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, 16 April 2018 20:00

What I’m Listening To (the one with the music)

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Here's what I've been listening to lately. What about you?

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Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Monday, 16 April 2018 20:00

Blessed Be the Name of the Lord -- the Sequel

In the book of Job we read that Satan tested Job because of a challenge from God and took away Job's property and children (Job 1). What a blow! He lost everything. He lost everything at Satan's hands under God's supervision (Job 1:12). So, of course, Job was upset with God, right? Right?
Then Job...

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Written by Winging It
Monday, 16 April 2018 20:00

C.S. Lewis on the Danger of Apologetics

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In 1945, C. S. Lewis was invited to address a gathering of Welsh Anglican priests and youth workers on the subject of Christian apologetics. His talk is filled with wise exhortation and counsel on a number of topics such as how those engaged in defending the faith should select and prioritize what...

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Written by Keith Plummer
Monday, 16 April 2018 19:33

In Stillness and Trust

     Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!” Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Monday, 16 April 2018 19:00

Tax Day Thoughts on Cronyism and Human Flourishing

Are you receiving a tax refund or making a payment this year?

If you’re making a payment, writing your check to the Internal Revenue Service forces you to think about how the money you’re paying to the federal government will be used.

Will it be used on effective programs that contribute...

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Written by Dr. Anne Bradley
Monday, 16 April 2018 19:00

Confessions of a Selfie Saturated Culture

Open to the public in Glendale, California for the ticket price of $25 per person is the Museum of Selfies. According to the website for the museum, “The Museum of Selfies is an interactive museum that explores the history and cultural phenomenon of the selfie – an image of oneself...

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Written by Josh Buice
Monday, 16 April 2018 19:00

Episode 48: On Core Seminars and Sunday School

For many churches, the Sunday School hour has gone by the wayside. In this episode of Pastors’ Talk, Mark and Jonathan talk about how Core Seminar classes can become a vital ministry for any local church.

Authors: Daniel Gardner

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Written by Daniel Gardner
Monday, 16 April 2018 19:00

Generosity as Witness

Here’s an excerpt from Generosity as Witness, Randy Alcorn’s contribution to the April issue of Tabletalk:

When unbelievers witnessed the generosity of these believers, they saw how they loved one another. Many came to faith partly through the power and integrity of this refreshing...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Monday, 16 April 2018 18:43

The Sad Mathematics of University Life for Many Young Christians (Video)

In this presentation before an audience of Summit Worldview Ministry supporters, J. Warner Wallace describes the difficult series of factors that meet young believers as they enter their high school and university years. For more information about Summit Ministries and their amazing two-week...

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Written by jwallace
Monday, 16 April 2018 18:02

Are We Responsible for the Sins of our Fathers, Pt. 2

This week, Chris and Rich resume their response to Thabiti Anyabwile’s recent articles and discuss an article from Reform Baptist.

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The post Are We Responsible for the Sins of our Fathers,...

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Written by Chris Hohnholz
Monday, 16 April 2018 18:01

What Scale Will God use on Judgment Day? Featured

image One of my favorite ways to explain the Gospel these days is to use the scales analogy.

It wasn’t too long ago that a Muslim explained to me that on the day of judgment (Qiyamat) scales will be brought before each human being, and, like measuring grain, all of the good deeds that someone has...

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Written by Jordan Standridge
Monday, 16 April 2018 18:00

Neglect of Prayer

April 17, 2018
"The enemy uses all his power to lead the Christian, and above all the minister, to neglect prayer. He knows that however admirable the sermon may be, however attractive the service, however faithful the pastoral visitation, none of these things can damage him or his...

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Written by TBC Staff - EN
Monday, 16 April 2018 18:00

Nuggets from Countdown to the Second Coming—The Revived Roman Empire (Part 1)

April 17, 2018
We have also witnessed in recent years the formative stages of the fulfillment of that other strategic prophecy that I heard so much about in my youth: the revival of the ancient Roman Empire prophesied...

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Written by TBC Staff - CR
Monday, 16 April 2018 18:00

Leviticus 21; Psalms 26–27; Eccl. 4; 1 Timothy 6

Leviticus 21; Psalms 26–27; Ecclesiastes 4; 1 Timothy 6

“ONE THING I ASK OF THE LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple” (Ps. 27:4). This glorious stance finds...

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Written by Don Carson
Monday, 16 April 2018 18:00

Tragic Ignorance

“For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.” (Romans 10:3) There are several important doctrinal truths about which unbelievers—and sometimes even...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Monday, 16 April 2018 17:03

Worldly Pressure on False Religion (and on True)

imageTwo unrelated reports last week illustrate the pressure the world exerts on institutions that fail to measure up to its standards. The first, “Pope Francis’ Supposed Liberalism Isn’t Making Him Less Popular,” reflects polling by the PEW Research Center, assuring us that Pope...

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Written by Don Johnson
Monday, 16 April 2018 17:01

Guest Post: Crowns In Heaven-How’s That Work?

(Note: This is a guest post written by Wally Fry who blogs here.  I am currently away and I am thankful to Wally for this guest post.  If you have thoughts and questions, feel free to comment and when he has time he will respond.)

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Crowns In Heaven-How’s That Work? 

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Written by SLIMJIM
Monday, 16 April 2018 16:00

Technology and Our Relationship with God

How do we thrive in Digital Babylon? That’s a question I’ve been asking for a long time and which I’ve begun to answer over a number of posts:

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Written by David Murray
Monday, 16 April 2018 15:20

Journey through Genesis: The Heavens Declare the Glory of God!

imageIf you have ever tried to communicate the reality of heaven and hell to someone who is not a Christian, one question you are sure to be asked is, “But what about all the people who haven’t even heard of God?” That’s actually a valid question. People asked the apostle Paul...

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Written by Jo Hovind
Monday, 16 April 2018 15:15

Be Countercultural and Enjoy Your Work

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The Bible in its ancient context was a profoundly countercultural document. Its creation account revealed a single, omnipotent ruler. There were no shenanigans; there were no death matches with other gods. There was only Yahweh. It presented a lofty vision of humanity created in God’s own...

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Written by Russell L. Meek
Monday, 16 April 2018 15:10

Shooing Flies in the Pulpit

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I had a strange experience recently.

As I preached our 7:45 Sunday worship service, a fly buzzed up to the pulpit. He landed near my Bible. He jumped on the microphone. He sat on my shoulder. That thing was everywhere! The little fly was a big distraction.

I have preached in many churches where...

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Written by H.B. Charles, Jr.
Monday, 16 April 2018 15:05

April 17: Dr. Archibald Alexander

From THE PRESBYTERIAN MAGAZINE, IV.2 (February 1854): 94.

DR. ALEXANDER’S LAST SERMON.

imageIt was in the First Presbyterian Church at Princeton, and on the 20th of July, 1851. The Sabbath was one of the most beautiful I ever saw. The harvest was just over, and the farmers, who made up the country...

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Written by archivist
Monday, 16 April 2018 15:00

Characteristics of a cult: Authoritarianism | Rapp Report Daily 0032 | Andrew Rappaport | SFE | Striving for Eternity

In this 2-minute podcast, we will address the second of five characteristics of a cult.   The second trait of a cult is that they will set up some authority, be it an organization or person,  that has control specifically over the interpretation of Scripture but often becomes control...

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Written by Andrew
Monday, 16 April 2018 15:00

The Mysterious King of Tyre

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Ezekiel 28 is known for its double prophecies against the rulers of the ancient port of Tyre in modern day Lebanon. The first ten verses concern the “prince [nagid] of Tyre” and speak of his fate by God’s judgment. But then comes a lamentation against the “king of...

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Written by Paul Henebury
Monday, 16 April 2018 14:46

The Savior Who Bears Shame

(This is the introduction to a sermon on Hosea 1-2)

Hosea 1:2 (NASB95)

2          When the Lord first spoke through Hosea, the Lord said to Hosea, “Go, take to yourself a wife of harlotry and have children of harlotry; for...

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Written by memoirandremains
Monday, 16 April 2018 14:36

Racial Reconciliation: What We (Mostly, Almost) All Agree On, and What We (Likely) Still Don’t Agree On

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There may not be any subject more difficult to talk about publicly in this country than racial reconciliation. And in writing that first sentence, I realize some people don’t even like the term racial reconciliation! So feel free to substitute “race,” “racism,”...

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Written by Kevin DeYoung
Monday, 16 April 2018 14:35

Five Great Books on African American Evangelical History

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There has been a lot of discussion lately about race and evangelicals, some of it spawned by TGC’s phenomenally successful and provocative #MLK50 conference. Anyone wanting to foster understanding and Christian love between people of different ethnicities will also need to read in a...

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Written by Thomas Kidd
Monday, 16 April 2018 14:10

Wanted: People To Lead Us in the Way of Wonder

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In an age of disenchantment, a world in which people are starved by superficiality, we need writers and pastors and artists who can feed us with the wonder of existence.

The writers I most enjoy reading are those who lead us in the way of wonder: poets and artists who tell the truth by...

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Written by Trevin Wax
Monday, 16 April 2018 13:45

Paul Pressler’s ‘Alleged’ Molestations – Worst Kept Secret in Houston? Two More Accusers Come Forward

"He’s been very blatant and very careless over the years running after young boys and picking them up from these various church youth Bible study groups.” - Attorney Daniel Shea

Authors: deb...

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Written by deb
Monday, 16 April 2018 13:44

The anointing

Some professing Christians quote 1 Jn 2:20,27 to disprove the need for theologians and Bible scholars. That's not confined to charismatics. Some cessationists have a folk theology regarding spiritual illumination or divine guidance in decision-making and ethical discernment that's equivalent to...

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Written by steve
Monday, 16 April 2018 13:41

What the Church Can and Should Bring to the #MeToo Movement

If you think #MeToo is another transitory wave of social media outrage, think again. Harvey Weinstein’s out and the #MeToo Oscars are over, but the movement doesn’t appear to be going anywhere. This worldwide phenomenon has created a palpable culture shift as countless survivors of...

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Written by 9Marks
Monday, 16 April 2018 13:40

Why There’s No Such Thing as African Christianity

Every generation has philosophical winds that blow across the landscape of a nation or even an entire continent. These winds often begin from an epicenter of suffering and bring about a different way of looking at life. Africa has had its fair share of these winds, and as a result missionary...

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Written by 9Marks
Monday, 16 April 2018 13:39

More Christian than Black or White

I write to my white brothers who pastor churches in America. I write as a black brother, and I write with two things: 1) love for you in Christ, and 2) a sincere question:

What’s more important—our Christian identity or our racial identity?

I think you’d say our Christian identity,...

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Written by 9Marks
Monday, 16 April 2018 13:39

More Christian Than Democrat or Republican

Given the increased polarization of American politics and public life, the question is frequently raised as to whether Christians should identify themselves with either major political party or—by association—the political ideologies undergirding them. I answer that it is permissible...

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Written by 9Marks
Monday, 16 April 2018 13:39

More Christian Than American

The point of this article is simple: We serve America best when we don’t serve her first.

This is a crucial point to make, especially for us as Christians. After all, we live in peculiar political times. Take a quick glance at the news—or the Wild West of social media that we’ve...

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Written by 9Marks
Monday, 16 April 2018 13:39

Men, Women, and the Place of True Equality

Over the past 40 years, topic of men and women and our function in the local church has been one of the leading discussions in Christian circles. Unfortunately, the topic is often marred by controversy and division, and some complementarians can feel, for good or bad, put on the...

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Written by 9Marks
Monday, 16 April 2018 13:39

Church Life: Our True Political Witness

My friend and fellow church member Charles is a Washington, DC, speechwriter. He has written speeches for cabinet members, party chairmen, and other DC insiders. Charles’s work, to be sure, puts him at the center of American politics.

Charles also spends time with Freddie. Freddie, who was...

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Written by 9Marks
Monday, 16 April 2018 13:39

Just A Spoonful Of Wilberforce

Do you remember the words from London’s favorite nanny, “Just a spoonful of sugar”? It’s great British advice: take your medicine, and keep your sweets in moderation.

But apparently we don’t take the advice, at least the moderating-our-sweets part. The average Brit now...

