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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Thursday, 23 March 2017 13:25

Fantastic improbability

From Doug Axe:

There's this general confusion over what probabilities mean, and that if...something has a probability and it's not zero, then that means it's not impossible.

Some people want to say, if the probability is not zero, then that means it can happen. What it really means is that if...

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Written by Patrick Chan
Thursday, 23 March 2017 13:09

Genre of the Gospels

From Craig Blomberg (Jesus and the Gospels: An Introduction and Survey, 2nd ed., pp 121-2):

What, then, is encoded in the texts of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John to help us know how to interpret them on the "macro-scale"? Are they unadorned works of history or biography? Are they extended myths?...

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Written by Patrick Chan
Thursday, 23 March 2017 12:00

“When I ask someone if he is saved and he sarcastically says, ‘Saved from what?’ how should I respond?”

He almost has a right to be sarcastic (what Shakespeare called “the lowest form of wit”). As Christians, we should be careful when we use words like “saved,” because they make no sense to an unbeliever. We put up signs proclaiming “Jesus saves,” and wonder why...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Thursday, 23 March 2017 11:12

Close call

In assessing the problem of evil, one consideration is that there's nothing quite like the experience of deliverance from personal calamity or impending calamity. Situations where a person is at the end of his tether. He's run out of options. Threatened by circumstances that leave him in despair....

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Written by steve
Thursday, 23 March 2017 10:48

A Pastor’s Awakening to Freemasonry Featured

James Bell has been shepherding the Lord’s flock as the pastor of Southside Baptist Church in Gallatin, Tennessee for over forty years.  Brother Bell prepared for the ministry by studying God’s word at Truett-McConnell College, Belmont University, and Southwestern Baptist...

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Written by Seth Dunn
Thursday, 23 March 2017 10:26

The Zeitgeist

The Zeitgeist. No pretense. Straight up will to power. Himmler laughs. (HT: Anthony Abides)

Authors: R. Scott Clark...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Thursday, 23 March 2017 10:23

Don’t Be a Cynical Christian

Last night at church, we hosted Hilarious Hair Night in our children’s ministry. I am the one who plans our theme nights, and I’m pretty sure I love them more than anyone. I love getting dressed up in a silly costume or wearing my clothes inside out or going to church in my pjs...

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Written by Melissa
Thursday, 23 March 2017 10:21

Turkey is our friend, Russia is our enemy, and we’ve always been at war with Eastasia. Featured

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In Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, the author presents us with a dystopic future in which a Western Super-state pursues perpetual war and public manipulation through, among other things, the use of omnipresent government surveillance.

Sound familiar?

Those living under...

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Written by FireBreathingChristian
Thursday, 23 March 2017 10:10

Trevin’s Seven

imagePodcasts: 

  • This week, I guested on The Phil Vischer Podcast to discuss This Is Our Time.
  • I answered questions about the Christian Standard Bible for Brave Daily Live.
  • We also released a new episode of Word Matters, answering the question “Does Jesus Expect His Followers To Be...

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Written by Trevin Wax
Thursday, 23 March 2017 10:09

Turretin On The Five Marks Of The Fundamental Articles Of The Christian Religion

XIX. The following things must belong to fundamental articles: (1) that they be catholic, for the things necessary for the salvation of everyone are required for a universal faith (according to the Athanasian Creed “whoever wishes to be saved must above all . . . Continue reading →

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Thursday, 23 March 2017 10:05

Book Review: ‘Church in Hard Places’

imageChurch in Hard Places (CIHP) is a book written by Mez McConnell and Mike McKinley. The subtitle helpfully articulates the burden the book aims to make clear: How the local church brings life to the poor and needy.

Ministry to the poor is nothing new to Mez. Prior to Scotland, he was involved in...

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Written by Erik Raymond
Thursday, 23 March 2017 09:42

Theology on the Go in Summary: Biblical Authority

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Jonathan Master
Mar 23, 2017
We here at Theology on the Go want to help you to help others. Often we are in a conversation with someone on a topic that we know we have seen on Theology on the Go but the podcast and articles are scattered over a...

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Written by Jonathan Master
Thursday, 23 March 2017 09:30

Thoughts on the London Massacre and Q A

imageToday’s Bible Answer Man broadcast includes the following topics:

Hank’s Prologue:

  • Hank shares his thoughts on yesterday’s massacre in London. We now know the perpetrator was fifty-two year old Khalid Masood. Prime Minister Theresa May emphatically pontificated that it would be...

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Written by Christian Research Institute
Thursday, 23 March 2017 09:07

How does the Holy Spirit lead us? Featured

On Facebook last night I'd posted a mini-discernment lesson regarding a tweet Beth Moore had written advocating a process for distilling whether a prompt from the Holy Spirit is legitimate or if it's your own imagination. I wrote the following in response to her tweet:
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Beth Moore is an alleged...

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Written by The End Time
Thursday, 23 March 2017 08:42

Putin – New Boss on the Block

Putin – New Boss on the Block? I suspect he thinks he is. In a previous column I mentioned the interaction between Putin and Netanyahu. Putin informed the Israeli Prime Minister that this wasn’t 500 BC. In other words – despite its rhetoric – Iran wasn’t planning...

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Written by Alf Cengia
Thursday, 23 March 2017 08:42

Fresno, California “Church Calendar” Illustrates Major Paradigm Shift in “Church in America”

Purpose Driven, ecumenism, eastern meditation, the road to Rome, social justice, interspirituality, Chrislam, Oneness, and the New Age. This is the new landscape of church in America. Click image to enlarge. Courtesy of a Lighthouse Trails Reader – from a February 2017 newspaper Share This!

Aut...

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Written by Lighthouse Trails Editors
Thursday, 23 March 2017 08:35

SAL Archive Episode 18 | Chattin' Bout The Church | It's Definition, Purpose Leadership Featured

This episode we spend some time talking all about the church with our friend Paul Greco. We touch on many aspects of it including what The Bible says it is, what it’s supposed to be doing and also the type of leadership structure it’s supposed to have. We hope this helps you in your...

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Written by Adam Staub (Host Of Shine As Lights)
Thursday, 23 March 2017 08:29

Acts 12-13: God strikes Herod; Paul’s mission begins

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1-hour free video lecture on Acts 12-13. The material summarizes much material from Craig’s 4-volume Acts commentary (Baker Academic, 2012-2015).

Authors: Craig Keener...

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Written by Craig Keener
Thursday, 23 March 2017 08:21

What Hath Amsterdam to do with Princeton? (Donny Friederichsen)

In 1898 B.B. Warfield invited the Dutch Reformed theologian Abraham Kuyper to deliver six lectures at Princeton Seminary for the inaugural Stone Lectures. These lectures were eventually bound and printed as Kuyper's Lectures on Calvinism. In these lectures, Kuyper discussed what he believed to be...

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Written by Reformation21 Blog
Thursday, 23 March 2017 07:32

To be firm in your faith Featured

by Mike Ratliff

3 Ἐν σαρκὶ γὰρ περιπατοῦντες οὐ κατὰ σάρκα...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Thursday, 23 March 2017 07:19

NKJV Readers Reference Bible Review

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NKJV Reader’s Reference Bible Review

Scripture interprets Scripture; perhaps you have heard that before and you have wondered how that works out. Sure, there are plenty of reference Bibles on the market; some are end of verse and some are center-column but all of them can leave you wondering...

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Written by msherro
Thursday, 23 March 2017 07:09

When Philadelphia Fans Rooted for Dallas

imageYesterday brought the sad news of Dallas Green’s death. Most of the memories of the manager of the 1980 Phillies’ team go back to his role that year in taking a squad that had so much talent but couldn’t cross the finish line to a pennant or championship. Here is one example.

Bu...

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Written by D. G. Hart
Thursday, 23 March 2017 07:06

And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold.

imageThere’s a terrible truth that needs to be told. This will step on people’s toes and give a blow to egos everywhere, including us who are writing this. The terrible truth is this: Bible believing Christians who are supposed to be united around truth are more divided than Heretics...

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Written by churchwatcher
Thursday, 23 March 2017 07:05

A Fresh Look at The Design Argument for the Existence of God

 by Mike Robinson

 imageWithout a Designer, Where Did the Design of the Cosmos come from?

William Paley was one of the first to offer a form of the Design Argument. He contended that creation and all living organisms are organized; they exhibit an...

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Written by Mike Robinson
Thursday, 23 March 2017 07:04

Episode 71- The Importance of Reading Godly Books in the Christian Life

Welcome to the seventy-first episode of Equipping You in Grace. On today’s episode, Dave Jenkins and James Forbis talk about  the importance of Reading Godly Books in the Christian Life

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • The Great Commandments and the need to read books.
  •  What...

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Written by Dave Jenkins and James Forbis
Thursday, 23 March 2017 07:00

SBC PC: A Video Interview with Jimmy Meek

This year’s SBC Pastor’s Conference is June 11-12 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The conference will feature 12 preachers who all come from average-size SBC churches.  They will be preaching through the book of Philippians over the course of the two day conference.

As you know, the...

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Written by Adam Blosser
Thursday, 23 March 2017 07:00

What Biblical Counseling is NOT: Simply Spiritual

What Biblical Counseling is NOT: Simply Spiritual

At some level all our problems are theological. A more controversial statement cannot be made in the realm of counseling, but it’s a statement that I truly believe. Since we live in God’s world everything about us, our lives and our...

