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, 17 August 2017 14:01

When Feeling Angry and Anxious in a World of Evil

Written by: Scotty Smith

     Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil. For the...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Thursday, 17 August 2017 14:00

$5 Friday: Christ, Providence, Suffering

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It's time for our weekly $5 Friday sale. This week's resources include such topics as providence, Christ, Jonathan Edwards, apologetics, worship, the Holy Spirit, suffering, the Great Commission, and more.

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

View today's $5 Friday sale items.

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Thursday, 17 August 2017 13:59

2017 NYC Regional Fellowship of the FBFI

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Location:Grace Baptist Church 798 Hempstead Turnpike Franklin Square, NY 11010

Hosted by: Heritage Baptist Church in NYC

Guest Speaker: Chaplain Joe Willis

We are thrilled to welcome Chaplain Joe Willis to New York City for the Regional Fellowship of the Foundations Baptist...

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Written by Proclaim and Defend
Thursday, 17 August 2017 12:00

His Infinite Love

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There is nothing little in God; His steadfast love is like Himself - it is infinite. You cannot measure it. –C.H. Spurgeon

  Listen to, Being a Husband - God's Way (Part 1 of 2)

Faith in Christ should transform the way we relate to those closest to us. In his first...

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Written by TFL
Thursday, 17 August 2017 11:53

Barcelona Terror: When Will We Wake Up To Islam? Featured

Another day, another Islamic terror attack. More innocent men, women and children slaughtered once again by devout followers of Islam. More blood on Western streets. More carnage and mayhem. This time it was on the streets of Barcelona, Spain.

So far we have at least 16 dead and over 100 injured....

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Thursday, 17 August 2017 11:00

The warnings of the holy Scripture.

We should never disregard the warnings of holy Scripture. The Bible is God’s Word and will for sinful humanity. If we refuse to take note, we will suffer terrible consequences. God warned His people that if they refused to walk in obedience, He would severely punish them as a nation. Had they...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Thursday, 17 August 2017 10:43

Second Commandment to what extent does it go?

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Many of us have grown up with or have seen Images of Christ, some have expressed that this is not a direct violation of the second commandment given in both Exodus and Deuteronomy. Some have said it is, what is it? In this post, we will look into the very issue and come forth with an answer....

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Written by Brennan Unleahsed
Thursday, 17 August 2017 10:30

The 8 Beliefs You Should Know about Mormons When They Knock at the Door

Written by: Justin Taylor

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The following is a brief overview of the beliefs of Mormonism (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) believe, along with what the Bible really teaches, printed among the many articles and resources in the back of the ESV Study Bible (posted...

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Written by Justin Taylor
Thursday, 17 August 2017 10:10

Trevin’s Seven

Written by: Trevin Wax

Book Club Announcement: The good folks over at Gospel-Centered Discipleship are reading This Is Our Time together. You can join the conversation here.

Kindle Deal: Art and the Bible by Francis Schaeffer. $1.99.

imageSeven of the best articles I came across this...

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Written by Trevin Wax
Thursday, 17 August 2017 10:04

The Theocratic Kingdom | Session 5 Featured

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Dr. Randy White teaches the principles found in The Theocratic Kingdom by George N.H. Peters If you are interested in learning about the Kingdom of God, this series is essential. Propositions 45-58 in this session.

If you are interested in the purchase of the three-volume set written in 1863 by...

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Written by Randy White
Thursday, 17 August 2017 08:53

FREE VIDEO (Part 2 of 3): Great Christian answers to atheists questions

Hey, I hope you are enjoying these free videos featuring Christian defender Sean McDowell. This is part two of my three-part interview asking Sean to address some of the toughest questions that atheists often use to challenge Christians. Do you know an atheist, skeptic, or agnostic? If so, you...

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Written by profilesubs
Thursday, 17 August 2017 08:48

Solar Eclipses and Establishing an Old Testament Chronology

Carl Rasmussen has a simple and brief overview here of how ancient solar eclipses helps to establish an Old Testament chronology.

