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, 23 May 2018 06:51

Faith… According to Hebrews 11:1

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I have an employee who recently responded to me by saying…

“Just have faith.”

It was in response to a conversation that we were having about an upcoming deadline that we (together) had to meet… and our ducks were not yet in a row. He used the phrase in a colloquial sense,...

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Written by theidolbabbler
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 06:49

SAL#78 Some Really Good News | SAL KIDScast Featured

The Good News

Do you know what you do when you have good news??  You tell someone about it!!! Actually, you want to tell EVERYONE, especially if it’s not just good news for you but will benefit others too.  I’ve got some really good news for you.

Here it is…

Because...

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Written by Adam Staub
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 06:45

Aftermath: Andy Stanley Unhitched Featured

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Last week, Andy Stanley said something controversial about the Bible that would drop him into the category of a theological liberal. This week, he's doing interviews to clarify his statement, tell pastors why they need to listen to him, and throw academics under the bus for taking him out of...

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Written by FSBCJC
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 06:30

Remembering David Hesselgrave

Monday evening, May 21, Dr. David J. Hesselgrave passed on to eternal glory. David was a former missionary to Japan, founder of the Evangelical Missiological Society, a professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School from 1965 until retirement, and author of several landmark books related to...

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Written by Greg Mathias
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 06:27

Theopolis Podcast: Trinity Sunday

image In this episode of the Theopolis Podcast, Peter Leithart and I are joined by John Barach to discuss the readings for Trinity Sunday: Isaiah 6:1-8, Acts 2:14a, 22-36, and John 3:1-17.

You can follow the Theopolis podcast on SoundcloudiTunes, and on most podcast apps. You can...

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Written by Alastair Roberts
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 06:05

Graduation Crossroads

imageIn 10 words or less, what wisdom would you share with a young person at a graduation crossroads?  Here are some of our favorites so far! Education doesn’t stop with graduation. You are the books you read and the people you know. No Scripture. No Food. Decisions without prayer equals...

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Written by Jo Hovind
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 05:42

If it’s over your head, it’s under His feet

Psalm 42:11 “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.”

Being “cast down” is the biblical way of saying, “I feel like I’m in such...

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Written by Shane Roberson
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 05:38

Prison of Prayer

imageSome of us are tortured that we don’t have the right words. Some of us are terrified that our actions don’t live up to our...

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Written by Cindy Koch
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 05:29

A New Season of reTHINK Apologetics Student Conferences

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If you’re a parent, teacher, or youth leader, and you’ve never taken your students (junior high through college) to one of our reTHINK conferences in California, Texas, or Alabama, consider joining us this year! The first one up is in Orange County on September 28–29, and the...

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Written by Amy K. Hall
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 05:21

Accusations of Marxism Are Racist? Featured

Summary: JD talks about Kyle J Howard’s assertion that accusing someone or something of Marxism is racist, then discusses Joe Thorn attending a Critical Race Theory event and laments Reformed Baptists going down the Social Justice Road. He also discusses...

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Written by social element
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 05:18

Criticism of Dispensationalism Before Darby

There has been some criticism of Dispensationalism Before Darby. William Watson’s book “Dispensationalism Before Darby” certainly ruffled a lot of feathers. The Pseudo-Ephraim document caused a similar stir years ago. Pretrib skeptics at the time tried to debunk either the...

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Written by Alf Cengia
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 05:01

Music That Moves the Emotions

I recall living in Center City Philadelphia when I matriculated at Philadelphia College of Bible (it has since changed its name several times and no longer stands for what it was founded on, which is severely disappointing but all too routine with Bible colleges today that began decades ago). I...

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Written by modres
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 04:56

Something for All Commissioners to Consider before Heading Off to General Assembly (or Synod)

imageWhat’s true for liberals may also be true for Christians who think they have social justice covered:

Consider some ways liberals have used their cultural prominence in recent years. They have rightly become more sensitive to racism and sexism in American society. News reports, academic...

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Written by D. G. Hart
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 04:56

05/23/2018

•Witness Wednesday
•Bryce is not too young to hear about Hell
•Martin is friendly and open to the Gospel
•Imam Abdul considers himself moderate
•Can Todd convert Imam Abdul?

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Written by joey
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 04:48

Books for Kids: Update May 2018

I finally got around to adding a few more books to my “Books for Kids” page *HERE*.  I don’t read books to my boys any more since they’re older (almost all teenagers!), but I will start reading to my young daughter this summer.  Stay tuned!  I hope to add some...

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Written by Reformed Reader
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 04:28

Lord, Send a Revival, and Let It Begin…

Things are a mess in the SBC right now, aren’t they? I don’t think I have to argue that.

  • The convention held its breath for 13 hours yesterday while the trustees of SWBTS debated the future of Dr. Paige Patterson as president. Their decision is a matter of debate throughout the SBC and...

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Written by Dave Miller
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 03:55

Are You Satisfied With What Jesus Christ Has Done?

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God is completely satisfied with what the Lord Jesus Christ has done. The question is…are you?

