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, 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

imageThe Women of Genesis- Lesson 24

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
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 19:45

Mere Fidelity: Hospitality and Immigration, with Dr. Matthew Kaemingk

Rev. Dr. Matthew Kaemingk is an assistant professor of Christian Ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary and the associate dean of Fuller Texas in Houston. He is also the author of the recently released Christian Hospitality and Muslim Immigration in an Age of Fear, an excellent exploration of...

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Written by Matthew Lee Anderson
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 19:29

Christian Kindergarten Earth Science Lesson 5: Canyons, Gorges and Rift Valleys

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This is a Christian Home School Lesson Series for 4-5 year old children on earth science that aims to fulfill the Science Content Standards from the California Department of Education.

 

Lesson 5: Canyons, Gorges and Rift Valleys

Purpose: To know three of six kinds of valleys.

Book(s) read:

Ellen...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 19:00

Have You Begun to Sing?

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We at Out of the Ordinary have another author in our ranks! Staci wrote The Organized Heart, and now Rebecca has written The Good Portion - God: The Doctrine of God for Every Woman. I have been looking forward to this book for a while.In her very first post at Out of the Ordinary, Rebecca talked...

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Written by Kim Shay
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 19:00

Applying Godly Wisdom Requires Humility and the Holy Spirit

In the sixteenth century, Nicolaus Copernicus theorized that the earth was not the center of the universe. He was quickly condemned as a heretic by both the Catholic and Protestant churches and ridiculed by scientists of the day. It was not until many years later, after the discoveries of men like...

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Written by Hugh Whelchel
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 19:00

What Does the Church Most Need Today?

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What does the church most need today? In answering this important but rather general question, Psalm 81 is uniquely important and helpful. This psalm obviously contains beautiful promises and clear directions to help the people of God. But careful study of this psalm will deepen our appreciation of...

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Written by W. Robert Godfrey
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 18:23

A Very Brief Review of Arguments for the Existence of the Soul (Free Bible Insert)

imageWe’ve created a free Bible insert that is a short review of the philosophical arguments for dualism (articulated more fully in a podcast). As Christians, we believe hold a dual view of world around us. We believe in the existence of the brain and the mind, the body and the soul, a material...

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Written by jwallace
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 18:16

Paige Patterson Has Been Made President Emeritus of SWBTS – Effective Immediately

We have received word that Dr. Paige Patterson has been transitioned  to the president emeritus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, effective immediately, after a lengthy Board of Trustees meeting today. Jeffrey Bingham is Interim President. Baptist Press has more detail.

We realize...

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Written by Dave Miller
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 18:00

Nuggets from Countdown to the Second Coming—Growing Religious Deception (Part 1)

May 23, 2018
Jesus warned that the major sign heralding the nearness of His return would be religious deception: “Take heed that no man deceive you.” He clearly identified the basic elements that would...

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Written by TBC Staff - CR
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 18:00

Lynchburg "Revival" Felt Like Partisan Rally

May 23, 2018
An event held near Liberty University was more of a liberal partisan rally to condemn evangelicals rather than inviting people to know salvation in Christ, claims an evangelical author who attended the event hoping to find unity. Shane...

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Written by TBC Staff - EN
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 18:00

From the Voice that Matters Most: Ephesians 4:7-10

imagePassage: Ephesians 4:7-10

 Now grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. For it says:

When he ascended on high,he took the captives captive;he gave gifts to people.

But what does “he ascended” mean except that...

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Written by Doug Hibbard
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 18:00

The Gospel of Peace

“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!” (Isaiah 52:7) Surprisingly, there are more verses containing the word...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 18:00

Reconciled by the Work of Substitution Featured

How can God be both just and the justifier of sinful men (cf. Romans 3:26)? That question represents the true mystery of reconciliation between God and man, and it’s not humanly answerable. A divinely designed solution is required for God to reconcile sinners to Himself without compromising...

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Written by Grace to You Blog
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 17:03

Do You Trivialize Sin?

Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin when it is finished, bringeth forth death. James 1:5

From Reader’s Digest: You must pay for your sins. If you have already paid, please disregard this notice.image

There is some confusion as to what sin is. As a teenager, I learned this...

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Written by George Stiekes
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 17:01

The Dignity of Being a Sinner Featured

imageSinner. Transgressor. Law-breaker.

These are not the most en vogue labels today.

