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, 19 April 2018 04:06

Justin and the Gospels, Encore (in Dialogue with Brent Nongbri)

Brent Nongbri issued a response (here) to my posting (here) about Justin Martyr and the Gospels, but his response seems to me more assertion than based in evidence.  I have to say, thus, that I don’t find that Larsen’s claims are supported, in particular that Justin didn’t...

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Written by larryhurtado
Thursday, 19 April 2018 04:04

Lift high the cross Featured

Part of this essay appeared on The End Time in 2010.The Wayside Cross is a huge tradition in Canada and Europe, where it has abounded for over a thousand years. "In Quebec, and Europe, a wayside cross marks a place where the members of a community gather to meet and pray, and often commemorates an...

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Written by The End Time
Thursday, 19 April 2018 04:02

15 Things Seminary Teaches Me that My Busy Pastor(ate) Can’t

The limitations and/or impracticality of seminary or theological education for pastoral ministry is frequently noted. But this post is a good reminder of what a good seminary or theological education can do for you.

Authors: BibleX...

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Written by BibleX
Thursday, 19 April 2018 03:29

We Only Baptize Babies

imageOften times friends of mine complain about our practice of baptizing infants. I used to take time arguing the fine points of why. But now...

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Written by Joel Hess
Thursday, 19 April 2018 03:29

Pope Francis Comforts Grieving Boy By Telling Him His Atheist Father Is ‘Surely In Heaven’ Because He Was A ‘Good Man’

Watch as the Pope comforts a grieving boy who feared his atheist father isn’t in heaven – and tells him that God is ‘surely proud’ of his dad, and that God wouldn’t leave a ‘good man’ out of Heaven’

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and...

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Written by Geoffrey Grider
Thursday, 19 April 2018 03:23

Bethel Pastor Contradicts Bill Johnson’s Narrative on the now Infamous practice of “Grave Sucking” Featured

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Grave-sucking, or Grave-Soaking, is the charismatic and occultic practice of trying to get an anointing or “mantle” from the dead.

Banning Liebscher, a pastor at Bethel Church in Redding California, did a tell-all interview in which he gave testimony conflicting with Bethel’s...

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Written by News Division
Thursday, 19 April 2018 03:02

Prophet Paul Cain: A few important details

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*Prophet Paul Cain has admitted to past homosexual sin, and drunkenness. Yet on his bio on his website, he laments moral failures in the healing-revival movement of the past. His website doesn’t include his own major moral failures. He presents himself to the readers of his website as a...

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Written by isnotsatire
Thursday, 19 April 2018 03:00

April 18, 2018 Show with Michael Gaydosh on “Should Christians Only Read the Bible Since it is Our Only Inerrant, God-Breathed Rule of Faith?”

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April 18, 2018:

Michael A Gaydosh, ordained Baptist minister & founder of Solid Ground Christian Books, who will address: “Should Christians ONLY READ the BIBLE Since it is Our ONLY INERRANT, GOD-BREATHED RULE of FAITH?”

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Written by Eric Nielsen
Thursday, 19 April 2018 02:19

On Racism, MLK50, and SBC Churches: An Alternative Voice from Louisiana

I have the great privilege to be a part of the network of churches that make up the New Orleans Baptist Association. We are so diverse from one another and yet there is such unity within our diversity. We have different traditions, ethnicities, broad soteriologies, differing worship styles,...

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Written by Jay Adkins
Thursday, 19 April 2018 02:14

The Spirit says

I'm going to comment on some related passages of Scripture, then consider their implications:
But the Spirit entered into me and set me on my feet, and he spoke with me and said to me, “Go, shut yourself within your house (Ezk 3:24; cf. 2:1-3).
Syntactically, the speaker seems to be the Spirit...

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Written by steve
Thursday, 19 April 2018 02:03

Why Study Theophany?

imageWhile a number of studies over the years have looked at God’s appearing in theophany(a literal combination of the words God/θεος + To shine, become visible, appear/φαινω), several recent studies have been devoted to considering this topic...

