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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Wednesday, 21 February 2018 03:07

The one thing Billy Graham would want us to remember

Early Wednesday morning, the Rev. Billy Graham passed away at age 99 at his home in Montreat, N.C.

In response to the news of his passing, national and international leaders simultaneously grieved his death and celebrated his life. And for good reason.

He should be remembered for his global reach,...

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Written by Bruce Ashford
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 03:01

How to stop school shootings

There is no question that America’s schools have become killing fields. I was horrified when the word came from Littleton, CO on April 20, 1999 that Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris had walked onto the campus of Columbine High School, killing 13 and wounding 23 others before killing themselves.

I...

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Written by Gerald Harris
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 02:48

An Interview with Mark Noll and George Marsden on Billy Graham

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In 1998 Mark Noll wrote, “The passing of Billy Graham will make the end of an important historical era.”

I wanted to ask Noll, along with his friend and former colleague George Marsden, about the life and legacy of the great evangelist, who died on February 21, 2018.

It’s often...

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Written by Justin Taylor
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 02:20

BBC News: “Billy Graham: Influential US Evangelist Dies at 99”

BBC News: “Billy Graham: Influential US Evangelist Dies at 99”

LTRP Note: Posted for informational purposes. From BBC US evangelist Billy Graham – one of the most influential preachers of the 20th Century – has died aged 99. Graham became one of the best-known promoters of...

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Wednesday, 21 February 2018 01:56

When C.S. Lewis Met Billy Graham

Billy Graham passed this morning. I recommend Christianity Today’s special coverage of their founder. There is arguably no more important evangelical in American history than Billy Graham. And yet, as my friend Justin Taylor remarked this morning, Graham’s righteousness is the exact...

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Written by Samuel James
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 01:49

William Carey: The Morning Star of Modern Missions Featured

Whether going, enabling, or praying, Christians must recognize Jesus’ Great Commission as prescriptive for them. Such an understanding, however, has not always been so widely held. William Carey was the man whom God used almost single-handedly to bring the Great Commission back to the...

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Written by Brad Klassen
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 01:38

J. P. Moreland endorses my critique of Michael Licona

I'm grateful to renowned evangelical scholar J. P. Moreland for his endorsement of my recent work on Mike Licona as well as for his endorsement of Hidden in Plain View. This post went up on his official blogtoday. See his post for all relevant links.

Authors:

What's Wrong with the World...

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What's Wrong with the World
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 01:26

That Didn’t Take Long – Q is Back

imageI must say I’m a bit relieved to see that Q has started posting again. After what appeared to be his swan song, Q is back, but quite possibly another Q team member. There will probably be a number of posts from here today. I have at least one other Q-related post, which is a blend of politics...

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Written by modres
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 01:02

You Gotta Exegete Someone

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Reformed Protestants may be a tad hung up on Scripture, though it is supposed to be the very word of God. But if you begin to waffle on that canon notice how you begin to add to the authoritative texts.

For Roman Catholics, the doctrine of development has a hard time nurturing content with the...

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Written by D. G. Hart
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 01:01

Remembering Christ’s Power in Weakness in the Life of Billy Graham (1918-2018)

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A Young and Inexperienced Servant

In August 1955 Canon H. K. Luce of Durham wrote a letter to The Times deploring Billy Graham’s recent invitation to preach at Cambridge University. Billy Graham’s approach, he argued, would be...

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Written by R. Kent Hughes
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 01:00

February 20, 2018 Show with Elias Ayala on “The Need for Biblical Apologetics for the Young in the Age of School Massacres”

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February 20, 2018:

ELIAS AYALA, Christian apologist, graduate of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary where he earned his Master of Arts in Theological Studies & Master of Divinity, Middle & High School teacher at Valley Stream Christian Academy on Long Island, NY, Youth Director at...

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Written by Eric Nielsen
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 00:34

Heretical miracles

1. I'm old enough to remember Fulton Sheen. As a kid I occasionally saw his TV show. Years ago I read his autobiography.
2. In his heyday he was the public face of American Catholicism. Undoubtedly the most influential Catholic propagandist. 
Sheen was a natural storyteller. And I'm impressed by...

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Written by steve
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 00:30

Exalting Jesus in Isaiah – A Review

By Andrew Spencer

imageAs we recently celebrated the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation, we have also been celebrating the recovery of the authority of Scripture within Christianity. Technology and scholastic influences combined to create a cocktail of circumstances that enabled...

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Written by Barnabas Piper
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 00:27

Bible Study for Feb. 25: I am a light

Ephesians 5:8-14 Jeff Overton, lead pastor Beulah Baptist Church, Douglasville

Ever since the fall in the Garden of Eden, sin and the darkness it brings has been a part of our world. It seems that our world today is even more open about sin than ever before.

Sin that we used to oppose, we don’t...

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Written by Jeff Overton
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 00:22

Thomas Cartwright Contra Lent

RHEMI. [ 1. Desert.] As John the Baptist, so our Saviour by going into the desert and there living in contemplation even among brute beasts, and subject to the assaults of the Devil for our sins, gives a warrant and example to . . . Continue reading →

Authors: R. Scott Clark...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 00:15

Sanctifcation and Regeneration Featured

In response to yesterday’s post, Who will and who will not inherit the Kingdom God God?, my friend Stuart Brogden sent me the article below, which he had written in response to some people that we both know who contend that the redeemed person is no different from a reprobate. Some of them...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 00:11

A Travel Guide to the Evangelical Creation Debates: What is Old Earth Creationism?

BY CHARLES P. ARAND

Introductory Note: This series of posts explores the world of “creationism” and the “creationists” who generally come under the large umbrella of the American Evangelical community. Within this world, significant debates are taking place regarding the...

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Written by Charles Arand
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 00:02

Billy Graham and Southern Seminary

Billy Graham’s rapid trajectory to renown — from his 1934 conversion during Baptist evangelist Mordecai Ham’s Charlotte, North Carolina, crusade, through his searching student days at Bob Jones College and Florida Bible Institute, and on to the 1949 Los Angeles evangelistic...

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Written by Doug Hanna
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 23:56

That Second Paragraph

Time once again to talk about that zesty tang in my writing. It is not that I have failed to address this before, but rather that the climate of our times is such that repetition is always in order. “Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 23:55

When Billy Graham rejected theological liberalism

image In the early 1940’s, the ministry “Youth for Christ” was being led by two fiery young evangelists—Charles Templeton and Billy Graham. These two men were travelling around the world together preaching at rallies and calling people to Christ. Eventually, Billy Graham would...

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Written by Denny Burk
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 23:55

The Importance of Stewardship in the Christian Life

He wasn’t sure what he should do, so he buried the money. His master had left town. Instead of getting that time off, he was given a talent and expected to invest it well. He had plenty of ideas, but they were all so risky. His master was a harsh man, even immoral, and the last thing he...

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Written by James Williams
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 23:47

Leave it to Behar: A Liberal ‘View’ of Christianity

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Vice President Mike Pence says God speaks to him, but some call it mental illness. Oprah says God will speak to her if He wants her to run for president, and liberals cheer. Is this glaring double standard the new normal? It’s not just Joy Behar. Christianity is generally not tolerated in...

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Written by David Fiorazo
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 23:33

The Reformation: The Augsburg Confession Featured

In a continuing effort to maintain Christian unity without denying what they considered revealed truth, Lutheran Princes and theologians met in Augsburg on June 25, 1530, to discuss points of agreement and disagreement between the Lutherans and the Romans Catholics. Setting forth the theological...

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Written by Jared Longshore
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 23:19

Life from life

An interesting principle in Gen 1 is that it takes life to make life. Unlike dead, impotent idols, the "living God" creates the world. And he makes living creatures who reproduce. So it takes one living thing to make another living thing. Life is transmitted from one living thing to another....

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Written by steve
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 23:13

Doublets

5 Now Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers they hated him even more. 6 He said to them, “Hear this dream that I have dreamed: 7 Behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and behold, my sheaf arose and stood upright. And behold, your sheaves gathered around it and bowed...

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Written by steve
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 23:00

Because of Billy Graham – My Jewish Dad is in Heaven

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“And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed” (Deuteronomy 31:8).

Some of the most anxiety producing moments are when we want to share the Gospel with our own family. I always pray that the Lord...

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Written by Geri Ungurean
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 23:00

Divorce is horribly painful for boys

About a month ago, one of my friends ECM committed suicide. He used to send me a lot of stories for this blog. Whenever we talked about his background, he would always point to his parents’ divorce as something that really hurt him badly, and caused him to abandon the faith of his childhood...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 22:49

Blasphemous warrior cultures

Commenting on Gen 6:1-8:
Precisely the same three types of offenses committed by King Lamech are attributed to these figures: (1) Abuse of marriage. They collected in their royal harems "all that they chose" (v2). (2)…They filled the earth with violence (cf. vv5,11). (3) Blasphemous...

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Written by steve
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 22:47

Thank You, Dr. Billy Graham! - Bellator Christi

It was announced today (Feb. 21, 2018) that Dr. Billy Graham had passed away. Dr. Graham was a global evangelist who reached thousands upon thousands with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Graham is popularly called “America’s Pastor.” While we will miss him, we know that heaven has...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 22:46

Billy Graham Led Millions Astray With False Hope, Altar Calls Featured

Woe to you, when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets. –Luke 6:26

The famous Evangelist, Billy Graham, died today at the age of 99. His dynasty as the world’s foremost preacher lasted the vast majority of the 20th century and into the first decade...

