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, 22 June 2017 02:10

Countdown to Reformation Day: Justification and Justice

I had an extraordinary experience in my junior year of college when I was a student at the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France. Already enthralled by the world-affirming aspects of Reformation theology, I was amazed at the cultural impact of the Reformation. While the rise...

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Written by Michael Horton
Thursday, 22 June 2017 01:46

Hitler’s Plan to Replace Christianity with a “New” Christianity

Hitler’s Plan to Replace Christianity with a “New” Christianity

By Tony Pearce (excerpt from The Messiah Factor) Those who blame God for the Nazi Holocaust should note that the roots of the Nazi ideology lay in a definite rejection, indeed a bitter hatred of not just Judaism, but...

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Written by Lighthouse Trails author
Thursday, 22 June 2017 00:44

So how did Vermeer do it...

(HT to Kelly R.) Fascinating. Vermeer was (merely?) a perfectionist tinkerer. Andrew Henry, meet Tim Jenison. (Actually, though, I'm guessing you already know all about it.) 

If you're an odd man who prefers to read, here's an article.

Author...

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Written by Tim Bayly
Thursday, 22 June 2017 00:30

Unitarian body-snatchers

Continuing my response to a hapless unitarian:
Given that these beings are called gods, and they were called “god” by Yahweh, the word of God came (γνε...

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Written by steve
Thursday, 22 June 2017 00:27

Movie Review: Autistic Driving School Featured

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I published this on The Quiet Life, my personal blog, earlier. But with so much negative news out there, such ugly discernment fighting, so much false teaching, dispiriting politics, and just general hate, I thought a breath of fresh air was needed, and I'd post this here too. Because it's...

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Written by The End Time
Thursday, 22 June 2017 00:16

Responses (1): quoting Revelation's warning was over the top...

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I am wary of suggesting (much less actually stating) what [Bayly] did at the end of the article, equating what was done to editing and changing the word of God in presumably a damnable fashion. This particular paragraph is what I have in mind:

"Denny Burk should warn the...

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Written by Tim Bayly
Thursday, 22 June 2017 00:00

Bible study: the importance of truth in religion

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Here’s an interesting passage of the Bible. What do you all think the practical value of this passage is?

1 In the second year of his reign, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; his mind was troubled and he could not sleep.

2 So the king summoned the magicians, enchanters,...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 23:59

Sandra McKown retires after 60 years as Beulah Baptist Douglasville organist

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Sandra McKown retired on June 11 after 60 years of service as organist at Beulah Baptist Church in Douglasville. Pictured at the anniversary recognition are, left to right, Sandra and her husband, Donald, and Worship and Operations Pastor Terry Pearman. BBC/Special

DOUGLASVILLE — The year was...

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Written by Joe Westbury
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 23:40

Join Ken Ham in Brisbane, Australia, for Re-Engage Conference 2017

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I try to make the (very long!) trip back to my home country of Australia at least once every year. Well, I’m excited to be heading back this fall (or, rather, this spring in Australia) to speak at the Re-Engage Conference 2017 taking place near Brisbane, Australia, November 25, 2017. This...

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Written by Ken Ham
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 23:30

God Is . . .

June 22, 2017 by: Mark Jones

We Cannot Know God Fully . . .

God is spirit, triune, infinite, holy, unchangeable, love. The true and living God is too much for us to handle, to know, to trust, to understand, to worship. The incomprehensible one is simply too much for us.

. . . Yet We Can Know...

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Written by Mark Jones
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 23:14

Teaching Specific Skills

Maryellen Weimer has a good post here on teaching specific skills to students. Much, if not all, of this also applies to discipleship.

Authors: BibleX...

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Written by BibleX
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 23:00

Why the Book of Psalms Is for You

June 22, 2017 by: Dane C. Ortlund

The Psalms Speak to Our Humanness

The Psalms are not written for the experts. They’re written for ordinary Christians leading ordinary lives—lives that are marked by depression, discouragement, despair, frustration, or maybe even numbness toward...

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Written by Dane C. Ortlund
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 23:00

God Is Watching – 1 Timothy 6:13-16

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Authors: Pastor Ricky Kurth

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Written by Pastor Ricky Kurth
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 22:55

Outer darkness

Jesus uses "outer darkness" (Mt 8:12; 22:13; 25:30) as one of the images for hell. What is that image supposed to conjure in the minds of readers?
The light/darkness, inside/outside contrast may trade on the metaphor of a fortified city. If you arrive after the city gates close at night, you will be...

