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, 15 February 2018 21:00

2018 Time to get the Blog back into shape Featured

Friends of Faithful Stewardship,

It has been a very long time since this blog has had an update. The past 6 months have been quite tumultuous. In September, I received word that the company I work for in my day job lost  the contract for the job I’ve been working for over 7 years. There...

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Written by Faithful Stewardship
Thursday, 15 February 2018 21:00

Contrasting Views on a Future IMB President

The various perspectives on a new IMB president fascinate. I’d like to summarize and contrast three distinct perspectives that have been posted on SBC-oriented sites. If I am citing your work, authors, please note I could not possibly hit every nuance of your original writing; readers, please...

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Written by Ethan Moore
Thursday, 15 February 2018 20:58

Procrastination Is a Failure to Love

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I am, for the most part, an organized person. I actually wrote a whole book on productivity in which I laid out the system I used (and still use) to remain organized and, hopefully, effective in what I do. I have begun my days in roughly the same way for many years now, and have found that quick,...

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Written by Tim Challies
Thursday, 15 February 2018 20:54

4 tools to help busy pastors stay informed

When I was growing up in the 1980’s, we watched the national news almost every afternoon at five o’clock. The only question was whether we would watch ABC, CBS, or NBC. The Mobile Press-Register arrived every morning and the Clarke County Democrat showed up every Thursday. We trusted...

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Written by Scott Slayton
Thursday, 15 February 2018 20:42

Q#43 Sanctification in the Old Testament

Q. Brother Van Gelderen, how did Old Testament saints achieve sanctification even though they were not united with Christ? Were things different for them back then?

Hector

A. Hello Hector,

Thanks for your thoughtful question. Certainly, pre-Calvary and Pentecost had some differences from post-Calvary...

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Written by John Van Gelderen
Thursday, 15 February 2018 20:35

love week essay #6: Love fulfills the law Featured

All this week we've explored the blessings of love.We looked at God's love through the lens of Psalm 136.We looked at the meaning of love through the lens of the Apostle John's epistle.We looked at how there are different words to express love (which is not a feeling.)Yesterday...

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Written by The End Time
Thursday, 15 February 2018 20:22

Your Questions and Comments

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On Fridays we turn the microphones over to you our listeners to talk about anything on your mind.  No restrictions because every important question in life has a truthful answer in God’s Word.  Here are some of the things on your mind this week: More discussion on Calvinism vs....

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Thursday, 15 February 2018 20:00

Logic: Enthymemes

An enthymeme is an argument in which one of the premises or the conclusion is not explicitly stated.  Usually, this is because the unstated claim is obvious.  Enthymemes are perfectly acceptable if used properly.  But sometimes, they can be used incorrectly to draw a false...

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Written by Dr. Lisle
Thursday, 15 February 2018 20:00

10 Things You Should Know about B. B. Warfield

February 16, 2018 by: Fred G. Zaspelimage

This article is part of the 10 Things You Should Know series.

1. Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield (1851-1921) is best known as the theologian of the doctrine of inspiration.

This does not mean that he “invented” the doctrine or even that he was...

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Written by Fred G. Zaspel
Thursday, 15 February 2018 19:45

Asking hard questions with teenagers

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In this video, Tim Schmoyer uses a scene from Desperate Housewives (a little over 2 minutes in) to discuss some good tips regarding questions about God and faith with teens.As an FYI, the website Tim mentions in the beginning, MinsitryQuestions.com, does not appear to be available anymore. ...

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Written by The Other Chad
Thursday, 15 February 2018 19:39

Trusting God in the Face of Tragedy

Last Wednesday morning one of the wisest and most gracious Pastors in the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Ireland collapsed and died suddenly and unexpectedly. Rev Knox Hyndman had retired after a long and productive 42 year ministry, and during his retirement he had helped to plant a new...

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Written by Warren Peel
Thursday, 15 February 2018 19:10

A La Carte (February 16)

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Today’s Kindle deals include not a whole lot that’s new. Over at Westminster Books you’ll find some good deals on books by David Powlison and others.

