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, 01 February 2016 11:10

History of the Church of Christ

Due to a request by two of my readers I am posting this history of the Church of Christ.  I wrote this as a section of an introductory apologetics course for home-school high schoolers. I previously posted, also from this section, an article about the cultic doctrines of the Church of Christ.  This history is, by necessity of brevity,

Written by Glenn E. Chatfield
Monday, 01 February 2016 11:00

Never at Peace

"A dissatisfied heart is never at peace with God, with itself, or with its fellow man." -Alistair Begg

image Listen to Today's Message,"Fights and Quarrels (Part 1 of 2)"

What causes fights and quarrels among followers of Jesus? With unrest in many churches, it’s a relevant subject to address. In James 4, we find several keys to resolving our

Written by TFL
Monday, 01 February 2016 10:33

Isidore, Sententiae 1.1.6b

We come to the end of the first chapter of Book 1 of the Sententiae.1

Inordinate dici seu conferri vitiis ea quae ordinate in Deo sunt, utpote simplicitas, quae aliquando dicitur pro stultitia, et non est. Apud Deum vero summa simplicitas est. Iuxta hanc regulam et cetera aestimanda sunt.

[It is evident that] the things that are in God in an
Written by E.J. Hutchinson
Monday, 01 February 2016 10:29

Memoir and Remains of the Rev. Robert Murray M'Cheyne (eBook)

by Rev. Andrew Bonar

Available in ePub and .mobi formats

Written by Andrew Alexander Bonar, brother of Horatius Bonar, this is a moving and passionate account of Robert Murray M'Cheyne. Bonar, a great friend of M'Cheyne, wrote this biography a year after the death of M'Cheyne. He includes a detailed and insightful portrayal of M'Cheyne’s

Written by John
Monday, 01 February 2016 10:08

MYSTICISM MONDAY – WARNING YOU OF HOW MYSTICISM IS NOW RAPIDLY ENTERING THE CHURCH AND DECEIVING MANY CHRISTIANS TODAY

Have you unknowingly been lured into New Age mystical practices by teachers claiming that certain “new ways to pray” will bring you closer to God? Have you signed up for classes in Spiritual Formation, or has your pastor been preaching on it? Have you been involved in “Christian“ Yoga, Centering Prayer, Contemplative
Written by Mary/Living For His Glory
Monday, 01 February 2016 09:49

Southern Baptist Employee Insults Elderly: “Glad You Left the SBC”

Last week, the Louisiana Baptist Message, an official publication of the Louisiana Baptist State Convention, posted an editorial titled “Does the ERLC Represent the SBC?” With a growing laundry list of concerns about the Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission (ERLC), it’s no wonder that more and more people are waking up

Written by Jeff
Monday, 01 February 2016 09:15

The Charismatic Day of Infamy: June 28th 2008

June 23, 2008 is the "Charismatic Day of Infamy" and you are NOT supposed to know about it or even talk about it. 

If everyone knew about what happened on this day (and stopped making excuses for it) a whole bunch of false teachers would put their tail between their legs, pack up their bags and go home. The "New Apostolic Reformation,"...

Written by Steven Kozar
Monday, 01 February 2016 08:41

All You Need to Know About Conspiracy Theories, Part 1

We’ll get back to our ongoing series in Ecclesiastes, but I wanted to take a short detour to highlight a subject that has been around for eons: conspiracy theories. As we know, some conspiracy theories hold more water than others and of late, it seems that so many people see a conspiracy in just about everything that the whole area of...

Written by modres
Monday, 01 February 2016 08:12

Rachel Held Evans and the Anvil Featured

From time to time, I have had my differences with The Gospel Coalition. Most of the differences have been adjectival, but they have been real nonetheless. But with that said, I do want to take an occasion that has recently presented itself to make a point that underscores how much we are on the same team, wearing the same jersey.

Rachel Held Evans

Written by Douglas Wilson
Monday, 01 February 2016 07:42

Ecumenical Monday: Reformation? What Reformation? Featured

 
I know of a fellow who says he loves God and Jesus but worships a dead woman. This fellow is full of all sorts of unique beliefs: he believes that folks who believe in justification though grace alone are crazy and should be damned, he believes that Christ's work was left incomplete on the cross, he believes that God isn't good enough to confess
Written by Doug Evans
Monday, 01 February 2016 07:34

The “Christian” Left: Lovers of the world and enemies of God Featured

This is a devastating but unsurprising summary of their views.  The data is right here.  While comparing the first two columns of numbers is illuminating, what really stuck out to me was the similarity of the 2nd and 3rd columns.  Note how the churchgoing people who support oxymoronic “same-sex

Written by Eternity Matters
Monday, 01 February 2016 07:17

Do You Know?

Do you know that you are converted? Can you find this wonderful change upon your souls? Have you been thus born again, and made anew? Are not these strange matters to many of you? And such as you never felt upon yourselves? If you cannot tell the day or week of your change, or the very sermon, that converted you, yet, do you find that the work is

Written by EBenz
Monday, 01 February 2016 06:47

Podcast: Strip Club Church

On this episode of P&P, JD answers several sincere questions from concerned Southern Baptists and on a few other matters, discusses Glenn Beck praying at a Ted Cruz event, the Pope saying if you don’t help the poor you’ll go to hell, and then in a Crazy Prophet Segment, a clip from the founder of a Strip Club Church.

As always, you

Written by JD Hall
Monday, 01 February 2016 06:20

Rick Joyner's Demonic Voodoo "Church" Featured

Warning: Viewer discretion advised; the following video is pretty scary:

This video is from a Morningstar Ministries broadcast, but somebody else added the text later; the original video was most likely removed by Morningstar Ministries after somebody realized how this looks much more like a voodoo ritual than a Christian church service. It...

Written by Steven Kozar
Monday, 01 February 2016 05:21

Is C.S. Lewis’s Liar-Lord-or-Lunatic Argument Unsound?

C. S. Lewis popularized the argument that Jesus was either a liar or a lunatic or the Lord. But, as Kyle Barton has shown, he didn’t invent it.

In the mid-nineteenth century the Scottish Christian preacher “Rabbi” John Duncan (1796-1870) formulated what he called a “trilemma.” In Colloquia Peripatetica (

Written by Justin Taylor
Monday, 01 February 2016 03:27

How Can One Know If They Have Been Regenerated? (Video)

Greg discusses how we can be sure of our salvation.

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Monday, 01 February 2016 03:27

The Encroaching Corruption by Dave Miller

6 Senseless people do not know, fools do not understand,7 that though the wicked spring up like grass and all evildoers flourish,    they will be destroyed forever.When you consider all the corruption in both business and politics throughout the world, it makes you want to scream. Very few are caught and are held accountable....
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Monday, 01 February 2016 03:27

How Can You Know If You Have Been Regenerated? (Video) Featured

Greg discusses how we can be sure of our salvation.

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There is hardly a Christian alive, I imagine, who has not wondered if they were really a Christian or not. “Maybe I'm not a believer? I think I am, but maybe I'm not.” I have had that thought myself, so don't think you’re odd if that thought has crossed

Written by STR Blog
Monday, 01 February 2016 03:00

When Your Opponents Build Their Case by Trying to Deconstruct Yours

I’ve been involved in many criminal trials over the years, sitting next to the prosecutor and evaluating the approach of the defense team as they attempted to counter the case offered by the District Attorney. Both sides have the opportunity to present evidence and offer witnesses to support their position, but I’ve been in many

Written by jwallace
Monday, 01 February 2016 02:45

The Daily Discovery (February 1, 2016)

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

Why We Pray for Our Meals – “Praying before we eat a meal is a beautiful thing — or should be a beautiful thing. It is gloriously appropriate to give thanks and praise to God from whom all blessings flow. And to have food to eat is a merciful blessing.”

Em

Written by Landon Chapman
Monday, 01 February 2016 02:00

The Secret to a Happy Life

James is sometimes called the "New Testament book of Proverbs." That's because of passages such as James 4 that give us a series of loosely linked aphorisms of practical, godly wisdom. This chapter begins with our universal concern about conflict:

What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war
Written by R.C. Sproul
Monday, 01 February 2016 02:00

Hebrews 9

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.

Written by Eternity Matters
Monday, 01 February 2016 01:08

End of January 2016 Presuppositional Apologetics’ Links

Monday, 01 February 2016 01:01

Prepare to Die Featured

We all need to take to heart the well-rehearsed injunction of the iconic swordsman, Iñigo Montoya, to the six-fingered man: “Prepare to die!” One way to apply this sage advice is to craft a nifty epitaph for your tombstone. This prevents eccentric relatives with a penchant for rhyming from composing one of these actual examples:

Written by Clint Archer
Monday, 01 February 2016 01:00

Is God Your Treasure?

​I recently attended a gathering of ministries in Dallas, Texas where we discussed utilizing digital channels effectively for the Kingdom. Part of our time was spent listening to Bob Lepine share from the scriptures. In one of these sessions he shared five essential components of the Gospel from a John Piper message at 'Together for the
Written by Remember Ministries - Blog
Monday, 01 February 2016 00:00

The Hedge of Protection Featured

by Cameron Buettel

Have you noticed how some Christians speak a different language when they pray? I’m not referring to speaking in “angelic” gibberish language or whatever passes for “speaking in tongues” these days. I’m talking about how some believers attempt to elevate the language and terminology they use

Written by Grace to You Blog
Monday, 01 February 2016 00:00

The Wonderful Angel

“And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Why askest thou thus after my name, seeing it is secret?” (Judges 13:18)

This intriguing encounter occurred during one of Israel’s periods of apostasy and servitude, when the people had been ruled for 40 years by the pagan Philistines. There was one godly couple in the tribe of Dan,

Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Sunday, 31 January 2016 23:51

Confessing the impassible God - II

This is the concluding half of the Foreword to

Confessing the Impassible God (RBAP, Palmdale, California)

edited by 

Ronald S. Baines

Richard C. Barcellos

James P. Butler

Stefan T. Lindblad

James M.  Renihan

III

We have already noticed the close connection between divine impassibility and divine immutability, that one is an aspect of the

Written by Helm's Deep
Sunday, 31 January 2016 23:00

6 Ways to Ruin Your First Pastorate

How do you avoid quick pastoral turnover? None of us go into our first pastorate hoping to be forced to leave after a year or two. What can you do to give yourself the best shot at success?

It’s only by God’s grace that we are able to persevere in any ministry he calls us to, whether as a pastor, a leader, or a church member. However,

Written by For The Church Recently Added Resources
Sunday, 31 January 2016 23:00

Read Alistair Begg's Letter for February

Dear Friend,

On Christmas Day 1939 when Britain was at war with Nazi Germany, King George VI ended his speech to the nation by quoting from a poem that had been given to him by his daughter Elizabeth, who is now the Queen:

“I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: ‘Give me a light that I may tread safely into the

Written by TFL
Sunday, 31 January 2016 23:00

Patient Parenting

If there’s one lesson I’ve learned in parenting five kids (now aged 2, 12, 14, 18, 19), it’s the need for patience. That has not come easily to the second most impatient man in the world, but parenting has certainly exercised and strengthened this spiritual muscle over the years. So much so, I now believe that patience is

Written by David Murray
Sunday, 31 January 2016 23:00

The Future of the Life of the Mind (2)

Question:

I just wanted to write to say thank you for “The Future of the Life of the Mind,” and for your references to the Sertillanges book in other blog posts.  Encouragement in the “traditional” intellectual life is rare.

I’m also encouraged by your observation that intellectual organizations these days are "all

Written by jbudziszewski
Sunday, 31 January 2016 22:30

How to Help Your Wife in Church Planting

When my husband and I first considered that God might be calling us to plant a church, we attended a church planting conference, and I looked around at all the other women and felt that they must certainly not be feeling all that I was--fear, uncertainty, and doubt, among other things. Now that we’re on the other side of a church plant and I

Written by For The Church Recently Added Resources
Sunday, 31 January 2016 22:15

How Proverbs 29:18 is Not About Your Church Vision Statement

"Where there is no vision, the people perish . . ." -- Proverbs 29:18 (KJV)

Proverbs 29:18 may be one of the most misapplied verses in all the evangelical church today. Many a church leader has used it to spiritualize his strategies and blackmail followers into supporting his entrepreneurialism. Vision statements are cast. Mission statements are

Written by For The Church Recently Added Resources
Sunday, 31 January 2016 22:15

Are You Out of (Evangelism) Shape?

Christians approach evangelism a lot like dieting and exercise: we are comfortable doing what we are comfortable with. Occasionally, someone says something that unsettles us. They make us uncomfortable.

In terms of our physical health, we respond by analysis and often times action. We start a diet, join a gym, or pledge to be more fit. I

Written by Erik Raymond
Sunday, 31 January 2016 22:00

Going Rogue

(From Voice magazine, Jan/Feb 2016.)

African elephants are the largest land animal on earth. At 12,000 pounds and ten feet tall, they can intimidate anyone and anything. Elephants don’t worry much about predators.

The norm is to live in herds within a matriarchal social structure. The largest female leads the group of eight to one hundred

Written by Paul Seger
Sunday, 31 January 2016 22:00

February's Resource: "Respectable Sins" by Jerry Bridges

The Bible tells us that we all sin and are in need of a Savior, but what does sin look like? Daily sins that perhaps are classified as “small” or “inconsequential” are often overlooked yet, at the same time, are being sown into the lives of those around us and affecting our lives in a consequential way.

In his book Respectabl

Written by TFL
Sunday, 31 January 2016 22:00

The Prophetic Relevance of Ezekiel 38 39

Editor’s Note: On Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, Dispensational Publishing House, Inc. announced that it had received its first book contract back from Dr. Andy Woods, who will author this first volume. This is a major milestone for DPH, which expects to release the book in late spring. Woods will offer an exposition of the prophetic revelation...

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Sunday, 31 January 2016 22:00

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Sunday, 31 January 2016 21:49

Review: Favorite Poems

Favorite Poems by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Enjoyed very much. Particularly like running across well-worn phrases that I presume originated with Longfellow — ships passing in the night, patter of little feet, into each life some rain must fall. I particularly enjoyed Miles Standish, which I somehow

Written by Douglas Wilson
Sunday, 31 January 2016 21:47

Blonds have more fun

This post is about the transgender movement, but I'm going to back into that issue by using a different example.

Recently, as I was sitting at a park bench, I noticed a young Asian male jogger whizz by. Normally, I wouldn't pay attention, but what caught my attention is that he had blond hair. Garish blond. The tint reminded me of the gay

Written by steve
Sunday, 31 January 2016 21:44

Review: The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond


The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond
by G.K. Chesterton My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I love Chesterton’s non-fiction, top drawer stuff. But I must confess that I sometimes find his fiction tedious and contrived, with fun spots here and there. Oh, well.

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Sunday, 31 January 2016 21:06

The divine mind-reader

1. Freewill theism has a generic theodicy: the freewill defense. (That can be supplemented by other theodicies, like the soul-making theodicy.)

According to the argument from evil, an omnipotent, omniscient, and benevolent God is blameworthy for failing to preempt any preventable evil–especially gratuitous evil.

The freewill defense denies

Written by steve
Sunday, 31 January 2016 21:04

A Good Gracious God Has Numbered Our Days and Is Writing Our Stories

     Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand—when I awake, I am still with you. Ps. 139:16-18 (NI

Written by Scotty Smith
Sunday, 31 January 2016 21:00

Genesis 33; Mark 4; Esther 9-10; Romans 4

Genesis 33; Mark 4; Esther 9-10; Romans 4

THE SO-CALLED PARABLE OF THE SOWER (Mark 4:1-20) might better be called the parable of the soils, for the variable that gives the parable life and depth is the variation in the land onto which the seed is thrown.

Because Jesus provides the interpretation of his own story, its primary emphases should not be

Written by Don Carson
Sunday, 31 January 2016 20:42

Traveling to a new land—Genesis 28—29

Before Isaac sends Jacob to Mesopotamia, he blesses Jacob to possess the land of his sojournings (Gen 28:4). More significantly, before Jacob can leave for Mesopotamia, God appears to Jacob and promises him the land on which he lies, and that God will bring him back to this land (28:13-15).

After God speaks to Jacob in his sleep, Jacob sets up a

Written by Craig Keener
Sunday, 31 January 2016 19:15

In Poor Communities, Does Doctrine Matter?

A few years ago I (Mike) sat down for coffee with an old college friend and listened to him explain how his view of ministry had changed since we had been students. He was now in leadership over college ministries on a number of local university campuses, and he was explaining their decision not to be as “cross-centered” (his word) as

Written by Alex Duke
Sunday, 31 January 2016 19:02

War Room Featured

 

One of the problems with so many apologetics ministries is the propensity to nit-pick every little detail of someone’s teachings, or lifestyle, or productions.  I have been a wee bit guilty of this myself at times and when I notice it in my older articles I delete them for that cause — or at least clean out the nit-picking part.

Written by Glenn E. Chatfield
Sunday, 31 January 2016 18:58

Hillsong narpocrite Christine Caine reviewed at Passion 2016 Featured

Narpocrite – a type of narcissist so caught up in their own self aggrandisement that they spout advice or teaching that contradicts their own teaching, character or lifestyle.Word origin: Merging of “narcissist” and “hypocrite”.

Chris Rosebrough recently reviewed a message by pastrix Christine Caine at the whacky

Written by churchwatcher
Sunday, 31 January 2016 18:40

Book of the Month/February 2016

Tim Bayly recommended this book to me a few years ago, and so I promptly bought it. It takes very little to get me to buy a book. But since that time I have been nibbling on the book and just now finished it. The book is a delightful read, full of the kind of conundra that fascinates me, like how to form the plural of conundrum. I looked it up,

Written by Douglas Wilson