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, 22 March 2017 07:34

The Book of Romans | Foundations of Christian Living | Session 6 | Romans 2:1-15 Featured

imageThe Book of Romans is foundational to understanding the Gospel of grace and the requirements for Christian living.

This session covers Romans 2:1-15.

In this study, Dr. Randy White will teach the book of Romans verse-by-verse.  The study is presented from the pulpit of Taos, New...

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Written by Randy White
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 07:24

“Is Aglow affiliated with the New Apostolic Reformation?”

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A reader from Australia writes: Dear Berean Research, Having come from Charismatic circles, I was involved for many years with the Aglow movement. It was started in the USA back in 1967. While the ladies themselves were a huge help to me, the slippery slope to the ministry being involved with...

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Written by Amy Spreeman
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 07:20

Teach Us To Want: Longing, Ambition The Life of Faith (Jen Pollock Michel)

The word “desire” has become a misnomer of sorts. In the Christian life, we too often equate desire with sinfulness, like jealousy or sexual temptation. At best, we view desire as something that should be merely suppressed or given up in the pursuit of holiness. It’s wanting, and...

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Written by Zach Barnhart
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 06:58

Furtick, Elevation Church activate N.A.R. Apostles.

With Steven Furtick invited as a keynote speaker at C3’s Presence Conference on April 10-13, 2017, it’s important to “sound the alarm” as to who Phil Pringle is exposing his movement to. Fellow friend and polemicist Amy Spreeman has exposed Furtick’s extreme drift into...

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Written by churchwatcher
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 06:43

Identity: Knowing Who We Are in Christ

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The professional women sitting next to our dinner table last week gloried in their roles as nurses as they traded recent stories of pain and recovery from the hospital down the street. Yet I wondered whether they realized that nursing is merely their vocation, not the core of their...

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Written by Deb W .
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 06:42

Jesus and the Federal Budget? (Adam Parker)

One of the interesting aspects of Scripture is that it doesn't tell us the precise way in which moral principles should be implemented in the civil sphere--even while it contains ironclad moral commands and lasting principles for the lives of God's people. This makes sense for quite a number of...

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Written by Reformation21 Blog
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 06:32

Have You Truly Been Born Again – Or Has The Evil One Deceived You?

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If you were to die today, and God asked you why He should let you into heaven – how would you answer Him?

This is the most important question that anyone could ask you.  Years ago, I became part of Evangelism Explosion in the Baptist Church I was attending. When we visited people who had...

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Written by Geri Ungurean
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 06:24

Christ Died to Bring Us to God

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Jesus Christ suffered, the just for the unjust, not so you might know a Book; but to bring us into a living fellowship and relationship with God.  He calls us to walk by faith in Him and to trust in Him alone despite how we may feel.

Authors: Mike Morrow

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Written by Mike Morrow
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 06:11

Singing from the Same Page

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From the earliest days of the Church, the singing of hymns expressed doctrinal truth. With the ease of memorizing text with music, Christians could carry the truth in their hearts and minds—even if they could not read. St. Ambrose famously taught his parishioners Psalms and hymns in the midst...

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Written by The Christward Collective
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 06:00

How we pray for those we know who aren’t followers of Jesus

As a pastor, I often ponder how my church can be more effective at sharing the love and gospel of Jesus with our community. Ours is not a large town. We are a community of roughly 1700 people in a county of around 18,000. This presents certain challenges to evangelism: many people are commuters, we...

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Written by Mike Bergman
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 05:59

Princeton Seminary rescinds award to Tim Keller: What does it mean?

Princeton Theological Seminary was recently embroiled in controversy over its decision to give the Kuyper Award to Pastor Tim Keller. The award is supposed to go to a “scholar or community leader whose outstanding contribution to their chosen sphere reflects the ideas and values...

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Written by Denny Burk
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 05:24

Only Two Posts Today

One of the posts took me a long time to think about so I can only handle those two posts today. I said there would be three. … Continue reading

Authors: dee...

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017 05:18

Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I have not come to bring peace but a sword Featured

by Mike Ratliff

34 Μὴ νομίσητε ὅτι ἦλθον βαλεῖν εἰρήνην ἐπὶ τὴν γῆν·...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 05:14

Paul Washer’s Recent Heart Attack

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No doubt most have heard by now that on Monday night brother Paul Washer suffered a heart attack and was in critical condition. It was very sobering news to hear.  I heard the news via a text message from a friend. At the time I was in my backyard assembling a play set for...

