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
Mark Dever, Senior Pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church, once remarked that in his church’s baptismal interview he requires that prospective candidates articulate the gospel within sixty seconds.
Dever’s contention is that if you cannot explain the gospel in this period of time, then you probably don’t understand it, and so then
When it comes to sharing your beliefs and opinions, are you persuasive or are you polarizing? In my personal experience, it’s easy to get them confused. Sometimes we think that zinger of a Facebook post or that Twitter tirade is championing a cause, when in reality, all we really accomplish is alienating those who disagree.
Don’t get me
Authors: Craig Keener
Spectacle is the steady diet of those who exist in the 21st century. We fill our time with the most recent Internet memes, the most outlandish stunts, and the “biggest and the best” of whatever our endeavor is.
Listen or download sermons by Alistair Begg on church leadership.
A church will not progress beyond the spiritual maturity of its leaders, so the appointment of qualified elders is of vital importance. Alistair Begg reminds us
Orthodox Christians believe Jesus was sinless. They believe that in part simply because the Bible says so. In addition, the Bible doesn't merely say Jesus was sinless. Rather, there's an underlying principle: a sinner can't atone for the sins of another sinner. Therefore, the Redeemer had to be sinless.
But over and above that issue is the
There are some people who are diehard political party loyalists. They will stay with their party to the death, even if it goes off the rails. I am not thrilled with such folks. Parties can and do change, and sometimes the best thing we can do is reconsider our support for a party if it betrays its core principles and values.
And as a Christian I
Thomas E. Bergler, The Juvenilization of American ChristianityGrand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2012. 281 pp. $25.00.
Thomas E. Bergler, From Here To Maturity: Overcoming the Juvenilization of American Christianity. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2014. 189 pp. $20.00.
When my wife and I were growing up, our mainline congregations would periodically
When I was a young boy, I distinctly remember sitting in the living rooms of various families of the churches we attended–watching VHS tapes of Dr. R.C. Sproul. At this time, that was an innovative way to be fed spiritually–to say the least. To have one of the great theologians of the 20th Century on your television in your
Doug Wilson, from what I have read of his blog and so on, relishes the opportunity to attack his opponents, more so than even most polemicists on the internet (which is saying something). I do not think he could contain his glee if it was found that some bleeding heart liberal denomination was marrying a convicted pedophile who had stated that he
If you still have your children in a public school, you might want to have a talk with them about the true meaning of “sustainability.”
Or you may want to call your kids who are off at college. Will any of those university courses on their “green” campuses assign students a project to evaluate the carbon footprint of a
by Mike Ratliff
16 Then Samuel said to Saul, “Wait, and let me tell you what the Lord said to me last night.” And he said to him, “Speak!”17 Samuel said, “Is it not true, though you were little in your own eyes, you were made the head of the tribes of Israel? And the Lord anointed you king over Israel, 18 and the Lord
2 Samuel 11; 2 Corinthians 4; Ezekiel 18; Psalms 62–63
HERE IS DAVID AT HIS WORST (2 Sam. 11). In the flow of the narrative through 1 and 2 Samuel, it is almost as if adversity brought out the best in David, while his chain of recent unbroken military and political successes finds him restless, foolish, and not careful.
The sins are multiple.
Today, I want to talk about the earliest gospel using a post and a podcast from J. Warner Wallace. When you are discussing the New Testament with non-Christians, you always want to go for the earliest sources. If you can find a fact in two independent sources, and at least one of
We did not get here overnight. Attacks on religious freedoms and on the speech of Christians in America did not just appear in the last several years. The attempted muzzling of Christian churches and... [...]
