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 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

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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
Thursday, 23 March 2017 21:53

Do you need “Momentum for your breakthrough?”

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The following daily devotional is from one who has been called a great Prophet of our time, by other modern-day, self-anointed prophets of the N.A.R.  Can you guess which Prophet penned this? Read it without skimming. Notice the phrasing: Nowhere does God promise in His Word a...

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Written by Amy Spreeman
Thursday, 23 March 2017 21:38

Musings and Meditations

When we set agendas in accordance with human preferences and interests, the idea that we either have, or obey, a Great Commission is belied. When we redefine mission so as to encompass anything and everything the church and believers actually Read More ...

Authors: Scott...

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Written by Scott
Thursday, 23 March 2017 21:00

Ask Me Anything (Worship, Accountability, Slack, Elders Who Don’t Give, etc)

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Ask Me Anything is an opportunity for you to submit questions that are related or unrelated to things I’ve written, and for me to take a shot at answer them. This week’s questions deal with worship services, whether family members should attend the same church, whether a husband and...

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Written by Tim Challies
Thursday, 23 March 2017 20:13

Conference to be held: “Deposing a Heretical Pope”

 imageDeposing a heretical pope

Is Pope Francis a heretical pope? 
There is certain to be more, not less controversy, over the “Pope Francis” “Apostolic Exhortation” entitled “Amoris Laetitia” in the coming weeks, as a group of Roman...

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Written by John Bugay
Thursday, 23 March 2017 20:02

A La Carte (March 24)

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Sadly, there’s not much to tell you about Kindle deals today.

However, anyone who loves commentaries will want to check out Westminster Books and their sale on the Preaching the Word series (which is ideal for preaching but also for personal study).

When You’ve Got a...

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Written by Tim Challies
Thursday, 23 March 2017 20:00

Don’t Get Your Theology from the Movies

imageWhen Christians have issues, questions, and problems, we don't go to the movies, we go to the Bible.

Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Thursday, 23 March 2017 20:00

The Doctrine of Justification and Social Justice

Below is a very good article written by Charles Holmes Jr. on the connection between the doctrine of justification and social justice.  It was published via the Jude 3 Project:
The Justice of God
The doctrine of justification is a doctrine about our glorious salvation....

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Written by The Other Chad
Thursday, 23 March 2017 20:00

God Revealed

In his epistle to the Romans Paul writes the wonderful, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek." (Rom 1:16) Good stuff. He says, "For in it (the gospel) the righteousness of God is revealed from...

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Written by Winging It
Thursday, 23 March 2017 19:30

Hoskier Photos

More on Herman Hoskier courtesy of an email from Maurice Robinson. The mustache is quite impressive I must say. Here’s Maurice:
I don’t think I can attach photos or the like in reply segments, but you perhaps might want to post these in the main section on Hoskier (or start another post...

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Written by Peter Gurry
Thursday, 23 March 2017 19:00

Check Your Bias at the Door—Manufacturing Jobs Have Dignity, Too

There’s something quintessentially American about the manufacturing industry. Many people from older generations possess personal ties to it in some form or fashion.

However, the nature of manufacturing has changed as demand for technology has advanced. Opinions of factory jobs are often split...

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Written by Dr. Anne Bradley
Thursday, 23 March 2017 19:00

Fear of God Devotional: The Glory of the Holy Spirit in the Work of Evangelism

How can we avoid misguided evangelism? Don Hart explains in this video that there is a lot of well-intentioned evangelism that is misguided. For instance, there are those who believe that salvation is dependent on the sovereignty of man instead of the sovereignty of God. There...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Thursday, 23 March 2017 19:00

What Does Semper Reformanda Mean?

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The phrase ecclesia reformata, semper reformanda (the church reformed, always reforming) has been used so often as to make it a motto or slogan. People have used it to support a surprising array of theological and ecclesiastical programs and purposes. Scholars have traced its origins to a...

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Written by W. Robert Godfrey
Thursday, 23 March 2017 18:27

Why I Know the Story of Jesus Wasn’t Changed Over Time

image As an unbelieving skeptic, I was willing to accept the possibility that Jesus lived and taught as a 1st Century Rabbi, but I rejected much of the gospel accounts as fiction. I suspected the gospels had been corrupted and altered through the centuries. Defense attorneys often have similar questions...

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Written by jwallace
Thursday, 23 March 2017 18:03

Presuppositional Apologetics’ Cartoon: Every Worldview is Circular

I had a long week of ministry and I’m not able to stay up late tonight.

But here’s a brief post.

Here is a cartoon from Eddie of Calvinist Cartoons that makes a good point concerning Presuppositional Apologetics:

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All worldview is ultimately circular. The issue isn’t whether it is...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Thursday, 23 March 2017 18:00

Touching Jesus Makes You Holy

In the Old Testament, the place where God chose to meet with his people was a place of contagious holiness. It was so supercharged with holiness that merely touching the very instruments of worship in the tabernacle would make a person holy.

God spoke to Moses about the consecrated altar. “The...

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Written by Guest
Thursday, 23 March 2017 18:00

God's Son in the Old Testament

“I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.” (Psalm 2:7)

There are many today (especially Muslims, Jews, and Christian “liberals”) who are monotheists, believing in one supreme God but rejecting the deity of...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR