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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Friday, 19 May 2017 07:37

Three Exhortations to the Newly Married

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These exhortations were given during a time of sharing at the double wedding of Jesse & Lindy, and Austin & Anna in Columbia, Missouri.

Appreciate Your Spouse: You Got the Better End of the Deal by Dan Pentimone

Dan discusses the ongoing conflict that he and his wife have had during...

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Written by James Jennings
Friday, 19 May 2017 07:02

Not Giving Up On A Sinner (Spencer)

image Sometime around the middle of the 19th century, a woman spoke to Rev. Ichabod Spencer about the things of the Christian faith.  After the discussion, the woman was interested in becoming a Christian.  Spencer met with her many times over the next two years.  Over and over Spencer...

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Written by Reformed Reader
Friday, 19 May 2017 06:52

The Open Door: Why summer is my favorite time of the year

Summer, in my mind, is a beautiful word. When I was growing up, summer was the season I cherished the most.

The reason was clear; school is out in the summer. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy school, it’s just that in our home, summer was the season we got to spend more time together....

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Written by J. Robert White
Friday, 19 May 2017 06:48

Good, Bad, and Ugly

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The Good:
5 signs your church might be heading towardprogressive Christianity.
Don’t compromise creationism with any hint of secular science ideology.
Who are thereal Pharisees
What does the Bible teachabout abortion?
The Bad:
Beth Moore continu...

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Written by Glenn E. Chatfield
Friday, 19 May 2017 06:41

Disturbing Reasoning

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Today I came across two examples of disturbing reasoning. I am distinguishing disturbingfrom merely fallacious. Disturbing reasoning deserves its own box, brand, and--ever hopefully--banishment. To reason disturbingly is to make an argument that implicitly accepts a disturbing...

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Written by Ben Holloway
Friday, 19 May 2017 06:40

An Open Letter to Rev. Franklin Graham from a “Small Church” Pastor

Bravo.

Trinity's Portico

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Can I call you Frank? This is just pastor to pastor. Feel free to call me Peter. Anyway, I have to say I was flattered when I learned that your Decision America Tour took a detour off the beaten path to call upon us “small community churches.” We are...

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Written by Jim
Friday, 19 May 2017 06:37

Reading Revelation as Pastiche

This new book’s author says it’s good.

imageScholars have often read the book of Revelation in way that attempts to ascertain which other Old Testament book it most resembles. Instead, we should read it as a combined and imitative text which actively engages the audience through signalling to...

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Written by Jim
Friday, 19 May 2017 06:36

And Me Without My Tinfoil Hat . . .

Let me say at the outset that I am saying nothing one way or the other about the particular circumstances concerning the murder of Seth Rich—other than the obvious fishiness of the thing. I don’t know anywhere near enough to talk about the case itself in any detail. But we do know that...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Friday, 19 May 2017 06:20

At O’Quinn Baptist Church, everybody’s input matters

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A tractor prepares to turn onto a dirt road and enter the cow pasture behind O’Quinn Baptist Church in Screven County. GOOGLE MAPS/Special

SCREVEN — O’Quinn Baptist Church typifies many congregations you’d find in Georgia. Situated in a rural area, a two-lane paved...

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Written by Scott Barkley
Friday, 19 May 2017 05:43

Random Bits


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"I walk through this sinful world as a  pilgrim in a foreign country" - CH Spurgeon
 
I'm not sure if you noticed it, but the world is getting weird. And guess what - it's going to get worse. Accusations, incriminations, and lies are flying faster and faster. Are you dizzy yet? I have survived the...

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Written by Doug Evans
Friday, 19 May 2017 05:41

A TWW Tutorial: How to Figure Out If Your Non-Calvinist or Non-Authoritarian Church Is Being Taken Over

Never put your trust in a leader who lies or obfuscates the truth.

Authors: dee...

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Written by dee
Friday, 19 May 2017 05:20

God Is a Spirit

What do we mean when we confess that God is a Spirit? Watch Dr. Trueman answer in this interview with Third Millennium Ministries.

The post God Is a Spirit appeared first on Westminster Theological Seminary.

Authors: Dan Adams...

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Written by Dan Adams
Friday, 19 May 2017 05:18

An Evolving Foundation

In the modern period, there has been a concerted and, to some extent, successful effort to divorce science from religion, especially from Christianity. As we noted, that effort moved with lightning speed after the introduction of the theory of evolution.

The subject of evolution could occupy...

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Written by Dan Adams
Friday, 19 May 2017 05:18

Anchoring our Teaching in the Central Themes of Scripture

In an interview with Nancy Guthrie, Dr. Lane Tipton elucidates central themes throughout Scripture that converge in the person and work of Christ. “In the Garden of Eden, God was looking to advance Adam and Eve beyond probation, beyond the threat of death, beyond the conflict with the...

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Written by Dan Adams
Friday, 19 May 2017 05:12

More than good deeds

By Diana Davis

PENSACOLA, FL(BP) — Have you noticed? “Doing good” is in style.

It may be called “paying it forward” or community service. Clubs do it to help their community. Universities or businesses may encourage students or employees to do it. Fundraisers,...

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Written by Diana Davis
Friday, 19 May 2017 05:11

The Danger of Hardening your Heart

The danger the title speaks of is the greatest danger that anyone is open to. It is not a danger from any person, or power outside of yourself, but a danger from within you: the danger of hardening your heart against the voice of God. The title comes from Psalm 95: 7-8, and is repeated in the New...

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Written by Allan Murray
Friday, 19 May 2017 04:11

Which of These Crazy Jennifer LeClaire Quotes Did She NOT Say? Featured

The following quotes from Charisma Magazine editor Jennifer LeClaire are all real, except for one that is totally fabricated. Remember, Dr. Michael Brown fully endorses Jennifer LeClaire and has gone to great lengths to protect her from criticism. Have fun guessing, and we hope you don't get...

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Written by Steven Kozar
Friday, 19 May 2017 04:00

If You Don’t Believe in Total Depravity, You’re Just Blind

A couple were arrested after their 15-day-old baby was found in a blood-soaked crib covered in injuries.

Erica Shyrock, 19, and boyfriend, Charles Elliott, 19, were detained on charges of child endangerment and taken into police custody in Magnolia on Sunday.

Bloody rat footprints were visible in the...

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Written by Jim
Friday, 19 May 2017 03:23

Hebrew Roots Teachers Continue To Deceive Christians – This Is Truly A Different Gospel

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Have you been deceived by the “Hebrew Roots” movement?  Don’t feel alone.  Many  Christians have been fooled by this apostasy.  Many believers who truly love Yeshua (Jesus) and the Jewish people, are prime targets to be drawn into the Hebrew Roots movement....

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Written by Geri Ungurean
Friday, 19 May 2017 03:15

From Darkness to Light

The greatest obstacle to learning the truth is to believe you already know it. There are many who are so indoctrinated by their religion that they refuse to abide in God’s Word to know the truth that will set them free. By stubbornly refusing to look to the only reliable source for truth,...

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Written by Proclaiming the Gospel Blog: PTG Blog
Friday, 19 May 2017 03:05

A Lexicon That Could be Quite Useful. IF it Isn’t Tied to Strong’s Concordance

Logos is producing a new lexicon:

Most of the time you look up a Hebrew word you probably don’t want the extreme depth and complication afforded by the top lexicons. Neither do you want to wade through a tight paragraph of tiny print full of abbreviations you don’t use often enough to...

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Written by Jim
Friday, 19 May 2017 03:00

Just Preach the Word

This past Sunday was Mother’s Day.  I preached on The Beauty of Biblical Womanhood from Titus 2:3-5.

Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good,and so train the young women to love their husbands and...

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Written by Adam Blosser
Friday, 19 May 2017 02:52

Another Baptist school to surrender?

Alabama Baptist Convention affiliated Samford University is set to recognize a gay-straight student alliance Samford Together at the recommendation of students and faculty. While not full advocacy of the gay agenda, such an action certainly mutes voices of opposition to the gay lifestyle. Read...

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Written by Jeff Straub
Friday, 19 May 2017 02:35

Just a few rocks, please!

My friend Andrew Snelling, an Aussie geologist and Bible-believing Christian, has been denied a permit to study and collect geological samples from the Grand Canyon, despite the fact that he has received such permission many times in the past. I was a part of a study trip through the Canyon a few...

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Written by Jeff Straub
Friday, 19 May 2017 02:30

This 'n' That

imageOn my desk sits a wooden nutcracker. It is there all year, even though we typically associate nutcrackers with Christmas. I found it this past winter at a local Christmas market, one of those that masquerades as an authentic German Christkindlmarkt, when in reality it's nowhere close. In spite of...

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Written by EBenz
Friday, 19 May 2017 02:28

Every Thought Captive: Why All Theology Must Conform to Christ (with reference to T.F. Torrance)

As expressed in John 1 and Hebrews 1, Jesus Christ is the ultimate and definitive revelation of God because he himself is the Word to which the prophets and apostles, like John the Baptist, were merely witnesses. Thus, when it comes to interpreting Scripture and formulating theology, we cannot...

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Written by Jonathan Kleis
Friday, 19 May 2017 02:17

Married Presbyterian Pastors

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Protestants do not receive nearly the credit they should for seeing 500 years ago what George Weigel recently observed (and it took Hillary Clinton — a Methodist).

First, marriage can be a good thing:

The Church’s unique, Christ-given structure invests great authority in bishops. And...

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Written by D. G. Hart
Friday, 19 May 2017 02:08

Free Stuff Fridays (The Gospel for Life Series)

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This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention which, as you know, also sponsored the blog this week. ERLC has recently released a series of books titled “The Gospel for Life” and they are giving away...

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Written by Tim Challies
Friday, 19 May 2017 02:00

The Truth about American Christianity Islam

Today's guest is Elijah Abraham of Living Oasis Ministries. We discuss the president's visit to the Middle East and what's on the table as he meets with Israeli leaders as well and Palestinian Authority leaders. Will America still defend Israel if they are attacked? What about moving the U.S....

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Friday, 19 May 2017 01:49

Dawkins, Fermat, and Jesus

Missing verse. Jesus said, no three positive integers a, b, and c shall satisfy the equation a^n + b^n = c^n. Now that would be impressive.
Apparently, Dawkins is alluding to Fermat's Last Theorem. Several issues:...
 

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Written by steve
Friday, 19 May 2017 01:47

The Divine Design of Salvation

Once we acknowledge that sin is universal, that it continues in every person from the point of conception on (Ps. 51:5)­—and that it is individual, that it plagues and enslaves me—we begin to see what Christians mean by “salvation.”

Since sin is rebellion against a holy...

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Written by Dan Adams
Friday, 19 May 2017 01:41

The Importance of Latin

«Man hat gemeint, man wird attraktiv, wenn man das Latein abschafft, aber man hat keine neue sakrale Sprache gefunden, sondern ein totes Deutsch. Wen störte das früher, dass man Latein nicht verstand? Das war eine heilige Sprache, ein sakraler Vorgang, an dem man partizipierte. Als...

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Written by Jim
Friday, 19 May 2017 01:11

Which Bible translation is the most reliable?

Dr. James White:

Authors: John Samson...

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Written by John Samson
Friday, 19 May 2017 01:08

A Note on Biography, Theology, and Ad Hominem

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Nietzsche was the master of the ad hominem.

I’ve been thinking about arguments again, but this time with respect to the turn to first-person narratives in the broader internet landscape, and within the online, Evangelical world. One of the persistent features of these sorts of essays is...

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Written by Derek Rishmawy
Friday, 19 May 2017 01:07

Krister Stendahl Working on the Textual Apparatus

Life Magazine (26 Dec 1955) featured an article by Alfred Eisenstaedt on Harvard Divinity School, “Harvard Revival. Back in touch with life of the churches its Divinity School gains a new vigor.” The article includes a curious photo of a group of three scholars working on analyzing...

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Written by Tommy Wasserman
Friday, 19 May 2017 01:04

The Dramatic Story Of Peter Martyr Vermigli

Pope Paul III, however, was not sitting idle in this rapidly changing climate. In 1542, after a failed attempt to conciliate Roman Catholics and Protestants at the Diet of Regensburg, he agreed on renewing the earlier practice of the Roman Inquisition under . . . Continue reading →

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Friday, 19 May 2017 01:01

UPDATE: FREE 360-pg. BOOK - "A Mormon's Unexpected Journey" to Christ (Vol 2)

UPDATE: Im thrilled by the overwhelming response to our free book offer but please remember we have to limit this to one free book per household (USA only). The book is free but we do need a donation to help cover the shipping. Any tax-deductible gift above $3.81 for postage goes directly to help...

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Written by profilesubs
Friday, 19 May 2017 00:17

An Addendum to My Book Review Featured

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I recently wrote up a review of Justin Peters’s book, Do Not Hinder Them: A Biblical Examination of Childhood Conversion. The short book is an excellent, critical treatment evaluating the practice of leading children hastily through a Gospel profession and the waters of baptism.

My review...

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Written by Fredman
Friday, 19 May 2017 00:00

As It Had Been the Face of an Angel – A Commission for God’s Messengers

Authors: R. Albert Mohler Jr.

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Written by R. Albert Mohler Jr.
Friday, 19 May 2017 00:00

Peaceful Fruit of Righteousness

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For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. –Hebrews 12:11 ESV

  Listen to, Teach Your Children Well (Part 4 of 4)

When Scripture tells parents not to...

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Written by TFL
Thursday, 18 May 2017 23:50

Moo on James' and Paul's Use of Genesis 15:6

I think Doug Moo’s explanation of the difference between James’ and Paul’s use of Genesis 15:6 to be helpful.
To borrow a metaphor from the world of photography, Paul uses a telephoto lens to isolate the inherent meaning of the verse whereas James looks at the verse through a...

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Written by BibleX
Thursday, 18 May 2017 23:47

39 Articles—The Rule of Faith (2)

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Henry Jansma
May 19, 2017
False teachers in The Episcopal Church have claimed that “the Holy Spirit is doing a new thing” as their reason for departing from the Bible's unequivocal teaching on same-sex attraction. As Dr. Henry Jansma continues his...

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Written by Henry Jansma
Thursday, 18 May 2017 23:47

39 Articles—The Rule of Faith (2)

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We examined last time how Article 6 of the Thirty-Nine Articles states that the Bible is our sole authority for the source of Christian doctrine. It explained the concept of sola Scriptura and listed the books of the Old and New Testaments. Article 7 further clarifies an Anglican’s "rule of...

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Written by Meet the Puritans