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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Monday, 11 June 2018 20:05

EPIC: Africa (with Special Guests Voddie Baucham Conrad Mbewe)

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My round-the-world EPIC journey recently took me to Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. This trip involved 9 planes, 20,000 miles of flying, hours of driving, and a whole lot of walking. Here’s just some of what I saw and experienced as I searched for the history of Christianity in that...

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Written by Tim Challies
Monday, 11 June 2018 20:00

Want to Work for Answers in Genesis, the Ark Encounter, or the Creation Museum?

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The Answers in Genesis ministry is quickly growing, and, as we do, our staff grows! We’ve been welcoming many new staff members, and we’re still hiring for a wide variety of positions. As of this writing, our AiG staff, including full-time, part-time, and seasonal employees at our...

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Written by Ken Ham
Monday, 11 June 2018 20:00

Favorite Finds ~ June 12, 2018

imageSheologians on Bible study, Scripture Type freebies, Cripplegate's "Just Stop It", SBC live stream, Tom Buck on Complementarianism

Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Monday, 11 June 2018 20:00

Minority Status

A poster in the building in which I work invited all employees to a seminar "to learn about the challenges faced by sexual and gender minorities." What in interesting phrase. If words are intended to convey an idea, what idea are we trying to convey in the phrase, "sexual and gender minorities"?That...

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Written by Winging It
Monday, 11 June 2018 20:00

A Critical Review of Spiritual Friendship

By Steven Wedgeworth

Later this summer a group of Christian writers will meet in St Louis forthe Revoice Conference, an event that seeks to make a place for “gay, lesbian, same-sex attracted, and other LGBT Christians” in the conservative traditions of the Christian Church. These...

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Written by Guest Writer
Monday, 11 June 2018 20:00

The Magical Birth Canal

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If pro-lifers are going to convince the culture that abortion is wrong, we are going to have to find creative ways to communicate our arguments. And that’s exactly what Choice42 has done with their latest video (see below).

Pro-life proponents are convinced that every human...

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Written by Tim Barnett
Monday, 11 June 2018 19:56

A La Carte (June 12)

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There are once again some pretty good Kindle deals for you to check out.

Also, you may be interested to know that Cruciform Press has just released a revised and updating edition of John Piper’s Preparing for Marriage.

(Yesterday on the blog: How the Church Submits to Jesus Christ)

Dear...

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Written by Tim Challies
Monday, 11 June 2018 19:00

Launching Your Graduate: Three Biblical Life Lessons

Every June in America, many celebrate their educational achievement by walking across a stage to receive their high school diploma or college degree—a small piece of paper that signifies you really did it and it’s time to “launch” into the real world.

I remember fondly that...

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Written by Gary Hansen
Monday, 11 June 2018 19:00

Walls That Prevent Constructive Criticism in the SBC Could Hinder Progress Considerably: Why Romans 16:17 is a Local Church Matter

Today, the 2018 Southern Baptist Convention begins in the city of Dallas, Texas. Contrary to popular belief, the SBC is really only in existence, in technical terms, for two days each year during the annual meeting that assembles to take care of the business and organize the ministry partnerships...

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Written by Josh Buice
Monday, 11 June 2018 19:00

The Double-Minded Man

Here's an excerpt from The Double-Minded Man, Larry Mininger’s contribution to the June issue of Tabletalk:

Ever had double vision where your brain saw one picture twice, overlapping and leaving you disoriented? James warns that we can be double-visioned or double-minded (literally,...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Monday, 11 June 2018 18:53

Totalitarian: Having A Chicken Sandwich and eating your Christian Wedding Cake Too

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Business Insider has an article titled “Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey forced to apologize for eating Chick-fil-A during Pride Month.”  The reason why Twitter CEO apologized for eating Chic Fil A is because the company’s owner supports biblical Christian value concerning marriage...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Monday, 11 June 2018 18:51

How Can We Reconcile God’s Sovereignty with Man’s Free Will? (Video)

J. Warner Wallace is interviewed by Brittany Valadezabout the complex relationship between God’s sovereign knowledge and man’s free agency. If God is in control, how can humans truly experience free will? Be sure to follow Brittany’s YouTube channel to see more...

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Written by jwallace
Monday, 11 June 2018 18:05

Deut. 17; Psalm 104; Isaiah 44; Revelation 14

Deuteronomy 17; Psalm 104; Isaiah 44; Revelation 14

MOSES ENVISAGES A TIME when the Israelite nation will choose a king (Deut. 17:14-20). He could not know that centuries later, when the Israelites would first ask for a king, they would do so for all the wrong motives — primarily so that they...

