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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Tuesday, 15 August 2017 03:57

One Victim, One Trauma, One Violent Death

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What is it about modern American society that is so dispiriting to people? Even at home, there are great stresses that contribute to a person’s isolation even when he is surrounded by family, friends, and neighbors. For most modern Americans, a close-knit family, intimate friendships, and...

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Written by Donavon Riley
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 03:29

Sound of Sanity, Episode 1: Wonder Woman

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After a summer of hearing otherwise normal conservative Christians try to claim Wonder Woman as one of their own, our heroes can’t take it anymore.

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Written by The Warhorn Editors
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 02:34

How Great the Agony of Reformation: T.F. Torrance (and Epiphanius) on the Deviant Dogma of Mary’s Bodily Assumption

Today, the 15th of August, is the feast day of the bodily assumption of Mary, formally promulgated as Roman Catholic dogma and necessary to saving faith by Pope Pius XII on 1 November 1950. While this dogma is an obligatory article of belief for roughly half of the world’s professing...

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Written by Jonathan Kleis
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 02:28

Education: Parental Rights, Palestinian Propaganda, and Progressive Politics

You may be surprised to hear some provocative and perhaps controversial statements on today's program. One reason you may perceive them to be so is the fact that we rarely hear the truth - an honest evaluation of what's really happening in the education system in America today. My parents were...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 02:11

Beyond Conservatism and Toward God’s Kingdom

Conservatism is not Christianity. Pursuing the kingdom of God and His righteousness includes both conserving what is good and progressing in what is lacking.

When it comes to politics, we religious conservatives are quick to point out that much of what the world calls “progress” is...

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Written by Todd Benkert
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 01:41

Death For Success

This morning I saw what I thought was a promising headline: “Confessions of a Former ‘It’ Church Pastor” (HT: Aquila Report). My first thought: “Great! This will be an account of a pastor who woke up one day and realized that the . . . Continue reading →

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 01:21

Mike Abendroth Interviews Justin Peters Featured

Mike Abendroth of No Compromise Radio conducts a series of interviews with Justin Peters of Justin Peters Ministries. You can visit Abendroth’s site at NoCompromiseRadio.com and Peters’ website at JustinPeters.org.

Pastor Mike Abendroth interviews Justin Peters on today’s show....

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Written by Jeff Maples
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 01:09

The Alt-Reich

I don't know if this is even worth remarking on, but I'll comment on a few statements by two alt-right spokesmen, just to sample alt-right ideology:
We don't hate conservative Christians, we simply reject them as potential allies because they are useless failures inclined to do more harm than good...

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Written by steve
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 01:05

The Jesus Fruit and the Jesus Tree

The central problem with the white supremacists in Charlottesville is not so much that they hate blacks and Jews. Their central problem is that they hate God, and hate Jesus Christ. And the same thing goes for the anitfa agitators on the other side of the street. Scripture tells us what the...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 01:00

What Does the Bible Say? – The Mystery – Part 7

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Authors: Pastor Ken Lawson...

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Written by Pastor Ken Lawson
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 00:52

The Old Testament in Archaeology and History

imageOne hundred and fifty years of sustained archaeological investigation has yielded a more complete picture of the ancient Near East. The Old Testament in Archaeology and History combines the most significant of these archaeological findings with those of modern historical and literary...

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Written by Jim
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 00:30

Laughing When I Should Be Crying Featured

This entry is part 13 of 13 in the series Southern Baptist Theology

I caught myself laughing. I couldn’t help it. I know that I should have been crying but the irony of the comment jarred me as so absurd that I laughed. What was so funny? A notable “Traditionalist” lamented the...

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Written by Jared Longshore
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 00:19

WHEN YOUR PASTOR BECOMES A SOCIAL JUSTICE ACTION HERO

imageI know it has become en vogue in our day for pastors to think they're doing their congregations a great service by framing their sermons to deal with the social justice issues of the day. Obviously, the problems are many and we’re never short of issues to address: environmental problems, racial t...

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Written by Chris Gordon
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 00:11

All men are liars…

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Not some men, but “all.” So says God and He says it twice: Psalm 116:11 and Romans 3:4.

Listening to social media discussions, it’s obvious. Not just that everyone’s a liar, but worse, that no one knows it.

I’d say “not even Christians,” but the truth is...

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Written by Tim Bayly
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 00:00

Utilitarianism and the Moral Life by J. P. Moreland

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I found this essay on After All, but it looks like their site is not working well, so I’m just going to steal it and post it here, in case it disappears completely. This is one of my favorite short essays on utilitarianism, and it’s a...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Monday, 14 August 2017 23:42

Are Christians Intolerant Haters? Lessons from the Church of the Second Century

As you now know, my book on the second century has just been released in the UK: Christianity at the Crossroads: How the Second Century Shaped the Future of the Church (SPCK, 2017).  It will be released in the US with IVP Academic in the Spring.