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Written by Reformed Reader
Thursday, 19 April 2018 01:56

Calvin Addressed The Same Objections To Infant Baptism That We Hear Today

[responding to Art. 1 of the Schleitheim Confession]…But I reply, first of all, that infant baptism is not a recent introduction, nor are its origins traceable to the papal church. For I say that it has always been a holy ordinance observed . . . Continue reading →

Authors: R. Scott Clark...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Thursday, 19 April 2018 01:49

Why Are We Afraid Of Death?

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Just a week ago I was in the hospital after having a procedure on my heart and guess what? Here I am, thank God! But not everybody makes it through surgery. In fact, not everybody makes it home from work. It brings up the question of the ages: What happens to us after we die? […]

Authors:...

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Written by David Fiorazo
Thursday, 19 April 2018 01:45

Apologetics in a Post Christian Age (Audio) -- God's Revelation (Part Three)

Here's the audio from our Wednesday night Bible Study:  Modern Theories of Revelation

Previous lectures in this series can be found here (scroll down): Apologetics in a Post Christian Age

Authors: Kim Riddlebarger...

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Written by Kim Riddlebarger
Thursday, 19 April 2018 01:23

How God Used the Radical Gift of Ordinary Hospitality to Win Rosaria Butterfield to Christ

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A beautiful introduction to Rosaria Butterfield’s new book, The Gospel Comes with a House Key: Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality in Our Post-Christian World (Crossway, 2018).

Authors: Justin Taylor...

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Written by Justin Taylor
Thursday, 19 April 2018 01:20

The Crisis in Christian Discipline and the Opportunity Before Us

We are long overdue for a sustained argument about the purpose and means of church discipline as well as the broader role of Christian discipline in the life of individual Christians and Christian communities. By church discipline, I mean some sort of formalized process that an individual...

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Written by Jake Meador
Thursday, 19 April 2018 01:12

The Dangers of Reading Providence

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Sam Storms:

As I’ve been preaching through the book of Revelation it has become ever more evident to me that reading divine providence is a tricky and often dangerous business. By “reading providence” I mean the tendency that all of us have to interpret what God is doing in the...

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Written by Peter Cockrell
Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:41

Passions and Singleness

I feel like I've been throwing you all sorts of links to writing I'm doing elsewhere, but I had an emergency root canal yesterday and producing any sort of coherent thoughts today feels near impossible. So here's some writing I did while not under the influence of pain medication.

First is a piece...

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Written by Lore Wilbert
Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:39

Around the Horn (April 19)

Why Good Theology is the Answer to Bad Technology

What do old truths have to do with new technological challenges? In this article, David Murray makes the case that good theology is the only correct solution to the issues that new technology brings.

If We are More Connected Than Ever, Why are We So...

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Written by Staff
Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:30

Gossip, anyone?

“Let’s pray first!” I overheard the two sitting at the next table at my favorite coffee shop, before they sipped their coffees and nibbled at their bizcochos. I smiled to hear people stop to pray in a public place.

  • And so they bowed their heads.
  • And prayed.
  • And launched an immediate...

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Written by Gary Shogren
Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:26

What are the most important finds of Israeli archaeology?

A number of archaeologists answer that question here.

Authors: BibleX...

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Written by BibleX
Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:23

"Fake News" on Genesis 22

According to this post, a 1,500 year old Coptic manuscript suggests that Abraham actually sacrificed Isaac on Mt. Moriah. Readers of Genesis know that this is fake news.

Authors: BibleX...

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Written by BibleX
Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:02

Fullness of Joy and Pleasures Forevermore

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Mark Johnston
Apr 19, 2018
The very first John Piper book I read was Future Grace. Its title is taken from Peter’s exhortation, ‘Set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed’ (1Pe 1.13). It provides the...

