. Hall
Thursday, 19 July 2018 07:27

False Prophecy Blaspheming the Way of the Truth

Charisma News claims today that a 2014 prophecy from Kim Clement is fulfilled in the most absurd terms...

Authors: 828 Ministries...

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Written by 828 Ministries
Thursday, 19 July 2018 07:23

Analysis of Rachel Held Evan’s Book “Inspired” Part 1: Introduction

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I was asked by brother Alf to consider reading and offering my thoughts on liberal Rachel Held Evans’ book titled Inspired.  Usually I take a long time reading books I disagree with and posting about it on my blog since I want my critique to be accurate of their view, logically...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Thursday, 19 July 2018 07:18

07/19/2018

•Hope for parents estranged from their children
•Pray for Ken Ham, the internet punching bag
•The tactics skeptics use to undermine your faith
•New approaches to fighting cancer
•Fear tactics can be legitimate
•Ted Talks normalizing pedophilia and the slippery slope
•Voddie Baucham’s progress in Africa
•Spoof or No Spoof – Acrobats, painting, and the importance of fog machines in Worship

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Written by joey
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