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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Saturday, 17 February 2018 00:55

Nikolas Cruz and the Unmasking of Sin and Evil Featured

At 2:23PM on February 14, 2018, the first 911 call reported an active shooter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The suspect was quickly identified as 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz and a little over an hour later law enforcement officers had him detained. His bloody massacre...

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Written by Tom Ascol
Saturday, 17 February 2018 00:50

Silly Philology| Awesome vs. Awful

imageWhy is it better to experience some awe than to be filled with awe?

This question has been a perennial rock in my shoe. It crops up in the old noggin, I chew it over for a while and freak out a little bit, then some how I let it go for a couple months. As with all of my Silly Philology posts, this...

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Written by Parker's Pensées
Saturday, 17 February 2018 00:37

Breaking News: Larry Cotton, Jules Woodson’s Pastor to Whom She Reported Her Abuse, Has Resigned, Admitting He Should Have Reported

Larry Cotton steps down, admitting culpability for not reporting Jukes Woodsons' abuse to the police.

Authors: dee...

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Written by dee
Saturday, 17 February 2018 00:37

About those lobbyists and the NRA . . .

The Left tries to blame the NRA every time there is a shooting, even though none of the NRA members ever do the shootings in question.  They make a big deal out of how the NRA has donated to politicians.

But check out the top lobbyists for 2017.  The NRA is not one of the top 20 lobbyists,...

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Written by Eternity Matters
Saturday, 17 February 2018 00:22

Eight Points: A Critique of Dispensational Premillenialism

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Anthony Hoekema (d. 1988) wrote a helpful critique of dispensational premillennialism in his excellent book, The Bible and the FutureBecause I think they are helpful, I’m going to summarize and edit them below.  I strongly recommend...

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Written by Reformed Reader
Saturday, 17 February 2018 00:14

One Little Word

The world is governed by the Lord Jesus, as we know, but it follows from this that the world is governed by the Word—Jesus is the Word of God, the Logos of God. The world is not governed by mechanical power. It is not governed by spells or necromancy. It is governed by the magic of the Word....

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Saturday, 17 February 2018 00:13

"Holy ****!"-It's Heidi Baker at Brownsville! Featured

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Here's a brief (and disturbing) compilation video of Heidi Baker when she was the special guest speaker at the Brownsville Assembly of God for a conference called Awake Deborah in 2003; the original video is two hours long:

Heidi tells somebody in the noisy, confused and writhing crowd "I know it...

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Written by Steven Kozar
Saturday, 17 February 2018 00:07

Christ in Others

Let no man seek his own, the apostle Paul says. This is an essential part of discerning the Lord’s body. We are to discern the Lord’s body, among other ways, in one another.image

As you partake of the Supper, do not close yourself up into a little private spiritual room. Feel free to look...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Saturday, 17 February 2018 00:06

News Weakly - 2/17/2018

Like We ThoughtA group of Republicans at the University of Washington had a rally to "bring conservatives together and promote free-speech rights." More than 1,000 counter-protesters showed up to oppose the event.Wait ... they showed up to oppose free speech? Isn't that ... wait ... that's not...

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Written by Winging It
Saturday, 17 February 2018 00:00

There Are No Shortcuts to Growth

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R.C. Sproul:

I’m still amazed whenever I see the bumper sticker that reads, “Visualize world peace.” The idea is that if I, and enough other people, create the right mental picture of peace, it will soon come to pass. It’s astounding that some people actually believe that...

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Written by Peter Cockrell
Friday, 16 February 2018 23:54

Hampster on a wheel

I'll be quoting some passages from David Benatar's The Human Predicament: A Candid Guide to Life's Biggest Questions (Oxford 2016). 
The only consistent atheists are atheists who commit suicide. All other atheists pull their punches. There are several reasons I harp on the nihilistic...

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Written by steve
Friday, 16 February 2018 23:50

Weekly Roundup 2/12/2018-2/16/2018

This is our weekly roundup of posts for 2/12/2018-2/17/2018. If you have any feedback on how we can serve you our readers better, I would appreciate it.  Thank you for reading and allowing us to minister to you throughout this past week through these posts.

Monday 2/12/2018

A Lament for...

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Friday, 16 February 2018 23:46

The Problem of Evil

The problem of evil (POE) is probably the most serious challenge to the rationality of Christian theism. At its core, the POE claims that there is a fundamental contradiction within Christian belief. Christians believe that there exists an all-powerful, all-knowing, perfectly good God. This belief...

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Written by edingess
Friday, 16 February 2018 23:38

Question 10: Is God unjust when people like Jeffrey Dahmer or Joseph Stalin can repent?

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***DISCLAIMER***The following is far from an exhaustive post. Instead, it makes a best effort to answer the question.

Recently, someone asked me how he/she would respond to the notion that God is unjust because people like Jeffrey Dahmer or Joseph Stalin could repent from their sins and receive...

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Written by Clint Adams
Friday, 16 February 2018 23:38

Jesus’ Mental Health: Schweitzer’s Classic Work

I was sent recently a large manuscript giving what the author thought a novel view of Jesus:  a narcissist who organized a personality cult with a strong sectarian character.  I was reminded of the psychologizing portraits of Jesus from the 19th century, and especially some from the early...

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Written by larryhurtado
Friday, 16 February 2018 23:11

Are You a “Whatever” Person?

Yet most probably the greatest danger in the coming generations will not be in the extremes but in the soft center of almost-anything-goes, amiable accommodationism of current Evangelicalism. As in the time of the prophet Elijah, the postmodern church has become a breeding ground for the undecided,...

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Written by Glenn E. Chatfield
Friday, 16 February 2018 21:23

Trying to Get our Morals Back

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and a whole pile of other celebrity accusations, it has been sadly fascinating watching the west trying to claw its way back to some form of morality. At the Golden Globe awards earlier in January actors and actresses wore black as a way to say...

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Written by Mark Loughridge
Friday, 16 February 2018 21:13

Random Bits

 
While CNN embarrasses the entire nation with ooohs and ahhhs over Kim Jong Un's half sister Kim Yo Jong, let's keep in mind that she is the Minister of Propaganda and Agitation of the most repressive regime on...

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Written by Doug Evans
Friday, 16 February 2018 20:57

Exciting Podcast Announcement!

Some of the readers of this blog may not be aware that last semester we launched a podcast to discuss topics of a biblical or theological nature. I realize that some of you subscribe to the blog posts via email, so you wouldn’t have had opportunity to note the podcast link at the top of the...

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Written by Peter Goeman
Friday, 16 February 2018 20:42

One Option: Overcome!

To be at peace with the world, the flesh, and the devil, is to be at enmity with God, and in the broad way that leads to destruction. We have no choice or option. The promises to the Seven Churches in Revelation are only “to him that overcomes.” We must fight or be lost. We must conquer...

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Written by The J.C. Ryle Archive
Friday, 16 February 2018 20:28

Weekend A La Carte (February 17)

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I’m spending a bit of time this weekend in beautiful British Columbia speaking at a men’s retreat. This is still and always one of my favorite areas of Canada, though I wouldn’t mind being just a bit deeper into the mountains…

(Yesterday on the blog: Procrastination Is...

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Written by Tim Challies
Friday, 16 February 2018 20:06

Obeying God’s Command to Be Glad and Enjoy Life

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So I commend the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun. Eccles. 8:15

Heavenly Father, for many of us, the first several...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Friday, 16 February 2018 20:00

How Do You Motivate Students Who Don't Seem to Care?

How do we best get apathetic students to care? While we certainly can't force kids to care about spiritual things, there are some practical steps that can help.

Authors: Sean McDowell...

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Written by Sean McDowell
Friday, 16 February 2018 20:00

Resources for Small Group Studies

Written by Crossway
Friday, 16 February 2018 19:00

Genesis: Paradise Lost Now Available for Preorder

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Late last year, the powerful film Genesis: Paradise Lost was shown in nearly 1,000 theaters across America. It was so popular it came back for an encore showing. And now it’s being released on DVD and 3D Blu-ray. If you missed seeing it in theaters, want to see it again, or have friends or...

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Written by Ken Ham
Friday, 16 February 2018 17:00

Nuggets from Seeking and Finding God—Only Believe

February 17, 2018
Christ has commanded us to “preach the gospel [good news!] to every creature [person]” ( Mark:16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. See All... ). What...

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Written by TBC Staff - CR
Friday, 16 February 2018 16:28

Review: The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom

A weekend nonfiction reading review…because even pastors need a break from heavy theological reading!

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John Pomfret.  The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom. New York, NY: Henry  Holt and Company, November 29th2016. 704 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

This is an...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Friday, 16 February 2018 16:00

Genesis 50; Luke 3; Job 16 – 17; 1 Corinthians 4

Genesis 50; Luke 3; Job 16 – 17; 1 Corinthians 4

THE LAST CHAPTER OF GENESIS includes a section that is both pathetic and glorious (Gen. 50:15-21).

Everything that is sad and flawed in this family resurfaces when Jacob dies. Joseph’s brothers fear that their illustrious sibling may have...

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Written by Don Carson
Friday, 16 February 2018 16:00

Faith in All the Ages

“And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets.” (Hebrews 11:32)

Hebrews 11 is a thrilling catalog of the faithful servants of God in all the ancient ages. There were...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Friday, 16 February 2018 14:31

Discipleship

A new MP3 sermon from The GraceLife Pulpit is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:
Title: Discipleship
Speaker: Phil Johnson
Broadcaster: The GraceLife Pulpit
Event: Sunday Service
Date: 2/11/2018
Bible: Matthew 11:28-30
Length: 55 min. (64kbps)
Overview: http---www.TheGraceLifePul...

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Written by The GraceLife Pulpit
Friday, 16 February 2018 14:05

February 17: Edward Hopper [1816-1888]

A Famous Hymn for Sailorsby Rev. David T. Myers

imageThe Presbyterian pastor was asked to compose a hymn verse for the anniversary of the Seamen’s Friend’s Society meeting. Instead, he brought the verse for a hymn which he had anonymously written eight years before, which was “Jesus,...

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Written by archivist
Friday, 16 February 2018 14:00

Set You Free: Wallpaper

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"For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death." Romans 8:2

What is my screen resolution?

Click Below to Download your Image:

Apple Devices: iPhones and iPod touch iPads

Android Phones: Galaxy S Series, Edge, Nexus 5X, 6P, Google Pixel, Pixel XL, LG G5,...

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Written by TFL
Friday, 16 February 2018 13:00

Taking the Initiative Against Depression

Arise and eat. —1 Kings 19:5

The angel in this passage did not give Elijah a vision, or explain the Scriptures to him, or do anything remarkable. He simply told Elijah to do a very ordinary thing, that is, to get up and eat. If we were never depressed, we would not be alive— only...

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Written by RSS | My Utmost For His Highest
Friday, 16 February 2018 12:50

Am I a presuppositionalist?

1. Am I still a presuppositionalist after all these years? If so, what kind of presuppositionalist, and why?
It's difficult to discuss the question in separation from alternate positions since these are mutually defining to some degree. To be a presuppositionalist is not to be an evidentialist or...

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Written by steve
Friday, 16 February 2018 12:47

Latest Issue of Review of Biblical Literature

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below but unfortunately you must be a SBL member. Pancratius C. Beentjes “With All Your Soul Fear The Lord” (Sir. 7:27): Collected Essays on the Book of Ben Sira IIhttp://www.book...

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Written by BibleX
Friday, 16 February 2018 11:46

Heaven on Earth! Does Heaven Invade Earth?

MattS February 2018 Part 15 (heresy and false teachings) EXTRACT FROM THE ARTICLE This particular false teaching, “Heaven coming Down to Earth”, was a bit hard to pin down. It was hard to determine exactly where it had come from, … Continue reading

Authors: Tony Koretz...

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Written by Tony Koretz
Friday, 16 February 2018 10:28

Should we love God with our heart or our mind?

While getting my undergrad in theology, I remember people telling me to be careful not to look at God and scripture only with an academic lens. It is common to think that studying theology and apologetics will cause someone to develop an academic approach to their relationship with God. It happens...

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Written by Ryan Pauly
Friday, 16 February 2018 10:26

John Piper and Heath Lambert of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors Views of the Mind Demonstrate Why We have a Problem With the Biblical Counseling Movement

Is it the mind? Is it an organ? Where does the spirit reside?

Authors: dee...

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Written by dee
Friday, 16 February 2018 10:10

In the Middle of the Forehead

“But I propose a contest. Let’s build an altar of stones, an altar of absolute toleration. Let’s have ACLU lawyers dance around it until noon, cutting themselves with knives and hitting themselves on the head with briefcases. Let us build another altar, and ask Elijah to stretch...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Friday, 16 February 2018 10:05

Not That Kind of Night

“What I am saying here is that an explicitly Christian settlement would do a better job of protecting the true rights of Muslims and secularists than secularists do in protecting the rights of Christians” (Empires of Dirt, p. 177).

The post Not That Kind of Night appeared first on Blog...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Friday, 16 February 2018 10:00

Because Religious Liberty is a Christian Value

“What I am saying here is that an explicitly Christian settlement would do a better job of protecting the true rights of Muslims and secularists than secularists do in protecting the rights of Christians” (Empires of Dirt, p. 177).

The post Because Religious Liberty is a Christian Value a...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Friday, 16 February 2018 08:53

We All Have Our Types

In a previous post, I offered three clarifications about historical Particular Baptist covenant theology as a response to Dr. R. Scott Clark’s post dealing with the same matters. Dr. Clark posted a second article continuing the dialogue, and I found it to be a helpful article in that it...

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Written by Jultomte
Friday, 16 February 2018 08:44

One of The Most Profound Things Any Reader Has Said to Me After Reading My Book

A reader of Authorized wrote me:

I have found it interesting on the topic of italicized words in the KJV to notice the difference in the number of italicized words in the “original” 1611 KJV and the KJV of today. Using Mark 5 for instance, I believe the count is something like 20 in...

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Written by Mark Ward
Friday, 16 February 2018 08:32

Immigration as a Gospel Issue? Featured

The Polemics Report for February 14, 2018
On this episode of Polemics Report, JD discusses :
– Charisma Mag saying Gloria Copeland didn’t tell us not to get the flu shot, even though their original article said she did.
– Why sickness and disease can be a blessing and used by God,...

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Written by Tim Hurd
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