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Written by Don Carson
Monday, 11 June 2018 18:00

No Pleasure in Affliction

June 12, 2018
God has no pleasure in afflicting us, but He will not keep back even the most painful chastisement if He can but thereby guide His beloved child to come home and abide in the beloved Son. -- Andrew MurrayRead more
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Monday, 11 June 2018 18:00

Yet Not I

“But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.” (1 Corinthians 15:10) The apostle Paul was, by any measure, one of the most dedicated and...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Monday, 11 June 2018 17:49

185- Alexander Lawrence – Identifying the End Time Beasts and Kingdoms

Episode 185 of the A Minute To Midnite Show is a fascinating discussion between Tony K and Alexander Lawrence, on the identities of the End Time beasts and kingdoms found in the books of Daniel and Revelation. This is a … Continue reading

Authors: Tony Koretz...

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Written by Tony Koretz
Monday, 11 June 2018 17:20

Book Blurbs: Dale Meyer on the art of the sermon

imagePresident Dale Meyer discusses with David Schmitt the art of preaching and his new collection of sermons, Word Alive!: 52 Selected Sermons, taken from his over 40 years of ministry.

You can get a copy of the book by visiting the publisher’s website (where it is currently on sale) or by making...

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Written by Editor
Monday, 11 June 2018 17:03

Going Against His Wishes: Remembering R. C. Chapman

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Out of the plethora of godly preachers who have already entered into glory, who graces your list of heroes? There are plenty to choose from: Chrysostom, Whitefield, Edwards and Lloyd-Jones, Moody and Morgan, Torrey, Tozer, Spurgeon, and Simeon along with the rest of the great cloud of witnesses....

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Written by Brent Niedergall
Monday, 11 June 2018 17:01

5 Lessons From Visiting the Ark Encounter Featured

God created the world in six literal days. I am certain of it. Not so much because of the evidence, but because the Bible says so, and I believe it is without error from beginning to end. The evidence, though, is overwhelming. Not that I need any evidence, but it sure is encouraging to my heart to...

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Written by Jordan Standridge
Monday, 11 June 2018 17:00

Missed It By That Much!

As Maxwell Smart used to say in the old TV show ​Get Smart​, “Missed it by that much.”     You may not be aware of this, but we missed the rapture. That’s right! Did you know that the rapture was supposed to have come by May 18?   Where did that idea...

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Written by Reasons for Hope
Monday, 11 June 2018 15:39

The Rock and the gates of death

Matthew 16:15-18 is a very misunderstood passage in the Bible. The Roman Catholic Church believes that the Rock on which Jesus builds his church was the Apostle Peter, who allegedly was the first Pope or Bishop of Rome.  Subsequently, all the Popes have been the spiritual descendants of Peter....

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Written by Pastorfish
Monday, 11 June 2018 15:30

5 Sermons on Fatherhood

imageIn God's design of the family, both mothers and fathers play equally important but different roles in their children's lives. In these 5 sermons, Alistair Begg addresses the role of fathers. Download or listen to them for free. 

A Word to Fathers, Part One (Ephesians 6:4)  — ...

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Written by TFL
Monday, 11 June 2018 15:23

God My Only Happiness

God my only happiness. Psa. 73:25

My God, my portion, and my love, My everlasting all! I’ve none but thee in heav’n above, Or on this earthly ball.

What empty things are all the skies, And this inferior clod! There’s nothing here deserves my joys, There’s nothing like my God.

In...

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Written by David
Monday, 11 June 2018 15:15

The Key to Eternal Life

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Last year, I preached three funerals. One for a stranger in my city and two for my grandparents. Funerals for Christians are strange floods of emotion. When a saint dies, family and friends are left in an emotional lightning storm. Sorrow and joy collide. Tears fall with grief of loss, but are...

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Written by Mathew Gilbert
Monday, 11 June 2018 15:05

June 12: Rev. Alexander McLeod

An Abiding Testimony

What can one person do to stem the tide of evil? What effect can a solitary individual have upon those around them, upon the times and the reigning culture? A great effect, as it turns out, and an abiding testimony, as well, if the Lord is in it. As John Knox said, “A man...

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Written by Wayne Sparkman
Monday, 11 June 2018 15:05

3 Reasons to Stay in a Church That's Not Cool Enough

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I'm amazed at how deep my own consumerism runs. This is most clearly visible to me at how righteously offended I feel when someone or something doesn’t measure up to my expectations. So when, for example, the internet in my home is running slowly, I immediately look for the person who I have...

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Written by Michael Kelley
Monday, 11 June 2018 15:00

Invested Fathers, Hopeful Children

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And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. (KJV, Ephesians 6:4)

November 24, 2014, is a day I will never forget. That is the date my oldest son was born and for all intents and purposes the day I became a father. I remember...

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Written by Joel Wiggin
Monday, 11 June 2018 14:30

How Augustine Wrote So Many Books

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Garry Wills, Augustine’s Confessions: A Biography, Lives of Great Religious Books (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2011), 1–4:

How did Augustine write Confessions?

Well, in the strict sense, he didn’t—didn’t set words down on papyrus or parchment.

Augustin...

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Written by Justin Taylor
Monday, 11 June 2018 14:26

All Things Will be Made New Again

imageIn the beginning God created the heaven and earth, the seas and all the things in them. Then, looking over His completed work, our righteous Creator deemed His new creation to be very good.  There was no death, evil or suffering.  Everything was perfect and Adam walked with God in...

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Written by Russ Miller
Monday, 11 June 2018 14:23

The Beasts of England and the Southern Baptist Convention Featured

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George Orwell’s Animal Farm was included in the curriculum of my 9th Grade “World Cultures” class at Central High School in Chattanooga, TN.  In the book, which is an allegory of the Russian Revolution, a group of animals, led by pigs, overthrow their human master...

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Written by Seth Dunn
Monday, 11 June 2018 14:00

SAL#80 In All Things, Give Thanks Featured

Always Thankful

The command is given to us in 1st Thessalonians to give thanks in everything.  This can be a tall task but today, I want you to encourage you to look around and realize how much you have to be thankful for.  In addition to that, lets talk about even the challenges. ...

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Written by Adam Staub
Monday, 11 June 2018 13:30

WilI J.D. Greear Be Elected the Next SBC President? – Is He a Calvinist?

SBC Messengers will elect their new president tomorrow...

Authors: deb...

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Written by deb
Monday, 11 June 2018 13:13

Bible Train (Family Worship) 6.11 to 6.17

This week, the Bible Train’s stops are full of political action and intrigue. Additionally, we will see the changing of the prophetic guard from Elijah to Elisha Monday 1 Kings 19:1-21 Tuesday 2 Kings 2:1-25 Wednesday 2 Kings 4:1-44 Thursday 2 Kings 5:1-27 Friday 2 Kings 9:1-13, 30-37,...

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Written by Matt Sherro
Monday, 11 June 2018 12:32

Question 27: Are there apostles/prophets today? Featured

image***DISCLAIMER***The following is far from an exhaustive answer to the question. It is simply an answer nonetheless.

Recently, someone asked me a question regarding apostles and prophets. What follows is the question followed by my response.

THE QUESTION

I have a question about some pastors who call...

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Written by C.T. Adams
Monday, 11 June 2018 12:14

Proleptic forgiveness

i) Is suicide ipso facto damnable? One argument for that contention is that if suicide is forgivable, then that implies postmortem forgiveness. To be forgiven, God must forgive him after the fact. After he died. 
However, that inference only follows if you think God is a timebound agent who...

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Written by steve
Monday, 11 June 2018 11:59

Suicide and burial

Here's another example of how the One True Church® has reversed itself on a fundamental issue:
A canonical sign of this pastoral approach is the universal understanding of 1983 CIC 1184 § 3 to allow ecclesiastical funerals to be accorded those committing suicide, a change from 1917 CIC 1240...

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Written by steve
Monday, 11 June 2018 11:48

Too Wretched For Radio 06/11/2018

Racial Progress, Woke-ness, and calling people neo-Marxists

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Written by joey
Monday, 11 June 2018 11:07

Edgar Allan Poe — A Tale of Jerusalem

imageThis is a strange and wildly ahistorical tale. It speaks of three Jewish temple workers, one identified as a priest, who are upon a battlement looking over the army of Pompey surrounding the city. They have made deal with Pompey to purchase a temple sacrifice. They let down the money in a...

