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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Wednesday, 14 February 2018 16:50

Mid-February 2018 Presuppositional Apologetics’ Links

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Here are the links related to Presuppositional apologetics gathered between February 8th-14th, 2018.

1.) New Presuppositional Apologetics Books

2.) Apologetics Sermon Illustration #46: Refuting Presuppositions and Handling ISIS Drones

3.) Putting God on Trial

4.) Genetic...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 16:38

The Designer Jesus Collection

“Weird But True: If You Put Your Ear Up To The New Joel Osteen Book, You Can Hear Dozens Of Tortured Bible Verses Screaming In Pain” is but one of the many headlines and invented stories on the satirical website, The Babylon Bee. Some people love satire, and some hate it; we see it as a...

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Written by Don and Joy Veinot
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 16:03

Deadly Shooting in Florida – What We Must Do

Again, the news is flashing across our screens, a deadly shooting at a school in Florida, seventeen dead, students and parents in shock, and seemingly endless media coverage. Instantly opinions are broadcast about what ought to be done – officials should be proactive, someone should have...

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Written by Don Johnson
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 16:00

Suppressing the Female Apostle?

imageIt’s probably fair to say that Junia has never been more popular. At least four books have been written about her in the last 20 years and she remains—I can’t help it—well known among those debating the role of women in the church.The Junia Project website, for example, says,...

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Written by Peter Gurry
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 16:00

Genesis 48; Luke 1:39-80; Job 14; 1 Corinthians 2

Genesis 48; Luke 1:39-80; Job 14; 1 Corinthians 2

SOMETIMES BAD THEOLOGY BREEDS reactionary bad theology. Because Roman Catholicism has gradually added more titles and myths to Mary, Protestants have sometimes reacted by remaining silent about her astonishing character. Neither approach fares very...

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Written by Don Carson
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 16:00

Theology Thursday - The Problem of Evil from 2 Esdras

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The book of 2 Esdras is usually grouped with the Old Testament Apocrypha, even though that really isn’t accurate. It’s actually a composite book containing three documents. The largest is a Jewish apocalypse from the late first-century (also known as 4 Esdras), likely written just after...

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Written by TylerR
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 16:00

The Lively Oracles

“This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us.” (Acts 7:38)

This pungent expression, “lively oracles,” is the felicitous King James translation...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 15:20

Prince Ali, fabulous he, Ali Ababwa!

Steve pointed me to this excerpt from The Cambridge Companion to Miracles (pp 194-195):

There are many examples of such 'marvellous' happenings. Perhaps the most famous contemporary guru associated with the miraculous is Sathya Sai Baba. Sai Baba was born in 1926 to a poor family in Andhra Pradesh...

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Written by Patrick Chan
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 15:06

Here I opened wide the door, darkness there and nothing more

A militant atheist writes:

AND it is also vital that Christians are educated on the evidence-based reasons why non-Christians are confident that Christianity isn't true. The real question about faith is, does the Christian have markers in place that would let them know that their faith has been...

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Written by Patrick Chan
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 15:00

Digital Doxology (3): Technology Reveals God

The world is the theater of God’s glory. But it’s not just beautiful natural landscapes that motivate our worship; it’s beautiful work as well, even when done by unbelievers.

Who can look at an apple and not worship God? Who can look at an Apple and not worship God. The simplest...

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Written by David Murray
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 14:25

Featured Resource: "Our Triune God" by Philip Ryken and Michael LeFebvre

Using Biblical truth and solid theology, this month’s resource, Our Triune God, is intentionally focused on the personal relationship of the individual Christian with our mighty God. Gain a deeper knowledge of the grateful joy that exists within the three-in-one love of God as the Father,...

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Written by TFL
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 14:15

Praying For Our Children

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Parenting children is hard work.

There are so many times I’m at a loss when it comes to leading my family. Should I discipline in this situation or let it slide? Am I being unreasonable with my requirements? How can I speak truth in such a way as to penetrate their hearts? What’s the...

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Written by Jonathon Woodyard
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 14:10

God's Answer to a Ridiculous Question

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I once had a teenager ask me the old question, “Can God make a rock so big He can’t lift it?” Of course, the teen asking the question was seeking to appear intelligent and was also seeking to prove that God has limitations.

God does have limitations – He can’t lie and...

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Written by Steven Thompson
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 14:05

February 15: The Sovereign Lord of History

So frequently throughout Scripture that we tend to overlook it by its very frequency, our Lord God does time and time again instruct us–charge us–command us–to remember His works. It is one of His appointed means by which we can keep our hearts tender and fresh in the love of our...

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Written by archivist
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 14:05

Being a Young Pastor is Hard

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Church planting, church pastoring - these things are hard.

Nobody reading this blog finds this surprising. It surely came as no surprise to me, mainly because I spent the last few years swimming in church planting resources and literature. And in every book I read on church planting, there was...

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Written by Cole Deike
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 14:00

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1 in 5 college students have anxiety or depression “Teenagers, he warns, are increasingly pushing into splitting their attention between a virtual life and the real world, meaning there is no ‘switch off’ ”

America’s Real Digital Divide “A group of former...

