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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Tuesday, 12 December 2017 09:51

Learning God’s Purpose of Affliction

Affliction is one of God’s medicines. By it He often teaches lessons which would be learned in no other way. By it He often draws souls away from sin and the world, which would otherwise have perished everlastingly.Health is a great blessing, but sanctified disease is a greater. Prosperity...

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Written by The J.C. Ryle Archive
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 09:07

“What about Angry Victims?”

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I wrote a series of meditations for men and women whose anger has hurt others—A Small Book about a Big Problem. This, certainly, includes us all. Yet there is a version of anger that these meditations only touch briefly and recently someone raised it with me.

What about angry victims?

My first...

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Written by Jimmy Adkins
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 08:59

Pro-Life Papists Take Stand Against Their Pope Featured

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According to reports, leaders from over 30 Roman Catholic values groups have signed a statement that they will stand with the Bible rather than with their pastors and leaders – and they even mention their willingness to stand against the Pope of Rome. Called “Fidelity Pledge”,...

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Written by News Division
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 08:49

Debate with Dr. Douglas Hamp Featured

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On Tuesday, December 12, 2017, Dr. Randy White debates Dr. Douglas Hamp with the question of who is included in the rapture, the church alone or Israel?

Note: Dr. White is the guest on Dr. Hamp’s program.

The post Debate with Dr. Douglas Hamp appeared first on Randy White Ministries.

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Written by Randy White
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 08:04

Double standard for homosexual child abuse

As Hollywood bestows numerous awards on a new movie about a 24-year-old man pursuing a sexual relationship with a 17- year-old boy, we are not supposed to notice the glaring hypocrisy.

Roy Moore, whose election will be decided by the time you read this, has been virtually drawn and quartered by...

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Written by Linda Harvey
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 08:00

Roman Catholicism’s View of Sin | The Rapp Report daily 028 | SFE | Andrew Rappaport Featured

This podcast evaluates the view of sin in Roman Catholoicism.

This podcast is a ministry of Striving for Eternity and all our resources http://strivingforeternity.org/

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Written by Andrew Rappaport
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 07:21

Books: From the Sublime to the Ridiculous

Nijay Gupta discusses his favorite academic books for 2017 here. Meanwhile, Tim Challies identifies the top 5 most ridiculous Christian bestsellers here.

Authors: BibleX...

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Written by BibleX
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 07:15

Two Volumes of Wedding Homilies

So then I have officiated quite a few weddings over the years, and out of all the homilies I have delivered, a good percentage of them were written down. These have now been collected into two e-volumes, entitled Bone of My Bones and Flesh of My Flesh respectively, and are now available in the...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 07:05

Reforming the irreformable

Tuesday, 12 December 2017 06:57

"Leviathan Spirit"-Biting Satire Aimed at LeClaire's "Sneaky Squid" Fails to Hit Target Featured

Satirical writer, R. Loren Sandford, has tried to grab people's attention with another over-the-top article at CharismaMag.com, and this time he's set his sights on the writings of fellow Charisma writer (and former Senior Editor), Jennifer LeClaire. Unfortunately, it appears the gullible readers...

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Written by Steven Kozar
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 06:45

The Pope and the Lord's Prayer, Slander Keyboard, SJC, Zachariades God's Justice

Started off looking at Pope Francis and “lead us not into temptation.” Then had to look at Slander and Keyboard (the group formerly known as Pulpit & Pen, sort of like the artist formerly known as Prince…or Purple something, I could never figure that part out) as well as some...

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Written by James White
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 06:34

FREE Video "Answering Atheists" (Part 3 of 3) Atheist Christian Book Club

Good afternoon , The Atheist and Christian Book Club is a group of Christians and atheists who meet monthly for intense but respectful discussions about important books from both perspectives. As Christians, we have the opportunity to hear (and answer) some of the best arguments against our...

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Written by profilesubs
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 06:07

The source of Christian assurance is God Himself Featured

by Mike Ratliff

17 So the Lord said to Moses, “I will also do this thing that you have spoken; for you have found grace in My sight, and I know you by name.”18 And he said, “Please, show me Your glory.”19 Then He said, “I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 05:43

5 Last-Minute Christmas Gifts with a Purpose

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Christmas is just around the corner, and if you’re looking for last-minute Christmas gifts for your friends or family, we’ve got you covered. These gifts are presents with a purpose! They provide encouragement and equip you and your loved ones to stand boldly on the authority of...

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Written by Ken Ham
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 05:30

An Update on Dr. Sproul's Health

12/12/17 at 4:30pm ET

There is not much change in Dr. Sproul’s overall condition. He is critically ill and his breathing is being supported by the ventilator. Though there is no fever, the medical team continues to work to reduce the ventilator support in an effort to have his lungs resume...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 05:24

Judge Paul Pressler Accused of Molestation in Texas Lawsuit

NOTE: I made a correction in my original post. I had said that no accusation had been made against Dr. Patterson of a cover-up. I was directed to page 33 of the lawsuit where in fact such an accusation is made. The accusation is not proof of course, but my assertion that there was no accusation was...

