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, 16 January 2018 06:06

Godly thinking Featured

by Mike Ratliff

8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 06:03

Sin vs. Flourishing


This week’s Mubi selection prompted a viewing of Brighton Rock, an allegedly classic British film noir based on Graham Greene’s novel of the same name.

Pinkie Brown is a small-town hoodlum whose gang runs a protection racket based at Brighton race course. When Pinkie murders a...

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Written by D. G. Hart
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 05:49

Charisma News Almost Does the Right Thing

An article on Charisma warns of a website/ministry that is popular among Charismatics and recently supported Universalism and Pantheism...and then refused to identify the site.

Authors: 828 Ministries...

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Written by 828 Ministries
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 05:07

The immoral assault on color-blindness

[This is a write-up in defence of my claim that this article is essentially racist.]What is color-blindness? Well, what does it mean to say that justice is blind? It means that all men should be treated equally before the law, regardless of status, wealth, race, religion or any other factor....

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Written by Daniel C
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 04:58

A Connection Between Sexual Purity and Fasting?


When young people actually develop the habits of Biblical fasting, it makes it a whole lot easier to say “no” to lust. In the reverse, those who have no control to fast from food are often the ones falling into lust.

Authors: Tim Conway

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Written by Tim Conway
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 04:51

Shawn Bolz Tells Sid Roth: "The Angel of Finance Gave Me His Keys!" Featured

Shawn Bolz ("The Smartphone Prophet") was on Sid Roth's TV show (this was years ago) and told this story about getting really important keys from the Angel of Finance:

“I knew that these were keys to resources that Jesus Himself needed in this generation to unlock for Him so He can get the...

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Written by Steven Kozar
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 04:30

God, the Holy Spirit

“God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:24).

The Holy Who? If we are honest with ourselves, this is the way many of us, even Christians, feel when the subject of the Holy Spirit comes up in a conversation, a sermon, or—yes—an...

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Written by Justin Huffman
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 04:25

Walking in the Wide Places

“Mom, all of these rules are ruining my life!” One little boy shouted as they were playing around a public swimming pool. Right off the top of your head, you know the rules that this little boy was talking about:  no diving, no running, no big splashes, no food or drinks around the...

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Written by Matthew Adams
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 04:23

3GT Episode 68: Cyber Church Lite

No, we are not encouraging Kyle to start a multisite internet church! Rather, we draw upon the digital dexterity of Aaron, who flips classrooms with ease, to hear how congregations should (and in some cases should not) use the internet for their ministry. Drawing upon his experience in teaching a...

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Written by Barry York
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 04:15

What is Christological Anthropology?

imageWhat does it means to be human?

Although Christians have answered that “Jesus reveals what it means to be human,” this orthodox truism isn’t all that helpful. That’s what theologian Marc Cortez concluded when he started reading in theological anthropology:

I was struck by how...

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Written by Jeremy Bouma
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 03:46

Poll: Text as Corollary of Canon

Let’s take a poll on this statement from Carl E. Armerding: “Moreover, the development of an authoritative text is a natural corollary to an authoritative list of books.”*

Is the development of an authoritative text a natural corollary to an authoritative list of books?


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Written by Peter Gurry
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 03:11

Michael Brown is Either Forgetful or a Liar: Rosebrough Pulls Brown Quotes From the Dumpster Featured

Michael Brown recently said that Hank Hanegraaff – who left Christianity for the idolatry and heretical doctrines of the Eastern Orthodox Church – still affirmed all the “fundamentals” of the Christian religion. Perhaps being a scholar in Hebrew doesn’t exactly equate...

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Written by News Division
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 03:01

People Love Writing Tomes About Theocracy

Russell Moore & Theocracy

Sir, I read Russell Moore’s article regarding theocracy that you linked to, and I am a bit aghast. How can anyone who has read the Bible make any such blanket and universal condemnation against theocracy in any and every form (i.e., his critique “also is...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 02:54

Trumpian axis mundi

I don't know what the end-game will be, but as it stands, when Trump's enemies freak out over everything he says and does, when "news" coverage is all about Trump all the time, they unwittingly empower him by making him set the agenda. He acts, they react. 
Now, perhaps the negative coverage of...

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Written by steve
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 02:39


by Daniel Plunkett
In the first four sections, we looked some definitions of heresy, (false teachings) proper biblical interpretation, the beliefs and origins of the Word of Faith Movement, some popular Word of Faith...

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Written by Dan Plunkett
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 02:29

Dathenus: Would You Make Christ Another Moses Again?

“Would you make Christ another Moses again? Is Christ your accuser or your Redeemer, Deliverer, Advocate, and Mediator? Has He only partly forgiven your sins or has He totally and completely forgiven them? Is He a complete or only a half Savior?” . . . Continue reading →

Authors: R....

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 02:14

The selfish reason to stay at the same church for a long time

How long should a pastor serve the same church? The Bible doesn’t answer that question. The average length of service for pastors in Protestant churches in America is down to about four years. For that to be a true average, think about how many pastors must serve far less than four years....

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Written by John Crotts
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 02:13

Some Thoughts on Some Thoughts on the Future of Christian Higher Ed

Written by Mark Ward
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 01:58

A Note About MBI Alumni Website – The Broken Twig

A Note About MBI Alumni Website – The Broken Twig

A Note From Lighthouse Trails: Shortly after we sent out our January 15th Lighthouse Trails E-newsletter, we discovered that a link we provided to an article about Moody Bible Institute was no longer working. We learned that the website called...

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Written by Lighthouse Trails Editors
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 01:21

Contrasting views on public school sex education

The following commentary first appeared in the AJC Get Schooled blog by Maureen Downey and contains a compelling discourse on public school sex education by Jane Robbins.

Gwinnett is one of several area school districts that use an abstinence-centered curriculum called “Choosing the...

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Written by Gerald Harris
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 01:12

Elijah Hixson and the Purple Uncials

 imageElijah Hixson          Today at The Text of the Gospels we welcome a special guest, Elijah Hixson.  He currently is a doctoral student at the University of Edinburgh; before that, he studied at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, completing a thesis on the...

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Written by James Snapp
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 00:55

Is It Good If Your Child Lies to You?


A recent article in The New York Times argues that if your child is lying to you, that’s a good thing! The article even quotes one psychologist who claims that if you discover your young child lying, you “should celebrate,” and if your child “is lagging behind, don’t...

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Written by Ken Ham
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 00:55

11 reasons church membership matters more than ever

The only beef I have with my fellow Kentucky-native and 16th President of the United States Abraham Lincoln is that he never joined a church. I’m quite sure he was a Christian, not to mention a great leader and honest man. Yet, history tells us he never officially connected with a local...

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Written by Todd Gaddis
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 00:44

6 Ways You Can Put God’s Glory on Display Featured

…whatever you do, do all to the glory of God – 1 Corinthians 10:31

This is the succinct, simple and direct mandate of Scripture. All of God’s creation is to be absorbed with putting God’s glory on display. When the angels announced the Savior’s birth, they were joined...

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Written by Irv Busenitz
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 00:43

Reference Guide to the Biblical Symbolism of Colors - Bellator Christi

By: Brian G. Chilton | January 16, 2018

Understanding portions of Scripture, particularly prophecy and apocalyptic literature, requires the reader to understand the symbolic meaning of the devices used by the prophet or apostle. Last week, I posted a reference guide describing the symbolic meaning...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 00:32

On the Right Use of the Law

by J. Gresham Machen

“The truth of Christianity cannot be established by the intellect unless an important part of the argument is based upon the fact of sin which is revealed by the law of God; the beauty of Jesus, which attracts the gaze of men, cannot be appreciated without a knowledge of...

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Written by john_hendryx
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 00:31

Is It Okay If I Hold a “Little” Grudge?

The short answer to the title of this blog is no.

Every Christian has had things happen in their life that they believe they did not deserve. Someone treats them unfairly. Another person falsely accuses them. Yet another spreads lies about them attempting to ruin their reputation. Even some are...

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Written by modres
Monday, 15 January 2018 23:55

Shorter University establishes student loan repayment program for Georgia Baptist students

ROME — Shorter University has established a student loan assistance program for incoming freshman students who are active members of Georgia Baptist Mission Board churches.

The student loan assistance program, called The Shorter Promise, is offered to a limited number of Georgia Baptist...

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Written by Shorter University
Monday, 15 January 2018 23:49

Episode 35: On Leadership (with H.B. Charles, Burk Parson, and Jeramie Rinne)

Jonathan Leeman interviews three seasoned pastors—Burk Parsons, H. B. Charles, and Jeramie Rinne—about leadership.

(Download the MP3)

Authors: Daniel Gardner

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Written by Daniel Gardner
Monday, 15 January 2018 23:38

The Rock Badgers Would Like a Word With Us (Robert Brady)

Starting with a crazy question, Danielle Spencer taught her children about God's sovereign provision. Here is a brief part of their discussion: "Do you know what would happen if the world suddenly stopped spinning?" I asked my kids during our morning Bible time. My 12-year-old consulted one of...

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Written by Reformation21 Blog
Monday, 15 January 2018 23:37

5 “Do Nots” of Fatherhood

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. —Ephesians 6:4

1. Criticism

Every year when our family decorates our Christmas tree and I place a tiny red-and-green glass-beaded wreath on the tree, I think of the little boy who...

