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, 15 August 2017 21:00

A Gift of Charity

Nearly ten years ago I wrote four ‘living eulogies’ about people who had influenced my life in ways impossible to measure. These four folks—three men, one woman—were believers who had shaped my thinking, infused me with direction and purpose, inspired me to press on, and...

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Written by Daniel B. Wallace
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 21:00

When You Don’t Have a Prayer

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Last night I went for a walk along the bayou near our street, trying to decompress and straighten out my mind. There, in the humid twilight of a Houston summer night, I found myself in a familiar place: struggling to pray. It’s not that there’s too little to pray about; if anything,...

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Written by Gunner
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 21:00

Do Not Be Discouraged, Dearly Beloved

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Robert Murray M’Cheyne, in one of his pastoral letters, puts his finger in the wound and reveals what is often upon us in our sorrows… we pray for breakthrough, but it may be long time in coming,

"Do not be discouraged, dearly beloved, because God bears long with you- because He does...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 21:00

Protecting Children from Abuse: An Interview

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It happens. We wish it didn’t happen and perhaps even try to pretend it doesn’t happen. But the tragic and undeniable reality is that there is abuse within the church. I recently spoke with Boz Tchividjian to ask some key questions for every Christian and every church.

How prevalent...

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Written by Tim Challies
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 21:00

Sanctification Is a Direction

August 16, 2017 by: David Powlisonimage

Sanctification Is a Lifelong Process

Often our practical view of sanctification, discipleship, and counseling posits a monochromatic answer and takes the short view. If you memorize and call to mind one special Bible verse, will it clean up all the mess?...

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Written by David Powlison
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 20:30

Easy Lies to Believe

A few days ago, our Sunday school lesson was centered on the first chapter of the Westminster Confession and its emphasis on the necessity of Scripture. In discussing how wonderfully God provided for our need to be certain about Him and about salvation, we also spoke about how often we...

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Written by Jared Olivetti
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 20:20

Frustration, Irritation, and the Race Issue: Confessions from the SBC Voices “Brain Trust”

We had a discussion today on our private “editorial board forum.”  That’s a fancy term for our private Facebook group that started out as our Pastors’ Conference advisory board. Now it’s where we gather to solve the world’s problems, talk about sports, and...

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Written by Dave Miller
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 20:00

Liberty Counsel Speaks to Staff at Answers in Genesis

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Our staff members were blessed recently by Mat Staver, the founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, a nonprofit religious freedom group, when he came and spoke during our morning staff meeting. Mat is most well known for representing Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who refused to sign marriage...

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Written by Ken Ham
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 20:00

Mark: Lesson 14

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Mark- Lesson 14

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Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 20:00

Video: Why Does Anything Exist at All? by William Lane Craig

imageDr. William Lane Craig was invited to speak at the Worldview Apologetics Conference hosted at Westminster Chapel in Bellevue, WA in April of 2017.In this lecture, Dr. Craig expounds on Leibniz's contingency argument for why anything at all exists. The presentation is followed by a Q&A session.

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Written by Chad
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 20:00

James on Conflict

The Book of James is an imminently practical book about how Christians ought to live. It revolves around the claim that faith produces works and includes all sorts of topics about what works faith produces. In the 4th chapter James takes on the topic of conflicts. "What is the source of quarrels...

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Written by Winging It
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 20:00

The Lord of the Rings As Christian Fiction

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The key to understanding a work such as The Lord of the Rings is that we cannot try to force it to be something it is not. As we talk about these books, we’re going to be looking at themes and ideas. We’re going to be thinking about how this series of books and those messages that...

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Written by Zak Schmoll
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 20:00

Social Conservatism vs Tribal Nationalism

I’m pleased to publish this guest essay from Dr. Paul D. Miller.

What was social conservatism, and why did evangelicals adopt it as their political creed? What has become of the movement under President Donald J. Trump?

Politically, social conservatism came to mean, above all, opposition to...

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Written by Guest Writer
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 20:00

How to Respond to Alleged Bible Contradictions

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Yesterday, Greg and I hosted a Facebook Live event on the issue of alleged Bible contradictions. Our goal was to equip viewers with some helpful tactics in dealing with the charge that the Bible is full of contradictions. We hope this training session will give you greater confidence in the...

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Written by Tim Barnett
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 19:00

The Tension of Being Young in the Workplace

If you’re a young person in the workplace, you may be feeling a mix of emotions about your work. As exciting and rewarding as your job may be, you likely feel the inherent tensions that come with being the age you are.

In one sense, you’re stoked. Life has just begun…the world is...

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Written by Jessica Schroeder
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 19:00

Fear of God Devotional: Repentance Continues Throughout Our Lives

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Is repentance a one-time act?

