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, 16 August 2017 04:35

Extra Nos (Outside Ourselves)


The pillars of the Reformation are Latin phrases called the solas. These are Sola Scriptura (Scripture alone), Sola Gratia (grace alone), Sola Fide (faith alone), and Solus Christus (Christ alone). Together, these describe the formula of justification usually articulated; the Christian is justified...

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Written by Caleb Keith
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 04:35

Freedom From the Web of Pornography

The best gifts become the most ugly in a fallen world. Worship becomes idolatry. Brotherly love becomes murder. Possessions turn to glittery excess. And sex becomes adultery. At the heart of marriage is covenant companionship (Prov. 2:17). Adultery not only breaks the faithfulness but the...

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Written by Dan Adams
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 04:35

What Kind of Christian is John Fea?


John Fea responds to my post that wondered about his ongoing criticism of David Barton, Donald Trump, and the evangelicals who support the POTUS. As convenient as social media is (are?) for carrying on discussions, this one may be bordering on excess.

The nub of the disagreement seems to be the...

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Written by D. G. Hart
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 04:28

New Online BA Degree from The Master’s University

Over the summer, I’ve been busy with a number of ministry projects which I never looked for, but were brought to me in the Lord’s providence. One of these projects was to design a course entitled The Theological Basis for Biblical Counseling for a new online Bachelor of Arts in Biblical...

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Written by Paul Tautges
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 04:23

NEW BOOKLET – SHACK THEOLOGY: Universalism, TBN, Oprah, and the New Age

NEW BOOKLET – SHACK THEOLOGY: Universalism, TBN, Oprah, and the New Age

NEW BOOKLET: SHACK THEOLOGY: Universalism, TBN, Oprah, and the New Age by Warren B. Smith is our newest Lighthouse Trails Booklet. The Booklet is 18 pages long and sells for $1.95 for single copies. Quantity discounts are...

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Written by Lighthouse Trails Editors
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 04:06

Philosophia Christi Vol. 19, No. 1 (Summer 2017)

The Summer 2017 issue of Philosophia Christifeatures wide-ranging discussions in epistemology, philosophy of language, philosophy of religion, ethics, philosophical theology, and apologetics including contributions from J.P. Moreland, Paul Copay, Charles Taliaferro, Walter Schultz, Michael McFall,...

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Written by EPS Blog
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 03:21

Correction for Contention – 1 Corinthians 1:10-17


Authors: Pastor Jeff Seekins...

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017 03:04

4 Bible Reading Strategies for Reading Plan Quitters


Do you sometimes find yourself being envious of the people who start a Bible reading plan, follow it faithfully, and stick through until the end? Then, they start the same Bible reading plan the next year and persevere to the end again. I’m sorry, I just struggle with doing that. Sometimes I...

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Written by Scott Slayton
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 02:53

I am a white man

I am a white man I did not choose my skin color I did not choose my parents I am not a racist I have never owned slaves I have never mistreated, belittled or disrespected anyone because of the color of their skin I will not be made to bear guilt for the actions of my ancestors

The soul who sins...

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Written by steveadmin
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 02:51

Satan Takes Ownership of White Supremacy


Satan snacks on his White Supremacists

In a statement that surprised nearly no one, Satan, the accuser and enemy of God and His people, paused briefly from roaming the earth seeking someone to devour Wednesday to confirm to reporters that he is responsible for the entire white supremacist movement...

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Written by Jim
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 02:51

7 Ways You Can Join the Fight Against Racism

On July 6, 2016, Colleen Mitchell wrote a telling blog post, “10 Reasons I Don’t Want to Be Your White Ally.” Her words came a day after the death of Alton Sterling, a black man killed by a white officer of the Baton Rouge Police Department. Mitchell admits meeting the news...

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Written by Guest
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 02:40

If we were at peace, we would be asleep

Now, it is much better for things to be in a state of confusion so we will wake up, for if we were at peace, we would be asleep, we would no longer be aware of anything, anything at all. But if things go badly, we are forced to think about God and put our senses on alert and think about a judgment...

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Written by memoirandremains
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 02:31

I Finally Understand Objections to Lutheranism


Lutherans are pink:

Religious and cultural Lutheran values have shaped Nordic societies for centuries. But instead of encouraging capitalism as in Calvinist Europe, Lutheranism promoted a social-democratic welfare state in the Nordic world.

As this year marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation,...

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Written by D. G. Hart
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 02:15

New Axis Of Evil: Abbas Joins North Korea And Iran

imagePalestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and North Korea dictator Kim Jong-un (Photos: AFP, AP)

In 2002, George W. Bush spoke of an “Axis of Evil.”  This alliance of evil included Iran, North Korea and Iraq.  After Saddam Hussein was taken out, Iraq has remained a most unstable...