The Wretched Segment of the Day: The deceptive tricks of Faith Healers
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“At thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore” (Ps. 16: 11)
The Basket Case Chronicles #200
“I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,) that ye submit yourselves unto such, and to every one that helpeth
Pastor John Samson is back to guest host on today’s program: Imagine the scenario. You’ve had an amazing conversation with someone which has led to their conversion to Christ. You have just an hour with them. After that, you may never see them again. What are the most important things you would wish him to know? What follows is the
Authors: Wretched Radio
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43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.45 “Who then is the faithful and wise servant,
Planned Parenthood is exposed for trafficking aborted baby parts. Bruce Jenner changes himself into Caitlyn Jenner and the culture lauds him as courageous. The United States Supreme Court in a landmark decision, recognizes homosexual marriage. In the midst of the maelstrom of change in American culture, traditional Christian beliefs and values are
"If you have resources, don’t sit and count it in the night, figure out ways you can use it for the Kingdom." -Alistair Begg
Greed. It’s one of the most powerful forces in life. And no amount of money can fully satisfy the deepest cravings of our heart. On Truth For
This story is from the Daily Caller. Let’s take a look and then I’ll link it back to Christianity and parenting.
Prompted by the slew of attacks on police officers, a former inmate who turned his life around, caused a social media frenzy by praying with the officer who
When Ingrid Schlueter hosted Crosstalk and blogged for Slice of Laodicea, she never held back her contempt for liberal “Christians” who attacked Christian orthodoxy and felt it was their “calling” to change the face of Christianity. Rev. Jim Wallis was one of those liberals. There’s a lot more about
When controversies blow up, there are two things that must be done with them. One is to treat the controversy with the idea of stewardship in mind, seeking to be a faithful steward of whatever God has given you. Whenever God gives anything to His people, one of the things He wants to see happen is for them to turn a profit on it. This
“It is one thing to love the Lord and His service, and quite something else to have an inexpressible longing for revival that cannot be denied. It is one thing to wish for revival, and yet it is something in addition to be willing for revival at any cost to come in any way through any means that God may choose.”
V. Raymond Edman,
This summer, The Master’s Seminary posted a series of videos that highlight the seminary’s core doctrinal commitments. In case you’ve missed them, here are 24 of those videos under five categories. Each video is only a few minutes long, making it easy to discover what TMS is all about.
The Glory of God A High View of God
Baptists, Mormons, and Jehovah’s Witnesses. All three claim to believe in Jesus. Yet, only one of these groups can be rightly classified as a denomination rather than a false religion.
With that in mind, the question we are asking today might be stated as follows:
What are the marks of cult groups and apostate forms of Christianity that
If you joined us for our 2015 National Conference, you’ll remember the beautiful chalk art created by Chris Yoon during our time together. We captured the entire process as a time lapse. You might even see some familiar faces.
Here is another quote from Karl Barth that will preach anywhere.
“The gospel is not the mystery of incomprehensible darkness (as it has often been for the orthodox) but the mystery of incomprehensible light. It is not that we see so little of what God has done that we are puzzled, but that in the light of God’s revelation in Christ we
In 2 Peter 1:16, the Apostle tells us that he and the other Apostles "did not follow cleverly devised myths" when they proclaimed "the power and coming" of Christ Jesus. Rather, the Apostles were "eyewitnesses of his majesty." These men saw something take place in space and time that altered the course of human history. The incarnation, ministry,
The fundamental problem facing the IMB is that they have two divergent model in place working against each other. They are funding IMB missionaries with one model and sending them to the field with another. Unless one or the other of the models is changed we will continue to have problems. The current IMB VRI process does not get to the root IMB
Zondervan is publishing a new 5-part series as the 500th anniversary of the Reformation is just a couple of years away. Edited by Matthew Barrett, each sola of the Reformation will get its own accessible treatment:
I'm pretty excited, I've waited quite a while for a BSF class to start where I could participate and my little church was able to start one up, our first meeting is tonight.
The Bible Study Fellowship is an international in-depth inter-denominational Bible study that helps people know God through His word. This year there will be 1,100
J. Warner Wallace previews the approach he’s taken in his latest book, God’s Crime Scene: A Cold Case Detective Examines the Evidence for A Divinely Created Universe (http://godscrimescene.com/). Can everything we see in the universe be explained solely from causes found within the natural realm, or is there evidence of an outside
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