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Written by David Dunham
Thursday, 23 March 2017 06:56

A Fresh Take on The Ontological Argument for the Existence of God

imageOntological Argument for the Existence of God is more than just interesting

by Mike Robinson
 
Do advances in modern physics and cosmology help us address these underlying questions, of why there is something called the universe at all, and why...

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Written by Mike Robinson
Thursday, 23 March 2017 06:28

The Book of Daniel | Session 8 | Daniel 6:1-28 Featured

imageIn Session 8 of the verse-by-verse study of Daniel, Dr. Randy White examines Daniel 6:1-28.

Broadcast Schedule: March 23, 2017 | 7:00 PM Mountain

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Bonus for Club 8 and Club 360 members:

Dr. White is writing a narrative...

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Written by Randy White
Thursday, 23 March 2017 06:02

Six Keys for Better Sermon Preparation

Jason Allen provides some solid advice and encouragement here for the hard work of sermon preparation.

Authors: BibleX...

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Written by BibleX
Thursday, 23 March 2017 05:50

How Does One Effectively Pray as an Ambassador for Christ?

It is a great privilege to answer the call of God to be His ambassadors. Indeed, there is no greater honor then to represent our Holy God by proclaiming His glorious Gospel for the forgiveness of sin. By God's grace we can be a vessel for honor, sanctified, and useful to the Master, prepared for...

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Written by Proclaiming the Gospel Blog: PTG Blog
Thursday, 23 March 2017 05:48

Leaving the NAR Church: Olivia’s story.

Chris Rosebrough “Another pair of eyes opened to the truth of the NAR movement. Yet the infection is spreading…”

https://www.facebook.com/piratechristian/posts/10211655745496435?pnref=story

More from the frightening series about the dangers of the New Apostolic Reformation by Amy...

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Written by churchwatcher
Thursday, 23 March 2017 05:38

The Charles Finney Cornucopia of False Doctrine, Pelagianism Evangelical Manipulation Featured

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Charles G. Finney (1792-1875) was the father of "Revivalism" in America, the most prominent preacher of the Second Great Awakening, and in many ways the father of modern Evangelicalism in America. He is often considered the predecessor of American Evangelists/Revivalists like D.L. Moody, Billy...

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Written by Steven Kozar
Thursday, 23 March 2017 04:58

How To Put Together An Expository Sermon

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In this Expositor Podcast, Dr. Steven J. Lawson breaks down in detail how best to craft an expository sermon.

 

Authors: OnePassion Ministries...

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Written by OnePassion Ministries
Thursday, 23 March 2017 04:54

Renewal and Reformation

In the next chapter, Rod Dreher outlines a modern description of and rationale for the Benedictine order. And in the particulars, he says a number of wise and good things. Dreher sees one of the most essential things. “We need to embed ourselves in stable communities of faith” (Loc....

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Thursday, 23 March 2017 04:52

Love in the Book of Acts

imageHow many times do you think the word love is mentioned in the Book of Acts?  I often use this as a warm up question when teaching about evangelism.  The answers usually range from somewhere in the teens to over 100.

Before you answer, here are a few Acts facts to consider:

  • Acts has 28...

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Written by Eternity Matters
Thursday, 23 March 2017 04:44

Post Tenebras Lux: After 500 Years, Can Reformation Finally Come to the Heart of Roman Catholicism?

No, your eyes do not deceive you. Yes, that is a picture of Martin Luther posted on the right in front of a Catholic Church in Italy in remembrance of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

imageDon’t believe me? Here is a closer look.

As if one picture of Luther were not enough, a...

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Written by Jonathan Kleis
Thursday, 23 March 2017 04:06

Resist the Devil

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The devil is a fallen angel. He is defeated. He is to be resisted. –Alistair Begg

  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? Or maybe you feel a...

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Written by TFL
Thursday, 23 March 2017 04:04

Purpose-Driven Premodernism

I’ve finished reading Rod Dreher’s “The Benedict Option.” In my view, it’s a fine book, one that articulates a theologically faithful response to the West’s cultural moment. I’ll have more thoughts on it later (and a brief review in a forthcoming issue...

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Written by Samuel James
Thursday, 23 March 2017 03:55

Wrath Grace Radio Episode 5 | An Interview with Tony of Hazakim Featured

Join Marrio and Luke as they interview a very special guest, Tony from the legendary Christian Hip Hop group Hazakim. The ensuing discussion touched on such topics as, who Hazakim is, the future of CHH, and the role Wrath and Grace has to play in it. Hardcore CHH heads, Christians interested in the...

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Written by Luke Walker