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Written by 9Marks
Monday, 16 April 2018 13:39

The Dangerous Allure of Being a Cultural Warrior

There is something tempting about being a cultural warrior. We jump into battle on social media, in our Sunday School lessons, occasionally in our work.

Our day seems ripe for war. We hear of wars and rumors of wars. There is no shortage of cultural landmines to step on, or ideological trip-wires to...

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Written by 9Marks
Monday, 16 April 2018 13:38

Why Politics Overwhelms the Church

Years ago, we knew an elderly man whose doctor pleaded with him to stop watching cable television news. The man, a church member, grappled with high blood-pressure and a host of other ills, but whatever progress he would make with his health would evaporate once he saw televised discussions of...

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Written by 9Marks
Monday, 16 April 2018 13:23

10 Reasons Why You Should RUN AWAY From Bethel Redding Featured

 1. Bill Johnson & Kris Vallotton (and other Bethel pastors) put their own words above the Word of God. Listen to them talk and you'll hear very few actual Bible verses, but you will hear a lot of their own thoughts and ideas that they claim to have received directly from God. This is not...

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Written by Steven Kozar
Monday, 16 April 2018 12:29

The Bible Train/Family Worship 4.16-4.22

This week, the Bible Train finishes our time in Judges. We will see the tragic story of Samson and Delilah and we will see Israel reject God as their King. Along the way, we will see Saul coronated and then rejected as king, after which we will see David anointed as king and his triumph …

Re...

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Written by Matt Sherro
Monday, 16 April 2018 12:29

For the Love of Discipline: Sara Wallace and Parenting Through the Gospel

Sara Wallace is a church planting pastor’s wife and a mother of five (!) little boys. When she writes about parenting, I sit up and listen because she has great ideas for helping kids learn the power of the gospel through discipline. She recently did a social media parenting series, and...

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Written by Melissa
Monday, 16 April 2018 11:32

Jesus Wants Fellowship With Us

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Jesus Christ wants communion and fellowship with His people. He desires the heart of His people so much that He will even act as though He will leave them in order to provoke them to ask that He might stay with them. May we, like those disciples in Luke 24, urge Christ strongly to stay with us.

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Written by Lee Dodd
Monday, 16 April 2018 10:42

American Civil Religion and the Gospel Aren’t the Same Thing

John Foster Dulles (1888–1959) served as Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Secretary of State from 1953–1959. During those years, the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union intensified as both nations sought to interpret the other’s motives and goals, while...

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Written by 9Marks
Monday, 16 April 2018 10:41

The Church’s Most Powerful Political Word: The Gospel

It’s a tough political moment for American evangelicals. There’s bickering inside and outside of our churches. Minorities feel increasingly estranged from white churches. Many worry about a loss of moral credibility in light of recent political alliances.

One religion reporter at The...

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Written by 9Marks
Monday, 16 April 2018 10:41

The Local Church as a Counterculture

Friedrich Nietzsche was perhaps the most towering figure among 19th century philosophers and thinkers, those whom Richard Lints has called “secular prophets.” Alongside people like Marx, Hegel, Feuerbach, and Freud, Neitzsche leveled new critiques against religion and positioned...

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Written by 9Marks
Monday, 16 April 2018 10:41

Understanding Our True Citizenship

Scripture describes conversion as turning away from sin and turning to God. Paul summarizes conversion in 1 Thessalonians 1:9 as “turn[ing] from idols to serve the living and true God” (1 Thess 1:9). Scripture also describes these two facets of conversion, turning from idols and...

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Written by 9Marks
Monday, 16 April 2018 10:40

Churches Should Say Neither Too Little Nor Too Much

Prophecy can be perilous. Take the example from Ezekiel 13. God’s Word comes to Ezekiel to prophesy against the prophets of Israel: “Woe to the foolish prophets, says the Lord God, who follow their own spirit and have seen nothing!” (13:3). These false prophets say “Declares...

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Written by 9Marks
Monday, 16 April 2018 10:40

How the State Serves Both Salvation and Religious Freedom

Don’t put too much hope in government. But don’t give up on it either. Churches need good governments. In fact, God gave the world governments so that churches can do their work in peace. The government’s work is a prerequisite to the mission of the church and salvation, just as...

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Written by 9Marks