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, 15 November 2018 23:00

Tad Hopp accumulatesd $100,000 of college debt, now he wants a taxpayer bailout

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Here’s an interesting editorial from a “Christian” left blog. (H/T Acton Institute via Lindsay)

The author, Tad Hopp is graduating a PCUSA seminary – an extremely liberal, left-wing denomination.

He writes:

I graduated college in 2007.

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Written by Wintery Knight
Thursday, 15 November 2018 22:48

How can we have success against temptation?

Oscar Wilde famously wrote, “The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it…I can resist everything except temptation.”

Temptation is a battle everyone faces. Sometimes, it sneaks up on us and we give in before we even realize the temptation is there. Other times, we...

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Written by Jim Duggan
Thursday, 15 November 2018 22:43

Why Are Christians so Hung Up About Sex?

I recently spoke on this subject for the Davenant Institute. You can listen to the lecture here:

Authors: Alastair Roberts...

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Written by Alastair Roberts
Thursday, 15 November 2018 22:00

I was an ungrateful brat.

Have you ever had the experience of showing someone “road courtesy” and they don’t bother to acknowledge it? I have to admit, those who don’t show appreciation make me mad. I immediately wish I hadn’t bothered to be nice. However, if I slow down to let someone merge in...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Thursday, 15 November 2018 21:40

Hit You in the Feels? (Joshua Steely)

Not so long ago, a bit of internet clickbait urged me to view a slideshow of gay marriage proposals guaranteed to 'hit you in the feels' (or something akin to that). That such an appeal could be made at all testifies to the pagan decadence of American culture. But it underlined for me that the...

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Written by Reformation21 Blog
Thursday, 15 November 2018 21:35

Andrew Fuller Friday: Fuller on the Practical Uses of Baptism

Baptism is a Divine institution, pertaining to the kingdom of the Messiah, or the gospel dispensation. John received it from heaven, and administered it to the Jews, who, on his proclaiming that the kingdom of heaven was at hand, confessed their sins. Jesus gave sanction to it by his example; and...

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Written by Staff
Thursday, 15 November 2018 21:00

A Justice Fiasco Featured

God, being the gracious God that He is, sends us warnings. “Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you” (John 5:14). What we have in all of our present confusion over justice is a warning. 

We might expect the sons of darkness to be upside down when it comes to wisdom and...

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Written by Jared Longshore
Thursday, 15 November 2018 20:34

Our 100th Podcast Giveaway!!

Woo hoo! It’s finally here! Enter to win these amazing prizes! One winner takes all! a Rafflecopter giveaway RRH Boutique Awana Basic Invite Hello Bible Pearl & Rose Designs Worship Lullaby Sara Wallace Christine Hoover Noonday Collection Scentsy Rodan + Fields Hometown Coffee and Tea The...

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Written by Melissa
Thursday, 15 November 2018 20:00

Bahnsen on Circular Reasoning

Our critic this week, Peter, is not a critic of Christianity.  Rather, he has criticized my previous article in which I show the difference between vicious (arbitrary) circular reasoning and virtuous (rationally necessary, or “spiral”) circular reasoning.  Peter has an...

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Written by Dr. Lisle
Thursday, 15 November 2018 20:00

Legalism: 5 Questions to Ask Yourself

November 16, 2018 by: Sam Stormsimage

Defining Legalism

Legalism has been defined in a number of ways, but here is my attempt: Legalism is the tendency to regard as divine law things that God has neither required nor forbidden in Scripture, and the corresponding inclination to look with suspicion...

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Written by Sam Storms
Thursday, 15 November 2018 19:17

New: Challies Daily Podcast (Audio Blog)

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Through the years I’ve been asked a number of times if I’d consider releasing the content of this blog in audio format. I’ve thought about it often, but have never quite been able to make the pieces come together. That was the case, at least, until recently. I think I’ve now...

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Written by Tim Challies
Thursday, 15 November 2018 19:11

A La Carte (November 16)

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Once a year or so Westminster Books puts the ESV Church Bibles on sale with prices getting as low as $5. That sale is running now, so it’s a good time for churches to stock up!

(Yesterday on the blog: Is It Worth a Trip to The Holy Land?)

What Difference Does it Make for Your Anger That...

