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, 23 June 2017 03:10

The Next Generation Must Demand Purity From Their Pastors

image Over the past thirty years America has witnessed an unprecedented rise of mega scale churches and in tandem a meteoric explosion of moral failure. An entire generation of church goers are jaded, confused, and desensitized, because the pedestal of the pulpit crashed down. Because I take...

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Written by Anthony Wood
Friday, 23 June 2017 03:04

Why is Wonder Woman a better role model than Beth Moore? Featured

Even though one is a supposed Christian and the other is a fictional comic strip character?In seeking to answer that question, first, please forgive me for making a cultural comparison. I know the swells of film-going euphoria are riding high right now at the genial and solid presentation of female...

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Written by The End Time
Friday, 23 June 2017 03:00

The Authority of Scripture and the Testimony of the Church

image Although “the authority of the holy Scripture, for which it ought to be believed and obeyed, dependeth not upon the testimony of any man or church, but wholly upon God (who is truth itself), the Author thereof; and therefore it is to be received, because it is the Word of God (1 Thes...

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Written by Paul J. Barth
Friday, 23 June 2017 02:30

This 'n' That

imageI am about to venture into dangerous territory. I am about to go where some of you may think I shouldn't. I am about to comment on parenting...even though I am not a parent. It's true, I do not have children; however, I do have common sense. I do have a Bible, which tells me basic principles. And,...

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Written by EBenz
Friday, 23 June 2017 01:48

Another Prosperity Gospel Charlatan, Todd Coontz, Indicted for Fraud Featured

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For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. –1 Timothy 6:10

The Prosperity Gospel is one of the most deadening diseases plaguing the visible church today. It is a false...

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Written by Jeff Maples
Friday, 23 June 2017 01:33

Audio Interviews: 9Marks at 9 with ERLC; 9Marks at 9 with Mohler, Akin, and Charles

Audio description: At the 2017 Southern Baptist Convention, Mark Dever interviewed Danny Akin, Al Mohler, and H. B. Charles about the state of the Southern Baptist Convention.

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Audio description: At the 2017 SBC, Jonathan Leeman interviewed Russell Moore, Mark Dever, and Philip...

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Written by Daniel Gardner
Friday, 23 June 2017 01:30

15 Martin Luther Quotes on Preaching the Gospel to Ourselves

95 Martin Luther Quotes of Note, Part 4 

A Word from Bob:You’re reading Part 4 of a multi-part blog series on 95 Martin Luther Quotes of Note.

For Part 1, visit:15 Martin Luther Quotes on the Sufficiency of Scripture.

For Part 2, visit:15 Martin Luther Quotes on Comforting the Suffering.

For...

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Written by Bob
Friday, 23 June 2017 01:28

Arian and humanitarian unitarianism

To my knowledge, there are roughly two kinds of unitarians: Arians and humanitarian unitarians.
(In this post I'm excluding Muslim and Jewish unitarians.)
1. Arian unitarianism
Arians regard the Son as the first creature. God made the Son, and the Son made everything else. Arianism is dualistic. 
A...

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Written by steve
Friday, 23 June 2017 01:15

Who is the Holy Spirit?

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Sam Storms:

From Sam’s contribution to The New City Catechism:

Rarely does a Christian struggle to think of God as Father. And to envision God as Son is not a problem for many. These personal names come easily to us because our lives and relationships are inescapably intertwined with fathers...

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Written by Peter Cockrell
Friday, 23 June 2017 00:45

Daddy is blessed...

image Just received this pic along with an e-mail of thanks for writing Daddy Tried. Ain't she beautiful? I'd tell you her name but I want to protect her own and her parents' privacy. Congratulations to the proud father and joyful mother!

Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the...

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Written by Tim Bayly
Friday, 23 June 2017 00:30

2018 National Conference: Space Is Filling Fast

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Join us March 8-10, 2018, in Orlando for our 31st annual National Conference. Together we will consider the way the Lord brings about awakening so that we might be used by God to be the means of a new awakening today.

R.C. Sproul will be joined by Rosaria Butterfield, Kevin DeYoung, Sinclair...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Friday, 23 June 2017 00:13

Even America’s Largest Denomination Is Bleeding Members: Is It Too Late?

Further erosion of membership within America’s largest denomination, Southern Baptist, shows a larger trend of churches losing [bleeding] members. Byron Barlowe believes the answer may not be more programs, even evangelism programs.

Many wonder about the state of the Christian Church in the...

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Written by Byron Barlowe
Friday, 23 June 2017 00:00

New study: fracking doesn’t contaminate groundwater

imageHydraulic fracturing, also known as “fracking”

A new study was reported in the Daily Signal.

