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, 15 March 2018 15:00

Featured Resource: "The Final Days of Jesus" by Andreas Kostenberger and Justin Taylor

Beginning on Palm Sunday, follow Jesus to the cross by reading a day-by-day guide through Holy Week. The Final Days of Jesus weaves a rich tapestry of historical detail, literary artistry, and theological insight to provide assurance that the Easter story is true—both historically and...

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Written by TFL
Thursday, 15 March 2018 15:00

How Biblical is Molinism? (Part 3)


Reposted from Analogical Thoughts, with permission.

In this unintentionally and regrettably sporadic series, I’ve been considering the question: How well is Molinism supported by the Bible? In the first post I argued that the Bible affirms (1) comprehensive divine providence and (2)...

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Written by James Anderson
Thursday, 15 March 2018 14:25

Big Kingdom, Little Kingdom: Which One Are You Building?


When I was in Peru last fall, I marveled at the missionary community there. One small town is home to dozens of different mission agencies and outposts. Additionally, there is a missionary kid school and an airport for a handful of mission airplanes. 

In other words, nestled in the corner of...

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Written by Jennifer Oshman
Thursday, 15 March 2018 14:20

Stopgap Adam

On Facebook I had this exchange with a theistic evolutionist:
C. S. Lewis argued for a different approach, by which Adam is not a genetic event, but the physical ancestor of all modern humans who was the first anthropoid endowed by God with nous. Lewis' theory would not be reflected in a...

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Written by steve
Thursday, 15 March 2018 14:10

Trevin’s Seven


Kindle Deal: The Path of Celtic Prayer: An Ancient Way to Everyday Joy by Calvin Miller. $3.99.

Seven of the best articles I came across this week:

1. Matt Queen – Toward a “By the Book” and “From the Heart” Kind of Evangelism. Don’t complicate evangelism....

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Written by Trevin Wax
Thursday, 15 March 2018 14:00

Luther: For the Sake of the Christian Church... Tell a Good Thumping Lie

Here's a Martin Luther-related excerpt that appeared on the Catholic Answers Forums:On conscience he said, “What harm would there be, if a man to accomplish better things and for the sake of the Christian Church, does tell a good thumping lie” (Lenz, “Briefwechsel”, I,...

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Written by James Swan
Thursday, 15 March 2018 14:00

$5 Friday: English Reformation, Justification, Prayer


It's time for our weekly $5 Friday sale. This week's resources include such topics as prayer, Scripture, justification, apologetics, English Reformation, Jonathan Edwards, the atonement, 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, 15 March 2018 12:56

Determining the Jewishness of the Pseudepigrapha

While the Jewishness of the pseudepigrapha was generally accepted in my theological training, recent scholarship has challenged this assumption. In seeking to address this issue, James Davila has identified “five signature features” that help to verify the Jewishness of a given text....

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Written by BibleX
Thursday, 15 March 2018 11:57

Q#46 Group Standards

Q. Your blog post on “Biblical Balance on Standards” was excellent.  I really appreciated it, but could you give one or two real life examples, I do not quite understand how it works out.  If a church group has standards, what would be one, and would the hope be the individuals...

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Written by John Van Gelderen
Thursday, 15 March 2018 11:00

Coercion: A Big Deal

“We need to recognize that politics is necessarily coercive, and because coercion is a big deal, a Christian social order should want to strictly limit coercion to the bounds assigned by Scripture. Unless I have a word from God, I don’t want to make anybody do anything” (Empires...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Thursday, 15 March 2018 10:10

Is secular moral realism defensible?

Thursday, 15 March 2018 09:13

Deuteronomy 8:6… Walking in His Ways Featured


Deuteronomy 8:6 (HCSB) “So keep the commands of the Lord your God by walking in His ways and fearing Him.”

The Old Covenant Member

Under the Old Covenant, the Old Covenant member was required to “keep the commands of the Lord your God.”

How were they to do this?


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Written by theidolbabbler.com
Thursday, 15 March 2018 08:55

The Grace Doctrines at ETT 2018

I had the distinct pleasure of teaching the doctrines of grace at the Embracing the Truth Conference this year, along with Roger Skepple.  Sadly, the audio I came home with was …. well, let’s say “lacking.”  For reasons that defy explanation, the audio jumped from...

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Written by Jim Mc.
Thursday, 15 March 2018 08:39

LGBTQ Tweets, Ehrman Dividing Mark and John, Open Phones

Talked a little bit about a Twitter exchange regarding LGBTQ books, and then moved to a rather full refutation of Bart Ehrman’s comments on Mark vs. John on the day of Jesus’ crucifixion (Nisan 13 vs. Nisan 14), and then went to open phones with once again a wide variety of calls and...

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Written by James White
Thursday, 15 March 2018 08:32

Higher Education, Low Tolerance for Truth


Another Christian group, this time at Harvard University, was recently accused of discrimination for – ready – believing in the teachings of the Bible and striving to live by its standards.    Remember this verse from John 17:3: This is eternal life, that they may know...

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Written by David Fiorazo
Thursday, 15 March 2018 08:04

Filled by the Spirit Featured

by Mike Ratliff

Ephesians 5:18 (NA28) 18 καὶ μὴ μεθύσκεσθε οἴνῳ, ἐν ᾧ ἐστιν ἀσωτία, ἀλλὰ...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Thursday, 15 March 2018 07:28

Church Discipline for Love’s Sake

Jonathan Leeman explains why church discipline is loving.

Authors: Daniel Gardner

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Written by Daniel Gardner
Thursday, 15 March 2018 07:13


•American Idol is back and stealing young men’s dignity
•JC Ryle’s biggest dangers for men
•Have Evangelicals sold their souls for political clout?
•Stephen Hawking has diet and now has to face the God he fought against
•Another soul saved through the Tomorrow Clubs
•Changes facing campus ministries
•Is the Passion Bible directly revealed from Heaven? No

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Written by joey
Thursday, 15 March 2018 06:51

Home: A Theological Reflection

The great North Carolina author, Thomas Wolfe, of Asheville, used a character by the name of George Webber to describe the angst of many Americans living in a post-Depression-era. In the good old days, the 1920s, there seem to be plenty of jobs, plenty of money, and plenty of frivolities. But the...

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Written by Michael Milton
Thursday, 15 March 2018 06:45

The ministry of advocacy


In a blog post entitled “4 Types of Mercy”, Matt Perman proposes that four mercies are to be discerned in the parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10.  They are:

  1. Advocacy
  2. Assistance
  3. Finances
  4. Spiritual

Matt continues: “When we think of showing mercy and serving others, we...

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Written by Ray Ortlund
Thursday, 15 March 2018 06:31

The Weight of the World and Christ’s Coming

A few years ago I worked in a corporate environment. I was surrounded by account managers, salespeople and technical engineers who were constantly in and out of the office. They could be anywhere at any time, so I hardly ever paid much attention to what they were doing. I didn’t report to...

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Written by Alf Cengia
Thursday, 15 March 2018 05:30

Georgia Baptist women cheering Black Panther’s story and hope its message takes root


Black Panther is set in the fictional African nation of Wakanda and teaches strong moral values to viewers of all races and backgrounds. It is one of few Hollywood productions to generate $1.1 billion shortly after its box office release. MARVEL STUDIOS

This is a two-part story on the box office...

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Written by Joe Westbury
Thursday, 15 March 2018 05:24

The God Who Cannot Lie Delivers on His Promise


Also Available as MP3: The God Who Cannot Lie Delivers on His Promise


God promised to give Gentiles eternal life before the world began (Titus 1:1,2), but didn’t make that promise “manifest” until Paul (v.3). But what made it the “due time…”?


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Written by Pastor Ricky Kurth
Thursday, 15 March 2018 05:00

Craig Keener on reading, writing, and biblical scholarship

Craig S. Keener is the F. M. and Ada Thompson Professor of Biblical Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary. He is the author of more than twenty books, including Miracles and Spirit Hermeneutics. His commentaries include the 4-volume Acts: An Exegetical Commentary, published by Baker Academic, and R...

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Written by ZA Blog
Thursday, 15 March 2018 04:42

Glory, Grace, and Truth

A new MP3 sermon from The GraceLife Pulpit is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:
Title: Glory, Grace, and Truth
Speaker: Phil Johnson
Broadcaster: The GraceLife Pulpit
Event: Sunday Service
Date: 3/11/2018
Bible: John 1:14
Length: 57 min. (64kbps)
Overview: http---www.TheGraceLif...

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Written by The GraceLife Pulpit
Thursday, 15 March 2018 04:34

The entertainment-driven church Featured

I love a serious church.When I attend a worship service on Sunday that has all gravitas, seriousness, and intent to learn about, praise, and glorify the Lord, I am lifted up to great heights.Our church is a Reformed-doctrine church that adheres to the ecclesiology of a plurality of elders. Our main...

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Written by The End Time
Thursday, 15 March 2018 04:18

Video: "The Law of God" by Alistair Begg

What is the place of the Law of God in the life of a Christian? Does the Gospel message really replace the Ten Commandments with grace, as some believe? Surveying the Bible’s answers to these questions, Alistair Begg examines the Law’s functions and limitations. While following...

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Written by TFL
Thursday, 15 March 2018 03:49

How The Biblical Theory of Evolution Reminds Us Of The Beauty of Christ

imageThe way the Theory of Evolution is presented can sometimes evoke feelings of disgust. The Christian may become instantly defensive, reminding himself not to be persuaded by the secular agenda. He may think that evolution changes who we are on a fundamental level. If true, it would mean that human...

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Written by Jim Boucher
Thursday, 15 March 2018 03:36

Roman Catholic Cardinal Says Gay Marriage is ‘Analogous’ to Christian Marriage Featured

Cardinal Walter Kasper, whose theology appears to be the chief inspiration for Pope Francis’ doctrine on giving Holy Communion to people living in states of adultery in second marriages, now appears to be claiming that homosexual unions contain “elements” of Christian marriage and...

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Written by News Division
Thursday, 15 March 2018 03:31

The Ant and the Raven

This file contains the text of a booklet by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam which is now out-of-print.  You can view or download the file using the link at the bottom of this page.

The content of this booklet is also available as an audio sermon and is included on the audio CD titled...

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Written by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam
Thursday, 15 March 2018 03:18

Beth Moore Says Fighting Donald Trump is A Fight for the Faith Featured


Beth Moore, who is a wildly popular female Bible teacher heavily promoted in evangelical circles and aligned with the Southern Baptist Convention’s Lifeway Christian Resources, has steadily been opposing President Donald Trump since his presidential primary. She is not on record ever having...

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Written by News Division
Thursday, 15 March 2018 03:00

March 14, 2018 Show with David Ould on “The Transgender Controversy: The Response From The Sydney, Australian Anglicans”


March 14, 2018:

DAVID OULD: Senior Associate Minister @ St. John’s Anglican Cathedral, Parramatta, Australia, a Biblically faithful, theologically conservative, historically Reformed & confessionally Calvinistic body, who will address the very timely topic: “The TRANSGENDER...

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Written by Eric Nielsen
Thursday, 15 March 2018 02:57

#12 You Won’t Regret Your First BJJ Class | Blue Belt Blues | Christian Beliefs Chapter 2.2 Featured

I discuss two articles from Jiu Jitsu Times. The first one is “Here’s Why You Won’t Regret Finally Going to Your First BJJ Class” by Kitt Canaria. Second, I read and discuss another Jiu Jitsu Times article, “Dear White Belt, Being a Blue Belt Isn’t So Bad”...

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Written by Len Pettis
Thursday, 15 March 2018 02:56

Good, Bad, and Ugly

The Good:
A good review of Francis Chan’s book,CrazyLove.  A virtually worthless book.
Does the O.T. law require a woman tomarry her rapist?
The apostle Paul wasprobably a...

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Written by Glenn E. Chatfield
Thursday, 15 March 2018 02:53

Church Displays Storm Trooper on Cross Featured


The “art display” at the church, featuring a crucified “Storm Trooper.”

A member church in the Church of England’s Archdiocese in London has placed a Storm Trooper – from the famous Star Wars movie franchise – onto the cross for public display. Saint Stephen...

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Written by News Division
Thursday, 15 March 2018 02:37

In brief: repentance and faith

Repentance is our 'no' to sin against God. Faith is our 'yes' to forgiveness of sin from God.

Authors: Guy Davies...

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Written by Guy Davies
Thursday, 15 March 2018 02:37

Engaging With 1689 (8): Keach Turns Abraham Into Moses (1)

Benjamin Keach (1640–1704) was born to Anglican parents and raised in the established church. As a teen-ager, however, he joined the General Baptists, i.e., those separatists arising out of contact with and influence by the Dutch Mennonites in the Netherlands. The General Baptists were...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Thursday, 15 March 2018 02:36

Give Me Eternal Life—My Way!

imageI remember seeing one of the versions of Night of the Living Dead when I was younger, one in which they used a discarded and forgotten...

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Written by Ted Rosenbladt
Thursday, 15 March 2018 02:35

In brief: the Spirit of Judgement

The same Holy Spirit who convicts the world of sin and judgement, in assurance echoes the verdict of heaven upon believers: "justified".

Authors: Guy Davies...

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Written by Guy Davies
Thursday, 15 March 2018 02:28

Whatever Y’all Do – Worship (Colossians 3:12-17)

Thursday, 15 March 2018 02:18

David Barash’s Theological Reason for Creating Human-Chimp Hybrids


You may have heard of David Barash’s article in Nautilus calling for the creation of human-chimp hybrids. Though the article appears in a science magazine, the core reason he cites for creating “humanzees” is a theological one:

Looking favorably on the prospect of a humanzee or...

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Written by Amy K. Hall
Thursday, 15 March 2018 02:17

Letting the Word Dwell in You Richly

Thursday, 15 March 2018 02:12

What If I Want Jordan Peterson instead of Wendell Berry?


The Gospel Allies are always peppering readers with guidance on contemporary culture without ever acknowledging that many Christians would be better served by reading secular publications (like The New Yorker, The American Conservative, Times Literary Supplement).

As the allies make their way...

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Written by D. G. Hart
Thursday, 15 March 2018 02:00

What will leadership changes bring in the southern, legacy state conventions?

One of the questions that the folks at SBC This Week asked, in January of 2017, was, “Will we start to see leadership transitions in southern states?” The answer for that year was, “no” but this year the answer will be “yes.”

The 14 “southern” states...

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Written by William Thornton
Thursday, 15 March 2018 02:00

Episode 135– T. Desmond Alexander—The City of God and the Goal of Creation

Welcome to the 135th episode of Equipping You in Grace. On today’s episode, Dave Jenkins talks with T. Desmond Alexander about his book The City of God and the Goal of Creation (Crossway, 2018).

What you’ll hear in this episode

  • How Babel is the antithesis of what God desires for His...

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Written by Dave Jenkins