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 December 2017 05:40

A Letter from Dr. W. Robert Godfrey, Chairman of Ligonier Ministries

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Dear Friend of Ligonier,

Our founder, Dr. R.C. Sproul, was called home to glory on Thursday, December 14, 2017. He died peacefully with his family at his side. We are all grieving our loss, but we are comforted by the promises of Christ’s gospel—promises that R.C. believed and taught...

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Written by W. Robert Godfrey
Thursday, 14 December 2017 05:25

Leading our Emotions I – Depression

Depression is such an awful battle. Be assured, in Christ, you can experience mega-joy. — Last week I preached the first sermon in our new series, Leading Our Emotions Through the Holidays. You can listen or read the below summary.

How do we battle depression and sadness...

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Written by Chris
Thursday, 14 December 2017 05:15

R.C. Sproul (1939–2017)

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Presbyterian minister R.C. Sproul, one of the most influential popularizers of Reformed theology spanning the late 20th and early 21st centuries, entered into the joy of his Lord and Savior on December 14, 2017, following complications from emphysema. He was 78 years old.

Because he preached the...

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Written by Justin Taylor
Thursday, 14 December 2017 05:05

Next Time: A Tribute To R.C. Sproul

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Ligonier Ministries has just announced that R.C. Sproul has passed away. But I don’t think he would want you to cry about it. “You can grieve for me the week before I die, if I’m scared and hurting” he once said, “but when I gasp that last fleeting breath and my...

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Written by Tim Challies
Thursday, 14 December 2017 05:02

Lion in our Midst: A Eulogy for R. C. Sproul (Robert Brady)

Our prayers today are with the family of R.C. Sproul, who has been called home to glory. Read his eulogy below, written by Rick Phillips...We grieve today at the news of R. C. Sproul's departure from this life, while so blessed at the knowledge that he basks in the glory of the Savior he served and...

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Written by Reformation21 Blog
Thursday, 14 December 2017 05:01

Deadly Doctrine: Divorcing Spirit Truth

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The following post is from Costi Hinn and Anthony Wood’s forthcoming book, Defining Deception. This particular section is part of a chapter outlining the doctrinal errors of popular mystical-miracle movements today…

John Calvin said, “The work of the Spirit does not...

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Written by Costi Hinn
Thursday, 14 December 2017 05:00

Dr. R.C. Sproul, Called Home to the Lord

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Dr. R.C. Sproul went home to be with the Lord this afternoon around 3 p.m. surrounded by his wife, Vesta, and family in his hospital room in Altamonte Springs, Fla. He was 78. He died peacefully after being hospitalized twelve days ago due to severe respiratory difficulties exacerbated by the flu...

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Written by Chris Larson
Thursday, 14 December 2017 04:20

Preach the Word! – 2 Timothy 4:1-5

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Also available as MP3: Preach the Word! – 2 Timothy 4:1-5

Summary:

The “word” Paul wanted preached (4:1,2) was the inspired Word of Godthat he just finished talking about (3:16,17).

This is so important God (through Paul) chargespastors to do it. It was important for Abraham...

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Written by Pastor Ricky Kurth
Thursday, 14 December 2017 04:03

Are Christians crying wolf about mistreatment and marginalization?

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian alleges that Christians are crying wolf with claims of marginalization and persecution and that those claims need to be vigorously challenged. Why have liberals failed to challenge them? She answers:

Why are we reluctant to challenge such claims? It’s the result of a...

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Written by Denny Burk
Thursday, 14 December 2017 04:01

Wedding Cakes Are Not Simple

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I wish Jack Phillips’ case was easy but after listening to Ben Domenich’s interview with Mike Farris I can’t side entirely with the baker who refused to make a cake for the gay couple, David Mullins and Charlie Craig. One of Phillips’ lines of defense is that he refuses to...

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Written by D. G. Hart
Thursday, 14 December 2017 03:49

Around the Horn (December 14)

Black Harry, One of the Greatest Preachers Ever Forgotten -Courtlandt Perkins 

Courtlandt Perkins has a really interesting post about the greatest preacher you’ve never heard of. Black Harry was the first African-American preacher to gain national prominence. Don’t miss this one!

What...

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Written by Staff
Thursday, 14 December 2017 03:25

The Best Decision I ever Made

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Maybe not ever. Marrying the missus has to be at the top since deciding to trust Jesus was not really my decision. But my conversation yesterday with Tom Woods about Machen was one of those rare moments when you see directly the consequences of a choice made longer ago than you care to admit....

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Written by D. G. Hart
Thursday, 14 December 2017 03:11

Limited-Time Offer! Christmas Super Sale

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We are excited to announce our Christmas Super Sale, where we are offering between 70% and 30% off most of our resources site-wide! This deal ends on Saturday, December 31st.

We are offering 70% off ALL of our CDs/DVDs and 30% off ALL of ourbooks plus FREE shipping on any order over $25, guaranteed...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Thursday, 14 December 2017 03:00

Dr. Sproul Goes To Heaven: Five Videos to Remember Him Featured

Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints (Psalm 116:15). 

We bid farewell to our elder brother, Dr. Robert Charles (RC) Sproul, as he has taken his final pre-Resurrection breaths to now be present with our Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8). His body will soon be sown (1 Corinthians...

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Written by News Division
Thursday, 14 December 2017 03:00

Spiritual Poverty Featured

by Martin Luther

Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him? (James 2:5 ESV)

You may wonder, “What? Do all Christians have to live in complete poverty and not own...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Thursday, 14 December 2017 02:40

Consequentialism for me but not for thee

Even though the Alabama senate race is now at thing of the past, I'll make another observation, because the same issues repeat themselves in future race. 
Do Moore’s defenders not realize the extent to which religious freedom in this nation depends on a host of progressive judges and...

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Written by steve
Thursday, 14 December 2017 02:25

Pastor, You Need Five Friends Featured

I’m sort of joking with that title. But just sort of. That meager number of friends could actually be 3 or 4 more than some pastors think they have. And this unfortunate reality isn’t tangential. Since God uses relationships to accomplish many of His purposes, a paucity of friendships...

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Written by Jared Longshore
Thursday, 14 December 2017 02:14

Resurrection in the Old Testament

A complete separation between the Old and New Testaments is a sign of a flawed interpretation of Scripture. A byproduct of this error has been to ignore important Christian doctrines, like the resurrection, in the Old Testament. The purpose of this article is to point out the clarity of the...

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Written by Josh Sommer
Thursday, 14 December 2017 02:07

Do scientists assume their conclusions?

A brief exchange I had on Facebook. In context, McRae is responding to a young-earth creationist:Steve McRae A real scientist doesn't assume their conclusion, they go where the evidence leads them. No scientist should EVER start with a conclusion. That is just bias and not how science is done.S...

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Written by steve
Thursday, 14 December 2017 01:57

Some Personal Reflections on Van Til’s Transcendental Argument

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“For man self-consciousness presupposes God-consciousness.” -Van Til, Defense of the Faith, pg. 113

There are a couple different facets to Van Til’s Transcendental Argument for God, or “TAG”. Some people would even say that there are 3 perspectives on TAG- a normative...

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Written by Parker's Pensées
Thursday, 14 December 2017 01:39

Tu Quoque

Tu quoque. The term sounds like a special ballet move or what a Shakespearean character might say before he dies. In Latin it means, “You too.” Rumor has it that Julius Caesar said, “Tu quoque mi fili” (You too, my son) rather than the question “Et tu Brute?” as...

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Written by Jonathan Miles
Thursday, 14 December 2017 01:35

No, Black Women Didn’t Save Evangelicalism

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Freddie deBoer describes a particular sort of unhealthy progressive politics as the ‘politics of deference’:

I have personally taken to thinking of a particular kind of misguided progressive political engagement as the politics of deference — that is, the political...