Since it has been released, folks have been...

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Written by Michael Kruger
Monday, 14 August 2017 23:32

The Book of Jonah Is Not About a Man Who Gets Swallowed by a Whale

The book of Jonah contains one of the most famous of all Bible stories, which is the historical account of a rebellious prophet who is swallowed by a great fish, gets vomited onto the beach, and then preaches an eight-word sermon to a wicked city and everybody repents. But that’s not...

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Written by Paul Tautges
Monday, 14 August 2017 23:30

Did early Christians read Scripture privately?

Did Christians in the first few centuries of the church read Scripture regularly outside the formal worship gathering? While this might seem like a straightforward question, the historical complexities of the ancient literary culture make it notoriously difficult to answer.

There is little doubt...

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Written by Stephen Presley
Monday, 14 August 2017 23:27

Blood and soil

I'll make a few more comments on the rally in Charlottesville:
i) The "news" media has a habit of arbitrarily singling out particular incidents as if they have special significance. This feeds on itself, because other people treat the incident as significant because the media did. So there's a...

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Written by steve
Monday, 14 August 2017 23:23

Free Ebook: ‘Counsel from the Cross’ by Elyse Fitzpatrick

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Learn to Give Wise Counsel to Others

Given the apparent insufficiency of modern psychotherapies and a growing discomfort with pharmacological strategies, many churches are reaffirming the unique power of Scripture to change lives.

Through careful...

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Written by Crossway
Monday, 14 August 2017 23:18

Why No Replacement for James?

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“If the apostles picked a replacement for Judas when he died, why didn’t they pick a replacement for James when he was killed?”

We know that the Lord told the Twelve that “in the regeneration” they would “sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of...

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Written by Pastor Ricky Kurth
Monday, 14 August 2017 23:01

Ponder the Real Gospel

Christ’s death is the Christian’s life. Christ’s cross is the Christian’s title to heaven. Christ “lifted up” and put to shame on Calvary is the ladder by which Christians “enter into the holiest,” and are at length landed in glory.It is true that we...

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Written by The J.C. Ryle Archive
Monday, 14 August 2017 23:00

Recommended Reading Perfect for Your Teen

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“How could God punish Adam over such a little thing as eating a piece of fruit?”

“Isn’t it unfair that I’m a sinner because Adam and Eve sinned?”

“I know I’m supposed to pray--but how?”

Teenagers--and particularly middle schoolers--have a knack for...

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Written by TFL
Monday, 14 August 2017 22:50

Wisdom Christology in James and 1 John (Gabriel Williams)

In the previous post in this series, we briefly considered how Calvin's appreciation of wisdom theology is particularly present in his comments on the Johannine literature. In Calvin's commentary of 1 John, we discover one of the marks of the wisdom theology, namely, its appreciation of...

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Written by Reformation21 Blog
Monday, 14 August 2017 22:41

Pornografia. Segredos. Cinzas.

Escondendo-se

Ver pornografia é uma atividade muito secreta. É uma daquelas coisas que desesperadamente não queremos que as pessoa saibam que estamos fazendo, e certamente não queremos que elas nos peguem fazendo. Há um tipo de vergonha visível em...

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Written by Josaías Jr
Monday, 14 August 2017 22:34

Jesus and the Book of Job

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The book of Job presents the preacher with a myriad of homiletical challenges. First there’s the book’s sheer length, weighing in at a hefty 42 chapters. Then you have the cyclical and repetitive aspects of Job’s conversations with his three older friends which make up the...

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Written by The Christward Collective
Monday, 14 August 2017 22:00

What J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Teach Us About Fighting Nazis

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J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis knew about battles. As fantasy writers, they crafted some iconic scenes. As veterans of World War I, they lived through some horrific scenes.

They also knew how craft sentences to win rhetorical battles. In their writing, both turned their attention and...

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Written by Aaron Earls
Monday, 14 August 2017 21:41

The arrogance of self-sufficiency Featured

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"I'm self-sufficient. I'm proud of it."That was me, before I was saved. I was saved by grace of Jesus Christ. My parents were intensely interested in raising their children as "self-sufficient" and "independent". I heard those words so often. I had to 'figure it out' or 'do for myself' more times...

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Written by The End Time
Monday, 14 August 2017 21:13

The New Perspective on Paul Podcast

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Jonathan Master
Aug 15, 2017
This week on Theology on the Go, our host, Dr. Jonathan Master is joined by Dr. Robert Cara. Dr. Cara is the Hugh and Sallie Reaves Professor of New Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary-Charlotte and Provost and Chief Academic...