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Written by Dan Adams
Monday, 15 January 2018 23:22

The power of crafty words Featured

Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God actually say, 'You shall not eat of any tree in the garden'?"(Genesis 3:1)We are introduced to satan early and his introduction contained an extremely negative assertion...

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Written by The End Time
Monday, 15 January 2018 23:17

Central US Church Leaders Meetings


I'd like invite you to one of the church leaders luncheons in the three following cities at the end of January. Ill be traveling with Kirk Smith, our "Regional Facilitator" for the area for these meetings. Various local pastors will be joining us and delivering messages to encourage and exhort us...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Monday, 15 January 2018 23:04

A Move of the Holy Spirit Christian Emotionalists


Christians who depend on signs and wonders, such as gold dust falling from the ceiling, personal prophecies and other visible signs, are seeking a golden calf of experience over faith says Elizabeth Prata of The End Time.  It is Prata’s belief that believers who seek after signs are...

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Written by Marsha West
Monday, 15 January 2018 23:00

Clay Jones: why does God allow suffering?

imageI have a key that will unlock a puzzling mystery

Last week a friend of mine who sent me lots of stories for my blog decided to commit suicide.

I had not been close to him for the past couple of years, because he wasn’t responding to e-mails and we lived in different cities. I only met him in...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Monday, 15 January 2018 22:30

Some Observations about a Prisoned Bible

It was the first day of my Bible Study Methods class … in prison. After passing through all the security checkpoints, I entered a musty room filled with 40 convicted felons in white jump suits, ready to study the Bible.

During my first few years at Southwestern, I was fortunate enough to...

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Written by Stephen Presley
Monday, 15 January 2018 22:27

Breaking Resolutions

On this episode of the Collective Cast, Josh is finally back to co-host with Jason. At this point, it’s less of aTony Stark / Steve Rogersdynamic and more of aOliver Queen / John Diggle dynamic. They talk about dancing at Union Station, Amish women, and what happens when you break your new...

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Written by Collective Cast
Monday, 15 January 2018 22:26


The lack of conflict between science and religion arises from a lack of overlap between their respective domains of professional expertise—science in the empirical constitution of the universe, and religion in the search for proper ethical values and the spiritual meaning of our lives. The...

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Written by steve
Monday, 15 January 2018 22:23

Book Review: Reformation Theology


Matthew Barrett, ed., Reformation Theology: A Systematic Summary (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2017), 784pp. Hardcover. $45.00.

Reformed theology aims to be biblical. Yet being Reformed also describes historic branches of confessional Christian churches. This means that Reformed theology must be both...

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Written by Meet the Puritans
Monday, 15 January 2018 22:00

The city of Invercargill.

Do you know where the city of Invercargill is located? More than likely you don’t (it is at the bottom of the South Island of New Zealand). So, does the city not exist because you cannot identify where it is? We know hell exists because we have the greatest authority on this earth stating...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Monday, 15 January 2018 21:41

Affliction, Purpose, and Mercy (Bruce)

image I’m enjoying this book of Robert Bruce’s sermons on Isaiah 38 (Hezekiah’s sickness and recovery).  In his first sermon, Bruce explained how the suffering of God’s people is not exactly the same as the suffering of those who are not God’s people....

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Written by Reformed Reader
Monday, 15 January 2018 21:28

Watch Out! It May Be Too Late

We may settle it in our minds, that there will be an entire change of opinion one day as to the necessity of decided Christianity. At present, we must all be aware, the vast majority of professing Christians care nothing at all about it. They have no sense of sin.They have no love towards Christ....

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Written by The J.C. Ryle Archive
Monday, 15 January 2018 21:21

Whether 77 Times or 490 Times, the Call to Forgive Persists

imageThen Peter came up and said to him [Jesus], “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.” Matt. 18:21-22

Lord Jesus, both joy and knots...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Monday, 15 January 2018 21:00

Rushdoony Tuesday: Institutes of Biblical Law

Law is in every culture religious in origin. Because law governs man and society, because it establishes and declares the meaning of justice and righteousness, law is inescapably religious, in that it establishes in practical fashion the ultimate concerns of ...

The post Rushdoony Tuesday:...

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Written by Cheryl L. Stansberry
Monday, 15 January 2018 20:56

(Un)decorating the Christmas Tree


How do you feel after the Christmas season has ended? Sad? Relieved? Wistful? Lonely? Frustrated? Bloated? Excited that there are only 347 days, 7 hours, 43 minutes, and 2 seconds left until Christmas Day 2018 (according to xmasclock.com as of this writing)?

Until this year, my dominant experience...

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Written by Jimmy Adkins
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