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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Wednesday, 19 September 2018 03:00

Is It Okay to Pick and Choose Religious Beliefs?

image Can we pick the parts of religions we like and discard the rest? How should we approach various religious beliefs? Sean briefly addresses these questions.

Authors: Sean McDowell...

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Written by Sean McDowell
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 03:00

September 18, 2018 Show with Kyle White on "The Dark Night of the Soul: the Case the Cure"

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September 18, 2018:

KYLE WHITE, pastor of Community Baptist Church of Elmendorf, Texas, who will address: “The DARK NIGHT of The SOUL: The CASE & The CURE”

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Written by Eric Nielsen
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 02:54

The Canons Of Dort (2): The Crisis Intensifies

Because the followers of Arminius have been (mostly) ecclesiastically separated from the Reformed churches for centuries it is easy to lose sight of the fact that the Arminian crisis occurred originally within the doors of the Reformed church. Despite the grave reservations about his theology and...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 02:46

“I guess the Bible is not quite what I thought it was…”

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I think the vast majority of Bible believing Christians intuitively believe just as I do concerning the text of the Scripture. That is, we actually possess the infallible word of God, not in theory, but in fact. The rub doesn’t come until they turn a corner and run into lower criticism.

Once,...

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Written by Robert Truelove
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 02:19

The Coming Civil War Featured

Dr. Randy White

From what I have seen in recent days, it seems evident that leftists simply hate our country, our constitution, and Western Civilization in general. They have banded together to destroy everything about our way of life. They have no care whatsoever for any integrity of the political...

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Written by Randy White
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 02:17

Good, Bad, and Ugly

Written by Glenn E. Chatfield
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 02:10

The Battle Cry of the Reformation and the Surrender of the Greek and Hebrew–Daniel Wallace

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Now, half a millennium after Luther nailed his theses to the door of the great Schlosskirche in Wittenberg, theological seminaries are on a rapid decline. Greek and Hebrew continue to be casualties. Genuine study of the biblical languages is being replaced by “Greek/Hebrew appreciation”...

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Written by Kevin Schaal
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 02:01

The Man with the Quivering Red Laser Dot on His Chest

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So let us discuss the recent charges leveled against Brett Kavanaugh. There are a number of things to say about all this, and I intend to say as many of them as I can get to, but the first and fundamental thing is this: If we didn’t really want to go to the circus, then we...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 02:00

Podcast: Bonus Podcast: What Atheists and Christians Get Right and Wrong

Sean recently had a public discussion with Hemant Mehta, who is known as "The Friendly Atheist," and is an outspoken atheist blogger and YouTuber. They discuss common misconceptions each side has about the other, and then take live questions from the audience. This episode first aired on the...

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Written by Sean McDowell
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 01:49

Jesus Opens Us

I was recently asked, "Does Jesus ever just get fed up with how much time I need to spend each day taking care of myself? I have so...

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Written by Donavon Riley
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 01:44

God and checkers

One version of the argument from natural evil that I sometimes run across goes like this: since the laws of nature are contingent rather than necessary, God could dispense with natural evils by making a universe with different laws. 
There's a grain of truth to that, but the reality is a good...

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Written by steve
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 01:09

10 Things You Should Know About Theophanies

1. The word theophany is a combination of two Greek words, meaning God and appearance.

A theophany is an appearance of God. More precisely, it is a visible display to human beings that expresses the presence and character of God. Examples include the thunderous display at the top of Mount Sinai (Ex....

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Written by Victor Kim
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 01:02

Our Joys and Sorrows Are Temporal

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Our lives can’t be marked by our sorrows or our joys. They have to be marked by living for eternity despite our sorrows and our joys.

Excerpt taken from the full sermon, “The Christian is Marked by Eternity”.

Authors: Mack Tomlinson...

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Written by Mack Tomlinson
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 00:36

Podcast: Augustine’s ‘Confessions’, Book 12

image In the latest episode of Mere Fidelity, I join Matt and Derek to explore Augustine’s discussion of the proper interpretation of Genesis’ account of creation in Book 12 of the Confessions.

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Written by Alastair Roberts
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 00:13

What makes something or someone blameworthy?

The political illustration notwithstanding, this is a philosophical analysis that's relevant to debates over freewill theism and Calvinism. What makes a person or action blameworthy?https://arcdigital.media/blaming-trump-5ed516a56e53?sk=da255c69876c9e200d0dc50a0dd1afe8

Authors: steve...

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Written by steve
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 00:01

The Leadership of the Catholic Church: Now vs. Then (Pt. 6)

It’s time to bring our series on the identity and government of the church to a conclusion. You can find the previous installments here:

Part 1: The Crisis of Rome and Its Claims of Ultimate Authority

Part 2: Church Origins and Officers in the New Testament 

Part 3: Bishop-Elders and...

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Written by Steven Wedgeworth
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 00:00

Are the Washington Post and the New York Times trustworthy or fake news?

imageWhy do people think that CNN are biased leftist clowns?

If someone asked you to name the most prestigious national newspapers, you might be tempted to name the Washington Post and the New York Times. Both papers enjoy wide circulation, and they both used to have a reputation for honest journalism....

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Written by Wintery Knight
Tuesday, 18 September 2018 23:50

Our Prowling Adversary

1 Peter 5:8-9, “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.”

Our...

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Tuesday, 18 September 2018 23:45

A Puritan Theology and Approach to Prayer

INTRODUCTION

The Puritans understood prayer as “the vital breath of our spiritual life unto God.”[1] The practice of private prayer and meditation was common amongst all Puritans; however, little has been written on the Puritans theology of prayer. This article seeks to develop a Puritan...

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Written by Joshua Mills
Tuesday, 18 September 2018 23:43

Is Biblical Prophecy Being Ignored in the Church?

An estimated 30-40% of the Word of God deals with prophecy: Prophecy points Old Testament people to the coming of Jesus the Messiah, and indicates how Jesus returns one day to judge all men and establish His everlasting Kingdom. These are the two most significant events the world will ever...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Tuesday, 18 September 2018 23:35

The Limits of Science Concerning Human Nature (Moreland/Rae)

image Since I’m doing a sermon series on image and identity, I picked up Love Thy Body by Nancy Pearcey.  I’ve mentioned it here several times in the past month or two.  I also recently picked up Body and Soul: Human Nature and the Crisis in Ethics by J. P....

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Written by Reformed Reader
Tuesday, 18 September 2018 23:00

Grace alone!

Partake regularly in communion, and as you eat the bread and drink of the cup, remember your past sins. God has forgotten them, but it is good for us to remember them for a moment to recall that we were once children of wrath wandering in the wilderness of sin. Such thoughts keep us at the foot of...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Tuesday, 18 September 2018 22:54

Mere Fidelity: Confessions, Book 12

Alastair, Matt and Derek consider Book 12 of Augustine’s *Confessions,* in which Augustine parses ‘In the beginning God created the heavens and earth…’

If you’re interested in supporting the show financially, you can check out our Patreon here.

Finally,...

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Written by Matthew Lee Anderson
Tuesday, 18 September 2018 22:51

How One Book Changed My Life (Part 2) (Michael Spangler)

In addition to modeling and teaching submission to the Word of God, Petrus van Mastricht--in the recently translated prolegomena of his Theoretical-Practical Theology--powerfully corrected my thinking on the relation of reason and theology.Reason is incorporated into theology. First...

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Written by Reformation21 Blog
Tuesday, 18 September 2018 22:39

Consumer Church

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We need more people coming to church ready to consume. We need more churches ready to give the people the product they need. That's the trouble with the "hating on the consumer" mentality-- it's not always wrong. "With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation... Come, everyone who...

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Written by The Christward Collective
Tuesday, 18 September 2018 22:00

“A Nature corrupt and wholly opposed to God” and a “Nature inclined toward sin” Featured

When the Philadelphia Association received a “query” asking whether “a person denying unconditional election, the doctrine of original sin, and the final perseverance of the saints, and striving to affect as many a he can, may have full communion with the church?” they...

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Written by Tom Nettles
Tuesday, 18 September 2018 21:00

But who are we?

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In a new case of the tail wagging the dog, recent research indicates that Americans, whose political views were previously driven by their religious and ethnic identities, are now seeing those religious and ethnic identities being driven by their politics. Reporting on a paper by Patrick Egan, the...

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Written by Jared Olivetti
Tuesday, 18 September 2018 21:00

10 Things You Should Know about Scientism

September 19, 2018 by: J. P. Morelandimage

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

1. Scientism is a philosophical thesis that comes in two forms.

Scientism is a position in philosophy, not science. The claims of scientism are assertions about science, not of science.

Strong...

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Written by J. P. Moreland
Tuesday, 18 September 2018 20:30

3 Questions for Bible Reading and Reflection

Everybody loves that perfect Instagram Bible study moment! You’ve seen the pics plenty of times before. Steam rises off the fresh cup of coffee. Highlighters form a perfect splash of color to augment the mauve leather cover of your prayer journal. And every inspiring devotional thought ends...

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Written by Micah Colbert
Tuesday, 18 September 2018 20:00

Using Logic in Apologetics

In a previous post we introduced the basics of logic. Here we see how logic is used in apologetics encounters. When we apply the science of arguments to apologetics, it is clear that the arguments used against Christianity are often stated informally. The informal statement “I don’t...

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Written by Mark Farnham
Tuesday, 18 September 2018 20:00

Imperishable Beauty: Lesson 2

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Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Tuesday, 18 September 2018 20:00

Debate Video: Michael Ruse vs. John Lennox- Science, Faith and the Evidence for God

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In this featured video, John Lennox, Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University & Michael Ruse, Professor of Philosophy at Florida State University, debate science, faith and evidence for God.  This debate was featured on Justin Brierley'sUnbelievable?.  This discussion is...

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Written by Chad
Tuesday, 18 September 2018 20:00

Two Minds

In Paul's epistle to the church at Ephesus, he talks about two kinds of minds. The first is the "Gentile mind," what Paul describes as the "futile mind" (Eph 4:17). Paul says this kind of mind is darkened in understanding and excluded from the life of God (Eph 4:18). This kind of mind produces...

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Written by Winging It
Tuesday, 18 September 2018 20:00

Pete Sharber: faithful Christian pastor and soldier  

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Pete Sharber used his experiences as a lifelong pastor and denominational servant, not to mention from military experience that included two tours in Vietnam and Operation Desert Storm, to mentor numerous ministers during his lifetime. SHARBER FAMILY/Special

Pete Sharber, 79, graduated to heaven on...

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Written by Gerald Harris
Tuesday, 18 September 2018 19:57

Video: My Ten Most Stimulating Bible-Related Books

Today’s question: “What are the ten most stimulating Bible-related books that you have read?”

1. James B. Jordan, Through New Eyes 2. Meredith Kline, Images of the Spirit 3. Peter Leithart, A House For My Name 4. N.T. Wright, Jesus and the Victory of God 5. N.T. Wright, Romans 6....

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Written by Alastair Roberts
Tuesday, 18 September 2018 19:45

The Joys (and the Limitations) of Male-Female Friendships

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Newton’s third law tells us that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Though this law pertains to physics, it seems equally true in the realm of ideas. Recently, a renewed emphasis on the value of the Billy Graham/Mike Pence Rule as a means of protecting sexual fidelity...

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Written by Tim Challies
Tuesday, 18 September 2018 19:33

A La Carte (September 19)

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Today’s Kindle deals include just a couple of minor deals.

You may be interested in gaining access to a free teaching series by Ligonier Ministries.

(Yesterday on the blog: New and Notable Christian Books for September)

Grace Means Christians Should and Can Live Differently

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Written by Tim Challies
Tuesday, 18 September 2018 19:29

Let’s Be Careful Where We Abide

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     As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.  

     If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Tuesday, 18 September 2018 19:08

Solar System First Grade Homeschool Lessons: Table of Contents

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Last week we completed our twelve part Christian Home School Lesson Outlines Series for first graders on the Solar System!  It aims to fulfill the Science Content Standards from the California Department of Education.

Here’s the table of contents of this series:

Solar System First Grade...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Tuesday, 18 September 2018 19:00

What Does It Mean to Be a Strong Leader?

Being a “strong leader” is deeply misunderstood in today’s world. We live in a unique historical moment in which autocratic-style leaders have risen to power in many nations. Regardless of their diverse paths to power, these leaders similarly view leadership strength as the...

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Written by W. Scott Brown
Tuesday, 18 September 2018 19:00

Fear of God Devotional: God’s Goodness Toward Us

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How do we see God's goodness towards us?

Paul Thompson explains in this video that all of God’s actions are graceful in that they are full of grace. There is not one thing of God that He gives to man that is not full of truth and grace. Humanity can see the goodness of God through His grace....

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Tuesday, 18 September 2018 19:00

4 Reasons to Remember your Creator in Middle Age

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Although it's young people that are specifically commanded to remember their Creator (Eccl. 12:1), it's probably assumed that middle-aged people will have the sense to do the same. Surely by then we have accumulated enough experience to realize that remembering we have a Creator and that we are...

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Written by Dr. David Murray
Tuesday, 18 September 2018 18:57

A Review of Christian Ethics: An Introduction to Biblical Moral Reasoning. By Wayne Grudem. Featured

Crossway, 2018.

The subject of ethics from a Christian perspective is very important indeed. It often can be wrongly presented, so it is appropriate that someone like Wayne Grudem tackles this topic. The veteran American theologian is well qualified to take on such a task, and he offers us a...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Tuesday, 18 September 2018 18:19

Has the Church Surrendered Its Responsibility to the Academy?

imageA few years ago, I had the opportunity to train 80 high school students at Crossline Church here in southern California.  These students were capable and willing to engage the tough issues at a high level, and their churches and Christian high schools have embraced the mission. Students have a...

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Written by jwallace
Tuesday, 18 September 2018 18:05

2 Samuel 15; 2 Corinthians 8; Ezekiel 22; Psalm 69

2 Samuel 15; 2 Corinthians 8; Ezekiel 22; Psalm 69

THE LONGEST SUSTAINED ENCOURAGEMENT in the New Testament to give money is found in 2 Corinthians 8–9. Today I shall reflect on some of the emphases in 2 Corinthians 8.

(1) Paul encourages the Corinthians to give by referring to the generosity...

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Written by Don Carson
Tuesday, 18 September 2018 18:01

377A, Fornication, Adultery and the Alleged “Secular State” of Singapore

Many relevant and interesting points have been raised in the 377A debate concerning our law criminalising male homosexual acts. However I wish on this post to focus on two specific points raised in this debate. A modus tollens argument on the condition that if we criminalise some homosexual acts we...

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Written by Rubati
Tuesday, 18 September 2018 18:00

New Study Casts Doubt on Shroud of Turin

September 19, 2018
A new scientific study on the Shroud of Turin is questioning the claims that the shroud could have been the burial cloth of Jesus Christ. The study, published in the Journal of Forensic Sciences, essentially states that all the evidence from...

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Written by TBC Staff - EN
Tuesday, 18 September 2018 18:00

Nuggets from Occult Invasion—The Death of Materialism

September 19, 2018
The acceptance of Darwinian evolution in the nineteenth century was the key development in moving the scientific world into hard-core materialism. Nevertheless, increasing numbers of leading physical scientists became...

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Written by TBC Staff - CR
Tuesday, 18 September 2018 18:00

To Die Is Gain

“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21) Although the glorious resurrection bodies that have been promised all believers must await the return of Christ, even t... More...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Tuesday, 18 September 2018 18:00

The Foolish Cross Featured

Unregenerate sinners are completely lost.

Unaided and unilluminated, in his natural condition and without the gospel, the sinner will never find a way to God. In fact, he won’t be looking for it to begin with. “A natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are...

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