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Written by Mark Johnston
Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:00

Life in Four Stages: The Glory of Age

Authors: R. Albert Mohler Jr.

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Written by R. Albert Mohler Jr.
Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:00

Radical feminists oppose shutdown of underage sex-trafficking site

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Wow! Read that tweet by the organizer’s of the Women’s March (which doesn’t even represent all women). A web site that facilitates “sex work” was shut down by the FBI, and the Women’s March is upset. What can it mean?

Well, here’s an...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 23:59

Twelve Features of Biblical Preaching

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Twelve Features of Biblical PreachingGeoffrey R. KirklandChrist Fellowship Bible ChurchThis brief write-up will expound upon 12 features of biblical preaching. These features need to be reviewed and recovered in our day so that God’s Word will go forth with mighty thunder, in the power of...

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Written by Geoffrey Kirkland
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 23:00

Not a “young maiden.”

Isaiah 7:14 can only mean a virgin. If it was merely referring to a “young maiden,” as some maintain, it would not have been a miraculous “sign” from God. Every day, thousands of young maidens conceive; only once has it happened to a virgin. This messianic prophecy was...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 22:59

NUGGETS

image Practical Advice for Family Devotions – “So, do it, keep it simple, at least initially. You can add later, but keep it simple initially and just keep doing it for 18 or 20 years and see the Lord work through the preaching of His Word and through prayer.”

Technology and Our...

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Written by Paul Tautges
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 22:54

UPDATE: My Cardiac Arrest while Preaching - Praise Prayer Request!

Good afternoon , As many of you already heard, I collapsed while preaching Sunday in Pensacola, Fla. with a full cardiac arrest. I am told my heart stopped for about two minutes but by the grace of God I am able to resuscitated with a defibrillator and shocked back to life. Let me tell you...

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Written by profilesubs
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 22:40

New Calvinism: New Reformation or Theological Fad? – Josh Buice, Ed.

“Calvinism is back,” writes David Van Biema, in a Time Magazinearticle, entitled ‘The New Calvinism.’ The featured article, which was written in 2009 was included in a list of “Ten Ideas Changing the World Right Now.” That’s quite a claim for a secular...

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Written by David Steele
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 22:35

Gracious Speech

Colossians 4:5-6, “Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. 6 Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.”

Mahatma Gandhi was the leader who secured India’s independence from...

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 22:25

Episode 142– Brian Hedges– Watchfulness: Recovering a Lost Spiritual Discipline

Welcome to the 142nd episode of Equipping You in Grace. On today’s episode, Dave Jenkins talks with Brian Hedges about his book, Watchfulness: Recovering a Lost Spiritual Discipline(Reformation Heritage, 2018).

What you’ll hear in this episode

  • The need for guardrails in the...

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 22:09

He Said What?!

imageIn our final segment we discuss more controversial comments from Pope Frances: This time regarding an apparent statement that "good atheists" go to heaven. With each passing year we see more and more dangerous, incorrect theology infiltrating a growing number of churches and denominations. False...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 21:30

Spurgeon Thursday - Unworthy

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Authors: Doug Evans...

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Written by Doug Evans
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 21:26

The Ethnic Metrics With Which Ye Judge Ye Shall Be Judged

Whenever I write on ethnic issues, I generally get a really strong response. And by “strong,” I am not talking about those who are perpetually aggrieved and who express their grievances strongly—although they are frequently involved in it. I am talking about something a bit...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 21:00

What is the Greatest Need of this Generation?

image Generation Z is often described as diverse, digitally native, and post-Christian. What is their greatest need? Sean tackles this question.

Authors: Sean McDowell...

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Written by Sean McDowell
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 21:00

Gift Ideas for Grads

April 19, 2018 by: Crosswayimage

Equipped with God’s Word

Celebrate the turning of a page in the lives of students by gifting them with resources that can help strengthen and deepen their knowledge of and love for the Lord and his Word.

