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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So what is it to which covenant theology refers? The key issue for covenant theology, as it comes to...
Is there really anything left to say about Donald Trump? And would anything I say make a difference? Well, maybe and maybe not. But sometimes putting your thoughts down on paper is therapeutic. And sometimes you want your convictions registered in public for posterity’s sake, not to mention for the sake of conscience.
So here’s my
Kept my interest throughout, but overall, bleh.
Authors: Douglas Wilson
The group of adults sat in a circle, not unlike any small gathering of church folks you might expect to find any night of the week. The uncomfortable silence hung thickly in the air. The only sound breaking the awkwardness was the fidgeting about caused by the question that the leader of the group had just asked. The question that had everyone
Growing up, I was Michael Jordan's biggest fan. I regularly wrote him to ask for his autograph and invite him to my birthday parties. I was convinced I would one day be great like him, so finally after much pleading, my parents sent me to basketball camp when I was a pre-teen.
I hated it. It was nothing but drills on proper free throw techniques.
I am an abolitionist.
What is an abolitionist and how does it compare to being pro-life? Abolish Human Abortion (AHA) lays it out…
“Abolitionist” is not a synonym for “pro-lifer.”
Pro-life is the expression of a moral opinion. Abolition is the expression of a moral action. When you call yourself “pro-life”
Marsha West writes:
Evangelicalism as a movement is rushing headlong toward theological ambiguity, which is another way of saying apostasy. ~ Michael Horton
The failure of modern evangelicalism is the failure to understand the holiness of God. ~ R.C. Sproul
At one time the word evangelical was used to differentiate Protestantism from Roman
Hope for a Hopeless Marriage“I don’t know what your marriage looks like. Ours looked hopeless, but it wasn’t. We were so far away from Christ that divorce seemed inevitable, but it wasn’t. We are living proof that there is hope and that God can take wreckage and build something lasting and beautiful through
The notion that there is objective, verifiable, fixed, universal, and defined truth is obsolete today, and the very idea of anything “absolute” is under attack. This opposition to truth is not new, for in every generation when the truth of Jesus Christ is declared and proclaimed, the evil one works to undermine it and sow seeds of
A NUMBER OF PROVERBS in this book bear on the matter of disputes. Some deal with the judicial level—e.g., “It is not good to be partial to the wicked or to deprive the innocent of justice” (Prov. 18:5). Again, “The first to present his case seems right, till another comes
“Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain.They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless…For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing
Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. Rev. 3:19-20 (ESV)
Dear Lord Jesus, every day we have the privilege of living the hymn, “O Love That Will Not Let
While the English word “gospel” comes from the older English word “god-spell” which means “good news” or “glad tidings” (which in turn comes from the Greek word euangelion (which means “good message”), the biblical gospel in fact is a combination of bad news and good news.
In Proposition 85, George Peters states:
“Neither Abraham, nor his engrafted seed have as yet inherited the Kingdom; hence the Kingdom must be something different from “piety”, “religion”, and God’s reign in the heart.”
Peters walks down the through process one step further, noting that since we have yet to
‘Prove to me that God created everything!’ Have you had anyone say that to you? Or ‘Prove to me that God exists’? Have you ever tried to do that, but encountered a brick wall of resistance where the challenger dismisses anything you have to offer? Your friend might even say, ‘You just have faith, you have no evidence,
I am not at all sure exactly when or why the topic of persuasion began to preoccupy my thoughts. I am sure that there must be a number of influences in my past that, cumulatively though somewhat subconsciously, were catalysts in my own thinking.
The one event that I do remember was an illustration that Os Guinness gave in a lecture that I attended
Martyn Lloyd-Jones ministry has had a massive impact on the confessional evangelicalism of the 20th century and now the 21st century. His ministry was marked by a love for God’s Word, His people, and the Church. Starting out as a medical doctor, the man known as “The Doctor” had a prominent medical career and was on the rise in
By Tim Stratton
The topic of my master’s thesis while at Biola University focused on what it means to genuinely be a “freethinker.” This argument — called the Freethinking Argument Against Naturalism — deductively proves that not only does libertarian free will exist, but so does the human soul. If the
Lately, my two daughters (ages 6 and 4) have been arguing incessantly every morning. It’s the first thing I hear every day, echoing from down the hall:
“Stop staring at me!”
“Then leave my room!”
“You’re so mean!”
“No, you’re the meanest in the world!”
Reigning between Ahaz his father and Manasseh his son, Hezekiah was a good king of Judah who sought God and worked to turn the hearts of the people back to the One True God after years of chasing idols. Yet later in his life, Hezekiah blundered in pride and the result was a nearsightedness that failed to have care for the future generations so
We rightly think of Abraham as our ancestor in faith, but his faith began small, just like all of ours. The faith necessary for God to count him righteous (Gen 15:6) was much less than the extraordinary faith demonstrated when he offered up Isaac years later (22:3). Abraham’s faith, like ours grew over the years. It was not something that he
Celebrated historian David Hackett Fischer:
Professional historians have shown so little interest in the subject that in two centuries no scholar has published a full-scale history of Paul Revere’s ride. During the 1970s, the event disappeared so completely from academic scholarship that several leading college textbooks in American history
The Wretched Segment of the Day: Rob Bell has gone off the deep end
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The Wretched Segment of the Day: Rob Bell has gone off the deep end
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by Mike Ratliff
32 Remember Lot’s wife. 33 Whoever seeks to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it. (Luke 17:32-33 NASB)
Believe it or not, there are parallels of God’s grace in remembering Abraham and thereby saving Lot from destruction and remembering Christ when at the final judgment and
In Part I of Wisdom from Proverbs, we looked at 7 Habits of a Fool. It’s easy to pick on fools because they’re so blatantly…well, foolish! But not playing the fool doesn’t necessarily prove that you’re wise either. In fact, Proverbs 17:28 says, “Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered...
OK. So I think it’s safe to say that of all the Christian apologists out there, David Robertson is my least favorite debater. Why? Many reasons, but mostly because he does not bring in evidence, especially scientific evidence. And he seems to make these clever quips like G. K.
Imagine reaching thousands upon thousands of people and almost never having to open your mouth. Sounds impossible doesn’t it? Other than the fact that millions of professing believers think they can actually accomplish this kind of thing by just living a Christian lifestyle among the lost, there is truly a way which you can do this. Gospel
1. How does a church become incorporated?
Incorporation takes an affirmative action on the part of the church in order for it to be incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation under the laws of the state in which it is located. Typically, state law requires nothing more initially than that the church file “Articles of Incorporation”
I promise to move on to other issues on Thursday, but needed to address a few more issues on text topics and the whole “Ecclesiastical Text” movement. Looked at 1 John 3:1 and the Pericope Adulterae (John 7:53-8:11) and again asked serious questions of the fundamental assertions of this movement.
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“Church constitution.” There—when I said that—you could just feel the spiritual and theological power roll over you, couldn’t you? Probably not. In fact, most people—even church leaders—don’t tend to think of their constitutions as theological documents at all, much less as something having any real
You’re planting a new church, so your “to do” list is long. But there is one constant. At the bottom, it always says: “draft the constitution.” Those words stay at the bottom because, if you’re honest, you’re mildly afraid of the job—which seems better suited for a lawyer.
And if you’re even
From time to time a church may need to revise its foundational documents (statement of faith, covenant, by-laws, constitution, etc.). In normal cases, the leadership of the church (elders, deacons, or staff—depending on your polity) would be responsible for initiating and overseeing this process. But sometimes churches with an acute need to
As pastors, we know that it’s important to not just have a Statement of Faith (SOF) and Church Covenant (CC), but to help our congregation understand why we have them and how we use them. They are not intended to be dusty documents that hang on a wall, but active aids in guarding the sound doctrine we’ve been entrusted with (2 Timothy
Editor’s note: We talked to two different pastors about why they chose to work with the documents they had, rather than to write new ones.
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By Mark Vroegop
The first home I purchased was the ugliest on the block. The pitted, flaking, and whitewashed cedar, along with a yellow door and lime green trim screamed, “No way!” But
It's customary in some circles to distinguish between Indian philosophy and folk Buddhism or folk Hinduism. However, that doesn't mean folk Hindus and folk Buddhists aren't real Hindus or Buddhists. To the contrary, theirs is the lived religion, as opposed to philosophical abstractions.
We might draw the same distinction with regard to
During college, I was looking for one more class to complete the hours needed for a minor in speech when I came across this course called “Parliamentary Procedure.” It sounded boring, but easy, so I signed up. I had no idea what I was getting into. Parliamentary Procedure was the study of the rules used by large governing bodies such
Paul wrote his epistle to the Philippians against the backdrop of the church’s concern for Paul, during his first Roman imprisonment, as he awaited his trial before Nero.
The believers in Philippi must have wondered how Paul was holding up. Was this imprisonment discouraging him? Would he be released? Could he return to Philippi to help them
I'd say the age of aerial drones closes a chapter in the history of ufology. With the proliferation of drones, it will be so reasonable to discount reported sightings of UFOs as drones. Even if the observer was sincere, it will be so easy to chalk that up to mistaken identity–combined with the fact that SF films and ufology lore have
The Eighth in a Series of Sermons on 1 Peter
All of us have consciences which accuse us because we have all sinned against God and disobeyed his commandments. And so whenever we suffer or are persecuted by those with power over us, there is a little voice within which says to us, “why, of course, you are suffering.”
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