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, 25 April 2017 09:38

SAL Episode 37 | Resting In God’s Salvation | At Least Six Reasons A Christian Cannot Lose Their Salvation Featured

Can a Christian lose their salvation? This age-old question was the topic of a late night internet debate that Adam had last night and so we thought we’d address it for you all. Adam is flying solo on this episode and gives six reasons why the Biblical answer to this question is a...

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Written by Adam Staub (Host Of Shine As Lights)
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 08:48

The Perilous Business of Pastoring

imageI am grateful to Doug Wilson for his thoughtful response to my post yesterday on the matter of binding consciences. It offered a good opportunity, I think, to move the conversation forward in clarifying the central issues at stake, both for the purposes of the present kerfluffle and any others that...

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Written by littlejohnwebsite
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 08:15

Philippians 2:6-11

In light of comments and questions arising in response to my previous posting about what “in the form of God/a god” might connote in Philippians 2:6-11, I immodestly point to my own study of the passage published in my book, How on Earth did Jesus Become a God?  Historical...

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Written by larryhurtado
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 08:13

Psychiatrist: Transgenderism Is Without Basis In Science

From a scientific perspective, let me clarify what ‘transgendered’ actually means. I am speaking now about the scientific perspective and not any political lobbying position that may be proposed by any group, medical or non-medical. ‘Transgendered’ are people who claim that...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 08:05

The Bible’s 4 Essential Teachings about Politics

When we ask the question, “What is a Christian view of politics?” we can be tempted to jump straight to party platforms and policy issues. That is, of course, how the conversation proceeds on the radio shows and cable news networks: “What is a Christian perspective on immigration...

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Written by Bruce Ashford
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 07:18

Not by Curiosity Alone

“Not by Curiosity Alone”

Excerpt from The Curious Christian: How Discovering Wonder Enriches Every Part of Life by Barnabas Piper

Curiosity is a powerful force, the key to solving many an enigma and overcoming many a challenge. It can genuinely change lives for the better and even change...

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Written by Barnabas Piper
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 07:12

The Day Work Became Personal

The Day Work Became Personal

I’ve worked as a cardiac nurse for more than 25 years but never defibrillated anything except a manikin. Never stopped at an accident and saved someone in the nick of time. Never jumped up at a restaurant to apply the Heimlich maneuver to a choking child. Perhaps...

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Written by Gaye Clark
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 07:10

Let’s get the State out of our children’s heads, shall we? Featured

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Goliath towers.

He thinks big, talks tough, and actually seems to believe in the inevitability of his victory. His gaggle of hangers-on and yes-men cheer him on and bask in the glow of his largeness, toughness, and perceived inevitability.

Then he gets popped in just the right place at just the...

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Written by FireBreathingChristian
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 06:49

Archive: Forty Reasons for Not Reinterpreting the OT by the NT: The First Twenty

imageI have been made aware that a group of New covenant theologians have discussed some my list of forty arguments for not reading the New Testament back into the Old Testament.  I intend to write a Response soon.  But I thought it worthwhile to repost the original list.  I have yet to...

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Written by Paul Henebury
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 06:37

CHRISTIANITY IN EURAFRICA: A History of the Church in Europe and Africa

imageNothing has bound Africa and Europe more together than the history of Christianity. From Paradise onwards, the Church has been the communion of believers. As the Body of Jesus Christ she started in Jerusalem. Through the proclamation of the Gospel the Church soon reached parts of Africa and the...

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Written by Jim
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 06:28

Retraction: Sorry, y’all – I made a mistake

  Oops. I goofed, messed up, wrote something amiss, erred, and made a mistake. My bad. In yesterday’s edition of …

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Tuesday, 25 April 2017 06:23

Ask the Theologian Live | April 25, 2017 Featured

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Dr. Randy White takes your Biblical, theological, and worldview questions. Join us live on YouTube Live!

In this episode: -Will we recognize loved ones in heaven? -Do we need government to fix our problems? -Should I leave a church for personal...

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Written by Randy White
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 06:20

2017 Georgia Baptist Committee on Nominations announced

Georgia Baptist Convention President Thomas Hammond, First Baptist Church, Alpharetta, announces that the following persons will serve on the 2017 Committee on Nominations: (Chairman) Frank Cox, North Metro First, Lawrenceville; Billy Atkins, Jamestown Baptist Church, Waycross; Paul Ballard,...

