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
Balance, schmalance…”beer is a gift to be enjoyed in moderation” sayeth my neighbor Georgian evangelical pastor…and brewer.
Alas, the dilemma of today’s newspaper editors. If an evangelical pastor founds a brewery, where should the story go? Better put it in
by Mike Ratliff
18 For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ, 19 whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things. (Philippians 3:18-19 NASB)
When Christians understand their proper role in
The Wretched Segment of the Day: Janet Mefferd at the heart of a protest
Authors: Wretched Radio
Authors: Wretched Radio
The Pope, the death penalty, and a holy year
Authors: Wretched Radio
For years I hear about this documentary film but have never seen it. It was very informative but also very sad and heart-wrenching. If you have lost someone who died from Word of Faith teachings, like I have, this will be very emotional for you to watch. But it is an excellent expose piece that...
"The task of the pastor is to ensure that his congregation is anchored to the Word of God and grounded in the work of Christ" - Alistair Begg
As an eyewitness to the life and ministry of Jesus, Peter wanted new believers to have a record of Christ’s teaching. His second letter summarizes some
20 Now Herod was angry with the people of Tyre and Sidon, and they came to him with one accord, and having persuaded Blastus, the king's chamberlain, they asked for peace, because their country depended on the king's country for food. 21 On an appointed day Herod put on his royal robes, took his seat upon the throne, and delivered an
Heidi Baker profundities from the 2015 Woman on the Frontlines World Convention:
"We're living a life... an oily life... an oily life. I wanna call this an oily life. I wanna live an oily life, full of oil. Where do you get that oil? In the secret place. Intimacy, intimacy, intimacy, intimacy, intimacy! You can't strive for it, you just have...
“Angry? Depressed? Lonely? Uptight? Forlorn? Anxious? – Jesus is the Answer”
We’ve probably all seen questions like the ones above. They point out that Jesus can solve all your problems. In reality – and I want to state this...
29 February 2014.
I’ll be brief today. As Christians, we are citizens of two completely different kingdoms… the Kingdom of Heaven and the kingdom(s) of this world. Our citizenship in the Kingdom of Heaven is by God’s Grace, through Faith in Christ Jesus.
Ephesians 2:1-10 (ESV) | By Grace Through Faith
2 And you were dead
Consider this an exercise in the the analysis of the evolution of the heroic temper.
In his chapter on Vergil in A Preface to Paradise Lost, C.S. Lewis speaks of Aeneas’ “reluctant yet unfaltering search for the abiding city (mansuram urbem)” (emph. orig.). The passage in question comes from the
24For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect.25Behold, I have told you in advance.(Matthew 24:24-25)
Every person who has been born again is equipped to evangelize the lost. So why is it that some of us are hesitant to engage unbelievers with the gospel? Ladies, let's see what God's Word says about evangelism, and then let's be faithful to follow that Word. Click here to listen to this episode of Equipping Eve. Click here for a list of
We are starting to live in a time when the word prophetic should be reserved for anyone who sees and notes what is obviously going on.
My previous post on The Donald elicited various reactions. One kind of response, both in the comments here and on Facebook, complained about the fact that I had posted a tacky picture. And so let us talk about that
In our first post in this series – Bible Warns of Apostasy and Persecution, Part 1 – we introduced the subject of the End Times. We also noted that one of the things that will be evident to indicate we are in the end times prior to the physical return of Jesus is the growing denial of the Second Coming....
Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God (Romans 1:1 ESV)The Greek word that he uses is a compound word, eu-aggelion...
But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles (Matthew 5:39-41).
I love the Sermon on the Mount, as this is where Jesus taught
Did Jesus really rise from the grave on Easter Sunday? Is the Resurrection of Jesus a fabrication created by the disciples in an effort to start a world religion or accomplish some other nefarious goal? Some skeptics claim the disciples stole the body of Jesus from the grave and later fabricated the stories of Jesus’s resurrection
I recently had a nearly 2 hour discussion on the subject of apologetic methodology with Adam Tucker, the director of missions and evangelism at Southern Evangelical Seminary. Our conversation highlighted the key differences between classical apologetics of the Thomistic stripe and presuppositionalism, or what I like to call biblical apologetics.
How can only the chosen and predestined be saved by grace, while "it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes"?
Authors: STR Blog
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Risen: A Pastor’s Movie Review – “About 2/3 of the way through the movie, I was ready to begin my review this way: “Risen is intriguing, but it’s not great.” I’d have talked about how the costumes, acting, and setting were well done,
I'm excited to announce the release of what I believe is one of the most critical resources that Ligonier Ministries has ever produced. Following significant planning and work with our Ligonier teaching fellows and other scholars and pastors, we've completed The Word Made Flesh: The Ligonier Statement on Christology. Building on the great
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.
It takes more thought than you’d think to figure out which years are leap. Years divisible by 4 are leap, except for the century, i.e. years ending in -00 are not leap years, unless the first 2 digits are also divisible by four. Got it?
So 1700 is not a leap year, but 1600 is. That’s why the year 1900 was
My lovely wife and I were sitting in a parenting class at church, when the chairman of the elder board came and asked for us. Actually he asked for “the parents of Calvin Dodson.” Slightly embarrassed, thinking out little one must have thrown a fit, or done something else to show we really needed the parenting class, we got up and went
Hello readers and welcome to this very brief news update! What’s the news for my blog?
Well, I’ve been slugging through my series on modesty and soon that will be done (possibly this week, possibly next). During this last writing stint I’ve realized that tossing out a weekly post is all I can manage right now, with...
Just as we speak about the various attributes of God, so too we can speak about the various attributes of Scripture. Thus we can speak about the authority of Scripture, or the perspicuity (clarity) of Scripture. As to the latter, see here: billmuehlenberg.com/2010/12/01/on-the-perspicuity-of-scripture/
Another attribute of Scripture is its
By Cameron Buettel
The threat of infiltrators is something that secular society takes very seriously. Anyone who enters the United States from abroad knows that. Fingerprint scanners, sophisticated passport technology, and heavily armed border security all indicate that imposters and frauds will not be permitted entry.
It’s tragic that the
“And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures.” (Luke 24:44-45)
On the day of
You’ve heard of the “Man Cave.” Now, meet the “She Shed.”
The video is a bit bizarre in parts, but there are a couple of quotes that contain valuable truth:
“When you’re depleted by giving to your family, to your partner to everyone around you, you need to be able to give to yourself.” (Psychologist Dr
Silence is not an option for Hillsong.
When Pat Mesiti was exposed for getting drunk and sleeping with prostitutes back in the year 2000, Hillsong’s senior pastor Brian Houston and C3’s senior pastor Phil Pringle worked to restore “money-magnet” Mesiti back into ministry. Pat Mesiti was officially
If you check out the KidsBibleReading.com blog you’ll find resources to help you raise your children for the Lord. If you have any articles, books, resources that you think other parents would benefit from, please leave links in the comments below and I’ll add them to the blog.
Since the day our church was planted, our pastors have fielded many questions on the topic of mission from the younger generations in our midst. “Do we have a plan to serve the poor?” “How are we going to plant missional communities in the most underserved parts of our city?” “How soon are we going to be able to bring
A reader comments:
You’ve been blogging about faculty attitudes toward morality and religion. Let me share an incident from my introduction to anthropology course some years ago. It was a graduate “core” course, but some undergrads took it too; the grads had more work, more reading, and weekly tutorials.
I'm amazed at how deep my own consumerism runs. This is most clearly visible to me at how righteously offended I feel when someone or something doesn’t measure up to my expectations. So when, for example, the internet in my home is running slowly, I immediately look for the person who I have determined is the right recipient of my
I’m a fan of the kind of UFO movies that tap into that inscrutable human longing for contact with what’s “out there.” Signs was a good one, not really about aliens at all, but really about faith. E.T. is a classic not least for speaking to a growing generation of lonely children. I love the scene in Contact where those
In a previous article, I claimed that the biggest issue confronting evangelicalism today is not whether to accept homosexuality and same-sex marriage, but whether to accept the diversity of views as compatible with Christian orthodoxy. In other words, can we agree to disagree on the nature and goal of human sexuality and still see our
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I’m that guy that opens up the hood of his car when something goes wrong and stares at everything waiting for a big on/off switch to suddenly appear. I have no idea what I’m doing. If someone came by and said I needed to to replace this filter or pump or spray this stuff or get a new whatever rod, I’d do it. I don’t
In Jacob’s culture, husbands held the final say. Further, God has spoken, and since Jacob has heard him, Jacob must do what God has commanded. Nevertheless, Jacob carefully presents the case to his wives. Jacob’s wives then weigh in as if he is consulting them in 31:14-16.
Why does Jacob consult them? On one level, he needs their
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