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, 12 February 2016 06:09

Friday Sermon | Question Evolution Day

February 12, 2016.

Today is the 5th Annual Question Evolution Day.

Question Evolution Day has several purposes. One is very basic, to support people who want to say, “I don’t believe in evolution, here are my reasons…” A second is to show people that there is indeed scientific evidence refuting evolution and supporting

Written by Faithful Stewardship
Friday, 12 February 2016 05:21

Richard Baxter, “Ye Holy Angels Bright”

1 Ye holy angels bright, Who wait at God’s right hand, Or through the realms of light Fly at your Lord’s command, Assist our song, or else the theme Too high doth seem for mortal tongue.

2 Ye blessèd souls at rest, Who ran this earthly race And now, from sin released, Behold your Savior’s face, God’s praises sound, as

Written by Justin Taylor
Friday, 12 February 2016 05:07

Calvary Chapel, Bill Hybels, and Jesuit Mysticism

Calvary Chapel, Bill Hybels, and Jesuit Mysticism

By Roger Oakland Understand the Times, International Recently, I was informed about a conference held this week in Budapest, Hungary where Willow Creek senior pastor Bill Hybels taught leaders. According to comments posted on Phil Metzger’s Facebook page, the event was held at Calvary Chapel

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Friday, 12 February 2016 05:07

Ask a professor: Am I called to plant or revitalize?

Editors’ note: This article begins an occasional series called “Ask a Professor” in which a member of the SBTS faculty will answer practical or theological questions related to preparing for ministry in the local church. If you have a question you’d like to see answered in this series, e-mail our blog editor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Written by Timothy Beougher
Friday, 12 February 2016 05:00

Establishing the Reliability of the Old Testament: The Ardent Testimony of the Ancients

In Cold Case Christianity, I discussed the careful transmission of Biblical texts by tracing the New Testament “Chain of Custody” from the apostles to the Council of Laodicea. While it’s much more difficult to trace the lineage of Old Testament authors, it’s easy to examine the testimony of New Testament authorities and

Written by jwallace
Friday, 12 February 2016 04:41

One of the Most Essential Messages I’ve Ever Heard

Estimating conservatively, I’ve listened to hundreds of podcasts and sermons in my life. Many have edified me, convicted me or taught me. But the sermon/lecture in the latter half of this episode of Fighting for the Faith is one of the best and most important I’ve ever listened to. I hope many of you decide to listen to it.

Although
Written by Julia
Friday, 12 February 2016 04:28

Exon Shuffling, and the Origins of Protein Folds Featured

A frequently made claim in the scientific literature is that protein domains can be readily recombined to form novel folds. In his book Darwin’s Doubt, Stephen Meyer addresses this subject in detail (see Chapter 11). Over the course of this article, I want to briefly expand on what was said there.

Defining Our Terms

Before going on, it may be...

Written by Jonathan McLatchie
Friday, 12 February 2016 04:00

Hungry For Love

I live in the city of Philadelphia, and one day I was eating at the Reading Terminal Market, a great American food emporium. Walking up and down the aisles debating over what I would enjoy most, I realized that I shared something in common with everyone else: we were all searching for something to satisfy the cravings of our stomach.

Besides our

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Friday, 12 February 2016 03:55

“The Great Apostasy” by David Wilkerson

 

That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD:

Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits:

Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us.

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Friday, 12 February 2016 03:27

A Vicious Cycle by Dave Miller

The Lord is a God who avenges.    O God who avenges, shine forth. 2 Rise up, Judge of the earth;    pay back to the proud what they deserve.3 How long, Lord, will the wicked,    how long will the wicked be jubilant? Psalm 94:1-3Without God in their lives, people will sin more and more.It’s...
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Friday, 12 February 2016 03:04

Audio Book Weekend Recommendation: Catastrophe 1914 by Max Hastings

Max Hastings. Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War.  New York, NY: Knopf, September 24th, 2013. 672 pp.

