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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Tuesday, 23 April 2019 00:55

Reaching the Next Generation | Podcast #16

It is no secret that young people raised in the church often leave when they get out of High School. As this trend has worsened, we are seeing an entire generation becoming disengaged from the church. Many Christians see this trend and want to become better at presenting ancient truths to a new...

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Written by Clayton Kraby
Tuesday, 23 April 2019 00:44

John 6 and The Last Supper

It is imperative to recognize that John 6 does not deal directly with the Last Supper, or with the breaking of the bread. That’s worth repeating. John chapter 6 has nothing to do with the Last Supper! … John deals with the Last Supper starting in chapter 13, but chapter 6 is a separate...

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Written by Glenn E. Chatfield
Tuesday, 23 April 2019 00:41

Political Objectives and Policies Are Different Things: On Being Consistently Pro-Life

By Stephen Wolfe

It is not enough nowadays to be pro-life; you must be consistentlypro-life. If you truly care for life, then you must care for all of life − both in and out of the womb. That is, you must consistently apply the pro-life principle, leading you to advocate for governmental...

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Written by Guest Writer
Tuesday, 23 April 2019 00:39

Southwest Baptist Alumni Disagree with ‘Official’ Report, Believe Faculty IS Heretical Featured

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In December, P&P reported that Southwest Baptist University, a Southern Baptist and Missouri Baptist Convention-affiliated school located in Bolivar, Missouri, had fired a professor for objecting to heresy. Clint Bass had been asked by...

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Written by News Division
Tuesday, 23 April 2019 00:30

Ways to Avoid the Trappings of the Social Justice Agenda

It is no secret that the evangelical church is in the throes of controversy centered on social justice. This controversy, unlike others that the evangelical church has faced, is multi-faceted, multi-layered, and multi-dimensional. Within this cultural schism, we are answering important questions...

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Written by Josh Buice
Tuesday, 23 April 2019 00:10

Bowing the Knee

Ephesians 3:14-15, “For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named.”

In Ephesians 3:2-13 Paul refers to his calling and ministry as a brief aside in this epistle. Today in Ephesians 3:14-15 he returns to where he left off in verse...

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Tuesday, 23 April 2019 00:05

The Importance of Doctrine Matter for the Everyday Christian

Does Doctrine Matter for the Everyday Christian? from Crossway on Vimeo.

Relevant for Christian Living

Sometimes the temptation is to think Doctrine, in general, is just stuff for the head, for the academics, for those in institutions. In the church though, we’re about the heart.

Well, the...

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Written by Matthew Barrett
Tuesday, 23 April 2019 00:00

Easter Zombies and the Hope of Resurrection

“And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit. And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two,...

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Written by Dan van Voorhis
Tuesday, 23 April 2019 00:00

Voting rights for terrorists and rapists, death penalty for unborn babies throughout pregnancy

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Wow. It seems to me that the Democrats had a pretty good chance of competing against Trump in the 2020 election, with their presumed nominee, Bernie Sanders. He’s wildly popular with young people. He’s raising tons of...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Monday, 22 April 2019 23:59

Grudem’s Christian Ethics and Other Themeliana

My review of Wayne Grudem’s Christian Ethics appears in the latest issue of Themelios. (In case you’re left wondering: yes, I actually used a set of scales.)

The April 2019 issue is quite a treat. Some highlights:

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Written by James
Monday, 22 April 2019 23:55

Competing Spectacles: Treasuring Christ in the Media Age – Tony Reinke

We live in an increasingly visual culture. As a pastor, I hear the relentless sound of the postmodern drumbeat: “The average person cannot sit through a forty-five-minute sermon,” I’m told. Yet that same person will sit in a dark room for nearly four hours and watch Lord of the...

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Written by David Steele
Monday, 22 April 2019 23:48

3GT Episode 130: Evangelism in the Digital Age

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After clarifying among the three who the real hillbilly is (it’s the one who has goats), the guys get to the true subject at hand. How does a congregation go about evangelism in the age of the internet?

We hear how the Lord used digital mean in the life of the younger two guys (and establish...

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Written by Barry York
Monday, 22 April 2019 23:45

Israel Folau, Unlikely Martyr Featured

Americans, being somewhat exceptional in their sports (as in much else), may be unaware of the controversy currently raging around the Australian rugby player, Israel Folau.

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Monday, 22 April 2019 23:31

Mutiny at SBTS?

An OT prof. at SBTS has signed the Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel:
That's significant because it's been reported that Al Mohler privately threatened to fire...

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Written by steve
Monday, 22 April 2019 23:29

Video: "It Must Be So" by Alistair Begg

Deserted by His companions, bound, spat upon, beaten, mocked, flogged, and crucified—why did God allow this to happen to His own Son? Why did Jesus freely and willingly give up His life when He could have called legions of angels to His aid? In this special Good Friday message, Alistair Begg...

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Written by TFL
Monday, 22 April 2019 23:18

When Is the First Time We See a New Testament Book Used as Scripture?

Few issues in the study of the NT canon have generated more discussion (and disagreement) than that of the canon’s date.  When were Christian writings first regarded as “Scripture”?  When was the first time we can see that happening?

For many modern scholars, the key time...

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Written by Michael Kruger
Monday, 22 April 2019 23:00

Genuine belief.

The people of Nineveh believed God, and the genuineness of their belief in Him produced the evident works of repentance (Jonah 3:10). Measure the faith of those you have witnessed to by asking, “Do you believe what you have just heard?” If they say they don’t, question what...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Monday, 22 April 2019 22:51

Book Review: Budgeting for a Healthy Church

Dunlop, Jamie.Budgeting for a Healthy Church.Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2019. 169 pp.

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Finances are a barometer of one’s heart. This is why Jesus talked about them so much. Our wallet helps reveal what we worship. For Christians, the question is, “What does our use of money...

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Written by Jon Canler
Monday, 22 April 2019 22:51

Do away with the "Antichristian garbidge!" Featured

By Elizabeth Prata
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Above, I could not find a portrait of Marshall. Here are some other more famous Puritans: Gallery of famous 17th-century Puritan theologians: Thomas Gouge, William Bridge, Thomas Manton, John Flavel, Richard Sibbes, Stephen Charnock, William Bates, John Owen, John Howe and Richard...

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Written by The End Time
Monday, 22 April 2019 22:45

Are Americans Losing Faith in “Church”?

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With each new survey we see an emerging pattern regarding religion and Americans:  A growing disillusionment with institutionalized religion.  Young people are leaving “church” in massive numbers, and even older people are starting to question why they should be affiliated...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Monday, 22 April 2019 22:00

Terminology Tuesday: Principle of Double Effect

image The view that there is a significant moral difference between consequences of an action that are intended and those that may only be foreseen but not intended. According to this view, for example, it might be morally permissible to administer a pain-relieving drug to a dying person with the intent...

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Written by Richard Porter
Monday, 22 April 2019 21:46

Follow-up observations and questions regarding the Notre Dame fire

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It’s been over one week since the massive fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, and I thought I would follow-up with a few observations and questions:

  • The media coverage of the fire and the aftermath were intense. Note Dame is one of the most famous symbols and tourist...

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Written by Tom
Monday, 22 April 2019 21:00

Don’t Mistake Your Passion for Theological Precision

April 23, 2019 by: Kevin DeYoung

Caring Enough to Be Careful

I’m glad there are people in the world—most people in the world, it turns out—who know more about cars than I do. I don’t want good-natured well-wishers to replace my alternator. I want someone who has paid...

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Written by Kevin DeYoung
Monday, 22 April 2019 21:00

Why the Secularization Hypothesis Is Fundamentally Flawed

April 23, 2019 by: Rebecca McLaughlin

Is Religion Declining?

Before I was born, there was a consensus among sociologists that religion was declining. As the world became more modern, more scientific, and more educated, they thought the world was also becoming less religious. This was based...

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Written by Rebecca McLaughlin
Monday, 22 April 2019 20:00

Literally?

This is just another word rant.According to the dictionary, the word "literal" means "in accordance with, involving, or being the primary or strict meaning of the word or words; not figurative or metaphorical." Thus, "literally" would be the adverb form meaning "in the literal sense" or "in the...

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Written by Winging It
Monday, 22 April 2019 19:58

A La Carte (April 23)

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There are just a couple of fairly minor Kindle deals for you to consider today.

(Yesterday on the blog: We Are All Theologians)

It Is Well

Writing for WORLD, Janie Cheaney does a great job telling the story of Horatio Spafford who wrote “It Is Well.” But be warned, once you learn the rest...

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Written by Tim Challies
Monday, 22 April 2019 19:20

Free E-Book: Knowing and the Trinity by Vern Poythress

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There’s so many good free Christian E-books online these days.  This is one of them!

This book is a work by New Testament Scholar Vern Poythress who teaches at Westminster Theological Seminary.  It is titled “Knowing and the Trinity” with the subtitle “How...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Monday, 22 April 2019 19:10

Is God Enough?

The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance. (Psalm 16:5-6)

Today, if you lost everything you hold dear in this world, would God be enough? Would your heart be peacefully content? Joyful?

The only...

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Written by Paul Tautges
Monday, 22 April 2019 19:04

Marinating in God’s Kindness and Gospel Riches

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But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, 

but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Monday, 22 April 2019 19:00

NUGGETS

When Truth Doesn’t Seem to Work – “Ultimately, it is God’s Word that transforms as the Holy Spirit does His work, but we must make it our goal to fuel faith in Christ and worship of Christ by bringing truth to bear on people’s lives at a level that is...

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Written by Paul Tautges
Monday, 22 April 2019 19:00

Redemption Applied

Here’s an excerpt from Redemption Applied, David Garner’s contribution to the April issue of Tabletalk:

Born like any other young boy (Gal. 4:4), Jesus grew “in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man” (Luke 2:52). Despite contemporary attempts by some to paint...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Monday, 22 April 2019 18:44

How Do We Know That the Resurrection Happened? (Video)

J. Warner Wallace answers questions about Christianity in his “Think Like a Detective”series on RightNow Media, the “Netflix of Christian Bible Studies”. In this video, J. Warner talks about the central claim of the Christian worldview: The Resurrection of Jesus....

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Written by J. Warner
Monday, 22 April 2019 18:01

What Does “You are the Light of the World” Mean? Featured

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.”  Matthew 5:14-15

It’s fascinating to see what people will do when they think...

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Written by Jordan Standridge
Monday, 22 April 2019 18:00

What You Are Willing to Put Into Practice?

April 23, 2019
Your future is as bright as the promises of God. --William Carey (17 August 1761 – 9 June 1834) was a British Christian missionary, Particular Baptist minister, translator, and social reformer).Read more
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Monday, 22 April 2019 18:00

Nuggets from Occult Invasion—A Plea for Some Rational Thinking!

April 23, 2019
There is no right or wrong in nature. Clearly it is not “wrong” for a volcano to spew forth poisonous gases. Whatever nature and her offspring do is simply “natural.” If man is a product of...

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Written by TBC Staff - CR
Monday, 22 April 2019 18:00

A More Sure Word

“We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts.” (2 Peter 1:19)
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Monday, 22 April 2019 17:48

Non-sequential Preaching: One Fish, Two Fish, Blue Fish

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Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as “Dr. Seuss” (and lesser-known pronounced as “Zoice”) stands as one of the most read and best-selling authors of all time.[1] Having written over sixty children’s books and selling over 600 million copies, he is beloved by...

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Written by Josh Niemi
Monday, 22 April 2019 17:03

Growing in Small Groups

FrontLine March/April 2019 | VOLUME 29 | NUMBER 2

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In America, big churches are getting bigger and small churches are getting smaller. According to the Hartford Institute and Leadership Network, America boasted 150 “mega-churches” (2000 or more in the congregation) in 1980 and is home to...

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Written by Charles Phelps
Monday, 22 April 2019 17:00

Real Men Diet

Every choice we make about what to eat or drink either magnifies or minimizes God. Visit the Christian Man Academy for a transcript of this video and to enroll in the Academy.

Authors: David Murray...

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Written by David Murray
Monday, 22 April 2019 16:00

Becoming Ecclesiologically Attractive

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Many of us are aware, and deeply concerned, about the lack of young people in our churches. While there are no doubt churches who buck the trend, in general, the UK church is ageing. In 1980, 46% of Sunday church attenders in England were aged under 30. By 2000, that figure had dropped to 35%, and...

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Written by Andrew Bunt
Monday, 22 April 2019 16:00

Episode 84: On Church Buildings

We know the church is comprised of the people, not the building. And yet, church buildings can be extremely valuable, useful, and vital for the health of long-term Christianity.

In this conversation, Jonathan chats with Mark about these topics and more.

Authors: Daniel Gardner

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Written by Daniel Gardner
Monday, 22 April 2019 15:15

Simple Suggestions for a Successful Church Business Meeting

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As a Baptist, I am committed to congregational church government. Unfortunately, some churches practice an unhealthy form of church government which does more harm than good. In these cases, acrimonious business meetings are usually a clear sign of church that has an unhealthy inward focus and is...

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Written by J. Alan Branch
Monday, 22 April 2019 15:13

The Conquest of Canaan – Part One Featured

Whenever another horrible Islamic terrorist attack takes place – and these are now daily occurrences sadly – you will get various Christophobes and/or Islamophiles trying to argue that Christians are just as bad: they too support violence and bloodshed. And as “proof” of...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Monday, 22 April 2019 15:10

Making God a Liar

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Mankind has exchanged the truth of God for a lie and seems happy about it.

Singing foolish songs like, “Cheers all around and love and smiles too, because we all make it to Heaven no matter what we do!” Worse than this is that, man calls God a liar even though He tells us the truth...

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Written by Kole Farney
Monday, 22 April 2019 15:08

The Conquest of Canaan – Part Two Featured

This is the conclusion to an article which looks at the issue of the conquest of Canaan by the Israelites and various moral and religious problems that can arise as a result. It offers seven considerations in total, the last three of which are found here.

Fifth, we can ask whether the Israelites...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Monday, 22 April 2019 15:05

April 23: Horace Newton Allen

The Earliest  Protestant Missionary to Koreaby Rev. David T. Myers

It wasn’t luck.  It wasn’t chance.  It wasn’t good fortune.  It was plainly providential.

Sent to Korea as a physician, Horace Newton Allen was in Seoul in 1884 when a royal relative of the...

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Written by Wayne Sparkman
Monday, 22 April 2019 15:00

Download (Free) — "When You Pray, Say..." — Finding Instruction in the Lord's Prayer

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In the Christian life, nothing is more important, and nothing more difficult to establish and maintain, than a meaningful prayer life. Although we find time to do just about everything else—good things, industrious things, ministry things—it often seems that when we get to the issue of...

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Written by TFL
Monday, 22 April 2019 15:00

The Meaning of Matthew 5:17-19 (Part 4)

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Read the series.

The Meaning of “To Fulfill”

In my previous post I addressed the meaning of “to abolish” in Matthew 5:17. Now I interpret the meaning of “to fulfill” in 5:17 with a view to understanding what Jesus meant when He said, “Do not think that I came...

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Written by Michael Vlach
Monday, 22 April 2019 14:10

God Has a Plan Through Your Life

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“God has a plan for your life.”

This statement has become something of a truism among evangelicals, whether it introduces a gospel presentation or comes during a time of suffering and trial, as a source of comfort in knowing God is sovereign over our sorrow.

In the midst of turmoil, we...

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Written by Trevin Wax
Monday, 22 April 2019 13:07

Pastoral Call?

Mark Snoeberger has some interesting thoughts on the pastoral call here.

Authors: BibleX...

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