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Written by Jonathan Master
Monday, 14 August 2017 21:03

Atheist Arguments That Show God Does Not Exist

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Monday, 14 August 2017 21:00

Work, For I Am With You

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Our text brings us to a moment in the lives of the people of Jerusalem when the Word of the Lord came to them, to disrupt their lives and change the course of their labors. These were the years of distraction and wilderness. Only God could shake them. In this message you will...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Monday, 14 August 2017 21:00

Ask Me Anything (Leaving your Church, Catholicism, Ungodly Husband, etc)

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I decided to begin the “Ask Me Anything” feature as a means of answering some of the questions I receive from readers of this site. Over the past few weeks I’ve received mountains of them, so please forgive me if I haven’t been able to take a shot at answering yours....

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Written by Tim Challies
Monday, 14 August 2017 20:20

A Pastor's Reflections: Getting Benched

Over the years I have watched a number of colleagues lose their pastorates for various reasons. This can be a very discouraging turn of events to say the least. What do you do when you’ve spent four years in college, three or four years in seminary, spent ten years in the pastorate and then...

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Written by Valiant for Truth Blog
Monday, 14 August 2017 20:00

Testimony Tuesday: Sharron’s Story

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Testimony Tuesday: Sharron's Story

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Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Monday, 14 August 2017 20:00

Common Objection #34- Jesus never claimed to be God!

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Some people argue that Jesus never claimed to be God.  I reject this claim. Now, don't misunderstand me.  He didn’t use those exact words, but He clearly claimed to be God nonetheless. Remember when God first appeared to Moses in the burning bush? Moses asked God for His name and...

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Written by Chad
Monday, 14 August 2017 20:00

Christian Universalism

Most of us have heard the term "Universalism" or, at least, the concept. It refers to the idea that everyone is saved. There is even a denomination called "Unitarian Universalists". Now, I've read their "statement of faith" and it turns out that you can be a Jewish or a Christian or even an atheist...

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Written by Winging It
Monday, 14 August 2017 20:00

On technology and preaching

I recently had a student tell me that he preached in a church in Tennessee that had him speaking from a platform that turned into the equivalent of an IMAX experience for the congregation. The technology allowed him to “take” his listeners to places like outer space and the holy land of...

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Written by Michael Pohlman
Monday, 14 August 2017 20:00

Our Hope Is Holiness

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During my time speaking and writing about homosexuality, I’ve met many people who once identified as gay or lesbian and now no longer do. They claim to follow Jesus and believe He has transformed them.

Some people are skeptical of these reports. When I share these stories, they ask me,...

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Written by Alan Shlemon
Monday, 14 August 2017 19:30

The Test Of Our Profession

image “If there was a drawn sword pointed to my breast and Christ at the other end of it, if I had no other way to be at Him and with Him, I would run myself upon it to be at Him and with Him forever: for He is my life, my heaven, and my all.” – Rev. Thomas Hog

(The test of our...

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Written by John Samson
Monday, 14 August 2017 19:14

Charlottesville and the Mission of the Church: MOS Reblog

Todd Pruitt over at Mortification of Spin has said it very, very well!!!! Mortification of Spin Reblog

Authors: edingess...

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Written by edingess
Monday, 14 August 2017 19:10

A Beginner’s Guide to Free Will

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Before the fall of Adam, man was sinless and able not to sin. For God “saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good” (Genesis 1:31). But he was also able to sin. For God had said, “In the day that you eat of it [the...

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Written by John Samson
Monday, 14 August 2017 19:00

If Technology Is Going to Destroy Jobs, Is UBI the Answer?

Mark Zuckerberg wants to give you money, but it’s not his money!

In a recent Harvard commencement address, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg joined other major technology figures to advocate for universal basic income (UBI). With the rise of new technology, like driverless cars, which many fear...

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Written by Hugh Whelchel
Monday, 14 August 2017 19:00

Fear of God Devotional: What Repentance Can Be Compared To

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What can repentance be compared to?

Paul Thompson explains in this video that repentance can be illustrated by a vehicle driving in one direction and then making a 180-degree turn. Repentance does not involve continuing to live the same life that you used to live and following the same, sinful...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Monday, 14 August 2017 19:00

Knowing God

Christianity is the pursuit of God.  J.I. Packer in his excellent book, Knowing God asks, “What were we made for?  Knowing God.  What aim should we set ourselves in life?  To know God.” [1]  Unfortunately, today’s evangelical church would be...

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Written by Josh Buice
Monday, 14 August 2017 19:00

The Need for Rural Ministry

Here's an excerpt from The Need for Rural Ministry, Kyle Borg's contribution to the August issue of Tabletalk:

The twentieth (and now twenty-first) century had a devastating eff’ect on the regions of Appalachia in the East, the farms of the Midwest, and the fishing and forestry areas along the...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham