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, 31 March 2016 08:59

Homosexuality Is a Sin to Be Mortified, Not a Behavior to Be Modified


The Intersect Project Rosaria Butterfield rocked the Evangelical world when she shared her self-proclaimed “train wreck conversion.” “As a leftist lesbian professor, I despised Christians,” she said. “Then I somehow became one.” Butterfield recently spoke at Southeastern Seminary about her latest book,

Written by Marsha West
Thursday, 31 March 2016 08:56

Getting Over “Fall” Narratives

So back in February, Peter Leithart responded to my response on his essay on Protestants and writing. I meant to respond again, but never did. It’s probably good though, because the conversation needs to be bigger than just any one article– and certainly bigger than personalities. I really did think his original essay shined a light on

Written by Steven Wedgeworth
Thursday, 31 March 2016 08:36

Sola Scriptura and the Church Fathers Featured

In his denial of the deity of Christ, Arius was arguably the most notorious heretic of the early church.

Though Arius’s heretical views were soundly condemned by the Council of Nicaea (in A.D. 325), the controversy he sparked raged for another fifty years throughout the Roman Empire. During those tumultuous decades, the defenders of

Written by Nathan Busenitz
Thursday, 31 March 2016 08:29

Does God Really Have a Wonderful Plan For Your Life? Part 2

And it’s all wrapped up in salvation…

In the first part of this two-part series, we introduced the idea that many people are unfortunately taught that to become a Christian tends to mean a life without troubles or problems. Certainly, if God has a “wonderful” plan for your life and mine, then how could it include those...

Written by modres
Thursday, 31 March 2016 08:12

A Stir Of Timely Stuff - Perry Noble

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Thursday, 31 March 2016 08:11

A Stir Of Timely Stuff - Steven Furtick

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Thursday, 31 March 2016 08:00

2016 West Coast Conference: Early-Bird Rate Ends Soon

Next Friday, April 8, is the last day to save $40 with early-bird registration for our 2016 West Coast Conference in Seattle.

In the face of cultural hostility, followers of Christ must not compromise the bold historical witness of the Christian faith. We stand not on a mere idea or a fanciful myth, but on historical events that testify to the fact

Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Thursday, 31 March 2016 07:44

Does God Really Have a Wonderful Plan For Your Life? Part 1

The short answer to the question asked by the title of this article is both yes and no. It depends upon how you look at things and a person’s definition of “wonderful.” Obviously, we need to look at what God means by a “wonderful” plan as well.

Let’s face it. Most if not all of us have heard some...

Written by modres
Thursday, 31 March 2016 07:37

How the AHA child sexual abuse case was played out by Brian Houston

This is a visual presentation and a general timeline of key events for the handling of the AHA child sexual abuse allegations against Frank Houston.

We would not have known about Brian Houston’s unethical leadership as the President of the AOG and Head of Hillsong church unless the Royal Commission intervened and managed to get

Written by churchwatcher
Thursday, 31 March 2016 07:19

Spurgeon Thursday - Rubbish

Continuing from Monday's posting of Mike Gendron's expose of false teaching in the Roman Catholic Church, let's step back in time about 140 years and see what the Prince of Preachers has to say about the Roman Catholic Church. You'll see that C.H.Spurgeon is a
Written by Doug Evans
Thursday, 31 March 2016 07:00

Convicted sex offender crafted North Carolina LGBT bathroom bill Featured

Chad Sevearance-Turner, former president of the Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce

The Charlotte Observer reports:

The former president of Charlotte’s LGBT Chamber of Commerce has resigned after he came under fire from a conservative group, which noted that he is on a sex offender list and questioned his role in supporting the city’s

Written by Wintery Knight
Thursday, 31 March 2016 06:44

John of Damascus: The Necessity and Sufficiency of Revelation

John of Damascus opens his Exposition of the Orthodox Faith with a citation of John 1.18, and thereby also with a programmatic statement of God’s ineffability and the corresponding need for revelation if any creature is to know him.

No one has seen God at any time; the Only-begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, He has

Written by E.J. Hutchinson
Thursday, 31 March 2016 06:21

Where is our Trust?

The more things change, the more they stay the same. We check in with Doug Wakefield on the economic front. Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found... [...]

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Thursday, 31 March 2016 06:15

“Did Jesus Identify Himself As God?” by Mike Oppenheimer

Mike Oppenheimer writes:

No prophet, other than Jesus, could have said with authority, “he that believeth on me shall never thirst” or “he that believeth on me hath everlasting life” (John 6:35 & 47). No one but Jesus could have said with that same authority, “follow me” (Luke 18:22). Nor could any other

Written by mywordlikefire
Thursday, 31 March 2016 05:59

Judge bans a British father from taking his son to church… because his mother is a Muslim

True Discernment

From The Daily Mail:

A British father has been banned from taking his son to a church after the boy’s Muslim mother won a controversial court order preventing the boy from attending.

The father – a non-practising Muslim who has forged close connections to his local Christian community and is divorced from the boy’s

Written by mywordlikefire
Thursday, 31 March 2016 05:30

Conly’s Argument Against Autonomy

Yesterday I responded to one of Sarah Conly’s critiques of moral perfectionism, but I mentioned she provides useful objections to stringent libertarianism. Shortly after I posted this, Steven wrote a provocative analysis of some current libertarian politicking. In the spirit of continuing a criticism of anarcho-capitalism, here is

Written by Andrew Fulford
Thursday, 31 March 2016 04:16

Yes, the Evolutionary Process Does Depend on Randomness

Atheists will often assert that evolution is not random. (In fact, I was having this conversation just last night!) This is true if we’re talking about the natural selection part of the process, but natural selection can only select from what already exists. It’s the mutations that must provide the new genetic information, and

Written by STR Blog
Thursday, 31 March 2016 04:04

RMM RoundUp March 31, 2016

Leviticus 2-3

I refer you to the excellent introduction and primer on the Book of Leviticus written by my friend Marc Bertrand, you can find that here. The Book of Leviticus is often the “drop out point” in Bible reading ambitions.  The book seems very foreign, very bloody, very repetitive and very obsolete.  We don’t...
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Thursday, 31 March 2016 03:50

Reviewing Jack McElroy’s Which Bible Would Jesus Use?

All of my reviews of Jack McElroy’s book, Which Bible Would Jesus Use?, in one place.

[1] Preliminary Remarks and Forward

[2] The Introduction

[3] Chapter 1

[4] Chapters 2-3

[5] Chapter 4

[6] Chapter 5

[7] Chapter 10

[8] Chapter 13

[9] Chapters 14-17

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Thursday, 31 March 2016 03:30

Paul Washer's Nervous Breakdown: or, What They Really Mean When they say 'Judge Not'

Video is under two minutes long-Gill's Exposition says of the verse in Matthew 7:1- [emphasis mine]

Judge not, that ye be not judged. This is not to be understood of any sort of judgment; not of judgment in the civil courts of judicature, by proper magistrates, which ought to be made and pass, according to the nature of the case; nor of judgment in
Written by The End Time
Thursday, 31 March 2016 03:19

As Easy as That by Dave Miller

6 Moses and Aaron were among his priests, Samuel was among those who called on his name; they called on the Lord and he answered them.7 He spoke to them from the pillar of cloud; they kept his statutes and the decrees he gave them. Psalm 99:6-7The Psalmist mentions three men of God by name. All three of them had their struggles in life. For Moses...
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Thursday, 31 March 2016 03:00

Michael Boling – Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 86

In Proposition 86, George Peters states:

“The object or design of this dispensation is to gather out these elect, to whom, as heirs with Abraham and his seed, Christ, this Kingdom is to be given.”

Now Peters is not promoting dispensationalism with his use of the word dispensation. He is using the term in its more shall we say natural

Written by Mike Boling
Thursday, 31 March 2016 03:00

Revelation 2

Greetings!  This is part of the read-the-New-Testament-in-a-year series running from June 2015 – May 2016.*  Please read and enjoy the word of God and feel free to leave comments and/or ask questions.  Pray that the Holy Spirit will reveal his truths to you.  Don’t just focus on what you don’t understand.

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Thursday, 31 March 2016 02:45

The Daily Discovery (March 31, 2016)

ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article)

Andy Stanley’s Problem with the Bible – “Andy Stanley knows the Bible.  As the son of the popular Baptist pastor, Dr. Charles Stanley, he has grown up under Bible teaching and preaching.  As a pastor of a very large megachurch, North Point Community

Written by Landon Chapman
Thursday, 31 March 2016 02:02

ICWA, Lexi, and the worst of American history

Today I want to give a summary of the foster care case happening out in California involving a family from Grace Church and the ICWA (Indian Child Welfare Act). I—along with many other pastors—have encouraged people to sign a petition about this case, so I think it requires some more explanation, and then I will close with

Written by Jesse Johnson
Thursday, 31 March 2016 02:00

Pray for One Another

Here's an excerpt from Pray for One Another, Donald Whitney's contribution to the March issue of Tabletalk:

Ever had an awkward moment where a fellow Christian asks you to pray for him and you're not sure that what he wants you to pray is a good idea? Here's something that's never out of place to pray in those situations—that God would be

Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Thursday, 31 March 2016 01:00

Other Preachers

“What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.” (Philippians 1:18)

This verse seems to conflict with warnings about false teachers (2 Peter 2:1) and another gospel (Galati... More...

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Thursday, 31 March 2016 01:00

Keep Watch! - The Invitation

Do you ever wonder about the Millennium and what you will be doing there? Have you received the invitation to attend?

Authors: Keep Watch! by Jim Allen - Blogos.org...

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Thursday, 31 March 2016 00:00

Association of Biblical Counselors Conference

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If you are interested in biblical counseling and anywhere near Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, why not come along to the Association of Biblical Counselors Conference on April 14-16. Speakers include Ed Welch, Jen Wilkin, Eric Johnson, and Garrett Higbee. I’ll be speaking on Identity Theft on the Saturday. Hope to meet some of you there.

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Written by David Murray
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 23:00

The Ten and the Seven

Question:

In several of your books you touch on the relation of the classical natural law tradition to the Ten Commandments.  I have a question:  Is there any tradition of connecting natural law not to the Ten Commandments, but to the Noachide commandments discussed in Jewish tradition?  I ask you this question because I cannot seem

Written by jbudziszewski
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 23:00

The Third Temple Period: Daniel’s Prophecy

(Read Part 5)

Daniel prophesied the distinctly dispensational truth that there would be a Jewish temple in the city of Jerusalem during the future eschatological seven-year tribulation period (Dan. 9:27). Daniel recorded the prophecy approximately 2,600 years ago, while King Nebuchadnezzar held him captive in Babylon. The tribulation period is...

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Wednesday, 30 March 2016 23:00

New Books in the PRTS Library

One of the privileges of working at PRTS is the weekly arrival of new books to supplement our library of 70,000+ books. Here are the new picks this week.

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Note: Inclusion in the library does not necessarily mean endorsement of contents. We often have to buy books to help students with specialist theses and also to train students to think critically.

Written by David Murray
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 22:30

My Side, Your Side, or Neither

Church conflict is an ugly, Spirit-quenching, gospel-obscuring tragedy.  Aside from the times where it may be necessary as matters of theology and holiness are at stake, conflict is the result of far more trivial concerns being elevated to crusade-worthy status.  When that happens, Christ’s prayer for his church in John 17:21

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Wednesday, 30 March 2016 22:15

3 Ways the Spirit Works in Us

The Holy Spirit is the least understood member of the Trinity. We can read about the Spirit in the Bible and still come away scratching our heads. In Genesis 1 & 2, the Spirit is hovering over the unformed world. In John 3, Jesus compares the Spirit to wind. In Matthew 3, the Spirit attends Jesus’ baptism in some dove-like shape. We come

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Wednesday, 30 March 2016 22:00

Video: "What If It's All True!" By Alistair Begg

Eyewitness testimonies, the empty tomb, the striking change in the disciples ... the New Testament provides fact-based evidence that Jesus rose from the dead. In this message, Alistair Begg encourages us to a thoughtful consideration of this central Christian truth, emphasizing the need to trust in Christ for our salvation. Through His Word, Jesus

Written by TFL
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 22:00

Leviticus 4; Psalms 1-2; Proverbs 19; Colossians 2

Leviticus 4; Psalms 1-2; Proverbs 19; Colossians 2 

AT AN EARLY STAGE, I WORKED through Proverbs and categorized most of the individual proverbs according to topic. Some fitted into more than one topic. I recognized that there was a disadvantage in this approach: I would lose the thematic connections in some large blocks of material. Still, there

Written by Don Carson
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 22:00

Portrait of a God-Honoring Church, Part 2

(Read Part 1.)

5 - Jesus Did Good by Preaching the Gospel

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him., (Acts 10:38)

Some “churches,” some denominations, and many cultural “Christians” seem to think of

Written by TylerR
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 22:00

Check Out

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Four Warnings for Your Twenties | Marshall Segal, Desiring God “The same temptations that were murdering the believers under Moses are waging a spiritual war against believers today: entertainment, sexual immorality, impatience, and contentment.”

Why Mark Dever Thinks You Should Use Alec Motyer’s New “Psalms of the Day:

Written by David Murray
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 20:50

The Heart-Humbling Relationship-Healing Power of the Gospel

      For he himself (Jesus) is our peace, who has made the two groups one (Jews and Gentiles) and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two,

Written by Scotty Smith
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 20:43

A Bible Believer Looks At Faith, Works And The Judgment Seat Of Christ

The Judgment Seat of Christ is every believers unavoidable destination

“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men;”2 Corinthians 5:10,11a (KJV)

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Written by Geoffrey Grider
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 20:19

If at first you don't secede, try try again

Looks like the South has found a way to win the Civil War after all. If Southern states pass laws against unisex restrooms and locker rooms, blue states will secede from the union by splitting from the South: 
It's secession in reverse. The effect is
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Wednesday, 30 March 2016 19:54

Illinois Bed and Breakfast Ordered to Pay $80,000 for Declining to Host “Gay” Civil Union Ceremony

Illinois Bed and Breakfast Ordered to Pay $80,000 for Declining to Host “Gay” Civil Union Ceremony

“[The homosexual agenda] uses anti-discrimination laws as a bully club when dissenting Americans disagree with men trying to marry men, women marrying women, men changing to women, and women changing to men,” the site reads.

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Wednesday, 30 March 2016 19:27

Danny Hyde – Meet a Puritan: William Ames

William Ames (1576-1633)

Life

William Ames was born in 1576 at Ipswich, Suffolk, then a center of the robust Puritanism. Ames’s father was a well-to-do merchant with Puritan sympathies; his mother was related to families that would help to found Plymouth Plantation. Since both parents died when he was young, he was reared by his maternal

Written by Mike Boling
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 19:23

Joe Thorn – How We May Glorify God

Christians have long understood that we exist for the glory of God. That our purpose in life is found in our Maker and Redeemer. The well known Westminster Shorter Catechism puts it this way:

Q: What is the chief end of man?

A: Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever. (WSC Q.1)

The chief end of every person, the purpose

Written by Mike Boling
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 19:21

Arming Ourselves With the Mindset of Christ

Editor’s note: The purpose of this series is to walk our readers through 1 Peter in order to help them understand what it teaches and how to apply it to our lives. This series is part of our larger commitment to help Christians learn to read, interpret, reflect, and apply the Bible to their own lives.

  • David Dunham opened our series by
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