This is a massive work on the work up to World War One and the first year of the war, authored by a famous military historian named Max Hastings.  Earlier I have read the book Guns of August before I started listening to...

Written by SLIMJIM
Friday, 12 February 2016 02:50

Lending to God

The title of this post should cause you to pause. Lending to God—isn’t that saying there might be a time that God needs something and so we are to let him borrow it? But God is self-sufficient and self-sustaining, indeed the One who gives sustenance to others (Acts 17:24-25). So how can we lend to God?

Solomon wrote in Proverbs 19:17:

Who

Written by Mike Bergman
Friday, 12 February 2016 02:45

The Daily Discovery (February 12, 2016)

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

Don’t Play Travel Ball: Stay in the Rec League – “I have friends I respect whose kids have played (and some who do play) travel ball, and I mean no offense to them by this post. Nor am I categorically condemning their decisions and choices. I am offering these

Written by Landon Chapman
Friday, 12 February 2016 02:00

The Advantages of Informal Mentoring

Jimmy arrived at my house promptly at 8 a.m. to take me to the airport. He has often done this for me. Jimmy and his wife, Natalie, head overseas later this year as missionaries. He has been in a small group that I lead; he and Natalie also lead a small group at our local church.

But Jimmy was doing more than giving me a ride to the airport. This

Written by Alvin Reid
Friday, 12 February 2016 02:00

James 5

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
Friday, 12 February 2016 01:38

Sola Scripture? Three Views in Church History on the Relationship between Tradition and Scripture

Keith Matthison, author of The Shape of Sola Scriptura (Canon Press, 2001), once wrote a helpful overview piece on Scripture and tradition for Modern Reformation.

I’ve reprinted a section of it below, adding my own headings.


The Reformation debate over sola Scriptura did not occur in a vacuum. It was the continuation of a

Written by Justin Taylor
Friday, 12 February 2016 01:05

The State’s War on Free Speech (and Christianity)

If you want to implement a police state in the West in which freedom of speech, along with freedom of religion and freedom of conscience are savaged, if not eliminated altogether, there is one good way to bring it about. Simply allow a diabolical political ideology free rein for a while and wait for the reaction.

As more and more evil is committed

Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Friday, 12 February 2016 00:00

Frequently Abused Verses: Are We Called to Literally Eat Christ’s Flesh and Drink His Blood? Featured

By Cameron Buettel

All over the world, on any given day of the week, Jesus Christ’s body is repeatedly sacrificed. According to the Roman Catholic Church, that’s what happens every time they celebrate the Mass—their version of Communion, or the Lord’s Table.

In The Faith of Millions—a book certified by the Roman

Written by Grace to You Blog
Friday, 12 February 2016 00:00

Our Ministry to Angels

“To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God.” (Ephesians 3:10)

There is “an innumerable company of angels” in heaven (Hebrews 12:22) who serve as “ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who s... More...

Authors:

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Thursday, 11 February 2016 23:00

The Sheep Aren't Stupid

Pastors sometimes say stupid things. Sometimes those stupid things are catchy and wind up being repeated by many other pastors. One of the more preposterous pithy statements I have heard many preachers say is, “Sheep are dumb.” They say this as shepherds and are referring to the sheep of the church—the congregation. The idea is

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Thursday, 11 February 2016 23:00

Teaching Children

 

Related:

What We Teach When We Don’t Teach

How You Are Different from a Turnip

A surprising number of parents tell me that they are afraid to “force” their children to worship with them, because then the kids might come to resent religion.

By this reasoning, children should not be “forced” to take baths for fear that they

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Thursday, 11 February 2016 22:45

RMM RoundUp February 12, 2016

Genesis 45

The building tension of the story of Joseph reaches a climax as his identity is finally proclaimed to his brothers. But vengeance and justice doesn't come from Joseph's hands like his brothers expected. Instead he comforts them by saying,

"And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent...

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Thursday, 11 February 2016 22:15

Comfort for Parents of Unconverted Children

All Christian parents wish that God would show us something to do to secure our child’s salvation, and then “we’ll do it with all our might” because we love our child so much. Yet, God has not made salvation the effect of somebody else’s faith; our son or daughter must come to Christ on his or her own. John shows us

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Thursday, 11 February 2016 22:00

The Gospel Applied: "The Artist" (Part 3)

At this point in his argument, Paul changed his tone a bit. He saw a problem emerging that has become profound over the centuries—the conceit of pagans who come to Christ in the face of rebellious Jews who await a promised return to God. Paul warned we of the church must walk…

Not with Conceit: There Is Danger!

T

Written by Randall Smith
Thursday, 11 February 2016 22:00

Check Out

Blogs

Viewing Black Lives Matter—Part 2 | D. A. Horton, The ExchangeCheck out begins today with four thought provoking articles on race-related issues. We start with the second part of D A Horton’s analysis of Black Lives Matter and whether Christians can support it.

I’m Happy to Talk with Dr. Phil | Thabiti Anyabwile, TGC Here&rsqu

Written by David Murray
Thursday, 11 February 2016 21:38

The Man Upstairs? Featured

“I’m going to drink a lot of Budweiser tonight, Tracy, I promise you that,” he added. “I’m going to take care of those things first and definitely going to say a little prayer and thank the man upstairs for this great opportunity.” (emphasis added)

 

This is what all star football quarterback, Peyton Manning,

Written by George Alvarado
Thursday, 11 February 2016 21:18

Against Mission Drift Featured

by Phil Johnson
image 've been retired from blogging for nearly four years now, and I nearly forgot how to get back in here. Very few things (or people) could have persuaded me to come back.But I do sincerely love Thabiti Anyabwile, and after I poked at him in a Tweet, he directed some comments at his blog to me. He deserves a reply. So I'm back today
Written by Phil Johnson
Thursday, 11 February 2016 21:00

Genesis 45; Mark 15; Job 11; Romans 15

Genesis 45; Mark 15; Job 11; Romans 15 

I SHALL COMMENT BRIEFLY on the two readings set for the day.

Zophar’s speech (Job 11) carries forward the unfolding drama of the book of Job. Like Bildad, Zophar begins by condemning Job’s addresses (Job 11:2-3). To him, it sounds as if Job is claiming personal perfection: “You say to God,

Written by Don Carson
Thursday, 11 February 2016 20:48

God Wants Our Hearts, Brokenness, and Sin

       That is why the Lord says, “Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry

Written by Scotty Smith
Thursday, 11 February 2016 20:25

Jesus and Romulus

Richard Carrier published a book in which he argues that Jesus never existed. I was reading a review:
The reviewer picks out key items in Carrier's case for mythicism. I'm going to comment on those items. 
Carrier does ask good questions.  Why do so
Written by steve
Thursday, 11 February 2016 18:53

Help! I'm About To Share Christ With A Loved One

This past Sunday a number of our folks stood and committed themselves to the 28 Day Challenge.  Within the next 28 days they will have a detailed Gospel conversation with a loved one.  A few weeks ago we encouraged our people to put the name of an unsaved loved one on a card and to drop it into a vase at the front of the church. ...
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Thursday, 11 February 2016 16:10

Trevin’s Seven

Kindle Deal: Mark – The Gospel of Passion, by Michael Card. $2.99.

Seven of the best articles I came across this week:

1. Thomas Kidd – When America Put Pastors in PrisonThe true story of the Baptist battle for religious liberty in our country’s earliest days.

2. Caitlin Dewey – The “Uber for

Written by Trevin Wax
Thursday, 11 February 2016 15:58

Christians’ true status in this lost and dying world Featured

by Mike Ratliff

17 And HE came and preached peace to you who were far away, and peace to those who were near; 18 for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father. 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, 20 having been built on the foundation

Written by Mike Ratliff
Thursday, 11 February 2016 15:51

Prata's Potpourri: Discernment, Lent, Sinclair Ferguson, Jesus Calling, battling bitterness, more

Here in North Georgia we have run the gamut with weather. Snow flurries so pretty and swirling the bus driver at our school said it was like being inside a snow globe. Then we had a harsh freeze and temps in the low teens with bad wind chills. Yet today things bounced back with sunny and warm air and the forsythia is popping out. I love the early
Written by The End Time
Thursday, 11 February 2016 15:18

Challenge Response: All Human Life Is Not Equal

Authors: STR Blog

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Thursday, 11 February 2016 15:00

William Lane Craig and atheist Daniel Dennett discuss cosmology and fine-tuning

British Spitfire and German Messerschmitt Bf 109 locked in a dogfight

Here is audio of a very interesting exchange between William Lane Craig and leading atheist Daniel Dennett.

This audio records a part of the Greer-Heard debate in 2007, between prominent atheist Daniel Dennett and lame theistic evolutionist Alister McGrath. Craig was one of the

Written by Wintery Knight
Thursday, 11 February 2016 14:49

Author David Marshall says I accused him of writing that Mao was a fulfillment of Jesus, but did I say this?

Earlier this month I wrote a post titled “I noted typos in David Marshall’s book, he fires back I have bad grammar” in which I responded to the first paragraph of David Marshall’s response to my book review of his book titled “True Son of Heaven.”  I noted in that post that my own responses to some of...

Written by SLIMJIM
Thursday, 11 February 2016 14:42

You Cannot Forgive More than God Has Forgiven You

The title of this post is extremely appropriate because it is absolutely true. You cannot out-forgive God. It is impossible, yet we are called to forgive as God has forgiven us (Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 3:13).

About three months ago, God started taking me down this path to where I am today, essentially trying to get a better grip on the whole...

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Thursday, 11 February 2016 14:37

Free From God

By Timothy Fox

I recall an online conversation I had with a skeptic about spiritual things. To gain some clarification, I asked if he was an atheist or agnostic. His response? “I’m free!” Now, although this in no way answers the question, it does illustrate what people think about religion. It’s some form of mental slavery

Written by Guest
Thursday, 11 February 2016 14:13

Video: "The Eyes of Your Heart, Part One" By Alistair Begg

When we talk about hope, we often do so in uncertain terms, but in his letter to the Ephesians Paul explains that the hope of those who follow Christ is certain. His primary concern for his readers is to know Christ and then to take hold of all that is ours in Him, including the assurance of our hope. In this message, Alistair Begg teaches

Written by TFL
Thursday, 11 February 2016 14:13

You Can Tell Me You’re Hurting

“When the going gets tough, the tough get going!” coach yelled after I scraped my knee on the graveled school basketball court. I limped from the court, blood squirted down my shin, a small pebble remained lodged in my kneecap, and internally I questioned just how tough I was… I sure didn’t plan to...

Written by Anthony Wood
Thursday, 11 February 2016 14:11

The Wretched Segment of the Day - February 11, 2016

Thursday, 11 February 2016 14:05

Daily Clip-Daily Clip-February 11, 2016

Thursday, 11 February 2016 13:53

Podcast: Kenneth Copeland Pronounces Ted Cruz Anointed for Prez

On today’s program, JD answers sincere questions about Hutterites, the Church with No Name, the New Testament Sabbath, sinning against conscience and then discusses a CP article about mega church membership involvement. Then, JD plays a clip from Kenneth Copeland pronouncing Cruz anointed for President in the Crazy Prophet Update.

You can

Written by JD Hall
Thursday, 11 February 2016 13:48

We Are Headed to Alaska! And MuslimByChoice’s Wonderful and Helpful Video

Started out with the announcement of our 9/11-18 cruise to Alaska from Vancouver.  The cruise will have the theme, “Apologetics in the Sight of God.”  See the banner above for details!  Mike O’Fallon joined us to give us the details.  Then I moved to the video I had linked to previous by MuslimByChoice wherein

Written by James White