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Written by Alastair Roberts
Thursday, 14 December 2017 01:32

Condoms and Consent

Mark Regnerus in Public Discourse:

Saying that it’s all on men to change their behavior may signal progressive virtue online, but it will do little to diminish real-life grief. The realities of sexual exchange will not disappear and cannot be eviscerated by fiat or reformed by speech rules....

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Written by Mark Ward
Thursday, 14 December 2017 01:20

London in 1927 and 2013

Growing up in England and having an Uncle who lived in Ealing (part of London) I visited London every summer. This video brings back many memories for me. A lot of things have changed over the years, while many things remain unchanged.

Authors: John Samson...

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Written by John Samson
Thursday, 14 December 2017 01:00

December 13, 2017 Show with Jason Wallace on "Temples Made With Hands" & "The Homosexual Seduction of the Mormon Church"

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December 13, 2017:

JASON WALLACE, pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church of Magna, Utah (OPC), former host of “The Ancient Paths” Radio Show & producer of LDS.Video discusses: “TEMPLES MADE WITH HANDS” & “The HOMOSEXUAL SEDUCTION of the MORMON CHURCH”

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Written by Eric Nielsen
Thursday, 14 December 2017 01:00

Bill Barker joins Georgia Baptist Mission Board to take backpacks to new level

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Shortly after his introduction as Georgia Baptists’ newest state missionary, Barker departed from the Mission Board with a truck loaded with backpacks for children in Appalachia. JOE WESTBURY/Index

When Bill Barker was 16 years old, he promised God that if he ever was able to get out of West...

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Written by Joe Westbury
Thursday, 14 December 2017 00:48

Grammar Guerilla: Incredible And Incredulous

It is easy to confuse two words when they have the same root. This is the case with the adjectives (words that modify nouns or persons, places, and things) incredulous and incredible. As incredible as it might seem and as incredulous as . . . Continue reading →

Authors: R. Scott Clark...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Thursday, 14 December 2017 00:48

The Joy of Classical Theism

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PELOS

In the past month or so there has been a little bit of discussion of the question of ‘classical theism’: the belief that God is simple, eternal, unchanging, impassible and so on. I had never really examined these kind of ideas until about five years ago when I began to read...

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Written by exceptionnoted
Thursday, 14 December 2017 00:46

Billy Graham’s 100th year

image Southern Baptist evangelist Billy Graham celebrated his 99th birthday on Nov. 7, 2017.  Dr. Graham’s son, Franklin, said, “Dad is entering his 100th year. He told us on his 90th birthday that he thought that he was going to live to be 95. But, when he got to 95, he moved...

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Written by Gerald Harris
Thursday, 14 December 2017 00:37

Hodge’s Schleiermacher (2)

Last time we looked at Charles Hodge’s first mention of Friedrich Schleiermacher as recorded in his son A.A. Hodge’s The Life of Charles Hodge, from 4 March 1827. The next reference to him comes in a journal entry only four days later, on 8 March 1827, and again involves August...

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Written by E.J. Hutchinson
Thursday, 14 December 2017 00:34

He Lay in the Manger Without Leaving Heaven

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Gavin Ortlund:

The second member of the Trinity is, like the first and third, omnipresent. Wherever you go, he is there. In fact, more than that, the Bible says he sustains all things: he “upholds the universe by the word of his power” (Heb. 1:3), and “in him all things hold...

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Written by Peter Cockrell
Thursday, 14 December 2017 00:34

Inspiration from athletes who are amputees

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The men in the white t-shirts are members of the Haiti Amputee Soccer Team pictured in Atlanta on their goodwill tour in the U.S.

ATLANTA — Mountain Park First Baptist Church hosted the Amputee Soccer Team from Haiti recently. For several years the church has hosted homeless families in the...

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Written by Gerald Harris
Thursday, 14 December 2017 00:13

Video: "Shepherd King" by Alistair Begg

Into the humiliation of a people suffering the consequences of their sin, the Prophet Micah spoke a message of hope. Alistair Begg explains that God's promise would be fulfilled through a King born in insignificant circumstances, but destined for an everlasting reign—Christ, the Lord. He is...

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Written by TFL
Thursday, 14 December 2017 00:13

Let Your Pastor’s Wife Be Herself

Every year since Chad became a pastor, we have hosted a Christmas open house in our home. I love decorating for Christmas, and I like to deck out the house and have our friends over for a fun night of hanging out and eating delicious food. Tonight is the night, and I am so looking… [read...

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Written by Melissa
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 23:48

Paedophobia

Reposting a recent exchange I had on Facebook. Minor edits:
Hays 
It will be interesting to see if this is the beginning of the end for virtue-signalers like Russell Moore. It's one thing when they just talk, but if they handed the election to the Democrat, then that's different.
Matthew
It's a...

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Written by steve
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 23:30

Daniel Fuller Signs the Nashville Statement

On December 9th, Daniel Fuller added his signature to the Nashville Statement. Along with his signature, Dr. Fuller explains why he signed:

I signed the Nashville Statement because it represents the intended meaning of the authors of Scripture. To state anything other than the authors’...

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Written by CBMW
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 23:27

A Christmas poem by First Baptist Cumming Pastor Bob Jolly

‘Twas the Month Before Christmas

‘Twas the month before Christmas, when all through the land Every creature was shopping in need of a plan. Christmas fashion they sported with sweaters cashmere, In hopes that the in-crowd would offer good cheer.

They went to the upscale Avalon. They tried...

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Written by christianindex
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 23:24

Should We Blame the Pro-Life Movement?

There is a strain of thinking among some evangelicals that I cannot get my head around. Here it is: The Republican Party’s collapse of virtue and embrace of sub-moral strongmen can be attributed, at least in part, to the well-intentioned but naive single-mindedness of the pro-life...

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Written by Samuel James
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 23:11

Bible Study for Dec. 17: Jesus Rules

Mark 4:35-41 Richard C. Statham Senior Pastor; Salem Baptist, McDonough

The year 2017 may well be remembered in American History as The Year of Storms. In early fall, Hurricane Harvey brought devastation to the Texas and Louisiana coasts. As disaster relief teams from Georgia were preparing to head...

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Written by Rick Statham
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 23:04

How to Talk Politics at the Family Christmas Gathering This Year

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas, everywhere we go, from the sight of inflatable reindeer on the neighbor’s lawn to the thought of Cousin Eddie in a dickey, drinking egg nog and talking politics at Christmas dinner.

Every family has a Cousin Eddie and every family’s...

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Written by Bruce Ashford
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 23:00

What Does the Old Testament Say about the Trinity?

In the New Testament, Christians are given a new lens through which they see God. He is still the one true God we discover in the Jewish Shema prayer:

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your...

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Written by Fred Sanders
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 23:00

Jay Richards: why should Christians learn about economics?

Here’s a good basic introduction to the free enterprise system by Dr. Jay Richards:

In this lecture, Dr. Richards covers the following topics:

  • the piety myth – thinking that good intentions matter more than good results
  • the greed myth – thinking that capitalism is about greed...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 22:30

Top 5 SHP titles of 2017

Seminary Hill Press is the publishing arm of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, publishing works by the institution’s faculty and alumni. In 2017, the press produced multiple titles that would make great Christmas gifts for theologians and laypersons alike. Here are the year’s...

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Written by Theological Matters Editors
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 22:21

In hell for 5 minutes.

“Most Christian ministries would like to send their recruits to Bible college for five years. I would like to send our recruits to hell for five minutes. That would do more than anything else to prepare them for a lifetime of compassionate ministry.” William Booth

Get your own copy of...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 22:19

The Temptation to Retranslate the Lord's Prayer

Many of you have probably already heard about the Pope's call for a "better translation” of one of the verses in the Lord’s Prayer (Matt 6:13). But Anthony Esolen argues here, and rightly in my opinion, that this suggestion is misguided at best.

Authors: BibleX...

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Written by BibleX