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
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,
"A dissatisfied heart is never at peace with God, with itself, or with its fellow man." -Alistair Begg
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
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 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
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
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,"...
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...
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
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
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
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...
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 (
Greg discusses how we can be sure of our salvation.
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
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
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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.”
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
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.
These links are related to Presuppositional apologetics and are gathered
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:
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
“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,
This is the concluding half of the Foreword to
Confessing the Impassible God (RBAP, Palmdale, California)
Ronald S. Baines
Richard C. Barcellos
James P. Butler
Stefan T. Lindblad
James M. Renihan
We have already noticed the close connection between divine impassibility and divine immutability, that one is an aspect of the
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,
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
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
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
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
"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
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
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
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...
The Belt Is Still Buckled: America’s 100 Most Bible-Minded Cities of 2016See where your city places in the “Most Bible-minded cities” league table.
To Prevent Back Pain, Orthotics Are Out, Exercise Is In – The New York Times“Of all the options currently available to prevent back pain, exercise is really the only
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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,
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