(Yesterday on the blog: What’s Wrong with Christian Dating Part 2)

Five Words of Hope in the Midst of Horrific Pain

Denny Burk:...

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Written by Tim Challies
Thursday, 15 February 2018 19:00

The Duck-Relative That’s Just a Duck

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When you think of fossils, you probably picture dinosaurs, trilobites, or other exotic and extinct creatures. But did you know there are many examples of much more familiar creatures throughout the fossil record? A recent article highlighted the discovery of a “duck-relative”...

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Written by Ken Ham
Thursday, 15 February 2018 19:00

Can There Be Any Meaning in a Universe without God?

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Reasonable Faith has released a new video explaining why the existence of God is necessary for meaning to exist and responding to the common challenges atheists offer against this claim.

See more Reasonable Faith videos:

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Written by Amy K. Hall
Thursday, 15 February 2018 19:00

Guest Post: Building a Biblically Healthy Women’s Ministry (by a pastor, for pastors)

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No one should be more concerned with the spiritual well being and growth of the women in the church than their pastors.

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Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Thursday, 15 February 2018 19:00

One Final Reason North Korea and South Korea Should Not Compete Together

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North Korea and South Korea are regrettably competing together at the 2018 Winter Olympics, and I do not think that is a great idea.

On Monday, I suggested that it makes no sense for such politically different countries to be competing under a shared political symbol. On Wednesday, I suggested that...

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Written by Zak Schmoll
Thursday, 15 February 2018 19:00

Book Review: Life’s Work: A Moral Argument for Choice by Willie Parker

By Brewer Eberly

Is there a topic at the intersection of Christianity and medicine today more fraught than abortion?

Opinions divide in the public square just as they do in the pew, at the bedside, and in the bedroom. Abortion remains acentral political issue for the left regarding equality and a...

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Written by Guest Writer
Thursday, 15 February 2018 18:00

Only Nice

I came across this interesting text in Isaiah.
My soul yearns for You in the night; my spirit within me earnestly seeks You. For when Your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness. If favor is shown to the wicked, he does not learn righteousness; in the land of...

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Written by Winging It
Thursday, 15 February 2018 18:00

Matthew 26:16,17 Was Barabbas Called ‘Jesus Barabbas’?

THGNT Blog: Variants in the Passion Narrative (1)This is the first of a series of blog post on some of the textual variants found in the Passion narratives. We will discuss the rationale behind the text adopted in the Greek New Testament as Produced at Tyndale House in (1) Mt 26:16,17, (2) Mt...

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Written by Dirk Jongkind
Thursday, 15 February 2018 18:00

There Are No Shortcuts to Growth

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Editor’s Note: Originally published in December, 2016.

I’m still amazed whenever I see the bumper sticker that reads, “Visualize world peace.” The idea is that if I, and enough other people, create the right mental picture of peace, it will soon come to pass. It’s...

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Written by R.C. Sproul
Thursday, 15 February 2018 17:42

The Biblical Case for Adam and Eve

imageI’ve been investigating murders for over 20 years, and along the way, I’ve learned to appreciate the importance of language selection. Consider the following three statements:

“The Nuggets killed the Lakers last night. They beat ‘em by 25 points.” “I love this...

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Written by jwallace
Thursday, 15 February 2018 17:35

Worshipping Weird Things in Rev 14:9

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One of the treats of working on the ECM is the sheer exposure to a wide array of manuscripts from a variety of periods. Normally, you're simply assigned manuscripts you'd be working on, not necessarily on the basis of your preference. Coming from more of a papyrological background myself, I don't...

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Written by Peter Malik
Thursday, 15 February 2018 17:00

The Puritans on the Lord’s Supper (1)

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Introduction

The Lord’s Supper is an earthly encounter with the heavenly Christ, said the Puritans. In this they agreed with the teaching of John Calvin (1509–1564).[1] John Knox (c. 1505–1572), the link between Calvin and British Puritanism,[2] wrote that just as Christ said...

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Written by Meet the Puritans
Thursday, 15 February 2018 17:00

How Much Risk Should You Take With God’s Resources?

“It is right to risk for the cause of God.”

So begins a sermon by John Piper on the topic of risk.

If you’re a Christian entrepreneur and you believe your work contributes to the cause of flourishing that God desires for his creation, you might find yourself asking about the...

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Written by Greg Ayers
Thursday, 15 February 2018 16:00

What Do You Know?

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In January, Meet the Puritans began a new series studying Richard Muller's Post-Reformation Reformed Dogmatics. Join Danny Hyde in Week 6 as he discusses not just what we know, but how we know:


What's theology? What does God know? What can we know? How do we know what we know? How do we know what we...

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Written by Place for Truth
Thursday, 15 February 2018 16:00

The New Apostolic Reformation: What It Is And Why We Should Care With Holly Pivec —The Alisa Childers Podcast #16

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There is a movement within Christendom called the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR). Some Christians believe it's a true work of God, others are skeptical...others claim it doesn't exist at all!  My guest, Holly Pivec has written two books on the NAR, and...

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Written by Alisa Childers - Blog
Thursday, 15 February 2018 16:00

Will We Have Our Own Homes in Heaven?

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Perhaps you’re familiar with Christ’s promise in John 14: “In my Father’s house are many mansions. . . . I go to prepare a place for you” (v. 2, KJV). The Vulgate, the Latin Bible, used the word mansiones in that verse, and the King James Version...

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Written by Randy Alcorn
Thursday, 15 February 2018 16:00

Deuteronomy 18, Messianic Prophecy: How Jesus was like Moses Part 2

Nearly five years ago I refuted a frequent Muslim argument that the Bible in Deuteronomy 18 is a prediction about Muhammad. I looked specifically at the argument as it was presented in A Brief Illustrated Guide to Understanding Islam.

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Among other things the booklet...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Thursday, 15 February 2018 16:00

Genesis 49; Luke 2; Job 15; 1 Corinthians 3

Genesis 49; Luke 2; Job 15; 1 Corinthians 3

JESUS GREW UP A THOROUGHLY Jewish boy. Not only was his lineage Jewish, it was Davidic: legally, he belonged to the suppressed royal house (Luke 2:4). Imperial politics were divinely manipulated to ensure that Jesus would be born in the ancient town of...

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Written by Don Carson
Thursday, 15 February 2018 16:00

The Call of the Twelve

“And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach.” (Mark 3:14)

Early in His public ministry, Jesus gathered around Himself those to whom He would eventually entrust the Christian message. Many others had also been attracted to Him and...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Thursday, 15 February 2018 16:00

Friday’s Featured Sermon: “Truth in the Crosshairs” Featured

When did humanity’s fall into sin take place? Was it when Eve ate the forbidden fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil? Or was it when she persuaded Adam to eat, condemning all his offspring to the curse of sin?

In his message “Truth in the Crosshairs,” John MacArthur...

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Written by Grace to You Blog
Thursday, 15 February 2018 14:35

The Inseparable Nature of Love and Pain Featured

One common complaint made about God is that if he is so loving, why is there so much pain and suffering in the world. This is an age-old complaint, and it is part of what is referred to as the issue of theodicy. How do we justify the ways of God with so much pain and evil in the world?

There have...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Thursday, 15 February 2018 14:10

Resurrection in Genesis 31

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Genesis 31 contains the narrative that describes Jacob’s exodus, or departure, from Laban after working for him for 20 years. If you are familiar with the story, you will know that Laban didn’t treat Jacob with the most integrity. Laban famously tricked Jacob into marrying Leah,...

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Written by Joshua Jenkins
Thursday, 15 February 2018 14:05

February 16: Dr. Rice’s Childhood

imageJohn Holt Rice, the second son of Benjamin and Catherine Rice, was born near the small town of New London, in the county of Bedford, on the 28th of November, A.D. 1777. From the first dawn of intellect, he discovered an uncommon capacity for learning, and a still more uncommon disposition to...

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Written by archivist
Thursday, 15 February 2018 14:05

Do You Search For Wisdom?

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True wisdom is the shaping of the mind according to God’s truth. Wisdom is more than facts and head knowledge. It is not merely abstract. To be wise is to have the right wisdom applied to life. In reality, the “wisdom” one holds will inevitably spill into how one lives.

If you...

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Written by David Appelt
Thursday, 15 February 2018 14:00

Nine New Testament Manuscripts Digitized

By: Andrew J. Patton

In January, nine Greek New Testament manuscripts owned by the Library of the Hellenic Parliament in Athens, Greece were digitized by the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts. The Library of the Hellenic Parliament is prominently located in the center of Athens at...

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Written by Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts
Thursday, 15 February 2018 14:00

Are you a policeman?

Here’s the video to show your kids at the end of Expedition Seven of Exploring the BibleIf you want to bookmark a page where all the videos will eventually appear, you can find them on my blog, on YouTube, or the Facebook page for Exploring the Bible.

I...

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Written by David Murray
Thursday, 15 February 2018 14:00

Foreign Missions or World-Wide Evangelism

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(About this series)

CHAPTER IV – FOREIGN MISSIONS OR WORLD-WIDE EVANGELISM

BY ROBERT E. SPEER, SECRETARY BOARD OF FOREIGN MISSIONS OF THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, U. S. A., NEW YORK CITY

Argument in behalf of foreign missions is generally either needless or useless. It is needless with believers;...

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Written by SharperIron
Thursday, 15 February 2018 13:47

God – Kris Vallotton’s Fixer.

Latest post from our good friends and fellow polemicists at ‘Famine In The Land’.

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Rick Becker writes:

Kris Vallotton is the Senior Associate Leader of Bethel Church in Redding, California and co-founder of Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry (BSSM)  Bethel is one of the leading...

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Written by churchwatcher
Thursday, 15 February 2018 13:39

Mailbag: To be pro-life at the end-of-life is too simplistic, plus what about preserving dignity through assisted suicide?

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Yesterday my article Five Reasons for Assisted Suicide (And Crucial Responses to Each One) received a lot of traffic (Many thanks to Tim Challies for sharing it and many thanks to Stephanie Gray who provided me with the content through a class I attended.). If you haven't read that post, please do....

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Written by Jennifer Oshman
Thursday, 15 February 2018 13:20

Trevin’s Seven

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Kindle Deal:True Paradox: How Christianity Makes Sense of Our Complex World by David Skeel. $3.99.

Seven of the best articles I came across this week:

1. Randy Alcorn – The Little Known Story of Olympian Eric Liddell’s Final YearsChariots of Fire wasn’t the end of this...

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Written by Trevin Wax
Thursday, 15 February 2018 13:16

Is TAG viable?

I was asked to comment on this article:
https://philarchive.org/archive/BKEVTV
I just skimmed his article, so maybe my cursory impressions fail to do it justice. That said:
1. Seems to me that Békefi fails to adequately interact with critics of Stroud, or with Stroud's own reformulations, viz.

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Written by steve
Thursday, 15 February 2018 13:00

The Inspiration of Spiritual Initiative

Arise from the dead… —Ephesians 5:14

Not all initiative, the willingness to take the first step, is inspired by God. Someone may say to you, “Get up and get going! Take your reluctance by the throat and throw it overboard— just do what needs to be done!” That is what...

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Written by RSS | My Utmost For His Highest
Thursday, 15 February 2018 13:00

Luther: Chastity or continence was physically impossible…

“Chastity or continence was physically impossible… The womenfolk are ashamed to confess it, yet it is proved by Scripture and experience that there is not one among thousands to whom God gives grave to keep entirely chaste. A woman...

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Written by James Swan
Thursday, 15 February 2018 13:00

Samson, the first superhero

By Phil Boatwright

KANSAS CITY, KS (BP) — “Samson,” a new film about an iconic Old Testament figure, reminds us that while man judges our deeds, God judges the heart.

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Phil Boatwright

The creators of “God’s Not Dead” (the leading faith film of 2014) are premiering...

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Written by Baptist Press