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
When I was a young child, the Christopher Reeve Superman movies captured my imagination. Superman was basically indestructible. And who wouldn't want a John Williams score filling the air after performing a good deed or overcoming an obstacle? Yet the thing that resonated so deeply within me was the fact that the otherworldly Boy Scout represented
Contend, O LORD, with those who contend with me; fight against those who fight against me!-- Psalm 35:1 (ESV)
Our nation is in rapid moral and spiritual decline. There’s not many left arguing against this thought. The shift in our nation’s spiritual climate in just the past 25 years has been jarring for most believers. Thankfully,
If we really believe that we’re one body with many gifts, why do we amputate certain members of the body?
Authors: Craig Keener
Kindle Deal: The End of Christianity: Finding a Good God in an Evil World: by William Dembski. $1.99.
Here are seven of the best articles that I came across this week:
1. First Things - Evangelicals Won’t Cave: Why Evangelicals Won’t Be Surrendering to the Sexual Revolution. Russell Moore explains why those who
Scarcity and Abundance | Michael P Jensen, Reformation21 Thoughts on earthly scarcity and heavenly abundance.
Five Ways to Go from Head Knowledge to Heart Application | Josh Squires, Desiring God “How do we go from the instruction of Proverbs 3:5, ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own
For most of us, attending church is a habit. We leave home near the same time each week. We park in the same area, go in the same door, sit in the same place, and talk to the same people. Then, we usually go the same restaurants for lunch. We expect nothing different, and we see and hear nothing different.
That’s too bad, because we
READING: Ezra 1-3
TEXTS AND APPLICATION: The book of Ezra is one part of the story of the Hebrews returning from exile in Babylon. Under the permission of the Edict of Cyrus, king of Persia (Ezra 1:1), many leaders and servants began the return to Jerusalem. There, they began the work of rebuilding the Temple foundation,
There are plenty of things in life that may be worth visiting, but you really would not want to stay there for too long. When I pass a Krispy Kreme donut shop I am often enticed to pay a brief visit, and imbibe of the goodies. But because they are not all that good for you, it would be rather unwise to linger, or visit too often.
In the same way a
The empire without a clue recently struck the rebel with a cause. Below she writes of her experience.
Tanya Levin reports,
Getting even more banned from the place where Everyone’s Welcome
It was about midday on the 8th of September and I was just about to go out. I heard a man call out
As an amazing (and disturbing) side note, here's an article about this woman's appearance at Wheaton College being protested by students-you won't believe why they protested her:http://www.dennyburk.com/wheaton-students-protest-rosaria-butterfield/...
P.: Neste episódio, que membro da Equipe Reforma21 pede ajuda para responder as questões complicadas da vida e inicia uma interessante conversa sobre os catecismos da igreja, em que discutimos a história, a utilidade, e o valor desses documentos, além de...
I’m excited to let you know that today Wit’s End is moving locations to The Gospel Coalition (TGC). While melissabkruger.com will still exist as a website, I’ll be blogging regularly at my new location. Thankfully, this move comes free of packaging tape and boxes.
A busy sports season is upon us. Here’s a video message from The Skit Guys that causes pause and pondering. The post Idol Worship: You Don’t Relate Do You appeared first on Stand Up For... [...]
by Mike Ratliff
10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at last you have revived your concern for me; indeed, you were concerned before, but you lacked opportunity. 11 Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. 12 I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in
This is from the Daily Signal, and is really recommended for Christians who are tempted by the policies of the left.
Few people are aware that former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, one of the foremost politicians of the 20th century, was a lay Methodist preacher before she entered politics.
One of the things we must absolutely learn how to do better than we do is distinguish things that differ, especially things that look similar but which differ radically. We must learn to say, as Dorothy Sayers once famously said, distinguo. I distinguish.
There is a profound difference between the doctrine of interposition/lesser magistrates on the
ISIS is killing Christian children
Authors: Wretched Radio
The Wretched Segment of the Day: Hits against discerning conservatives
Authors: Wretched Radio
Beth Moore and War Room stand-out Priscilla Shirer have promoted it. So has Tim Keller. And so have Mike Bickle, Beni Johnson, and Rick Warren.
