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

Latest Headlines: - Apologetic Report
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 18:00

Leviticus 22; Psalms 28-29; Eccl. 5; 2 Timothy 1

Leviticus 22; Psalms 28-29; Ecclesiastes 5; 2 Timothy 1

THE OPENING VERSES OF PSALM 29 SUGGEST that a great part of what it means to “worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness” is to ascribe to him the praise that is his due: ascribe to him glory and strength, “the glory due...

Read more

Written by Don Carson
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 18:00

Why Shouldn’t We Trust the Non-Canonical Gospels Attributed to Thomas?

imageWe’ve been investigating the late non-canonical gospels to determine why they were rejected by the Christian community even though they often contain nuggets of truth related to Jesus. These elaborate stories, legends and fabrications were written by authors who were motivated to alter the...

Read more

Written by jwallace
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 18:00

The Conclusion of the Matter

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13) The spiritual life of Solomon can, to a great degree, be traced through his writings as recorded in the Bible. They are not straightforward...

Read more

Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 18:00

Limitless Love Featured

Let’s be honest. If we encountered a scenario like the one Jesus describes in the parable of the Good Samaritan, we would not react like the title character. In fact, most of us would probably think the Samaritan’s generosity toward a stranger seems excessive.

Did you ever set aside...

Read more

Written by Grace to You Blog
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 17:15

Smelling Salts for Weary Pastors

image Yesterday, I was blessed to attend a pastor’s appreciation event hosted by the Salem Radio Network, and two of their local Cleveland stations (1220AM and 95.5FM). The keynote speaker was Philip DeCourcy, pastor of Kindred Community Church and preacher on the Know the Truth radio program.

The...

Read more

Written by Paul Tautges
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 17:03

How to Speak about Jesus

image

Praying for opportunities to speak about Jesus is an important step in being an effective gospel witness (Col 4:2-3). Living in a way that anticipates such opportunities is another important step (Col 4:4-5). However, when you take these steps, you need to be prepared to speak when opportunities...

Read more

Written by Thomas Overmiller
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 17:01

Guest Post: Can My Imperfection Please God?

Note: This is a guest post since I am currently away.  This is by Micah.  If you have thoughts and questions, feel free to comment and when he has time he will respond. His blog can be found here.  He also tweets

image

If you are truly Calvinistic, you’ve heard the popular...

Read more

Written by SLIMJIM
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 17:01

A Biblical Answer for Racial Unity – Book Review Featured

Authors: Eric Davis...

Read more

Written by Eric Davis
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 17:00

Paul Young’s “Lies We Believe About God” Dismantles Precious Truths from Scripture

image

I wrote what follows nearly a year ago. I didn’t post it then because honestly, I hate to get involved in quarrels with the many people who will disagree. But as time goes on, I continue to see people adversely influenced by the theology expressed in this book. While it’s increasingly...

Read more

Written by Randy Alcorn
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 17:00

Has the Enlightenment Made Things Rosier, Or Just Pinker?

image

Steven Pinker thinks the world is getting better, and he has the statistics to prove it. His latest book, Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress, is a chart-filled epic that purports to demonstrate a) that by virtually every conceivable measure the world is getting...

Read more

Written by Andrew Wilson
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 16:01

“Safe Schools” and the Sexual Agenda Big Picture Featured

The controversies over the so-called Safe Schools programs in Australia are simply a reflection of a much bigger war. For many decades now activists have sought to target our children especially through the school system. Various sex education programs and the like have been used to push radical...

Read more

Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 15:05

April 18: The World’s Debt to Calvin

The world is indebted to the church for everything noblest and best in her free institutions.  Freedom is under perpetual obligations to her.  Enforcement of organic law must exist, whether in church, state or nation; otherwise, everything rushes to ruin in all society.  It is the...

Read more

Written by archivist
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 15:05

Living By The Prophet's Words

image

Prophets like Moses and Paul, John and Isaiah had amazing encounters with the Lord. But we are to step out in faith without having similar experiences. You should not expect that God has to prove that what has been written is required of us by an additional vision, appearance, voice, or impression.

W...

