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, 14 June 2018 18:00

Nuggets from Countdown to the Second Coming—Solving the Problem of Evil

June 15, 2018
The solution to the problem of evil, through the incarnation, is also a mystery. “...[G]reat is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached...

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Written by TBC Staff - CR
Thursday, 14 June 2018 18:00

The Puritans on the Lord’s Supper (6)


Right Reception of the Lord’s Supper

The Lord’s Supper was to be taken seriously, after much preparation, careful self-examination, and Christ-centered participation. Edwards wrote, “’Tis the most solemn confirmation that can be conceived of.... It is more solemn than a mere...

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Written by Meet the Puritans
Thursday, 14 June 2018 18:00

Friday’s Featured Sermon: “Jonah: The World’s Greatest Fish Story” Featured

Jonah is a famous Bible character for one big reason—the giant fish that swallowed him whole and three days later regurgitated him, alive and well. From Sunday-school flannelgraphs to modern folklore, that astounding event dominates almost every discussion about Jonah. But we shouldn’t...

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Written by Grace to You Blog
Thursday, 14 June 2018 17:34

Even More Foolish Posters – and Bad Theology Featured

By their very nature, memes, posters and social media posts tend to be content-light and information-thin. So one cannot rely on them very much. They might get people thinking, and they may contain snippets of truth, but usually complex issues can NOT be properly dealt with in memes and the like.


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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Thursday, 14 June 2018 17:03

Young Man … Are You in Blood Earnest?


the Foundations Baptist Fellowship Annual Meetingreport

What an outstanding meeting! We heartily commend Dr. Mike Harding and First Baptist Church of Troy for their excellence and graciousness in hosting us for the meeting. The speakers all did an outstanding job. The music was incredible. The...

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Written by Don Johnson
Thursday, 14 June 2018 17:00

In Honor of Karen Stout Coleman, Beloved EPM Coworker and Friend


On Sunday, June 10, at 10:45 a.m., Karen Stout Coleman went to be with Jesus. Nanci and I have known many Christlike people, but she’s on the shortlist. This amazing sister has been a dear friend to us, full of grace and truth in the face of hardships, never losing her wit and humor, quietly...

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Written by Randy Alcorn
Thursday, 14 June 2018 17:00

A Fathers' Day Prayer


This is beautifully written, shot and narrated:

Father's Day Prayer from King's Church London on Vimeo.

Authors: Andrew Wilson...

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Written by Andrew Wilson
Thursday, 14 June 2018 16:37

I Looked for a Musician to Stand in the Gap

I’m the music director at my church, my wife is one of our pianists. We and another pianist, a very dedicated and skillful lady, recently attended a Majesty Music Conference in order to gain instruction and, frankly, inspiration for a church music program (our own!) we felt was flagging....

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Written by Mark Ward
Thursday, 14 June 2018 15:15

I Wouldn’t Have Chosen Me


If you told my 12-year-old self that I would end up being a pastor, you would have been met with doubt and disbelief. If you had told my family the same thing, they would have laughed in your face. The simple fact is that it makes no sense for God to use me in ministry. I would not have chosen...

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Written by Adam Kareus
Thursday, 14 June 2018 15:10

The Gospel And Your Work


“What do you want to be when you grow up?” That question, which is so common today, would be shockingly irrelevant for the vast majority of humans who have ever lived.

In the premodern world, one’s work usually was not a matter of choice. It was essential to one’s identity....

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Written by Jason K. Allen
Thursday, 14 June 2018 15:05

June 15: Max Belz’s Testimony

Ask God to Use His RodA PERSONAL TESTIMONYBy Max Belz

imageIt is a blessed experience, at least after the initial shock, to know the chastening stroke of God’s rod. In Psalm 23:4 David says to his Lord, “Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”

Many pastors and members of modernist...

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Written by Wayne Sparkman
Thursday, 14 June 2018 15:05

The Personal Magnificence of Jesus


The first time I took a trip out west towards the Rocky Mountains, I had no idea what was in store for me. Sure, I had seen pictures. The snow-capped peaks. The prismatic mash-up of sepia, emerald, and slate. Whether I was scanning a postcard or a Google image, it all looked glorious from afar....

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Written by Brad Andrews
Thursday, 14 June 2018 15:00

Is There an Antidote for Anger?

The Bible warns about anger and even prescribes an antidote, but this undesirable emotion is great at disguising itself—and left unchecked, it will destroy relationships.

Christian counselor and author Ed Welch has written an insightful book on the topic of anger titled A Small Book about a...

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Written by TFL
Thursday, 14 June 2018 15:00

From the Archives: Why We Need Dads


Conventional wisdom these days seems to quietly concede that dads are not all that necessary anymore. Just watch a sitcom. One mom (or two) is sufficient for a healthy upbringing. Dads may be great, but are most certainly dispensable.

Due to the mercies of God, dads are sometimes unnecessary. Kids...

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Written by Pastor Dan Miller
Thursday, 14 June 2018 14:20

Your Mom Has a Blog Podcast, Episode 81

Recapping the Southern Baptist Convention.

Authors: Melissa...

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Written by Melissa
Thursday, 14 June 2018 14:10

Trevin’s Seven


Kindle Deal: The Pastor’s Family: Shepherding Your Family through the Challenges of Pastoral Ministry by Brian and Cara Croft. $3.99.

Thank you to Matt Perman for this review of the new Worldview Study Bible, for which David Dockery and I served as general editors.

Seven of the best...

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Written by Trevin Wax
Thursday, 14 June 2018 14:00

Daily Bible Readings: June 16-30

Saturday, June 16 1 Kings 15:25-17:24 Acts 10:24-48 Psalm 134:1-3 Proverbs 17:9-11

Sunday, June 17 1 Kings 18:1-46 Acts 11:1-30 Psalm 135:1-21 Proverbs 17:12-13

Monday, June 18 1 Kings 19:1-21 Acts 12:1-23 Psalm 136:1-26 Proverbs 17:14-15

Tuesday, June 19 1 Kings 20:1-21:29 Acts 12:24-13:15 Psalm...

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Written by christianindex
Thursday, 14 June 2018 14:00

$5 Friday: Scripture, Parenting, Repentance


It's time for our weekly $5 Friday sale. This week's resources include such topics as Scripture, faith, parenting, the arts, repentance, the Psalms, Isaac Watts, and more.

Sale runs through 12:01 a.m. — 11:59 p.m. Friday ET.

View today's $5 Friday sale items.

Authors: Nathan W. Bingham...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Thursday, 14 June 2018 12:40

Psalms for Men Who Are Struggling


Men face overwhelming pressures both internal and external. We feel an internal drive to provide for our families and to contribute to our communities. Whether we want to admit it or not, we struggle with the expectations other people place on us too. We have trained ourselves to ignore the nagging...

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Written by Scott Slayton
Thursday, 14 June 2018 11:42

Bullitt reboot

Recently, in reference to the kerfuffle over the Islamicize Me series, James White characterized some of his critics as "assassins". Interesting choice of words. Normally, "assassin" has–shall we say?–a slightly pejorative connotation (unless you work for the Mafia). Yet I must assume...

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Written by steve
Thursday, 14 June 2018 11:15

New Book: Keep Your Church’s Money out of the Hands of SBC Bureaucrats and Social Justice Warriors Featured


Are you a member of a Southern Baptist church and concerned about the recent trajectory of the SBC?  Are you concerned that a portion of your tithes and offerings are being forwarded from the offering plate at your local church to the unaccountable and wasteful bureaucracy of the North...

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Written by Seth Dunn
Thursday, 14 June 2018 11:00

Soundtrack of Our Lives

“When housewives want to blow through cleaning the kitchen and two bathrooms, what is needed is some Dwight Yoakam, or Fleetwood Mac, or Asleep at the Wheel, turned up to eleven, and not, say, some 17th century music for five recorders, including two of the big ones” (Confessions of a...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Thursday, 14 June 2018 10:54

Carl F. Henry — The Countercultural Revolt

Theologian Millard Erickson once said, “I love Carl Henry’s work. It’s extremely important. I hope someday that it is translated into English!”

The date of Henry’s work God, Revelation and Authority, is important for this essay (and the subsequent essay on the Jesus...

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Written by memoirandremains
Thursday, 14 June 2018 09:49

Forgiveness: The Missing Message of the Social Justice Movement Featured


Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times? Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.” ~ Matthew 18:21-22

In my last article on Evangelicals and Racism, I...

