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, 25 March 2017 06:45

Mark Shea’s misrepresentation of Catholic teaching on capital punishment

Among the outrageous calumnies thatMark Shea has flung at my co-author Joe Bessette and I is the accusation that we are “dissenters” from binding Catholic doctrine, on all fours with Catholics who dissent from Church teaching on abortion and euthanasia.  He mocks Catholics who oppose the latter but not capital punishment, accusing them of inconsistency and bad faith. ...

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Written by Edward Feser
Saturday, 25 March 2017 05:31

Does Pope Francis Wish To Be the Emperor of Rome?

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There is absolutely nothing normal about the reign of Pope Francis.

He became pope after his predecessor, Pope Benedict, stepped down – being the first pope to do so in 400 years.  Pope Francis is a Jesuit. That has never happened in the Vatican;  and many Catholics were shocked.

Throu...

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Written by Geri Ungurean
Saturday, 25 March 2017 05:30

Celebrating 5 Years Of Preaching The Gospel Of Jesus Christ On The Streets Of Saint Augustine, Florida

As I was leaving the house this morning to go street preaching, it almost never occurred to me that today, this day, is the 5th anniversary of the very first time I stepped out to preach on the streets.

“But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I...

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Written by Geoffrey Grider
Saturday, 25 March 2017 05:19

How Can Christians in Science Respond to Claims that Faith Is Irrational?

Saturday, 25 March 2017 04:58

Jennifer LeClaire Writes New Inspired Scripture?

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Jennifer LeClaire’s new book Mornings With the Holy Spirit With Journal: Listening Daily to the Still, Small Voice of God, appears to be new scripture based on the book’s description on Amazon.com.

Mornings With the Holy Spirit with Journal is a daily devotional written as if the...

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Written by isnotsatire
Saturday, 25 March 2017 04:41

El Shama: A God who hears, He is a God who listens Featured

Doesn't it just crush you to pray to Jesus...and know He hears us? It's incredible, and a privilege we always remember in gratitude.As Isaiah cried in his wonder and grief, "I am a man of unclean lips!" (Isaiah 6:5). In my case, a woman of unclean lips. Why should I be able to use these lips to...

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Written by The End Time
Saturday, 25 March 2017 04:30

Why Taxes Aren't Gifts

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An obligation is an action one owes one or more other people. When one fulfills an obligation one does something good but not all good actions are obligations. Some actions are supererogatory, they go above and beyond obligation. I am obliged to pay taxes but I am not obliged to donate money to...

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Written by Ben Holloway
Saturday, 25 March 2017 03:49

Where Reformed Protestants and New Calvinists Part Ways

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Behind every great man there’s a great woman. Like most maxims, it is generally true, even if not universally true.

Reformed Protestants know (thanks to Stan Evans):

Behind every great man is a surprised mother-in-law.

Postscript: Conscience, a mother-in-law who never...

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Written by D. G. Hart
Saturday, 25 March 2017 03:12

Looking Back at Seeking Allah Finding Jesus: A Review of Nabeel Qureshi and His Best-Selling Book Featured

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus?

In 2014, Zondervan publishedSeeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianityby Nabeel Qureshi. The book was a huge success. According to Qureshi’s Wikipedia page, “In addition to being aNew York TimesBest Seller,Seeking Allah,...

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Written by Seth Dunn
Saturday, 25 March 2017 03:00

March 24, 2017 Show with Greg Nichols on “The Doctrine of Man”

Theme:

March 24, 2017:

Greg Nichols, 1 of 3 Pastors at Grace Immanuel Reformed Baptist Church, Grand Rapids, MI, author of What Does the Bible Say about God?, The Biblical Doctrine of God (Truth For Eternity) & Lectures in Systematic Theology (Volume 1), will address:

“The Doctrine of...

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Written by Eric Nielsen
Saturday, 25 March 2017 02:54

Random Bits

image"I walk through this sinful world as apilgrim in a foreign country" - CH Spurgeon
 
Remember Hillary Clinton's complete and utter failure with her childish reset button? Steven Furtick is trying the same thing by resetting Christianity. He's teaming up with the heretics of the New Apostolic...

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Written by Doug Evans
Saturday, 25 March 2017 02:46

Nuggets from "An Urgent Call to a Serious Faith" by Dave Hunt - Looking Out for Number One?

March 25, 2017
In 1,900 years, no Christian author or preacher had ever discovered a single verse in the Bible that taught self-love and self-esteem. Calvin, Luther, Wesley, Spurgeon, Moody, and others found...

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Written by tbc staff - bl
Saturday, 25 March 2017 02:34

Collection of Pringle and Kong’s CHC/C3 prophetic and financial exploits.

With the deadline of Kong Hee’s appeal to his jail sentence fast approaching, we have compiled (and transcribed) a selection of quotes from Phil Pringle and Kong Hee. The quotes below alert readers to the fact that Apostle Phil Pringle was instrumental in the downfall of Kong Hee’s life...

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Written by churchwatcher
Saturday, 25 March 2017 02:30

The Weekly Amen

The Weekly Amen is a list of articles, videos, and other resources that I’ve recognized as content we want to “Amen”. This content will come from various platforms and highlight various perspectives on topics that affect the Church’s collective witness Read More ...

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Written by Courtlandt Perkins
Saturday, 25 March 2017 02:20

On the Moral Necessity of Judging Books by the Cover

Allow me to begin this brief meditation by urging everyone to calm down. Okay, I grant this intro may have worked some people up all by itself.

Let’s begin again, shall we? There is nothing here that should be a cause for alarm, but given the times in which we live, there will likely be alarm...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Saturday, 25 March 2017 01:39

Psalm 90/Bears All Her Sons Away

Introduction:

This psalm was composed by Moses, making it the oldest in the psalter. On top of that, it also makes it one of the oldest poems in the world. As you meditate on the phrases and connections here, keep in mind that the primary setting is most like the wilderness period. That setting...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Saturday, 25 March 2017 01:30

Equipping Eve: Canon Conversations

imageHow do we know the 66 books of our Bibles are the correct 66 books? Could there be more? Should there be less? Who determined the canon: man or God? Click here to listen to this latest episode of Equipping Eve. Additional Resources The Journey from Texts to Translations (book) Further...

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Written by EBenz
Saturday, 25 March 2017 01:24

Anointed Cake Saves Gay, Atheist, Bar Owner Says Lance Wallnau Featured

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What should you do if you know a gay atheist who owned a bar and has a severe chip on his shoulder about Christianity? Most Christians within the bounds of orthodoxy would suggest praying for him, sharing scripture, and inviting him to church. But when you're a nutty seven mountains mandate guru...

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Written by Chris Rice
Saturday, 25 March 2017 01:21

On Bringing Your Bible to Church

For various reasons, the practice of bringing your Bible to church is slipping away from many. Because of a number of factors—the fact that many of you have six little kids, the fact that eight psalters are quite enough to haul around, the fact that the text of the sermon is on the...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Saturday, 25 March 2017 01:19

Preemptive Discernment Alert! New Heretic-Authored Book Forthcoming

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In a piece over at Pulpit & Pen, Bud Ahlheim gives us a glimpse of “rock star icon of the Emerging Church” Rob Bell’s latest attempt to rewrite the Bible. In his new book, the former pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church in Grandville, MI looks at the Bible in a...

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Written by Marsha West
Saturday, 25 March 2017 01:10

The Plow of God

God plows his people. He deals with us, and He deals with us here in the Supper. He deals with sin in the Supper.

This is very different from us trying to deal with sin on our own before we come, in order to make ourselves worthy. That misses the point, almost entirely. You do not improve...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Saturday, 25 March 2017 00:48

The Defeated Christian Life

We try weight loss programs for Christians when we should be focusing on the objective, once-and-for-all sacrifice for sins that God has given us to conquer the world, the flesh, and the devil. When we return to the good news of the . . . Continue reading →

Authors: R. Scott Clark...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Saturday, 25 March 2017 00:42

Yet another book to give away

This guide is copyright in 1983, but I picked it up at a Goodwill store in 2000. It is not a concise study of these cults, rather it is a good introduction to what they believe, along with Christian responses.  Including endnotes, it is 215 pages long.
As with all the books I offer, it is...

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Written by Glenn E. Chatfield
Saturday, 25 March 2017 00:40

The argument from ignorance

Atheists often mock the Christian appeal to mystery or paradox. They think that's intellectually evasive. A cop-out.
Before getting to the main point, I'd note that mystery and paradox are not synonymous. A logical paradox is mysterious, but a mystery isn't necessarily paradoxical. 
On a related...

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Written by steve
Saturday, 25 March 2017 00:20

What Does Semper Reformanda Mean?

imageThis article by Dr. Robert Godfrey, was originally published in Tabletalk magazine.

The phrase ecclesia reformata, semper reformanda (the church reformed, always reforming) has been used so often as to make it a motto or slogan. People have used it to support a surprising array of theological and...

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Written by John Samson
Saturday, 25 March 2017 00:18

Can we know the Bible?

Typically, Scripturalists take the position that the Bible is the only source of knowledge. All other sources of information are relegated to opinion. But there's a basic problem with that: knowledge of the Bible depends on memory, and memory is fallible. So the logic of Scripturalism commits the...