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Written by steve
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 22:41

Do Christians Believe Simply Because They Were Raised In A Christian Environment? (Podcast)

In this blast from the past, J. Warner responds to a common atheistic claim: Skeptics argue that Christians believe Christianity is true simply because they were raised in a Christian culture. If believers were raised in a Muslim culture (according to the skeptics), they would believe that Islam is...

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Written by jwallace
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 22:00

[Common Places] Sanctification: “This Is to Preach Christ”

Our current series, Sanctification, looks at elements of theforthcoming volume by Michael Allen in the New Studies in Dogmatics series.

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In the year 413, Augustine wrote a small work entitled “On Faith and Works” (De fide et operibus). He responded to some men who...

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Written by Michael Allen
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 21:58

Prata's Place/Graceful Garlands 20: Good Gift

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Authors: The End Time...

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Written by The End Time
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 21:49

The Cost of Leadership (Nick Kennicott)

In the business world, there's regular talk of building the right team and how to woo the right people in order to steer the ship when current commitments seem to be hindering production. With the right relationships and the right amount of money, business gurus tell us that it's possible to put...

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Written by Reformation21 Blog
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 21:43

Counseling with the Old Testament

When people ask me what I teach at Puritan Reformed Seminary, they usually look deeply puzzled when I say, “Biblical Counseling, Hebrew Exegesis, Leadership, Ministry, and Preaching.”

“Biblical Counseling AND Old Testament exegesis?” is often the eye-brow raising...

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Written by David Murray
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 21:35

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Blogs

How This Millennial Learned That Any Job Is Better Than No Job“ Many young people are told over and over again to ‘Follow your dreams.’ But that’s often a one-way ticket to poverty, wasted time, and entitlement.”

Faithfulness at the Photocopier: How Little Acts...

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Written by David Murray
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 21:22

Roman Catholics and their Queen, part 2 Featured

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The Mary of Roman Catholicism is a late 4th century novelty, unrelated to the Mary of the Bible.

Semper Reformanda Radio recently produced a series of five podcasts on the Roman Catholic view of Mary under the title Roman Catholics and their Queen. The purpose of this blog series is to provide the...

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Written by Timothy F. Kauffman
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 21:16

Lady Jane Grey and a Letter that Shocked Victorians

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Simonetta Carr
Jun 22, 2017
By the 19th century, the story of Lady Jane Grey, the young queen who succeeded Edward VI for less than two weeks, had already been heavily fictionalized, romanticized, politicized, and reinvented. The famous painting by...

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Written by Simonetta Carr
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 21:08

Assaults on Religious Liberty and Free Speech

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Europe and the Middle East have been ravaged by Islamic terrorism with attacks coming on almost a daily basis.  All the while citizens yell “What can the government do about it?”  In Europe, under pressure from governments, social media organizations like Google, Facebook,...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 21:05

What Calvin Wrote to Sadolet He Could Write today to the Emergents

For instance:

“[Your] zeal for heavenly life [is] a zeal which keeps a man entirely devoted to himself, and does not, even by one expression, arouse him to sanctify the name of God.”

The correspondence of these two can be read, in English, here.

Filed under: Modern Culture

Authors: Jim...

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Written by Jim
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 21:00

Marriage God’s Way

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Most Christian books on marriage today don’t have much Scripture in them. Not this one. It is saturated with the Word of God. If you want a book that is built on the foundation of exposition of Scripture, this book is for you. While Scott offers many practical insights, they are all...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 21:00

How To Distinguish True Zeal from False Zeal

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I fear there is a plague of complacency among Christians today. Whatever happened to zeal? Whatever happened to Christians who are on fire to know and obey God, who have (in the words of John Reynolds) “an earnest desire and concern for all things pertaining to the glory of God and the...

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Written by Tim Challies
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 21:00

The Anti-Gospel of the Alt-Right (Pt. 4): An Evaluation of the Alt-Right Movement

The emergence of the alt-right provides an opportunity for God’s people to respond with truth and grace. If we respond with truth but not grace, we are bullies and haters. If we emphasize grace but don’t speak the truth, we are cowards and practical relativists. If we respond with truth...

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Written by Bruce Ashford
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 20:57

Simper Reformanda

So I need to say just a couple more things about the Southern Baptist resolution and the alt-right. In the interests of time, I will pay close attention to the interests of time.