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Written by Geri Ungurean
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 02:10

Sanctification Is a Direction


David Powlison:

Sanctification Is a Lifelong Process

Often our practical view of sanctification, discipleship, and counseling posits a monochromatic answer and takes the short view. If you memorize and call to mind one special Bible verse, will it clean up all the mess? Will the right kind of prayer...

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Written by Peter Cockrell
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 01:58

With The Jerusalem Chamber On WCF Chapter 3 And Divine Sovereignty

Westminster Confession of Faith chapter 3 says: 1. God, from all eternity, did, by the most wise and holy counsel of his own will, freely, and unchangeably ordain whatsoever comes to pass: yet so, as thereby neither is God the author of . . . Continue reading →

Authors: R. Scott Clark...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 01:06

The Reformation: Loosening the Lid Featured

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series The Reformation

Whenever I open a jar that Margaret, my wife, has been struggling with for a while, she will say, “Well, I loosened it for you.” In fact, part of her technique is to tap it gently on the counter all around the tight lid to relieve...

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Written by Jared Longshore
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 01:01

My statement on Charlottesville

Written by: Ray Ortlund

My statement on Charlottesville is a post from: Ray Ortlund

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Written by Ray Ortlund
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 00:54

A Meme Day

Authors: Glenn E. Chatfield...

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Written by Glenn E. Chatfield
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 00:53

In Praise of Our President

Okay, I am going to say something a little bit controversial. These are uncharted waters for me, so try to work with me on it.

First, before I say it, in no way is this a walking back of the gospel truth I stated yesterday. Whites who hate blacks because of their skin color are also hating God, the...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 00:49

Bible Study for Aug. 20: A passion to share the Gospel

2 Corinthians 5:11, 14-21 Tom Rush, staff evangelist Liberty Baptist Church, Hartwell

It is true that some of God’s sainted millions are scarred and broken. They have lives filled with sin and shame from their past. The good news for them is that they have been forgiven! And that is exactly...

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Written by Tom Rush
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 00:40

Reformation Theology A Systematic Summary

Does the Reformation still matter? A better question is, “Does Reformed Theology still matter?” We should also ask ourselves, “Does Reformed Theology still have a place in the Twenty First Century’s theological landscape?” Many Christians are not familiar with names...

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Written by Zach Kendrick
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 00:20

Adrian Rogers and time in Camelot

This is the third biographical sketch of Southern Baptists’ greatest preachers/statesman/leaders. Following the stories/interviews highlighting the ministries of Dr. W.A. Criswelland Dr. R.G. Lee, here is the interview featuring the life and ministry of Dr. Adrian Rogers, pastor of Bellevue...

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Written by Gerald Harris
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 00:00

New study: marijuana triples risk of high blood pressure

imageInvestigation in progress

I actually have two studies for this post, both reported by far-left news sources, oddly enough.

First one is from the radical leftist Reuters.


People who smoke marijuana have a three times greater risk of dying from hypertension, or high blood pressure, than those...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 00:00

The Death Knell on Legalism

In this brief clip from our 2017 Regional Conference in Los Angeles, John MacArthur explains that Jesus' teaching of the new birth in John 3 is the death knell on legalism.


The account is more than a story. There is obviously the story of Nicodemus here. It is theology; it...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 23:45

Selah: I Got Saved

Another great song to encourage you this week:

Filed under: Christian Life, video

Authors: Julia...

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Written by Julia
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 23:41

Order vs. Confusion

God is a God of order. While we will never completely understand His ways because of our limited human understanding, we find comfort in knowing he is unchangeable and perfectly consistent in His nature. Our world is increasingly in a flux of confusion. Many atheists hate the God they claim does...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 23:30

The Other Side of the Rainbow

The other side of the rainbow – Millie Fontana’s story.

Millie is the daughter of lesbians and reveals here why she is against same-sex marriage.

Other than an assumption of evolution in the speech, this is a quite amazing and brave testimony of what it is like to be raised in a lesbian...

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Written by John Samson
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 23:23

Truth is precious…


A number of places in Scripture speak of the sweetness of God’s words. What’s surprising is what those words say.

For instance, God called the prophet Ezekiel to give His words to the “sons of Israel.” They were “a rebellious people,” yet Ezekiel was not to fear...

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Written by Tim Bayly
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 23:17

DBG Spotlight (8-16-17)

In an optional session at the Ligonier conference a few years ago, Steven Lawson gave an overview of his book on William Tyndale.  You will hear a good overview of why Tyndale is so vitally important to us in church history.

It Wasn’t That Long Ago — In a pastoral manner,...

