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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Sunday, 19 March 2017 19:00

Why I Love the Psalms

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At a recent conference, I was asked what my favorite book of the Bible is. My initial reaction was to wonder if that was a bad question. Should we not like all of the Word of God equally? Then I thought that I should cooperate, and I asked myself what book I most often turn to and enjoy. I realized...

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Written by W. Robert Godfrey
Sunday, 19 March 2017 18:48

Why It’s Important to Guard Against Your Presuppositions

image When I was an atheist, I held many presuppositions that tainted the way I investigated the claims of Christianity. I was raised in the Star Trek generation (the original cast, mind you) by an atheist father who was a cop and detective for nearly thirty years before I got hired as a police officer....

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Written by jwallace
Sunday, 19 March 2017 18:39

Quick Thought on the Queen James Bible (LGBT) Part 2

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Earlier I posted “Quick Thought on the Queen James Bible (LGBT) Part 1.”  I found out that our friend Michael Coughlin has blogged about this pro-LGBT Bible version in a post with the witty title “My Rejection of QJV Onlylism.”  From that post I also...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Sunday, 19 March 2017 18:05

Legalism and Salvation Featured

Have you ever been called a legalist? Or perhaps you’ve slapped that label on someone else? It’s a word that gets tossed around with alarming frequency in religious circles—always as a pejorative. But how well do we really understand legalism? Such a stinging indictment...

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Written by Grace to You Blog
Sunday, 19 March 2017 18:01

Building Blocks of Salvation pt 2: The Path Featured

image Charles Dickens’ classic novel, Great Expectations, chronicles a tale of a young, poor boy, named Pip. The little guy is an apprentice blacksmith and has no hope of ever being rich on his own merit. He is fascinated by the genteel society and opulence of the upper crust. His fantasy is to...

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Written by Clint Archer
Sunday, 19 March 2017 18:00

Meet the Puritans Goes to Chile

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Pray for Meet the Puritans editor, Danny Hyde, as he travels and speaks at the second annual Soli Deo Gloria Conference in Santiago, Chile, Thursday, March 23-Saturday, March 25. He will be joining MtPs friends, Lee Gatiss and Mark Jones as they speak on the theme La Reforma Continúa, "The...

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Written by Meet the Puritans
Sunday, 19 March 2017 18:00

Why You Need to Rediscover the Gospel

The gospel is not ultimately about us or how we can improve this world or ourselves. Rather, it’s about Christ.

And it’s not merely about Christ in general or what he can do for us in the here and now. Rather, it is about what he did during a particular time when Tiberius was reigning as...

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Written by wpengine
Sunday, 19 March 2017 18:00

Statement of Christ's Purpose

“For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.” (John 13:15)

Schools, businesses, and institutions are all well-advised to develop and live by a “statement of purpose” if they are to be successful, evaluating each activity by its effectiveness in...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Sunday, 19 March 2017 17:03

Don’t Twist the Scriptures

Thomas Overmiller

Many claim to be Bible teachers. They claim to teach the Word of God accurately. But before you believe them, ask whether they are twisting the scriptures to their own advantage. That’s what Peter says at the close of his last letter to the churches.

And account that the...

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Written by Thomas Overmiller
Sunday, 19 March 2017 17:00

Addressing the Problem of Evil and Suffering in a Moral Philosophy Class

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I’ve long believed that in light of the great number of young people who reject their faith as college students or young adults, we need to ask ourselves two questions: What are we doing to help nominally Christian young people come to a true faith in Christ? And what are we doing to help...

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Written by Randy Alcorn
Sunday, 19 March 2017 16:33

The Council of Google Plus : Episode 5 Featured

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In this edition of the Council of Google Plus, we discuss evolution between Matt Slick, Anthony Silvestro, and Gen. Han Solo.

The post The Council of Google Plus : Episode 5 appeared first on Bible Thumping Wingnut.

Authors: Duane Vincent Lancon Jr

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Written by Duane Vincent Lancon Jr
Sunday, 19 March 2017 16:01

10 Ways to Strengthen the Partnership between Home and Church

A strong partnership between the home and the church is essential in helping develop young disciples.  Children’s Ministry in general, and especially Sunday School, is one format of discipleship that offers a unique opportunity to bring the joy of the gospel to the younger...

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Written by Paul Tautges
Sunday, 19 March 2017 16:00

Thomas Aquinas’s Virtue Ethics

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My new book, Commentary on Thomas Aquinas’s Virtue Ethics,is coming out from Cambridge University Press on April 30, and you can preorder right here.  I wish the cover design were finished, because the cover image is lovely (nope, it’s not the one above).

By the way, my...

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Written by jbudziszewski
Sunday, 19 March 2017 15:50

03/20/17 Markers for the Nations

READING: Joshua 4-6, Luke 1:1-20

“So these stones shall become a memorial to the sons of Israel forever.”

