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, 17 January 2019 13:40

5 Mistaken Beliefs that Keep You From Blogging — And What to Do Instead

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For creative people, the problems are mostly in the mind. And the solutions are mainly mindsets.

If you’ve been struggling getting started as a blogger or a writer, here are 5 myths that...

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Written by Cody Libolt
Thursday, 17 January 2019 13:10

Trevin’s Seven

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Podcast: Listeners to the Word Matters podcast that I do with Brandon Smith will be excited to subscribe to Brandon’s new podcast, Church Grammar. The first two interviews (Tom Schreiner and Lynn Cohick) are enlightening and edifying.

Kindle Deal:The Good Book: 40 Chapters That Reveal the...

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Written by Trevin Wax
Thursday, 17 January 2019 13:00

Grace, Prayer, the Work of Christ

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It’s time for our weekly $5 Friday sale. This week’s resources include such topics as the work of Christ, Charles Spurgeon, depravity, the atonement, Roman Catholicism, grace, prayer, and more.

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

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Thursday, 17 January 2019 11:20

Book Review: 12 Faithful Men: Portraits of Courageous Endurance in Pastoral Ministry

Hansen, Collin and Jeff Robinson, eds.12 Faithful Men: Portraits of Courageous Endurance in Pastoral Ministry.Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2018. 187 pp.

INTRODUCTION

One of the challenges facing our insta-everything, have-it-your-way culture is that the gap between difficult circumstances and crisis,...

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Written by Jon Canler
Thursday, 17 January 2019 11:15

Explaining evil, part 1

I plan to do a series of posts on yet another book on the problem of evil: W. Paul Franks, ed., Explaining Evil: Four Views (Bloomsbury 2019). Here's a description:
I think the problem of evil is overemphasized in atheism and Christian apologetics. If we...

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Written by steve
Thursday, 17 January 2019 11:12

Andrew Fuller Friday: On the Need of Faith in Old Age

Prayer of David in the Decline of Life to the Aged

“Cast me not off in the time of old age, forsake me not when my strength faileth.”—Psal. 71:9.

This Psalm is supposed to have been written about the time of Absalom’s conspiracy. God had cast off his predecessor Saul, and...

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Written by Staff
Thursday, 17 January 2019 10:40

Harper Valley Church Discipline Featured

1. Seth begins review of 2 Timothy.2. Seth responds to a listener submission about sacrificial lambs.3. Seth discusses church accountability.

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Written by Seth - Host of the Christian Commute
Thursday, 17 January 2019 10:33

Bill Nye VS Science, Designer Babies

Background

Those of you who follow my YouTube channel know that I produced a video series responding to Bill Nye Saves The World. My reviews were mixed. At times Bill Nye was spot on, and explained things really well. At other times, he presented fallacious arguments with no clue what he was talking...

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Written by G.S. Muse
Thursday, 17 January 2019 10:28

Bruce Baugus: The Disease of Ambition

I suspect we do a poor job distinguishing between the two types of ambition or recognizing the perversity of eritheia. Selfish ambition, at least to a certain degree, is not only an acceptable sin in our culture but a seemingly necessary one to succeed in the world. It may also be incentivized in a...

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Written by memoirandremains
Thursday, 17 January 2019 10:00

Someday

“Someday, after I am an archbishop and past grace, I will no doubt have the time to devote to it” (Papa Don’t Pope, p. 36).

The post Someday appeared first on Blog & Mablog.

Authors: Douglas Wilson...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Thursday, 17 January 2019 09:27

Lamborghini Pastor Who Cheated on Wife Compares The Holy Spirit to a Bluetooth Device

Reformation Charlotte has been reporting on the South Carolina Word of Faith charlatan and former associate of Joel Osteen, John Gray, who, after cheating on his wife, gifted her a 200 thousand dollar Lamborghini. In a recent video, you see him comparing the Holy Spirit to a bluetooth device,...

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Written by JeffMaples
Thursday, 17 January 2019 09:25

Soren Kierkegaard, Christ is the Way, Part One

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The Ascension, John Singleton Copley, 1775

Christ is the Way is a Sermon Three Discourses published 1851. The translation is by Walter Lowrie (Princeton University Press 1941)

Christ is the Way Part One

Acts 1:1-12, Ascension Day

The prayer:

O Lord Jesus Christ, who didst behold Thy fate in advance and...

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Written by memoirandremains
Thursday, 17 January 2019 09:00

Four Steps to Correct Biblical Interpretation

Episode 2421

Four Steps to Correct Biblical Interpretation

Segment 1 (00:00) Step I

Segment 2 (07:29) Step II

Segment 3 (14:07) Step III and IV

Wretched Surprise! (25:39) Grace Gem: John Flavel

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Thursday, 17 January 2019 08:08

A Jewish Perspective on Tithing

You can read one perspective here.

Authors: BibleX...

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Written by BibleX
Thursday, 17 January 2019 07:44

Pastor Preaches with “Inflatable Tube Guy” During Sermon Featured

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It’s hard to say who preached a better sermon at Victory Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Sunday, Paul Daugherty who screamed inspiring affirmations at the audience or the inflatable tube man who thankfully said nothing.

Toss up.

You might have seen them at used car lots, used by salesmen to get...

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Written by News Division
Thursday, 17 January 2019 07:00

Knowing Jesus Day 29: The Resurrection and Appearances

John 20 (NLT) The Resurrection 20 Early on Sunday morning,[a] while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. 2 She ran and found Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved. She said,...

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Written by Matt Sherro
Thursday, 17 January 2019 06:57

A Story of Romance in Stillman Valley

imageEthel Devore passed away this morning. The below story is an edited version of a February 2008 church newsletter article. The hardware store is now a community center. I sure enjoyed hearing Ethel telling me her story. 

You probably don’t think of the Hardware store here in town as a real...

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Written by Chris
Thursday, 17 January 2019 06:31

Teaching (and Learning) Greek

Editor’s note: This past fall, Professor Jim Voelz presented the following remarks at a convocation at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana. If they sound familiar, they also happen to be the same remarks with which he begins each Elementary Greek class he teaches.

Teaching...

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Written by James Voelz
Thursday, 17 January 2019 06:29

Christian good works are by the grace of God Featured

by Mike Ratliff

10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me. 1 Corinthians 15:10 (NASB) 

There are two extremes that Christians must avoid at all costs. The first is...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Thursday, 17 January 2019 06:15

01/17/2019

•Talking Millennials with John Fabarez
•Did generational differences widen?
•What hurdles keep young people from Christ?
•Religious pluralism at street level
•How you can support the Road Trip to Truth

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Written by joey
Thursday, 17 January 2019 05:55

Things not Proper Among Saints

A new MP3 sermon from The GraceLife Pulpit is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:
Title: Things not Proper Among Saints
Speaker: Phil Johnson
Broadcaster: The GraceLife Pulpit
Event: Sunday Service
Date: 1/13/2019
Bible: Ephesians 5:3
Length: 56 min.
Overview: http---www.TheGraceL...

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Written by The GraceLife Pulpit
Thursday, 17 January 2019 05:20

If I Were the Devil (How the Enemy Advances)

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This is how the enemy advances – book excerpt from Redefining Truth (2017). Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him; 1 Peter 5:8 Growing up in the 1970s, my dad used...

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Written by David Fiorazo
Thursday, 17 January 2019 05:13

Georgia collects fewer backpacks in 2018 but overall, 9 Conventions report record 2,322 professions of faith

imageFamilies fill the fellowship hall at Kentucky’s White Sulphur Springs Baptist Church for a meal and backpacks distribution.

There’s good news and not-so-good-news on last year’s Christmas Backpacks collection for impoverished children.

The good news is that since the outreach began...

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Written by Joe Westbury
Thursday, 17 January 2019 05:01

The Duty Ours, The Power is God’s (Flavel)

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When it comes to the mysterious providence of God and trials that come our way in his providence, we need to submit to his will (even when it’s hard to do!). We need the faith to say, “Lord, you know best; thy will be done.” How can we do that? It’s easier said than done...

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Written by Reformed Reader
Thursday, 17 January 2019 04:28

Our Great Commission Still In Force

Written by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam
Thursday, 17 January 2019 04:24

Three Great Commissions

Written by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam
Thursday, 17 January 2019 04:24

NUGGETS

I Felt the Sun Today – a lovely poem.

The Lie of Perfectionism – “Perfectionism makes everyone miserable, even if it works for a while.”

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Thursday, 17 January 2019 04:23

Leander Keck on Textual Criticism and Inerrancy

imageI once had the pleasure of meeting Leander Keck in Cambridge where he used to attend the NT seminars when he was in town. Since then I have tried, from time to time, to read some of his work.Here is a bit from one of his very early books on his theological approach to the Bible called Taking the...

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Written by Peter Gurry
Thursday, 17 January 2019 04:20

Apostolic Authority

Written by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam
Thursday, 17 January 2019 04:15

Peter Paul as Builders

Written by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam
Thursday, 17 January 2019 04:11

Premier Apologist for Montanist Heresy Defends Speaking in Tongues Against John MacArthur

Dr. Michael Brown, the foremost apologist for the modern day Montanist heresy, was recently interviewed where he defended the practice of glossolalia–that is, speaking in “tongues.” The Bible clearly teaches that the gift of tongues in the early church was the ability to speak...

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Written by JeffMaples
Thursday, 17 January 2019 04:00

Good News: LifeWay Closing Retail Stores Featured

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LifeWay Stores, a leading seller of Christian books through its retail bookstores which are operated by the Southern Baptist Convention, and sells anything from rank heresy to Heaven Tourism has announced that they will be closing a number of stores due to an “accelerated rate of...

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Written by Cherie Vandermillen
Thursday, 17 January 2019 03:57

Author Interview: Thomas R. Schreiner on 1 Corinthians

What’s hard about reading 1 Corinthians?
Who is this commentary for?
How do we interpret hard NT texts?
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Written by Thomas R. Schreiner
Thursday, 17 January 2019 03:40

“I Had an Abortion and I’m Not Apologizing”

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The abortion giant Planned Parenthood recently released a new billboard campaign in Iowa to normalize the killing—murdering—of unborn children. The first set of billboards shows a picture of a woman and a quote about her experience. One billboard boldly proclaims, “I had an...

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Written by Ken Ham
Thursday, 17 January 2019 03:21

Allie Stuckey Calls Out Beth Moore, Jen Hatmaker For Unbiblical, Worldly Theology

On today’s podcast, Allie Stuckey talks about 3 myths that Christian women believe, noting that the feminist idea prevalent in Christian circles that “you [women] are enough” is worldly and unbiblical. This is one of quite a few myths that Christian women believe, not as much...

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Written by JeffMaples
Thursday, 17 January 2019 03:00

Podcast: Hope for a Racially Divided Culture (with Miles McPherson)

Issues of race and racial reconciliation are ongoing in many communities. Sean and Scott interview pastor Miles McPherson (The Rock Church in San Diego, California), about his book, The Third Option: Hope for a Racially Divided Nation. Miles refers to himself as a perpetual outsider, as a mixed...

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Written by Sean McDowell
Thursday, 17 January 2019 02:40

Robbing God?

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You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me, the whole nation of you. Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until...

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Written by Pastorfish
Thursday, 17 January 2019 02:32

Toxic Masculinity?

I was recently asked: What does it mean to be masculine?

Here is my answer.

Being the man God created me to be, and valuing Truth, honor, justice, and mercy. The man is different from the woman, because he is primarily involved in building and stewarding a thriving world around him, while the...

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Written by G.S. Muse
Thursday, 17 January 2019 02:25

LifeWay Closing Brick and Mortar Stores Due to “Accelerated Rate of Erosion”

LifeWay Stores, a bookstore chain operated by the Southern Baptist Convention that sells anything from rank heresy to Heaven-tourism to try to make money has announced that they will be closing a number of stores due to an “accelerated rate of erosion.” Thom Rainer, President of LifeWay...

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Written by JeffMaples
Thursday, 17 January 2019 02:07

Why Is the Old Covenant Obsolete?

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I’ve been reading Andy Stanley’s new book, Irresistible: Reclaiming the New That Jesus Unleashed for the World. His main contention in the book is that pastors ought to “unhitch [their] teaching of what it means to follow Jesus from all things old covenant” because the Old...

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Written by Amy K. Hall
Thursday, 17 January 2019 01:49

A Necessary Consequence of Fesko’s Defense of Logic

The tide has been shifting in the modern reformed world. Debate over theology proper in reformed circles is finally reaching the question of epistemology. K. Scott Oliphint has argued that, in light of Van Til’s epistemology, “much of systematic theology that’s done, especially in...

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Written by brandonadams
Thursday, 17 January 2019 01:39

Apologetics in a Post Christian Age (Audio) -- Making the Case for Christianity (Part Two)

Here's the audio from the Wednesday night Bible study:  Making the Case for Christianity: Part Two

Authors: Kim Riddlebarger...

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Written by Kim Riddlebarger
Thursday, 17 January 2019 00:53

Recommended: URCNA Forms And Confessions

Along with the new Trinity Psalter-Hymnal (emphasis on the Psalter) produced in cooperation with the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, the United Reformed Churches in North America have also produced a book of liturgical forms, prayers, and confessions, namely the Three Forms of Unity: the . . . Co...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Thursday, 17 January 2019 00:41

Five Minutes for the Imago Dei

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Joseph Hamrick
Jan 17, 2019
I listened to a fascinating book this year by Alan Jacobs, Distinguished Professor of the Humanities in the Honors Program Professor at Baylor University. The book, How to Think: A Survival Guide to a World at Odds, details the way we think...

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Written by Joseph Hamrick
Thursday, 17 January 2019 00:29

The Treasure Principle

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I have heard of Randy Alcorn’s book The Treasure Principle for years. I have meant to read it and, sadly, never actually picked it up. Over the Christmas break I have been studying stewardship and so I picked it up. I wish I had earlier! I very much enjoyed the book. This will be no surprise...

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Written by Erik Raymond
Thursday, 17 January 2019 00:11

Toxic feminism celebrates killing children up to their 1st breath without anesthetic

Please use that response or something similar whenever any Leftists whine about “toxic masculinity” (which to them means any form of masculinity, because men = bad).

That goes double for anyone from the “Christian” Left.

This video is awesome.  Please share.  Hat...

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Written by Eternity Matters
Wednesday, 16 January 2019 23:53

New Research Shows Over Two-Thirds of College Age Adults Stop Going to Church

While this news shouldn’t be surprising, a new LifeWay Research poll shows that in 2017, 66 percent of college-age and young adults between the ages of 18-30 stopped going to church regularly (twice a month or more) or altogether–down 4 percent from a similar poll taken in 2007. Perhaps...

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Written by JeffMaples
Wednesday, 16 January 2019 23:22

David Dunham- Addictive Habits: Changing for Good

On today’s Equipping You in Grace episode, Dave Jenkins and David Dunham discuss the place of Christians and local churches in helping those with addictions, along with his book, Addictive Habits: Changing for Good(P&R, 2018).

What you’ll hear in this episode

  • A definition of...

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Wednesday, 16 January 2019 23:14

Social Justice is Not the Gospel, It’s Heresy

With the recent rise of progressive “Christianity” in the last few years, it’s no surprise that one of the prevailing themes is social justice. Many denominations have been caught up in the movement forever. But social justice is not the gospel, and saying that it is is heresy....

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Written by JeffMaples
Wednesday, 16 January 2019 23:13

New Boyce Communication Degree

Authors: R. Albert Mohler Jr....

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Written by R. Albert Mohler Jr.
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