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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Tuesday, 15 January 2019 23:00

How to avoid being the victim of toxic masculinity

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I see that Gillette has come out with a male-bashing ad that blames all men for the sins of a few very bad men. I thought it might be a good idea for me to write something to women to help them to avoid being the victim of toxic masculinity. My...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 22:34

What Happened to My Church?

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Many Christians in America are asking that question these days as we see a growing number of churches change. The Gospel of reconciliation being replaced with consumerism and our "best life now"; moves of the Holy Spirit being replaced with emotional manipulation through loud music and fog...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 22:00

Pride deceives the human heart.

Pride deceives the human heart. It stops the search for God and blinds the eyes to reality. Pride makes a fool think that he is wise, as a grasshopper might think it’s a giant. Pride tells a man that he is good when his heart is desperately wicked, and that he is right when the entire world...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 21:00

J. P. Boyce and the New Year Featured

Just before his twenty-second birthday, when J. P. Boyce was editor of The Southern Baptist, he wrote an editorial welcoming the opportunity for a new resolve for holiness and usefulness presented by the new year. Boyce had graduated from Brown College under the presidency of Francis Wayland, had...

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Written by Tom Nettles
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 20:28

If I Am Glad I Exist, I Cannot Be Okay With Abortion

I am glad that I exist. I hope you are too. To be glad about one's existence is to prefer it to be the case that one exits rather than one does not. If I am glad that I exist, then I don't want the history of the world up until my existence to be significantly altered. This is because my existence...

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Written by Ben Holloway
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 20:00

Teenagers and the Dangers of Relativism

January 16, 2019 by: Jaquelle Crowe

Redefining Truth and Love

Dealing with our sin is an obstacle that everyone who is following Christ has to face. For young people, there are two pretty big things that I’ve definitely dealt with, and I know others have dealt with, too.

The first is a...

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Written by Jaquelle Crowe
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 20:00

40 Harmful Effects of Christianity – #24 Featured

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“If you buy a Hebrew slave, he shall serve for six years; but on the seventh he shall go out as a free man without payment.”Exodus 21:2

This post is the twenty-fourth in a series that addresses a list of “40 Harmful Effects of Christianity” that originated on the...

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Written by Seth Dunn
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 19:47

When, Not If, Life Gets Messy, Confusing, Or Hard

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Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;

I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. Isa. 43:1-2(NIV)

And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 19:42

Ramblings about mental illness

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I’m going to “think out loud” a bit about a topic that I know only a little about, but I do have some experience with it: mental illness.

Many of us have been touched by mental illness in one way or another and I have a few personal examples:

  • Many years ago, I worked with a person...

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Written by Tom
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 19:30

Principles of Poverty, part 1

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I have never met a Christian that didn't care about the poor. I'm sure they exist, but in my limited experience, they are thankfully few. But a recent dive into the book of James has taught me that caring for the poor is worlds away from caring well for the poor. And while lots of thought goes into...

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Written by Jared Olivetti
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 19:12

Jesus Wins

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It’s ironic and more than a little pathetic that a doctrine as glorious and comforting as Christ’s impending return has been a source of such vehement disagreement among Christians. Though we universally agree that he will return, the timing, circumstances, and sequence of events are...

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Written by Tim Challies
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 19:07

A La Carte (January 16)

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There are lots of solid Kindle deals to consider today.

Westminster Books is offering a deal on an excellent series on biblical theology. Also, the film American Gospel, which I reviewed some time ago, is now available for purchase or rental at Amazon.

(Yesterday on the blog: Has Your...

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Written by Tim Challies
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 19:00

Imperishable Beauty: Lesson 12- Beautiful Motherhood

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Imperishable Beauty- Lesson 12

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Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 19:00

Living Local Fiction

By S. Dorman

On first moving to Maine and seeing a line of tall ledges from a nearby road, I was enchanted, surprised. I’d never seen anything like them before: Mountains like waves of rock waiting to crash over the land. Not long ago, on snowshoes, we broke trail in a field below. In three...