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Written by christianindex
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 06:08

Know These Two Things: Law and Gospel

image Here’s a wonderful section of Walter Marshall’s 1692 publication, The Gospel Mystery of Sanctification:

The most effectual knowledge for your salvation is to understand these two points: 1) the desperate sinfulness and misery of your own natural condition, and 2) the alone sufficiency...

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Written by Reformed Reader
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 06:05

Did Hank Hanegraaff Leave the Christian Faith? 3 Essential Traits of a Christian - Bellator Christi

By: Brian Chilton | April 25, 2017

Hank Hanegraaff is a name known by many in the apologetic and theological community. Hank Handegraaff is a writer and host of his daily radio show The Bible Answer Man.Hanegraaff is associated with the Christian Research Institute and of Equip.org. Due to the...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 05:50

Curmudgeonly Evangelicals?

imageOld Life is not the only place where the dissatisfied express their dissatisfaction. Evangelical scholars are weighing in on Francis Fitzgerald’s new book, The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America. If Barry Hankins thinks Fitzgerald neglects evangelicalism’s religious...

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Written by D. G. Hart
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 05:34

Personal holiness Featured

by Mike Ratliff

14 Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord. Hebrews 12:14 (NASB) 

Are we to accept the profession of faith from everyone who claims to be a Christian? This is a hot button issue in our time. I know of several people who once...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 05:09

Bible Reading That Satan Leaves Alone

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This post is adapted from Reading the Bible Supernaturally: Seeing and Savoring the Glory of God in Scripture by John Piper.

The Blinding Enemy Outside

Satan is real.

His main identity is “a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44). His way of lying is more by deception than bold-face...

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Written by Peter Cockrell
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 05:00

2017 Regional Conference in Los Angeles: Special Online Rate Ends Today

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Today is the last day to secure the special online rate for our upcoming regional conference in Los Angeles. Join us on June 9-10, 2017, as Ligonier Teaching Fellows W. Robert Godfrey and Stephen Nichols will be joined by Michael Horton, Julius Kim, and John MacArthur to consider the mercy of God,...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 04:51

JBMW 21.2 | The Clarity of Complementarity: Gender Dysphoria in Biblical Perspective

He wanted to watch wrestling; I wanted to watch the Food Network.

Seven months prior to my short-lived relationship with the guy who won the battle over the remote, I was a lesbian. My long black hair neatly tied into a ponytail. My jeans sagging just enoughto show off the boxer briefs I wore...

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Written by Garrett Pearson
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 04:45

Preorder Best of British Conference Videos

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Here in the United States, we don’t often hear from apologists, theologians, and scientists from “across the pond” (the United Kingdom). Well, four leading British theologians and scientists are coming to the Creation Museum for our unique Best of British Bible and Science...

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Written by Ken Ham
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 04:36

Finishing Strong (in 146 seconds)

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Sometimes there's no better metaphor for discipleship than riding a bike...

Authors: Matthew Hosier...

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Written by Matthew Hosier
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 04:34

Reading Genesis 29-31 in Family Worship

Reading Genesis 29-31 in Family Worship

Genesis25:19-37:1  (The Generations of Isaac)

This week we are looking at part two of the “Generations of Isaac.” The “Generations of Isaac” can be seen in three basic movements:

Genesis 25:19-28:22 — Jacob and Esau

Genesis...

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Written by Peter Wallace
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 04:28

The Gospel for Those Angry at God

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More and more often, I encounter people who are angry at God. But, as I listen to them, it’s not so much God they take issue with as it is the people and institutions that claim to represent God. These are people who grew up in the church, committed Bible verses to memory in Sunday School,...

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Written by Donavon Riley
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 04:28

The Witness of Martin Luther to the Catholic Church of Today

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As an introduction to this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, the Catholic Church, under the auspices of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU), prepared and published the following statement [full text here]:

In 1517 Martin Luther raised concerns about what...

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Written by Jonathan Kleis
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 04:27

It’s Not About the Music

Check out this recent Gallup poll . . . Huh! All this energy focused on the wrong things!

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Authors: Jeff Straub...

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Written by Jeff Straub
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 04:25

Sonny Perdue’s solid confirmation

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“Happy to be on the job @USDA and meet employees for 1st time. Want to leave our nation, fields & farms in better shape than we found them,” new Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue stated after being officially announced to the position. TWITTER/@SecretarySonny

WASHINGTON...

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Written by Gerald Harris
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 03:39

Luther And Wittenberg, Part One

The Christian History Institute is posting, in three parts, an essay I’ve written on Luther and Wittenberg.  Part One is posted here.  Part Two will post next week and Part Three the week after.  I hope you enjoy all three.

