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

Monergism - Apologetic Report

image Jerome Zanchius, 1516-1590

"And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son!" Romans 8:28-29The sovereignty of God is...

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Thursday, 02 February 2017 10:50

How Do We Know if the Gospel is from Men or from God?

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by Jason A. Van Bemmel

Today's Reading: Acts 5:17-42 & Proverbs 6:20-35

So in the present case I tell you, keep away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or this undertaking is of man, it will fail; but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You might even be...

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Wednesday, 01 February 2017 09:37

Online Bible Commentary Resources

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image Many thanks to Travis Fentiman for putting this resource together.

The largest theologically conservative & Reformed Bible Commentary collection now available online:

Bible Commentaries – ReformedBooksOnline   2,200+ works

Whole Bible Commentaries

Whole Bible Commentaries  60+

Bible...

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Wednesday, 01 February 2017 09:05

Unpopular - The Movie

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with James White, Emilio Ramos & Paul Washer

Unpopular The Movie – A Resource for the Church

A Message for the World. Share this with your friends, and family.

Authors: john_hendryx...

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Monday, 30 January 2017 14:00

Does God Really Rule Over our Sin?

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Jason Van Bemmel

Part of the "Walking with Jesus in the Gospels and the Psalms" series

Today's reading: John 21:15-19 & Psalm 103Get the full reading plan 

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image by Dr. Michael J Kruger

Mike Kruger, author of Canon Revisited: Establishing the Origins and Authority of the New Testament Books (Crossway, 2012) has a good series on the New Testament canon, designed to help understand ten basic facts about its origins. Targets a lay audience.

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 If morality is relative and based on personal preference, as atheists claim, then their moral judgments of others carry no more weight than if they told you which flavor of ice cream they prefer.

There is an inconsistency here. To claim to know what's right for everyone requires universal moral absolutes. So every time moral relativists declare

"All that the Father gives to Me will come to me..." (John 6:37)

VISITOR: This means He gives the ones whom he knows will come. I used to be a Calvinist, so I know all the philosophical reasonings that go on.

RESPONSE: You said, "He gives the ones whom he knows will come". UMM, Who is using philosophical reasoning here? These are YOUR words, not the

Thursday, 21 July 2016 10:34

Holy Perfection Demands Holy Perfection.

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Holy perfection demands holy perfection. When we all fell in Adam, God did not lower His holy standard to accommodate man's sin. No ... God will not compromise His holy character because, to do so, He would no longer be holy and thus no longer be God. So His demand for holy perfection remains even though fallen men are morally impotent to

Tuesday, 19 July 2016 12:26

An Exalted View of Own Goodness

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As human beings we have a strong tendency to have an exalted view of our own character, and we flatter ourselves. But a Christian is one who, by the mercy of God, has cast aside all high views of his own character and righteousness. The beginning, middle and end of his hope is found, not in himself, but in the righteousness of Another. He is not

Sunday, 17 July 2016 10:10

Give Jesus a Try? Featured

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Sadly, many of those out there who now call themselves "evangelicals" are really nothing more than deists whose religion is to spread the so-called gospel of Christian values, behavior modification and therapeutic "salvation". It is painful to say but this large amorphous group can no more be identified with the Biblical gospel of grace than can

Question: Doesn't the story of Cain and Abel defeat Calvinism? "The LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.”" -Genesis 4:6-7 (ESV) See God tells him if he does

Thursday, 14 July 2016 07:33

Diversity through Relentless Conformity

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Dear friends, there is a great malignancy in our land called secular progressivism - a movement that ironically wants diversity through relentless conformity. But we cannot continue in our attempts to root out the cancer with the band-aid solution of surface arguments. While I do not doubt their sincerity in wanting to resolve the issues of the

It genuinely baffles me that there are professing Christians out there (e.g. Rachel Held Evans, Roger Olson) who, because of moral qualms, reject the biblical idea that disasters in this world are ordained by God. (Exodus 4:10-11, 12:29; Proverbs 16:4; 2 Sam 24:15-16; 1 Sam 15:2-3; Job 2:10; Isa 45:7; Amos 3:6; Eph 1:11) These concepts are so

Tuesday, 12 July 2016 07:48

Inability and Accountability

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"Can a ... leopard change his spots? Neither can you do good who are accustomed to doing evil." - Jeremiah 13:23

There are a number of professing Christians who have actually been taught that God would never require us to do anything we are incapable of doing. But does not the whole Bible teach that we are required to obey the Law? Yet not one

Monday, 11 July 2016 14:16

Atheism and Existential Nihilism

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Guest Post by Steve Hays

I'll comment on a post by Jeff Lowder:

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/secularoutpost/2016/07/09/naturalism-theism-and-the-meaning-of-life/

Jeff's analysis is dependent on Erik J. Wielenberg's Value and Virtue in a Godless Universe.

    intrinsically meaningful life: a life has intrinsic meaning if the life is good

Saturday, 09 July 2016 09:57

12 Principles for Online Discussion

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 By His great mercy, through no merit of our own, God has delivered us from captivity and He has now given us a mission of mercy to declare the gospel to a world that is still in darkness. In the last 20 years or so, the new world of the Internet has opened up as an opportunity for us to bring the good news to people who may have never encountered

Visitor: 4-point Calvinists like Bruce Ware  affirm 'multiple intentions' for the atonement, all shared symmetrically within the Trinity. The Father employs election and preterition, the Son atones generally and redeems particularly, and the Spirit calls both effectually and non-effectually (or something to that effect). No disharmony in

Saturday, 02 July 2016 13:42

He Will Not Forsake His Saints

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Brothers and sisters, let's acknowledge reality: we are no longer on a slippery slope. We have already hit bottom and the edifices of the new order are already being erected there. But do not fret - it is not the end ... far from it. The gospel can flourish in any and all environments. In fact, that "plant" we call the gospel does best in the

Thursday, 30 June 2016 11:05

Who is Quashing Who's Freedoms?

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 Did you ever notice that the persons who love to claim that Christians are out to quash everyone's freedom; and want to oppress everyone, are the same persons who have so strenuously and forcefully fought to have a monopoly on what our children learn in public schools? i.e.. to push their views of sexuality and the origin of humanity as the only

Wednesday, 29 June 2016 11:41

Abortion and Bodily Autonomy

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Guest post by Steve Hays

A stock argument for abortion rights is that outlawing abortion violates a woman's bodily integrity. There are, however, problems with that argument:
 
i) By that logic, an abortion violates the bodily integrity of the baby. So the argument is self-refuting.
 
ii) Is bodily autonomy absolute? If a depressed teenager
Tuesday, 28 June 2016 17:24

Subverting Subversion, to the Glory of God

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Subvert: to undermine the power and authority of (an established system or institution).

Today we are going to discuss the presuppositions of secular postmodern social progressives. If you are unsure what I am talking about, a presupposition is an implicit assumption every person holds about the world or a background belief relating to an

I was reading Challies blog yesterday and came across his 7 Good Reasons To Stop Looking at Porn Right Now. It is very good and I believe, these reasons should be sufficient enough in themselves to go cold turkey with the porn.  But I wanted to elaborate, if I may, on reason # 6. The Cost to Your Witness or perhaps expand it to new category

 by John Hendryx

Please follow the train of thought that Jesus threads through the Book of John to the end. During a discussion about faith with some Jews, Jesus said, "All that the Father gives me will come to me" (John 6:37) - From this text we understand that all that the Father gives to the Son will come to faith in him. It does not read "some"

Sunday, 19 June 2016 20:37

After Orlando: A Letter to a Secular Friend

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Dear ______,

In a recent conversation, among other things, you made the claim that Christians are complicit in the tragic Orlando shootings by arguing that "you weren't the gunman, but you think gay people are sinful and need saving so you're part of the culture that built him."  While it is understandable why someone might make this