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

Founders - Apologetic Report

Editor’s Note: This post addresses Sam Storms’s recent book Practicing the Power. The post is long so here is a short summary: Storms argues for a fallible New Testament prophecy, distinct from Old Testament prophecy. This proposed version of New Testament prophecy regrettably...

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Every parent knows the routine. After laboring to get a restless infant to sleep, one quietly walks toward the baby bed, slowly moves the baby from snuggle to prone position, and then stealthily tiptoes from the bed to a much hoped for quiet evening. Tiptoeing continues just in case the little...

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Wednesday, 24 January 2018 19:00

James Paton and the Preeminent Duty of Parents Featured

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Parenting is difficult under the best of circumstances. To raise children in the “discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4) is the calling and desire of every Christian who is entrusted with little ones. Often, the task can seem overwhelming. Even seeking counsel from the...

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As Christian parents, we want nothing more to see our children saved by the grace of God. We pray for the Lord to open their hearts. We teach them God’s Word so that they will know God and His plan of salvation. We bring them to church so that they will hear the gospel preached and see...

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Monday, 22 January 2018 21:00

The Illusion of Control Featured

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It’s not just that how you think affects what you do. What you do affects how you think.

This starts early. If you have a spelling test in 4th grade, you read and write the words over and over again. You spell them out loud. You practice the double “n” in mayonnaise a few extra...

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Monday, 15 January 2018 14:00

Heaven Rejoices Featured

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Man has had all sorts of thoughts about God and His heavenly creatures. There is no shortage of songs and paintings about the heavenly realm. But, what is actually going on up there? Is heaven really interested in what is going on down here? Jesus lets us in on the happenings of heaven in Luke 15....

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Thursday, 11 January 2018 00:04

The First Worship War Among Baptists, Part 2 Featured

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Note: With my last article, I began a three-part series on the late-17th century controversy over the propriety of singing hymns within congregational worship, a debate the two principles of which were Benjamin Keach and Isaac Marlow. Part 1

The Arguments

Though Hercules Collins wrote in defense of...

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Wednesday, 10 January 2018 00:02

Local International Missions Featured

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Not long ago I traveled to a closed country to serve pastors and elders. Their hunger for God’s Word and for insights on local church ministry gave me energy that whipped the jetlag that should have swamped me. The time of serving, teaching, answering questions, engaging in dialogue, and...

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Monday, 01 January 2018 22:46

Simeon and the New Year Featured

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If nostalgia had a favorite week, it would’ve been last week. The final few days of the year prompt seemingly unending reflections on the previous 360–ish days. News organizations recap the biggest stories. Articles list the books of the year. If you happen to be the reflective type,...

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Thursday, 28 December 2017 21:00

Five Top Posts of 2017 Featured

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Here are five of the 2017 Founders blog posts with a high number of page hits, along with the first paragraph of each post.

1. What is God Saying to Us? by Tom Ascol

“Irma and Harvey may go down as the Bonnie and Clyde of tropical hurricanes. My extended family in Texas suffered great loss from...

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Monday, 25 December 2017 14:00

The Seeking God Featured

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Often what I need is simply to remember who God is. If someone asked, “Who is God?” I suspect we would run down a list of His attributes, “God is holy, powerful, gracious, sovereign, wise, etc.” But, there is an aspect of God’s character and activity, perhaps an...

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Saturday, 23 December 2017 21:00

A Christmas Greeting and New Year's Wish Featured

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A Baby down from heaven came, Hiding rebels to reclaim. Took our flesh, Took our sin. Jesus was his name.

From virgin mother, humble birth Frightening all the kings of earth; Shepherds quaked, Magi bowed, Angels sang with mirth.

Untouched by sin, he lived his life Tested sore, and pressed by strife. W...

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Wednesday, 20 December 2017 21:00

Five Lessons Learned from Counseling those with Anxiety Featured

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Fear…Anxiety…Worry.  In the cursed world in which we live as fallen image bearers, this pattern can often be a part of the human experience.  Many times, it is caused by sinful unbelief or idolatry.  At other times, it is a physiological response and at other...

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Wednesday, 20 December 2017 04:01

The Reformation: A Barrage of Confessional Correction Featured

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As Reformation theology developed, its leading voices found it necessary to summarize their doctrine into the time-honored method of writing confessions of faith. This became necessary as they wanted to set forth their doctrine for investigation so that caricatures and other misrepresentations...

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Thursday, 14 December 2017 02:25

Pastor, You Need Five Friends Featured

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I’m sort of joking with that title. But just sort of. That meager number of friends could actually be 3 or 4 more than some pastors think they have. And this unfortunate reality isn’t tangential. Since God uses relationships to accomplish many of His purposes, a paucity of friendships...

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It must be confessed, that reformation is, and ever was, an hard and difficult work; and no easy thing to restore lost ordinances, especially such as have been left for many years neglected, and strangely corrupted…truth is never without its opposers.—Benjamin Keach in The Breach...

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Tuesday, 05 December 2017 21:00

The Reformation: Hard Hitting Blows at Vital Spots Featured

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Martin Luther 1483-1546) was a pastor in Wittenberg in addition to his position as a professor at the University of Wittenberg. Through a very schemey concatenation of events a seller of indulgences came into the territory of Wittenberg hawking his wares on the power of extravagant promises. An...

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Wednesday, 29 November 2017 20:00

Five Reasons for Considering the 1689 Confession of Faith Featured

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Huddled together in 1644, representatives of 7 churches gathered to summarize their common confession, and to distinguish themselves from the Anabaptists and the Arminians. It was a time of turmoil, and the river of the Reformation had swept across the shores of England. This was one of the first...

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There has been a fair amount of debate about whether the Second London Baptist Confession of 1677/1689 (2LCF) is a serviceable confession for Baptist churches. Some have argued that this confession is too detailed for a whole congregation to affirm, and they suggest a shorter confession like the...

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Monday, 27 November 2017 21:00

The Congregation and the Pulpit Featured

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How can a congregation help their pastors to preach God’s Word more effectively? We sometimes have the idea that the seminary—as helpful as it may be—is the end-all for getting preachers ready to preach. Yet it takes more than a seminary to make a preacher. It takes a faithful,...

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Wednesday, 22 November 2017 21:00

Give Thanks: Psalm 107:1-43 Featured

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In September of 1620 a band of 102 men, women and children who were seeking religious freedom left the shores of England to sail to the New World called America. Sixty-five days later they arrived at Cape Cod, but not before four of them had died. After another month of searching for a suitable...

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017 21:00

Why Celebrate Thanksgiving? Featured

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Like most Americans, I always look forward to celebrating Thanksgiving. I love spending time with family and friends, catching up with each other and seeing what has been going on in their lives. I enjoy the traditional feast of turkey and stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potato casserole...

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017 21:00

Fear and the Christian Featured

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Fear is a natural emotion common to all human beings, and it is neither inherently sinful or godly. Our fears are often connected to the things we love the most. We may fear losing something or someone we love. Or we might fear that we will fail to obtain something we desire. We may fear offending...

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017 21:00

Knowing God Featured

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John 17:3 says, “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”

There is a big difference between knowing about God and knowing God. In the Bible, knowing God means two things. It means you have an accurate knowledge about God and...

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Tuesday, 07 November 2017 00:35

Initials Mark the Spot Featured

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The January sea wind struck my face as I strolled outside the 15th century St. Salvador College and Chapel of St. Andrews University. On the cobblestone street just in front of the old buildings, stones marked out the letters “PH.” A sign identified the initials as the spot where...

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