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Written by Tim Challies
Thursday, 15 November 2018 19:00

Church Father Friday: Athanasius Vita Antonii 67 – 71

Church Father Friday is the ongoing curation of Patristic texts.  The format is a short introductory essay summarizing the life of the author followed by a short overview of the chosen text.  I pray that these short portions of church history are a weekly blessing to you!

Athanasius...

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Written by David Chambers
Thursday, 15 November 2018 19:00

10 Ways to Share the Gospel During the Holidays

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Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Thursday, 15 November 2018 18:45

Seeing the glory of God in the nose of a puppy

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After thinking about it seriously for at least a couple of years, our family finally decided to get a dog. And so last Saturday a 12 week old Cocker Spaniel/Collie cross was added to our home, named Archie and in real danger of being smothered with outpourings of affection from our four daughters....

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Written by Warren Peel
Thursday, 15 November 2018 18:25

Pretending Less and Trusting More

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May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,

so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Rom. 15:13 ESV

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isa...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Thursday, 15 November 2018 18:00

Five Star Links

imageEach Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. Kim:Dr. Carolyn Weber, author of Surprised by Oxford, is an adjunct professor at my school. At our Seminary blog, she talks about "The Power of a Good Question."Persis:Amy Mantravadi on Women...

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Written by Kim Shay
Thursday, 15 November 2018 18:00

Teenagers

He is 15 years old and declares to the world, "My parents don't understand me!" Like, I suspect, just about every teenager at some point since there were teenagers. I said to him (in the imaginary conversation in my head), "Let's consider that. Do you suppose your parents were never teenagers? If...

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Written by Winging It
Thursday, 15 November 2018 18:00

Fear of God Devotional: A Shepherd Like No Other Shepherd

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What does it mean when Jesus says that He is the “Good Shepherd”?

Mala Chindongo explains in this video that Christ is the Good Shepherd in the way He serves us, protects, and leads us. He is willing to die for His sheep and that makes Him the Good Shepherd.

John 10:11 (NKJV) –...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Thursday, 15 November 2018 18:00

3 Lines in the Sand

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At the turn of the twentieth century, the sciences supposedly knew better than the Bible. Now, the social sciences supposedly know better than the Bible. And we are seeing this new world-view presented artfully and entertainingly through a barrage of media and in the halls of the academy. A casual...

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Written by Stephen J. Nichols
Thursday, 15 November 2018 17:31

Four Things We Won’t Need in Heaven (But Ought to Pursue Here on Earth)

imageAs a Christian, I have a reasonable expectation of Heaven, based on the clear teaching of Scripture and the logical consequence of God’s nature. I also anticipate a particular experience in Heaven based on the teaching of the Old and New Testament. I’m looking forward to what each of us...

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Written by jwallace
Thursday, 15 November 2018 17:00

To Be Salt and Light Requires Risk-Taking

Many of us often wonder what our true calling might be.

We ponder what it is we can bring to the world, something that is uniquely “us.”

We ask the questions “what difference can I make?”, “Am I significant?”, “When it’s all said and done, will my life...

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Written by Tim Hoerr
Thursday, 15 November 2018 16:03

Bring it Back!

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Is there something you wish you could bring back from past? Everybody has something they miss. Whether you find yourself reminiscing of dear people from days gone by or treasured memories when your children were small like family vacations, ball games, and Christmas morning. Or what about stuff...

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Written by Brent Niedergall
Thursday, 15 November 2018 16:00

Husbands, We’re Called to Help Our Wives Grow in Christ

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Today’s blog will have applications for everyone, but I’ve written it specifically for guys who are husbands (and also fathers).

Men, one of the best possible things we can do for our wives and children (and ourselves!) is to share with them great resources to help them grow in Christ.

The...

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Written by Randy Alcorn
Thursday, 15 November 2018 16:00

Earnestly Contend

“It was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” (Jude 1:3) After Jude had responded to the Holy... More...

Authors: Days of Praise from ICR...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Thursday, 15 November 2018 16:00

God Is Not the Author of Confusion Featured

Some years ago, a close friend of mine attended a service at a large church of international renown where the laughing revival had been going on for several weeks. After a brief, perfunctory sermon with a minimum of references to Scripture and a lot of mangled theology, the worship leader called...

