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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Monday, 24 July 2017 00:29

The Exegetical Basis for Total Depravity and Total Inability (Murray)

image One aspect of the doctrines of grace is the insistence that man, by nature, is unable and unwilling to come to Jesus in repentance and faith. Apart from saving grace, a sinner is corrupt in every part of his being and morally incapable of doing good in God’s sight.  Although he...

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Written by Reformed Reader
Monday, 24 July 2017 00:26

2016 Preaching Conference with Rev. David Helm

Watch Reverend David Helm, pastor of Holy Trinity Church (Hyde Park) and author of Expository Preaching, deliver the plenary sessions from our 2016 Preaching Conference. Rev. Helm spoke on the topic of “the preacher and sermon preparation.”

WhatEvery Young Preacher Needs to Know

In...

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Written by Dan Adams
Monday, 24 July 2017 00:07

Persevering Towards Heaven

“Our Lord tells us that true Christians must make up their minds regarding trouble in this world. Whether we are ministers or hearers, whether we teach or are taught, it makes little difference. We must carry ‘a cross.’ We must be content to lose even life itself for...

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Written by The J.C. Ryle Archive
Monday, 24 July 2017 00:05

A Mediator in the Eschaton?

Will we need a Mediator even after the perfection brought about to God’s people after the Resurrection and the Last Judgment? In an interpretation of 1 Cor. 15.24 (“Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all...

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Written by E.J. Hutchinson
Monday, 24 July 2017 00:00

If you accept Jesus and become a Christian, will God make you happy?

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This is a wonderful, wonderful post from Amy Hall, who writes for the Stand to Reason blog.

She writes:

I had a brief interaction with an atheist on Twitter a couple of weeks ago that unexpectedly turned to the issue of suffering when she said:

You...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Sunday, 23 July 2017 23:07

Table games

There are plenty of things that evolution explains quite well that creationism struggles with.  For example, why are there australopiths?  Why not make humans extremely distinct from the mammals?  Why even make primates at all?  Evolution explains primates as the distant...

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Written by steve
Sunday, 23 July 2017 23:00

The Size of Basketballs

“They won’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”

“Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever: That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Sunday, 23 July 2017 22:56

O.J. Simpson was paroled, not pardoned

Few people in history have had a more enigmatic, paradoxical life than Orenthal James “O.J.” Simpson. In terms of success, he has climbed to the highest mountain. In terms of failure, he has sunk to the lowest valley.

Simpson was a football hero, an actor on the silver screen, a...

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Written by Gerald Harris
Sunday, 23 July 2017 22:41

There Are Souls to Be Saved: How Can We Rest?

Pastors used to be some of the happiest and healthiest people alive, with better life expectancy than the general population. But in “Taking a Break From the Lord’s Work,” journalist Paul Vitello reports, “Members of the clergy now suffer from obesity, hypertension, and...

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Written by Alex Duke
Sunday, 23 July 2017 22:38

A Short, Biblical Overview of Future Events [Futuristic Premillennialism]

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A Short, Biblical Overview of Future Events
Geoffrey R. Kirkland

A hermeneutical & presuppositional noteWhen studying Bible prophecy, one must remember that God progressively revealed Himself in Scripture over the course of time. This is codified in the Scriptures --...

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Written by Geoffrey Kirkland
Sunday, 23 July 2017 22:37

Particular Baptists and the Outpouring of the Spirit (Michael Haykin )

It is vital to note that while many Particular Baptists were in the state of declension (as described in part 1 of this series of studies on the renewal of this eighteenth-century Baptist community), from the mid-1730s on there was a tremendous movement of revival going on in Great Britain. It was...

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Written by Reformation21 Blog
Sunday, 23 July 2017 22:30

On the Dangers of Distorting God's Grace

imageThe unrighteousness of men cannot nullify the grace of God. This is a paraphrase from a sermon I recently heard, and I was struck by the importance of this simple truth. And yet, even in its simplicity, it is a truth far too often ignored in some Christian circles. It seems that, in our sweeping...

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Written by EBenz
Sunday, 23 July 2017 22:28

Know

Yesterday morning we engaged in a new preaching series through the letter of 1 John—one of three letters written by the apostle John who also penned the Gospel of John.  Over the next 90 days, we intend to walk through this relatively short letter and examine our own faith and walk with...

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Written by Josh Buice
Sunday, 23 July 2017 22:19

Profitable Fails

Most success comes after many fails. For example:

  • Angry Birds, the best-selling Apple App was software maker Rovio’s 52nd attempt at successful software in 8 almost-bankrupt years.
  • James Dyson failed in 5,126 prototypes before perfecting his revolutionary vacuum cleaner.
  • WD40 lubri...

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Written by David Murray
Sunday, 23 July 2017 21:48

Check out

Blogs

Well, as usual, I didn’t get as much done as I hoped to during my “blog vacation.” Shona says my epitaph should be: “That took longer than I expected.” I’m way too optimistic about my DIY abilities. Anyway, normal service is now being resumed.

A High View of...

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Written by David Murray
Sunday, 23 July 2017 21:46

Brill’s Textual History of the Bible

For the LXXers

LXX Studies

image Over at Evangelical Textual Criticism I summarize the aims and purpose of the Textual History of the Bible. I have mentioned THB‘s article on the Canon of the Hebrew Bible elsewhere on my blog. I do not review this work. I am only interested in drawing attention...

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Written by Jim
Sunday, 23 July 2017 21:35

Just How Low Can Humanity Sink?

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In our final segment this morning we cover a tragic story of what can happen when people are taught that human life is an accident of the universe instead of life created by God in His image.  A group of teenagers in Florida saw a man drowning, and instead of trying to help him they...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Sunday, 23 July 2017 21:30

Smart Machines and Foolish People

An interesting law suit has developed of late between the electric car maker Tesla and a Korean man who bought one. That’s because Tesla offers a self-driving mode where the car is supposed to recognize walls and park itself. The plaintiff was inside his car when it drove through the...

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Written by Joel Arnold
Sunday, 23 July 2017 21:28

The First Exile Faithful Remnant Featured

We often read about the Remnant in scripture. As GotQuestions explains in the opening to their question about remnant,Question: "What does the Bible mean when it refers to a remnant?"
Answer: A remnant is a left-over amount from a larger portion or piece, whether it is food, material from which a...

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Written by The End Time
Sunday, 23 July 2017 21:00

Control Your Sexuality

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This whole series titled “Run to Win“ had its genesis in a number of real-world conversations. In one, a woman told of her struggles with her husband. She considered herself a caring and attentive wife who over many years had done her best to respond to her husband’s frequent...

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Written by Tim Challies
Sunday, 23 July 2017 21:00

Did You Know That the Bible Commands Us to Eat, Drink, and Be Merry?

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Eat, Drink, and Be Merry

Go, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart, for God has already approved what you do. (Ecclesiastes 9:7)

Right at the start of Ecclesiastes 7 is a little word, “Go.” We’re not just told...

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Written by David Gibson
Sunday, 23 July 2017 20:52

Introduction to Brill’s Textual History of the Bible

imageWhat follows is not a review. It is a teaser and brief orientation to one of the most comprehensive projects on the text of the Hebrew Bible. Brill’s Textual History of the Bible (THB) is a four volume work in process. Volume 1: The Hebrew Bible consists of three massive parts; that is,...

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Written by John Meade
Sunday, 23 July 2017 20:22

An Open Letter to Steve Gaines Regarding Evangelism Taskforce Diversity

Dear SBC President Dr. Steve Gaines,

We want to begin by saying thank you.  We had a great convention in Phoenix, and we believe that is due in part to your leadership.  You set the tone for the convention with your emphasis on prayer.  You also exhibited wise pastoral leadership from...

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Written by Voices for a New Baptist Future
Sunday, 23 July 2017 20:00

The Mailbag: Female Pastors- False Teachers or Just Sinning?

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Are women who hold the office of pastor automatically false teachers, or must they also teach false doctrine?

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Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Sunday, 23 July 2017 20:00

Wisdom

So, we've already looked at knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. We know that knowledge is information, understanding is knowing how the information works, and wisdom is knowing what to do with it. Not too tough to understand.But did you know that not all wisdom is a good thing? In James 3:13-18,...

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Written by Winging It
Sunday, 23 July 2017 20:00

College, Failure and the Civil War

When I was young, I was incredibly interested in the Civil War. To be honest, it is still my favorite war to study because there were so many interesting personalities on both sides of the conflict and a variety of motives that add a level of depth to this conflict that goes far beyond the...

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Written by Zak Schmoll
Sunday, 23 July 2017 20:00

Announcing Mere Orthodoxy’s Patreon Campaign

Mere Orthodoxy Patreon Campaign

Our republic is currently embarked on an audacious experiment: We have, through a series of economic and cultural choices, destroyed many of the intermediate social structures that people rely on to shape their lives and give them a sense of purpose and significance....

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Written by Jake Meador
Sunday, 23 July 2017 20:00

Can Jesus Really Be God If the Father Is Greater Than the Son? (Video)

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Tim addresses a common objection to the deity of Christ.

 

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Written by Tim Barnett
Sunday, 23 July 2017 19:57

A La Carte (July 24)

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I’m back! I enjoyed a much-needed relaxing week with my family in Newfoundland. We went straight from there to Muskoka Bible Centre where I am teaching for the week. But as of today it’s business as normal at the blog, which means the return of A La Carte. Here we go…

Today’s...

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Written by Tim Challies
Sunday, 23 July 2017 19:00

Redirection not Retirement

One of the things I have observed living in Washington, D.C. is that it is a very transient city.

People come and go due to careers in government, working on government contracts, or working in the military. Because of this, you hear the terms “deployment,” “posting,”...

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Written by Peter Markgraaff
Sunday, 23 July 2017 19:00

Fear of God Devotional: Is There a Surefire Way to Detect True Repentance?

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How do we know whether an individual has truly repented for their sin?

Jeff Pollard explains in this video that distinguishing false repentance from true repentance can be a challenge. Is there one, sure-fire element that makes it clear that repentance is true?

While there may not...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Sunday, 23 July 2017 19:00

God Still Uses Clay Pots

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The New Testament was not written by the elite of Egypt. It was not written by the elite of Greece, Rome, or even Israel. The greatest scholars in the world at that time were down at Egypt; they were in the greatest library of antiquity at Alexandria. The most distinguished philosophers were in...

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Written by Dr. John MacArthur
Sunday, 23 July 2017 18:38

God created roles for Men from Genesis 2: Truth 2

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This is point 2 of our series on “God created roles for Men from Genesis 2.”

This series is exploring four truths about manhood from Genesis 2:15-18a so that men would live up to God’s design of your identity today.

So what’s point number 2?

Truth #2: Man is created...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Sunday, 23 July 2017 18:01

Choosing Elders: Beware the Warren Harding Error Featured

Author, Malcolm Gladwell, calls this faulty leadership selection factor the “Warren Harding Error.” Warren Harding was the 29th president of the United States. Historians would deem him to be one of the worst US presidents in history. His administration was wracked with torrid scandals,...

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Written by Clint Archer
Sunday, 23 July 2017 18:00

UK Supreme Court Upholds Protections for Unborn in Northern Ireland

July 24, 2017
The UK Supreme Court has upheld a law that prohibits Northern Ireland residents from traveling to England or other places to get an abortion. The Christian Institute reports that pro-life advocates are welcoming the...

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Written by TBC Staff - EN
Sunday, 23 July 2017 18:00

How the Book of Revelation Encourages the Church

The book of Revelation is generally considered one of the most difficult books to understand, not without good reason. It’s complex imagery and visions can be very difficult to understand and interpret. There is far too much detail to explain in one article so here I will only point out one...

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Written by Leah Baugh
Sunday, 23 July 2017 18:00

How to Handle a Multitude of Sins

“Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.” (Proverbs 10:12)

There is an old familiar cliché to the effect that we should “hate the sin, but love the sinner.” This may sound a bit trite because of overuse, but it is nevertheless both biblical and...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Sunday, 23 July 2017 18:00

Peter: What’s in a Name? Featured

Sanctification is never linear. The Christian life always undulates on the way to greater Christlikeness. We may bear the fruit of the Spirit in increasing measure, but the flesh of our former life still rears its ugly head from time to time. And that biblical reality plays out vividly in the lives...

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Written by Grace to You Blog
Sunday, 23 July 2017 17:51

Actual vs hypothetical possibilities

What makes something possible? Is there a difference among differing possibilities? Is it possible for a lawyer to have taken a different path in the past and become a doctor instead? Or is it possible for someone to born a girl instead of a boy? Or perhaps is it possible for the world to have a...

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Written by Daniel C
Sunday, 23 July 2017 17:03

Windows into the Life of a Pastor and His Assistant

Mike Stalnaker

Windows • FrontLine• September/October 2007

This issue’s Windowsemphasizes the theme of ministry assistants. Both the senior pastor and assistant pastor are to be faithful in their obligations.

The Foundation of a Ministry Assistant

George Ella tells of a time when the...

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Written by Mike Stalnaker
Sunday, 23 July 2017 17:00

3 Things to Remember Before You Post on Social Media

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Both of our daughters, Karina and Angela, are Christ-centered women and wonderful wives and moms who serve their families and churches well. They are very wise, and I have learned a lot from both of them. 

Angela Stump is a part-time ER nurse, and the women’s ministry director at Gresham...

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Written by Angela (Alcorn) Stump
Sunday, 23 July 2017 17:00

Progressivism's Peak Lunacy

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So the week before last it was all, “Gender is meaningless – it mustn’t even be mentioned; it is the distinction that knows no name,” as London Underground instructed staff not to use the phrase ladies and gentlemen. But last week it was all, “Gender is everything...

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Written by Matthew Hosier
Sunday, 23 July 2017 17:00

The King from the Far Country

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Is Jesus’ kingdom here, now? Is it exclusively future? Has He been crowned as King already, and is He patiently waiting to exercise His authority? If only there were a clearpassage we could turn to which would shed some definitive light on this subject …

Actually, there is one. Jesus...

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Written by TylerR
Sunday, 23 July 2017 16:42

Rolland McCune on Pastoral Authority

The local church which elects its pastor is the source of his ecclesiastical authority. He carries no inherent authority as a person and does not rule the local church by any native rights or gifts. This type of authority is bestowed by the local church and may be withdrawn by the local church.

Rolla...

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Written by Kevin T. Bauder
Sunday, 23 July 2017 16:07

Only In Minnesota . . .

The Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, free to the public (donations accepted).

Filed under: Minnesota

Authors: Kevin T. Bauder...

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Written by Kevin T. Bauder
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