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, 19 February 2016 09:04

"I and the Father are One" (John 10:30): A Claim to Deity?

One text that comes up frequently in Christian-Muslim dialogue is John 10:30 ("I and the Father are one"). In what sense was Jesus claiming to be one with the Father? Is John 10:30 a claim on the part of Jesus to deity? In order to understand exactly what Jesus was saying, we need to read the verse in the context of the surrounding verses (22-39):

2...

Written by Jonathan McLatchie
Friday, 19 February 2016 08:03

Are Christians Biased?

Christians are often accused of being “biased” simply because we believe in the supernatural. This accusation has power in our current pluralistic culture. Biased people are seen as prejudicial and unfair, arrogant and overly confident of their position. Nobody wants to be identified as someone who is biased or opinionated. But make no

Written by J. Warner Wallace
Friday, 19 February 2016 07:10

Are Christians Biased?

Christians are often accused of being “biased” simply because we believe in the supernatural. This accusation has power in our current pluralistic culture. Biased people are seen as prejudicial and unfair, arrogant and overly confident of their position. Nobody wants to be identified as someone who is biased or opinionated. But make

Written by jwallace
Friday, 19 February 2016 05:56

RISEN REDUX: In The Beginning Was The "Word", Not The "Film" by Bud Ahlheim Featured

 
Yesterday I posted a blog entry entitled "RISEN" - When "True Enough" To Scripture Is Okay With The SBC. I'd like to thank all of you who either commented to me on Facebook, sent me a DM, or an email - positive or negative - about it.  Yes, I stand by my comments.  I'd like to briefly addend that entry here.As I mentioned in the...
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Friday, 19 February 2016 05:13

Friday Sermon | 4 Spiritual Laws?

Today I want to share an episode of Issues, ETC where Pastor Bryan Wolfmueller tackles the Evangelical Cliché: “God Loves You and Has a Wonderful Plan for Your Life”. If you’ve been to a college campus or had dealing with Campus Crusade for Christ (or CRU), you should be familiar with this cliche as the first of Bill

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Friday, 19 February 2016 04:48

Make Haste, O Sinners, and Give the Lord Jesus Your Hearts Featured

Make haste then, O sinners, make haste, and come by faith to Christ. Then, this day, even this hour, nay, this moment, if you believe, Jesus Christ shall come and make his eternal abode in your hearts. Which of you is made willing to receive the King of glory? Which of you obeys his call, as Zaccheus did? Alas! why do you stand still? How know

Written by Justin Edwards
Friday, 19 February 2016 04:48

Make Haste, O Sinners, and Give the Lord Jesus Your Hearts

Make haste then, O sinners, make haste, and come by faith to Christ. Then, this day, even this hour, nay, this moment, if you believe, Jesus Christ shall come and make his eternal abode in your hearts. Which of you is made willing to receive the King of glory? Which of you obeys his call, as Zaccheus did? Alas! why do you stand still? How know

Written by Justin Edwards
Friday, 19 February 2016 04:00

The Potential Fail of a Gender Neutral Oscars Category

When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its nominees for the 88th Academy Awards on January 14, it made waves throughout popular culture. Many took to social media or to blogs to voice their continued concern over the lack of racial diversity in this year’s nominees for acting—all 20 were white. Not long...

Written by Greg Gibson
Friday, 19 February 2016 03:30

Evidence Proving God, His Word, and Truth

Will Christians and Atheists finally agree? Frank Turek makes a compelling case. Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth. [...]

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Friday, 19 February 2016 03:13

God’s Glory Is United with Love, Not Selfishness

Christopher Morgan, co-editor of The Glory of God, gave a fantastic response in a recent interview to the question “If God’s ultimate purpose is to glorify himself, does that mean God is selfish?”

The bare response [that “good behavior seeks the highest end, so God making himself his own ultimate end is appropriate”]

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Friday, 19 February 2016 03:08

Help Is On The Way by Dave Miller

17 Unless the Lord had given me help, I would soon have dwelt in the silence of death.18 When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your unfailing love, Lord, supported me.19 When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy. Psalm 94:17-19All three verses are variations on the idea of “Help!”Whether you’re...
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Friday, 19 February 2016 02:45

The Daily Discovery (February 19, 2016)

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How to Raise A Pagan Kid in a Christian Home – “Every Imperfect and Normal Family wants their kids to turn out right. So, we establish goals for character development and try to create an environment where our kids can mature. Church, school, sports teams, family

Written by Landon Chapman
Friday, 19 February 2016 02:08

But Do You Adore Jesus?

We are typically very quick to note when someone is not showing love for their neighbor. But what about love for Jesus? Should it settle implicitly? Is love for Christ something that is sufficient when latent?

What I notice a lot every day in the Christian spheres of social media is just how incredibly adept we evangelicals are at doctrinal

Written by Jared C. Wilson
Friday, 19 February 2016 02:00

Mark 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, 19 February 2016 01:57

RMM RoundUp February 19, 2016

Exodus 2

The Israelite people were held captive in slavery for 400 years. Their hope in the fulfillment of the covenant with Abraham waned from continual hardship. Prayers grew quiet and the voices of the Egyptians were amplified. Misery overwhelmed them and brought them to their knees; and then something powerful happened.

During those many days...

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Friday, 19 February 2016 01:01

Penal Substitution and Church History

Since the rise of Protestant liberalism in the eighteenth century, it has become common for some to claim that penal substitution, the view that Christ died on behalf of sinners, is not a biblical doctrine. (For a clear refutation of that assertion, see here.)

In recent years this position has been accompanied by assertions that the church of the

Written by Michael J. Vlach
Friday, 19 February 2016 01:00

Bahnsen on the Role of Reason Featured

One of the best books I’ve ever read on apologetics is Greg Bahnsen’s Always Ready. It is a great read, and I definitely recommend it to anyone interested in the theory and practice of defending the Christian faith biblically. Dr. Bahnsen—of the famous “Bahnsen-Stein Debate” (audio, transcript)—was a very sharp

Written by Mike Riccardi
Friday, 19 February 2016 00:00

Can We Really Do All Things Through Christ? Featured

By Cameron Buettel

Tim Tebow was featured on the cover of the July 27, 2009 issue of Sports Illustrated, decked out in his Florida Gators uniform. But what made the image so striking was the message written in Tebow’s eye black—under his right eye was the word “Phil,” and under his left the numbers “4:13.”

That

Written by Grace to You Blog
Friday, 19 February 2016 00:00

With Christ

“Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” (Colossians 3:2-3)

The apostle Paul, looking forward to the time when we shall “ever be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:17), wrote: “For I am in a strait betwixt... More...

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Thursday, 18 February 2016 23:00

Life in the compound

Once upon a time, a few devout Arminians established a compound in a remote, wooded location, to keep themselves unspotted from the lubricious enticements of high Calvinism. 

The buildings were encircled by fields for grazing and farming. And the fields were encircled by forest. Everywhere you looked was a wall of trees. The settlers bought

Written by steve
Thursday, 18 February 2016 23:00

The Gospel for Cynics and Scoffers

From the beginning of time, skepticism has been the natural inclination of our hearts. Our sin in the Garden highlights the beginning of our doubts. Even the most remarkable truths, like the truth that creation is "good" (Genesis 1), is subject to destruction by the imputation of our preferences over the will of God. We have doubted goodness ever

Written by For The Church Recently Added Resources
Thursday, 18 February 2016 23:00

The Low in the Service of the Lovely

I blogged the other day about the idea of the fitting, or appropriate.  One of the paradoxes of the fitting is that there is a place even for ugliness – not for its own sake, but to resensitize our jaded minds to the unfitting.  The classical model for this is the gross style adopted by Dante Alighieri in his Inferno, so different

Written by jbudziszewski
Thursday, 18 February 2016 22:15

Should Pastors Be Scholars?

I’ve enjoyed the lively conversation that has emerged over this question: are pastors scholars?

