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, 24 May 2018 23:10

#89: Witnesses To The World[Sermon]

Join Dave as he continues the study of the Gospel of John by looking at John 15:26-16:4.

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Authors: Dave Jenkins

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Thursday, 24 May 2018 23:00

“Words without knowledge.”

The heavens break their silence and Almighty God speaks to a mortal man. How incredible that He inspired the Bible’s authors to record His words.

Spoken out of a whirlwind, His words in these verses also apply to contemporary evangelism. Many sincere people preach the gospel but fail to...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Thursday, 24 May 2018 22:39

Are You Really Sharing the Gospel?

Sharing the Gospel of the Kingdom of God is the primary call on every believer’s life.

Each and every one who claims Jesus as Lord is commissioned to “make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). This was not a command limited to the disciples who heard the words of Jesus that...

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Written by Marcos Ortega
Thursday, 24 May 2018 22:31

Justified and made righteous Featured

Here, in 90 seconds Pastor Gabe explains what justification is. When he explained that it is the legal declaration of God as to the pardon of all our sins AND the credit to our account the righteousness of Christ, it made me think of the verse from Luke regarding the return of an unclean spirit....

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Written by The End Time
Thursday, 24 May 2018 22:27

Listener Comments and Questions – TGIF!

imageThe Bible is clear that God created man in His image; but as absolute truth and morality continue to be attacked we see this truth being reversed as more and more professing Christians see God as they would like to see Him rather than surrendering to Him and acknowledging His eternal nature and...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Thursday, 24 May 2018 22:25

Re-creating Pastors

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Pastors, play more golf…or tennis, or do more kayaking, fishing, or hunting. You need to get outside, you need to unplug, you need a hobby, and you need to spend time getting better at it. We often express high esteem for great pastors and missionaries who worked themselves to death because...

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Written by The Christward Collective
Thursday, 24 May 2018 22:17

A Resolution for #SBC18: “On Repudiating Predatory Behavior”

I have submitted the following resolution, On Repudiating Predatory Behavior, to the SBC Committee on Resolutions for their consideration. I am hopeful that this will be reported out by the committee to the messengers gathered at this year’s annual meeting in Dallas as it is, or...

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Written by Scott Gordon
Thursday, 24 May 2018 22:00

The Importance of Genesis

Why defend Genesis when so many people don’t even believe in Jesus?  Why not concentrate on defending the big issues, like the Gospel and the deity of Christ?  Considering all the problems we have in society, should we really be focused on apologetics, rather than trying to change...

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Written by Dr. Lisle
Thursday, 24 May 2018 21:47

Creation Byte: The Ultimate Price of Freedom

imageThe legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example. —Benjamin Disraeli America’s history is filled with a long list of heroes who have shown extraordinary courage, even giving their lives to secure the freedoms our nation enjoys, freedoms we often...

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Written by Eric Hovind
Thursday, 24 May 2018 21:00

How Jesus Sets Us Doubly Free

May 25, 2018 by: Andrew Wilson

A Cultural Narrative

I think our culture’s understanding of freedom, in large part, is a narrative that says when you break from the oppression of an external force, then you’re free to be who you want to be.

That’s the cultural narrative that...

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Written by Andrew Wilson
Thursday, 24 May 2018 21:00

I’m a veteran. Here’s what I wish my pastor didn’t do on Memorial Day

There is a strange tension one can experience when visiting military cemeteries. Having gone to school in Gettysburg, attended funerals in Arlington and visited Normandy this past year, I’ve learned to better recognized the emotional reaction evoked, especially in those of us who are...

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Written by Dan McGill
Thursday, 24 May 2018 20:40

Fresh Gratitude for God’s Many Gifts to Us

     Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17

     What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Thursday, 24 May 2018 20:10

Would You Like To Read a Christian Classic With Me?

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It’s time, once again, to read a Christian classic together. Over the years I’ve often asked people like you to join me in reading some of the best Christian books ever written. And I’ve got a hankering to do it again. Why don’t you watch this short introductory video and...

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Written by Tim Challies
Thursday, 24 May 2018 20:00

Remembering Our Fallen Soldiers

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This Monday in the United States is Memorial Day, the day we remember those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom by giving their lives. Our hearts go out to grieving families, and we want to stop as Memorial Day approaches and remember the sacrifice of our fallen soldiers. We also want to...