Joshua 4:7

“When your children ask, ‘What do these stones mean?'” Joshua said, “you can tell them that Israel crossed the Jordan River on dry ground....

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Written by Chuck Lawless
Sunday, 19 March 2017 15:30

Links For The Church (3/20)

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So I Quit Drinking

This piece by Sarah Bessey tells the story of her journey with alcohol. But more than that, she makes an encouraging appeal to find a new appreciation for godly conviction. 

10 Things I Did Not Do that Improved My Congregation's Singing

Less is more in Scott Connell's helpful...

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Written by Staff
Sunday, 19 March 2017 15:11

Preaching the Ten Commandments

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When I preach through the Ten Commandments, each sermon has four points, because each commandment does four things at once.

First, each of the Ten Commandments is revelation. Each one gives us an insight into the character of God. For example, what kind of amazing Person would say to us, “You...

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Written by Ray Ortlund
Sunday, 19 March 2017 15:05

March 20: Colfax Center Presbyterian Church (org. 1871)

The Flagship Church of the German-language Synod of the West by Rev. David T. Myers

For fifty years, Second Presbyterian Church of Grundy County, Iowa, was the “flagship” church of the Presbyterian Church USA in their Synod of the West. Back in 1871, two Presbyterian men, Poppe Meints...

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Written by davidtmyers
Sunday, 19 March 2017 15:05

Equality, Inequality and the Transgender Revolution Featured

The word “equality” is thrown around all the time in our politically correct culture. “Fairness” is another such term which we hear constantly. But sadly there is a lot of fuzzy thinking as to what these terms actually mean. That is certainly the case with the homosexual and...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Sunday, 19 March 2017 15:01

Bestest Fellas with Stephen Altrogge

Fresh back from spring break, Jason Hinrichs interviews Stephen Altrogge of Only the Good Stuff. Jason and Stephen talk bourbon, movies, giving up on life, and edgy comedy. // Song of the Week: How Long (Love Constraining to Obedience) by Pacific Gold.

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Written by Collective Cast
Sunday, 19 March 2017 15:00

Friendship with God

Shall I hide from Abraham what I am doing…? —Genesis 18:17

The Delights of His Friendship. Genesis 18 brings out the delight of true friendship with God, as compared with simply feeling His presence occasionally in prayer. This friendship means being so intimately in touch with God that...

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Written by RSS | My Utmost For His Highest
Sunday, 19 March 2017 15:00

Exodus 31; John 10; Proverbs 7; Galatians 6

Exodus 31; John 10; Proverbs 7; Galatians 6

IN THE EXTENDED METAPHOR of the shepherd in John 10, Jesus keeps revising the dimensions and application of the metaphor as he drives home a variety of points, a few of which we may pick up.

(1) For the biblically literate, it would be difficult not to...

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Written by Don Carson
Sunday, 19 March 2017 15:00

10 Reasons Pastors and Staff Have Conflict

Since the Garden of Eden, the enemy has tried to divide the people of God. It happens in marriages, families, churches . . . and church staffs. In my work of interviewing pastors and staff in church consultations, here are several reasons for that division and conflict:

  1. Nobody set clear expectations...

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Written by Chuck Lawless
Sunday, 19 March 2017 15:00

Tale As Old As Time

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“Tale as old as time, tune as old as song, bitter sweet and strange, finding you can change, learning you were wrong, certain as the sun, rising in the east, tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme, beauty and the beast.” –Mrs. Potts

Not many stories have impacted me the same way...

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Written by Allyson Todd
Sunday, 19 March 2017 15:00

Jesus and Power Over the Demons (Mark 3:7-19)

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Read the rest of the series.

The Pharisees are seeking to kill Jesus, but the demons confess Him as the Son of God. This is a great irony of the Gospels. The leaders who ought to recognize him hate Him. The fallen angels who should hate Him bow before Him. Meanwhile, the people who should gladly...

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Written by TylerR
Sunday, 19 March 2017 14:33

Crucified AS Us

The sooner we stop trying to crucify ourselves, the sooner we can boast in the finished work of the Cross and actually witness the evidence of it in our lives.

The post Crucified AS Us appeared first on ChipBrogden.com.

Authors: Chip Brogden...

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Written by Chip Brogden
Sunday, 19 March 2017 14:03

Cancer, A Wedding, and Questions.

On Friday, Teresa and I were able to witness the wedding of Bill and Daphne.  It was a joyful occasion.  We have connected with them more and more since my diagnosis, as we now have something in common with them. They both have dealt with cancer in their lives, both losing their...

