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, 22 May 2017 02:00

So Others May Hear and Live

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This sponsored post was prepared by Erik Odegard, Director of Fusion at Midwestern College.

“Oh God, please do whatever it takes to make me happy.”

This was the cry of a sixteen year-old unconverted boy we encountered on one mission trip. And while this statement may elicit a number...

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Written by Tim Challies
Monday, 22 May 2017 01:37

Aktionsart and Ask, Seek, Knock (Matt 7:7-8) – Mondays with Mounce 283

In first year Greek, we teachers need to make a bigger deal of Aktionsart. Meaning isn’t conveyed just by the meaning of the word, or its tense, or its aspect. Language gives us many tools to nuance what we want to say, and our students need to know that meaning can also help convey aspect.

For...

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Written by ZA Blog
Monday, 22 May 2017 01:21

Fun Facts From Church History

image In the early editions of the Loci, Melanchthon didn’t discuss the doctrine of the Trinity because he had a certain bit of scorn for attempts to explain the mystery of the divine unity in trinity.

He accepted the doctrine and thought efforts to rationalize it silly.

Filed under: Melanchthon

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Written by Jim
Monday, 22 May 2017 01:20

The Parable of Anthony Weiner’s iPhone

A question that’s been nagging me: Would Anthony Weiner still have a political career if he hadn’t owned an iPhone?

Last week Weiner pled guilty to sending sexually explicit messages to a minor through his smartphone. His plea deal comes with probable prison time. Weiner, former...

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Written by Samuel James
Monday, 22 May 2017 01:15

Should a Pastor “Politick” from the Pulpit?

Last week, I asked the readers of this website to fill out a short survey providing feedback on what they like about the site, what they don’t, and what subjects they’d like me to address. The one question asked more than any other was, “Should a pastor address political issues...

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Written by Bruce Ashford
Monday, 22 May 2017 01:09

5 Sources of True Change

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This post is adapted from How Does Sanctification Work? by David Powlison:

1. God himself changes you.

This is foundational to all. “It is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure” (Phil. 2:13).

He intervenes in your life, turning you from suicidal self-will to...

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Written by Peter Cockrell
Monday, 22 May 2017 01:03

The Age of Accountability?

Is there an “age of accountability” for children? No, I do not believe so.

The term “age of accountability” has become a theological term in many circles.  According to Theopedia, it is defined to be “that time in the development of a person when he or she can and...

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Written by Barry York
Monday, 22 May 2017 00:55

Apt to Teach? Featured

Able to Teach?

I was asked not long ago by a friend about the AV or KJV translation of the phrase “apt to teach” from 1 Timothy 3:2 which is part of the qualifications of an “overseer” or “bishop” or “elder”. The phrase translates one word in the...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Monday, 22 May 2017 00:48

Older Men, Younger Men Need You

There is a sad and wide gulf between older men and younger men today. Generational discrimination and segregation are alive and, well, discouraging.

We have to pass the torch somehow, but so many of the bridges have been burnt. Younger guys needolder guys. Older men, by God’s design and...

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Written by PAUL MAXWELL
Monday, 22 May 2017 00:39

Pastors, don’t be a jerk. Be a shepherd.

image The venting of the proverbial spleen seems to be the order of the day from cable news to social media and sometimes even in interpersonal interactions. We like to hear someone who agrees with our views “tell it like it is,” especially if the telling involves a few zingers against...

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Written by Denny Burk
Monday, 22 May 2017 00:36

Tami Breaks Free of Beth Moore: A Testimony Featured

The following is a personal testimony submitted to Pulpit & Pen:

My name is Tami, I have been a Christian for 15 years. I am from Great Bend, KS where I attend an Evangelical Free church. I have broken free from Beth Moore.

I was born and raised Catholic. A turning point in my life was when...

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Written by Seth Dunn
Monday, 22 May 2017 00:29

Leaving the NAR Church: Morgan’s story

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“Not really knowing better, I let them do a deliverance session on me. Basically, you sit in a chair, they command the demons to come up and speak, and then they get bound and cast out.” Morgan was immersed in a so-called “Deliverance Ministry,” in which he was introduced to...

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Written by Amy Spreeman
Monday, 22 May 2017 00:21

Paid Versus Unpaid Work

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

Not All Work Needs to Be Paid

A few months ago a friend offered to watch my boys for me as I prepared to lead our women’s Bible study in the fall. A mother of two small...

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Written by Crossway
Monday, 22 May 2017 00:19

3 Reasons to Register Your Church on the NCFIC Network

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My hope is that every Biblically-ordered, Christ-exalting, family-integrated church will register themselves on our network. Why? When you register your church on the NCFIC network, people will most likely come to your church to check it out. When that happens, one of three things will take place....

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Monday, 22 May 2017 00:16

Book review: How to Expand Your Ministry Through Writing and Publishing

I love people with ambition, drive, determination, and vision. Tim Riordan, pastor of Sonrise Baptist Church in Newnan, is just that kind of person.

image He has written, “When I was nineteen years old I made a list of 100 things I wanted to do in my life.” Some of those things were rather...

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Written by Gerald Harris
Monday, 22 May 2017 00:06

Why I Don’t Want to Raise an Obedient Child

It’s funny the things people will ask me when they discover I have fifteen children. Most times, the questions are a barrage of “How do you do it?” and “Don’t you know what causes that?” Sometimes the questions are heartfelt — “How did you get to...

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Written by LYETTE REBACK
Monday, 22 May 2017 00:00

Why is the universe so big, and why is so much of it hostile to life?

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Review: In case you need a refresher on the cosmological and fine-tuning arguments, as presented by a professor of particle physics at Stanford University, then click this link and watch the lecture.

If you already know about the standard arguments for theism...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Monday, 22 May 2017 00:00

Teach Them Diligently

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You shall teach [the Lord's commands] diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. –Deuteronomy 6:7 ESV

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

 

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Written by TFL
Sunday, 21 May 2017 23:39

How Then Should We Preach? (Ryan McGraw)

However well constructed and attractive, a car is useless without fuel. On the flip side, a motor may have fuel without being a vehicle. Likewise, preaching is a vehicle that requires fuel. God designed preaching to bring us to himself through faith in Christ. If preaching does not have the right...

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Written by Reformation21 Blog
Sunday, 21 May 2017 23:11

My Favorite 8 Books

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This is a simple post, just a list of my 8 favorite (Christian, non-fiction) books of all time.

  1. The Holiness of God, by RC Sproul … An accessible treatment of God’s defining attribute.
  2. The Bondage of the Will, by Martin Luther … The classic Protestant work on “free...

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Written by Landon Coleman
Sunday, 21 May 2017 23:04

5 Sources of True Change

image This post is adapted from How Does Sanctification Work? by David Powlison.

1. God himself changes you.

This is foundational to all. “It is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure” (Phil. 2:13).

He intervenes in your life, turning you from suicidal self-will...

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Written by Crossway
Sunday, 21 May 2017 23:02

The Responsibility of the Christian Father

esterday I had the privilege to preach from Ephesians 6:1-4 with a focus on the fourth verse as we continued our series through Ephesians.   As we consider the importance of a Christian father’s leadership, we must likewise look to the duty of the children to obey.  Both have...

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Written by Josh Buice
Sunday, 21 May 2017 22:43

Dear Young Theologians…

Pride and hubris are inappropriate for your field of endeavor.  Grandiose claims about this or that thinker or system aren’t your proper attire because familiarity only comes with time and hard work. 

You aren’t a Barthian simply because you’ve read three of Barth’s...

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Written by Jim
Sunday, 21 May 2017 22:34

Why does America love death so much? Featured

Do you ever wonder why American society is fascinated with death? From movies to entertainments to conversation to society in general, it's a culture of death.I'm old enough to remember life, culture, and entertainment before our national fascination with death. In the 1960s, 70s, and 80s,...

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Written by The End Time
Sunday, 21 May 2017 22:00

Here’s a Sneak Peak at the Line Up of @RTSCharlotte Summer Classes

Every summer and winter term, RTS Charlotte offers a slate of intensive week-long classes on a variety of subjects.  These are designed to allow the student to knock-out a complete class in just a few days (although papers and exams are due later).

These sorts of classes are particularly...

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Written by Michael Kruger
Sunday, 21 May 2017 21:33

Calling Out the Called- Panel Discussion

Steve McKinion, David Sills, and Scott Hildreth discuss the specific calling to pastoral and missionary service and ways for pastors to recognize this specific calling in their church members. This panel discussion dives deep into topics such as “What is Read More ...

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Written by Scott
Sunday, 21 May 2017 21:08

“Peace” in the Middle East?

imagePresident Trump recently stated that “peace in the Middle East may not be as difficult as many people think”.  This is the message he hopes to convey to Muslim and Israeli leaders during his current visit.  Well the author of “The Art of the Deal” will probably...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Sunday, 21 May 2017 21:00

Run To Win! The Lifelong Pursuits of a Godly Man

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Every four years another Olympics begins and the whole world becomes obsessed with activities they haven’t thought about since the last games. Suddenly we find ourselves waking up early and staying up late to watch athletes pole vault and throw javelins and dive into pools. We can’t...

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Written by Tim Challies
Sunday, 21 May 2017 21:00

There's Nothing 'Compassionate' About Helping People Get To Hell

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Dear Christians, there’s nothing ‘compassionate’ about helping people get to HellBy Matt Walsh, May 2, 2017
I received this email yesterday. The subject line, as you could guess, was “Compassion”:
Matt, you call yourself a Christian but you have no compassion. The Jesus...

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Written by Doug Evans
Sunday, 21 May 2017 20:07

An Anti-Semitic Murder in a French No-Go Zone [Excerpts]

May 22, 2017
Sarah Lucy Halimi was thrown out of the window of the third floor Paris apartment while she begged her Muslim killer to spare her life. The 66-year-old director of an Orthodox Jewish nursery was woken from her sleep when she was...

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Written by TBC Staff - EN
Sunday, 21 May 2017 20:00

Because We Believe Christianity Is True

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A few months ago we did a series on the Chronicles of Narnia, but CS Lewis wrote a lot more than just one series of excellent novels, so I want to spend time with a few of his other writings this week.

Lewis wrote an essay entitled “Christian Apologetics” published in the book, God in...

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Written by Zak Schmoll
Sunday, 21 May 2017 20:00

Seeing God’s Goodness in Disability

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The month of May is Williams Syndrome Awareness month. Williams syndrome is a rare genetic disorder caused by the deletion of 26–28 genes on the 7th chromosome. It can lead to developmental, cognitive, and physical disabilities. Stacia McKeever, one of our writers here at Answers in Genesis,...

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Written by Ken Ham
Sunday, 21 May 2017 20:00

A Father’s Prayer

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Father of all fathers, and of Jesus Christ our Lord, Fatherhood is a great mystery. The calling is majestic, and the dangers real. We love our children, and we long to love them better, but we fail so frequently. We worship you as the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, and marvel at …

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Written by Gunner
Sunday, 21 May 2017 20:00

The Mailbag: How do I move on after God says “no”?

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Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Sunday, 21 May 2017 20:00

Don't Judge Me

They tell me that the best known Bible verse today is no longer John 3:16. Now it's Matthew 7:1: "Judge not, that you be not judged." They love to pull that one out of their quiver full of arrows to fire back at anyone who dares to say, "You know, the Bible says the behavior you're engaging in is...

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Written by Winging It
Sunday, 21 May 2017 20:00

Abortion and Homicide (Video)

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Greg explains how those with a pro-life view are more in line with the laws of California and other states than many may think.

 

Authors: Greg Koukl...

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Written by Greg Koukl
Sunday, 21 May 2017 19:54

A La Carte (May 22)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a hodgepodge of books which are worth checking out.

Happy Victoria Day to my fellow Canadians. Enjoy your day off!

What If I Don’t Feel Forgiven?

“There is an important difference between guilt and guilt feelings. The distinction is between that which is...

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Written by Tim Challies
Sunday, 21 May 2017 19:00

How the Protestant Reformation Renewed the Church, Our Work, and Society

“The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it” (Genesis 2:15).

In October of this year we will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. Most historians agree the Reformation officially started on...

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Written by Hugh Whelchel
Sunday, 21 May 2017 19:00

Fear of God Devotional: What Was The Heart Of The Protestant Reformation?

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What was the heart of the Reformation?

Carlton McLeod explains in this video that he believes the heart of the Reformation was Sola Scriptura, "by Scripture alone." The Church, through the Middle Ages, had drifted away from the understanding that Scripture governed all of life. Traditions and...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Sunday, 21 May 2017 19:00

Two Words That Summarize The Entire Bible

A few days ago I said that you and I are at risk of becoming too familiar with the Bible and the stories in it. I think there's another area where you and I are at risk in our Christian faith:

We read the Bible too quickly.

We need to slow down and pay attention to every single word, because there...

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Written by Articles | Paul Tripp Updates
Sunday, 21 May 2017 19:00

What If I Don’t Feel Forgiven?

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There is an important difference between guilt and guilt feelings. The distinction is between that which is objective and that which is subjective. Guilt is objective; it is determined by a real analysis of what a person has done with respect to law. When a person transgresses a law, that person...

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Written by R.C. Sproul
Sunday, 21 May 2017 18:29

How the Massacre in Syria Demonstrates the Existence of God

image Last month the world learned of yet another horrific attack on civilians in Syria. The New York Times called it the “worst chemical attack in years,” as media outlets aired images of women and children “writhing, choking, gasping or foaming at the mouth.” In the midst of...

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Written by jwallace
Sunday, 21 May 2017 18:01

Should I Send or Should I Go? Front line and supply chain Featured

Whenever missionaries speak at our church my heart leaps in my chest. Their PowerPoint slides get my spiritual adrenaline pumping. There is something undeniably compelling about the thought of being on the front lines of the Great Commission. And yet, the reality is that we cannot all go. Some need...

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Written by Clint Archer