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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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 10:05

We Need More “Parlour Preachers”

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Do you have a burden for people to know and love Jesus more? If you are a Christian the answer here is certainly, “yes.” This is the great cry of our hearts. Though, we admit, the cry is often muffled and not attended with appropriate zeal. For a host of reasons, we find...

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Written by Erik Raymond
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 09:47

Christian suffering Featured

by Mike Ratliff

35 James and John, the two sons of Zebedee, *came up to Jesus, saying, “Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask of You.” 36 And He said to them, “What do you want Me to do for you?” 37 They said to Him, “Grant that we may sit, one on Your right...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 09:13

“A Possible Problem with Your reasoning”

imageI am in the middle of several things right now, but I had the idea of rehearsing an interchange with some CT’s recently and adding a few reflections.  I think it typifies what I tend to run into when trying to communicate my reservations about CT.  I kick it off with a remark made...

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Written by Paul Henebury
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 08:23

A Mega Dividing Line with 50 Minutes of Open Phones

Too many topics to even start to list, but mainly in the opening I discussed the upcoming debates in South Dakota and London, then discussed a meme Ijaz Ahmad posted over the weekend, and then read all of William Lane Craig’s answer to a very insightful question sent to him.  Then we...

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Written by James White
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 08:21

Dr. John MacArthur on N.T. Wright

image The following is a transcript from part of Dr. John MacArthur’s message “The Nonnegotiable Gospel” at the 2017 Ligonier National Conference.

“N.T. Wright has written hundreds and hundreds of pages on the gospel, and the more you read of it, the less you understand what he...

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Written by John Samson
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 07:15

What You Probably Were Not Told About Charles Darwin

Article: What Your Biology Teacher Didn’t Tell You About Charles Darwin by Phil Moore (original source here)

Phil Moore leads Everyday Church in London. He also serves as a Bible teacher and evangelist within the Newfrontiers family of churches. He is the author of the Straight to the Heart...

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Written by John Samson
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 07:07

Three Days and Three Nights

image Article by TurretinFan: Three Days and Three Nights – Hebrew Idiom for Three Consecutive Calendar Days (original source here)

Jonah’s use of “three days and three nights” repeated by Jesus in prophesying his own death, burial, and resurrection has led to some confusion. As...

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Written by John Samson
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 06:55

Riggan’s rigor: Remembering the remarkable life of George W. Riggan

In 1879, Crawford H. Toy resigned his position as Southern Seminary’s professor of Old Testament due to conflict between his views on biblical inspiration and the institution’s confessional statement, the Abstract of Principles. Toy’s departure — necessary to preserve the...

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Written by Adam Winters
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 06:07

3 Questions with Raleigh Sadler

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3 Questions with Richard Lee, Director of church mobilization, International Justice Mission

1) All injustice should be resisted, but what injustice is the evangelical church best equipped to address?

As you look at Scripture passages like Micah 6, Isaiah 58, and Luke 10, it becomes pretty clear that...

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Written by SBTS Communications
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 06:00

Episode 79- The Importance and Necessity of Church Discipline

Welcome to the seventy-ninth episode of Equipping You in Grace. On today’s episode, Dave Jenkins and James Forbis discuss the importance and necessity of church discipline.

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • What church discipline is.
  • What the Bible teaches about church discipline.
  • The...

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Written by Dave Jenkins and James Forbis
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 05:56

Bible Study for April 23: Life in Christ

Luke 9:18-26
Bucky Kennedy, evangelist

“The fact is, only one person ever lived the Christian life; it was Jesus, and He did so to the pleasure and glory of His Father.” ~ Luke 3:21-22; 9:28-35

Having fleshed out the perfect life in undeviating obedience to the will of God, ‘He...

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Written by Bucky Kennedy
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 05:53

Stop Doubting God

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Silverio Gonzalez:

Behind the smiling faces at church, the bombastic claims shouted from pulpits, and the religious zeal for a political ideology masked as “the Christian worldview,” lurks doubt. Doubt plagues even people who seem most confident. Doubt captures minds that dare to think....

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Written by Peter Cockrell
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 05:41

Can Fairy Tales Do More than the Holy Spirit?

imageAs much as I live and breathe and have my being in conservative circles in the United States, I cannot understand how conservatives who are Christians can write so cheerfully about virtue and what it takes to cultivate it:

Mere instruction in morality is not sufficient to nurture the virtues. It...

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Written by D. G. Hart
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 05:30

Book Reviews: ‘Revitalize’;‘Exalting Jesus in Hebrews’;‘The Way of the Righteous in the Muck of Life’;‘Christ Alone’

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Revitalize: Biblical Keys to Helping Your Church Come Alive Again by Andrew M. Davis(Baker Books 2017, $15.99)

Review by S. Craig Sanders

Church revitalization is a trending topic in American evangelicalism and it’s no surprise why — thousands of churches close their doors each year and...

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Written by S. Craig Sanders, Annie Corser
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 05:18

Of First Importance: The Priority of the Cross and the Empty Tomb

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Al Mohler:

The Christian faith is not a mere collection of doctrines — a bag of truths. Christianity is a comprehensive truth claim that encompasses every aspect of revealed doctrine, but is centered in the gospel of Jesus Christ. And, as the apostolic preaching makes clear, the gospel is the...

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Written by Peter Cockrell
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 05:06

Nuggets from An Urgent Call to a Serious Faith by Dave Hunt - But How May We Love HIm?

April 19, 2017
Nuggets from “ An Urgent Call to a Serious Faith ” by Dave Hunt – But How May We Love Him? To love God with our whole heart and our neighbors as ourselves is not something we can...

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Written by tbc staff - bl
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 05:03

OOPS, RETRY: 4-page PROFILE: What religion claims Jesus already returned?

OOPS, RETRY: Did you already get this? Apparently, many or most of you never received your copy of our latest four-page Profile that I emailed back on April 5. I apologize for that. I dont know what went wrong. In case you missed it, here it is again. Good afternoon , What religion teaches...

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Written by profilesubs
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 04:57

The Trinity is the Foundation for Math, Unity, and Truth

By Mike Robinson
imageThe Trinity is the ground for math and science
There are three persons in the Godhead: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit and these three are one God; the same in substance, equal in power and glory (Westminster Shorter...

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Written by Mike Robinson
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 04:54

God has All the Proof: Atheism Devoid of Proof

Atheism Lacks the Goods: It has No Proof

Mike Robinson
 imageAtheism no only has no proof, logically it cannot have any.
Some people speak as if we were not justified in rejecting a theological doctrine unless we can prove it false. But the burden of proof does not lie upon the rejecter.... If...

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Written by Mike Robinson
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 04:41

Contentment is Found in Christ Alone

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What is contentment? Contentment is being fully satisfied in our soul, it is an idea of complete sufficiency. It is used in reference to God, in His self sufficiency and needing nothing. You could say it is coming to a state of being that is independent of external circumstances. In other words, it...

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Written by Jesse Barrington
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 04:27

The Spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ

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“The Spirit’s coming inaugurates a communion with Christ in which the Spirit who dwelt on Christ now dwells on and in believers… The coming of the Spirit is the equivalent of the indwelling of Jesus…

Having the Spirit is the equivalent, indeed the...

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Written by john_hendryx
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 04:17

A Few Writing Tips

image Some tips on writing that I posted on a friend’s blog back in 2010, but which have gone missing from the internet since then. Lightly revised and updated, they still represent my best advice about the craft of writing.

1. Read for craft. Once you’ve got it in your head that you want to...

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Written by Fred Sanders
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 04:03

Benedict or Billy?

In the next chapter of The Benedict Option, Dreher makes a number of shrewd observations about the role of community in resisting the encroachments of the Leviathan state. What Hillary Clinton famously said in promotion of that devouring Leviathan turns out actually to be true in another...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 04:00

Christian Joy is Anchored to Facts

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Christian joy is anchored in the facts of the faith. –Alistair Begg

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In this fallen world, pain is inevitable. So, what’s the secret to maintaining our joy even in our suffering? On Truth For Life, Alistair Begg explains the answer as we continue...

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Written by TFL
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 03:55

Concerning the Covenants

Concerning the Covenants [De Foederibus]

The old covenant or testament was established in accordance with the righteousness of God through the Law, so that the righteousness of God might be vindicated from the false accusations of men; so that men would be inexcusable, guilty, and convicted by the...

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Written by Jordan Ballor
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 03:47

If You’re in The United Kingdom, Anywhere at All…

You should attend this because it will be, literally, the worst thing you will ever attend. Think of it. Nothing you ever do the rest of your life will be worse!

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Filed under: Conferences

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Written by Jim
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 03:37

Help! My Friend Is Reading a Dangerous Book Featured

A question was asked at our Bible Discussion Group on how to sensitively approach someone who is in a false religion in order to open discussion as to the truth. This same question has been asked of me personally regarding how to approach a friend whom you see carrying around a book by a false...

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Written by The End Time
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 03:22

The Great Eucatastrophe

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J.R.R. Tolkien was a philologist in the fullest sense of the word. Words were his livelihood, and one of his great loves. When it came to language, Tolkien was a consummate perfectionist, yet he was always able to find joy, satisfaction, and humor in his work with languages. Although Tolkien is...

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Written by Sam Schuldheisz
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 03:10

"Whose Dwelling Is Not With Flesh" -- Daniel 2:1-24

The Fourth in a Series of Sermons on the Book of Daniel

The mood in the Babylonian court has completely changed between the time Nebuchadnezzar claimed the throne in 605 BC, and the scene which unfolds in Daniel chapter 2.  In the opening chapter of his prophecy, Daniel describes Nebuchadnezzar...

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Written by Kim Riddlebarger
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 03:05

(BCP) Message: “The Reality of the Risen Jesus” (Luke 24:36-49) - Bellator Christi

Join us for this special Easter message delivered by Pastor Brian Chilton at Huntsville Baptist Church. Today, Brian discusses the reality of the risen Jesus and the impact that it made on his disciples. The impact from the resurrection of Jesus is still felt today by those who have come to know...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 03:00

April 18, 2017 Show with Michael Haykin on "To the Ends of the Earth: Calvin's Missional Vision Legacy"

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April 18, 2017:

Michael Haykin Professor of Church History & Biblical Spirituality & Director of The Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY, who will address: “To the Ends of the Earth: CALVIN’s Missional Vision...

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Written by Eric Nielsen
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 03:00

April 19, 2017 Show with C. Michael McMahon on “The Calling of the Ministry”

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April 19, 2017:

DR. C. MATTHEW McMAHON, founder of A Puritan’s Mind, who will address: “The CALLING of the MINISTRY”

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Authors: Eric Nielsen

Duration: 7175 secondsSize: 41.06 Mb...

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Written by Eric Nielsen
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 02:52

OTC #8: No Fellowship? Here’s 7 Ways to Deal With It

Can we trust God to bring the right people into our life? Hopefully we will learn sooner, rather than later, than whenever we go out and try to “make something happen” we tend to make a mess of things.

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Written by Chip Brogden
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 02:47

Doddridge on being a minister

Philip Doddridge, D.D., in Lectures on Preaching and the Several Branches of the Ministerial Office, 1808, Boston. The lectures were not published until after Doddridge had died. A short biography may be found here. Dr. Doddridge begins his lectures with 13 general comments about how one can...

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Written by memoirandremains
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 02:36

Where Am I?

We’ve been gone for a few days, having left home at 0700 Sunday and returned right at midnight last night.  Went 8.5 hrs east to observe the celebrations at the National Museum of the USAF honoring the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Tokyo Raid.
So now I’m a wee bit behind on lots...

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Written by Glenn E. Chatfield
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 02:10

Alistair Begg on Anxiety

Alistair Begg spoke at Dallas Theological Seminary on January 25, 2017. The topic was dealing with anxiety and Alistair focused on 1 Peter 5:7, "Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you."

Authors: TFL...

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Written by TFL
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 02:06

Warning: Don’t Let Conferences Cause You to Despise Your Church

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God has sovereignly placed you in your local church and given you the pastors you have. He has given you the people in your fellowship and they have imperfections, just as you do. Yet those weaknesses that you see in your local church can be the very things God is using to conform you to the image...

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Written by Jesse Barrington
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 02:00

How Deep The Father’s Love For Us (Bonfire at FC2017)

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This is a brief clip of singing and fellowship from the bonfire that is held on Friday night during the Fellowship Conference. The name of the conference implies exactly what it should, that there is a lot of fellowship that takes place during the weekend. Rather than have four sermons a...

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Written by James Jennings
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 01:49

Putting Down My Inner Polemicist

I’m not a pastor, but this post by Kevin DeYoung hit me where it hurts. For the sake of clarity, “polemics” in the sense that DeYoung is using here refer to a particular mode of engaging ideas critically, with a goal of correcting bad ideas. While polemics qua polemics are...

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Written by Samuel James
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 01:42

“The Form of God”: Philo and Paul

An interesting passage in Philo of Alexandria, Embassy to Gaius (110-14) casts possible light on Paul’s reference to Christ as “being in the form of God/a god” (ἐν μορφῇ θεοῦ...

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Written by larryhurtado