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Written by One Christian Dad
Sunday, 19 March 2017 13:56

The Pursuing, Persistent, Persuasive Love of Jesus

     Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.Rev. 3:19-20 ESV

Lord Jesus, every day we have the privilege of living...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Sunday, 19 March 2017 13:25

Polemics Term: Hit Piece Featured

It is not uncommon for a polemics website or publication to post an article that is characterized as a “Hit Piece” by those who don’t like the article. Clarifying what is and is not a “Hit Piece” is important.

WHAT IS A “HIT PIECE”?

A Hit Piece, according to U...

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Written by JD Hall
Sunday, 19 March 2017 13:00

Episode 6: On Pastoring Singles

We just released a Journal with close to 20 articles on Pastoring Singles. Because the Journal was Mark’s idea in the first place, Jonathan sat down with him to ask questions on the topic. (Listen here on iTunes.)

SHOW NOTES:

– Why a Journal on singles? (0:40)

– What are...

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Written by Alex Duke
Sunday, 19 March 2017 13:00

Single Pastors, Biblical Counseling, and the Local Church

 Recently, a young, single man who was beginning his first pastoral position contacted me. He wanted to know my thoughts on how an unmarried pastor could build a constructive counseling ministry in the context of a local church.

I don’t consider myself to be an expert on this topic, but...

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Written by Alex Duke
Sunday, 19 March 2017 12:49

Weekend Edition: Not Everything is a Gospel Issue Featured

The weekend edition of Polelmics Repot, as heard on AM and FM radio. Two topics are included; first is that not everything is a Gospel issue and secondly, what is and what is not a Pharisee.

As always, you can listen on SermonAudioor iTunes, or you can click to listen below.

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Written by JD Hall
Sunday, 19 March 2017 12:00

When morality becomes subjective.

This is the result of a nation that forsakes God’s Law. Morality becomes subjective. The only answer is the power of the gospel changing the heart of the sinner so that he will want to do what is right in God’s eyes.

“How did the evangelical movement get so far off track? I...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Sunday, 19 March 2017 10:57

How to Grow in Grace: Step Seven

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In my last blog, I said that the Christian vision of change is rooted fundamentally in a relationship, not a discipline, technique or even thinking positive thoughts about your new standing in Christ. It means RELATING to Christ on the basis of what he has done for you.

We could spend a good bit of...

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Written by Tim Lane
Sunday, 19 March 2017 10:40

Did Paul Prefer Singleness?

The difference between Roman Catholics and Protestants, at least in the United States, is quite remarkable. In Roman Catholicism, one can’t be a priest unless one is single, but in Protestantism (at least in most circles in the United States), it is difficult to become the preaching pastor,...

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Written by Alex Duke
Sunday, 19 March 2017 10:23

Christian News Weekly Recap March 13 – 18, 2017

Christian News Weekly Recap March 13 – March 18, 2017 This is a recap of the past week’s news items from our Christian News Section. Monday March 13, 2017 Houston Man Pleads for Wife Detained in China UK Health Workers Told to Discuss Faith With Dying Patients Esther and...

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Written by Alesia Cengia
Sunday, 19 March 2017 10:10

The Benedict Option: Good Strategy, Bad Posture

imageFor several years now, Rod Dreher, a writer and friend whose books I’ve enjoyed, has advocated “The Benedict Option” as a strategy for faithful Christians in a post-Christian world. This month, Dreher’s new book defines the term and lays out his strategy.

What Is the Benedict...

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Written by Trevin Wax
Sunday, 19 March 2017 10:09

How Did Paul Pastor Singles?

It may come as a surprise that Paul actually has a lot to say about Christians who are unmarried and how they should view their unmarried life. Paul zeroes in on the topic in 1 Corinthians 7 in answer to some questions the Corinthian Christians had written him on marriage, singleness, and divorce....

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Written by Alex Duke
Sunday, 19 March 2017 10:08

Pastoring Discontented Singles

Let’s attempt an experiment in discourse, shall we? You may recognize a few of the following statements from the chatter of your own social circles.

“Isn’t she just the sweetest thing? How on earth is she still single?”

“He’s single, but he still has great...

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Written by Alex Duke
Sunday, 19 March 2017 10:06

9 Ways to Pastor Those Longing for Marriage

Shepherding single Christians who desire marriage and battle discontentment is not always easy, but it is a privilege. And it is a stewardship entrusted to every pastor.

Here are nine things to teach and emphasize to discontented singles in your church.

1. “Contentment is demanded of all...

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Written by Alex Duke
Sunday, 19 March 2017 10:06

A Gospel-Centered Framework for Ministering to Lonely People

I meet regularly with an unmarried Christian man (let’s call him Martin) in his mid-forties who was for years a full-time drug addict, with its attendant life of theft, unhealthiness, and untrustworthiness. Since he came to Christ, he’s undergone a gospel-driven metamorphosis, and...

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Written by Alex Duke