Rob Ventura explains in this video that repentance is a change of mind that brings about a change of direction. It is an about-face, a 180-degree turn. One example of repentance comes from the life of the prodigal son, who confessed that he had sinned against God and...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 19:00

The “Elvis” Phenomenon

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Today is the 40th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley. This post from our archives was written by R.C. Sproul and published in the Decemeber 1977 issue ofTabletalk magazine.

Shockwaves of grief went around the world when Rudolf Valentino succumbed to appendicitis at the pinnacle of his...

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Written by R.C. Sproul
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 18:28

My Left Knee: A Heartwarming Story of Creeping Death

Written by: Jared C. Wilson

imageI hyper-extended my left knee playing pickup basketball 21 years ago. At that time it was the worst pain I’d ever experienced. (I have since had a kidney stone, and let me tell you: I’ll take the knee.) One moment I was guarding my man, and in the next,...

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Written by Jared C. Wilson
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 18:00

The Tragic Effect of China's Two-Child Policy: Woman Dies after 4 Forced Abortions

August 16, 2017

China’s strict two-child policy has tragically resulted in the death of a woman who was forced to have four abortions. The Christian Post reports that the woman, identified only as Yueyue, already...

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Written by TBC Staff - EN
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 18:00

Kids Say the Darndest Things (Theology Edition)

I have three children, ages 5, 3, and 9 months. I’m amazed by some of the questions about God that I get from the older two, and in all honesty, sometimes I’m left speechless! Here’s a sampling of some of their more memorable theological questions along with a brief answer for...

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Written by Guest
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 18:00

Loving God with all our faculties

Note: This is a scheduled post.  By the time you read this online I am away and might not have internet access where I’m at.  Feel free to share your comments though I would be delayed in responding.imageA short devotional with two quick questions.

First what part of us as a human person...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 18:00

Unsearchable and Unspeakable

“O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!” (Romans 11:33)

Scientists and philosophers have been able to learn many wonderful things about the universe when they have attempted reverently to...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 18:00

The Four Soils: The Rocky Ground Featured

Just a short drive from the freeways and congestion of Los Angeles you’ll find barren hills and mountains. During the rainy season they suddenly spring to life with luxuriant-looking greenery. But they quickly revert to a parched brown. The green that looked so promising turns into lifeless...

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Written by Grace to You Blog
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 17:29

Save Us, Sententious Johnson

image One of the amazing things about Samuel Johnson’s writing style is his ability to reduce any idea to an aphorism, a fresh little proverb that arises perfectly from the situation in front of him but reaches up to the heaven of abstraction.

Just about any page of Johnson will serve to illustrate...

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Written by Fred Sanders
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 17:03

The Doctrine of Separation Part 2

In The Doctrine of Separation Part 2, Dr. David Innes emphasizes the counterbalance to separation, Christian unity. Fundamentalists are known for separation, but separation must be held in tension with the biblical commands to love one another.

As he begins his message, Dr. Innes notes:

There are two...

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Written by Proclaim and Defend
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 17:01

The Vanishing American Adult – Book Review Featured

imageI typically do not read books from contemporary politicians. Recently I made an exception when a friend who thinks intelligently about culture recommended that I read The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance, by Ben Sasse. A few...

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Written by Eric Davis
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 17:00

My Answers to Questions Asked by a 12-Year-Old Reader

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I really enjoy hearing from readers of my books. But my absolute favorite letters are the ones that come from children and young adults. I’m not able to answer every letter and email and message I receive (though our great EPM staff help me out with their responses to the questions that come...

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Written by Randy Alcorn
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 17:00

On the ‘idle boast’ of having so many New Testament manuscripts

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My post on the topic of the comparative argument for trusting our modern texts of the New Testament produced some good discussion. But one issue that got passed over in the ensuing comments deserves more attention and that is what I want to give it here.

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Written by Peter Gurry
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 17:00

The Ideas Industry

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It must be frustrating for Tom Nichols to have released his book The Death of Expertise and then found, through no fault of his own, that Daniel Drezner was releasing The Ideas Industry: How Pessimists, Partisans and Plutocrats are Transforming the Marketplace of Ideas at the same time. The two...

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Written by Andrew Wilson
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 16:41

Instead of Falling On Your Sword . . .

. . . Swallow it. Here’s how, according to the Scientific American. Lesson One:

Essentially, sword swallowers have to figure out how to carefully align a sword with their upper esophageal sphincter — a ring of muscle at the top end of the throat– and straighten the pharynx,...

