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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Thursday, 16 November 2017 02:48

Around the Horn (November 16)

The Unassuming Habits of Hope – Richard Clark

Hope is hard. Especially when the our culture is full of habits that serve only dismantle our hope. Richard Clark writes a wonderful post that helps us remember to hold onto hope even when it’s hard.

More than Inspirational – Jamie Dean

Wh...

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Written by Staff
Thursday, 16 November 2017 02:35

A Personal Story of Deception

This article is written by Hope Wingo and is reprinted here in its entirety with permission of the author. It should be understood that no one is above being deceived. In fact, it can often happen to Christians who yearn for a greater closeness with our Lord. Unfortunately, as you’ll read,...

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Written by modres
Thursday, 16 November 2017 02:26

Media…what’s the big deal?

Dear Christian Parent/Grandparent, any adult with authority and control over the younger generation,   We’ve got to face the facts, this generation just plain thinks different. Mental health problems have exploded and medications are being prescribed at unprecedented rates.  ...

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Written by Carl Kerby
Thursday, 16 November 2017 01:59

Why Atheism?

Is atheism based upon faith or fact? How does one arrive at belief in unbelief? There is probably no one answer to these questions. In his book Ends and Means, Aldous Huxley, known as “Darwin’s Bulldog,” was clear that his atheism was not based on faith, facts, or reason but on...

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Written by Don and Joy Veinot
Thursday, 16 November 2017 01:42

Al Franken and all the other Political Perverts

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One of the news I read this morning is “Senator Al Franken Kissed and Groped Me Without My Consent, And There’s Nothing Funny About It.”

I have been seeing the last few days the Left being up in arms against Roy Moore.  I saw some friends on social media rant against...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Thursday, 16 November 2017 01:31

In Praise of Jesus’ Commitment to Show Us His Love

Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love. John 13:1 NIV

 

Lord Jesus, when you stripped and stooped to wash the apostles’ feet, you opened the curtains on the kind of Savior you really are. It wasn’t primarily dirty feet, but sinful...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Thursday, 16 November 2017 01:07

What If Church Isn’t Meant to Be a Weekly Cataclysm?

Chew on this:

In his wisdom, God has crafted a life for us that does not careen from huge, consequential moment to huge, consequential moments. In fact, if you examine your life, you will see that you have actually had few of those moments. You can probably name only two or three life-changing...

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Written by Mike Leake
Thursday, 16 November 2017 01:00

November 15, 2017 Show with Mike Gaydosh on "Holiday Gift Suggestions to Transform Lives", Tim Challies on "Reasons for Optimism Over the Current State of Evangelicalism Today" AND Jenna Shanna Strackbein on

Theme:

November 15, 2017:

Guest #1: MIKE GAYDOSH of Solid-Ground-Books.com: “HOLIDAY GIFT SUGGESTIONS to TRANSFORM LIVES” Guest #2: TIM CHALLIES, author, blogger & book reviewer: “REASONS For OPTIMISM Over the CURRENT STATE of EVANGELICALISM TODAY” Guests #3 & #4: JENNA...

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Written by Eric Nielsen
Thursday, 16 November 2017 00:58

Why You Can Trust Your English Bible

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Copies of Copies of Copies?

When I was in high school and college, I took a few foreign language courses. My favorite by far was Spanish, and though this won’t sound impressive to you real scholars out there, by the end of it all I had spent four...

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Written by Greg Gilbert
Thursday, 16 November 2017 00:18

Is It Biblical to Say That God Loves Everyone?

In this brief clip from Ligonier Ministries’ 2017 National Conference, R.C. Sproul answers the question, “Is it biblical to say that God loves everyone?”

Transcript

“Often I hear the phrase ‘God loves you’ proclaimed to a group of people which may include both...

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Written by John Samson
Thursday, 16 November 2017 00:12

Campaigning on Behalf of the Orcs; On the Prudential Nature of Voting

By definition, a government has no conscience. Sometimes it has a policy, but nothing more.

-A quote attributed to Albert Camus, but I can’t find the source

Orcs for the Bright Lord

Given the recent controversy over the election of President Trump and the senatorial candidate Roy Moore, a...

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Written by Rubati
Thursday, 16 November 2017 00:03

Anthony George’s sermon: a masterpiece in a nutshell

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First Baptist Atlanta Senior Associate Pastor Anthony George delivered the Doctrinal Sermon at the Georgia Baptist Convention Nov. 14, at North Metro First Baptist Church in Lawrenceville. MARK STRANGE/GBC Communications

LAWRENCEVILLE — Dr. Anthony George, senior associate pastor at First...

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Written by Gerald Harris
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 23:31

Turning-points

An important consideration in theodicy is the sense in which what ultimately matters is not the past, but the present and the future. That is, to reach a turning-point where you can say the worst is behind you, nothing worse can happen to you, nothing but good from here on out, as far as the eye...