Excerpt from the full sermon, “The Greatness of Jesus Christ: His Work (Part 2)”.

Authors: Geoff Thomas

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Written by Geoff Thomas
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 03:47

Jim Bakker: The Coming Judgment Featured

Jim Bakker believes he has some really important things to say in this 3 minute video:

Here are some of the incredibly vague things he said:

  • "We're about to experience something we've never had before."
  • "Things are going to happen."
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Bakker claims to read the David Wilkerson book "Racing Towards...

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Written by Steven Kozar
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 03:00

Hymn Story: What A Friend We Have In Jesus

Some of our best-loved hymns were written in times of great sadness. “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” is one such song. Despite the pain, many hymn writers were able to find comfort in the arms of Jesus and point others to this source of unshakable joy with their music. Read a story...

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Written by Clayton Kraby
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 03:00

May 22, 2018 Show with Emilio Ramos on “Unpopular, the Movie”

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May 22, 2018:

EMILIO RAMOS, pastor of Heritage Grace Church of Frisco, TX, founder of Red Grace Media & author of “Convert: From Adam to Christ” & “Crucified: The Soul of the Gospel”, who will address: “UNPOPULAR, THE MOVIE” & announcing the VISIT...

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Written by Eric Nielsen
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 02:34

Are Believers Under The Law As A Schoolmaster? (4): Calvin On The Covenant Of Works And The Covenant Of Grace

Were we to stop here we might conclude that it was not Luther who was the (alleged) antinomian in the 16th century Reformation but Calvin. Of course, that would be a poor way to read a text. One of the most important (and neglected) principles of hermeneutics may be expressed in two words: keep...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 02:34

MS-13 animals

i) Last week, Trump generated a keruffle by calling MS-13 gang members "animals". The media waxed indignant. This plays into Trump's hands. He says things normal people think, the media freaks out, which reinforces popular impression that the media is hopelessly out of touch with normal...

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Written by steve
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 02:30

A word about the Paige Patterson controversy and the SBC at large

A second civil war in the SBC (first was the Conservative Resurgence) has, in my estimation, been inevitable for well over a decade. Still, the way it’s beginning to take shape is excruciating to watch. While I appreciate the contributions of Paige Patterson during the Conservative...

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Written by Matt Privett
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 02:16

SBC Megachurch Hosts Hillsong Music, Brian Houston Featured

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Southern Baptist megachurch, First Baptist Church in Orlando, Florida, is hosting Hillsong musicians and Hillsong pastor, Brian Houston. Pulpit & Pen has written about FBC Orlando before. Pastored by David Uth, the congregation hosted an ecumenical prayer event to embrace the LGBTQ community....

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Written by News Division
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 01:31

Jesus Tells Jesse Duplantis, “Do You Want to Come Where I am? Then You Need a New Private Jet.” Featured

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You might have, at some point, had the kind little old lady on the bus next to you take out her purse and show you a photo album of her children. It’s tedious, but a socially polite formality, to grin in admiration at her children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. It’s not uncommon...

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Written by News Division
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 00:45

The #MeToo Movement Takes Out Paige Patterson Featured

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Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS) trustees were under immense outside pressure during yesterday’s meeting to oust long-term president and bulwark of the Conservative Resurgence, Paige Patterson. Patterson, an old war-horse of conservative evangelicalism, has survived many...

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Written by News Division
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 00:32

Psalm 150 as the Conclusion to the Psalter

In discussing how Psalm 150 serves as an apt conclusion to the Psalter, Edward Feld provides the following summary. 
And so it is with this orchestral symphony of praise that the book of Psalms ends. The book begins with a single individual, one person who...

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Written by BibleX
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 00:20

Clustered miracles

Accounts of the virgin birth occur in two of the four Gospels. That's not surprising, considering the fact that only two of the four Gospels even have nativity accounts. 
The virgin birth has a litmus test of orthodoxy. Unbelievers regard the virgin birth has a transparent cover story for a...

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Written by steve
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 00:08

Les Mis: A Worldview Lab

Contrary to popular assumptions about “worldview,” the issue involves much more than simply the propositions you think. Thinking certainly is an important part of it all, but much more is necessary—as a particular case study of Les Mis may show. For many reasons, I believe that...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 00:00

What happens if young people stop caring about truth?

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I noticed that young people are often unwilling to accept anything as true, especially when it interferes with their desire to seek happiness through an anything-goes sexuality. Often, opposition to abortion and/or homosexuality is an...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 00:00

What Is the Name That Is above All Names?

In this brief clip from his teaching series What Did Jesus Do?, R.C. Sproul reflects on the name that is above all names.

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Remember when Jesus was in the upper room the night before His execution? That night that He established the Lord's Supper and He went through that lengthy...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 23:49

Help Your Kids Hope in God One Simple Recipe for Family Devotions

No practice in your home will prove more beneficial to your family than daily family worship.

Just as two bankers living together doesn’t make a bank, so two or more Christians living together doesn’t make a Christian home. The exchanges that happen in a bank, or in a home, define a...

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Written by Jason Helopoulos
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 23:40

The Message of Love

1 John 3:11, “ For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.”

Before we dive into our study today of 1 John, let’s consider how so far, John has emphasized personal holiness and righteousness in this epistle. He has spoken of...

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 23:31

DBG Spotligt (5-23-18)

In “The Great Sermon Series” Tim Challies looks at the sermon preached by R.C. Sproul at T4G on the curse motif in the atonement.

Paige Patterson Out After Southwestern Trustees Vote — Paige Patterson is at the center of one of the largest SBC controversies in many years....

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Written by Josh Buice
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 23:09

Truth in Minor Keys (Derek Thomas)

At the risk of being labeled a musical snob, I venture a comment or two on one of the twentieth century's greatest composers, the centenary of whose birth we celebrate this year--Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 - 1975). He is to music what Alexander Solzhenitsyn is to Soviet literature. Finding early...

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Written by Reformation21 Blog
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 23:00

Die twice.

It has been well-said that if we are born once, we will die twice (the first and the second death), but if we are born twice, we will only die once. See John chapter 3 for further details on the new birth.

Revelation 2:11 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 22:57

A Gauntlet Thrown

The Maverick explains:
It is often said that a human fetus is a potential human life. Not so! A human fetus is an actual human life. Consider a third-trimester human fetus, alive and well, developing in the normal way in the mother. It is potentially many things: a neonate, a two-year-old, a...

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Written by Ben Holloway
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 22:30

Is cloning ethical?

The post Is cloning ethical? appeared first on Southern Equip.

Authors: Kenneth T. Magnuson...

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Written by Kenneth T. Magnuson
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 21:30

Wretched Wednesday - The Royal Wedding Sermon Disaster

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I did not watch the royal wedding, in fact as far as I'm concerned the enchantment of anything royal ended in 1776. I do know several people that were agog at the worldwide display of excess by a familial dynasty built on patricide, matricide, mariticideuxoricide, fratricide, filicide, sorori...

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Written by Doug Evans
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 21:29

Parenting Like a Protestant

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(Note: this article was originally published at The Domain for Truth on April 23, 2018, which can be found here).

The Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century left us with a vital repository of recovered truth, not the least of which are the Five Solas. From the Latin word sola,meaning...

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Written by Josh Niemi
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 21:21

Podcast: Hospitality and Immigration, with Dr. Matthew Kaemingk

image This week on Mere Fidelity, Derek, Matt, and I are joined by Dr. Matthew Kaemingk, the author of the recent Christian Hospitality and Muslim Immigration in an Age of Fear, to discuss his book.

You can also follow the podcast on iTunes, or using this RSS feed. Listen to past episodes...

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Written by Alastair Roberts
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 21:15

“Pope Francis” Names 14 New Cardinals

“Pope Francis” has named 14 new Cardinals, 11 of whom are of voting age, and may vote for his “successor” in the event of the death of this current pope. For whom will they vote? It is said that the Roman Catholic Church thinks in terms of centuries, not in years. So, we...

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Written by John Bugay
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 21:12

When Church Loses its Biblical Focus

imageIt is interesting and often sad to compare what many of our modern churches look like to the gathering of the saints in the Book of Acts.  The early church had commitment, focus, passion and a deep desire to learn the Apostles' teachings. They were thankful for every blessing and even trials...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 21:00

Why It’s Easier to Show Regular (Not Sporadic) Hospitality

May 23, 2018 by: Rosaria Butterfield

Table Fellowship

My weekly rhythm is organized around table fellowship. There are many ways to practice hospitality. This is my way. It really happened, because, as a homeschool mom, I’m home all day from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm and the kitchen is...

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Written by Rosaria Butterfield
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 20:05

When Temptation Is Particularly Powerful

     No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.1 Cor. 10:13

“… the...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 20:00

Join Us for Deaf Day at the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum

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We’re excited that Deaf Day is coming back to the Ark Encounter and the Creation Museum in Northern Kentucky this year. This annual event is a special outreach to the Deaf community with ASL interpretation, a special Deaf-led presentation, video captioning, and more. If you are Deaf or know...

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Written by Ken Ham
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 20:00

The Women of Genesis: Lesson 24- Rachel and Leah

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Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 20:00

Basis

When I write I often refer to "biblical Christians" -- real Christians -- as a differentiation from "nominal Christians" -- Christians in name only. (Maybe I should use "CINO" instead?) That's because of the importance of the Word of God. Now, of course, there are lot of nominal Christians --...

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Written by Winging It
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 20:00

The Road to Dawn

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It’s always fascinating to me which characters history doesn’t remember and which ones history cannot forget. Sometimes key players fall out of our consciousness altogether while lesser ones are raised to legendary status. Sometimes real-life characters are lost to the mists of time...

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Written by Tim Challies
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 19:52

A La Carte (May 23)

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Today’s Kindle deals include some solid books that are worth checking out.

Westminster Books has some great deals on some amazing books published by IVP.

I will be in Edinburgh on July 17 and would love to meet you for an evening event at Faith Mission Bookshop. You can get details at the...

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Written by Tim Challies