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Written by Josh Buice
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 22:51

Is corporate confession vicarious repentance?

We've seen a recent fad in which evangelical "leaders" think white Christians have a duty to exercise vicarious repentance for the sins of their racist forebears. This is defended on the grounds that Scripture contains corporate confessions (e.g. Dan 9, Ezra 9, Neh 9; 2 Chron 34). Is that analogous?...

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Written by steve
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 22:38

Is N.T. Wright a Christian?

This is an excerpt of John MacArthurs address to the 2017 Lingonier National Conference
Maybe more subtle and certainly more pervasive is what is currently being called the new perspective on Paul. It’s been propagated by a man by the name of N.T. Wright. You could kind of shift that a little...

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Written by Doug Evans
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 22:38

How do you do family worship?

Book Giveaway this week: Giveaway entries

Three syllables is all you have to remember, read, pray, sing. Read the Bible, pray together and sing together. Now, I think I can substantiate these from Scripture. We should do in worship what the Bible says to do in worship but there are three things...

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Written by Dr. Donald Whitney
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 22:31

Help for Alex Malarkey, The Boy Who [Didn’t] Come Back From Heaven Featured


You may remember from a couple of years ago the brouhaha that brewed over at Lifeway Bookstores when the child star of the book, The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven broke the news that, well, he really didn’t come back from Heaven. Pulpit & Pen released Alex’s open letter to Lifeway an...

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Written by Jeff Maples
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 22:30

Westminster Seminary Counseling Course

For those who are asking, here’s the syllabus for the D.Min. course I’m teaching at Westminster Seminary (Philadelphia) this week.

Course Purpose:

To investigate how the Scriptures shape a distinctive model of counseling among believers in the local church.

 Degree Program Learning...

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Written by David Murray
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 22:24

Unbelievable? Is Luke’s Description of Quirinius Historically Inaccurate?

image In an interview on Unbelievable? with Justin Brierley, I had the opportunity to speak with a skeptic who cited Luke’s description of Quirinius (Luke 2:1–3) as a historical contradiction. Luke wrote that Joseph and Mary returned to Bethlehem for a census and “this was the first...

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Written by jwallace
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 22:00

Christ Alone Catholic Sacramental Theology: A Reformation Response

imageIn order to understand the nature of the Reformers’ disagreement with Rome, you have to understand the nature of two intertwining ideas that anchor Catholic sacramental theology: the “nature-grace interdependence” and the “Christ-Church interconnection.”

Stephen Wellum...

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Written by Jeremy Bouma
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 21:53

Love Your Neighbor More Than a Monument

Most of you are probably aware of the horrible recent events in Charlottesville, VA. Thirty-seven people were violently injured and one young woman lost her life. It all started with a group protesting the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue. There are obviously many racist hate groups who want...

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Written by Wes
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 21:31

The Definition of Christian Love

Christian love will show itself in the general spirit and demeanor of a believer. It will make him kind, unselfish, good-natured, good-tempered, and considerate for others. It will make him gentle, affable, and courteous, in all the daily relations of private life. It will make him thoughtful for...

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Written by The J.C. Ryle Archive
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 21:00

A Gift of Charity

Nearly ten years ago I wrote four ‘living eulogies’ about people who had influenced my life in ways impossible to measure. These four folks—three men, one woman—were believers who had shaped my thinking, infused me with direction and purpose, inspired me to press on, and...

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Written by Daniel B. Wallace
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 21:00

When You Don’t Have a Prayer


Last night I went for a walk along the bayou near our street, trying to decompress and straighten out my mind. There, in the humid twilight of a Houston summer night, I found myself in a familiar place: struggling to pray. It’s not that there’s too little to pray about; if anything,...

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Written by Gunner
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 21:00

Do Not Be Discouraged, Dearly Beloved


Robert Murray M’Cheyne, in one of his pastoral letters, puts his finger in the wound and reveals what is often upon us in our sorrows… we pray for breakthrough, but it may be long time in coming,

"Do not be discouraged, dearly beloved, because God bears long with you- because He does...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 21:00

Protecting Children from Abuse: An Interview


It happens. We wish it didn’t happen and perhaps even try to pretend it doesn’t happen. But the tragic and undeniable reality is that there is abuse within the church. I recently spoke with Boz Tchividjian to ask some key questions for every Christian and every church.

How prevalent...

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Written by Tim Challies
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 21:00

Sanctification Is a Direction

August 16, 2017 by: David Powlisonimage

Sanctification Is a Lifelong Process

Often our practical view of sanctification, discipleship, and counseling posits a monochromatic answer and takes the short view. If you memorize and call to mind one special Bible verse, will it clean up all the mess?...

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Written by David Powlison