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Written by memoirandremains
Monday, 11 June 2018 11:00

Great Corn, Okay Corn, and No Corn

“Fresh corn tastes better than canned corn, and who knew? So if you want to pay extra for that, great. Be our guest. But quit acting like it is a ‘conscience and responsibility’ thing, because canned corn is nutritionally better than no corn.” (Confessions of a Food Catholic,...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Monday, 11 June 2018 10:40

Good, Bad, and Ugly

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I am really getting behind on things.  It’s a good thing I’m retired because otherwise I don’t know how I’d have enough time to go to work!!
I’ve been doing a lot of reading articles which come my way, and I’m again going to be sharing with you:
The Good:
Some...

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Written by Glenn E. Chatfield
Monday, 11 June 2018 10:00

Royal Wedding Sermon Disaster

– Episode 2304 –

Royal Wedding Sermon Disaster

Segment 1 (00:00) – Love defined as a law

Segment 2 (09:06) – Love defined to each person

Segment 3 (18:13) – We can save the world through love

Wretched Surprise! (26:07) – Sermon Illustration, Moose fight

The post Royal...

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Written by samueljroys
Monday, 11 June 2018 09:51

Christian News Weekly Recap June 4 – 9, 2018

Christian News Weekly Recap June 4 – 9, 2018 This is a recap of the past week’s daily news items from our Christian News Section. Monday June 4, 2018 Supreme Court Sides with Christian Baker in Gay Marriage Wedding Cake Case Coins Dating to Time of Ezra Unearthed in Jerusalem Google...

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Written by Alesia Cengia
Monday, 11 June 2018 09:03

Dr. David Jeremiah endorses Jesus Calling

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We share this out of concern for the hundreds of thousands who follow popular teacher Dr. David Jeremiah, who has reportedly has joined other prominent leaders (Max Lucado, Mark Batterson, Lysa TerKeurst, Jennie Allen, Lee Strobel, Ann Voskamp, Sheila Walsh, Christine Caine, Roma Downey, Dr. Jack...

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Written by A.S.
Monday, 11 June 2018 08:30

Do Children Die For the Sin of Their Parents?

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Why does the Bible indicate in some places that God does not punish children for the sins of the father, and then in other places indicates the opposite?

Authors: Tim Conway

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Written by Tim Conway
Monday, 11 June 2018 07:51

Prayer guide issued for Georgia Baptist Monday evening gathering

DALLAS, TX — Georgia Baptist Convention president Mike Stone has presented a prayer guide to accompany a gathering tonight at 9:15 p.m.

The prayer meeting will be held at the Omni Dallas Hotel, Arts District 5, Level 2. It will follow the Pastors Conference being held at the adjacent Kay...

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Written by Scott Barkley
Monday, 11 June 2018 07:48

SBC Voices is Stupid (and more on egalitarianism) Featured

SBC Voices is Stupid (and more on egalitarianism)
JD tackles a blog post at SBC Voices by Jacki King, who is clearly not the best person to put forward to advocate for egalitarianism.
Video of this episode:
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Written by social element
Monday, 11 June 2018 06:33

06/11/2018

•What Todd learned in Columbus, OH at the Teach Them Diligently conference
•RC Sproul the Consequences of Ideas
•Why is everything suddenly about race?
•The ancient Greek underpinnings of today’s bad ideas
•Secular Humanism is bearing fruit in a rash of suicides

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Written by joey
Monday, 11 June 2018 06:16

Nature and Grace in Richard Sibbes

Introduction

With respect to the relation between nature and grace, the mainstream Christian tradition does not hold that grace obliterates or destroys nature, but rather that it works with it in some sense as its necessary substratum. The most well known formulation of the idea is found in Thomas...

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Written by E.J. Hutchinson
Monday, 11 June 2018 04:30

Pastor Mike Stone, new SBC Executive Committee Chairman, answers some probing questions

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Emmanuel Baptist Church pastor Mike Stone — bottom, center — stands with fellow SBC Executive Committee officers voted into service by Executive Committee members June 11. Joining Stone, who was elected chairman, are Rolland Slade, top left and standing beside Steve Goss, Tom Tucker,...

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Written by Gerald Harris
Monday, 11 June 2018 04:14

Sermon: The Rights of Citizenship Featured

In this message from Acts 22:22-29 and the Acts of the [Only] Apostles sermon series, Pastor Jordan explains the significance of Paul referencing his Citizenship in Rome, and then explains the foundational aspects of Citizenship is Western Civilization and American Jurisprudence, and why it is...

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Written by JD Hall