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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Friday, 24 March 2017 05:04

The Intent Of The Psalms Is To Reveal Christ

Though the “Book of Praises” was gathered during the OT era and used in the Temple’s worship, its full intent as a canon of praise could not be fully grasped until Christ came. Its intent was to reveal and praise the Savior-King . . . Continue reading →

Authors: R. Scott Clark...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Friday, 24 March 2017 05:00

Grappling with Theology Ep 7 | Adaptive Grappling Special Needs Ministry Featured

Adaptive Grappling & Special Needs Ministry.

Adaptive Grappling and Special Needs ministry is the focus of Grappling with Theology this week. We have 3 guests this week.  Our guests are listed below with a brief description of who they are and the nature of our discussion.

Brian Freeman

F...

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Written by Len Pettis
Friday, 24 March 2017 04:23

The Exegetical Barth

For many people, especially for those who have never actually read him for themselves, the Swiss theologian Karl Barth can seem to be something of a pariah due to many places in his dogmatics where he appears to depart from traditional Protestant, Reformed, evangelical, or even orthodox...

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Written by Jonathan Kleis
Friday, 24 March 2017 04:20

When God Lavishes You with Uncomfortable Grace Featured

A few years ago, I took a pastoral position with the goal of shepherding that flock faithfully for at least 25 years. I told them as much after a 98-percent vote that put me in the sacred office. It was a mandate, and I pushed off shore for at least a quarter decade of preaching God’s Word...

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Written by Jared Longshore
Friday, 24 March 2017 04:11

Do We Evangelize or Proselytize?

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Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel across sea and land to make a single proselyte, and when he becomes a proselyte, you make him twice as much a child of hell as yourselves.

Matthew 23:15

The Christian Church has always marked a difference between evangelism and...

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Written by Bror Erickson
Friday, 24 March 2017 04:07

Exorcism by Zerbert? Is "Prophetess" Mattie Nottage Zerberting Demons? Featured

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It's possible "prophetess" Mattie Nottage may be zerberting demons, something potentially learned by watching The Cosby Show. (You can watch the scene here if you do not have a frame of reference for the zerbert.) Here are clips from a recent exorcism video she released.

It's hard to...

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Written by Chris Rice
Friday, 24 March 2017 04:00

A Live Video Series for Teenagers

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Join Jaquelle Crowe Live

God calls Christian teens to reject the status quo and low standards the culture sets for them, and to live in the freedom, joy, and transformative power of the gospel.

Over the course of three consecutive weeks, your family is invited to tune in to Facebook Live as Jaquelle...

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Written by Crossway
Friday, 24 March 2017 03:00

March 23, 2017 Show with Jason Helopoulos on “Let the Children Worship” PLUS Jonathan Master on “The Sufficiency of Scripture”

Theme:

March 23, 2017:

Jason Helopoulos assistant pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan, & a guest blogger at The Gospel Coalition, will discuss “LET THE CHILDREN WORSHIP”

*PLUS* JONATHAN MASTER, professor of theology & dean of the School of Divinity at...

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Written by Eric Nielsen
Friday, 24 March 2017 03:00

Five Lies People Tell about the Church (by Joel Rainey)

As a pastor, I’ve had many unfortunate encounters with domestic violence and its consequences.  I’ve sat in my office across the table from a woman wearing sunglasses to hide the bruises.  I’ve tried to comfort children as their father was handcuffed and taken from their...

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Written by Guest Blogger
Friday, 24 March 2017 02:51

Reading Notes: Faith Alone

image Editor’s note: Zondervan Academic recently invited Concordia Seminary Professor Erik Herrmann to contribute to their Common Places blog, as they gather reflections on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation:

In September 1530, while Philip Melanchthon was at the Diet of Augsburg engaged in a...

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Written by Erik Herrmann
Friday, 24 March 2017 02:51

Sex Trafficking Victims Being Chipped Like Dogs with RFID

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It is stories like this one which make me want to pull away from writing. It is hard for me to comprehend this kind of evil. There are times when extreme sadness overwhelms me. I think to myself – that’s it – I’m never going to write about such horrific topics again.

But then...

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Written by Geri Ungurean
Friday, 24 March 2017 02:30

This 'n' That

imageWell, thanks for giving me a break from blogging last week. It was greatly appreciated, and much needed. Things are only slightly less chaotic this week, but they are a great deal more clear, so that makes for a still busy, but #blessed, blogger (see what I did there?). Would you like to know...

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Written by EBenz
Friday, 24 March 2017 02:23

2017 ARBCA General Assembly

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The 2017 General Assembly will be hosted by Trinity Reformed Baptist Church of Jackson, Georgia, and will convene at Epworth by the Sea Christian Conference Center on St. Simons Island, Georgia on April 25th through 27th.

