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 May 2017 05:09

God’s Sovereignty and Glory

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By Derek Thomas:

God is sovereign in creation, providence, redemption, and judgment. That is a central assertion of Christian belief and especially in Reformed theology. God is King and Lord of all. To put this another way: nothing happens without God’s willing it to happen, willing it to...

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Written by Peter Cockrell
Tuesday, 23 May 2017 04:55

Sagan's slogan

Recently I debated an atheist on Facebook. Here's part of the exchange:
Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. 
Simply parroting Sagan's slogan doesn't make it true or even meaningful. Once again, you don't get to take intellectual shortcuts.
It's funny how atheists imagine that...

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Written by steve
Tuesday, 23 May 2017 04:35

A Curious Artwork

The band I play with recently played in the street outside a Catholic Church as first responders arrived for a “Blue Mass.”   We begin playing about 30 minutes prior to the Mass and we are playing for the responders, not for the mass.
While waiting the hour for the Mass to end we...

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Written by Glenn E. Chatfield
Tuesday, 23 May 2017 04:18

LeClaire spills ink over ‘sneaky squid spirit’ attack?

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“For, in the first place, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you. And I believe it in part, for there must be factions among you in order that those who are genuine among you may be recognized.”1 Corinthians 11:18-19

In this...

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Written by modres
Tuesday, 23 May 2017 04:12

5 easy ways to connect church to community

As I sat and chatted with Pastor Gerald Gibson, I couldn’t help but be excited in my spirit. He represents what I’m seeing as a growing number of pastors, particularly in African American church settings, who are realizing that it takes more than good preaching and good music to reach...

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Written by Gabriel Stovall
Tuesday, 23 May 2017 04:07

Genesis 1:1 is the first event, not a summary

Authors: Patrick Chan...

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Written by Patrick Chan
Tuesday, 23 May 2017 04:06

Gerald Gibson goes back to basics with Grace Temple 

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“I never wanted to just be a part of church that just does church on Sunday and goes away,” says Gerald Gibson, pastor of Grace Temple Christian Church in Decatur. “I’ve always thought about church ministry as a community that happens to do church.” GTCC/Special

The...

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Written by Gabriel Stovall
Tuesday, 23 May 2017 04:01

How To Witness to A Non Believer: 3 Step Guide To Using Verbal Non Verbal Communication

Getting to know a person is like peeling an onion. It’s a natural thing that we do most anytime we converse at length with a person we encounter for the first time. “Where do you live?” “Where do you work?” “Are you married?” “Do you and your...

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Written by Good Soil Evangelism and Discipleship
Tuesday, 23 May 2017 04:01

An Agnostic Discovers What’s Missing in His Life

Spiritually speaking, I was lost, full of doubt, and just generally uneasy about my life. I had always considered myself to be an agnostic but had a sense, from time to time, that something was missing. When my high school friend Keith died, I just didn’t know what to do. The anger I felt...

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Written by Good Soil Evangelism and Discipleship
Tuesday, 23 May 2017 04:00

Gifts from the Lord

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Our children are gifts from the Lord... Children are not a shrine at which we worship –Alistair Begg

  Listen to, Biblical Principles for Parenting (Part 1 of 2)

If you want your children to know and love the Lord, it isn’t enough to just take them to church....

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Written by TFL
Tuesday, 23 May 2017 03:19

Don’t Waste Your Life Following Your Passion

It is the time of year where graduations abound. Commencement speakers and familial advice-givers are saying things like: “Follow your passion!” “Chase your dreams!” “Focus on being true to yourself!” “You can change the world!”

On the whole, such...

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Written by David Prince
Tuesday, 23 May 2017 03:03

Are The Remonstrants Heretics? (1)

This question comes over the transom regularly. I think most confessional Reformed pastors would probably say that, though they disagree strongly with Arminianism, it is not heresy. Somewhere I read (or heard) that William Ames (1576–1633),   who served as an advisor . . . Continue...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Tuesday, 23 May 2017 02:37

Our Strength and Song

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Because salvation is by grace alone through faith in Christ alone, there will be some surprises when, at the Last Day, we stand in front of the throne and the Lamb. We’ll see, dressed in the whitest robes, women who prostituted themselves in order to support husbands, sons, and daughters....

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Written by Donavon Riley
Tuesday, 23 May 2017 02:13

The Holy Spirit and Prayer: The Communicative Aspects of the Holy Spirit - Bellator Christi

By: Brian Chilton | May 23, 2017

Last week, Jason Kline and I co-authored an article on the three positions on prayer: the pantheist view (that individuals can coerce and force God to speak); the deist view (the view that God never speaks); and the theist view (that God speaks to his people...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Tuesday, 23 May 2017 02:10

A Dutch Uncle

The situation described in the following letters continues to be entirely fictitious, including persons, names, crimes, sins, relationships, circumstances and all particulars. Thekind of situation that is described, however, is all too common and my hope is that biblical principles applied to this...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Tuesday, 23 May 2017 01:55

Beyond this horizon

As many already know, CRISPR/Cas9 as well as gene drives are revolutionary tools which hold tremendous promise. However, with promise sometimes comes peril, and that's doubtless the case with CRISPR. Desiring God's article "What's Wrong with Designer Genes?" maps out a brief lay of the land in...