Excerpt:

Hydraulic fracturing hasn’t contaminated groundwater in Texas, isn’t an earthquake hazard, and has been a boon for the state’s economy, according to a study released...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Friday, 23 June 2017 00:00

His Hand is Not Shortened

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Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear. –Isaiah 59:1 ESV

  Listen to, Jesus Our Priest (Part 1 of 2)

Because of their sin, the Israelites needed a high priest to serve as an intermediary between themselves and...

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Written by TFL
Thursday, 22 June 2017 23:50

Responses (2): but "brothers" often means "brothers and sisters"...

image Here is another argument against my post pointing out Denny Burk is wrong and the Atlantic got it right in their reporting that the Christian Standard Bible is gender-neutered in hundreds of places.

A reader writes:

[The translators] are simply trying to communicate the...

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Written by Tim Bayly
Thursday, 22 June 2017 23:40

Memory wipe

In responding to universalist Thomas Talbott, Craig floated the hypothesis that God might wipe the recollection of lost loved ones from the memories of the saints.  That way, the saints could enjoy eternity, since they'd be oblivious the hellish fate of their lost loved ones.
I don't think...

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Written by steve
Thursday, 22 June 2017 23:35

The Pope Writes Zwingli: And Zwingli Responds to the Bearer of the Letter

Pope Adrian wrote Zwingli on 23 January, 1523-

“Adrian, Pope, the sixth [of the name], to his dear son salutations and the Apostolical benediction: We send the venerable brother Ennius, Bishop of Verulam, our domestic prelate and Nuncio of the Apostolic See, a man distinguished for prudence...

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Written by Jim
Thursday, 22 June 2017 23:31

‘But Wasn’t the Bible Written By Drunk Monks?’

Written by: Ray Ortlund

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Yes, I really have heard that objection. But there are many ways one can cast doubt on the Bible. It's a huge subject, and it quickly becomes technical. But, for starters, here are two things to keep in mind.

One, how the Bible came down to us. The New Testament was...

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Written by Ray Ortlund
Thursday, 22 June 2017 23:00

Andrew Fuller Friday: Fuller on True Conversion

“Faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ is another essential part of true conversion. Faith is credence or belief. Faith towards our Lord Jesus Christ is belief of the gospel of salvation through his name. A real belief of the gospel is necessarily accompanied with a triist or confidence in him...

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Written by Staff
Thursday, 22 June 2017 23:00

What to Do When Singleness Lasts Longer than You Expected

June 23, 2017 by: Marshall Segalimage

The Suffering of Singleness

Singleness brings its own suffering, a kind of misery many married people simply don’t understand anymore. I wonder what the hardest days are for you? Maybe it’s been a breakup (or several). Or maybe it’s been...

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Written by Marshall Segal
Thursday, 22 June 2017 22:02

Reformation Heritage Books Summer Sale

Reformation Heritage books is currently hosting their annual Summer Sale. Click over to see all their offerings. Below are a few highlights.

imageA Brief Compendium of Bible Truth by Archibald Alexander ($7.70)

imageA Marvelous Ministry: How the All-round Ministry of Charles Haddon Spurgeon Speaks to Us...

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Written by David Murray
Thursday, 22 June 2017 22:01

DBG Weekend Spotlight (6-23-17)

In the recent 2017 Ligonier Regional Conference, Discovering the God of the Bible—John MacArthur preached on “The Lord is my light and my salvation” (Ps. 27:1).

In conjunction with the 2017 SBC in Phoenix, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary held a micro-conference....

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Written by Josh Buice
Thursday, 22 June 2017 22:01

Grace-Paced Life Links

Brain Hygiene “Brain hygiene”? Srini Pillay explains brain hygiene and the ways your brain manages overload in this article at Harvard Business Review. He says:

At the core of managing information overload is the ability to know which function to use, and how and when to use it. The...

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Written by David Murray
Thursday, 22 June 2017 21:58

A Picture of a True Minister (from John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress) Featured

In Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan describes a scene in which Christian enters the house of one called “Interpreter” (who represents the Holy Spirit). In this house he is shown many “profitable” things. The first such is a picture which is described as follows:

Christian...

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Written by Jared Longshore
Thursday, 22 June 2017 21:01

“The true danger for Catholics is bad Catholics”

Thursday, 22 June 2017 21:00

Why Are There So Many Translations? Quick Video

image Why is there such a variety of Bible translations? What's the difference between various versions? Sean briefly answers these Qs in 2 minutes.

Authors: Sean McDowell...

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Written by Sean McDowell
Thursday, 22 June 2017 21:00

When Dark Clouds Darken the Sky

Charles Spurgeon gives us help for when the clouds get dark:

"Why, then, do we dread the clouds which now darken our sky? True, for a while they hide the sun, but the sun is not quenched; He will shine out again before long. Meanwhile those black clouds are filled with rain; and the blacker they...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Thursday, 22 June 2017 21:00

No Man More Pitiful

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God had promised his people a land. He had promised to lead them out of captivity and into a place of their own. And now he had delivered them from their bondage in Egypt, he had led them across the Red Sea, he had remained with them for forty years of wandering, he had taken them safely across the...

