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 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 →

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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
Thursday, 17 August 2017 00:55

Don't like Confederate statues? Don't make one

Remember the "Don't like abortion, don't have one" line? Why do SJWs apply the same logic to Confederate statues? Or statues of Washington, Jefferson et al. Don't like it? Don't make it! Don't look at it!

Authors: steve...

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Written by steve
Thursday, 17 August 2017 00:12

The Lord’s Supper Condemns the Evil of Racism

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There is no coherent place for racism in Christianity. Since God created us in His image, making “from one man every nation of mankind” (Acts 17:26), we are all both equal and valuable. Derek Rishmawy, in a post responding to the horrifying white nationalist rally in Charlottesville,...

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Written by Amy K. Hall
Thursday, 17 August 2017 00:05

Back to School and Renewing My Mind: Contentment Doesn’t Come From a New Backpack

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It’s back to school.  Raise your hand if that means you have slightly sweaty palms and a tightness in your chest because you know you should outfit your children in the latest styles for the new school year.  Or, raise your hand if you know you’re a subpar parent if they...

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Written by Jennifer Oshman
Thursday, 17 August 2017 00:00

Daughter of single mother explains how absent father ruined her life

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The meaning of that image above will become clear at the end of the post.

I found a YouTube video featuring a conversation about the fundamental problem that I see with young, unmarried women: their decision to have recreational...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 22:52

The Revelation 12 Sign

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I'm starting to see the term "Revelation 12 Sign" all over the fringes of the Christian "blogosphere" and I just had to look it up. And for my sins God let me see what the hubbub was about. I was innocently looking for more drooling hyperventilation over the American Eclipse and started to see a...

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Written by Doug Evans
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 22:32

How to Recite the Gospel in 60 Seconds

Written by idc
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 22:16

Masterclass in Barcelona on the GNT

4-6 December 2018, Dirk Jongkind will be holding a masterclass aimed at evangelical leaders and NT teachers with a good knowledge of Greek to introduce them to the Tyndale House GNT as well as deepen their knowledge of the GNT. It will be in the beautiful context of Barcelona. Pre-reading required....

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Written by Peter Williams
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 22:16

A Warning from God?

In a couple days parts of the United States will experience a rare event: a total eclipse of the sun for a few minutes. While rare occurrences, these have happened many times throughout history; and some are calling this a fulfilled prophecy or a "sign from God" that something critical is about...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 22:06

Nostalgia, celebration, and those troublesome Confederate reminders

Most southerners my generation go back four or five generations to get to their ancestors who served in the Civil War. With a half century of genealogy as a hobby, I can say with some confidence that most Americans would be at a loss to name even a single great-great grandparent much less convey...

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Written by William Thornton
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 22:02

Book to Pass

This book is left over from our Book Table days.  The idea behind this one is to reach Jews to learn about Jesus.  Paperback, 343 pages.  As with previous books, this offer is only for those in the U.S.A. — due to postage costs elsewhere!
Give me your name and address either in...

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Written by Glenn E. Chatfield
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 22:00

John Newton: Exhibit "A" for why we should catechize our children Featured

My wife and I have been catechizing our children for the better part of 15 years, but an impatient part of me has always wondered: Are they benefiting from this?

They fidget. They struggle to maintain focus. Sometimes they ask, “When are we going to be done?” This is no...

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Written by Jared Longshore
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 21:51

“Paul, the Pagans’ Apostle”

Paula Fredriksen’s awaited book on Paul has now appeared:  Paul, the Pagans’ Apostle (Yale University Press, 2017; the publisher’s online catalog entry here).  And unlike some other recent works, it’s a comparatively modest-sized tome (319 pp. including endnotes,...

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Written by larryhurtado
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 21:32

Something positive, cute, and endearing Featured

Today, a little something different. We're all used to the world's dark news. The negativity of the world and the evil that is all around us can be discouraging. Here's something I hope will lift your day and bring a smile to you.From the internets:
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The righteous who walks in his integrity—...

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Written by The End Time
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 21:00

Moral Credibility, Moral Crisis, and the Leaders We Need

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When a moral crisis engulfs a nation, that nation needs many things: collective self-restraint, urgent and wise dialogue, swift and righteous decisions, and an unbending commitment to unoppressive order and impartial justice. But as much as any of these things, if not more, a nation in moral crisis...

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Written by Gunner
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 21:00

Today, More than Ever, Read Beyond the Headlines

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I’m not sure the news will ever be the same after the presidency of Donald Trump. While the industry has already been in a long decline, it seems to have entered into an era of near-insanity as the networks and websites compete against one another to set new standards in thoughtless,...

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Written by Tim Challies
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 21:00

Foreign Missions in Your Own Hometown

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International Missions Might Be Right on Your Doorstep

Many of us don’t have to board international flights to reach people from other religions and cultures. We just need to open our eyes, look around, and engage the nations in our own cities and...

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Written by Andy Johnson
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 20:17

The Demonstration of Being Elected

“Sanctification is the only sure mark of God’s election. The names and number of the elect are a secret thing, no doubt, which God has wisely kept in His own power, and not revealed to man.It is not given to us in this world to study the pages of the book of life, and if our names are...

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Written by The J.C. Ryle Archive
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 20:07

The 11 Beliefs You Should Know about Jehovah’s Witnesses When They Knock at the Door

Written by: Justin Taylor

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The following is a brief overview of what Jehovah’s Witnesses believe, along with what the Bible really teaches, printed among the many articles and resources in the back of the ESV Study Bible (posted by permission).

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Written by Justin Taylor
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 20:03

God created all men equal

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“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal”, so says the American Declaration of Independence. Race riots in Charlottesville, USA have led to those words being quoted to call out the evil of white supremacy. President Trump’s seeming hesitancy...

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Written by Guy Davies
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 20:00

“Steles” Installed at the Ark Encounter

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Do you know what a stele is? In ancient cultures, it was an upright monument stone, sculptured on and inscribed, often for monumental purposes. We have now installed six giant steles at the Ark Encounter attraction as part of our new East Village outside exhibit area.

See this aerial photograph...

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Written by Ken Ham
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 20:00

Throwback Thursday ~ Cancer: A Love Story

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How dare we spit in the face of our Savior by saying that the sin that put Him on the cross is OK?

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Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 20:00

Book Preview: Why Does God Allow Evil? by Clay Jones

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About the AuthorClay Jones (DMin) is an associate professor of Christian apologetics at Biola University and the Chairman of the Board for Ratio Christi, an international university apologetics ministry. Previously he hosted the nationally syndicated talk radio program Contend for Truth and served...

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Written by Chad
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 20:00

Is God Fair?

Stand to Reason offered a video from Greg Koukl on whether or not God is unfair. I like Stand to Reason, so I link to it here for your edification.The question, however, struck me as ... difficult. Is God fair?Merriam-Webster has a lot of definitions for "fair". There is "not dark" (as in "fair...

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Written by Winging It
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 19:00

The Counterintuitive Path to Biblical Success

Sometimes the world’s idea of success is a number, like a perfect GPA or SAT score. It can be a winning score in a competition or game. In business, it can be a sales goal, a profit margin, or winning an important case. However, it’s not always quantified. Success can also be equated...

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Written by Dr. Art Lindsley
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 19:00

Fear of God Devotional: The Effect of Seeing Scripture as Sufficient

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What is the effect of seeing Scripture as sufficient?

Carlton McLeod explains in this video that it is one thing to believe that Scripture is infallible and inspired, but it is another to believe that it is sufficient for all of life. In Scripture, we find everything we need for life, ministry, and...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 19:00

Keeping the Faith in a Faithless Age

Here's an excerpt from Keeping the Faith in a Faithless Age, Albert Mohler's contribution to the August issue of Tabletalk:

“The greatest question of our time,” historian Will Durant offered, “is not communism versus individualism, not Europe versus America, not even East versus...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 18:50

Football: America’s Leading False god

Fall is quickly approaching, but prior to the changing of the leaves on the trees will come Friday night lights.  If the Christian life is the pursuit of God— countless families are on a relentless pursuit of football.  Obsession is an understatement.  Fanaticism is normal....

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Written by Josh Buice
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 18:50

How Involvement Changes the Christian Life (Cold Case Christianity Broadcast #93)

In this episode of the Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast, J. Warner continues his comprehensive description of the difference between teaching and training by articulating the need for all Christian believers to get involved in the battlefield of ideas. Do you want to change your Christian walk? Do...

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Written by jwallace
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 18:17

SRR #55 | Roman Catholics The Mingled Cup Part 3 Featured

Join Tim Shaughnessy and Tim Kauffman on this week’s episode of Semper Reformanda Radio for part three in this mini series on the Roman Catholic practice of mixing water with wine in the Mass during the Lords Supper. Does the Roman Catholic church have an apostolic tradition that the...

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Written by Tim Shaughnessy
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 18:00

Scuba Gear for Bacteria

August 17, 2017

“Shall any teach God knowledge? seeing he judgeth those that are high” ( Job:21:22 Shall any teach God knowledge? seeing he judgeth those that are high. See All... ) Biotechnology may be a new word to you. It’s a relatively new science ....

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Written by TBC Staff - EN
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 18:00

How to Think About Hell

Hell is definitely not my favorite doctrine. Even though I intellectually understand hell, even though I recognize the need for a God who stands for justice, defends the oppressed, and conquers evil, I don’t always emotionally like it. I write this not to glory in hell, but to inform my...

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Written by Silverio Gonzalez
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 18:00

Guest Post: All Have Sinned

This is a guest review by our Michael Coughlin.  He is a friend who reads this blog and his website can be found at here.  Check it out.

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Nothing ought to replace our weekly attendance and loyalty to our local church, but I’ve realized through the years how much I enjoy reading...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 18:00

Now and Then

“For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” (1 Corinthians 13:12)

There is a great contrast between now and then. We see only dimly now, but at least we see! We only know partially, but we do know!...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 17:23

A La Carte (August 17)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a few books you may want to add to your collection.

Death on Demand?

Once again, we turn to Holland for a warning of the “progress” that comes with the acceptance of assisted suicide.

Iceland’s Future: Clear, Bright and Cold

Iceland is celebrating...

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Written by Tim Challies
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 17:03

Does the Bible Really Teach Two Types of Forgiveness?

Kristopher Schaal

I’d like to make a case for two distinct types of forgiveness.

When a person gets saved, God forgives all of his sinpast, present, and future. This is often referred to as “positional forgiveness.” Although some people may not like that term, I don’t...

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Written by Kristopher Schaal
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 17:00

Kim Jong Un: the Jim Jones and David Koresh of East Asia

The Wall Street Journal story titled “North Korea Backs Off Guam Missile-Attack Threat” appeared three days ago (Monday, August 14) at 9:36 p.m. (ET). Kim Jong Un had taken his military belt off his socialist pants and was all set to administer a nuclear spanking to the bad-boy U.S....

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Written by Ron Henzel
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 17:00

Theology Thursday - Carnell on the "Perils" of Fundamentalism (Part 3)

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In this excerpt, Carnell concludes his critique of fundamentalism from his book The Case for Orthodox Theology​(1959). Here, he has two criticisms. First, he believes the fundamentalist places an overemphasis on soul-winning at the expense of doctrine and Christian love. Second, he charges...

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Written by TylerR
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 16:02

NYC Regional Fellowship of the FBFI–2017

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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
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 16:01

The Essence of Idolatry

When I break God’s law, I stand above God’s law, and I feel like I am God, the one in control. Seeing myself as one who lives under the law is a constant reminder to me that I am not God but a creature, subject to his rule. The sheer delight Augustine found in stealing the mediocre and...

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Written by Kevin T. Bauder
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 15:20

ACL Attack: Double Standards, Coverups, and Protected PC Ideologies Featured

Imagine this scenario: a devout Christian conservative drives a vehicle full of explosives to the main headquarters of a key atheistic homosexual organisation and sets it off, seeking to cause the maximum amount of damage. How would the media and authorities treat this?

We know exactly how they...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg