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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Monday, 19 February 2018 03:42

Episode 129– Dayton Hartman- Lies Pastors Believe: 7 Ways To Elevate Yourself, Subvert The Gospel, and Undermine the Church

Welcome to the 129th episode of Equipping You in Grace. On today’s episode, Dave Jenkins talks Dayton Hartman about his book, Lies Pastors Believe: 7 Ways To Elevate Yourself, Subvert The Gospel, and Undermine the Church (Lexham Press, 2017).

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Why...

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Monday, 19 February 2018 02:53

Abounding Grace Radio Schedule

Join me this week on Abounding Grace Radio as I fill in for Chris. Today’s is a message from Romans 13 but beginning on tomorrow we will be discussing Romans 7. Heidelberg Catechism 114 asks, Can those who are converted to God . . . Continue reading →

Authors: R. Scott Clark...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Monday, 19 February 2018 02:38

Is Predestination the Same as Favoritism? (Some Further Reflections on James 2:1-13)

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Sometimes at Park Community Church (Forest Glen) worship gatherings, we take text-in questions from the congregation. It is one of my favorite things to do and a practice I recommend. Back before I went on paternity leave (Aliza and Baby Josephine are both wonderful and healthy, thanks...

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Written by Joel Settecase
Monday, 19 February 2018 02:35

The Olympics: where faith gets a big stage

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Derek Spain stands in Whistler Village, where he and other chaplains built relationships with Olympic athletes in Vancouver. DEREK SPAIN/Special

The Olympic Spirit brings out the best in everyone. Nations come together to compete in sport.

As we watch the 2018 Pyeonchang Winter Olympic Games, we...

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Written by Derek Spain
Monday, 19 February 2018 02:34

2018 Imperial Valley Apologetics Conference Recap

I had the great privilege of speaking at the 2018 Imperial Valley Apologetics Conference this past weekend in El Centro, CA. I feel bad that it came at the expense of my friend, Tim Barnet, getting sick. But when he asked me to cover for him, I was happy that my Saturday was open.

During the...

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Written by Ryan Pauly
Monday, 19 February 2018 02:32

William Whittaker Contra Lent

“But you tell us, why we do so much avoid the Fathers.” I had rather you would tell us why you do so carefully avoid the Scriptures. “For” (say you) “they that cannot away with set times of Fasting, must needs be . . . Continue reading →

Authors: R. Scott Clark...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Monday, 19 February 2018 02:30

Mayhem and the Mission

This is an adaptation of an earlier blog post that can be found here. Links to other articles for further reading included below. Our country has been once again rocked by an act of savagery beyond the scope of our imagination. Questions swirl. Politicians seek policy answers. Parents struggle to...

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Written by Scott Hildreth
Monday, 19 February 2018 02:17

Application for Writing Mentorship

When I was 15, a friend a decade ahead of me took an interest in my writing, encouraging me along and not letting me get away with sloppy self-editing. Then when I was in my early twenties, I had an older mentor who did the same. In college I was surrounded by professors who simply would not accept...

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Written by Lore Wilbert
Monday, 19 February 2018 02:04

Practice Your Bible Reading

“It is poor work to read the Bible from mere curiosity, and for speculative purposes, in order to fill your head and store your mind with opinions, while you do not allow the book to influence your heart and life. That Bible is read best which is practiced most.”
~ J.C. Ryle

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Written by The J.C. Ryle Archive
Monday, 19 February 2018 01:46

Office Hours: Bringing A Living Hope to Waterdown, Ontario

At Westminster Seminary California, since our beginning in 1980, our primary mission has been to prepare men for pastoral ministry. We have graduated more than eleven hundred students about 70% of whom go on to pastoral ministry. Indeed, some of our earliest . . . Continue reading →

Authors: R....

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Monday, 19 February 2018 01:08

Why Folks Resist Authority

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In this audio message, Jeff Pollard explains the matter of elder authority from Hebrews 13. He begins by examining why people have such difficulty with authority.  He says,

"The clear and direct language of the text undoubtedly sounds foreign to modern American ears for at least four...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Monday, 19 February 2018 01:04

Charles Spurgeon – The Man

imageArticle by Michael Reeves: 10 Things You Should Know about Charles Spurgeon (original source here)

1. His ministry began in the year of his conversion as a young man. Spurgeon was raised in a Christian home, but was converted in 1850 at fifteen years old. Caught in a snowstorm, he took refuge in a...

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Written by John Samson
Monday, 19 February 2018 01:01

3 Things I’m Excited About at Midwestern Seminary

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This week the blog is sponsored by Midwestern Seminary. The post is written by Jared C. Wilson.

I rolled on to Midwestern Seminary campus three winters ago unsure of a whole lot about the school and my place in it.  The future looked promising and the opportunities looked exciting, but I...

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Written by Tim Challies
Monday, 19 February 2018 01:00

Looming Debate Over SSA

imageBy Rick Phillips (original source here)

These days, it seems that almost every week social media uncovers another eruption along the Presbyterian Church in America’s (PCA) volcanic fault line between social accommodation/compassion and biblical obedience. This week, a conference promoting...

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Written by John Samson
Monday, 19 February 2018 01:00

February 16, 2018 Show with Stefan Bomberger on "A Christian Outreach to the Survivors Community of Parkland, FL, in the Wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Massacre"

Theme:

February 16, 2018:

STEFAN BOMBERGER, Outreach Pastor at Riverside Church in Broward County, FL, County Director for First Priority, which supports evangelistic Christian clubs in the public schools of South Florida, overseer of 88 FP campus clubs, including the one at Marjory Stoneman Douglas...

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Written by Eric Nielsen
Monday, 19 February 2018 00:25

One Man’s Sanctification Journey

The following is a guest post by Russell Pulliam, an Indianapolis Star columnist who directs the Pulliam Fellowship summer intern program for the Indianapolis Star and the Arizona Republic. Russ describes personally below the process, tools, and lessons the Lord has taken him though on his own road...

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Written by Barry York
Monday, 19 February 2018 00:17

Hollow Soul Bullets

The aftermath of the most recent school shooting in Florida is playing out very much like the aftermath of many of the previous school shootings. Some urge us to a period of respectful silence, saying that debating gun control issues is not fitting while the grief is still a hot ache. Others say...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Sunday, 18 February 2018 23:56

An Introduction to Apologetics

Voddie Baucham:

Authors: John Samson...

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Written by John Samson
Sunday, 18 February 2018 23:47

Too Wretched For Radio 02/19/2018

Phil plays “STOP”: Release the Eyes; Smith Wigglesworth kicks a baby; Todd White’s Kenosis heresy

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Written by joey
Sunday, 18 February 2018 23:44

Building a Biblically Healthy Women’s Ministry

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The following piece, written by Pastor John Chester of Piedmont Bible Church and Parking Space 23, is published on Michelle Lesley’s blog. One piece of advice he offers to pastors who desire to build healthy women’s ministries is “Be willing to veto a book, a...

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Written by Marsha West
Sunday, 18 February 2018 23:00

Making sense of evil and suffering within a Christian worldview

One thing I’ve noticed in talking to atheists who grew up in Christian homes is that they often leave their Christian worldview behind because of a disappointment with God. For some reason, they get this idea that God is our cosmic butler. We can do whatever we want in order to be happy, and...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Sunday, 18 February 2018 22:37

Six Steps to Becoming a Church that Welcomes People with Disabilities

Thinking theologically about disability is a massive need in today’s church. That’s one reason I’m thankful to the Lord for recently bringing the Beyond Suffering Bible onto my radar, and into my life and home. In addition to many “Connection Points,” application of...

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Written by Paul Tautges
Sunday, 18 February 2018 22:30

Out of the House of Bondage

imageSin enslaves the soul. O how a man wears himself out in the service of sin—it wastes his body, breaks his sleep, and distracts his mind. Sin says to one, defraud; to another, be unchaste; to another, take revenge; to another, make a false vow. But sinners are content to be under the command of sin;...

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Written by EBenz
Sunday, 18 February 2018 22:29

Disappearing Mushrooms vs Longstanding Oaks

Historians say that the sacred music of the Christian church, such as that of Palestrina, Allegri and Tallis, is one of the greatest gifts of the gospel to Western civilization and on a par with the splendor of the magnificent European cathedrals, such as Chartres and Lincoln. Yet this rich...

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Written by Glenn E. Chatfield
Sunday, 18 February 2018 22:26

8 Pieces of Advice for Single Christians from Tim Keller

I was surprised yet delighted to see an entire chapter dedicated to Christian singleness in Tim and Kathy Keller’s excellent book on marriage. In a section entitled “Some Practical Counsel for Marriage Seekers,” Keller provides lots of helpful tidbits for singles. I’ve...

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Written by David Qaoud
Sunday, 18 February 2018 22:25

Neil Postman, Death by Amusement, and the Church in 2018

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If you’ve never met Neil Postman, allow me the honor of introducing you.

Neil Postman was born in 1931 and died in 2003. During his 72 years on earth he worked as a teacher, an author, and a cultural commentator. In 1985 Postman wrote Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the...

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Written by Landon Coleman
Sunday, 18 February 2018 22:23

AFA (American Family Association) Posts Pro-Meditation Article – They Still Don’t Get It

AFA (American Family Association) Posts Pro-Meditation Article – They Still Don’t Get It

Last week, a reader sent us an e-mail concerned about an article that AFA (American Family Association) just posted on the AFA Journal website. The article, titled “Study says meditation...

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Written by Lighthouse Trails Editors
Sunday, 18 February 2018 22:00

The Bondage of the Will

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Anthony Burgess Treatise on Original Sin Part 3, Chapter 4, Section 5.

Of the Natural Servitude and Bondage of the Will, with a brief Discussion of the Point of Free will.

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If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” (John 8:36).

Hitherto we...

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Written by Paul J. Barth
Sunday, 18 February 2018 22:00

Pronouncing sinners as unclean.

As priests of the Lord (see 1 Pet. 2:5; Rev. 1:6) we are to pronounce the sinner as unclean. How can we do that without appearing judgmental? Simply by doing what Jesus did and pointing to the Ten Commandments (see Mark 10:17–22). Consider how Paul did this in Rom. 2:21–23: “You,...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Sunday, 18 February 2018 21:59

Translating All the Words of Scripture (Matt 24:34) – Mondays with Mounce 311

I know this is a difficult and controversial verse, and I don’t think I have anything new to add to the discussion — how’s that for garnering excitement to read the rest of the post? But there are a couple things that are interesting.

Jesus has been discussing the destruction of...

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Written by Bill Mounce
Sunday, 18 February 2018 21:49

Aquinas Reconsidered (Richard A. Muller)

Richard A. Muller, Review of Thomas Aquinas by K. Scott Oliphint, foreword by Michael A. G. Haykin (Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2017).Scott Oliphint's highly negative verdict on the thought of Thomas Aquinas, demands some response if only because of the need to have, in Reformed...

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Written by Reformation21 Blog
Sunday, 18 February 2018 21:00

We Can Learn a Great Deal about Suffering from the Puritans

It’s not that we shouldn’t talk about our suffering, but we should stop expecting that we won’t have any and should also not dilute the term with our petty inconveniences. Carl Trueman explains: First, the Puritans lived in a time before the discovery of antibiotics, analgesics...

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Written by Mark Farnham
Sunday, 18 February 2018 21:00

Rosaria Butterfield Speaking @RTSCharlotte

On Feb 20th, RTS Charlotte is excited to welcome Rosaria Butterfield as our guest speaker for our annual Harold O.J. Brown lecture series.

As most people know, Rosaria has an incredible testimony.  She was a tenured professor of English and women’s studies at Syracuse University and...

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Written by Michael Kruger
Sunday, 18 February 2018 21:00

CTT | Seeing is Believing? Featured

image While not particularly a religious idiom, we live in a culture that insists on the idea that “seeing is believing”.

In social media we see the idiom translated as, “pics or it didn’t happen” or “video or it didn’t happen”. If we look how the idiom is...

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Written by Faithful Stewardship
Sunday, 18 February 2018 20:29

Hate Week Essay #1: What the LORD Hates Featured

Since it was Valentine's Day last week, I decided to write an essay each day on the topic of Love, as it appears in the Bible. I also write about other things as they came up, so not to worry if essays on love aren't your thing. There were other essays published too, on other topics for your...

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Written by The End Time
Sunday, 18 February 2018 20:16

Addressing the Growing Crisis in Public Education

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Last week an expelled student returned to his former High School and murdered 17 people.  Predictably the liberal media’s only message is “more gun control”—a simplistic response to a complex crisis.  Instead of taking the time to understand the underlying causes...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Sunday, 18 February 2018 20:10

Quotes of interest to Southern Baptists

Russell Moore, “I think gun control proponents are misguided in trying to persuade others of their position in the way they usually go about it,” Moore wrote in an email. “There are not two sides here about whether shootings should be stopped, laws enforced, and criminality...

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Written by William Thornton
Sunday, 18 February 2018 20:00

Of Wakanda and Narnia: How Fictional Places Evoke Real Longings

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What real-world good is a fictional place?

Before Black Panther was even released, it began to take on extra significance among African-Americans for what it presented and what it represented.

The film presented a strong black cast telling an African-centric story helmed by an African-American...

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Written by Aaron Earls
Sunday, 18 February 2018 20:00

10 Things You Should Know about Charles Spurgeon

February 19, 2018 by: Michael Reevesimage

This article is part of the 10 Things You Should Know series.

1. His ministry began in the year of his conversion as a young man.

Spurgeon was raised in a Christian home, but was converted in 1850 at fifteen years old. Caught in a snowstorm, he took...

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Written by Michael Reeves
Sunday, 18 February 2018 19:52

Practical Nature to Powerful Doctrines

Yesterday I preached from Romans 1:1-7, the fourth sermon from these verses, in our series titled, “The Gospel According to Paul” which is an expository study through the book of Romans. The focus of the last two weeks has been four key doctrines that make up the bedrock foundation of...

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Written by Josh Buice
Sunday, 18 February 2018 19:45

Three Things To Know about Korean Christianity

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This is the third article in a series penned by Joel Kim, President of Westminster Seminary. In each entry he is reflecting on the Olympics from a Korean perspective.

Where do the Olympic athletes representing other countries worship in South Korea? Christian leaders in South Korea have called upon...

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Written by Tim Challies
Sunday, 18 February 2018 19:00

Equip Your Church for Evangelism with Creation Simulcast

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Only 25% of self-professing Christians in America “believe they are called to promote the gospel.” This same study found that even if people are sharing the gospel, it’s probably not a true biblical version of the gospel! Instead it’s a combination of various false beliefs,...

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Written by Ken Ham
Sunday, 18 February 2018 19:00

The Mailbag: I Have to Preach Because No Man Will Step Up

imageMen will not teach. So if I do not speak truth and stand up, who will?

Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Sunday, 18 February 2018 19:00

The Innate Desire for Adventure

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Our society has a desire for adventure. All you have to do is look at Hollywood. Why are so many of the highest grossing movies action adventures? Quite simply, we like them. We like the idea of watching people go on missions or quests. We want to see them achieve something when they make it...

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Written by Zak Schmoll
Sunday, 18 February 2018 19:00

Bolivia Bans Evangelism: Three Reasons This Is a Terrible Idea

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Bolivia recently imposed severe restrictions on religious liberty according to a report from Christianity Today, and this ought to illustrate the horror of what can happen when the government begins to infringe on this fundamental human right to conscience and religious liberty.

According to the...

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Written by Zak Schmoll