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Written by Tim Challies
Thursday, 22 June 2017 20:56

Writing: An Observation

‪Writing is addictive. Once you’ve published something you literally cannot stop writing, and publishing. #randomness ‬

Filed under: Modern Culture

Authors: Jim...

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Written by Jim
Thursday, 22 June 2017 20:54

Prata's Place/Graceful Garlands 23: Cursed Cup

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Authors: The End Time...

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Written by The End Time
Thursday, 22 June 2017 20:41

Training Your Child to Have a Habit of Prayer

“Parents, if you love your children, do all that lies within your power to train them to have a habit of prayer. Show them how to begin. Tell them what to say. Encourage them to persevere. Remind them that if they become careless and slack about it. Let it not be your fault, if they never...

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Written by The J.C. Ryle Archive
Thursday, 22 June 2017 20:28

SBC Presidential Politics: Let Them Run

I’ve had this article rolling around in my head for several months now.  I wanted to write it months ago, but I didn’t want to sound as if I was suggesting that someone should run against Steve Gaines for SBC President this year.  My goal was to get it up in the small window...

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Written by Adam Blosser
Thursday, 22 June 2017 20:23

The Circumference of Darkness

I am currently at the ACCS conference, and wanted to share a takeaway point from George Grant’s talk, one that made the entire trip worth it. Everything else is just added value.image

George was channeling Thomas Chalmers, naturally, and the point he was passing on to us is applicable everywhere...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Thursday, 22 June 2017 20:21

A New Book on Race and the Southern Baptist Convention

By Andrew Spencer

imageWhen people get nostalgic for their childhood, they are usually remembering a time when things seemed simpler. That does not mean life was actually less complex, typically just that they were shielded from some of the twists, confusions, and injustices in the world.

My life was...

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Written by Barnabas Piper
Thursday, 22 June 2017 20:00

Get a Sneak Peek at Answers VBS 2018: Time Lab

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I was excited to go behind the scenes recently at a church in Columbus, Ohio, during their Vacation Bible School (VBS). This VBS was extra special because this church is a pilot church for our Answers VBS—they were doing next year’s program! We’re very excited that young people...

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Written by Ken Ham
Thursday, 22 June 2017 20:00

From the Archives: Women’s Roles In the Church

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Answers to the most commonly asked questions about women's roles in the church.

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Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Thursday, 22 June 2017 20:00

Coming Soon: The Revised Apologetics Study Bible for Students

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It was my genuine privilege to have had the opportunity to contribute an article to the forthcoming revised Apologetics Study Bible for Students.  For those who desire to always be "...ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you..." (1...

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Written by Chad
Thursday, 22 June 2017 20:00

The Furnace

It has been a hot one here this week. Temperatures near or beyond 120°F. They were grounding aircraft and warning everyone to stay indoors. So, there I was, walking the distance to my afternoon bus that would take me home ... in the heat. And I'm thinking, "This is something new." I've been in...

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Written by Winging It
Thursday, 22 June 2017 20:00

Book Review: A Practical Guide to Culture by John Stonestreet and Brett Kunkle

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A Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next Generation Navigate the Day’s World, written by John Stonestreet and Brett Kunkle, was published in 2017 by David C Cook. I was given a PDF of this book by the author in return for writing this post and providing my honest review.

I am not a...

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Written by Zak Schmoll
Thursday, 22 June 2017 20:00

Book Review: Reclaiming Hope by Michael Wear

In Reclaiming Hope Michael Wear has written an engaging, clarifying work that nevertheless fails because it does not properly distinguish between a person’s testimony and their political theology. As such, the book often begins well before veering off into needless ambiguity due to a...

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Written by Jake Meador
Thursday, 22 June 2017 20:00

Our Pain Has Meaning

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Greg Koukl, Peter Kreeft, and Joni Eareckson Tada all appear in this short film on suffering. Joni, who was paralyzed in a diving accident at the age of 17, has this to say about her suffering over the decades:

There are a lot of people who think I’m a strong person, and I’m not. I am...

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Written by Amy K. Hall
Thursday, 22 June 2017 19:54

A La Carte (June 23)

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It has been a bit of a slow week for Kindle deals, but there are at least a couple there worth checking out.

The History of Pews

Here’s a tongue-in-cheek history of the humble church pew. “Seating in churches didn’t really become a thing until parishioners got bored enough to...

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Written by Tim Challies
Thursday, 22 June 2017 19:43

Bible Contradiction? Who carried Jesus’ cross?

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For today’s post will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Who carried Jesus’s cross?

Here are the two answers which the skeptic believes shows a Bible contradiction:

Jesus carried his own cross

“They took Jesus, therefore, and He went out, [a]bearing His own cross,...

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Written by SLIMJIM