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Written by David Murray
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 14:00

Hymn: "Abide with Me" by Henry F. Lyte

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Abide with me! Fast falls the eventide. The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide! When other helpers fail and comforts flee, Help of the helpless, oh, abide with me!

Swift to its close ebbs out life's little day. Earth's joys grow dim; its glories pass away. Change and decay in all around I see; O...

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Written by TFL
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 13:10

Why We Should Still Grieve the Divorce of Public Honor and Private Morality

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I grew up as a child of the Religious Right.

I came of age in the 1990s during the peak of Focus on the Family’s political influence and the drama of President Clinton’s sex scandals. I was taught that we could not and should not separate private character from public office. In 2000,...

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Written by Trevin Wax
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 13:09

R. Scott Clark’s Dispensational Hermeneutic

R. Scott Clark employs Dispensationalism’s non-typological interpretation of Old Testament restoration prophecies in order to defend the practice of infant baptism. The error of this interpretation is demonstrated by other paedobaptists explaining the correct typological interpretation.

MP3...

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Written by brandonadams
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 13:00

“Am I My Brother’s Keeper?”

None of us lives to himself… —Romans 14:7

Has it ever dawned on you that you are responsible spiritually to God for other people? For instance, if I allow any turning away from God in my private life, everyone around me suffers. We “sit together in the heavenly...

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Written by RSS | My Utmost For His Highest
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 13:00

7 reasons young men raised in church still struggle with church

I spend much of my time with seminary students, but I also spend time with young men who have been raised in church, but who aren’t preparing for ministry. Often, I connect with this group when I speak in collegiate ministries or serve as an interim pastor. Many of these young men,...

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Written by Chuck Lawless
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 13:00

Daily Bible Readings: February 16-28

Friday, Feb. 16 Leviticus 1:1-3:17 Mark 1:29-2:12 Psalm 35:17-28 Proverbs 9:13-18

Saturday, Feb. 17 Leviticus 4:1-5:19 Mark 2:13-3:6 Psalm 36:1-12 Proverbs 10:1-2

Sunday, Feb. 18 Leviticus 6:1-7:27 Mark 3:7-30 Psalm 37:1-11 Proverbs 10:3-4

Monday, Feb. 19 Leviticus 7:28-9:6 Mark 3:31-4:25 Psalm...

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Written by christianindex
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 13:00

Pure Flix gives a strong contender in “Samson”

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Samson’s​ ​(Taylor​ ​James)​ ​strength​ ​amazes​ ​onlookers​ ​in​ ​Pure​ ​Flix’s​ ​exciting​ ​new​ ​film,​ ​”Samson.”

I had an...

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Written by Gerald Harris
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 12:50

Sovereign Grace Churches’ Latest Response to Rachael Denhollander

SGC responds to Rachael Denhollander recommendation that GRACE conduct 'a thorough independent investigation of the organization’s historical and current handling of abuse complaints'

Authors: deb...

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Written by deb
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 12:39

Hilbert's Hotel

Supralapsarian Calvinism is sometimes classified as a felix culpa theology. Conversely, you have atheists who say, Why did God create Satan, knowing what would happen? 
Suppose Adam and Eve never fell. What would the world be like? Would it be better, worse, or both better and worse?
Minimally,...

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Written by steve
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 11:14

Heidi Baker Brings Her Demons to I.H.O.P. – International House of Prayer

Heidi Baker brought her demons to I.H.O.P. She spoke at Unwavering 2017 at the International House of Prayer.

View the full mess below.

https://www.ihopkc.org/resources/asset/2017_04_01_1900_MSG_FCF/auto/true/

Authors: isnotsatire...

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Written by isnotsatire
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 10:32

SRR #74 | Rightly Dividing The Weeks – Danielic Imperative Part 12 Featured

This week Tim Kauffman walks us through the Seventy Weeks prophecy in Daniel 9 showing that Gabriel actually states that the Seventy Weeks are cut up, or divided, and then proceeds to describe them as cut up and divided into three separate sets of Weeks. Historically, eschatologists have tried to...

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Written by Tim Shaughnessy
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 10:11

The Disappearance of Moral Knowledge

In 2018, Routledge Press will release The Disappearance of Moral Knowledge by the late Dallas Willard and edited by Steve L. Porter,‎ Aaron Preston,‎ and Gregg A. TenElshof. Dallas Willard was a Professor in the School of Philosophy at the University of Southern California, USA from 1965 to...

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Written by EPS Blog
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 10:09

Getting from ‘Hello’ to ‘I Do’ on a Christian College Campus | Christianity Today

Whether they had a ring by spring, never had a date, or were somewhere in between, alumni of Christian colleges and universities remember their experience of marriage culture on campus. This is likely true whether they graduated recently or as far back as the mid-20th century. Despite massive...

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Written by dcsj
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 09:00

Being Good for the Gospel

Honorable Behavior When you explain the gospel message to a nonbeliever, he will consider not only the content of your message, but the quality of your life as well. That’s why it is important for a believer not only to explain the gospel well, but to live well also. Having your conduct...

