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, 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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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
Thursday, 18 May 2017 23:36

Friday Favorites: Knowing God

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I first read JI Packer’s classic Knowing God in college. It was the first time I was challenged with the idea that knowing about God was not the same as knowing God. I found Packer’s approach to the doctrine of God to be serious, systematic, biblical, and devotional....

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Written by Landon Coleman
Thursday, 18 May 2017 23:24

A Friend Who Will Never Fail You

image This post is adapted from the tract “Meet My Friend”.

I Have a Friend Who Is Always Faithful

I have a friend who is always faithful; who can meet all your needs; who will never leave you. This friend is Jesus Christ.

Since I have known him, he has been faithful in all his...

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Written by Crossway
Thursday, 18 May 2017 23:07

The Cross: The Power of God

Thursday, 18 May 2017 23:00

Why Are We Hesitating? Thoughts About God’s Love

“Why, then, this foolishness? Why are we afraid to think good thoughts of God? Is it too hard to think of God as good, gracious, tender, loving and kind? – John Owen, Communion With God

One of the natures of Christian literature is that books and articles are largely written in response...

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Written by Faith Chang
Thursday, 18 May 2017 22:56

Our Pleasure Gives Pleasure to God

“God wishes us to take true pleasure with him in our salvation, and in this he wishes us to be greatly comforted and strengthened, and so he wants our souls to be happily filled with this, through his grace; for we are his delight; he takes pleasure in us eternally, and so shall we in him,...

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Written by David Murray
Thursday, 18 May 2017 22:56

Why do we gather for corporate worship? Five essential reasons

Modern technology provides many benefits. Information can be exchanged at an unprecedented rate. The level of productivity can be astounding. Face-to-face conversations can be had with people halfway around the world. But there are also dark sides to this technology. We as Christians are very aware...

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Written by Brian Croft
Thursday, 18 May 2017 22:45

Andrew Fuller Friday: Fuller on Religious Liberty

“I do not know any religious denomination of men who are unworthy of civil protection. So long as their practices do not disturb the peace of society, and there be nothing in their avowed principles inconsistent with their giving security for their good behaviour, they, doubtless, ought to be...

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Written by Staff
Thursday, 18 May 2017 22:44

DBG Weekend Spotlight (5-19-17)

hat Bible translation is the most reliable?  This is a common question that I receive as a pastor and I believe that James White does a good job of explaining the issues—especially regarding the deficiencies of the King James version. Your Bible Is Not Boring —...

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Written by Josh Buice
Thursday, 18 May 2017 22:44

What is Living Water? Featured

In our small group discussion on Thursday nights, people come with Bibles in hand and the pastor opens the floor to anyone with a question. We search the scriptures and engage in a discussion regarding the person's question. Last night someone asked about one of my favorite metaphors in the Bible....

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Written by The End Time
Thursday, 18 May 2017 22:42

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Written by David Murray
Thursday, 18 May 2017 21:52

‘I Don’t Go To Church Because There are Too Many Hypocrites There’: How to Debunk A Common Myth

Whenever someone (some poor soul who doesn’t know what they have gotten themselves into) tells me that they don’t attend church, or that they’ve dropped out of church because, in their words, ‘there are too many hypocrites in the church’ I point out, in my gentle way,...

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Written by Jim
Thursday, 18 May 2017 21:36

It’s Not What You Know, It’s How ‘Different’ You Are

America is a land fascinated with the ‘different’.  The bizarre.  The odd.  The unusual.  That’s why people in America are well known or ‘famous’.

It wasn’t always that way.  It used to matter what one knew but those days have passed....

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Written by Jim
Thursday, 18 May 2017 21:32

Patriot-olotry: The Intersection of Theology and Politics (Donny Friederichsen)

In many evangelical circles, it is still assumed that conservative theology means conservative politics. And to be fair, the same could be said of the "Evangelical left" and liberal politics. But when politics and theology are seen as synonymous, it is typically not theology that is primary. The...

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Written by Reformation21 Blog
Thursday, 18 May 2017 21:30

“As It Had Been the Face of an Angel” — A Commission for God’s Messengers Featured

And Stephen, full of grace and power, was doing great wonders and signs among the people. Then some of those who belonged to the synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called), and of the Cyrenians, and of the Alexandrians, and of those from Cilicia and Asia, rose up and disputed with Stephen. But...

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Written by Albert Mohler
Thursday, 18 May 2017 21:28

Musings and Meditations

“If ten men are carrying a log — nine of them on the little end and one at the heavy end — and you want to help, which end will you lift on?” William Borden – Missionary to Egypt How Read More ...

Authors: Scott...

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Written by Scott
Thursday, 18 May 2017 21:09

Remembering Adolf Schlatter on the Day He Died

Adolf Schlatter died on the 19th of May in the Year of Our Lord, 1938.  I love Schlatter.  His work is impeccable (yes, literally without sin) and his influence abiding.

I am unashamed to say that I think him one of the smartest exegetes of the 19th or 20th centuries.  He knew the...

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Written by Jim
Thursday, 18 May 2017 21:00

The Universe Diagnosed: Interview with Author Kris French, MD

image How does a doctor uniquely assess the evidence for God? Is science still reign supreme in our world? Sean interview author Kris French, MD on these Qs and more.

Authors: Sean McDowell...

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Written by Sean McDowell
Thursday, 18 May 2017 21:00

Europes Childless Leaders Sleepwalking Us to Disaster

Giulio Meotti has written an insightful piece about a terrifying reality related to the global movement away from child bearing. Here is the issue: “there have never been so many childless politicians leading Europe as today.”  His concern is this, “As...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Thursday, 18 May 2017 21:00

Nobody Respects a Blogger

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Blogs have come a long way in a short time. Though an early form of blogging existed as early as the 90s, it was not until the early 2000s that the term became widely-used and the medium became widely-adopted. In this way blogging is still in its infancy, though some are convinced it’s also...

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Written by Tim Challies
Thursday, 18 May 2017 21:00

Recovering the Heart of Southern Baptist Church Life

I spent Mothers Day with my Mom. It was a great chance to spend some time with her, and we’re both at the ages to know that those chances are a finite set.

Talking with Mom these days involves a lot of reminiscing about the past. We talked about my childhood (none of those stories will be a...

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Written by Bart Barber
Thursday, 18 May 2017 20:56

Fidget Spinners, the Gospel and School Assembly

I’ve just come home from taking the assembly at our local primary school and it struck me that the American readers of our blog in particular might be interested – if not downright astonished – to hear something about it. Even UK readers – indeed, even some Northern Irish...

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Written by Warren Peel
Thursday, 18 May 2017 20:22

Dissertation on PDF: A Worldview Analysis of Sam Harris’ Philosophical Naturalism in The Moral Landscape

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Here’s a doctoral dissertation that Southern Seminary has made available titled “A Worldview Analysis of Sam Harris’ Philosophical Naturalism in The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values.”  It is a critique of atheist Sam Harris one of the “New...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Thursday, 18 May 2017 20:02

A La Carte (May 19)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a couple of books and a couple of Bibles.

Hey Bill Johnson & Bethel Church… 

“I receive emails from people around the world who are deeply confused and frightened by the teaching and supposed ‘miracle’ ministry of Bill Johnson,...

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Written by Tim Challies
Thursday, 18 May 2017 20:00

How to Kill Debate: Deny Truth Exists

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A third and final way to kill debate is to deny the existence of truth. This makes debate irrelevant. If we cannot agree that certain claims are true while other claims are false, what is really the point of having a discussion? I might be arguing that something is truth, and you would respond to...

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Written by Zak Schmoll
Thursday, 18 May 2017 20:00

Muslim Refugees Find a Place in European Churches

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It’s easy to get caught up in the fear, confusion, and hopelessness that seem to define our era. But, instead of focusing on the troubling circumstances, we need to remember who our God is—He’s the God who is sovereign over history and whose plans no one can thwart (Job 42:2). I...

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Written by Ken Ham
Thursday, 18 May 2017 20:00

When God Says No

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How do we respond when God's plans don't match our own?

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Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Thursday, 18 May 2017 20:00

Rape, Pork, and God

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Recently I saw a Facebook post with a meme that stated “Rape someone and pay 50 shekels of silver to her dad” and “eat pork and go to hell.”  Both of these statements were attributed to the God of the Old Testament.  Like Chad Gross, I am not a fan of memes,...