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Written by Dave Miller
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 05:05

A Travel Guide to the Evangelical Creation Debates: Introduction

BY CHARLES P. ARAND

Introductory notes: I believe that one of the purposes of the Concordia Journal is to stay current on the intellectual trends taking place within society and the theological questions they raise for us within the church. The reason for this is that sooner or later,...

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Written by Charles Arand
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 04:50

A Son Is Given

God’s judgment is just as terrible as his salvation is wonderful. Nowhere is this made more apparent than in the ninth chapter of Isaiah, as the Lord describes in vivid detail the impending doom that he will bring to those who have continued in rebellion against him:

“The Lord raises the...

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Written by Justin Huffman
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 04:48

The Lutheran Confessions: Concordia

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Concordia is an outstanding Reformation resource.  It is handsome, sturdy, well-formatted, and easy to use.  The subtitle is correct: it is A Reader’s Edition of the Book of Concord.  Editorial props go to Paul McCain,...

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Written by Reformed Reader
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 04:40

Of Ananias, Sapphira, And Private Property

And the congregation of those who believed were of one heart and soul; and not one of them claimed that anything belonging to him was his own, but all things were common property to them. And with great power the apostles were . . . Continue reading →

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 04:32

Knowing More of God’s Goodness in Christ through the Word of God

Peter 2:1-3, “So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.”

The epistle of 1 Peter is...

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 04:24

Give Them The Keys: Making a Youth Ministry a Youth’s Ministry

Frank interviews Tim Ramsey about his new book. Imagine joining a sports team but never getting a chance to play or even attend the games. Imagine if all you did was talk about the game, and never got to enjoy the benefits of playing it. Many youth groups are like that. They talk a lot […]

The...

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Written by Frank Turek
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 04:01

Podcast: Augustine’s ‘Confessions’, Book 5

image We have now reached the fifth book of Augustine’s Confessions in our podcast discussion of the book. Derek, Matt, and I discuss various themes and issues that arise within it.

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

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Written by Alastair Roberts
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 03:37

Troll Tuesday

So here we are. Below are some of the letters I have received, along with my responses. Pardon our dust and all that. The comments are enabled for this post only, and so feel free to interact. Consider this Open Thread Tuesday, with perhaps the occasional Troll Tuesday. But please mind your Ps and...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 03:24

Do Christians Have a Bias to Believe?

By Al Serrato To the skeptic, most Christians – certainly most who appear willing to “defend” their faith – may seem a bit one-dimensional, perhaps in some cases fanatical. They seem so convinced of their views, regardless of how bizarre some of these views seem to the...

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Written by Guest
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 03:16

How to Respond When Misjudged and Reviled

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What Biblical advice would you give to someone who feels that another Christian has misjudged their character? If someone brings some of your actions, which you think are unintentional, and you just don’t agree about their judgment, what is the Biblical and loving way to proceed?

“The...

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Written by Phil Johnson
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 03:15

How to View the Flaws of the Reformers

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Some of the reformers had pretty severe, shortsighted flaws, but we honor them nevertheless for their faith and their faithfulness; while at the same time not justifying the mistakes that they made.

From the: The Pillars of the Reformation Conference || GCC Laredo || Nov. 10-12, 2017

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Written by Phil Johnson
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 03:01

Calvin on what passes for “Worship” in many evangelical churches

Yay!

What Does the Text Say?

Too much “worship” in churches today is nothing more than the product of people’s imaginations designed to make them feel good. It should be the product of the study Scripture and designed to glorify God.

Having observed that the Word of God is the test...

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Written by Jim
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 02:44

Rooftopping Daredevil Falls to His Death Featured

Wu Yongning, a 26-year-old Chinese rooftopping daredevil, fell to his death while performing a stunt from atop a the 62-story building. The Xiaoxiang Morning Herald reported on Saturday that Wu was taking part in a rooftopping challenge that promised 100,000 yuan ($20,400) in prize money.The former...

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Written by FSBCJC
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 02:38

The Consistency of Paedobaptism

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Consistency

I want to follow up a comment I made on Facebook where I said, “If you don’t call your baptized infants Christians then you should give up paedobaptism.”

Naturally, for many Baptists, this proves why we shouldn’t baptize babies. But, some of them might say, at...

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Written by Mark Jones
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 02:14

How to Greet the Saints.

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HOW TO GREET THE SAINTSGeoffrey R. KirklandChrist Fellowship Bible ChurchAt the conclusion of Paul’s letters, he greets believers and exhorts believers to greet one another. Seemingly tagged on at the end of some theologically-rich epistles, readers can easily skim past these verses. But...