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Written by Guest Post
Thursday, 14 June 2018 08:35

Brian Houston accidentally identifies as a false prosperity teacher? We already knew that….

Recently, Hillsong’s Brian Houston interacted with popular Australian rugby player, Israel Folau on social media. Israel Folau is well known for his biblical stance on homosexuality/gay marriage and although Brian Houston denies he is gay-affirming, his ultimate agenda in this area remains...

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Written by churchwatcher
Thursday, 14 June 2018 08:17

Genesis 6:4

Before I post my article on who the Nephilim of Genesis 6:4 were, I think it would be good to review what various Bibles say in their translations (I’m even including the horrid “The Message” here because I have parallel with it and the NIV, and I found the...

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Written by Glenn E. Chatfield
Thursday, 14 June 2018 06:52

A Pilgrim’s Regress

A Pilgrim’s Regress! – My apologies to John Bunyan’s classic, The Pilgrim’s Progress, and to C. S Lewis’ The Pilgrim’s Regress as well. Many years ago I liked the word “progressive.” For me it suggested leaving outdated and useless thinking behind....

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Written by Alf Cengia
Thursday, 14 June 2018 06:32

Truth Aflame

imageThis file contains the text of a booklet by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam which is now out of print.  You can view or download the file using the link at the bottom of this page.

Authors: Pastor Cornelius R. Stam...

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Written by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam
Thursday, 14 June 2018 06:13

Nothing Could Possibly Go Wrong

imageNot only is the magisterium’s teaching infallible, but a Roman Catholic’s salvation is never in doubt:

neither the Catholic or Orthodox speakers accepted the term ‘nominal Christian’. People from a Catholic or Orthodox background do not think about people in this category; it...

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Written by D. G. Hart
Thursday, 14 June 2018 06:12

Jeff Durbin Teaches On Addiction Mormonism

On today’s episode of the Dividing Line, Pastor Jeff Durbin took over for Dr. White while he is away. Jeff talked about addiction to drugs and alcohol and how we can be effective in our ministry with people struggling with addictions. Jeff also spent considerable time talking about apologetic...

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Written by Rich Pierce
Thursday, 14 June 2018 06:06

Debunking False Unity Arguments -- Anna Aquino Edition

As an example of the recent discussion of false unity we turn to Charisma News' Anna Aquino...

Authors: 828 Ministries...

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Written by 828 Ministries
Thursday, 14 June 2018 06:01

Preach the Whole Bible

Authors: Daniel Gardner

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Written by Daniel Gardner
Thursday, 14 June 2018 05:49

Kim Jong-un Has Fooled His Own People: Will He Now Fool the Whole World? (VIDEO)

Since President Trump’s Summit with Kim Jong-un was so recent, I’ve decided to reblog this article. I truly believe that Kim Jong-un is NOT to be trusted. I’m sorry for the readers who feel that President Trump can do no wrong – I am merely saying that in this case, I feel...

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Written by Geri Ungurean
Thursday, 14 June 2018 05:44

Themes in Puritan Theology: God’s Decrees

Having considered God in his essence and attributes then his unity of essence in the diversity of three persons, we will know give attention to his decrees (eternal purposes) according to the Puritans. In the next post, we will then discuss how those decrees are carried out in creation and...

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Written by Meet the Puritans
Thursday, 14 June 2018 05:24

Rich Vera Prophesies about Cuba!

I just ran across a 2016 article by the Prosperity Gospelteer and buddy of Benny Hinn and Sid Roth. He’s the guy who went to heaven, talked to God face to face, and chatted with Isaiah.

His prophetic headline is, “REVIVAL COMING TO THE [sic] CUBA.”


Two broad comments:


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Written by Gary Shogren
Thursday, 14 June 2018 05:02

Is Evangelism the Pastor’s Job?

Authors: Daniel Gardner

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Written by Daniel Gardner
Thursday, 14 June 2018 05:00

Podcast: The Bible and Immigration (with Markus Zehnder)

Immigration remains one of the most divisive and debated social and political issues of our day. Understanding the Bible's teaching on immigration and applying it to current immigration issues is complicated terrain. Dr. Markus Zehnder, Talbot Professor of Old Testament, brings a wealth of research...

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Written by Sean McDowell
Thursday, 14 June 2018 04:43

Does John "narrate theologically"? On the perils of theological theory in history

I have noted in otherposts the unjustified rhetoric that is often leveled at the Gospel of John to the effect that he is less historical than the synoptic Gospels. (See also Craig Evans's extensive comments to this effect here.) John is the red-headed step-child of historical Jesus studies. He is...

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What's Wrong with the World
Thursday, 14 June 2018 04:36

I Want Consistency Too

In his condemning of Islamicize Me, James White said https://youtu.be/eUUDEZz0yiY?t=52m1s
It is the portrayal of obviously sinful action. 
Yet on Twitter, someone jokingly suggested that he show clips from Islamicize Me to the class at TMS, and White responded (source):
There are few of the...

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Written by Peter Pike
Thursday, 14 June 2018 04:16

Rooted and Grounded in the Love of Christ


The starting point in the Christian life is not our love for Christ, but His love for us. When we are planted in the love that Christ has for us, it will cause us to respond with love towards Him. We greatly need to be rooted in the love of Christ so that nothing in this life can move us.


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Written by Tim Conway
Thursday, 14 June 2018 04:10

Early Auden and the Scottish Psalter

For those who, for whatever reason, don’t like to sing the actual words of the Psalms, metrical psalmody can be a good substitute. 1

But it can also have its difficulties. Probably the best known metrical Psalter in English is the Scottish Metrical Psalter. Anyone who has ever used it knows...

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Written by E.J. Hutchinson
Thursday, 14 June 2018 04:02


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Written by joey
Thursday, 14 June 2018 03:56

Book Review: Theistic Evolution: A Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Critique Edited by J. P. Moreland, Stephen C. Meyer, Christopher Shaw, Ann K. Gauger, and Wayne Grudem

image Crossway has recently published a book entitled Theistic Evolution: A Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Critique.[1] This volume is contributed to and edited by many heavyweights in these fields including: J. P. Moreland, Stephen C. Meyer, Christopher Shaw, Ann K. Gauger, and Wayne...

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Written by Nathan Muse
Thursday, 14 June 2018 03:33

When Doctrine Becomes Idolatry


I’m a drug addict. Specifically, a recovering drug addict. More specific, a grateful recovering drug addict. And as I sit here now,...

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Written by Donavon Riley
Thursday, 14 June 2018 03:01

Persecution in Turkey – From Polycarp to Fikret Böcek

Simonetta Carr
Jun 14, 2018
If it’s true, as the ancient Tertullian said, that “the blood of martyrs is the seed of the church,” much seed has been sown on Turkish soil, from the 2nd-century martyrdom of Polycarp to the...

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Written by Simonetta Carr
Thursday, 14 June 2018 03:00

Paul’s Advice For Servants – Titus 2:9-11




Usually after addressing “servants” (v.9) Paul addressed masters (Eph. 6:5-9; Col. 3:22—4:1). But Titus was stationed in Crete, a newer work, and there were...

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Written by Pastor Ricky Kurth
Thursday, 14 June 2018 02:55

What Is the Biblical Purpose for Sex?

image Why did God make sex? What are the primary biblical reasons for it? Sean briefly answers these questions and more.

Authors: Sean McDowell...

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Written by Sean McDowell
Thursday, 14 June 2018 02:47

Should You Smack A Red-Winged Black Bird?


That’s the last thing you heard before waves of fear, embarrassment, and shame came flooding into your mind. What happened? You were just buzzed by a Red-Winged Black Bird. A tiny little bird just made you look like a punk in front of everyone at the park. He nosedived in...

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Written by Parker's Pensées
Thursday, 14 June 2018 02:45

(Podcast 6.14.18) Message: “Securing a Seat in a Secular Society” (Acts 17:22-34) - Bellator Christi

On this episode of the Bellator Christi Podcast, Brian Chilton discusses what needs to be in a person’s message as one shares the gospel to those who know very little about God, Jesus, or the Bible. Join us today as we delve into Paul’s message to the Athenians delivered at the...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Thursday, 14 June 2018 02:37

The Pastor’s Soul – now available for pre-order

The Pastor’s Soul: The Call and Care of an Undershepherd
By: Brian Croft and Jim Savastio
Foreword By: David Murray
Pre-order HERE

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Written by Brian