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, 27 August 2016 04:50

Using Scripture in the Argument or Debate

imageI think most Christians would agree that Scripture is extremely important. We Christians need to not only be familiar with God’s Word, but have as much as possible embedded in our hearts so that we always have it with us to think about, analyze and pray about. God’s Word is either true...

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Written by modres
Saturday, 27 August 2016 04:42

May We Pray To All Three Members Of The Holy Trinity?

A regular and thoughtful reader of the HB writes to ask whether it is proper in Christian prayer to address the Son and the Spirit in prayer as well as the Father. This is a difficult question for a couple of reasons. . . . Continue reading →

Authors: R. Scott Clark...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Saturday, 27 August 2016 04:40

The disappearing “middleground” and the coming conflict

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Denny Burk, Professor of Biblical Studies at Boyce College, tells us that “David Gushee has written a column for Religion News Service arguing that the “middleground” is disappearing on LGBT rights.” Before we get to Burk’s piece, readers should know that David Gushee...

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Written by Marsha West
Saturday, 27 August 2016 04:37

Church Discipline is unloving? Answering from 1 Corinthians

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Is church discipline unloving?  How many times it has happened in churches all across America where leaders in the church say practicing church discipline as described in the Bible in such places as Matthew 18 is “unloving.”  Then their reasoning continues with the...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Saturday, 27 August 2016 04:12

Another Emotion-Driven Song

This is a song we “performed” in our assembly recently.  While there is a wee bit of doctrine in the lyrics, it is just repeated over and over.   Is there something wrong with ME that I find this repetitive stuff to be a put-off?  If this was the standard fare at our...

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Written by Glenn E. Chatfield
Saturday, 27 August 2016 03:59

How problematic is the problem of unanswered prayer?

The so-called problem of unanswered prayer is a familiar issue in Christian apologetics. It's not just a philosophical or theological issue, but a practical issue–inasmuch as many believers find unanswered prayer aggravating. In some cases that leads to loss of faith.
I'd simply point out that...

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Written by steve
Saturday, 27 August 2016 03:23

The God of the gaps narrative

An extremely popular argument in atheism is the God of the gaps narrative. According to the narrative, prescientific people used to attribute every event, or at least every mysterious event, to supernatural agency. Indeed, that's a primary source for religious belief in the first place. Ancient...

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Written by steve
Saturday, 27 August 2016 03:08

Podcast: What Can Women Do In Church? Featured

On this episode, JD answers a bunch of sincere questions, including questions about what women can do (or say) in church, theonomy, and more. Then, JD discuss AHA and the various responses given them.

As always, you can download and listen from SermonAudio or iTunes.

Authors: News Division...

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Written by News Division
Saturday, 27 August 2016 02:13

Cremation and Burial

Introduction

Part of living together is learning to deal with the fact of death. In the early years of our congregation, we had almost no funerals. The reason we had few funerals in the early days of the church is that we were all babies. Now we have had a number of funerals, and given how many of...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Saturday, 27 August 2016 02:11

The Law Has No Power To Release Us (Chrysostom)

I always enjoy reading Chrysostom; he’s one of my favorite preachers/authors of the patristic era.  Here’s a wonderful commentary on Gal 1:4, “…who gave Himself for our sins…” (NASB).  He understood that the law can’t deliver us – only...

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Written by Reformed Reader
Saturday, 27 August 2016 02:07

Tim Price on The Tale of Two Masters

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Tim Price (Omaha, Nebraska) is a friend of mine who works as an editor, publisher and writer. Tim is currently working on a book called The Tale of Two Masters, uploading individual chapters to academia.com as he completes. He has given me permission to copy one chapter of his new book on this...

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Written by Wade Burleson
Saturday, 27 August 2016 01:56

Happily Ever After

Most of us grown up with a strong affection for books that finish well and fairytales that conclude with ‘and they lived happily ever after.’ Whether it’s ‘Beauty and Beast’ or ‘Snow White and her Handsome Prince’, we don’t enjoy reaching the final...

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Written by Andrew Kerr
Saturday, 27 August 2016 01:53

Thoroughly Gay

As we continue to meditate on the importance of self-control, and its relationship to other forms of free governance, we have to do more than consider control of appetites and emotions that we know to be a problem. We also need to exercise self-control when it comes to suppression of false virtues.image

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Saturday, 27 August 2016 01:38

The Temple and the Tabernacle

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Tim Challies:

If you are a committed reader, you know what it’s like when you get swept away by a book—where hours pass in what feels like minutes. You know the sheer pleasure of being drawn into a book that is unexpectedly interesting and intriguing. This was the case for me this...

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Written by Peter Cockrell
Saturday, 27 August 2016 01:12

Each Morsel Contains Worlds

When we partake of this meal we are partaking of both the Lord’s disgrace, and His promised glory.image

“Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, He shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high. As many were astonied at thee; His visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Saturday, 27 August 2016 00:24

Review: The Visionary Christian

imageThe Visionary Christian by C.S. Lewis My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Selections from the works of C.S. Lewis. Nancy and I read this together, and it was quite good.

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Authors: Douglas Wilson...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Saturday, 27 August 2016 00:07

The Divisions of the Bible and Talmud

This article discusses the divisions of the Bible and Talmud. Many Bible students are familiar with the work of Stephen Langton is often credited (and sometimes blamed) for giving us the chapter divisions we now have in our Bibles. The issue is a actually bit more complicated than that which you...

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Written by BibleX
Friday, 26 August 2016 23:15

Question to the Editor: What Do You Know About Ed Silvoso and the Transformation Movement?

Question to the Editor: What Do You Know About Ed Silvoso and the Transformation Movement?

“Ed Silvosos’ paradigm is no different than many others who have come into the church before basically “rethinking everything into a new strategy.” Using the magic word of...

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Written by Lighthouse Trails Editors
Friday, 26 August 2016 23:11

You can’t spell “Cooperative Program” without “opera”

image…so how about a little more “opera” in our Cooperative Program supporting and sustaining churches?

Great composers have found the Holy Bible to be prime source material for that most outstanding of all art forms: the opera. Singers and musicians combining in a theatrical...

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Written by William Thornton
Friday, 26 August 2016 22:45

The Pardoned Soul

Where must a person go for pardon? Where is forgiveness to be found? There is a way both sure and plain, and into that way I desire to guide every inquirers feet. That way is simply to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior. It is to cast your soul with all its sins, unreservedly on...

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Written by The J.C. Ryle Archive
Friday, 26 August 2016 22:37

"Encouragement In Grace" launch day Featured

Forty-three years and thirteen years in the making, seven-and-a-half years of writing and three months of editing & formatting, today my eBook "Encouragement In Grace" launches at Amazon.For 43 years I was an unsaved rebel enemy of Christ. Hating Him at every turn, I tried ignoring my festering...

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Written by The End Time
Friday, 26 August 2016 22:31

The Mystery of 87

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Psalms 87 (HCSB) “His foundation is on the holy mountains. The Lord loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob. Glorious things are said about you, city of God. Selah ‘I will mention those who know Me: Rahab, Babylon, Philistia, Tyre, and Cush — each one was born...

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Written by theidolbabbler
Friday, 26 August 2016 22:04

Weekly Dose of Apologetics – 21-27 August 2016

Current Events

Top 5 international stories of the week

International news stories of interest.

Isis sends new waves of jihadis to attack Europe

“Europol’s director Rob Wainwright said IS had taken a “strategic decision” to send its fanatics to attack the continent in an attempt...

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Written by Mike Boling
Friday, 26 August 2016 22:01

5 Life Lessons From An Olympic Gold Medalist

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Of all the people you’ve ever seen preach in a Speedo, David Boudia must be the most eloquent. A world-class diver who, after Rio, now has 4 Olympic medals to his name, he often stands with reporters after competitions and does all he can to deflect attention away from himself and toward...

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Written by Tim
Friday, 26 August 2016 22:00

Turn Off My Brain, Turn On the TV

After a hard day’s work, or one of those really long weeks, I like to turn on the TV to unwind and just stop thinking. Television seems like the best place to go when someone wants to turn off the brain. Well, think again. TV shows like Black-ish and Modern Family can actually change our...

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Written by Nick Davis
Friday, 26 August 2016 21:06

Weekend A La Carte (August 27)

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I was not able to scrounge up any new Kindle deals today, though I know there will be some good ones coming next week (with the start of a new week and the start of a new month). Stay tuned to the Kindle Deals for Christians page.

J. Alec Motyer (1924-2016)

Yesterday brought the news that...

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Written by Tim
Friday, 26 August 2016 20:54

The Doctrine of God and the distinction of nature and action

In defense of divine impassibility against the avalanche of criticism and rejection within conservative Reformed and evangelical circles, Michael Horton proposes that it could be beneficial to shift the discussion of divine passions to the persons of the Trinity, rather than God's essence. (Charles...

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Written by Daniel C
Friday, 26 August 2016 20:02

New Report Examines Scientific Studies on Sexuality and Gender

The journal The New Atlantis has published “a careful summary and an up-to-date explanation of research—from the biological, psychological, and social sciences—related to sexual orientation and gender identity.”

From Ryan Anderson:

A major new report, published today in the...

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Written by STR Blog
Friday, 26 August 2016 20:00

Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Prior to 1994 the military refused to allow military personnel who self-identified as homosexual1. President Clinton enacted a directive that was known at "Don't ask, don't tell" in which self-identified homosexuals could serve in the military as long as they weren't "out", so to speak. In 2011,...

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Written by Winging It
Friday, 26 August 2016 19:00

Can Salvation Be Lost Because of Sin?

The question of losing one's salvation is one that is a matter of great controversy within the household of Christian faith. There are many Christians who live in mortal fear every day of losing what they have found in Christ because the Bible gives serious warnings about falling away, and Paul...

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Written by R.C. Sproul
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