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Written by The Other Chad
Thursday, 18 May 2017 20:00

Prior Commitments

There is a term derived from Latin that means literally "from the former" -- a priori. The definition is knowledge or reasoning that proceeds from a theoretical deduction from a previous position rather than from observation or experience. It is reasoning derived from prior propositions. And it is...

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Written by Winging It
Thursday, 18 May 2017 20:00

The Most Unlikely Convert: Lewis, Theater, and the Friendship of Debate

It’s not that I ever pictured C. S. Lewis as a sixteen year old girl. It’s that when I was one, and readingSurprised by Joy for the first time, I thought of him as a peer. Was this because he had such a vivid memory, such accurate recollection of his own sixteen year old self? Or...

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Written by Susannah Black
Thursday, 18 May 2017 19:45

Nuggets from An Urgent Call to a Serious Faith by Dave Hunt - Doing Away with Excuses

May 19, 2017
Nuggets from " An Urgent Call to a Serious Faith " by Dave Hunt - Doing Away with Excuses - The Bible does not say, “Rejoice in the Lord always…unless you are unable to do so because of...

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Written by tbc staff - bl
Thursday, 18 May 2017 19:27

Too Skeptical To Be Reasonable

Here are some of Guy Playfair's comments about a report on the Enfield Poltergeist that he and Maurice Grosse delivered to a meeting of the Society for Psychical Research (SPR). This occurred on March 29, 1978:
He [Grosse] kicked off with a very concise and factual account of the case to date,...

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Written by Jason Engwer
Thursday, 18 May 2017 19:00

Cronyism the Competition Slayer

What if you were kept from pursuing a vocation or making a living because someone else had the power to put you down or block you from opportunities? What if that theft were legal?

That theft is legal, and some people—even some Christians—think it’s legitimate.

This theft takes...

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Written by Dr. Anne Bradley
Thursday, 18 May 2017 19:00

Fear of God Devotional: The Genesis 3 Attack

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What is one of the primary attacks on Scripture today?

Ken Ham explains in this video that just as Satan tempted Eve by saying, "Did God really say that?" the Church should expect similar attacks today. The words of God have consistently been under attack since Genesis. Throughout history, when...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Thursday, 18 May 2017 19:00

Do You Share God's Heart?

I don't know about you, but sometimes I like to read the Bible with self-righteous glasses and look down on the men and women who make faithless blunders and selfish decisions.

But I can't get very far before God convicts me of my own sin and reminds me that I'm more like these people than unlike...

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Written by Articles | Paul Tripp Updates
Thursday, 18 May 2017 19:00

Why God Demands Worship

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I have been doing university missions off and on for about thirty-five years. About a dozen years ago, I started stumbling across a question from university undergraduates that I never received when I was a young man. This relatively recent question is put variously, but it generally runs something...

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Written by D.A. Carson
Thursday, 18 May 2017 18:03

Are Objective Moral Truths Merely a Matter of Cultural Agreement?

image Many atheists I know will readily acknowledge the existence of transcendent, objective moral laws. In my last post, I described several of these objective moral absolutes by simply adding the short expression, “for the fun of it” to any list of moral actions:

It’s never OK to...

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Written by jwallace
Thursday, 18 May 2017 18:00

Loving People with Mental Illness

Watching other people suffer is one of the most difficult realities of the human experience. We can feel helpless when it comes to others’ internal struggles, especially when they come with daunting labels like depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anorexia, bulimia, and...

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Written by Guest
Thursday, 18 May 2017 18:00

Life, Death, Resurrection: The Minister’s Priorities Featured

“For indeed in this house we groan, longing to be clothed with our dwelling from heaven, inasmuch as we, having put it on, will not be found naked. For indeed while we are in this tent, we groan, being burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed but to be clothed, so that what is mortal...

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Written by Mike Riccardi
Thursday, 18 May 2017 18:00

Right Thinking

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, . . . honest, . . . just, . . . pure, . . . lovely, . . . of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” (Philippians 4:8)

Our lives are surrounded with ungodliness and demands that often bleed...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Thursday, 18 May 2017 18:00

Friday’s Featured Sermon: “Sound Doctrine Backed by Sound Living” Featured

In many churches across modern evangelicalism, good doctrine has taken a back seat to good works. The emphasis has shifted away from believing the right thing to doing the right thing, with a particular focus on community works and social justice.

Often that shift is the result of legitimate...

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Written by Grace to You Blog