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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Wednesday, 13 June 2018 20:00

Valuation

"Worthy" is a term of valuation. It is a reference to having the qualities or abilities that merit specific recognition. It is a comparison of a standard to someone or something. We are used to applying standards and making determinations. We do it all the time. "This ship is seaworthy." "The car...

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Written by Winging It
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 20:00

Courts Can’t Rule on the Legitimacy of Religious Beliefs

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Howard Slugh of the Jewish Coalition for Religious Liberty has an article about the significance of this statement from the Masterpiece Cakeshop Supreme Court decision: “It hardly requires restating that government has no role in deciding or even suggesting whether the religious ground for...

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Written by Amy K. Hall
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 19:50

Textuality and Knowledge by Peter Shillingsburg

Jim Spinti of Penn State University Press notifies me of a new book that is out with collected essays by Peter Shillingsburg, Textuality and Knowledge, which may interest blogreaders.With the discount code “NR18” our readers get a 30% discount (list price for paperback: $44.95, with...

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Written by Tommy Wasserman
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 19:08

Help Melinda Penner Of Stand To Reason

She's been part of Stand to Reason since helping Greg Koukl found it twenty-five years ago. She had an accident last year and needs financial help. Here's a GoFundMe page for her.

Authors: Jason Engwer...

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Written by Jason Engwer
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 19:02

Response to this Meme

We must be careful that just because something is made into a “meme” doesn’t mean it is logically sound.  For instance here’s a meme on social media:

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Of course this question is trying to make a case against Christian cake shop owners’ refusal to be involved with a...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 19:00

Stuck in the Wrong Job? Five Practical Tips from a Biblical Perspective

A young man asked me the following question during a faith and work conference we were both attending:

What should I do if I am stuck in the wrong job?

Almost all of us can relate to this question because we have all been in jobs that just weren’t the best fit. You may have been in the wrong...

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Written by Hugh Whelchel
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 19:00

Why Electing a Woman as the President of the Southern Baptist Convention Is a Bad Idea

As we wrap up the 2018 Southern Baptist Convention, there is much to be thankful for as we depart from the city of Dallas. First, we must be overjoyed that we have presidents who serve the seminaries of our Convention who are absolutely committed to the protection of women and the safety of both...

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Written by Josh Buice
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 19:00

Deacons to the Rescue

Here's an excerpt from Deacons to the Rescue, Benjamin Merkle’s contribution to the June issue of Tabletalk:

September 2, 1666, was the day the Great Fire of London began. It was a devastating fire that lasted four days. It consumed 13,200 houses, eighty-seven churches (including St....

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 18:51

Does Truth Exist, and Can It Be Known? (Podcast)

In this blast from the past, J. Warner Wallace examines the truth about truth. Does absolute, objective truth exist, or is all truth merely a matter of perspective and opinion? If objective truth does exist, can we ever really know it with any certainty? How are we supposed to determine the truth...

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Written by jwallace
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 18:48

Owning the Vulnerability of Not Having Control

The life of every living thing is in his hand, and the breath of every human being. Job 12:10 (NLT)

Heavenly Father, we are so thankful that you, quite literally, have the whole world in your hand. That frees us to acknowledge the obvious. We don’t. We don’t have control over a lot of...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 18:05

Deut. 19; Psalm 106; Isaiah 46; Revelation 16

Deuteronomy 19; Psalm 106; Isaiah 46; Revelation 16

THE JUSTICE ENVISAGED IN Deuteronomy 19 seems to stand a considerable distance from the views that prevail in Western nations today.

With part of this text’s emphasis, most of us will find ourselves in substantial sympathy: the courts must not...

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Written by Don Carson
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 18:00

Leaning Towards Heresy

June 14, 2018
Few realize how subtly doctrinal drift occurs. It often isn’t a jump from sound teaching and belief in the essentials of the faith to all out denial but is a slight lean from one to the other. It comes with a slight change in wording or application of a...