An intelligent and non-screechy rejoinder to my piece can be found here, and I commend it to you all. The argument is...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 20:33

Another Reminder of the Necessity of the Conservative Resurgence

Several years ago I sat in an associational meeting where a trio of pastors sang “In Christ Alone.”  It’s a wonderful hymn, and I was excited to hear it sung in our meeting.  That is until they got to the end of the second verse where the song—as written by Stuart...

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Written by Adam Blosser
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 20:07

Hope in the Gospel

Who shall deliver us from this body of death? Let us thank God that Jesus Christ can. He is that divine Physician, who can make old things pass away and all things become new. In Him is life.He can wash us thoroughly from all the defilement of sin in His own blood. He can quicken us, and revive us...

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Written by The J.C. Ryle Archive
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 20:02

A La Carte (June 22)

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Westminster Books is offering a solid discount on a very good collection of commentaries. You can’t go wrong with any of the ones they’ve highlighted.

Teens Who Choose Life in Unplanned Pregnancies Need Support and Respect, Not Shame

Here is a wise and winsome response to an article...

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Written by Tim Challies
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 20:00

Throwback Thursday ~ Is It Really All Our Fault?

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If it's the church's job to set the world right, we're doomed.

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Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 20:00

Free Printable Mormon Tract

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According to Apologia Church, this Mormon Tract (which you can download here for free!) "has aided in bringing people to Christ from the LDS church.
Let this tract do the heavy lifting and use the verses provided to engage and start confidently making irrefutable with your Mormon friends.Each topic...

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Written by Chad
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 20:00

Pride Goeth Before a Fall

We all know this story. It starts with a lawyer who asks Jesus, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" It ends with the famous Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37).When the lawyer asked his question, Jesus answered with a question. "What is written in the Law? How do you read...

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Written by Winging It
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 20:00

What Does Humility Look Like?

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Not long ago, I wrote about how “Humility Is Needed to See Jesus,” saying it’s the key to so many different aspects of the Christian life. But what does humility look like? Tim Challies compiled a list of “10 Sure Marks of Humility” from the book The Godly Man’s...

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Written by Amy K. Hall
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 19:00

Begun in grace and perfected in glory

The coming of Christ has been on my mind of late. Part of it is because my pastor has just finished preaching a series on Revelation. The other part is the lingering sorrow that has been weighing on my heart. I am not a melancholy person by nature, but I can't seem to shake this undercurrent of...

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Written by Persis
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 19:00

How Do We, Like, Steward Our Words?

We live in a society whose vocabulary is waning, and quickly. It has become more trivial over the years, and my hunch is that texting and the plethora of social media phenomena have done nothing to aid this widening gap.

Here at IFWE, we talk a lot about stewardship. Indeed, so does the church at...

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Written by Jessica Schroeder
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 19:00

Fear of God Devotional: An Alien Righteousness

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What was one of the most impactful reforms of the Reformation?

Sam Waldron explains in this video that one of the most impactful reforms was Martin Luther’s clear articulation of the doctrine of justification by faith alone. We are justified by the righteousness of Christ alone when we rest on...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 19:00

Are You Spiritually Malnourished?

The Christian life is a long and arduous journey rather than a short swift sprint.  During the journey of faith, we will often face periods of intense struggle.  At one point, Jesus reminded Peter that Satan had asked to sift him as wheat (Luke 22:31).  In short, the Christian...

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Written by Josh Buice
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 19:00

Blessed Are the Pure in Heart

Here's an excerpt from Blessed Are the Pure in Heart, Michael Allen's contribution to the June issue of Tabletalk:

Purity marks all cultures in their different ways. Sociologists tell us that every tribe or group develops its own expectations regarding social mores and behavior. In speaking...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 18:06

A Conversation with Historian Thomas Kidd on the Religious Life of Benjamin Franklin

Written by: Justin Taylor

Thomas Kidd, distinguished professor of history and associate director of the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University, has published a major new biography, Benjamin Franklin: The Religious Life of a Founding Father (Yale University Press, 2017).

I sat down...

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Written by Justin Taylor
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 18:03

Presuppositional Apologetics’ Links: Third Week of June 2017

Written by SLIMJIM
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 18:00

The Octopus Outsmarts Darwin Again: Self-Taught Cephalopods

June 22, 2017
What’s the most intelligent animal on the planet? There are a lot of ways to answer that, and depending on your standard, apes, crows, dolphins, and parrots could all be contenders. But none of these vertebrates (animals...

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Written by TBC Staff - EN