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Written by Crossway
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 21:00

Keeping the Evangel in Evangelism: Why Evangelicalism Can’t Abandon the Old, Old Story Featured

The Great Commission stands at the center of Christianity as the command of the risen Lord Jesus Christ for his church to proclaim the name of God in the world for the sake of all nations and God’s glory among them. The church fulfills the commission by making disciples of Christ, teaching...

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Written by Albert Mohler
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 20:51

King Ahaziah of Israel: Deathbed Faith (1 Kings 22:51–2 Kings 1:18)

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You can find out a lot about a person when they're close to death. Men and women on their deathbeds are given a perspective of life, based on impending death, that reveals much more about them than they might typically let on. As the old saying goes, "There are no atheists in foxholes" (granted,...

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Written by Josh Niemi
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 20:24

Examining Our Salvation

Let us search and try our hearts with honest self-examination, and seek to find out whether there is any real work of the Holy Spirit in our inward man. Far be it from me to encourage the slightest approach to hypocrisy, self-conceit, and fanaticism.Nor do I want any one to look for that angelic...

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Written by The J.C. Ryle Archive
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 20:21

It’s Making Us Hollow and Wearing Us Out

 LORD, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing. Ps. 16:5

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Heb. 13:5

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 20:14

Practical Advice for Family Devotions

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During the recent EPIC trip to England I was able to hold an event in London where we opened the floor up for questions. Here is my answer to one of the questions: What is some practical advice you have for family devotions? (In early June I will be in South Africa where I will be holding another...

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Written by Tim Challies
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 20:05

A La Carte (April 19)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a few deals that are worth a quick look.

(Yesterday on the blog: The Best Argument for Using a Printed Bible)

Why You Should Study Theology

There are some good arguments here for making it your practice to study theology. “Sound doctrine is good for...

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Written by Tim Challies
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 20:00

The Evolution of the Eyebrow?

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The fossil record shows a great deal of diversity among post-Flood humans (scientists haven’t found any pre-Flood humans as of yet). Some of this diversity is seen in skull shape. Many ancient humans had much thicker brow ridges than we do today. Evolutionary scientists have tried to explain...

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Written by Ken Ham
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 20:00

Throwback Thursday ~ The Mailbag: Is It OK for Christian Women to Wear Bikinis?

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Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 20:00

Guns Don't Kill People

On one hand we have the many and loud voices clamoring for gun control. "Save our children," they cry, and the like. On the other hand we have the NRA-types who are quick to respond, "Guns don't kill people; people kill people." I'm sure you're following me so far. I'm sure you've heard all this....

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Written by Winging It
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 20:00

Worldview Training in Action

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On March 1, 2018, I got a phone call I’ll never forget. “Your grandpa’s kidneys aren’t functioning, and he’s not going to make it,” my mom told me.

I knew my grandpa’s health wasn’t great, but this news still came as a shock. Within a few hours, my...

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Written by Tim Barnett
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 19:00

Are We Defining Morality on a Sliding Scale?

In a recent interview with ABC News, former FBI Director James Comey said President Trump was “morally unfit to be President of the United States.” Rather than argue for or against Comey’s perspective, the question I’d like to pose today is “what ismoral?

Admitted...

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Written by Hugh Whelchel
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 19:00

Why Women Should Not Teach the Bible to Men

T he pulpit of a well known Bible teacher in recent history had a sign on the front of it that read, “Sir, we would see Jesus.” In our age of inclusiveness, should the sign read, “Preacher, we would see Jesus” in order to accommodate both men and women who would stand in the...

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Written by Josh Buice
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 19:00

A Good Mystery

Here's an excerpt from A Good Mystery, Michael Allen’s contribution to the April issue of Tabletalk:

Mystery may well challenge us. Indeed, we could say it must challenge us, as it reminds us that we are but dust. But, contrary to what may seem a commonsense assumption, mystery need not stymie...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham