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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Friday, 18 September 2015 14:58

NEW MOVIE, CAPTIVE: The Stories Behind the Story and Another Plug for The Purpose Driven Movement Featured

LTRP Note: On September 18th, a new movie will hit the theaters, Captive. The film is the story about Ashley Smith, the young woman who was held captive by an escaped murderer and how she convinced him to give himself up. When the incident happened in 2005, it came out in news reports that the […]

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Friday, 18 September 2015 14:14

Daily Clip, September 18, 2015

Words from an abortion survivor

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Friday, 18 September 2015 14:11

The Wretched Segment of the Day - September 18, 2015

The Wretched Segment of the Day: Another movie about a fictional trip to heaven

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Friday, 18 September 2015 13:37

What’s Really in the Planned Parenthood Videos? Featured

There’s some confusion on both sides out there about what’s in the Planned Parenthood videos. You can watch the episode that’s being debated here, in which a former tech from StemExpress describes what she witnessed in a Planned Parenthood clinic.

Here are some important clarifications:

  • At 4:02, O’Donnell says the tech said
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Friday, 18 September 2015 13:34

A Very Pleasant Surprise . . .

The members of the Selbständige Evangelisch-Reformierte Kirche surprised me with a German edition of my book, A Case for Amillennialism.

The translation was done by one of the church members and approved by the publisher (Baker Books).  The German title means "Dispute Over the Millennium."

Authors: Kim Riddlebarger

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Friday, 18 September 2015 13:03

5 Trends Christian Millennials MUST STOP Doing

We recently posted a video that showed young Christians (millennials) offering their view of Christianity, as if their views were orthodox. However, their views were decidedly unorthodox.  In fact, what they believe comes right out of the liberal play book.  So the young people are actually liberal “Christians.” But they want

Written by Marsha West
Friday, 18 September 2015 12:57

Talking with Mormons: When Beliefs Contradict Themselves Featured

Yesterday, I had two LDS missionaries come to my door. These sisters have visited me before; they came to the door a couple of weeks ago asking me to sign a birthday card for a neighbor which gave me the opportunity to engage them in conversation. Both girls were in their early twenties and both had grown up in Utah. Each had at least one

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Friday, 18 September 2015 12:08

Should churches be seeker sensitive?

Episode 1700

Authors: James

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Friday, 18 September 2015 11:34

Policewoman

Last month, John Piper gave a controversial answer to a question about whether a woman should be a police officer: 

http://www.desiringgod.org/interviews/should-women-be-police-officers

Mind you, his answer is utterly predictable given his general position. In that respect, there should be nothing controversial about the fact that Piper said

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Friday, 18 September 2015 10:26

SERMON: Savior on Mt. Zion

From 66 Gospels, “Savior on Mt. Zion,” from the prophet Obadiah.

As always, you can listen above or download and listen from SermonAudio or iTunes by clicking the links below.

Written by JD Hall
Friday, 18 September 2015 10:19

Judicial authority

I'm going to comment on this post:

http://turretinfan.blogspot.com/2015/09/obergefell-is-law.html

I don't know with whom TFan is shadowboxing. Perhaps it is, in part, Facebook friends. I'd just say that my own position is more qualified than what he's attacking in his post. 

Some dear friends have been going around claiming that Obergefell(fn1)

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Friday, 18 September 2015 10:07

The Necessity of Calvinism in Evangelism

 Some time ago I appeared as a guest on a podcast called "Calvinist Batman & Friends." The host wished to discuss evangelism with me because he had heard me discuss it before and had seen me doing it before on YouTube.  When I accepted the invitation there was a number of angles I figured I could take, and yet when I considered...
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Friday, 18 September 2015 10:07

The Necessity of Calvinism in Evangelism Featured

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Some time ago I appeared as a guest on a podcast called "Calvinist Batman & Friends." The host wished to discuss evangelism with me because he had heard me discuss it before and had seen me doing it before on YouTube.  When I accepted the invitation there was a number of angles I...

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Friday, 18 September 2015 10:02

“Love Most Violent for Saving”

In commenting on Psalm 47.14 (48.13)ponite corda vestra in virtute eius (“place your hearts in its [Zion’s] strength”), Augustine startlingly says the following:

Quae est virtus civitatis huius? Qui vult intellegere virtutem huius civitatis, intellegat vim caritatis. 1 Ipsa est virtus quam nemo vincit. Huius

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Friday, 18 September 2015 10:00

Righteousness Means...

"Righteousness means we are pursuing a conduct that is in accordance with God’s will and is pleasing to Him." -Alistair Begg

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To some people the word “pious” sounds archaic. But when Paul instructed Timothy to avoid certain traits, piety was not among them! Alistair

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Friday, 18 September 2015 09:47

War Room’s Priscilla Shirer’s Contemplative History, and Why It Matters Featured

For You have abandoned Your people, the house of Jacob, Because they are filled with influences from the east, And they are soothsayers like the Philistines, And they strike bargains with the children of foreigners. (Isaiah 2:6)

“…I knew the Lord was calling me to experience Him in prayer in a brand new way.” [1] —

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Friday, 18 September 2015 09:43

These Are Not the Lord’s Cheeeps Featured

Señor Ramon: There is no flavor. There are no spices. Where are the chips? Nacho: Somebody stole them. Señor Ramon: Did you not tell them that they were the Lord’s chips? Nacho: I was trying to!

Doritos is now partnering with the LGBT campaign, It Gets Better, to produce rainbow-colored Doritos in support of the gay agenda. The

Written by JD Hall
Friday, 18 September 2015 09:27

Free Will to Murder?

  Has the Christian apologetic been hampered by free will doctrine?   I started my study into the world of apologetics about three years ago. It was through a deeper study of the Scriptures that I began seeing my own inconsistency, I was unable to answer the objections given to me from unbelieving challengers of the faith. I saw my own...
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Friday, 18 September 2015 09:27

Free Will to Murder? Featured

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Has the Christian apologetic been hampered by free will doctrine?
I started my study into the world of apologetics about three years ago. It was through a deeper study of the Scriptures that I began seeing my own inconsistency, I was unable to answer the objections given to me from unbelieving...

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Friday, 18 September 2015 09:10

Random Aberrations, Apostasies, and Heresies

 

Women need to stop trying to get in the pulpit; the Bible is very plain that this role isn’t for them.Oh my — another false teacher proclaiming to know the date of the end of the world.Another review of “War Room” which doesn’t soft-soap it as so many do.This bishop thinks that the Catholic Church—as well as the

Written by Glenn E. Chatfield
Friday, 18 September 2015 08:52

Shades of faith

Scripture contains many encouraging promises. To no small extent, Christians live on the promises of Scripture. The nice thing about a divine promise is that it connotes certainty. Something you can count on. 

Then there's hope. That's more than a wish, but less than a promise. Sometimes a Christian must settle for hope. He'd prefer a promise,

Written by steve
Friday, 18 September 2015 08:44

Megachurches – Then and Now 1960 – 2012 (Roger Simpson)

This has nothing to do with this article, but our author is now a national media star, as can be demonstrated from this article in the Washington Post. Interestingly, one of the “Tri-state” areas there is Sioux City (Iowa/Nebraska/South Dakota), where I live, and the IA/MN/SD point is not too far north of here. 

This chart shows

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Friday, 18 September 2015 08:37

Principled Carve-Outs and the Other Kind Featured

Jesus said that when we are persecuted in one city, we should flee to the next (Matt. 10:23). The apostle Peter disappeared from the book of Acts a wanted man (Acts 12:17). The apostle Paul was lowered from the city wall of Damascus in a basket (2 Cor. 11:33). If we apply this thoughtfully, we can see that a case can be made for Christians making

Written by Douglas Wilson
Friday, 18 September 2015 08:30

THERE WILL BE GENDER IN HEAVEN?

Note: The following text is part (indeed, a draft) of a book that I am writing about heaven. I translated it because a discussion raised on a post, by a friend of mine. 

Throughout history, different positions on this issue were presented by respected theologians. However, this book favors the continuity of gender in eternity. But that does...

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Friday, 18 September 2015 07:59

2 Samuel 14; 2 Corinthians 7; Ezekiel 21; Psalm 68

2 Samuel 14; 2 Corinthians 7; Ezekiel 21; Psalm 68 

WHAT A TWISTED THING SIN IS. Its motives and machinations are convoluted and perverse.

At one level the account of 2 Samuel 14 is pretty straightforward. At another, it is full of thought-provoking ironies.

David adopts the worst of all possible courses. At first he cannot simply forgive Absalom,

Written by Don Carson
Friday, 18 September 2015 07:56

Friday Sermon | “Getting the Picture” by Alistair Begg

Today, I’d like to share a timely sermon by Alistair Begg entitled “Getting the Picture” preached on 13 September, 2015 at Parkside Church.

Biblical prophecy can be confusing and difficult to understand. The apocalyptic images in Daniel 7 communicate truth in a way that is vivid and that can be understood

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Friday, 18 September 2015 07:44

A beautiful alternative

“Revival occurs as a group of people who, on the whole, think they already know the gospel discover they do not really or fully know it, and by embracing the gospel they cross over into living faith.  When this happens in any extensive way, an enormous release of energy occurs.  The church stops basing its justification on its

Written by Ray Ortlund
Friday, 18 September 2015 07:39

The Puritans: The Second Generation Reformers

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The Puritan age was a golden era of church history. Few generations have ever been assembled on the stage of human history were more devoted to godly living than the Puritans. Randall Peterson notes, “As seers of Divine truth, and as surgeons of human souls, the Puritans remain...

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Friday, 18 September 2015 07:18

Random Bits

Praise the Lord! A Texas pastor talked an armed Muslim terrorist wannabee out of murdering members of his flock.Vladimir Putin is sending tanks and Russian soldiers into Syria to protect Christians from Muslims. Gog-Magog? I'm not quite sure how to digest this

Written by Doug Evans
Friday, 18 September 2015 07:17

On Gender Differences and Evangelical Complementarianism

Aimee Byrd and I would dearly like to withdraw our claim that gender differences are ‘irrelevant to broad swathes of our lives.’ Unfortunately, as Cardinal Newman might have said, ‘Withdraw it? We claim we never said it!’

Any reading of the exchange to which David Talcott refers would make it clear that Aimee Byrd and I

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Friday, 18 September 2015 07:00

All Christians are Christians? Featured

This may seem like a strange title, but after my comments on an article that I read this week on FoxNews, I think you will see the dilemma I am in.

However, before I continue with my comments on the article, I want to say that there are many who will take umbrage and be offended at what I will say here today. You see, we have become a nation of

Written by Mark Anthony Escalera
Friday, 18 September 2015 06:34

22 Mistakes Pastors Make in Practicing Church Discipline Featured

Pastors sometimes make the following mistakes regarding formal church discipline.

1. They fail to teach their congregation what church discipline is and why they should practice it.

2. They fail to practice meaningful membership, which includes (1) teaching people what membership entails before they join; (2) encouraging casual attenders to join;

Written by Alex Duke
Friday, 18 September 2015 05:00

The Second Helvetic Confession

CHAPTER I

Of The Holy Scripture Being The True Word of God

CANONICAL SCRIPTURE. We believe and confess the canonical Scriptures of the holy prophets and apostles of both Testaments to be the true Word of God, and to have sufficient authority of themselves, not of men. For God himself spoke to the fathers, prophets, apostles, and still speaks to us

Written by Mike Boling
Friday, 18 September 2015 05:00

Michael Boling – The Destiny of the Unevangelized and the Nature of Hell

The Destiny of the Unevangelized and the Nature of Hell

In order to explicate the destiny of the unevangelized, one must ascertain a biblical exegesis of the term “unevangelized” to determine if it is within the bounds of scriptural exposition. Psalm 19:1 declares “The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament shows His

Written by Mike Boling
Friday, 18 September 2015 05:00

Nick Batzig – Guardian Angels?

“You must have a guardian Angel watching over you!” You’ve either heard it said or have said it to someone after their life took an unexpected and much needed turn for the better. It might seem like an irrelevant question in our post-modern, technological, post-enlightenment, scientific world; but, I care deeply about whether

Written by Mike Boling
Friday, 18 September 2015 05:00

Book Review: Jonathan Cahn’s ‘The Harbinger’ Featured

Needless to say, I’m late to the game. Jonathan Cahn’s The Harbinger was published in 2012 and since then, we’ve seen the claims of his latest book The Mystery of the Shemitah fall flat. But with so many believers reading his books, it seemed prudent to give this one a crack.

I’ll be honest up front. I was very skeptical

Written by Nate Pickowicz
Friday, 18 September 2015 05:00

Answered prayer is a powerful testimony.....

Answered prayer is a powerful testimony.....Daily thoughts, musings, rant, prayer requests, and stuff:***Proverbs 18:10-11 - contrast the name of the Lord as a strong tower providing safety to the righteous in verse 10---to the delusions and vain purpose of the rich man going it alone in verse 11.
  • End times and date setting:  Yes, most
Written by Mike Sullivan
Friday, 18 September 2015 04:46

How to apply logic to arguments, part 2

Editors’ note: Part I of this two-part series was published on Tuesday.

Engaging the culture involves more than the picking apart of opposing arguments. While this is important, you must develop and use well-reasoned arguments. It is far too easy to point out the faults and inaccuracies of someone else’s argument, but to make this your

Written by J. Daniel McDonald
Friday, 18 September 2015 04:06

Where Are We Being Led? Featured

There are several voices out there warning us of all sort of things.  People talking about “Blood Moons”, “Shemitahs”, economic collapse and the Pope meeting with President... [...]

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Friday, 18 September 2015 04:00

Love One Another Featured

I've been uploading some sermons from 1st Peter to my website, and I wanted to use this Article as an opportunity to reflect upon one verse that I find incredibly challenging.

For me, 1 Peter 1:22 may be one of the most difficult commands not only in this letter, but in the entirety of Scripture.

Here's what Peter says: "Having purified your souls

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