Authors: BibleX...

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Written by BibleX
Thursday, 17 August 2017 08:08

Phoenix’s Bridge churches building bridges to eternity in Valley of the Sun

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Members at Bridge Phoenix sort donated vegetables for the church’s food pantry. JOE WESTBURY/Index

PHOENIX, AZ — When Georgia Baptist “Send Me Now” summer missionaries descended on this western city for a week of missions outreach, they may not have known they were part of a...

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Written by Joe Westbury
Thursday, 17 August 2017 07:42

Responding to Criticism Following the Joyce Meyer/Relationship-Religion Heresy Devotional

Two responses to two critiques from the last devotional. One is a fair question and the other is Charismaniacal talking points...

Authors: 828 Ministries...

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Written by 828 Ministries
Thursday, 17 August 2017 07:26

The Beast that is Anti-Semitism

Racism can be like an incurable spreading cancer. It will eventually kill the body it invades. It’s a Beast which has consumed White Supremacists, Neo Nazis and other groups. But racism doesn’t always wear white hoods and cloaks. Its tentacles reach a much broader base. Before I go on,...

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Written by Alf Cengia
Thursday, 17 August 2017 06:33

Episode 111- Nate Pickowicz– Why We’re Protestant: An Introduction to the Five Solas of the Reformation

Welcome to the 111h episode of Equipping You in Grace. On today’s episode, Dave Jenkins interviews Nate Pickowicz- about his book Why We’re Protestant: An Introduction to the Five Solas of the Reformation (Entreating Favor, 2017)

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • The Protestant...

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Thursday, 17 August 2017 06:23

4 Reasons I Attended Youth Camp for the First Time in 27 Years

After going to youth camp as a teen in the early 1970s, I chaperoned as a brand new pastor in 1990. Recently, after a 27-year hiatus, I returned.

Why would a 58-year-old aging Baby Boomer who still likes to preach in a coat and tie endure late nights and early wake up calls with over 600 students...

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Written by Todd Gaddis
Thursday, 17 August 2017 06:22

Be Strong in the Grace That Is In Christ Jesus – 2 Timothy 2:1-2

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Also available as MP3:Be Strong in the Grace That Is In Christ Jesus – 2 Timothy 2:1-2

Summary:

Paul tells Timothy to “be strong” (2:1) because so many hadn’t been (1:15). Moses told Joshua to be strong in the law (De.11:8), but Paul told Timothy to be strong in grace....

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Written by Pastor Ricky Kurth
Thursday, 17 August 2017 06:13

Healthy churches are an antidote to the prosperity gospel

If Africa were filled with healthy churches, the prosperity gospel would not be wrecking us the way that it is now. —Ken Mbugua, Pastor in Kenya

Authors: Daniel Gardner

 

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Written by Daniel Gardner
Thursday, 17 August 2017 06:09

There Despite the Grace of God Go I

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I used to think that what set Christianity apart from other religions was that in the other religions, people worked toward salvation on their own power, while we had the help of the Holy Spirit empowering us. Then I read an astute Puritan who showed how even the Pharisees credited God with their...

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Written by Rick Ritchie
Thursday, 17 August 2017 06:00

What is Christian Character? Featured

by Mike Ratliff

18 Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a good conscience, desiring to conduct ourselves honorably in all things. 19 And I urge you all the more to do this, so that I may be restored to you the sooner.20 Now the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Thursday, 17 August 2017 05:42

An Uncivil War - Bellator Christi

By: Rev. Christopher Burcham | August 17, 2017

Editor’s Note: The views expressed by guests writers on Bellator Christi represent those of its intended author(s) and may not necessarily reflect those of the staff or affiliates of BellatorChristi.com or The Bellator Christi Podcast.

Having...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Thursday, 17 August 2017 05:39

Odd What Big Cities Do To Church Life

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Is Tim Keller getting cold feet about “the city”? He bears his apparent burden to the other coolest guy in the Reformedish room, Jamie Smith:

JS: As a pastor, and now increasingly a theological educator, where do you most see a need for renewal and intentionality? If you could heal...

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Written by D. G. Hart
Thursday, 17 August 2017 05:35

Let the Reader Understand…

image“So I went to the angel and said to him, “Give me the little book.” And he said to me, “Take and eat it; and it will make your stomach bitter, but it will be as sweet as honey in your mouth.” (Rev. 10:9)

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Authors: Jim...

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Written by Jim
Thursday, 17 August 2017 05:17

(Video) “The Work of a Scribe” by Josh McDowell Ministries - Bellator Christi

As this video shows, the game of “Telephone” does not apply to the oral and then eventual written transmission of the Bible. This video was posted from Josh McDowell Ministries. All rights belong its authors.

Authors: Brian Chilton...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Thursday, 17 August 2017 05:00

Summer 2017 Teaching Theology Overseas Update #2

This is an update report written by a brother traveling with SlimJim.image

Today went very well, I think the Spirit moved with strength through Pastor Jim’s messages. He talked about some hard topics that some people do not like to speak about. We continued with regeneration, and then moved to...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Thursday, 17 August 2017 04:44

‘Let Her Learn to Swim!’: The Holy Audacity of John Knox

The Scottish Reformer John Knox has not always enjoyed the greatest reputation in the annals of history. He was, after all, the one who created quite a stir with his strongly polemical work against Mary Tudor entitled The First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women. That...

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Written by Jonathan Kleis
Thursday, 17 August 2017 04:42

Social Justice’s Warrior Children

David Brooks:

The mob that hounded [Google engineer James] Damore was like the mobs we’ve seen on a lot of college campuses. We all have our theories about why these moral crazes are suddenly so common. I’d say that radical uncertainty about morality, meaning and life in general is...

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Written by Mark Ward
Thursday, 17 August 2017 04:42

Racism and DNA Testing

DNA testing for ancestral heritage is all the rage these days.  You have likely seen ads from Ancestry.com, 23 and Me, and Family Tree DNA.  You may have seen the TV series, "Who Do You Think You Are?" or one of the other programs devoted to identifying the ancestry of celebrities and...

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Written by Kim Riddlebarger
Thursday, 17 August 2017 04:31

EPIC: Germany (Day 4)

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I continue my journey through the Land of Luther, all as part of the project I’m calling EPIC. Today we visited Erfurt where Luther entered a monastery and began life as a monk. Here are a few notes and a couple of photos.

Authors: Tim Challies...

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Written by Tim Challies
Thursday, 17 August 2017 04:28

So Deal With It, Buttercup

There is a difference, and not a small one either, between answering an argument and responding to a tantrum. When you try to make the tantrum stop through appeasement, all you are actually doing is purchasing the next tantrum. “A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment: For if thou...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Thursday, 17 August 2017 03:53

Martin Luther's Sermons on Lent and Easter

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For this 500th anniversary year of the Protestant Reformation, Hendrickson Publishers is reprinting a wonderful selection of sermons from Martin Luther. So far there are three volumes of sermons for Advent and Christmas Day, the Sunday after Christmas, New Year’s Day, and Epiphany, and Lent...

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Written by Meet the Puritans
Thursday, 17 August 2017 03:37

Does 1689 Federalism require “Regeneration Goggles”?

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Critics of 1689 Federalism often caricature baptists as claiming to know who the elect are. This does not follow from any 1689 Federalism belief. We agree with the reformed “judgment of charity.” Based upon a credible profession of faith, we judge (with charity) a person to be saved....

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Written by brandonadams
Thursday, 17 August 2017 03:35

The Death of Darwinian Evolution: To Outer Darkness

Could Evolution Ever Die?

By Mike Robinson
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Unguided Evolution is Impossible

The incompatibility of naturalism and evolution provokes existential anxiety—and, apparently, a premature death.*

It seems crazy to imagine the end of unguided macro-evolution. The theory is so adored, so profitable,...

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Written by Mike Robinson
Thursday, 17 August 2017 03:20

Why Christians Need A Christian Doctrine Of Humanity

some of One neglected aspect of the story of Modernity has been the loss of a Christian anthropology. Along with its exile of God, Modernity has also been busily re-defining humanity with unhappy consequences. Through two world wars, abortion, genocides, “eugenics,” Communist . . . Conti...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Thursday, 17 August 2017 03:10

Jacobs on By Man Shall His Blood Be Shed

The arguments are offered in a lucid and systematic manner so that they are accessible to those with no background in philosophy, theology or law. For example, the opening chapter has an admirably clear introduction to the natural law, and the second chapter elucidates the relative authority of various theological sources....

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Written by Edward Feser
Thursday, 17 August 2017 02:51

Interview with Carl Trueman on Reformational Theology

In light of the upcoming 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, Marvin Olasky interviewed Dr. Carl Trueman on themes of the Reformation and how they apply to our contemporary situation. A brief time of Q&A follows.

The post Interview with Carl Trueman on Reformational Theology appeared...

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Written by Dan Adams
Thursday, 17 August 2017 02:50

Mythbusters: “Slain in the Spirit”

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Costi Hinn begins his piece with an account of someone who has allegedly been slain in the spirit. At the end of the virtual tour. the person declares: I have heard some Christians say this sort of experience was demonic, while others say it’s just hypnosis. To be honest, I haven’t...

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Written by Marsha West
Thursday, 17 August 2017 02:44

What Pleases Parents Most

What is it about a child that pleases parents? What is it about a son that gladdens the heart of a father? What is the greatest compliment a dad could ever pay to his daughter?

These are the questions I was asking today as I went for a walk with my wife, and daughter, and dog – it was pretty...

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Written by Andrew Kerr
Thursday, 17 August 2017 02:42

Effacing the past

Predictably, SJWs lobby to tear down offensive monuments. A few observations:I'm not an absolutist about this. I don't think it's intrinsically wrong to tear down some monuments. But in general I'm opposed to it:i) If and when we're going to tear down monuments, that should enjoy broad-based public...

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Written by steve
Thursday, 17 August 2017 02:32

Four candidates sign religious freedom pledge

The recent history of trying to get a religious liberty bill passed in Georgia reads like a Greek tragedy or some Alford Hitchcock iconic thriller with a bad ending.

Our forefathers would be appalled that some of our legislators balked at the idea of passing a religious liberty bill. In addition,...

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Written by Gerald Harris
Thursday, 17 August 2017 01:49

Kinists and libertarians

There's an intriguing relationship between libertarianism and white racism, viz. Kinists, neo-Confederates. By that I mean, these groups overlap. So what's the nature of the relationship?
The relationship is asymmetrical. Libertarianism doesn't logically entail white racism (or racism generally)....

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Written by steve
Thursday, 17 August 2017 01:44

Racism: Utterly Sinful Featured

Despite the round condemnation of racism from just about every corner of evangelicalism, there is still a complaint that Christians are not sufficiently clear on the issue. I was reminded of a video Mike recorded some time ago that gave a brief (one-minute),...

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Written by Jesse Johnson
Thursday, 17 August 2017 01:39

Caspar Olevianus: Saved For Ministry

On his 23rd birthday, 10 August 1559, Caspar Olevianus had a chance to preach his first sermon in German in a lecture hall at Trier, Germany (his birthplace). He had been waiting long for this moment. His love for the gospel had . . . Continue reading →

Authors: R. Scott Clark...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Thursday, 17 August 2017 01:27

Danger of Narrative Chasing in Charlottesville

I recently wrote a reflection on Pastors and their reaction to the Charlottesville incident– I warned that jumping to support the narrative wasn’t healthy. It was the most well-read post on this site.

Now, as we learn more about what happened beyond the media’s reporting, we...

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Written by C.Jay Engel