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Written by Geoffrey Kirkland
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 02:10

Why Do Josephus And The Gospels Contradict Each Other About John The Baptist?

By Evan Minton   The Jewish historian Flavius Josephus was born in A.D 37. In about A.D 90, he wrote his book “Antiquities Of The Jews” in which he writes a history of the Jewish people. In this work, he mentions several individuals who appear in The New Testament such as Jesus,...

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Written by Guest
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 02:05

Depression and Anxiety

On this episode of the Collective Cast, one anxious dude and a depressed-anxious talk about… depression and anxiety. I think I spoiled it in the title of the episode. David Appelt, The Reformed Collective’s social media dude, joins Jason for stuff. Warning: we make depression jokes,...

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Written by Collective Cast
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 01:57

Authorized on Lexicon Valley

Check out my interview with John McWhorter on his Lexicon Valley podcast! McWhorter actually read the book, and I concur with him when he says in the piece, “I get it, Mark.” He does, he clearly does. I’m praying that a lot of Christians join him in getting it.

And for you...

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Written by Mark Ward
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 01:38

Perils of prayer

Some Christians believe God always answers prayer. That creates a conundrum in face of apparent experience to the contrary. So they propose explanations that harmonize their belief with disappointing reality. 
Their explanations, while pious and well-meaning, amount to special pleading. The...

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Written by steve
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 01:31

Christmas Thought

December is always a strange time of year for Christians at a college. With the end of the semester approaching, it’ a very busy time in the academic calendar when the work can begin to seem unendurable and our energy is almost spent. It’s also Advent, the time in the Church...

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Written by Joe Henderson
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 01:06

Will There be Christmas in Heaven? Featured

It is healthy for Christians to think about heaven.

As we meditate on the blessed future the Lord has in store for us our hope should grow and we ought to feel a renewed energy to persevere in our Christian lives. But what exactly will heaven be like? And specifically, will there be Christmas in...

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Written by Reagan Rose
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 01:04

Mere Fidelity: Confessions, Book V

Matt, Alastair and Derek consider Augustine’s movement from Carthage to Milan in Book 5 of *Confessions.*

If you like the show, please do leave us a review on iTunes. We are also available on Google Play.

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Written by Matthew Lee Anderson
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 01:00

December 11, 2017 Show with John Price on “Exclusive A Cappella Worship Defended” (Part # 3 of 3: “Psychology”)

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December 11, 2017:

JOHN PRICE, pastor of Grace Baptist Church of Rochester, NY, & author of “OLD LIGHT on NEW WORSHIP: Musical Instruments & the WORSHIP of God: A Theological, Historical & Psychological Study”, who will address: “Exclusive A CAPPELLA WORSHIP...

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Written by Eric Nielsen
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 00:55

Explorations in Constructive Dogmatics: 5 Contemporary Insights

image Since 2013 the Los Angeles Theology Conference (LATC) has sought to advance contemporary dogmatics by fostering serious, collegial engagement with Scripture and tradition, retrieving the best of the Christian past in order to forge theology for the future. One result of LATC has been a series...

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Written by Jeremy Bouma
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 00:40

Pro Choice Heretic

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*This article was discussed on the author’s podcast, All Truth is God’s Truth, recently. You can find the episode here (iTunes, Google Play, or Stitcher)....

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Written by Jared Moore
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 00:39

Ask the Theologian Live | December 12th, 2017 Featured

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Broadcast Date: November 7th, 2017 - 10:00 AM Mountain

Dr. Randy White takes your Biblical, theological, and worldview questions.

Video:

Previous Sessions:

The post Ask the Theologian Live | December 12th, 2017 appeared first on Randy White Ministries.

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Written by Nathan White
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 00:30

Singleness During the Season of Christmas: Intentionally Engaging Others

This is a follow-up post to an earlier post about families engaging singles during the Christmas season. Be sure to check that out here. The holidays usually mean a myriad of emotions for single Christians. Some singles look forward to this time because of the opportunity to be a part of all the...

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Written by Anna Daub
Monday, 11 December 2017 23:00

Feminist and self-described “professional misandrist” explains what to look for in a man

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I heard about “Everyday Feminism” by listening to the Andrew Klavan podcast. Today, I wanted to link to an article featuring 10 questions that a radical feminist should ask the man on the first date.

Here are a few:

4. What are...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Monday, 11 December 2017 22:58

Fake news

One of the challenges facing Christian voters is how the mainstream "news" media decides to single out and hype a particular "story". Stock examples include hate crimes, sex scandals, and police shootings.
You then have pundits and outfits that accuse evangelical voters of racism, hypocrisy,...

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Written by steve