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, 14 April 2016 21:09

Good cultural backgrounds helps us trust Scripture

Lots of skeptics today criticize the Bible, oblivious to the cultural setting that it was addressing. Instead of seeing how biblical texts improved values of their surrounding culture, skeptics condemn the Bible for not promoting twenty-first century values that (whether we agree with those values or not) no one had heard of in biblical times.

Written by Craig Keener
Thursday, 14 April 2016 20:28

T4G Live Blogging – Getting The Gospel Right And Getting The Gospel Out

There were 10 plenary sessions at this year’s T4G conference and the last 5 of those sessions appeared to have as their focus the need to get the Gospel right and the need to get the Gospel out. 

Getting The Gospel Right:

John Piper opened the second half of the conference by focusing on what he understood as the foundational doctrine of...
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Thursday, 14 April 2016 19:56

Francis Schaeffer and the Lord’s Work Featured

Most people think of Francis Schaeffer of one of our great Christian apologists of last century. And that he certainly was. His work in the mountains of Switzerland, L’Abri, was and still is a terrific ministry which has reached so many people.

But he started as an American pastor, and of course he always had a pastor’s heart. I

Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Thursday, 14 April 2016 18:39

The Trials of Life

Editor’s note: The purpose of this series is to walk our readers through James 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.

  • Today Dave opened our series by looking at J
Written by Dave Jenkins
Thursday, 14 April 2016 18:37

R. C. Sproul – Don’t Pray like a Pagan

Jesus was saying in Matthew 6:7 that we must not regard prayer as some kind of magical incantation, for that is how pagans pray. They recite certain phrases over and over again, with no understanding of what the words mean. In these contexts, prayers are used as mantras, with the hope that they will change the environment or the circumstances in

Written by Mike Boling
Thursday, 14 April 2016 18:37

Critical Conversations: A Christian Parents’ Guide to Discussing Homosexuality with Teens

We live in a time when what once was considered right is now viewed as intolerance. Arguably, this paradigm shift in our culture is most evident when it comes to the subject of gay marriage versus biblical marriage. The recent Supreme Court decision ruling gay marriage to be legal greatly shifted the social landscape. Add to that the barrage of

Written by Mike Boling
Thursday, 14 April 2016 18:36

Danny Hyde – Meet a Puritan: Lewis Bayly

Life

Lewis Bayly (1575-1631) was born around 1575 at Carmarthen, Wales, where Thomas Bayly, who probably was his father, was serving as curate at that time. Bayly secured the living of Shipston-on-Stour, in Worcestershire, in 1597, and three years later was presented to the crown living of Evesham in the same county, where he served as headmaster

Written by Mike Boling
Thursday, 14 April 2016 18:33

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 101

In Proposition 101, George Peters states:

“The invisible Church is not the covenanted Kingdom of Christ.”

If the visible Church is not the covenanted Kingdom of Christ, then the question must also be asked if the invisible Church can be construed to be the covenanted Kingdom of Christ. It seems that if the visible church is not the

Written by Mike Boling
Thursday, 14 April 2016 18:31

Prophetic interrogation, what it is and why to watch out for people using the term Featured

I was reading up on an organization called Sojourners. It is an organization whose focus is fighting against social injustice with some faith thrown in. In their "About us" page they used the phrase "prophetic interrogation". I was intrigued by that. New terms popping up that have a Christian overlay to them interest me. Like this tweet from
Written by The End Time
Thursday, 14 April 2016 18:14

This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent Featured

by Mike Ratliff

28 Therefore they said to Him, “What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God? ” (John 6:28 NASB)

Genuine Christians will be very interested in getting the answer to the question posed to Jesus from John 6:28. If a professing Christian is not interested in that answer then there’s a problem. On the

Written by Mike Ratliff
Thursday, 14 April 2016 18:08

LOTZ … Of Nonsense Featured

While discernment is a mandated chore for every Christian, one that can only be finely honed by the Spirit-illuminated study of Scripture, sometimes it doesn’t take a whole bunch of that skill to recognize the smell of hermeneutical road kill that’s trying to be passed off as spiritual barbecue.

Such is the case with Anne Graham Lotz.

Written by Bud Ahlheim
Thursday, 14 April 2016 17:10

Trevin’s Seven

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Seven of the best articles I came across this week:

1. Allan Carlson – Fami

Written by Trevin Wax
Thursday, 14 April 2016 17:05

Bethel Redding, Heidi Baker, and the Headless Chicken Prophecy Featured

Who is Heidi Baker?

Heid Baker was born on August 29, 1959. She has been married to her husband Rolland for 36 years (1980). Rolland is presently suffering from poor health and is not presently actively engaged in ministry (Source).

Rolland Baker wrote the following on the couple’s ministry website (Source):

“Heidi and I began Iris Global

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Thursday, 14 April 2016 14:33

Does God Ever Change His Mind?

by Sam Storms

All people are fickle, in varying degrees. I suspect we’d be shocked to learn how many times in the course of a normal day we change our plans, reverse course, or pull out an eraser to delete an appointment or a task we had set for the week. Changing our minds feels so natural to us as humans, it’s hard to envision life

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Thursday, 14 April 2016 14:12

The Wretched Segment of the Day - April 14, 2016

Thursday, 14 April 2016 14:12

The Wretched Segment of the Day - April 14, 2016

Thursday, 14 April 2016 14:04

Video: "Your Faithfulness Endures"

“How does the Bible apply to my life?” It’s a question often asked when readers don’t see the connection between God’s Word and God’s world. Alistair Begg addresses this question head-on through turning our attention to the words of the Psalmist. By focusing on two simple yet revolutionary truths– the

Written by TFL
Thursday, 14 April 2016 14:00

Never Stop Focusing on the Cross

imageLet’s start with a quick quiz: name the theological book blurbed by J. I. Packer (of course, but bear with me), D. A. Carson, Michael Horton…and Tony Jones (of emergent fame) and Shane Claiborne. Answer: John Stott, The Cross of Christ.

Like many of John R. W. Stott’s books, The...

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Thursday, 14 April 2016 12:00

A Reformed “Spotlight”: Fighting Spiritual Abuse in the Reformed Church

I am so angry — and, I fear, not all of it is holy anger.

Earlier this week, I sat with a young man who, six years later, is still recovering from spiritual abuse at the hands of a “respected” Reformed pastor. He’s one of a number of this pastor’s victims, all of them gifted and godly men, but all of whom have had

Written by David Murray
Thursday, 14 April 2016 11:46

IHOP – Feeding the Undiscerning


Doug Evans of Asleep No More delves into IHOP-KC guru Mike Bickle’s background. Evans uncovers solid evidence that Bickle’s teaching on prayer is highly unbiblical yet, unbelievably, the man heads up a noted “Christian” prayer ministry. What are young people who flock to IHOP exposed to? Contemplative prayer.  Allow me

Written by Marsha West
Thursday, 14 April 2016 11:17

Last plane out of Saigon

Lotharson: And what about four-point Calvinists rejecting limited atonement?Jerry Walls: That is only because it is rather embarrassing to admit you don’t really believe “God so loved the (whole) world” and gave his Son for all. But that is only a feeble attempt to mask the hard reality that the Calvinist God does not truly love
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Thursday, 14 April 2016 11:01

Grace, Sexual Predation, and Dealing with the Past

I will never forget an email I received one Sunday morning. I sat down at my desk after our first service and read a note from one of our members. It was one of those! The sin she’d uncovered and was reporting was bad – really bad (did not take place at church). It took my breath away, but I knew how to proceed. We had written a set

Written by Dave Miller
Thursday, 14 April 2016 10:57

A Dummy’s Guide to Calvinism Featured

The Crucifixion- Matthias Grunewald (1470-1528)

Is there a God? Is He sitting some where twiddling His thumbs or biting His finger nails as the world spirals into debauchery? Ever fancied taking a peek over His shoulder and catching Him taking a cat nap or slumped over in a yoga- pose with legs helplessly inter twined?  Calv

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Thursday, 14 April 2016 10:50

Creflo Dollar John MacArthur: Together Featured

It belongs over on the Babylon Bee, actually.

On Monday, wanna-be jet-setter, word faith, prosperity gospel heretic Creflo Dollar quoted John MacArthur.

Read that again.   Creflo Dollar QUOTED John MacArthur.

It was in the form of a tweet posted by Dollar on Monday, April 11. It yielded, for Creflo, a rather paltry number of retweets, only 171,

Written by Bud Ahlheim
Thursday, 14 April 2016 10:40

Understanding the Unique Worldview of Students Today

As a high school student, my father sent me to a two-week worldview experience in the mountains of Colorado Springs called Summit Ministries. I had no idea what I was getting myself in to. Looking back now, over two decades later, I realize that it was one of the most formative faith experiences of my life.

Although there were probably a couple

Written by Sean Mcdowell
Thursday, 14 April 2016 10:33

Geopolitical Trash Talk

Let me tell you a story. My ultimate purpose is to talk about the Russian jets buzzing one of our ships in a strafing formation, but first I want to tell you a story.

When I was in the Navy on the USS Tusk (SS 428)– the picture attached is one of me obscuring the view of the torpedo tubes — we were once in the Mediterranean

Written by Douglas Wilson
Thursday, 14 April 2016 10:06

Six months to live

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Thursday, 14 April 2016 09:44

Prayer Gangrene in The SBC Featured

Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us.  1 John 3:24The upcoming annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention is being promoted under the banner “Awaken America.”  It’s been a theme of Ronnie Floyd,...
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Thursday, 14 April 2016 09:06

Hillsong 2016 Women’s Colour Conference Ad Features Subliminal Image Of Baphomet Featured

Hillsong Colour is about you and your world. It is humanitarian at it’s core and our desire as 21st century women, is to be strategically positioned to contribute and bring solution to pressing needs that are both local and global.

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith,...

Written by Geoffrey Grider
Thursday, 14 April 2016 08:36

Bible among top ten most challenged books

Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. (Psalm 119:11)

Journalist Bill Wilson reports:

The American Library Association has released its list of the top 10 ‘challenged’ books in America.

Among books that are sexually explicit, promote sex outside of marriage, those about transgendered teens, promote

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Thursday, 14 April 2016 07:32

Church History | Christianity in America (Part 6)

This week we’ll be continuing the series by Dr. Dan van Voorhis entitled Christianity in America. This series covers American Christianity from the Puritans through the modern-day Emergent Church. We don’t usually go through such a long series but I’m learning so much from these lectures that I simply don’t want to stop

Written by Faithful Stewardship
Thursday, 14 April 2016 07:25

Spurgeon Thursday - 32 Cool Facts About C. H. Spurgeon

 
1. One woman was converted through reading a single page of one of Spurgeon’s sermons wrapped around some butter she had bought.
2. Spurgeon read The Pilgrim’s Progress at age 6 and went on to read it over 100 times.
3. The New Park Street Pulpit and The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, the collected sermons of Spurgeon during his
Written by Doug Evans
Thursday, 14 April 2016 07:00

Our Friend and a Savior

 

"The way to know God is in coming to know the Lord Jesus Christ as a friend and a Savior." -Alistair Begg

image Listen to Today's Message,"Providence in Christ's Death"

When we need a role model for the type of Christian behavior to emulate, we can turn to Third John and meet a man who walked in truth and love. He took God at His Word, and let his

Written by TFL
Thursday, 14 April 2016 06:37

Can the Bible Withstand the Scrutiny of a Detective? (Podcast)