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Written by James Jennings
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 05:12

Perhaps The A Group’s Maurillo Amorim Could be a Bit More Circumspect on Social Media?

Social media can be embarrassing at times.

Authors: dee...

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Written by dee
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 04:48

Celebrating strengthening the Cooperative Program

By Jason K. Allen

KANSAS CITY, MO(BP) — The Cooperative Program ought not be a sacred cow, but it is close to one for me. Begun by Southern Baptists nearly a century ago, it has proven to be a most effective and enduring way to support our collective ministry and mission work. I often...

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Written by christianindex
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 04:40

Interpretation Commentaries eBook Sale

There is a three-day sale on volumes in the Interpretation series with prices as low as $1.99. The sale ends Friday, March 24. Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Christian Book Distributors should all have the sale prices. See here.

Authors: BibleX...

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Written by BibleX
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 04:32

OTC #04: Remember Your First Love

Chip discusses how to overcome our religious addiction and find our first love again by embracing the simplicity of a Christ-centered faith.

The post OTC #04: Remember Your First Love appeared first on ChipBrogden.com.

Authors: Chip Brogden...

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Written by Chip Brogden
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 04:26

A Defense of Polemics Featured

Polemics in the realm of Christianity is a highly controversial and often burdensome work. Polemicists are often accused of being divisive and unnecessarily incendiary in their work, and that there really is no biblical basis for the practice of such work. But is it really? Biblical truth is, by...

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Written by Jeff Maples
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 04:25

Death of longtime associational missionary, other news from around the state

Al Davis, retired associational missionary for Northwest Georgia and Lookout Valley Baptist associations, died March 17. He was 89.   

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Al Davis

Davis served from September 1970 to March 1993 as an associational missionary. In addition, he was a volunteer with Georgia Baptist Disaster...

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Written by Scott Barkley
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 04:17

You are what you sing: real soul music...

imageBefore the sermon this past Lord's Day, I recommended some music to the congregation. This is music that has strengthened me many years now as I read and write—particularly books and sermons. I don't know how weak I'd be if these musicians hadn't been strengthening me for this work.

First, the...

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Written by Tim Bayly
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 04:13

CLARIFICATION: FREE DVD "The Atheist Delusion" (Can I order extras for friends?)

CLARIFICATION: Im getting tons of orders for the free DVD plus numerous repeat orders and requests for multiple copies. BAD NEWS: We have a strict limit of one DVD per household. GOOD NEWS: You may share this link (FREE DVD: www.watchman.org/AtheistDelusion) with any family or friends who might...

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Written by profilesubs
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 04:10

Customized Blasphemy - "Apostle" Kelly's Customized Holy Ghost White Cadillac Featured

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In scripture Paul an apostle wrote of his struggle as an apostle. He described how he hungered, thirsted, was poorly dressed, buffeted, and homeless (1 Corinthians 4:11). Apostle John P. Kelly has a much different experience.

Biblical apostles reference the Holy Ghost in relation to the...

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Written by Chris Rice
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 04:04

Preparing for Death and the University

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Have you ever thought about taking a class on death? I recently began running again, after nursing an injury for the better part of a year, and decided to check out iTunes U to occupy my mind while exhausting my body. Of course, I chose a course from Yale called, “The Philosophy of...

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Written by Bob Hiller
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 03:56

Are Deathbed Conversions Fair?

By Brian Chilton

A church member approached me recently and asked a difficult question.  He told me of the story of a family member who had accepted Christ as Savior moments before he died.  While the church member was happy that his relative had made it to heaven, he still wondered...

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Written by Guest
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 03:46

God, The Shack, and the Christian Mind

By Adam Tucker

Unless you live under a rock, you’re no doubt familiar with the New York Times bestselling book The Shack by William P. Young that has also recently been released as a big-budget feature film. Much has been said and will continue to be said, regarding the alleged merits of T...

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Written by Guest
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 03:30

The Historic Roots of Calvinism in the Southern Baptist Movement

imageArticle entitled “Churches, Get a Calvinist Pastor!” by Tom Nettles (original source here)

Southern Baptists inherited the most compelling aspects of all the Baptist Calvinists that preceded them. James P. Boyce summarized this well. He encouraged every preacher to get theological...

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Written by John Samson
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 03:22

Quick Thought on the Queen James Bible (LGBT) Part 3

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Two days ago I posted “Quick Thought on the Queen James Bible (LGBT) Part 2.”  That post was a response to a gay friendly Bible called the Queen James Bible.  Part 2 was a specific response to the following statement from the product’s Amazon page:

Anti-LGBT Bible...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 03:00

March 21, 2017 Show with Carl Trueman on “Martin Luther: Theologian of the Cross” PLUS Mark Chanski on “Stare Your Worst Fears Right in the Eye”

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March 21, 2017:

DR. CARL TRUEMAN, who holds the Paul Woolley Chair of Church History & is professor of church history at Westminster Theological Seminary, has written more than a dozen books, is currently co-editing with Bruce Gordon the Oxford Handbook of Calvin & Calvinism (due in...

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Written by Eric Nielsen
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 03:00

The Mandate of Biblical Inerrancy: Expository Preaching Featured

This July, Dr. John MacArthur will teach on the doctrinal foundations of expository preaching in the fall 2017 session of the Doctor of Ministry in Expository Preaching program. To learn more and to apply, visit tms.edu/dmin.

Preaching ought to reflect our conviction that God’s Word is...

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Written by John MacArthur
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 03:00

"Bring Back Some of the People of Israel" -- Daniel 1:1-7

The First in a Series of Sermons on the Book of Daniel

We know that Daniel was young man of noble Hebrew descent living in Judah in 605 B.C.  That was the year when, in the providence of God, King Nebuchadnezzar sent his armies to lay siege to Jerusalem–only to destroy the city and its...

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Written by Kim Riddlebarger
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 02:52

Ten Things You Should Know About The Post-Millennial View Of The Kingdom Of God

In terms of eschatology, Dr. Sam Storms and I are ammillennialists and so disagree with the post millennial view. In any discussion of these issues, it is so important to accurately portray an opposing position before engaging with it. So often, this is not the case and the result is a complete...

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Written by John Samson
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 02:46

Tom Chantry Update: Will He Get out of Jail While Awaiting Trial?

Tom Chantry has applied to get out of jail.

Authors: dee...

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Written by dee
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 02:34

Guerrilla, Gorilla, And The Idiot Greek Chorus

Eleven years ago the film Idiocracy was released. I have only seen portions. I am not a great fan of the comedy of errors. It is difficult for me to watch Seinfeld because of the George Costanza character. Jason Alexander did a . . . Continue reading →

Authors: R. Scott Clark

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 02:06

Book Review: First Freedom: The Beginning and End of Religious Liberty

Duesing, Jason G., Thomas White, and Malcom B. Yarnell III.First Freedom: The Beginning and End of Religious Liberty. 2nd Ed. Nashville: B&H Academic, 2016. 275 pp.

Introduction

Southern Baptists are proving to be an ahistorical people with respect to religious liberty. In recent days, Dr....

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Written by Jon Canler
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 02:00

Steve Gaines Comments on ERLC/Moore Unity Statement

On Monday the Executive Committee of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and its President Russell Moore released a statement entitled “Seeking Unity in the Southern Baptist Convention.”  Brent Hobbs wrote a post here at SBC Voices extracting some of the most notable quotes...

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Written by Adam Blosser
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 01:37

Do You Love the Psalms?

Robert Godfrey explains why he does here.

Authors: BibleX...

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Written by BibleX
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 01:27

(BCP) Message–Mere Christianity: Fundamentals of Scripture (2 Timothy 3:10-4:5) - Bellator Christi

In this message, we finish our series titled “Mere Christianity” as we conclude with the authority of Scripture, God’s holy Word–that is, the Bible. In this message, Pastor Brian discusses some of the fundamentals of Scripture, including the three understood...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 01:26

Perspective on Tim’s Toxic Teaching

imageW-w will not help you sort this out. Carol Howard Merritt cannot tell the difference between Tim Keller and Tim Bayly:

I know that people are angry that Tim Keller doesn’t believe in women in the pastorate. But, my friends, this goes much, much deeper than women not being able to be ordained...

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Written by D. G. Hart
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 01:23

At Least Three Apostles

A parishioner sent me a link to this NYT op-ed because it was floating around social media, and she wanted to know if I had a quick take on it. I do, actually. If you don’t want to read the piece, knowing that you will never get those minutes back again, the set-up is a series of exchanges...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
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