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Written by steve
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 23:20

Video: Luther Under The Law

Video courtesy the Lynden United Reformed Church (Lynden, WA) where Bob Godfrey and I spoke earlier this month for their Reformation Conference: Luther Nailed It.

Authors: R. Scott Clark

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 23:13

Cracking the Insidious Code: A Review of John Piper’s Desiring God Featured

  1. But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their sensuality, and...

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Written by Guest Post
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 23:05

Secular deontology

Consequentialism is a popular theory in secular ethics. Its popularity is due in part to the fact that it has a grain of truth. There are many situations in which the foreseeable impact of our actions should factor in our decisions. 
However, consequentialism is deficient as a stand-alone...

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Written by steve
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 23:00

Can atheists rationally ground objective moral values and duties?

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Here’s Dr. William Lane Craig explaining why atheists can’t help themselves to objective morality, given a worldview of atheism:

He presents 3 reasons why in the video, all of which are also discussed in his Defenders class:

The mention of Plato brings to mind...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 23:00

The Power of Common Words

In this brief clip from his teaching seriesLearning to Love the Psalms, W. Robert Godfrey encourages us to pay attention to the common words in Scripture as he explains the usage of "hand" in Psalm 77.

Transcript

One of the things that good to do when you’re looking at the Psalms is to look at...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 22:58

Reigning Grace (Or: Cast Your Idol Works Away)

image  John Newton’s hymns cover many different Scripture texts and themes.  One biblical theme that often comes up in his hymns is grace – the fact that salvation from start to finish, beginning to end is all of grace, only by grace, and of grace alone (Eph. 2:5).  Here...

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Written by Reformed Reader
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 22:40

Departing in Peace

Christian philosopher and bioethicist Bill Davis has written a book on end-of-life decision-making: Departing in Peace.
A few observations: 
1. Good discussion of miracles and prayer. The way many Christians responded to Nabeel Qureshi's losing battle with cancer illustrates the need for...

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Written by steve
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 22:00

“Did God sanction genocide?”

God instructed Israel to put these people to death (see Deut. 20:16–18). Skeptics often accuse God of sanctioning genocide. However, if God treated any of us according to our sins, we would not only be put to death (see Rom. 6:23), we would be justly condemned to hell. All of God’s...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 21:45

What are 5 largely overlooked, but essential qualities needed in every pastor?

As I talked with a young pastor yesterday, I found myself sharing the practical qualities that every pastor needs to get him through the daily grind of ministry.  Of course, much could be said.  But I keep coming back to these 5 qualities and how essential they are:

  • Patience
  • Wisdom
  • Discernmen...

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Written by Brian
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 21:41

Glorify God In Your Death

Let us pray, while we live in health, that we may glorify God in our end. Let us leave it to God to choose the where, and when, and how, and all the manner of our departing. Let us only ask that it may “glorify God.” He is a wise man who takes John Bunyan‘s advice, and keeps...

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Written by The J.C. Ryle Archive
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 21:38

Discussion After the Half Brick

So in the wake of yesterday’s post responding to Elizabeth Bruenig’s, um, critique, a number of scattershot questions have arisen. You can track some of that by looking at @ebruenig and @douglaswils.

For example, one friend cautioned me offline that Bruenig is not a moral liberal. But in...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 21:00

Fear and the Christian Featured

Fear is a natural emotion common to all human beings, and it is neither inherently sinful or godly. Our fears are often connected to the things we love the most. We may fear losing something or someone we love. Or we might fear that we will fail to obtain something we desire. We may fear offending...

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Written by Jared Longshore
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 20:19

Confronting the Lies and Propaganda of the “Transgender” Movement

imageAmerica and many of its Christian Churches are being slowly seduced by lies of the enemy regarding the "Transgender" movement in our nation. As City and State governments rush to pass legislation pandering to political correctness in the name of "fairness" and "equality", few are bothering to view...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 20:00

Can the Gospels Be Integrated Together? One Scholars says Yes.

image Is there a way to chronologically integrate the four Gospels? If so, what would that reveal? Sean interviews Nikola Dimitrov regarding his new book.

Authors: Sean McDowell...

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Written by Sean McDowell
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 20:00

Theology for the Sake of the Church

Seminaries need to provide a rich theological education because pastors and the church need good theology. 

Authors: Valiant for Truth Blog...

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Written by Valiant for Truth Blog
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 20:00

The Problem with Love Languages – Three-Minute Thursdays #3

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If you are a Christian (and maybe even if you’re not) you’ve probably heard of “love languages.” I believe love languages can be both helpful and unhelpful depending how we use them. In this video I try to explain where they are helpful and where perhaps they aren’t....