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Written by Jake Meador
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 18:29

“Professor,” “Dr.,” and Geography

One of the curious features of modern academia is how academic titles are used so differently in various countries.  This isn’t really a posting on early Christianity, but I thought it might be informative (or even amusing) nevertheless.

In the North American setting, practically anyone...

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Written by larryhurtado
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 18:08

Martyrs/Martyrdom in Early Christianity: Paul Middleton’s Contributions

It’s always a pleasure to see one’s former PhD students making their own contributions to scholarship, and one of my most productive former students is Paul Middleton, now Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity in the University of Chester.  From his PhD thesis completed...

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Written by larryhurtado
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 18:00

A Representative Government

Arizona elected a bisexual, atheist (she classifies herself as "religiously unaffiliated") member of the Communist Party that favors open borders. How does that happen in Arizona, a big "close our borders" state? Kyrsten Sinema opted to swear in on a copy of the Constitution rather than the Bible....

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Written by Winging It
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 18:00

Is Christ Enough for You?

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In the letter he wrote to the Colossians, Paul had to deal with a false teaching that scholars often refer to as "the heresy of Colossae." This designation is due to the unique character of the teaching and the fact that it seems to have flourished only in that region. It was a combination of...

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Written by Augustus Nicodemus Lopes
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 17:30

The True Captain of My Soul

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I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
These are the last two lines from the poem, Invictus, by William Ernest Henley. It's been quoted by many people throughout history as an expression of the tenacity and triumph of the human spirit. It also invokes the idea that no matter...

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Written by Persis
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 17:10

I, Herod.

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DEAR 21st CENTURY MEN,
I AM HEROD. My friends call me Antipas. I am not the Herod you hear about at Christmas―the one who slaughtered all the babies at Bethlehem. That was Herod the Great, my father. I was only a teenager when that happened.
Life started out well for me. When I began...

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Written by Joshua D Jones
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 17:04

Is God Real? Are the Laws of Logic Simply Human Conventions?

imageAll rational discussions (even those related to the existence or non-existence of God) are directed and restrained by the Laws of Logic. Only theism, however, can adequately account for the existence of these transcendent laws. If God exists, He is the absolute, objective, transcendent standard of...

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Written by J. Warner
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 17:00

The Despair of Stephen Hawking's Inconsistencies

January 16, 2019
Stephen Hawking’s own personal brief history of time is up. But he left as he lived, feisty, modern and… depressing. And without finding the Grand Unified theory he was famous for being about to discover. Hawking was once...

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Written by TBC Staff - EN
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 17:00

Is Raising the Minimum Wage the Christian Thing to Do?

Raising the minimum wage would help some people. It would help the people who can get minimum wage jobs and who otherwise would have earned less income. However, raising the minimum wage hurts many others, including consumers and those who lose their jobs as a result. All economists (some of whom...

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Written by Joy Buchanan
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 16:54

Christian Kindergarten Plant Lessons Series: Table of Contents

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This is a five part Christian Home School Lesson Series for first graders on plants that aims to fulfill the Science Content Standards from the California Department of Education.

Here are the links to the five part series:

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Written by SLIMJIM
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 16:05

God’s Word above all things?

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Article 6 of the 39 Articles of Religion on the “The sufficiency of Holy Scripture for our salvation” says,

Holy Scripture sets forth everything that is necessary for our salvation. Consequently, nobody should be required to believe as an article of the Christian faith, or to regard as...

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Written by Pastorfish
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 16:03

Gender Questions (Part 1)

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I’ve said it before. I get some of my most thought-provoking questions from emails. This emailer raised a number of issues about how Scripture impacts our view of women; questions, she says, “that have baffled me all of my life.” They’re valid, sincere questions that deserve...

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Written by Layton Talbert
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 16:02

Boring Preaching Featured

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I’ve preached boring sermons. That’s why I don’t always like these kinds of quotes:

The preacher must never be dull, and he must never be boring…there is something radically wrong with dull and boring preachers.How can a man be dull when he is handling such themes? I would...

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Written by Eric Davis
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 16:00

Jackie Hill Perry Shares a Powerful Prolife Story

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I’ve written before about my appreciation for Jackie Hill Perry’s book Gay Girl, Good God: The Story of Who I Was, and Who God Has Always Been. In this excerpt from the book, she shares a powerful prolife story. —Randy Alcorn

“I want an abortion,” my mother said....

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Written by Jackie Hill Perry
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 16:00

The Power of Spiritual Control

“Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit.” (Ephesians 5:17-18) Two factors ne... More...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 16:00

Faith as Christ Defined It Featured

If our aim is to understand the true nature of saving faith, who better to look to than Jesus Christ Himself, “the author and perfecter of [our] faith” (Hebrews 12:2)? And while the Lord had much to say about the quality and characteristics of saving faith throughout His public...

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Written by Grace to You Blog
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 15:23

3 Reasons the Psalms Encourage Us

This morning, while meditating on Psalm 1, I read the following inset in the Beyond Suffering Study Bible. The title of the inset is “Suffering and Disability Themes,” but I think these insights are encouraging reasons to spend time in the book of Psalms.

Joy is good medicine. Though...

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Written by Paul Tautges
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 15:20

Colson Center: Christian Apologetics Going Revoice-Rethink-Liberation Theology Featured

ROLL OVER CHUCK COLSON: THE SOCIAL JUSTICE/REVOICE /RETHINK /BIOLA COLLABORATION IS DANCING ON YOUR GRAVE

By Rev. Thomas Littleton 1/12/2019

The legacy of Chuck Colson is to some Christians a very trusted partner for Conservative causes and political / cultural engagement. To others, like this...

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Written by watch-pray
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 15:00

Would You Excommunicate Tim Keller?

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There has been a fascinating discussion recently over whether, and in what circumstances, Baptist churches should welcome paedobaptists into membership and/or to the Lord's Supper. (That "and/or" is crucial to the discussion, as we shall see.) Gavin Ortlund says yes and yes, on the basis that...

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Written by Andrew Wilson
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 15:00

The Secret to Self-Control

“I have never seen someone consistently stick to positive habits in a negative environment.” James Clear, Atomic Habits, (94).

That’s pretty blunt isn’t it! He explains his conclusion in a chapter entitled, “The Secret to Self Control”:

“You can...

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Written by David Murray
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 14:20

Gospel Driven Sin Fighter

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My soul was eternally secure, though doubts and fears raged at times. I believed my theology was sound, though I still had many questions. There I was on my knees again in tears because of the brokenness of my life and the sinfulness of my heart waging war against the new self that I was...

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Written by Michael Taylor
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 14:15

How Expository Preaching Should Engage Cultural Concerns (Part I)

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In John Stott’s classic Between Two Worlds, he depicted the preacher as a man positioned between two civilizations—tasked to bridge the ancient world with the modern one, and the ancient text with modern hearers.

Stott argued that the preacher is a bridge, and if he is to be...

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Written by Jason K. Allen
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 14:05

January 16: Conservatives Classified and Divided

It is interesting to find an early description and assessment of the Fundamentalist Movement, this from 1924 and published in 1925. Pictured here is a fair unanimity within the Movement. Already by the time of this writing it is evident that there was a clear division among fundamentalists over...

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Written by Wayne Sparkman
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 14:00

Explore the History and Efficacy of the Bible

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There is a war raging around us—in society, in our churches, and in our homes. It is not merely a battle over cultural issues like marriage, race, or the sexual revolution. Rather, it is a spiritual battle for the truth.

Is God real? Does He speak? And if so, how would we know?

Truth For Life...