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Written by TBC Staff - EN
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 18:00

The Opened Prison

“The Spirit of the LORD God is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound.” (Isaiah 61:1) The Lord...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 17:14

Offended!

Every week, it seems, we receive an email, letter, phone call or comment on our blog or YouTube Channel proclaiming that someone is offended by something that was said, either by us or a guest. We have come to realize over the years of being involved with apologetics and missions to cults that...

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Written by Don and Joy Veinot
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 17:03

Bible Perspective On Suicide

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The recent deaths of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and fashion designer Kate Spade raise awareness of a disturbing fact. Even famous and accomplished people commit suicide. What’s more, the New Yorker claims that suicide rates increase following high-profile suicides like these. (Suicides...

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Written by Thomas Overmiller
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 17:02

Differences Between the Qur’an and the Bible: An Introduction Featured

imageFrom time to time at the Cripplegate we attempt to equip people to think biblically about other religions and cults. For example, we have addressed Mormonism, the Jehovah Witnesses, Buddhism, and Seventh Day Adventism, among others. Over the next few weeks, we will attempt to address Islam. In...

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Written by Eric Davis
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 17:00

Theology Thursday - Philip's Gnostic "Gospel"

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The Gospel of Philip is a Valentinian gnostic text dating from sometime during the 3rd century. The translator of this work believed it was “a collection of excerpts mainly from a Christian Gnostic sacramental catechesis.”1 If anyone is interested, he can visit a new bookstore, a...

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Written by TylerR
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 16:06

BEST OF BTWN | Listener Choice | Calvinism Explained Featured

This weeks “Best Of BTWN” is one that was emailed to us.
 
Hi Tim and Len,
 
I’d have to say one of my favorite Episodes is #185.
This is one of my favorites because you answered my email regarding misconceptions about Calvinism. This was a turning point where I began to truly understand...

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Written by Tim Hurd
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 16:00

Website Pollution

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This is a between-posts-post.  Websites get viruses too, so I’ve just updated my security.  Though I have never received any complaints, please let me know if you do run into anything fishy (for example a link which takes you someplace where no decent person would want to go).

&...

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Written by jbudziszewski
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 16:00

The New Testament Chapter by Chapter | Hebrews 2

By: Daniel Goepfrich The First Warning Hebrews 2 continues the writer’s comparison between Jesus and the angels and introduces the first of five warning passages in the letter. The writer’s concern was that the readers’ situation would cause them to “drift” from...

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Written by Editor
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 15:19

On Controversy Featured

Autobiographical preface: for a guy who is involved in controversy all the time, the truth is, I really don’t like controversy! As I have said before, I would much rather just quietly sit at home and read a book, maybe with a cat on my lap.

That would be just fine by me. But I am called to do...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 15:15

Not Easily Triggered

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Everyone is mad now, seemingly all the time. If you go to any social media outlet, you will find plenty of outrage. Plenty of people being “triggered.” It's all evidence of one of our favorite sins: anger.

There is one verse that seems to convict me more and more everytime I read...

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Written by David Appelt
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 15:05

June 14: Biblical Ecumenism

The Peaceable Fruit of Biblical Ecumenism

In the Message to all Churches of Jesus Christ throughout the world, (See December 7) the First General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America (though it was called originally National Presbyterian Church)  had specifically stated that they...

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Written by Wayne Sparkman
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 15:05

9 Characteristics of a Church Planter: Family Dynamics

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We plant gospel-centered churches because it is the prescribed Great Commission strategy found in the Scripture. The apostle Paul never evangelizes and disciples without planting churches (cf. Acts). So wherever the gospel was preached, congregations were formed where new believers could gather to...

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Written by Won S. Kwak
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 15:05

Why Should Christians Today Read Jonathan Edwards?

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Every semester as I teach college students theology, I have them read one or two excerpts from Jonathan Edwards—and every time, I get one of two responses. First, he’s difficult to read! The second response I get from some students is about how Edwards simply sees life differently than...

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Written by Jeremy Kimble
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 15:00

An Irrational Question (Romans 6:1)

Romans 6:1(ESV)

 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound?

Paul has developed the doctrine that (1) human beings are accountable to God; (2) that humans beings are rebellion against God, and that no good acts can atone for the rebellion; (3) but God has graciously...

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Written by memoirandremains
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 14:28

Greear lays out six emphases as president, answers reporters’ questions

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Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear, 45, answers a question from a reportter shortly after being voted into his position by a 68.6% majority on June 12. SCOTT BARKLEY/Index

DALLAS, TX — Newly-elected Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear addressed a wide range of...

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Written by Scott Barkley
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 14:10

Are We Worrying Too Much About Kids on Their Phones?

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Are fears about kids and screen time overblown?

In the conservative news magazine The Weekly Standard,Laura Vanderkam argues that many parents are too preoccupied with this question. She reads “angsty, virtue-signaling essays” online from parents who believe the best approach is to to...

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Written by Trevin Wax
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 14:00

The Character Challenge

By David H. McKinley

AUGUSTA (BP) — What makes a good father? In one word, I believe it is character.

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David McKinley

Nothing has contributed more to the destructive trends of social poverty, perpetual anxiety, sexual identity, personal insecurity, rage, rebellion, anger, and even insanity than...

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Written by Baptist Press
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 13:54

The Ezra timeline handout

Written by Jim Mc.
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 11:44

Catholic Bishops Conference In Florida Calls For Catholics To Disobey Trump Immigration Policies, Threatens ‘Canonical Punishment’

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops opened its spring meeting this week with a stern reproach of the Trump administration’s latest immigration policies, with the group’s president suggesting the new rules on asylum are a “right to life” issue.

“For a bishop must be...

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Written by Geoffrey Grider
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 11:05

WOW Life Church Disco Divine Prophetic Word for 2018 Featured

There's a giant new ego in town, and all of the other Seeker-Friendly, Mystical Megachurch pastors are gonna start shaking in their boots when they see this guy...

This is all real; sadly, this is not satire:

WOW Life Church is based in Sri Lanka, but it already has branches in the USA. Here's what...

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Written by Steven Kozar
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 11:00

Puritan, Not Purist

“I want to be a puritan, not a purist. I want to [be] reformational, not revolutionary. I am a slow food reformer, not a fast food reformer. I am a food catholic, not a food sectarian” (Confessions of a Food Catholic, p. 97).

The post Puritan, Not Purist appeared first on Blog &...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 10:30

Thanking God for Other Christians

When was the last time you thanked God for other Christians? When was the last time that you prayed, saying, “Thank you God for [so and so],” naming another Christian whom you know? From his letter to the believers at Ephesus, we learn that Paul did this continually. In the opening...

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Written by TOvermiller
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 09:14

Tom Buck Gives an Update from the SBC then James Responds to the Islamicize Me Guys

During the first half hour James discusses the recent controversies from the Southern Baptist Convention with Pastor Tom Buck. Then James answers a number of issues that have surfaced this week with the Islamicize Me controversy.

Here is the YouTube link:Live Video Stream The Dividing Line is on...

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Written by Rich Pierce
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 09:11

He did this ... so He could do this Featured

Satan tempted Jesus with hunger. (Matthew 4:3)Satan tempted Jesus with suicide. (Matthew 4:6).Satan tempted Jesus with power. (Matthew 4:9).Satan tempted Jesus with life, to avoid the cross. (Matthew 16:23).Jesus resisted it all, answered with the word of God. He remained sinless, never falling...

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Written by The End Time
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 08:57

Leisure Reading Review: Dark Days: The Road to Metal

A leisure reading review because Pastors also need a break from heavy theological reading!

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Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV.  Dark Days: The Road to Metal. Burbank, CA: DC Comics, May 22nd 2018. 256 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

This is a collection of various DC Comic issues that...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 08:12

Pastoral integrity

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“I hold myself bound, in conscience and in honor, not even to imagine that I have attained a proper knowledge of any one article of truth, much less to publish it, unless through the Holy Spirit I have had such a taste of it, in its spiritual sense, as that I may be able from the heart to say...

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Written by Ray Ortlund Posts – The Gospel Coalition
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 08:04

ERLC Allegedly Has Dallas PD Toss Pastor From SBC Meeting After He Questions “Revoice” Featured

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Thomas Littleton is a Southern Baptist pastor with a long and honest track-record of service to the Body of Christ. He operates a blog entitled Thirty Pieces of Silver, writes at the news and opinion site, Barb Wire, and has spoken out about the LGBTQ-Christian Conference, Revoice, on programs...

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Written by News Division
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 08:03

See no evil

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Part I: The story so far

As many people are aware, there's been a debate between James White vs. David Wood, Vocab Malone, and Jon McCray over the latters' "Islamicize Me" videos. On the offchance someone isn't aware, here's the story so far, at least the major bits, as objectively as I know how to...

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Written by Patrick Chan
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 07:55

A Historic Day in the PCA (Nick Batzig)

Today was a historic day for the Presbyterian Church in America, as we elected the Rev. Irwyn Ince to be the moderator of the 46th General Assembly. Irwyn is the first African American to be elected to be the moderator of our Assembly. Irwyn serves as the as the director of Grace DC Institue for...

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Written by Reformation21 Blog
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 07:38

Mike Pence as much at home behind the pulpit as giving a campaign speech

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Vice President Mike Pence’s message to the Southern Baptist Convention included his personal testimony as well as points on the achievements of President Donald Trump in such matters as placing conservative judges and protecting religious liberty. SCOTT BARKLEY/Index

DALLAS, TX –...

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Written by Gerald Harris
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 07:10

Balanced Commands – 1 Corinthians 16:13-14

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Written by Pastor Jeff Seekins
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 05:46

That Helpful Tension

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Matthew 22:34-40 (HCSB)When the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they came together. And one of them, an expert in the law, asked a question to test Him: “Teacher, which command in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “Love the Lord your God with all your...

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Written by theidolbabbler
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 05:40

Don’t Give Up On A Sinner! (Spencer)

imageI was recently reading part of A Pastor’s Sketches again and I found a paragraph I had marked up quite a bit.  Turns out I had blogged on this already (May 2017), so I thought I’d post it again.  Here it is:

Sometime around the middle of the 19th century a woman spoke to...

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Written by Reformed Reader
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 05:31

SBC To Vote On Resolution | Daily Update Featured

Pulpit & Pen Daily Update for June 13, 2018
Hear More Archived Episodes of The Polemics Report – HERE
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The post SBC...

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Written by social element
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 05:27

Social Justice Groups, The Gospel Coalition and 9 Marks, Throw Hissy Over VP Pence at Southern Baptist Convention Featured

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When Vice President Pence spoke at the Southern Baptist Convention, workers for 9Marks sat angrily with their arms folded, at times with a noticeable facial grimace, eye-roll and audible huff. When Trump’s name was mentioned, an occasional boo could be heard from the crowd. The fully-woke New...

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Written by News Division
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 05:01

The Southern Baptist Convention Insanity Featured

JD discusses the debacle that is the Southern Baptist Convention. Polemics Report Full Episode for June 12, 2018
Hear More Archived Episodes of The Polemics Report – HERE
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Written by social element
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 04:58

Trust is earned

Readers have noticed that Abraham seems to be a bit distrustful regarding God's protection and promises. He tells half-truths about his relationship to Sarah to protect himself (thereby putting her at risk!), and he tries to fulfill the promise on his own by fathering a child by her handmaid. This...

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Written by steve
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 04:27

The Holy Plumb Line

imageMy favorite meal is the English Big Breakfast. It comprises a ration of back bacon, fried eggs, grilled tomatoes, fried mushrooms, fried...

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Written by Dr. Jeff Mallinson