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Written by Patrick Chan
Tuesday, 23 May 2017 01:53

Treating young women as sisters in absolute purity

image Yesterday, I wrote about how pastors are to relate to different sex and age groups within the congregation. The apostle Paul helps us to think through this in his instruction to young pastor Timothy in 1 Timothy 5:1-2. Here’s the rendering I provided yesterday:

Do not speak harshly to an...

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Written by Denny Burk
Tuesday, 23 May 2017 01:38

In Defense of Study Bibles: Why Dave Could Be Wrong

So, we have a good discussion going on about the pitfalls of Study Bibles over at this post. I did chime in on the pitfalls that I found, for me, when preaching out of a Study Bible. My first pastorate I had a tendency to chase rabbits, even in the pulpit, and given my restricted prep time as...

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Written by Doug Hibbard
Tuesday, 23 May 2017 01:12

Jesus:  An Observation

‪The Jesus of the liberal left never existed. He is a product of their ideological imagination: a projection of their views into the past.‬

Filed under: Modern Culture

Authors: Jim...

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Written by Jim
Tuesday, 23 May 2017 01:08

Ask the Theologian Live | May 2, 2017 Featured

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Dr. Randy White takes your Biblical, theological, and worldview questions. Join us live on YouTube Live! 

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Written by Randy White
Tuesday, 23 May 2017 00:25

The Holiness of God and Our Happiness

The leaders of our men’s ministry selected the attributes of God as our theme for this past year, drawing somewhat from A. W. Tozer’s The Knowledge of the Holy and The Attributes of God. Therefore, at our last monthly breakfast of the season it was my turn to teach, and they asked me to...

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Written by Paul Tautges
Tuesday, 23 May 2017 00:20

If Jeremiah, John the Baptist, and Paul were Arminian... Featured

Today's essay explores the notion that if Jeremiah, John the Baptist, and Paul had been Arminians, how would their testimonies sound? Using today's vernacular, let's see how it reads when these eminent Christians say they "chose God" of their own free will.-------------------------------------------...

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Written by The End Time
Tuesday, 23 May 2017 00:17

“Harsh Words,” “Put Downs,” and “Divisive Things” that Jesus Said Featured

One of the biggest criticisms leveled against polemicists is that our words are unChristlike, degrading, and divisive towards our brothers and sisters. The argument states that Jesus would never say “mean things” or act this way, but only ever responded in love and lifted people up....

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Written by Jeff Maples
Tuesday, 23 May 2017 00:05

Making the Case for Christian Case Making (Video)

J. Warner Wallace is interviewed on the 700 Club and talks about his book, Forensic Faith: A Homicide Detective Makes the Case for a More Reasonable, Evidential Christian Faith. Why should we, as Christians, commit ourselves to becoming better Christian “case makers”? Why is case making...

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Written by jwallace
Tuesday, 23 May 2017 00:05

Union and Communion (4)

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In my last article, I noted that one theological use of the doctrine of union and communion with Christ is that it provides the framework to understand the proper role of faith in justification. Another theological use is that it helps us to understand and so answer the common objections to...

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Written by Meet the Puritans
Tuesday, 23 May 2017 00:03

Journal for the Study of the New Testament 39:4

The latest issue of the Journal for the Study of the New Testament is out. Here is a list of the articles and links to abstracts.‘The Sanctuary of his Body’: Body and Sanctuary in Paul and John: Morna D. HookerAccidental Publication, Unfinished Texts and the Traditional Goals of New...

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Written by BibleX
Tuesday, 23 May 2017 00:00

Christian Discipline is not a bad word

Our gut reaction to the idea of discipline is almost always negative. Within Christian circles, we might even bristle at the idea of discipline in the Christian life, because we’re supposed to be all about grace, right?

What if discipline doesn’t have to be a bad word? What if it is a...

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Written by David Appelt
Monday, 22 May 2017 23:45

Soaring to New Heights in Christ

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Paul encouraged believers to run the good race finishing life in the holiness of God.  Jesus called us to new heights of holy living by the power of His Word and God’s Spirit.  Similar to an athlete wishing to master pole vaulting, Jesus has set an increasingly high bar for us to...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Monday, 22 May 2017 23:44

Don’t Judge Me!