Even so, the word “sin,” “transgression,” or “iniquity” occurs 1148 times in the NASB translation of the Bible in 906 verses. This is more, for example, than the word...

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Written by Eric Davis
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 17:00

Tony Reinke on Irony, Sarcasm, Snark, and How the Simpsons Shaped a Generation

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My friend Tony Reinke has written a terrific article that I think is right on target concerning sarcasm and snark and its profound effect on us, both outside and inside the church. —Randy Alcorn

My generation was raised on The Simpsons.

The popular cartoon is postmodern TV at its finest:...

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Written by Tony Reinke
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 17:00

Are the "Angels of the Seven Churches" Human Leaders?

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In Revelation 1-3, John is told to write to the "angels" of seven churches in Asia Minor. This is the sort of detail that most of us, I imagine, do not give a lot of time to. There is much in Revelation that is difficult to understand, and worrying about the recipients of these letters seems the...

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Written by Andrew Wilson
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 16:31

“First-Century Mark,” Published at Last? [Updated]

imageIt looks like we are finally getting that First-Century Mark (henceforth, FCM) fragment everyone has been talking about for years. (By the designation “FCM” I am not implying that it actually dates to the first century. I don’t know the date yet. I only mean that “FCM”...

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Written by Elijah Hixson
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 15:57

The Mother, the Child, and the Dragon-Revelation 12:1-6 (35 minutes)

Authors: Craig Keener...

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Written by Craig Keener
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 15:10

The Fearsome God, Our Friend

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Our car speeds through a hazy forest in the foothills of the Himalayan mountains. The smog is dense, but the sun breaks through the trees the higher up we go. Suddenly, our bodies jerk forward as our driver slams on his breaks. The dusty road forms a cloud around our windows, and our driver shouts...

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Written by Allyson Todd
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 15:05

May 23: Rev. Thomas Dwight Witherspoon

The following article is a mildly edited version of the obituary which appeared on the pages of The Christian Observer

imageDr. Thomas Dwight Witherspoon was born January 17, 1836, at Greensboro, Alabama. After attending the country school he entered the University of Mississippi, from which he...

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Written by Wayne Sparkman
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 15:05

A Concern with Chan’s Home Church Planting Model: A Gentle Call for Correction

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Recently, a variety of people have approached me to ask my opinion on the rising interest in multiplying home church models. While Francis Chan is not alone in advocating such a model, he is one of the most prominent voices pressing the agenda today. As an aside, Chan is a remarkable man whose...

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Written by Adam McClendon
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 15:05

Please Clap: The Dangerous Addiction to Compliments

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A flattering mouth works ruin.—Proverbs 26:28

A man who flatters his neighbor is spreading a net for his steps.—Proverbs 29:5

For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God?—Galatians 1:10

A few years into my pastorate, I noticed something about myself I didn’t like.

After I...

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Written by Steve Bezner
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 15:00

Why Preach the Older Testament?

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Reposted from The Cripplegate.

A pastor once asked me what I was preaching in church. I said “Luke in the morning and Micah in the evening.” He was flabbergasted. He admitted that if he announced any Old Testament book, his church would empty until he was back into the New...

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Written by Clint Archer
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 14:35

Bible Study Helps: The Psalms Featured

The 150 psalms found in the book of Psalms may be among the more well-known parts of the Old Testament by most Christians today. While many believers, sadly, have never read all of the OT, many have read many or at least some of the psalms, including much-loved psalms such as Ps 23.

The psalms are...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 13:04

Your Mom Has a Blog Podcast, Episode 71

Day 22 of 31 Things to Teach Your Kids: Teach them that God is in control. Click here to watch Twila Paris dance. 🙂

Authors: Melissa...

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Written by Melissa
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 12:52

Terminology Tuesday: Dogma

image A doctrine or teaching of the church. Roman Catholic and Orthodox theologians regard dogmas as those central doctrines formally accepted by the church and not simply asserted by theologians.   Evans, C. Stephen, Pocket Dictionary of Apologetics & Philosophy of Religion (Downers Grove, IL:...

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Written by Richard Porter
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 10:00

13 myths about the wives of porn addicts

– Episode 2158 –

13 myths about the wives of porn addicts

Segment 1 (00:00) – Phil Johnson on pornographers part 1

Segment 2 (09:48) – Phil Johnson on pornographers part 2

Segment 3 (16:54) – 13 myths about the wives of porn addicts

Wretched Surprise! (27:08) –...

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Written by samueljroys
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 09:47

Worthless Sheba Featured

Today's reading, 2 Samuel 20:1-"Now a worthless fellow happened to be there whose name was Sheba..."The Bible is very honest about the people whose lives are recorded. John the Baptist the greatest man who ever lived (Mt 11:11). Noah, Daniel, Job declared righteous men, (‎Ez 14:14). David, a...

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Written by The End Time
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 09:41

AGR: With Chis Gordon On The Free Offer Of The Gospel

At the international Synod of Dort (1618–19) the Reformed churches across the Netherlands, the British Isles, and Europe confessed: “As many as are called by the gospel are sincerely called. For God has most earnestly and truly declared in His Word what . . . Continue reading →

Autho...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 09:30

Christianity Expelled, Islam Explored in Schools

imageI am not suggesting the Christian faith should be the only one allowed in public schools – although that is what took place for over a hundred years in America when our country was very different morally and spiritually. I am asking for fairness and justice. If schools discuss one religion,...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 08:59

Do kids need to see porn in learning to say 'no'?

Every American today should consider this question – am I being manipulated?

Discernment in an age of mass deception merits a much larger discussion. But let’s just consider one subject receiving major attention after the #MeToo movement – sexual consent.

Simple, right? Say yes if...

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Written by Linda Harvey
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 08:09

You are not able to serve God and mammon Featured

by Mike Ratliff

19 Μὴ θησαυρίζετε ὑμῖν θησαυροὺς ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς, ὅπου...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 07:47

182- Zionism Vs Anti-Zionism - Let's Get to The Biblical Truth! - Kevin Shrum Tony K

  It’s Israel’s 70th anniversary. But they have many enemies. Jerusalem is the most contested city on the planet. What is the Biblical truth behind the situation? What is the future of that city? Join Kevin Shrum and Tony K … Continue reading

Authors: Tony Koretz...

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Written by Tony Koretz
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 07:35

Email to SEBTS Students on Washington Post Story [Full Text]

This afternoon, SEBTS released this email to seminary students to address the steps they have taken and are taking as a result of information that’s recently come to light in today’s Washington Post story. 

Dear SEBTS Students:

Today an article was released in the Washington Post...

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Written by Brent Hobbs
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 07:28

Holly Pivec and Prof. Doug Geivett respond to Dr.Michael Brown’s appeal.

imageA further update on the ongoing dialogue between Dr Michael Brown, Holly Pivec and Prof. Doug Geivett about the New Apostolic Reformation.

Dear Michael,

We understand your desire to continue dialogue about the things we have already discussed with you and at considerable length...

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Written by churchwatcher
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 07:07

From Molly Worthen’s Review of Ross Douthat’s Review of Pope Francis (in the Times)

imageThis was Luther’s point (along with a lot of other Reformers):

One might argue that the Catholic hierarchy’s entwinement with state power and wealth from the 4th century until our own time constitutes one long, largely unrepentant heretical act. It is a rebellion against Jesus’...

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Written by D. G. Hart
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 06:55

Cultivating and Attaining Humility

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Humility is a vital characteristic of the Christian life. If we would keep from falling away, and if we desire to have healthy churches, we must cultivate and attain this blessed virtue.

Authors: Mack Tomlinson

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Duration: 2837 secondsSize: 21.66 Mb...

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Written by Mack Tomlinson
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 06:40

Contentment

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Thomas Watson sang the high praises of contentment in his book The Art of Divine Contentment, recently republished by Soli Deo Gloria Publications. He wrote that he didn’t know of any ornament in religion “that doth more bespangle a Christian, or glitter in the eye of God and man, than...

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Written by Meet the Puritans
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 06:11

…Less of Our Hearts (Wilberforce)

image I appreciate the following section of William Wilberforce’s book called “A Practical View of the Prevailing Religious System of Professed Christians, in the Higher and Middle Classes in This Country, Contrasted with Real Christianity.”  I’ve edited it slightly:

True...

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Written by Reformed Reader
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 06:03

05/22/2018

•Voddie Bacham has no time for a sissified version of Jesus
•The majority of Christians don’t believe in evangelism
•Is your child your idol?
•Man-centered church and friendship evangelism
•Dan Steiner of Preborn dot org
•Planned Parenthood is still lying about mammograms and prenatal care
•The central role of coercion in abortion
•Training young men to be fathers is a pro-life task

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Written by joey