Contemplative prayer is essentially the same as New Age or Eastern meditation, but disguised with “Christianese” terminology. Those who participate and enter the silence, as it is
1. Selective Moralism?In the year 2006, Captain Joseph Rodriguez of Aurora, CO, a Christian, was dishonorably discharged from the Army after refusing to follow orders to deploy his company to Iraq, on the grounds that it was a Biblically unjust war.In 2007, Amy White of Evansville, IN, a Christian, was fired from her job as a grocery sales clerk
We arrived safely in Heideberg and met a wonderful group of like-minded Reformed folk. The photo on the left is the conference banner, and the other photo is of me making my introductory remarks with Jorg Muller, the conference translator.
Authors: Kim Riddlebarger
Despite Pope Francis’ promise to clean up the church we learn that some pedophile priests are being relocated to poorer parishes in South America where they still enjoy all the privileges of priesthood, including celebrating mass. This, of course, is being done to protect the RCC’s already soiled reputation.
"Spiritual maturity can be determined in part by gauging what we’re running from and what we’re running to." -Alistair Begg
Becoming religious is no guarantee for finding peace and contentment. In fact, some of the most religious people in the world are miserable!
According to apostate Dale Tuggy, the Trinity is false because it violates the "law of identity" or Leibniz's law. That's what his objection to the Trinity always comes back to.
He defines numerical identity by reference to Leibniz's law (which he reformulates). And he considers numerical identity to be a precondition of personal identity.
2 Samuel 13; 2 Corinthians 6; Ezekiel 20; Psalms 66–67
THE THREAT TO DAVID’S REIGN predicted by the prophet Nathan begins with a sordid side-tale that nevertheless betrays exactly what is wrong with David’s rule (2 Sam. 13).
The multiplicity of royal wives meant that there were many half brothers and half sisters. This sets up the
If we want to understand ourselves and our churches, we need to know where we've been. Despite rising Darwinism, growing liberalism, a wave of revivalism, and many other tremendous challenges, the 19th century was a time of fervent missionary endeavor and a growing Church. In this series, A Survey of Church History, Part 5, Dr. W. Robert Godfrey
A friend shared a link on Facebook about the Tennessee school district that pushed Islam on children and a Leftist responded with this: “Seriously??? Do you actually believe this?”
Yes, my friend believed it, and so do I, because it is true. I am very selective about the media I consume and I long ago dismissed sources that
In our DiM posts, we come down hard on the focus on emotionalism that permeates Evangelical Christian Music. It is the biggest problem with so-called Worship music being pushed by Bethel, Hillsong, Vineyard, and even Integrity Music. While visiting a small local church-plant recently, I realized that something needs to be said of why this genre of
Several weeks back there was a bit of a dust-up in conservative Reformed Protestant circles over the following simple question: Does being a man or a woman have any ethical significance for the way we live
Gospel doctrine creates a gospel culture. The doctrine of grace creates a culture of grace, as Jesus himself touches us through his truths. Without the doctrines, the culture alone is fragile. Without the culture, the doctrines alone appear pointless. But the New Testament binds doctrine and culture together. For
On a Facebook group, a fellow posted a list of questions he had for apologists Matt Slick of CARM and Andrew Rappaport of Striving for Eternity ministries. The questions were primarily directed at those two men and specifically centered around the systems of Dispensationalism and Covenantalism.
I asked if I could take a shot at offering my answers
In seasons of distress and grief My soul has often found relief And oft escaped the tempter’s snare By thy return, sweet hour of prayer
Have you ever prayed for an hour or more? I hate to admit that it has been a while since I have done so. It seems there are often distractions or things that come up, which hinder me, but I desire to get back
In her Augustine and the Limits of Politics, Jean Bethke Elshtain writes of how Augustine’s conception of this temporal age helps us understand our efforts toward earthly order and peace. They are legitimate, they have meaning, if what we aim and hope for is attainable. This last aspect, the attainability of what we hope for, is fraught
Last week a room full of pastors and leaders got together here in Omaha for the first TGC-Omaha meeting. It was a time filled with encouragement, equipping, and excitement over what God is doing in our area. It has been a long time coming.
Several years ago I drove up to Chicago with some fellow pastors to attend the first Gospel Coalition
Christians are separated from the initial delivery of the book of Genesis by around 3,500 years. Most of us do not live in the Middle East, and we certainly do not live the same way as the ancient Israelites and the surrounding nations. Compared to Israel, our culture is estranged by time, language, practices, geography, advances in different
Authors: Mike Boling
Editor: I saw this on Don Dent’s Facebook site and asked his permission to publish it here.
Last Thursday in a global online meeting, IMB missionaries were told that those over the age of 50 would receive a voluntary retirement incentive offer yesterday. Each has been told they must pray and consider whether it is time to retire
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