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
Sunday, 08 May 2016 09:59

Why Some People Lose Faith

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by Steve Hays

Why do folks like Bart Ehrman lose their faith? There are different reasons people lose faith. In some cases, it's due to a personal tragedy, or succumbing to sexual temptation.
According to Ehrman:
A turning point came in my second semester, in a course I was taking with a much revered and pious professor named Cullen
Saturday, 07 May 2016 17:43

Elect Exiles of the Diaspora

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"To those who are elect exiles of the Diaspora..." 1 Peter 1:1

The Elect: the objects of God's undeserved mercy - rebellious sinners who are privileged, through no merit of their own, to have received God's sovereign, gracious, eternal choice to be adopted in His family in Christ (Eph 1:4-9) 

Exiles:  emphasizing the transitory nature of

by John Calvin

We must not only pray for the faithful, who are our brothers already, but for those who are very far off, those poor unbelievers.  Even though there seems to be a great distance and a thick wall between both, nevertheless we must have pity for their coming destruction, to the end that I may pray to God that he would draw them

“An incomprehensibly holy God with such a hatred of sin would never have been conceived of by any of Adam’s fallen descendants because this would have required an admission of guilt.... The description of God's holiness of foreign to man-made gods found in mythology and false systems of religion. This further evidences the divine

 by John Calvin

"For if a man asks us why God has chosen us, why he has enlightened us, and hath left so many miserable and wretched in blindness, why he changed us and turned us to him by his Holy Spirit, and others remain in their hardness, we cannot say that we are better than they, and therefore God preferred us before those whom he left alone,

Sunday, 17 April 2016 09:11

Moral Improvement or Total Replacement?

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 Christianity is not about behavior modification or making yourself a better person. We are too far gone to perfect ourselves by patchwork or a few improvements. Rather, the old edifice is so rotten that it must be torn down completely and replaced. Our Lord Jesus Christ did not simply supply one thing that was lacking in us, but everything that

Thursday, 14 April 2016 14:33

Does God Ever Change His Mind?

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by Sam Storms

All people are fickle, in varying degrees. I suspect we’d be shocked to learn how many times in the course of a normal day we change our plans, reverse course, or pull out an eraser to delete an appointment or a task we had set for the week. Changing our minds feels so natural to us as humans, it’s hard to envision life

Friday, 08 April 2016 09:21

“What are Our Privileges in Christ?

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by Sinclair B. Ferguson

“What are our privileges? They are truly amazing:

“For you have not come to what may be touched, a blazing fire and darkness and gloom and a tempest… But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering” (Heb. 12:18,

Tuesday, 05 April 2016 12:40

Saved By God, From God, For God

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image by Rev. John Samson

Christians are notorious for using a vocabulary that is not always understood by those around them. There's no doubt that we have our own lingo and jargon.

One such word is the word "saved." Often, Christians ask unsuspecting neighbors, colleagues and friends the question, "are you saved?" and usually receive only puzzled

Friday, 01 April 2016 10:48

New Paperback Titles - 4-1-16

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The Garden, the Curtainand the Cross

By Carl Laferton

List Price:     $14.99Price:     $12.98 & eligible for FREE Shipping on orders over $35.This beautifully illustrated hardback book takes children on a journey from the garden of Eden to God's prefect new creation.Retelling the Easter story through a Bible

Following on from the successful and much acclaimed Isaiah by the Day, Alec Motyer leads us through the Psalms in this new devotional translation. Day by day you will read freshly translated passages from the Psalms and have an opportunity to explore the passage further through the author’s notes and devotional comments. The book includeds

Wednesday, 16 March 2016 13:46

Jonathan Edwards' 'The Excellency of Christ'

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Edited by Charles Biggs..

A rich and sumptuous feast of delight in the gloriously diverse person of Jesus our Savior --- Every Christian should read this sermon - perhaps one of the single most impacting sermon that you may ever read

Dear Beloved in Christ,In my reading and study, I am oftentimes reminded of what C. S. Lewis said one time

 A Treatise on Religious Affections by Jonathan Edwards, In ePub, .mobi & .pdf formats

Doctrine of the Holy Spirit (37-Part MP3 Series) by Dr. Sinclair B. Ferguson

Systematic Theology (27-Part MP3 Lecture Series) by John Murray

Understanding Apologetics (MP3 Lectures Series) by John Frame

The Doctrine of the Atonement As Taught By the Apostles by

Thursday, 18 February 2016 12:25

Pluralism as a Religious Philosophy

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by Tim Keller & Charles Garland

About every other week, I confront popular pluralist notions that have become a large part of the way Americans think. For example, pluralists contend that no one religion can know the fullness of spiritual truth, therefore all religions are valid. But while it is good to acknowledge our limitations, this

Saturday, 13 February 2016 15:24

To What is Your Heart Being Held Captive?