Standing for biblical truth elicits many negative responses from those outside the church as well as from some within. This is not surprising since Jesus told His disciples that they would be hated on account of Him (John 15:18-19, 1 John 3:13). While we may simply shrug this off as part of the...

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Written by David Hutchison
Monday, 22 May 2017 23:42

Georgians heading to Crossover Phoenix, hoping others will join them

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Jeff Broggans (not his real name) and his family will be using Crossover Phoenix as a family mission trip in June. BROGGANS FAMILY PHOTO/Special

LYONS — Jeff Broggans (not his real name) and his family have added a new dimension to their summer vacation which they hope will become a tradition:...

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Written by Joe Westbury
Monday, 22 May 2017 23:30

5 Reasons Why “Christ Alone” Is at the Center of the Five Solas

imageScripture alone. Faith alone. Grace alone. God’s glory alone.

These so-called solas were the rallying cry of the Reformers nearly 500 years ago. And binding them together was a fifth: Christ alone.

That’s the thesis of Stephen Wellum’s new book by the same name on the...

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Written by Jeremy Bouma
Monday, 22 May 2017 23:30

Help--I Want to Be a Stay-at-Home Mom but Can't

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This is a guest post by Courtney Reissig, author of Glory in the Ordinary: Why Your Work in the Home Matters to God.

God Doesn't Have a Plan B

One of the hardest places to be in life is where you don't want to be. Whether you are working inside the home, and that's not where you ever thought you...

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Written by Crossway
Monday, 22 May 2017 23:17

Sorry, wrong number?

A Zimbabwean pastor claims to speak to God on the telephone! Pentecostalism in Africa is growing and becoming more extreme all the time.

Filed under: Uncategorized

Authors: Jeff Straub...

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Written by Jeff Straub
Monday, 22 May 2017 23:16

4 Reasons college ministry is a sacrifice worth making

Can a small church really have an impact on a college campus? Even if it has a tiny staff, lacks modern facilities, and has no coffee bar? The answer is unequivocally yes.

Almost five years ago, my wife and I moved to South Carolina to pastor a church situated just a few blocks from a...

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Written by Chad Ashby
Monday, 22 May 2017 23:13

Why Is Creation So Important for Understanding the Bible?

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This is a guest post by Chris Bruno, author of The Whole Message of the Bible in 16 Words.

A Story That Begins and Ends with Creation

When we think about the message of the Bible, we have a story that can be summarized by creation, fall, redemption, and new creation. At the beginning and end of the...

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Written by Crossway
Monday, 22 May 2017 22:47

Do Not Sleep Another Night Without It! (McCheyne)

image While reading several of Robert Murray McCheyne’s letters this morning, I came across one he wrote to a stranger in 1840.  McCheyne’s friend told him of a man he knew that might benefit from an evangelistic letter.  So McCheyne sent a letter since he wasn’t able to...

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Written by Reformed Reader
Monday, 22 May 2017 22:17

Expository Preaching

What took me a couple of hours to teach on last week’s Dividing Line broadcasts, Shai Linne sums up in just a few minutes:

Preacher: Preach the Word (Part 1)

Preacher: Preach the Word (Part 2)

Authors: John Samson...

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Written by John Samson
Monday, 22 May 2017 22:00

Seven Ways the Old Testament Deepens our Love for Jesus

One of the ways that children sometimes try to deepen their relationship with their parents is to travel back to where their father or mother grew up. They might visit historical societies, read archives, and gather newspaper stories and artifacts from old friends. Doing so, they build a bigger and...

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Written by David Murray
Monday, 22 May 2017 22:00

What Does the Bible Say? – The Power of God

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Authors: Pastor Ken Lawson...

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Written by Pastor Ken Lawson
Monday, 22 May 2017 21:59

3GT Episode 39: The Lord’s Presence in His Supper

Aaron wants to know. He quotes from the Westminster Confession of Faith and (after being warned about trespassing on Kyle’s other podcast) asks, “How is Christ present in communion?” After defining the four different views and giving Aaron an A on his test of them, a vigorous...

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Written by Barry York
Monday, 22 May 2017 21:56

On Being Pastored Featured

As a teenager, we had about thirty goats on our family farm. Besides work as organic mowers they proved to be superb examples of stubbornness and noncooperation. They regularly tried to escape the fence that kept them safe. Our voice instructions might as well have been spoken to the sprawling oak...

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Written by Jared Longshore
Monday, 22 May 2017 21:14

Publication and Textual Criticism

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M.D.C. Larsen, ‘Accidental Publication, Unfinished Texts and the Traditional Goals of New Testament Textual CriticismJSNT39 (2017), 362–387.
Abstract:  Notions of ‘authorship’, ‘publication’ and ‘final text’...

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Written by Peter M. Head
Monday, 22 May 2017 21:12

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