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Written by Grace to You Blog
Thursday, 15 November 2018 15:00

ETS II: My Response to Tom Schreiner

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The opening section of my response to Tom Schreiner overlapped with the summary of his argument I posted on Friday, so I won’t rehash that here. Instead I’ll focus on my disagreements with him, which in the end boil down to just three things:

1) Whether all New Testament prophecy is...

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Written by Andrew Wilson
Thursday, 15 November 2018 14:15

Don’t Apologize For The Bible

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“I wish it wasn’t in here, but it is…”

“I don’t like it, but I have to stay true to what the Bible says.”

“If it were me I probably wouldn’t have it this way, but this is what God says.”

I’m hearing more statements like this as our...

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Written by Jim Essian
Thursday, 15 November 2018 14:10

10 Things I Wished I Learned in Seminary

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My time in seminary was perhaps one of my sweetest moments, yet the hardest time of my life. Seminary isn’t for everyone, but it was crucial for me and was a formative time in my own spiritual journey. It has prepared me tremendously for the calling into full-time ministry.

But seminary...

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Written by Jonathan Hayashi
Thursday, 15 November 2018 14:05

November 16: Buswell’s Farewell as Moderator

Concluding our coverage of the second General Assembly of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, which was in the first several years of its existence known as the Presbyterian Church of America. That Assembly was in session from November 14-16, 1936. The news clipping transcribed below is from the...

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Written by Wayne Sparkman
Thursday, 15 November 2018 14:04

Your Mom Has a Blog Podcast, Episode 99

This is day 15 of 30 Days to a Deeper Connection in Your Marriage. In this episode: Shared responsibilities.

Authors: Melissa...

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Written by Melissa
Thursday, 15 November 2018 14:04

U.N. Projects 2030 As Year Globalism Comes to Fruition

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I have been writing about the United Nations and George Soros,  and their diabolical plan for a One World Government for many years. I want the reader to understand that the One Word Government (OWG) IS the end game for the globalists.

Sustainable Development Goals

In September of 2015, a...

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Written by Geri Ungurean
Thursday, 15 November 2018 14:00

Interested in Focusing Your Family More on Christ This Christmas?

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When we think of the Christmas season, images of heart-warming festivities often come to mind. In the midst of decorating trees and preparing desserts for holiday gatherings, do we have an intentional and meaningful way we celebrate Christ’s birth with our families?

This year, we invite you to...

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Written by TFL
Thursday, 15 November 2018 14:00

General Revelation (Part 4)

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Read the series.

God’s revelation is woven into the “warp and woof” of everyday living. This is because General Revelation and Special Verbal Revelation work together in unison.This is most important to keep in mind. When God gives someone something like, revelation or ability,...

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Written by Paul Henebury
Thursday, 15 November 2018 13:55

Where Did Satan Come From?

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Guy M. Richard:

The Bible’s account of the fall in the Garden of Eden raises a number of important questions. Chief among them usually goes something like this: Where does evil come from in a good world created by a good God?

We must admit that the Bible does not explicitly and definitively...

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Written by Peter Cockrell
Thursday, 15 November 2018 13:10

BSSM Evangelism – activating the senses strange spirits.

We continue with the latest of a series of posts from our good friends and fellow polemicists over at ‘Famine In The Land’ blog. Rick Becker provides an excellent rebuttal to one of Bethel School of Ministry’s ‘resources’ – a list of activations for evangelism.

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Written by churchwatcher
Thursday, 15 November 2018 13:10

Trevin’s Seven

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Kindle Deal: Sending Well: A Field Guide to Great Church Planter Coaching by Dino Senesi. $2.99.

Seven of the best articles I came across this week:

1. Pamela Haag – Death By Treacle. Sentiment surfaces fast and runs hot in public life, dumbing it down and crippling intimacy in private life.

2....

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Written by Trevin Wax
Thursday, 15 November 2018 13:06

Blog Dinner: Get Tickets Now!

If you’re planning to come to the blog dinner this coming Monday night, now is the time to get tickets. The restaurant is going to ask me for a final headcount tomorrow and if you haven’t purchased your ticket, I can’t guarantee a spot. So, please get your tickets now if...

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Written by Peter Gurry
Thursday, 15 November 2018 13:00

Joyful Sanctification

Why is sanctification essential for the Christian? Quite simply put, it’s God’s will for his people to be sanctified and it’s through this sanctification that each of God’s children receives the assurance of their salvation. Without sanctification, there is either rebellion...

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Written by Josh Buice
Thursday, 15 November 2018 13:00

$5 Friday: Scripture, the Atonement, Church History

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It’s time for our weekly $5 Friday sale. This week’s resources include such topics as Scripture, the Reformation, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, masculinity, the atonement, church history, Martin Luther, and more.

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

View today’s $5...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Thursday, 15 November 2018 12:55

#104: Authority to Judge[Sermon]

Join Dave as he looks at John 19:6-12.

The post #104: Authority to Judge[Sermon] appeared first on Servants of Grace.

Authors: Dave Jenkins

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Duration: 2970 secondsSize: 39.66 Mb...

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Thursday, 15 November 2018 12:16

Two Secrets to Make Your Thanksgiving Day a Success

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I’ve served over 1,000 people Thanksgiving dinner and cooked at least 75 turkeys (thanks to our days overseas ministering to the American military stationed in Okinawa, Japan). And I want to let you in on two secrets to make your Thanksgiving Day a success next week.

1.Bake your turkey on...

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Written by Jennifer Oshman
Thursday, 15 November 2018 11:08

Does life matter?

Does life matter? Surely there's no more important question in ethics. 
1. According to nihilism, including antinatalism (which is a paradigm version of nihilism), it's better not to exist in the first place. And that's not just a hypothetical position to fill out the logical continuum of...

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Written by steve
Thursday, 15 November 2018 10:44

Preschool Missions Featured

1. Seth begins a review 1 Timothy 3, examining the household of an overseer. 2. Seth responds to a listener submission Matthew 7. 3. Seth discusses preschool missions opportunities.

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Written by Seth - Host of the Christian Commute
Thursday, 15 November 2018 10:00

Always a Bright Side

“Unhorsed, and with a split helmet, and flat on my back, I was able to notice how blue the sky was” (Same Sex Mirage, p. 182).

The post Always a Bright Side appeared first on Blog & Mablog.

Authors: Douglas Wilson...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Thursday, 15 November 2018 09:00

Voddie Baucham: The Problem with Greenpeace

Episode 2388

Voddie Baucham: The Problem with Greenpeace

Segment 1 (00:00) No Checking Out

Segment 2 (07:32) A Theology of Work

Segment 3 (16:42) Humanity’s Rightful Place

Wretched Surprise! (24:53) Sermon Sizzler: Peter Masters

The post Voddie Baucham: The Problem with Greenpeace appeared first on...

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Written by samueljroys
Thursday, 15 November 2018 07:46

Clarice Fluitt’s Dead Body Dissonance

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Dr. Clarice Fluitt did a Facebook video from an airport in Tulsa, Oklahoma and bragged about an upcoming event where there would be healing of the sicking, casting out of devils, preaching of the truth, and raising of the dead. Right after her bumper sticker mini-commercial, she told about how some...

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Written by heterodoxresearchinitiative
Thursday, 15 November 2018 07:28

Misgendering

On Twitter, atheist Jeff Lowder directed the following comments at Christians:
Sincere question for conservative Christians: what is the Biblical case against allowing transgendered persons from transitioning to the gender identity they identify with? What reason(s) do you have which would...

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Written by steve
Thursday, 15 November 2018 07:02

London Theological Seminary 1988-90

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Yes, I know, they've since re-Christened it 'London Seminary', but when I started there some 30 years ago, it still had the 'Theological' bit. I could have applied to what was then the 'Evangelical Theological College of Wales' in Bridgend (now Union School of Theology - confusing isn't it?),...

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Written by Guy Davies
Thursday, 15 November 2018 07:02

Let us devote ourselves to running the race God has set before us Featured

by Mike Ratliff

1 To You I lift up my eyes,O You who are enthroned in the heavens!2 Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master,As the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress,So our eyes look to the Lord our God,Until He is gracious to us.3 Be gracious to us, O Lord, be...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
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