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 by Paul David Tripp

When awe of anything but God kidnaps and controls your heart, you simply will not stay inside God's boundaries. But when a deep, reverential fear of God has captivated your heart, you will willingly and joyfully live inside the fences he has set for you. When the glory of some created thing rules your heart, you will not live

by John Hendryx

How may a sinful man approach God (Exodus 3:5)? Does God require perfect obedience to His law in order to achieve the righteousness He requires of us?

"...Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life? ... If you would enter life, keep the commandments." (Matt 19:15-17) "For Moses writes about the righteousness that is

Monday, 04 January 2016 09:01

Resources For Communicating the Gospel to Mormons

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I recently asked Aaron Shafovaloff, who does evangelistic work among Mormons in Utah, what were some of his recommendations for top online resources out there for interacting with Mormons. He answered with some liks to some helpful material:--------------------------

Hi John, hopefully you can mine some useful nuggets from the following.If someone

Friday, 01 January 2016 10:42

About That Christianity Thing

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image There are some things that are non-negotiable, and by that I mean those things that make Christianity what it truly is. When Christians make a common confession assenting to the essentials of the Christian faith there is no room for negotiation. Christianity is particularly Trinitarian, particularly exclusive, and particularly redemptive through

One of the first things that always comes to mind is how salvation by God's free grace radically affects how we treat unbelievers or skeptics. When we truly understand the biblical gospel of the grace of God in Christ it removes the "us vs. them" mentality. If it teaches us anything, being saved by grace alone teaches us that we are no better than

Thursday, 24 December 2015 10:41

Does Our Cooperation With God Have Redeeming Value?

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Some professing Christians believe that their cooperation with God is, at least partly, what redeems them. Indeed we believe and work but we do so because God works in us to do according to his good pleasure - works which God prepared beforehand (Phil 2:13; Eph 2:10). If we are talking about salvation, your cooperation adds nothing to your

Tuesday, 22 December 2015 15:21


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by Terry Johnson

Background Reading:Romans 8:26-39; Genesis 50:15-21

In 1858, a gifted young Presbyterian missionary named John G. Paton sailed with his wife and infant son to the New Hebrides in the South Pacific to begin missionary work among the islanders. Within a few months of arrival, both his infant son and his wife had died, leaving him to

Thursday, 10 December 2015 13:30

Monergism Reading Guide 2015 Featured

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If you are giving books as a gift to your friends and family this year, we have compiled a list of some of the best classic and contemporary books for beginner, intermediate and advanced readers.  If you work through the books on this list you will be devotionally enriched and will be giving yourself a solid theological edification that you

Wednesday, 09 December 2015 08:23

To Cut off the Sinner from All Hope in Himself

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by John Hendryx

One of the most prevalent motifs that runs through the whole Bible is its constant reminder of the insufficiency of man. While this may seem all too obvious, we need constant reminding of this critical truth in our everyday lives. This truth may be self-evident when we consider the non-Christian, because we know he or she has no

Saturday, 05 December 2015 09:43

Doesn’t Matthew 22:14 contradict Romans 8:29-30?

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Visitor Question: Doesn’t Matthew 22:14 contradict Romans 8:29-30? In other words, how can Matthew claim that not all who called are chosen, while Romans claims that all who are predestined are called?•       “For many are called, but few are chosen.” (Matthew 22:14, English Standard Version Bible)•&

Friday, 04 December 2015 11:24

No Lie Too Monstrous, and No Story Too Absurd

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 by J. C. Ryle

Those who had been listening to [Jesus] replied, "Aren't we correct in saying that you are a Samaritan and are possessed by a demon?" Silenced in argument, these wicked men resorted to personal abuse. To lose temper, and call names, is a common sign of a defeated cause. Grievous indeed are the sufferings which the saints of God have