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Written by TOvermiller
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 09:00

Alistair Begg; Lost in niceness

– Episode 2227 –

Alistair Begg; Lost in niceness

Segment 1 (00:00) – The rich young ruler’s problem

Segment 2 (09:53) – The rich young ruler’s need

Segment 3 (17:27) – The rich young ruler’s solution

Wretched Surprise! (26:36) – Just For...

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Written by samueljroys
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 08:56

For the believer, death does not have the last word Featured

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When we close our eyes in death, we do not cease to be alive; rather, we experience a continuation of personal consciousness. No person is more conscious, more aware, and more alert than when he passes through the veil from this world into the next. Far from falling asleep, we are awakened to glory...

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Written by Reformed Spirit
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 08:13

Edward Taylor, Meditation 25, “Why Should My Bells”, Stanza 5

Dost thou adorn some thus, and why not me?

I’ll not believe it.  Lord, thou art my chief.

Thou me commandest to believe in thee.

I’ll not affront thee thus with unbelief.

Lord, make my soul obedient:  and when so,

Thou sayst, “Believe,” make it reply,...

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Written by memoirandremains
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 07:45

How to Listen to an Expository Sermon Featured

The reason we are inattentive listeners is that while many preachers spend years honing the craft of sermon preparation, even attending years of post-graduate schooling, the average congregant has never been taught how to listen to an expository sermon.

The post How to Listen to an Expository Sermon...

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Written by Reagan Rose
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 06:57

Examining the Watchtower

Christian Philosophy and Presuppositions Examine the Jehovah's Witnesses  
by Michael Robinson
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New Book on Jehovah’s Witnesses: This book is a fresh, unique, and groundbreaking biblical and philosophical look at the faith of Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Watchtower organization....

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Written by Mike Robinson
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 06:54

Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling Featured

by Mike Ratliff

19 But at night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said, 20 “Go, stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this life.” Acts 5:19-20 (NKJV) 

6 So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 06:44

Is it okay for the state to take your child away because you won’t affirm his transgender feelings?

imageA thought experiment: What if you had a child who experienced feelings of gender confusion? You are a Christian, so as your child grows you try to teach him what the Bible says about how God made us male and female and how the distinction between male and female is therefore a good thing (Gen. 1:31)...

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Written by Denny Burk
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 06:16

Good but Different Americans

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With Ash Wednesday comes Lent and different rationales for turning up those practices that increase holiness. George Weigel opts for the difference that Lenten practice makes:

Friday abstinence was once a defining mark of the practicing Catholic, and Lenten pork roll raillery aside, it ought to be...

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Written by D. G. Hart
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 06:09

02/14/2018

•Witness Wednesday
•David refuses to believe in God.
•Mike the confused Catholic
•The Gospel makes sense for the first time for Matt
•Traw the Buddhist philosopher

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Written by joey
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 06:00

Register for Defending the Faith: 2018 West Coast Conference

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To help equip believers to defend their faith, we are holding our2018 West Coast Conference in Seattle, Washington, on June 8-9, 2018.

For much of Western history, the church has enjoyed a position of strong influence on the culture. People, even if they were not Christians, had at least a general...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 05:47

A call to Spiritual Discernment

I was visited recently by a lovely, Christian person who claimed to have received a message from God for me and our church. The message was this, “Your church will enter a time of unprecedented miracles, signs, wonders, blessings and conversions.  However, you shouldn’t limit...

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Written by Pastorfish
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 05:39

A Year in PRRD (Week 6)

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Every Wednesday in 2018, Michael Lynch (PhD candidate at Calvin Theological Seminary) and our own editor Danny Hyde (PhD candidate at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) will be blogging through Richard Muller’s Post-Reformation Reformed Dogmatics, 4 vols. (2nd edition, Grand Rapids: Baker...

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Written by Meet the Puritans
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 05:36

Brenden Dilley’s Intel Source Shares Some More Intel (Feb 11)

imageFor those who do not know, Brenden Dilley is running for Congress (District 8) in Arizona. He’s a pretty interesting guy who, in spite of the news and Intel he shares, seems fairly down to earth. He comes across as honest and sincere, though slightly scattered at times. I don’t say that...

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Written by modres
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 05:19

Brewton-Parker student/pastor earns ministerial scholarship

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The Toombs Area Ministerial Association awarded its second annual ministerial scholarship Jan. 30 to Jonathan Jenkins, a Christian Studies major who also serves as pastor of Normantown Baptist Church in Vidalia. The scholarship is awarded to a BPC student preparing to go into full-time ministry. At...

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Written by Brewton-Parker College
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 05:13

Faithful Obedience

Psalm 119:137-44, “Righteous are you, O Lord, and right are your rules. You have appointed your testimonies in righteousness and in all faithfulness.139 My zeal consumes me, because my foes forget your words.140 Your promise is well tried, and your servant loves it.141 I am...

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Written by Dave Jenkins