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Written by Ken Ham
Thursday, 24 May 2018 20:00

It’s Time for a Reformation in the SBC – 3 Issues We Need to Set Right

imageCan there be another conservative resurgence that brings reform to the SBC? I believe there can.

Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Thursday, 24 May 2018 20:00

Is Genesis Myth?

For reasons beyond me, there are those who believe that Genesis is myth. Many limit it to Genesis 1-11, which only confounds the problem. What makes Gen 11 myth but Gen 12 history? The language didn't change. The approach didn't change. And what "myth" includes "these are the generations of ..."...

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Written by Winging It
Thursday, 24 May 2018 20:00

The Fall of the Village

There’s a movie scene I’ve been thinking about this week in which a pastor and a journalist sit down to talk about their home city. The pastor offers his help to the newly appointed editor and says, “I find that the city flourishes when its great institutions work together.”...

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Written by Jake Meador
Thursday, 24 May 2018 20:00

From the Voice that Matters Most – Ephesians 4:17-24 – “Testify…Turned, Turned, Turned.”

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17 Therefore, I say this and testify in the Lord: You should no longer live as the Gentiles live, in the futility of their thoughts. 18 They are darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them and because of the hardness of...

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Written by Scott Gordon
Thursday, 24 May 2018 20:00

Obi-Wan Kenobi: Great Jedi Master, Terrible Philosopher

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So now it’s finally upon us: Solo: A Star Wars Story! This stand-alone installment in the Stars Wars franchise features the adventures of a young Han Solo before he met Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi at the Mos Eisley Cantina in Stars Wars: A New Hope.

It will be interesting to see what...

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Written by J.T. Wynn
Thursday, 24 May 2018 19:58

A La Carte (May 25)

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Today’s Kindle deals includes what I guess you could consider a few odds and ends.

(Yesterday on the blog: How To Love Your Wife As Christ Loved the Church)

Did Jesus Demand We Kill His Enemies?

“In the gospel of Luke, Jesus says, ‘But those enemies of mine who did not want me...

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Written by Tim Challies
Thursday, 24 May 2018 19:17

The Strength Of The New Testament Text Without First-Century Manuscripts

There's been a lot of discussion lately about the fragment of Mark that some people had dated to the first century. It's important to keep in mind how much evidence we have for the New Testament text even without any first-century manuscripts. That includes a lot of evidence that's seldom discussed...

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Written by Jason Engwer
Thursday, 24 May 2018 19:07

Paul, Stephen Fowl, and Trinitarian Doctrine

The contributions to the multi-author volume that I noted yesterday here include a thoughtful essay by Stephen Fowl (who, in my experience, writes only thoughtful work):  “Paul and the Trinity” (pp. 151-61).

He first notes that, although in Paul we have a “christological...

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Written by larryhurtado
Thursday, 24 May 2018 19:00

How Should Christians Respond to Economic Uncertainty?

When economists talk about the free-market economy, they use principles that help explain what may come from certain actions. Their explanations emphasize an element of predictability.

But no one can know exactly what will happen in particular situations since unseen variables can affect outcomes....

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Written by Taylor Barkley
Thursday, 24 May 2018 19:00

What Is the Church?

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In the language of the Westminster Confession of Faith, the church comprises the "whole number of the elect, that have been, are, or shall be, gathered into one, under Christ the Head thereof" (25.1). This is otherwise known as the invisible church. In another sense, the church is the body of the...

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Written by Derek W.H. Thomas
Thursday, 24 May 2018 18:46

What Yet Lies Beneath? The Hoard of Unpublished Oxyrhynchus Texts

My note about the newly published items included in vol 83 of the Oxyrhynchus Papyri reminded me that to date, over 100 years after the excavations there, the vast hoard of papyri shipped to Britain by Grenfell & Hunt (in hundreds of metal boxes) remains stored and unpublished.  This...

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Written by larryhurtado
Thursday, 24 May 2018 18:33

How Skeptics Use a Partial Truth to Tell a Complete Lie

imageI’m a cold-case detective, but many years ago, while working a “fresh” homicide, I got a call from a woman who wanted to provide important information related to my case. She gave me her name and started confirming some of the details of the murder. She knew a great deal about my...

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Written by jwallace
Thursday, 24 May 2018 18:15

Sacrificing Fast and Easy

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It has become increasingly clear that our culture loves convenience. Nearly every new gadget is marketed to somehow make life easier and processes faster. I have found myself saying, in regards to a meal or plans, let’s just do what’s easiest. We wouldn’t want to waste any time or...

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Written by Bethany Mathis
Thursday, 24 May 2018 18:10

Gospel People Stay Behind

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It’s a fact of the faithful life that gospel people say goodbye, some leave the familiar for the unknown as the Lord leads. But not all of us are headed for the ends of the earth.

Some of us are right where we are supposed to be. And we’re going to be here awhile.

That may thrill you...

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Written by Jared Musgrove
Thursday, 24 May 2018 18:00

Nuggets from Countdown to the Second Coming—A Lesson from the Past (Part 1)

May 25, 2018
The situation in the church today is reminiscent of the last days of Israel ’s kingdom. Instead of heeding God’s Word, God’s people consulted spirit mediums ( Isaiah:8:19 And when they...

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Written by TBC Staff - CR
Thursday, 24 May 2018 18:00

The Whole Law

“Ye shall therefore keep my statutes, and my judgments: which if a man do, he shall live in them: I am the LORD.” (Leviticus 18:5) The absolute holiness of God is emphasized throughout the book of Leviticus, and this is the standard for all those created in His image. This is made...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Thursday, 24 May 2018 17:03

An Exemplary Pastor’s Wife

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Many people have written books and articles about the pastor’s wife. She is too often unnoticed and under-appreciated in our service for Christ. I’d like to testify on the role by the example of the pastor’s wife I know best, my own.

Whatever impact I have had with people largely...

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Written by Wally Morris
Thursday, 24 May 2018 17:00

Will We Have Desires in Heaven?

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We’ll have many desires in Heaven, but they won’t be unholy desires. Everything we want will be good. Our desires will please God. All will be right with the world, nothing forbidden. When a father cooks steaks on the barbecue grill, he wants his family to listen to them sizzle and...

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Written by Randy Alcorn
Thursday, 24 May 2018 16:37

The Atheist Experience 22.20 | BTWN with Dustin Segers Featured

Dustin Segers joins the BTWN to review “The Atheist Experience” Episode  22.20
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Written by Tim Hurd
Thursday, 24 May 2018 16:15

SBC Megachurch Goes Full Hillsong | P P Daily Update May 25, 2018 Featured

Summary: FBC Orlando invites both Hillsong musicians and pastor, Brian Houston. The problems with Hillsong are further explained.
Hear More Archived Episodes of The Polemics Report – HERE
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Visit JD Hall’s Pulpit and Pen...

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Written by social element
Thursday, 24 May 2018 15:46

Three Ways to Retrieve a Theological Method that Will Serve the Church Well

Three Ways to Retrieve a Theological Method that Will Serve the Church Well

It should be clear by now that hermeneutics and theological method are of utmost importance in our dogmatic reflections and assertions on creation. Three ways we can retrieve a theological method that will be of...

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Written by RBAP
Thursday, 24 May 2018 15:23

God plus the world is still God the Holy Trinity

“God minus the world is still God the Holy Trinity,” says Fred Sanders.[1] I would like to add to this the following: “God plus the world is still God the Holy Trinity.” In other words, given creation or not, God is still God the Holy Trinity. Creation does not change...

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Written by RBAP
Thursday, 24 May 2018 15:05

May 25: John Calvin, World Reconstructionist

John Calvin died on May 27th, in the year 1564. The following article, though quite long, seems appropriate to post at this time. Tomorrow we will run the second part of the article. The following, its title aside, forms a nice, succinct summary of the life and ministry of John Calvin. And as...

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Written by Wayne Sparkman
Thursday, 24 May 2018 15:00

Video: "Spiritual Warfare, Part One" by Alistair Begg

Jesus secured salvation for all believers when He defeated Satan at the cross. Until Christ returns, however, spiritual warfare rages on in this world and should not be easily dismissed. In His mercy, God has provided the armor by which we can withstand such fierce opposition. In this overview of...

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Written by TFL
Thursday, 24 May 2018 15:00

An Open Letter to Someone Entering Church Discipline

imageReposted, with permission, from bradhambrick.com. This post is a supplement to the “church discipline process” document/training posted earlier. The goal of this series is to equip churches to conduct church discipline with restorative excellence.

Dear Friend,

I appreciate you taking the...

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Written by Brad Hambrick
Thursday, 24 May 2018 14:55

Video: "Spiritual Warfare, Part Two" by Alistair Begg

Every believer dwells in the spiritual realm and will encounter battle with our adversary, the devil, until Christ’s return. Alistair Begg urges us to remain alert to Satan’s subtle, fiery darts, and outlines a practical strategy to employ in the midst of the struggle. As students of...

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Written by TFL
Thursday, 24 May 2018 14:35

Your Mom Has a Blog Podcast, Episode 73

Day 24 of 31 Things to Teach Your Kids: Teach them to honor their parents.

Authors: Melissa...

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Written by Melissa
Thursday, 24 May 2018 14:34

The Islamic Republic of Sweden Featured

How many articles have I written on Sweden and its Islamic takeover? Far too many, and it looks like I will keep having to do so. (OK, I just looked it up: I have 100 articles on Sweden on my site – and around half of them have to do with Islam.)

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Thursday, 24 May 2018 14:11

An Essay on Common Grace, Biblical Counseling and Psychology

I have attached a rough draft copy of an essay on common grace, biblical counseling and psychology  here. If anyone is interested and willing, I would appreciate the comments, critiques, et cetera.  It is 11,457 words, with 42 footnotes, so it is not a breezy read. In its final version,...

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Written by memoirandremains
Thursday, 24 May 2018 14:10

Trevin’s Seven

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I’m going to try and unplug from most online interaction and blogging for the next week or so. See you in June!

Seven of the best articles I came across this week:

1 Malcolm Gladwell – How School Shootings Spread. I remember being haunted by this New Yorker essay when it first came...

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Written by Trevin Wax
Thursday, 24 May 2018 14:00

$5 Friday: Romans, Grace, John Calvin

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It's time for our weekly $5 Friday sale. This week's resources include such topics as Romans, prayer, John Knox, repentance, grace, hell, John Calvin, joy, and more.

Sale runs through 12:01 a.m. — 11:59 p.m. Friday ET.

View today's $5 Friday sale items.

Authors: Nathan W. Bingham...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Thursday, 24 May 2018 12:47

Al Mohler and the Conviction to Lead from Behind Featured

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“The wicked flee when no one is pursuing, But the righteous are bold as a lion.”Proverbs 28:1

I am tired of Al Mohler.

For years, I listened to his various podcasts: every month, every week, every day.  Every month or so, I listened to his literary podcast,Thinking in Public, in...

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Written by Seth Dunn
Thursday, 24 May 2018 12:22

Bible Study Helps: Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs Featured

These are the last two poetic books, or wisdom literature books, in the Old Testament. It next moves on to the prophetic books, the last main section of the OT in our English Bibles. These two brief books may be among the least read and the least understood OT books by Christians today.

Both have...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Thursday, 24 May 2018 11:00

Ponderosa Pine Bark Chips

“If anyone seriously thinks by going natural, he will be escaping The Establishment, finally getting away from The Man and from the clutches of the good corporations, I have a bit of bad news. The corporations are way ahead of you. There are high-powered boards sitting around half-an-acre...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Thursday, 24 May 2018 10:00

The Spiritual Chymist, Meditation LVIII, Upon Spiritual Warfare

(From William Spurstowe’s The Spiritual Chymist, 1666)

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Who can either think or read what a slaughter was made by one angel in the numerous army of Sennacherib, who in a night destroyed a hundred fourscore and five thousand men [Is. 37:36] without reflecting upon a vast disparity that is...

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Written by memoirandremains
Thursday, 24 May 2018 10:00

Should a Christian man play video games?

– Episode 2160 –

Should a Christian man play video games?

Segment 1 (00:00) – A stealer’s dilemma

Segment 2 (09:52) – To video game or not to video game?

Segment 3 (19:08) – Video games and discretionary time

Wretched Surprise! (26:03) – Wretched Discretionary...

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Written by samueljroys