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Written by Tim Challies
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 20:00

Introducing ‘The Greek New Testament, Produced at Tyndale House, Cambridge’

November 16, 2017 by: Crossway

Back to the Source

Modern Christians are privileged to live in a day with many reliable English Bible translations. Even though we no longer have the biblical writers' original manuscripts, we can have confidence that the Bibles that we hold in our hands are...

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Written by Crossway
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 20:00

10 Reasons Pastors Should Study the Bible in Its Original Languages

November 16, 2017 by: Peter J. Williamsimage

A Good Ambition

Every pastor who can should study the Bible in its original languages. That does not mean every pastor should become a language expert or feel guilty about one more thing in an already punishing schedule. What I mean is that, within the...

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Written by Peter J. Williams
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 19:00

The Academic Advantages of the Bible

For years, Christians have asserted that the removal of the study of the Bible from public school curricula has had a negative moral and spiritual impact on American youth. In 2010, I conducted a meta-analysis that indicates a major educational cost of removing the Bible from our schools. These...

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017 19:00

Throwback Thursday ~ Bad Fruit, Diseased Trees, and the Authority of God’s Word

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Diseased trees produce bad fruit.

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Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 19:00

Three Bad Arguments against Life Beginning at Conception

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A recent article on Romper argues “3 Ways Science Proves Life Doesn’t Begin at Conception,” and the arguments are not good ones. To begin with, the author is not actually arguing that embryonic humans are not alive (this is clear, since she also argues we should be allowed to kill...

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Written by Amy K. Hall
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 18:55

A La Carte (November 16)

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Today’s Kindle deals include all sorts of great titles, many of which lead toward the academic.

Christian Audio is having a $5 sale on books that are of interest to women. There are some good ones and some pretty awful ones, so be choosy! (Recommended: Wolgemuth, Mahaney, Alsup, Michel,...

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Written by Tim Challies
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 18:54

On Baby Grands and Expensive Hymnals

“Why this waste?”, said the greediest member of the Twelve. Judas’ supposed concern with helping the poor and for efficient use of ministry finances was really a facade for his unvarnished envy. Judas wanted money, and like every jealous soul, disliked money being spent lavishly...

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Written by David
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 18:38

Book Review: Refresh

Shona Murray is inviting us to step back and look at our lives. In her book Refresh, co-written with her husband, David Murray, she encourages us to live a grace-paced life. In conjunction with her husband's book, for men, Reset, Shona has chimed in with this excellent word for women. It's an...

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Written by Kim Shay
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 18:00

Book Preview- Theistic Evolution: A Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Critique

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About the AuthorsThis massive volume (1008 pages) is edited by:J.P. MorelandStephen MeyerChris ShawAnn GraugerWayne GrudemYou can learn more about the editors and the contributors here. About the BookThe debate about biological origins continues to be hotly contested within the Christian...

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Written by Chad
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 18:00

A Flickering Candle

The longest chapter in the Bible is the 119th Psalm. This is an entire psalm dedicated to the praise of God's Word. It includes such memorable lines as "How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to Your word" (Psa 119:9) and the quite famous, "Your word is a lamp to my feet...

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Written by Winging It
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 18:00

Fear of God Devotional: What Is the Pivotal Factor in Reformation?

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What needs to occur for a reformation of thinking in our day?

One of the most important things is a person’s view of God. Anthony Mathenia explains in this video that if we were to have a reformation of thinking in our day, we would need to realize that as A.W. Tozer said, “What comes...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 18:00

Dear Mormon—I Can’t Call You a Brother in Christ

Yesterday I had lunch with a very kind and gracious man in our community.  This man is a committed member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  In short, my friend is a Mormon.  He was respectful, gracious, and I enjoyed our conversation very much.  However, at...

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Written by Josh Buice
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 18:00

Becoming a Titus 2 Woman

Here's an excerpt from Becoming a Titus 2 Woman, Susan Hunt's contribution to the November issue of Tabletalk:

The gospel mandate in Titus 2:3–5 captivated my heart and imagination thirty years ago. Now, at age seventy-seven, I still wonder—have I become a Titus 2 woman yet? My...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 17:59

What Is the Difference Between A Natural Talent and A Spiritual Gift? (Podcast)

In this blast from the past, J. Warner tackles the issue of “Spiritual Gifts” and distinguishes the difference between such gifts and the natural talents that all of us possess. Why do Christians sometimes describe what appear to be natural talents as “Spiritual Gifts”? Are...

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Written by jwallace
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 17:01

Exciting news from The Master’s University Featured

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The most precious commodity is divine truth. The Kingdom of God grows by means of the Holy Spirit’s empowerment of this truth.  Only those who are faithful to the Word of God have eternal impact in this world, and the promise of God’s blessing in the next.

For 90 years, the Lord has...

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Written by The Cripplegate
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