Read more

Written by Jim Elliff
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 15:05

God’s Shepherding Ability

image

Ever struggle to make decisions? I sure do. Recently, someone came to me for advice on making a pretty big decision in their life, and I want to share with you a key thought that came out of the conversation.

Here it is: “Have more confidence in God’s shepherding ability than in your...

Read more

Written by Adam McClendon
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 15:00

Video: "A Word to Fathers" By: Alistair Begg

Paul instructed fathers not to provoke their children to anger, assuming parental authority, but appealing for its restraint. Reminding us that children ultimately belong God, Alistair Begg warns parents of certain pitfalls that are likely to exasperate their children and incite responses of...

Read more

Written by TFL
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 15:00

Characteristics of a cult: Exclusivism | Rapp Report Daily 0033 | Andrew Rappaport | SFE | Striving for Eternity

In this 2-minute podcast, we will address the third of five characteristics of a cult.   The third trait of a cult is that they will claim exclusivity on the truth.  If you leave their organization in the minds of a cult left the truth.

Read more

Written by Andrew
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 15:00

Two important, shorter Byzantine readings in 1 John

In reading through 1 John with my Greek students this semester, I noticed two unexpected variants. They are both places where the Byzantine majority preserves a shorter reading that is easily explained as an accidental omission.The full Greek data for 1 John 2.23 are in Text und Textwert, but...

Read more

Written by Peter Gurry
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 15:00

Hymn: "We've A Story to Tell to the Nations" by: H. Ernest Nichol

image

We've a Story to Tell to the NationsBy: H. Ernest Nichol

We've a story to tell to the nations That shall turn their hearts to the right, A story of truth and mercy, A story of peace and light, A story of peace and light.

Refrain For the darkness shall turn to dawning, and the dawning to noonday...

Read more

Written by TFL
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 15:00

Do Parallel Universes Exist?

image

Most of us are familiar with the distinction between facts and the interpretation of facts. Objective facts are often interpreted based upon the worldview, paradigms, assumptions, culture, and even personality of the interpreter. Facts do not change. Our interpretation of facts may.

This is...

Read more

Written by Ed Vasicek
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 14:57

3 Ministry Book Recommendations and I answer "What's the one thing that has been most helpful to you in your devotional life?"

This past weekend I attended a Word-Filled Women Workshop hosted by The Gospel Coalition at another Acts29 church in Denver. It was excellent. A handful of teachers came from TGC came to demystify inductive Bible study for us, encouraging us to take the time to read and expound the scriptures for...

Read more

Written by Jennifer Oshman
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 14:54

Revelation 3.1-6-Sardis (12.45 min)

Sardis is the prototypical “dead church.” Jesus issues a wakeup call.

Authors: Craig Keener...

Read more

Written by Craig Keener
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 14:53

Cosmic waterfall

I'm going to briefly revisit an issue I often discuss. Did ancient people believe the world was flat? Did appearances indicate that the world was flat? Was prescientific observation inadequate to detect the falsity of a flat earth?
Consider a beach. The ocean extends from the shoreline to the...

Read more

Written by steve
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 14:17

Exposing the Word of Faith (Youtube)

B.R.I.D.G.E. Ministries writes: "John Samson joins BRIDGE Radio again to give the testimony of his time and immersion in the word of faith movement for many years before leaving. John was not only a prosperity preacher but also a TBN host who was friends with well-known figures of the movement. We...

Read more

Written by John Samson
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 14:05

Why Did Jesus Make So Much Wine?

image

The miracles of Jesus certainly provoke awe and reverence, but they also prompt questions. One such scene is Jesus’ first public miracle at the wedding at Cana (John 2). In this passage, Jesus was at a wedding, and the hosts ran out of wine. After some discussion with Mary, his mother, Jesus...

Read more

Written by Erik Raymond
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 13:24

Why You Should Study Theology

image

Recently I was in a restaurant and a Bible study group was meeting at a nearby table. The leader had a voice that carried, so I could have heard a good portion of the study, but the first thing I heard him say so captured my attention that I missed the rest of it. He said, “I love...

Read more

Written by Scott Slayton
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 13:10

#21 Mid-West Jiu Jitsu Camp Wrap Up | A.J. Agazarm Calls Out Rogan Bravo Featured

My experience at the Mid-West Jiu Jitsu Camp

Comparing yourself against others is only going to hold you back. Read it here: https://www.jiujitsutimes.com/you-really-have-nothing-to-prove/

You’re not the only one who struggles with “Imposter Syndrome.” Read it...

Read more

Written by Len Pettis
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 13:00

Timeout 4: The Base Of Religions, The Reason Behind Peoples’ Beliefs, And The Reality Of Hell

image

Recently, someone asked me a number of questions on a variety of things. What I have done here is organize the questions into three sections. I list the question and then I answer it. At this article’s end, I give a final word to summarize this all. I place this under the...

Read more

Written by C.T. Adams
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 12:22

More Christian than Black or White | Rapp Report Weekly 0006 | Andrew Rappaport | SFE | Striving for Eternity

Darrell Harrison and Tom Buck join Andrew Rappaport to talk about the 9 Marks article by Isaac Adams “More Christian than Black or White“.

The racism issue is a cultural divide but the social justice warriors are destroying the church with this division now. This podcast covers the...

Read more

Written by Andrew
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 11:59

On alleged Victim’s of Church abuse… “Can you blame them?”…. “Yes I can”

Can you blame them? This was the rhetorical question I heard recently, posed by a speaker at a Conference of religious studies teachers that I attended.  The answer to the question was supposed to be No, and most of the audience seemed to take this to be the correct answer. Nor is this...

Read more

Written by Matt
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 11:17

GBP Church Revitalization Conference (Registration now open)

Brian Croft is a Plenary Speaker for this Revitalization Conference in England.

image

Register HERE

 

Authors: Brian...

Read more

Written by Brian
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 10:30

Ask Ligonier with Sinclair Ferguson

image

On April 17th, Sinclair Ferguson joined us as a special guest on our Ask Ligonier team and answered your biblical and theological questions live online.

This event was streamed live here on Ligonier’s blog, as well as YouTubeFacebook, and Twitter. You...

Read more

Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 10:29

Every True Practitioner of Piety (Bayly)

image Lewis Bayly’s Practice of Piety is a classic work of doctrine and devotion that demolishes the idea that there’s any division between the two.

Those of us who simply love to read theology, more or less for its own sake, sometimes need to be reminded that knowing  God has practical...

Read more

Written by Fred Sanders
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 10:17

175- Doug Woodward Gary Huffman - Exposing the Truth Behind Middle East War Drums!

Episode 175 of the A Minute To Midnite Show. Doug Woodward and Gary Huffman join Tony  in a revealing discussion on what it really happening in Syria and the Middle East. What is the significance of current events when weighed … Continue reading

Authors: Tony Koretz...

Read more

Written by Tony Koretz
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 10:12

The Authority of the Book

image

I have a guest post over on the Political Theology blog, in which I discuss the importance of considering our broader culture of textual production, ownership, and use when considering questions of scriptural authority.

In an age of mass production and digital replication, we are frequently...

Read more

Written by Alastair Roberts
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 10:00

Capital punishment and Jesus Christ Superstar

– Episode 2274 –

Capital punishment and Jesus Christ Superstar

Segment 1 (00:00) – Arguing for the death penalty

Segment 2 (11:41) – An abortion story

Segment 3 (22:01) – WWUTT, Jesus Christ…Superstar?

Wretched Surprise! (26:07) – Bible Verse, Matthew 10:29-31

Th...

Read more

Written by samueljroys
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 09:29

Buck the current Featured

For a while in my free-wheeling days, I lived on a sailboat with my husband. We sailed from Maine down to Florida, over to the Bahamas down as far as the Tropic of Cancer. Then we turned around and sailed back. We made this mini-circumnavigation twice, putting about 12,000 nautical miles under our...

Read more

Written by The End Time
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 09:13

Nearly Two Hours on Critical Race Theory, White Privilege, T4G, and More

Had to take the entire program today to cover developments since the MLK50 Conference and last weekend’s T4G Conference.  Nearly two hours on the entire Critical Race Theory/White Privilege/”Woke” Church movement.  Hope to take calls and get back to Ehrman, etc., on...

Read more

Written by James White
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 09:02

Adios, Facebook … P.S. Two men can’t get married

I’d been considering it and debating it for months, and now the deed is done. I’m off Facebook. Many people have asked me why I would do it and “allow the liberals to win.” I don’t see leaving Facebook as allowing the liberals to win. I see it as a win for me and...

Read more

Written by JanetMefferd
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 08:58

Getting Out of the Boat

image

Jesus calls us to do things that we are not able to do. When He calls us to do impossible things, like step out on to water and walk, are we going to trust and obey Him? Or are we going to sit safely in our boat under the pretense of not being presumptuous?

Authors: Tim Conway

Read more

Written by Tim Conway
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 08:57

SAL#75 Your Pastor Is Likely Tired, Lonely And Neglected Featured

Caring For Your Pastor

Statistics show that your pastor is probably tired, lonely and neglected.  Does the way we’ve structured our churches lend to this and what can the Body of Christ do to bear the burden of these men?  Lets talk about how we got here and what we can do...

Read more

Written by Adam Staub
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 08:41

Acts 17… A Special Chapter Featured

image

Acts 17:22-34 (ESV)Then Paul stood in the middle of the Areopagus and said: “Men of Athens! I see that you are extremely religious in every respect. For as I was passing through and observing the objects of your worship, I even found an altar on which was inscribed:

TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.

Therefore,...

Read more

Written by theidolbabbler.com
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 08:05

04/17/2018

•RC Sproul’s final sermon
•Are you neglecting so great a salvation?
•Would you still love God if there were no Hell?
•The Minnesota blizzard and Climate Change
•Church discipline has disappeared in America
•Todd likes Millennials
•Sad Church statistics
•Don’t be too quick to boycott
•Are you thankful to the Giver for His gifts?
•New Yorkers are scared of Chick Fil A

Read more

Written by joey
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 07:59

Lucca: Cradle Of The Reformation

It was on 18 April 1521 that Luther appeared before the powers of this world and, ostensibly, the next, at at the Diet of Worms. It was there he announced publicly the formal cause of the Reformation, sola Scriptura. That doctrine says . . . Continue reading →

Authors: R. Scott Clark...

Read more

Written by R. Scott Clark
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 07:43

The Moral Argument for God’s Existence: Some Thomistic Natural Law Musings

In continuing my discussion on theistic arguments, I would be remiss if I said nothing about the moral argument—surely the most popular argument for God’s existence currently making the rounds. Perhaps the most familiar, cogently set forth, and adroitly defended version of the moral...

Read more

Written by quodlibetalblog
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 07:09

The Problem with Lying

Lying: The Case Against Dishonesty
By: Mike Robinson
image
Many types of personal vice and public immorality flow from and are sustained by lies.  Acts of infidelity and other personal disloyalties, financial deceit, government dishonesty—even killing and massacres—usually involve an...

Read more

Written by Mike Robinson
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 07:01

National Day of Prayer: Unity in nation, among churches

image

The crowd at the Bartow County courthouse stands together to pray during the National Day of Prayer 2014. SCOTT BARKLEY/Index

By Diana Chandler

WASHINGTON (BP) — Unity across the nation and among churches spanning all denominations, generations, races, and cultures is the overarching plea of...

Read more

Written by Baptist Press
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 07:00

Obviously, Tim Has Not Read Meredith

imageTim Challies posted a brief for medical missions that could help anyone understand why a health gospel is not far removed from a wealth version:

2. You are able to proclaim the gospel at a time in life when your listeners are keenly aware that there are serious problems they cannot remedy in their...

Read more

Written by D. G. Hart
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 06:35

Being Desperate for God

image

Getty Images

I have written about the culture wars, the social order of the day, political corruption, secular humanists, and a myriad of things in my 15 years as editor of The Christian Index. Sometimes I get weary of addressing those issues, but I also believe that someone must sound the alarm.

I...

Read more

Written by Gerald Harris
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 06:30

Global Missions Week Fosters Great Commission Focus

“Our main call is not to this location; it’s to be disciples and make disciples.” Phil Bartuska, a missionary in Vienna, Austria, encouraged students with this message along with other panelists at “Knowing Your Call,” one of the many Global Missions Week events hosted...

Read more

Written by CGCS
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 06:28

All the messages and sermons from “Together for the Gospel” (T4G) 2018