In this re-posted interview with Meg Meeker of Family Talk, J. Warner Wallace discusses the approach he took with the Gospels when he first began to investigate the case for Jesus. How do we know the gospels can be trusted? Do they contain eyewitness records related to the life, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus? For more information about

Written by jwallace
Thursday, 14 April 2016 06:07

A Relationship with Jesus Must Stand On Doctrinal Truth

A key to detecting true spiritual love is its commitment to biblical truth, for love rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth (1 Cor. 13:6).  A Christian should be suspicious when someone is always testifying of an intimate relationship with Jesus and the Spirit while simultaneously expressing apathy toward doctrinal truths of
Written by Glenn E. Chatfield
Thursday, 14 April 2016 05:51

The Disgusting Taste of a Complacent Church

You will recognize them by their fruits. – ( Matthew 7:16a)

Complacency plagues the professing church, especially in America. The vast majority of professing Christians are living comfortably, lavishly, and without any sense of urgency in their mission. The church, molested by the likes of Joel Osteen’s prosperity propaganda, or Andy

Written by Jeff
Thursday, 14 April 2016 05:36

6 Reasons Why the Church Is Not Singing

One of the great benefits of attending a Christian conference is undoubtedly the singing.  Each year during the G3 Conference, I try to record some of the congregational singing just to file away and remember.  This week as I listen through livestream to the T4G conference, it’s impressive to hear 10k people, mostly men, singing...

Written by Josh Buice
Thursday, 14 April 2016 05:30

Cooperative Program Sunday: Straight talk on the CP

Cooperative Program Sunday on the beloved denominational calendar was April 10th, last Sunday. Some churches observed it. Some didn’t. It should have been observed. It still can be observed, since there is no denominational calendar enforcement squad afoot catching violators.

Here are some straight talk observations about our primary

Written by William Thornton
Thursday, 14 April 2016 05:00

The Gospel Triumphs

Post by Phil Newton.

But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place” (2 Corinthians 2:14).

The image sticking in the Corinthian’s mind over Paul’s use of this language would be similar to someone in the Deep South mentioning...

Written by Phil Newton
Thursday, 14 April 2016 03:19

Archaeological Find Supports Pre-Exilic Date for Biblical Texts

The AP reports:

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli mathematicians and archaeologists say they have found evidence to suggest that key biblical texts may have been composed earlier than what some scholars think.

Using handwriting analysis technology similar to that employed by intelligence agencies and banks to analyze signatures, a Tel Aviv University

Written by STR Blog
Thursday, 14 April 2016 03:16

Bart Ehrman Is Wrong About Papias And Justin Martyr

During his recent debate with Richard Bauckham, Bart Ehrman argued that the documents Papias refers to as having been authored by Matthew and Mark were different than the gospels we have today. He also suggested that Justin Martyr may have attributed the gospels to authors other than the traditional ones and that the Gospel Of Peter was part of

Written by Jason Engwer
Thursday, 14 April 2016 03:00

Revelation 12

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
Thursday, 14 April 2016 02:45

The Daily Discovery (April 14, 2016)


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

What Faith Does – “At the heart of the no-lordship error is a disastrous misunderstanding of the nature of faith. No–lordship teaching depicts faith as inherently inert—even antithetical to works, obedience, and surrender to the will of

Written by Landon Chapman
Thursday, 14 April 2016 02:00

Christ Will Build His Church

Here's an excerpt from Christ Will Build His Church, David Stoddard's contribution to the April issue of Tabletalk:

We miss the power of the gospel when we place problems before promises. In Matthew 16:18, Jesus promises Peter, "On this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." Christ is building His church.

Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Thursday, 14 April 2016 02:00

Three Things Pastors Can’t Do Too Much

I’m not a big fan of overdoing it. Not a huge proponent of overcooking your sermons, overproducing your worship service. But there are a few things I think pastors probably could do more of than they already do, no matter how much they already do. I think pastors ought to:

1. Over-read I’m not sure I’ve met a pastor who reads too

Written by Jared C. Wilson