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Written by steve
Saturday, 25 March 2017 00:07

Animals of Eden

10 A river flowed out of Eden to water the garden, and there it divided and became four rivers. 
19 Now out of the ground the Lord God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man...

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Written by steve
Saturday, 25 March 2017 00:00

Peer-reviewed paper: Michael Behe’s “First Rule of Adaptive Evolution”

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Let’s take a look at Mike Behe’s first rule of adaptive evolution, which states that most examples of adaptation in evolutionary experiments involve a loss of function, or a modification of an existing function. Not new functionality.

The paper was...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Friday, 24 March 2017 23:38

LBM Podcast 0065 | Review of Kevin Thompson’s video “Calvinism = Synergism” Featured

Description:

In this podcast Jason Mullett and Michael Venter critique the video put out by Kevin Thompson entitled “Calvinism = Synergism”.

Links:

Kevin Thompson’s Video “Calvinism = Synergism”

Video Podcast:

The post LBM Podcast 0065 | Review of Kevin Thompson’s...

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Written by Jason Mullett
Friday, 24 March 2017 23:12

A Minister of Mercy

An Offer Too Good To Refuse

What a wonderful surprise! That’s was my reaction to the very kind and generous offer made by one of the older members of my congregation. He is a retired missionary who possesses a deep theological knowledge. I couldn’t believe my ears: ‘Take...

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Written by Andrew Kerr
Friday, 24 March 2017 23:10

Though Evil and Corruption Seem Overwhelming, a New Dawn IS Coming

I’m glad I’m a Christian! I don’t say that to brag. I say it in a deep sense of relief and joy for what I know Jesus did for me. He offered Himself as a propitiation for my sin, for your sin, and for the sins of the world. All who will come to Him in humility and submission...

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Written by modres
Friday, 24 March 2017 22:56

It Takes a Populist to Know a Populist

imageBoniface notices another wrinkle of papal audacity:

The poor of the world oppressed by corrupt elites. The downtrodden encouraged to rise up and take their destiny into their own hands. The great leader, the pope, urging them on and joining his voices with those of the oppressed. A call to translate...

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Written by D. G. Hart
Friday, 24 March 2017 22:00

March Gladness: Greatest CCM Songs of the 90s Elite Elight

We were so close to seeing a no. 1 seed go down. So close. But Michael W. Smith pulled out the win and we are left with all upper seeds.

Every 1 and 2 seed has avoided all the upsets. Now we are in for some classic matchups in the Elite Eight of March Gladness.

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Now let’s breakdown each region...

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Written by Aaron Earls
Friday, 24 March 2017 21:36

Preparing Our Hearts to Worship: Psalm 34:1-3

This Lord’s Day, March 26, we begin to look toward Resurrection Day and, in our hearts, we once again pause to ponder the magnificence of the Lord…

“I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise will always be on my lips. I will boast in the Lord; the humble will hear and be...

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Written by msherro
Friday, 24 March 2017 21:10

Weekly Dose of Apologetics – 19-25 March 2017

Current Issues

Albert Mohler – The Gathering Storm: Religious Liberty in the Wake of the Sexual Revolution

“Human rights and human dignity are temporary abstractions if they are severed from their reality as gifts of the Creator. The eclipse of Christian truth will lead inevitably to a...

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Written by Mike Boling
Friday, 24 March 2017 21:00

2 Lessons from Living on Skid Row

image Last week I led a trip of 30+ high school students to Skid Row. We had a life-changing experience. Here are two lessons and stories from our trip.

Authors: Sean McDowell...

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Written by Sean McDowell
Friday, 24 March 2017 20:51

The Hidden Strength of a Weak Mother (Christian Men and Their Godly Moms)

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You may have heard the phrase before: Behind every great man there’s a great woman. Like most maxims, it is generally true, even if not universally true. But here’s the surprise: Sometimes that great woman is not behind the man, but before him. Sometimes that great woman is not his wife...

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Written by Tim Challies
Friday, 24 March 2017 20:36

Weekend A La Carte (March 25)

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Today’s Kindle deals include just Tolkien’s Roverandom which will likely appeal mostly to hard-core fans.

Logos users will want to cast one final vote in March Madness and perhaps browse through the long, long list of deals.

Churches, Get a Calvinist Pastor!

Tom Nettles makes a pretty...

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Written by Tim Challies
Friday, 24 March 2017 20:00

News Weakly - 3/25/2017

In a World Gone MadThe Bible argues that what is needed for Christians is "the renewal of your mind" (Rom 12:2) because, apparently, sin rots the brain (Rom 1:28). Apparently the Bible has access to today's news stories. Like the one where a mother and her son have decided to "transition" to a...

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Written by Winging It