Some of the conversation has engaged the book Kevin Vanhoozer and I recently published, The Pastor as Public Theologian: Reclaiming a Lost Vision. In the book, Vanhoozer and I make the case that the pastor is the “organic

Written by For The Church Recently Added Resources
Thursday, 18 February 2016 22:00

When Pastors Place Their Nose Where It Doesn’t Belong

Several decades ago as Jay Adams and men like him began writing on the topic of biblical counseling, conservative pastors gained a needed and necessary foothold in the area of the psyche (ψυχή), or care for the soul.

For a decade or so before the birth of what was called nouthetic counseling, conservative churchmen were buying

Written by Joel Tetreau
Thursday, 18 February 2016 22:00

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The Character of the Christian: Gentle | Tim Challies “To be gentle is to be tender, humble, and fair, to know what posture and response is fitting for any occasion. It indicates a graciousness, a desire to extend mercy to others, and a desire to yield to both the will of God and the preferences of other people. Such gentleness will be

Written by David Murray
Thursday, 18 February 2016 22:00

Sermons by Alistair Begg on God's Grace

Download or listen to sermons by Alistair Begg about the grace of God.

 

1. Grace and Peace (2 Peter 1:1-4) — Listen | Download MP3 | Purchase CD $1.25

Most of us are interested in knowing how to be a better person. Sometimes our reasons are good, and at other times they are misguided. In this message, Alistair Begg leads us

Written by TFL
Thursday, 18 February 2016 22:00

Can Jesus Relate to My Temptations?

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” (Hebrews 4:15)

Jesus felt the full force of all temptations. The ones that we feel and cave upon he felt to the highest level–and prevailed victoriously.

You might be saying,

Written by Erik Raymond
Thursday, 18 February 2016 22:00

The Brilliant Scholar

Editor’s Note: This is our second day of  honoring Dr. Charles Ryrie, who was promoted to heavenly glory on Tuesday of this week, just short of his 91st birthday. If you missed our first day of tributes, make sure to read them. They are entitled, “An Incredible Legacy.” Today we find that, as Dr. LaHaye states so aptly...

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Thursday, 18 February 2016 21:00

What Does it Mean to Fear God?

We need to make some important distinctions about the biblical meaning of "fearing" God. These distinctions can be helpful, but they can also be a little dangerous. When Luther struggled with that, he made this distinction, which has since become somewhat famous: He distinguished between what he called a servile fear and a filial fear.

The servile

Written by R.C. Sproul
Thursday, 18 February 2016 21:00

Exodus 2; Luke 5; Job 19; 1 Corinthians 6

Exodus 2; Luke 5; Job 19; 1 Corinthians 6 

OUR TWO PASSAGES ARE linked in a subtle way.

Job’s response to Bildad (Job 19) is striking in its intensity. It is almost as if he is willing to spell out the tensions and paradoxes in his own position. There are four essential planks to it. First, Job continues to berate his miserable comforters for

Written by Don Carson
Thursday, 18 February 2016 20:29

The Risen movie

The acting, casting (with Jesus and his disciples actually looking Mediterranean rather than northern European), and cinematography were extraordinary. The buildings looked authentic (despite some questionable topography at times); the scene with the fleet was extraordinary, though for such a masterpiece the scene was amazingly—pardon the

Written by Craig Keener
Thursday, 18 February 2016 20:24

The Illuminating Work of the Holy Spirit in Daily Bible Reading and Discipleship Featured

John 16:13, “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.”

In verse 12 in chapter 16 of the Gospel of John Jesus says, “I still have many things to

Written by Dave Jenkins
Thursday, 18 February 2016 20:21

J. Ligon Duncan – The Covenant of Redemption

The phrase, The Covenant of Redemption (and I am not speaking of Robertson’s Covenant of Redemption, no), historically in the Reformed tradition refers to the intertrinitarian covenant, especially the covenant between the Father and the Son before the foundation of the world. It took place in eternity and is the plan by which election would

Written by Mike Boling
Thursday, 18 February 2016 20:21

A Grace-Bombardment on Our Unbelief and Small Thoughts of the Gospel

     But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our

Written by Scotty Smith
Thursday, 18 February 2016 20:19

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 45

In Proposition 45, George Peters states:

“The phrases ‘Kingdom of heaven,’ ‘Kingdom of God,’ ‘Kingdom of Christ’, etc., denote the same Kingdom.”