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Written by TFL
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 14:00

Pastors Need People Skills

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Editor’s note: This article is part of Dean’s Pathways to Preaching series, aimed at young men considering pastoral ministry. I believe there’s plenty here also for “not-young” men, already in ministry, perhaps as a reminder (2 Pet. 3:1).

With any vocation, a set of...

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Written by Dean Taylor
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 13:39

Modified Presuppositional Apologetics: A Proven Apologetic Method for Evangelizing in a Skeptical World

In Evangelism in a Skeptical World, Sam Chan combines the theological and biblical insights of classic evangelistic training with the latest insights from missiology, illustrating his insights with real-world examples drawn from over fifteen years of evangelistic ministry.

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Written by Jeremy Bouma
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 13:38

Your Kids Do Think About You

This morning I opened the door to my shower and turned the hot water all the way up. I stood there in my fuzzy robe, bleary-eyed and weary before the day had even really started and sighed deeply, wishing that I could go back to bed for a couple of hours. Then something undeniably cheery… [...

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Written by Melissa
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 13:01

5 Johns in the Colonies

Many “Johns” helped spread the gospel in colonial New England. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to John Eliot, John Davenport, John Tennent, John Brainerd, and John Wauwaumpequunnaunt.

The post 5 Johns in the Colonies appeared first on 5...

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Written by Ligonier Ministries
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 12:42

The Berlin Pedestal

Early references to Old Testament Israel are not common. Typically, the Merneptah Stele is considered the oldest extra-biblical reference to Israel. But some suggest that the so-called Berlin Pedestal should be considered the oldest reference. You can read about it here. Another article can be...

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Written by BibleX
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 12:37

David Lynch on video and memory

Lynch also expressed disappointment with sharing videos on such platforms as YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram. The director banned festival-goers from using their phones during his hour-long discussion on May 20, with everyone in the audience forced to put their mobile devices in locked cases that...

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Written by memoirandremains
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 12:31

How should one translate Ecclesiates 2:24a?

(This is a question I am posting over at the Facebook Group, Nerdy Language Majors — if you’re a language geek, it is a great place to discuss Greek, Latin, Hebrew and other far more exotic ancient languages)

A translation history question: How did the Hebrew text end up as the standard...

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Written by memoirandremains
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 12:24

Danger ahead

According to John's Gospel, as I construe it, God doesn't promise Christians that he will protect us from the world, but that he will protect us in the world. We still have to go through the situation. We must endure the ordeal. The promise is not to protect us from suffering, but to protect us...

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Written by steve
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 11:21

3GT Episode 116: Ligonier's State of Theology

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Not too long ago, Ligonier Ministries released its biennial "The State of Theology" survey results. Playing Mr. Gallup Poll himself, our pastor decides to ask the same questions to the parishioner and professor to see how orthodox they are. Given that one is a lawyer, and the other a tease, he...

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Written by Barry York
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 11:11

Catholics and unitarians together

Here's something many Catholics and unitarians share in common: the NT doesn't teach the Trinity. The NT doesn't teach the deity of Christ. 
Catholic apologists typically use a wedge tactic. Ever since the Counter-Reformation, Catholic apologists have deployed Pyrrhonian skepticism. Unless we...

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Written by steve
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 11:09

Edward Feser: Materialism Subverts Itself

So, if we start with the modern materialist’s conception of matter and start to unpack it, materialism ends up being transformed into one or another of the various views that one would have thought to be at odds with materialism – dualism, panpsychism, Platonism, idealism, or pantheism.

Y...

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Written by memoirandremains
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 10:59

Sermon: Why Then The Law? Featured

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This sermon is by Pastor JD Hall, at Fellowship Baptist Church in Sidney, Montana. The message is taken from Galatians 3, as a part of the ‘Bewitched’ sermon series. If we are saved by grace through faith, then what purpose is the Law?

As always, you can watch at YouTube or download and...

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