Filed under: Luther

Authors: Jim...

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Written by Jim
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 03:28

Of Course Evangelism is a Spiritual Gift

Every so often I hear someone make the statement that evangelism is not a spiritual gift.  Usually this is said in an effort to keep Christians from thinking that they are off the hook when it comes to sharing their faith just because they do not feel particularly gifted in...

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Written by Adam Blosser
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 03:12

Our Satanic Approach To Education Reveals Our Satanic Approach To God Featured

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One of the basic lies that we believe – and love – is the notion that we can have Jesus’ stuff without having Jesus.

Prosperity. / Peace. / Love. / Beauty. / Justice. / Security. / Law.

We actually think we can pursue these things in a legit manner apart from explicit subjugation to...

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Written by FireBreathingChristian
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 03:02

Book Giveaway: Lee Gatiss on John Owen

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 We have three (3) copies of Lee Gatiss' book, John Owen: The Genius of English Puritanism, to give away. Deadline is this Friday, April 28.

Enter here.

The Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals is member supported and operates only by your faithful support. Thank you.

Authors: Meet the Puritans...

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Written by Meet the Puritans
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 03:00

April 24, 2017 Show with Jeremy Walker on “The Brokenhearted Evangelist”

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April 24, 2017:

JEREMY WALKER, Pastor of Maidenbower Baptist Church of Crawley in West Sussex, England, author & blogger @ Reformation 21 & The Wanderer, will address: “The BROKENHEARTED EVANGELIST”

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Tuesday, 25 April 2017 02:54

Podcast: Len Pettis, Reviling, And More Featured

On this episode, JD briefly discusses the dust-up with AoMin, and gives instructions to the pulpiteers and ministry supporters about how they are to respond. Then, he plays his conversation with Len Pettis regarding Rod Dreher and Greek Orthodoxy.

As always, you can listen on SermonAudio or iTunes,...

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Written by JD Hall
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 02:52

THIS SATURDAY! – 1st Annual Biblical Counseling Conference of Chicago

image “Restore Hope” is the theme for the 1st Annual Biblical Counseling Conference hosted by the Biblical Counseling Center on Saturday, April 29th. This conference will equip and encourage you to restore hopeto the hurting in your church and community. The conference is geared toward all...

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Written by Paul Tautges
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 02:48

Union and Communion (2)

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In the last article, I noted four points regarding a puritan doctrine of union and communion with Christ. Continuing that discussion, a fifth point is that communion is communion in what Christ himself possesses. The saving benefits that we receive in union with Christ are properly Christ’s...

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Written by Meet the Puritans
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 02:42

Colonial Baptists on Rulers by Contract and Religious Taxation as Theft — Reformed Libertarian

Placing the Colonial Baptist rejection of religious taxation within the context of reformed political philosophy.

James Renihan posted a short quote today at the Institute for Reformed Baptist Studies blog from a resolution written by Massachusetts Baptists to the Massachusetts General Assembly...

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Written by brandonadams
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 02:32

Reading the Bible with a Theological Purpose by John Fallahee

If you have ever engaged in inductive Bible study, you know the importance of "reading with a purpose." The process is quite straightforward. You choose a word, phrase, topic, person, etc. and read a chapter at a time; marking the Biblical text along the way. As you read, it's a good idea to make a...

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Written by Proclaiming the Gospel Blog: PTG Blog
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 02:24

An Introduction to the Thought of Alvin Plantinga

image This post is adapted from Christian Apologetics Past and Present: A Primary Source Reader, Volume 2, From 1500, edited by William Edgar and K. Scott Oliphint.

Meet Alvin Plantinga

Alvin Plantinga was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Raised in the Christian Reformed Church, he has theological roots in...

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Written by Crossway
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 02:18

Hillsong Come Home: Hillsong Church Going Ecumenical With Rome Featured

Like a dog that returns to his vomit is a fool who repeats his folly. – Proverbs 26:11

Apostasy is a word that is becoming increasingly popular among discernment-minded Christians. It seems like every time you turn around we hear of another departure from the faith. Solid biblical doctrine...

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Written by Jeff Maples
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 02:17

Why Does Jeremiah’s Message Sound So Contemporary?

imageWho will find me a wayfarer’s shelter in the desert, for me to quit my people, and leave them far behind? For all of them are adulterers, a conspiracy of traitors. They bend their tongues like a bow; not truth but falsehood holds sway in the land; yes, they go from crime to crime, but me they...

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Written by Jim