This proposition is a restatement of earlier propositions from Peters. It seems necessary at this juncture in his argument to reiterate this fact given he

Written by Mike Boling
Thursday, 18 February 2016 20:18

John Piper – 1 Peter 2:18–20, Part 2: Trust God When You Are Mistreated

What happens when someone is mistreated for doing good? In this lab, John Piper teaches us how to respond to and endure injustice. He takes Peter’s words about slavery to call all of us to fear God and to persevere in loving and serving others for His sake, even when it brings hardship.

The post John Piper – 1 Peter 2:18–20, Part

Written by Mike Boling
Thursday, 18 February 2016 20:04

Joel Obadiah: Disaster and Deliverance

When was the last time you read either Joel or Obadiah? Admittedly in my own Bible reading, these two books have largely been ignored outside perhaps of times when Joel was referred to when studying matters of eschatology. These two small yet important books found in the Minor Prophets section of the Old Testament are rich in imagery of

Written by Mike Boling
Thursday, 18 February 2016 19:04

R R: Update! Update! Update!

 
On this episode of Refining & Reforming: Aaron explains why we have been slacking but then reveals some future content that you won't want to miss! Soli Deo Gloria!
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Thursday, 18 February 2016 19:01

One body, many gifts

Half-hour message on Romans 12

Christians for Biblical Equality recorded this message of mine in 2005 at their conference. I am amazed to see that I was bald even back then. 

Authors: Craig Keener

Written by Craig Keener
Thursday, 18 February 2016 18:11

Women in Combat Part 2 Featured

The issue of women in the military, and specifically, women in combat, arose again in the US Republican debates. While contenders Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, and Chris Christie (who has since dropped out), all supported women in the military, including in times of war, it was Ted Cruz who took the opposite position. He said:

We have had enough with

Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Thursday, 18 February 2016 17:24

The Parousia of the Lord Jesus Christ Featured

by Mike Ratliff

19 For who is our hope or joy or crown of exultation? Is it not even you, in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His coming? 20 For you are our glory and joy. (1 Thessalonians 2:19-20 NASB)

19 τίς γὰρ ἡμῶν ἐλπὶς ἢ χαρὰ ἢ

Written by Mike Ratliff
Thursday, 18 February 2016 16:06

We Need a Group for Survivor Blog Survivors Featured

Dan Savage is the founder of the anti-bullying and pro-homosexual It Gets Better Campaign (which ERLC research fellow Karen Swallow Prior called “commonsensical” and “refreshing” and said the church should be “excited” about it – source link). Savage made the news several years ago while giving a

Written by JD Hall
Thursday, 18 February 2016 16:05

Trevin’s Seven

Kindle Deal: My book Gospel-Centered Teaching: Showing Christ in All the Scripture is available for $2.99 on Kindle.

Seven of the best articles I came across this week:

1. Michael Stokes Paulsen – Scalia at St. Thomas: Closing Arguments. Justice Scalia had an extraordinary ability to notice obvious, important truths that many

Written by Trevin Wax
Thursday, 18 February 2016 15:43

Inoculated against genuine Christianity

“When people get an inoculation, they are actually given a mild dose of the disease that they are being protected against. I wonder if that is not true for most people in professing Christianity–they get just enough Christianity to keep them from getting the real thing.” — Leonard Ravenhill

“The great need of every

Written by mywordlikefire
Thursday, 18 February 2016 15:09

Voices for a New Baptist Future: A Group Proposal Featured

“We must, indeed, all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.”

That quote, of questionable provenance, is attributed to Benjamin Franklin (or to Richard Penn, or to an anonymous American General) at the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Whether he actually spoke the words, the sentiments are beyond dispute.

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