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Written by Pulpit & Pen
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 22:29

A Rembrance: Billy Graham, home at last

imageMONTREAT, NC – The Rev. Billy Graham, America’s most notable evangelist whose ministry reached out to both presidents and paupers, died this morning at the age of 99.

Graham’s life has been marked by two qualities that truly great men possess: integrity and humility.

Concerning...

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Written by Gerald Harris
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 22:21

Billy Graham on Eternal Life

“I’m looking forward to that day when I’ll see Christ face to face. Are you?”

Authors: Kevin DeYoung...

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Written by Kevin DeYoung
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 22:15

False Teacher Jim Bakker Wants To Sell You Freeze-Dried Food So You Can Survive The Coming Apocalypse

Three decades after his PTL empire near Charlotte crumbled amid financial and sex scandals, Jim Bakker is back on TV with a different, darker message: The Apocalypse is coming and you better get ready.

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts...

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Written by Geoffrey Grider
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 22:09

An Interview with Billy Graham’s Best Biographer

The 20th century’s most influential evangelist, Billy Graham, died on the morning of February 21, 2018, at his home in Montreat, North Carolina. He was 99 years old.

William Martin is the author of the best...

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Written by Justin Taylor
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 22:00

Audible praise is not enough.

We are often too busy to consider the amazing creation in which we live. See Psa. 111:2–6 for why God’s marvelous works should be studied. When we ponder the clouds, the stars, the birds, the trees, the flowers, the animals, the vast array of foods, the marvels of the human body, etc.,...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 22:00

Weigh In: The Most Memorable Pastors’ Conference Sermons

I’image ve been attending the SBC Pastor’s Conference and Annual Meeting since 1999. Every year I’ve been encouraged and strengthened by the messages. I’m looking forward to Dallas and what looks to be a great lineup of preachers. As I anticipate another great pastor’s...

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Written by Todd Benkert
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 21:49

Billy Graham, America’s Pastor – Dead at age 99 Featured

imageADDRESS CONDOLENCES TO: BILLY GRAHAM, AMERICA

One of the world’s most well-known evangelists, Billy Graham died today at the age of 99.  He was so prominent and well known as an evangelist and servant of Christ Jesus that it seems superfluous to try to describe his notoriety by listing...

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Written by Seth Dunn
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 21:43

"Join or Die?" The Necessity and Gift of Church Membership

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In 1754 Benjamin Franklin published a cartoon called “Join or Die.” It pictured a snake cut into eights representing the British colonies in the New World. Franklin argued that unless the colonies formed one body they would never be able to resist the powerful threat of the French and...

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Written by The Christward Collective
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 21:21

Commitments of CFBC Restated Reaffirmed.

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The Commitments of CFBC Restated & Reaffirmed.Geoffrey R. KirklandChrist Fellowship Bible ChurchExpository PreachingThe highest form of worship that mortal man could reach is the hearing from God as He speaks through the reading and preaching of his Word. The grand and majestic interaction...

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Written by Geoffrey Kirkland
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 21:15

Essential Tools for Preaching Christ (Part 3) (Ryan McGraw)

When a man and a woman are engaged to be married they can hardly talk about anything else. In fact, we might suspect that something is wrong if they don't express excitement about the wedding. The church is espoused to Christ and looks forward to the marriage supper of the Lamb (Rev. 19:6-9)....

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Written by Reformation21 Blog
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 21:13

WWUTT Wednesday - What Is A Christian

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I had an entirely different introduction written for today's WWUTT Wednesday video, but a news article came up on RedEye Radio this morning that got me to thinking (always a dangerous proposition) and I scrapped the whole intro.The news story is that Delaware is going to let school children choose...

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Written by Doug Evans
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 21:04

What are the differences between Christian denominations?

Written by Greg Wills
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 20:50

Romans 13 Re-Examined: Obey the Government

I would argue that very few passages in Scripture have been more abused over the centuries than Romans 13:1-7. It has been used to justify both allegiance to wicked governments and armed revolt against wicked governments. It has been twisted, perverted, and misunderstood since the time of...

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Written by Wes
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 20:31

DBG Spotlight (2-21-18)

As you may know, R.C. Sproul is known for his book on the holiness of God and his teaching ministry often directed people to that particular subject. Take time to listen to him teach on the holiness and justice of God.

Which Country Sends the [Second] Most Missionaries? — “This...

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Written by Josh Buice
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 20:30

Why We Should Use the Language of Brokenness

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It’s an opinion that pops up in my social media feeds every now and again from well-meaning believers critical of the therapeutic influence on Christian preaching and teaching. “Stop saying people are broken. They’re sinful. That’s the problem.” Or some variation of...

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Written by Jared C. Wilson