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, 24 May 2018 02:05

Continued Gratitude

I told you I would keep you updated on the cancer news front, and so here it is. Yesterday Nancy and I met with my surgeon for a post-op visit, and with another doctor (after the tumor board had met) in order to determine what to do next, if anything. The good news is that we decided that follow-up...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Thursday, 24 May 2018 02:04

The invisible security guard

Imagine you are a woman who is told your apartment [is] protected by an invisible security guard. An intruder breaks into your apartment and rapes you. The guard is nowhere to be found. You ask the landlord, "Where as your security guard? Either he doesn't exist or is weak or evil or incompetent."...

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Written by steve
Thursday, 24 May 2018 01:37

Summer Reading: A Grade-by-Grade Recommended Reading List for Kids

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There are hundreds of thousands of books written for children. The challenge is trying to discover the best age-appropriate literature.

I am grateful for the folks at Calvary Classical School—a classical Christian school in Hampton, Virginai, who have given me permission to reproduce this list...

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Written by Justin Taylor
Thursday, 24 May 2018 01:04

Book Review: Taking Pascal’s Wager: Faith, Evidence, and the Abundant Life

image Michael Rota’s book, considered with respect to organization, cogency of argument, and clarity of writing, merits high rank among contemporary works in apologetics and natural theology. He relies on an “updated version of Pascal’s Wager” to advance a compelling,...

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Written by Wesley Chambers
Thursday, 24 May 2018 01:02

“Traditionalist” Leader Resigns From Anti-Calvinism Group After Making Inappropriate Comment Featured

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Connect316 is a group of Southern Baptist pastors and leaders that essentially exists to oppose Calvinism in the denomination, holding to what they have termed “Traditionalism.” A historic misnomer, the doctrinal position held by Connect316 is a rather new and novel mediated position...

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Written by News Division
Thursday, 24 May 2018 01:00

Podcast: Does Evidence Still Demand A Verdict?

Working with a team of over three dozen Biola grad students, Sean recently helped his father, Josh McDowell, update his classic book "Evidence that Demands a Verdict." Scott interviews Sean about how both culture and the historical evidence for Christianity have changed over the past few decades....

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Written by Sean McDowell
Thursday, 24 May 2018 00:40

Podcast Interview With Marcia Montenegro: "One Thousand Gifts" Review Featured

In this episode of the podcast Steve talks with Marcia Montenegro about the very popular book "One Thousand Gifts." 

Here is Marcia's article (with more links) that we used as an outline for this podcast:"One Thousand Gifts" Christian Answers for the New Age

Here is another helpful article from...

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Written by Steven Kozar
Thursday, 24 May 2018 00:35

The Southern Baptist Convention STILL Has a Paige Patterson Problem

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Several weeks back I wrote an article titled, “The Southern Baptist Convention Has a Paige Patterson Problem.” We still have that problem.

Those who have followed the story know the basic issues. Patterson, President of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, faced...

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Written by Landon Coleman
Thursday, 24 May 2018 00:12

Gag rule

The debacle about the "1C fragment of Mark" raises questions about the wisdom and ethics of nondisclosure agreements in scholarship. How widespread is this practice? Is there a danger that scholars will be required to sign nondisclosure agreements to function in the guild? What if a scholar signs a...

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Written by steve
Thursday, 24 May 2018 00:12

Marx in Sheep’s Clothing Featured

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False teaching has entered the Church like a wolf in sheep’s clothing, masquerading as “Social Justice”, but bearing sharp teeth of division concealed behind puckered up lips. The wolf is intent to tear the Church apart, ripping and pulling wherever it can. It finds especially...

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Written by News Division
Thursday, 24 May 2018 00:11

Book Review: Three Books by J. Oswald Sanders

J. Oswald Sanders, Spiritual Leadership. 2017, Moody Publishers. 274 pps, $15.99. J. Oswald Sanders, Spiritual Discipleship. 2017, Moody Publishers. 240 pps, $15.99. J. Oswald Sanders, Spiritual Maturity. 2017, Moody Publishers. 288 pps, $15.99.

 

What are the most pressing needs of...

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Written by 9Marks
Thursday, 24 May 2018 00:08

What Is Happening in the SBC: Helpful Thoughts Reflections

It’s been a little quiet around here since Tuesday evening. We closed comments temporarily and thought it was best to allow things to settle some before jumping back into the conversation. A lot has happened on social media and these articles have been widely shared. I think all three are...

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Written by Brent Hobbs
Thursday, 24 May 2018 00:04

Is There a First-Century Fragment of Mark’s Gospel? Apparently Not

Over the last several years, there has been much discussion in the blogosphere (and beyond) about the possibility that a fragment of Mark’s Gospel had been discovered which could reliably be dated to the first century.

Most notably, the fragment was alluded to by Dan Wallace in his 2012 debate...

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Written by Michael Kruger
Thursday, 24 May 2018 00:00

Survey of scientific literature finds that children need their mom for first 3 years

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Recently, an article published in the Wall Street Journal reported on research survey done why a far-left Democrat psychotherapist based in far-left New York City. Surprisingly, her book caused an uproar among the author’s left-wing allies. How...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 23:55

The Fine-Tuning of the Universe: Evidence for God? With Allen Hainline—The Alisa Childers Podcast #21

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Is there positive scientific evidence for the existence of God? Today, we focus on the fine-tuning of the universe with special guest, Allen Hainline. Links: ​Allen's articles on cross-examined.orgAllen's Youtube channel  Recommend...

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Written by Alisa Childers - Blog
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 23:49

Unicultural Uniformity

Of the little pilot-fish words that swim alongside the more commonly mangled word, culture, two of the more frequently heard are multicultural and diversity. In fact, these have become unquestioned, and probably unassailable holy-words in modern culture. A competitive company will have somewhere on...

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Written by David
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 23:44

Around the Horn (May 24)

The last several weeks have been humiliating for the Southern Baptist Convention. There has been scandal followed by scandal. The scandals have come from some of the top positions in the Convention down to...

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Written by Staff
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 23:35

Be Not Surprised

1 John 3:12-13, “12 We should not be like Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother’s righteous. 13 Do not be surprised, brothers, that the world hates you.”

John has now established...

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 23:30

How Can We Know Anything About God?

Deep in the heart of man is a yearning, something within us that tells us that there’s more to this universe than what we see. It tells us that we are just a small part of a large stage directed by someone or something else. Some call this invisible force ‘fate.’ Others call it...

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Written by James Williams
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 23:14

Historical Roots of “Trinitarian” Theology

I’m pleased to have a contribution included in a recently-published multi-author volume: The Bible and Early Trinitarian Theology, eds. Christopher A. Beeley and Mark E. Weedman (Catholic University of America Press, 2018; the publisher’s online catalogue entry here).

The book arose...

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Written by larryhurtado
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 23:00

The Law acquaints us with God.

We are born not acquainted with God; neither are we at peace with Him. It is the Law that acquaints us with God’s character and brings us to the foot of the cross (see Gal. 3:24).

Job 22:21 “Now acquaint yourself with Him, and be at peace; Thereby good will come to you.

Get your own...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 23:00

Jen Wilkin- In His Image: 10 Ways God Calls Us to Reflect His Character

On today’s episode of the Equipping You in Grace Podcast, Dave Jenkins talks with Jen Wilkin about her book In His Image: 10 Ways God Calls Us to Reflect His Character(Crossway, 2018).

What you’ll hear in this episode

  • How a growing understanding of God’s goodness helps...

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 22:57

D.A. Horton on Patterson and SWBTS

D.A. Horton is the lead pastor at Reach Fellowship in Long Beach, CA. His is a voice we need to hear. Read the whole thread.

Dear #SBC18, I’m deeply grieved how power & privilege inside our convention are used to build walls of self-preservation & systemic protection.

This results in...

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Written by Brent Hobbs
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 22:47

If Equality, then God.

Louis Pojman makes a convincing case for the conclusion that if there is any case for the equal dignity of human beings, then God exists:
“The doctrine that all people are of equal worth, and this endowed with inalienable rights, is rooted in our religious heritage…The originators of...

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Written by Ben Holloway
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 21:14

Taking Church Security Seriously

imageThe first century church faced the constant persecution and even death if they were caught gathering to worship Jesus Christ.  Every time they got together they were risking their lives.  In countries like North Korea, Iran and China, that threat is still real as every year, thousands of...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 21:00

How Do We Best Reach LGBTQ Young People?

image How well is the church engaging LGBTQ students? What can youth influencers do better? Sean interviews youth expert Jonathan McKee about an upcoming event.

Authors: Sean McDowell...

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Written by Sean McDowell
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 21:00

Are You Intimidated by the Old Testament?

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The Word of God: Old Testament and New

Do you find the Old Testament more than a little bit daunting? Don’t worry, you are not alone. Many, many people do. And really, it’s no wonder.

The first part of our Bibles is a large book; it often seems remote...

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Written by Alec Motyer
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 20:45

Setting Our GPS for Gospel Sanity and God’s Kindness

May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word2 Thess. 2:16-17 

Everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 20:39

Spiritual warfare is real Featured

This post appeared on The End Time on May 24, 2011.-----------------------------I was at some friends' house, and after dinner we played a Bible trivia game. Here is one of the questions:"How many angels are named in the Bible?" At first blush the answer seems easy. Can you guess? Pause. Answer:...

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Written by The End Time
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 20:20

Texas school shooting suspect’s father Antonios Pagourtzis terrible words in defense of his son

imageI saw an MSNBC new article titled “Texas school shooting suspect’s father thinks he was bullied.”  The father has some serious issues himself; one can’t help but to wonder what ways this man contributed to his son’s barbaric sin of shooting up a school.

This is not...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 20:15

b, sd on Evangelicalism’s Car Salesman Psyche (from Rod Dreher)

imageOr, why the Benedict Option makes no sense to believers addicted to outreach and transformationalism:

Post-WW2, a group of Christians with theological sympathies with the fundamentalists thought they needed to be open to society and be willing work with anyone who will help them save souls....

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Written by D. G. Hart
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 20:00

Throwback Thursday ~ Dis. Grace: Responding Biblically to Church Scandal

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God has a wonderful way of taking offenses and turning them into opportunities for His kingdom.

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 20:00

Verses You're Sure Aren't In There

There are some verses you're pretty sure are in there ... or at least should be. You know, the ever-popular "The Lord helps those who help themselves" or "Cleanliness is next to godliness" or the like. There are others you're pretty sure aren't.Did you know there's a prayer for Trump? "May his days...

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Written by Winging It
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 19:51

How To Love Your Wife As Christ Loved the Church

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As a Christian husband, you are not left wondering or speculating about what it means to carry out your role in a way that pleases God and blesses your wife. To the contrary, the Bible provides clear guidance: You are to love your wife as Christ loves his church. In the closing verses of Ephesians...

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Written by Tim Challies
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 19:45

A La Carte (May 24)

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Today’s Kindle deals ended up being a pretty good collection that included some newer and some older books.

(Yesterday on the blog: The Road To Dawn)

The Wrath of God Poured Out — The Humiliation of the Southern Baptist Convention

This is quite a piece of writing from Al Mohler: “The...

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Written by Tim Challies
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 19:30

That Curious Fragment of the Gospel of Mark–Now Published

It appears that the much-touted “first-century” fragment of the Gospel of Mark has, at last, been published, inThe Oxyrhynchus Papyri, Volume LXXXIII (Graeco-Roman Memoirs) (Egypt Exploration Society, 2018).  I haven’t had access to the volume yet, nor have many others. ...

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Written by larryhurtado
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 19:00

Six Ways God’s Presence Impacts Our Work

There is a clear pattern in scripture of God working in and through his people, empowering them with his presence and bestowing various abilities upon them in order to meet the legitimate needs of people. I call this simple concept Immanuel labor.

A wonderful resource that helped me see this...

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Written by Russell Gehrlein
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 19:00

The Sin That Clings So Closely

Here's an excerpt from The Sin That Clings So Closely, Garrett Kell’s contribution to the May issue of Tabletalk:

In the Word, we see Christ’s person. We witness the eternal Son lay aside His divine rights and humbly come among us. Amazingly, we see Him leave a world where angels cried:...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 18:51

What Challenges Are Facing the Church? (Podcast)

In this podcast, J. Warner Wallace is interviewed by Andrew Rappaport.  Among the many topics, they discuss J. Warner’s background as a cold case detective, his books, and one of the main reasons children walk away from the church. J. Warner and Andrew also talk about the book Sharing...

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Written by jwallace
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 18:30

Do You Know What Your Children are Watching Online?

Suppose you were chatting over coffee with another friend at a local coffee shop and you’re asked a simple question: “How are you monitoring what your children are watching online?” How would you answer that question? Could you answer that question? With the complexities of our...

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Written by Josh Buice
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 18:15

What Is My Calling? (And Is That Even a Good Question?)

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Graduation season is upon us.

And that means in addition to much pomp and circumstance, many young people are thinking about what’s next. They are asking the question (and probably will for years to come): what is my calling?

As the Just Do Something guy, it will come as no surprise to hear...

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Written by Kevin DeYoung
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 18:02

Parents and Perspectives on Multi-Ethnic Marriage Featured

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The royal wedding of an American actress and a British prince last weekend—which I did indeed watch with my daughters—gives occasion to answer a question I am regularly asked: what exactly does the Bible say about interracial marriage? I used to serve in college ministry and often...

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Written by Jesse Johnson
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 18:00

Denisovan DNA Showed to be Human...Again

May 24, 2018
Denisovans are ancient humans represented by various teeth and a finger bone found in a Siberian cave. Their claim to fame is largely based on the DNA extracted from these few fragments of human remains. According to evolutionists, they are more...

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Written by TBC Staff - EN
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 18:00

Memory and the Holy Spirit

“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” (John 14:26) John wrote his detailed discourses of Jesus (almost half of the verses in...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 17:09

Rainy Day People

Christians are supposed to be happy, happy, happy – not fearful or depressed about difficult situations in life, right? Those of us involved in discernment ministries or missions to cults and false religious movements are focused on false teaching and false teachers. Even as we challenge...

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Written by Don and Joy Veinot
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 17:03

“By My Name Jehovah Was I Not Known to Them”

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Do you have one of those names that give telemarketers pause? You almost feel bad for the guy who has to cold-call a Mr. Anuszkiewicz or a Mrs. Lefebvre to try and persuade them to upgrade their cable, phone, and internet package. By the same token, there are some people out there who always gets...

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Written by Brent Niedergall
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 17:00

Theology Thursday - J.C. Ryle On Preaching (Part 2)

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Ryle, the great Anglican Bishop, continues his advice on preaching for younger ministers:1

My first hint is this—If you want to attain simplicity in preaching, take care that you have a clear view of the subject upon which you are going to preach. I ask your special attention to this. Of all...

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Written by TylerR
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 16:18

Marx in Sheep’s Clothing.

imageFrom a recent post over at Bible Thumping Wingnut Network. A warning call to all Christians, but especially to the shepherds – commissioned to protect the sheep. 

False teaching has entered the Church like a wolf in sheep’s clothing, masquerading as “Social...

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Written by churchwatcher
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 16:09

Bible Study Helps: Proverbs Featured

The book of Proverbs contains 31 chapters, the first nine of which clearly make up a self-contained unit, serving as an introduction to the rest of the book, which is mainly a collection of various sayings, proverbs and maxims. In the introduction the reader is strongly urged to pursue wisdom above...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 16:04

Late Bob Jones claims God says Christians are ‘little gods’.

The late Bob Jones was always a major propagator of the teachings in the New Order of the New Latter Rain cult. He was regarded in the Charismatic and NARismatic movements as an infallible prophet of God. Many of his ‘trips to heaven’ revealed future revelations of the coming billions...

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Written by churchwatcher