Registration

Registration involves two steps:

  1. Each...

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Written by Reformed Baptist Fellowship
Friday, 24 March 2017 02:18

You have to vote for TrumpCare to find out what’s in TrumpCare. Featured

image Oh yeah, Republicans are different.

Republicans are our only real hope here in ‘Merica.

Trump will save us…from what, exactly?

Socialism?

Uh, no. Trump and the GOP are wholly committed to Socialism, just with a few sprinkles of crony capitalism (meaning: not free market based at all)...

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Written by FireBreathingChristian
Friday, 24 March 2017 02:10

Fifty Agreements Among The Resurrection Accounts

One of the most common objections to the New Testament's resurrection accounts is that there are too many differences among them. There are a lot of ways to respond to that objection. For example, I wrote a series of posts earlier this year that's partly about how the gospels' differences are often...

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Written by Jason Engwer
Friday, 24 March 2017 01:59

Book Giveaway: The Christian's Only Comfort in Life and Death

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Thanks to our friends at Reformation Heritage Books—the book sponsor of Meet the Puritans—we have one (1) set of the newly translated The Christian's Only Comfort in Life and Death: An Exposition of the Heidelberg Catechism by the influential Dutch Second Reformation...

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Written by Meet the Puritans
Friday, 24 March 2017 01:34

Reformation Theology: A Systematic Summary (My Review)

image Here’s a new resource I’ve been reading and studying: Reformation Theology: A Systematic Summary.  It’s a scholarly collection of historical and theological articles by various teachers/theologians in the Reformation tradition.  I haven’t read every single essay,...

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Written by Reformed Reader
Friday, 24 March 2017 01:21

Pat Maddox: “What do you do when your congregation flees?”

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Pat Maddox looks over faces of some of the many refugees whose lives have been changed when Clarkston Baptist Church decided to stay in its transitional neighborhood to serve Christ. The photos are in the lobby of what is now Clarkston International Bible Church, which was formed in 2005 with a...

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Written by Joe Westbury
Friday, 24 March 2017 00:53

1776 and 1861

imageBrexit is more or less hardwired into the American outlook. But somehow we fought a war that cost close to 700,000 lives to preserve not a federation but a union, not a republic but a nation. That’s what makes America great (many suppose).

But H. L. Mencken thought otherwise. He saw that...

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Written by D. G. Hart
Friday, 24 March 2017 00:30

Can We Trust the New Testament? My Interview with Ratio Christi

Last week I did a live “TV” interview with Ratio Christi on the topic, “Can We Trust the New Testament?” The interview covered a wide range of topics from textual criticism to bible contradictions to the development of the NT Canon. Here it is:

Authors: Michael Kruger...

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Written by Michael Kruger
Friday, 24 March 2017 00:21

He Emptied Himself: A Study of the Kenosis of Christ

A new MP3 sermon from The GraceLife Pulpit is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: He Emptied Himself: A Study of the Kenosis of Christ
Subtitle: Shepherds’ Conference 2017
Speaker: Mike Riccardi
Broadcaster: The GraceLife Pulpit
Event: Conference
Date: 3/2/2017
Length:...

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Written by The GraceLife Pulpit
Friday, 24 March 2017 00:06

He Will Establish You

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But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one. –2 Thessalonians 3:3 ESV

  Listen to, The Devil and Demons (Part 1 of 2)

When you picture the devil, what comes to mind? Perhaps a cartoonish character with horns, a tail and a pitchfork?...

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Written by TFL
Friday, 24 March 2017 00:00

How chastity orders your relationships and liberates you for love

imageTime for examples of real, self-sacrificial love

I really recommend chastity to men especially. As long as they are chaste, they free themselves to love others unselfishly. That’s not for every woman, but it’s very useful to do with the right women.

In Salvo magazine, Terrell Clemmons has...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Thursday, 23 March 2017 23:50

Confessions of a fallen worship pastor

Three times each semester the Institute for Biblical Worship at Southern Seminary hosts a special speaker and lunch for the worship majors enrolled in the Boyce College and Seminary music and worship programs. In the past we’ve had a wide variety of guests including Matt Boswell, Keith Getty...

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Written by Joe Crider
Thursday, 23 March 2017 23:38

SGM Survivors Temporary Communications Page

This page is to facilitate communications until we know what happened with SGM Survivors. If it is gone, this will become a permanent page.

Authors: dee...

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Written by dee
Thursday, 23 March 2017 23:26

“As Many of You As Were Baptized” (2)

After some delay, we continue with Calvin on Galatians 3.26-7. In the first installment, we saw the central importance to Calvin of union in the consideration of what it means to be sons of God. But Paul seems to say that this comes about by baptism. So: is it the case that “being...

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Written by E.J. Hutchinson
Thursday, 23 March 2017 23:20

Dear Atheist – Flying Spaghetti Monster?

Written by nick
Thursday, 23 March 2017 23:18

Friday Favorites: Respectable Sins

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In Respectable Sins the late Jerry Bridges attempts to confront the sins we often tolerate and sometimes fail to see at all. Bridges is writing to Christians and explains his aim in the preface of the book:

“The motivation for this book stems from a growing conviction that those of us...

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Written by Landon Coleman
Thursday, 23 March 2017 23:14

DBG Weekend Spotlight (3-24-17)

am very grateful for the upcoming documentary by Stephen McCaskell about Martin Luther that will seek to tell a balanced story about the man who was imperfect in many ways, but was used by God to spark what we know as the Protestant Reformation. Watch the trailer and preorder your copy of...

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Written by Josh Buice
Thursday, 23 March 2017 23:00

A Book for Teens Who Want to Take the Gospel Seriously

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This is a guest post by Jaquelle Crowe, author of This Changes Everything: How the Gospel Transforms the Teen Years.

Have You Been Transformed to the Core?

Let me ask you a question: has the gospel changed your life?

Sure, you can say you believe there’s a God, or you were raised in a Christian...

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Written by Crossway
Thursday, 23 March 2017 23:00

A Social Justice Warrior in King Roderick’s Court

Last Thursday’s “Time for the Benedict Option?” discussion hosted by Plough, First Things, and The American Conservative was a great summary of the Benedict Option debate so far and where things ought to go from here. You can watch the entire thing here:

Noah Millman has a good...

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Written by Matthew Loftus
Thursday, 23 March 2017 22:45

Andrew Fuller Friday: Creation’s Magnitude and the Doctrine of Redemption (Part 2)

“2. The Scriptures inform us that, before creation was begun, our world was marked out by Eternal Wisdom as the theatre of its joyful operations. This idea is forcibly expressed in the eighth chapter of Proverbs: “Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth:...

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Written by Staff
Thursday, 23 March 2017 22:32

The Baptist Larger Catechism

The Baptist Larger Catechism is a modern day adaptation of the Westminster Larger Catechism, a central catechism of Reformed Churches in the English speaking world.

pdf found at this link

Authors: John Samson...

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Written by John Samson
Thursday, 23 March 2017 22:22

The Benedict Option: The Fruit of a Compromised Church Featured

…Has it come to this, that monkery is to be revived in a professedly Protestant Church?…For the love you bear to your Redeemer, be duped no longer, and by your own hatred of monkery  and priestcraft, come ye out from among them, be ye separate, and touch not the unclean...

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Written by News Division
Thursday, 23 March 2017 22:20

Leaving the NAR Church: Eliza’s story

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I write this to you not to come out to bash people but to sincerely warn people of the dangerous trend that has engulfed the N.A.R. church. Eliza remembers being pushed down at the altar if she didn’t willingly fall to the ground in the “spirit.” She was part of a well-known...

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Written by Amy Spreeman
Thursday, 23 March 2017 22:19

Leaving the NAR Church: Eliza's story Featured

I write this to you not to come out to bash people but to sincerely warn people of the dangerous trend that has engulfed the N.A.R. church.

Eliza remembers being pushed down at the altar if she didn't willingly fall to the ground in the "spirit." She was part of a well-known "apostle's" church in...

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Written by Amy Spreeman
Thursday, 23 March 2017 22:15

PROPOSED RESOLUTION ON KINGDOM UNITY IN THE SBC AND THE NATION

I plan to present a “Resolution On Kingdom Unity In The SBC And The Nation” to the SBC June 2017 Phoenix Resolutions Committee that if accepted and adhered to will advance the Southern Baptist Convention toward the goal(s) of reconciliation, healing, unity, cross-cultural respect,...

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Written by Dwight McKissic
Thursday, 23 March 2017 22:00

The Biblical-Christian View of Ultimate Reality: God – An Excerpt from The Essentials of Christian Thought

Christians disagree on doctrine, politics, church government, certain moral questions—just about everything under the sun, it can seem. Yet a unity remains, centered around a core outlook on God and the world that is common to all believers.

In today’s excerpt from The Essentials of...

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Written by ZA Blog
Thursday, 23 March 2017 21:55

“What is Truth?”

imageIn John 18:38 Pontius Pilate asks Jesus one of the single greatest questions of the entire Bible: “What is truth?”  And that question is just as important today.  It might seem like a very simple question, but when we see how the definition of truth has been twisted these...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com