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Written by Kevin T. Bauder
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 16:14

Matthew Barrett on the Sufficiency of Scripture

[W]e should not approach the Bible as if it addresses all information in the world. One cannot look up 2 + 2 in the Bible and discover that the answer is 4. The Bible is not an encyclopedia, a dictionary, or a textbook. Nor did God mean for it to be treated in this way. Yet while the Bible does not...

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Written by Kevin T. Bauder
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 16:12

Are Emotions Morally Significant?

Peter Leithart contrasts the answers given by Kant and Aristotle.

 In Aristotelian ethics, the passions aren’t a matter of choice, not in the moment when we experience them. Yet, emotions can be trained. . . . We aren’t responsible for the momentary experience, but we are...

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Written by Kevin T. Bauder
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 16:00

We Must Follow Biblical Methodology—As Well As Theology

(Read Part 9) Order Dr. Andy Woods’ new book, “The Middle East Meltdown.” Welcome to the conclusion of our series regarding the paradigm shift—the change in ministry philosophy—that is taking place throughout the church today. We have come to the ninth and...

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Written by admin
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 15:15

A La Carte (August 16)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a few deals from a few different authors.

Westminster Books has a deal on the flagship ESV Bible.

A Relationship, Not a Religion?

Here’s an argument that you ought to stop saying, “It’s a relationship, not a religion.”

In the Steps of Charles...

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Written by Tim Challies
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 15:05

August 16: William Brenton Greene, Jr., D.D.

Jesus Christ is Lord over All of LIfe

William Brenton Greene, Jr., was born this day, August 16th, in 1854 in Providence, Rhode Island.

imageEducated at the College of New Jersey (Princeton University), and graduating there in 1876. he then worked as a teacher while preparing for the ministry at Princeton...

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Written by archivist
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 15:05

A Beautiful Union For Broken Hearts

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I will never forget my first heart break.

One moment still vividly comes to mind. I curled up on the couch, laid my head in my best friend’s lap, and tears poured for what seemed like hours. The thought struck me then, that I used to lay my head in my parents’ laps when I was scared or...

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Written by Allyson Todd
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 15:00

Does He Know Me?

He calls his own…by name… —John 10:3

When I have sadly misunderstood Him? (see John 20:11-18). It is possible to know all about doctrine and still not know Jesus. A person’s soul is in grave danger when the knowledge of doctrine surpasses Jesus, avoiding intimate touch...

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Written by RSS | My Utmost For His Highest
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 15:00

1 Samuel 7–8; Romans 6; Jeremiah 44; Psalms 20–21

Written by: Don Carson

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WHY PEOPLE ASK FOR SOMETHING is at least as important as what they ask for.

This is true in many domains of life. I know an executive in a midsize corporation who successfully talked his bosses into setting up a new committee....

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Written by Don Carson
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 15:00

Sunday is End-Times Warfare

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Mrs. Spencer sits in her pew, the same one she sits in every week, and takes out her Bible. She knows the time will come when the pastor will announce today’s text. Until then, she waits. The “Welcome” does not really apply to her because the young pastor wants to make the guests...

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Written by Peyton Hill
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 15:00

Ministering to Those Who Mourn, Part 2

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by James Saxman

Republished from Baptist Bulletin April/May 2017 with permission. © Regular Baptist Press, all rights reserved. Read part 1.

Tasks for Mourners

J. William Worden, Harvard professor, identifies four tasks for mourners in his book Grief Counseling and Grief Therapy.Gently helping a...

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Written by Guest
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 14:26

On Pastors Opposing the Alt-Right

I want to be very clear about what is going on under the surface, whether these pastors and Christian leaders know it or not: in letting the media drive their commentaries and phraseology, they are becoming tools of the political narrative.

Let those words sink in. I mean it very...

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Written by C.Jay Engel
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 14:09

Episode 52: Midsummer Night’s Dream, Part 1

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This is technically part 1 of our series on  A Midsummer Night’s Dream, but it also serves as a good primer on all things William Shakespeare, as Brandon leads our heroes through the tangle of what we know about the Bard, what we don’t, and how we should feel about it. Plus, our...

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Written by The Warhorn Editors
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 14:01

Slow Down

AUGUST 16

“We wanted to come to you—even I, Paul, time and again—but Satan hindered us.” -1 THESSALONIANS 2:18

If we will wait patiently before the Lord then He will make us know His will. Almost any mistake can be rectified except presumption and rashness. The flesh is...

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Written by Chip Brogden
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 14:00

Friends Help Friends Grow in the Gospel

Written by: Scotty Smith

I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 13:52

The Charlottesville Fiasco

People are becoming so flakey that they now insist that if I do not speak out concerning the Charlottesville incident I will be considered a “white supremacist” (or perhaps a “black racist”). I do not wish to indulge in fruitless word wrangling with individuals whose minds...

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Written by C.H. Fisher