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
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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Wednesday, 01 November 2017 23:54

8 Ways the Reformation Has Shaped My Life and Ministry Featured

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Twenty years ago, Reformed Theology made landfall on the shores of my life with the force of a Category 5 hurricane.

I had been in ministry only a few months, had preached a few times, when God, in his kind mercy, put a few good men in my path who gently and patiently guided me toward sound...

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Tuesday, 31 October 2017 01:54

The Hammer in Wittenberg Featured

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1. The Providence of God

For the past number of Sundays, a handful of 4-6th grade boys and girls have gathered together at South Woods to study the providence of God. The curriculum their teacher uses, My Purpose Will Stand, defines providence in this way: “God is present and active in all His...

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Saturday, 28 October 2017 12:13

Introduction: Justification Featured

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This is the article of faith by which the church stands when it is held clearly and preached truly, or by which it falls if it is corrupted in form and ignored in proclamation. Luther came to experience it prior to his clear affirmation of it. He was driven to a mature statement of it by continued...

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Friday, 27 October 2017 12:04

The Second London Confession and Justification Featured

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From Wittenburg to London

How can an unrighteous sinner stand before a Holy God? The doctrine of justification was at the center of debates during the Reformation, with Martin Luther himself writing that, “If it is lost and perishes, the whole knowledge of truth, life, and...

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Thursday, 26 October 2017 11:53

The Most Important Question One Can Ask! Featured

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“Of Justification” 1 2

There are many important questions that should be asked concerning the possible paths one’s life should take. These questions must be considered, especially in the light of “characteristic … key events … which compose the...

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Wednesday, 25 October 2017 11:43

A Full Satisfaction The Fountain of Forgiveness Featured

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If a gift is given out of Justice, can it be Merciful?

Paragraph 3 addresses an issue that had been raised by Socinianism concerning the relation of the death of Christ to justification. Fausto Socinus (1539-1604) was a Polish theologian who...

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Tuesday, 24 October 2017 22:00

The Value of Preaching Through Books of the Bible Featured

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I believe preachers may faithfully preach thematic and topical sermons that explain the Bible, and they may preach sermons on particular texts of Scripture without preaching through whole books of the Bible. But here are some reasons that preaching through whole books of the Bible is valuable.

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Tuesday, 24 October 2017 11:36

Benjamin Keach on Justification Featured

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Editor’s Introduction

Benjamin Keach (1640–1704) became a Baptist at age 15, preached as a General Baptist, and suffered persecution, imprisonment, and the pillory for his convictions as a Baptist. After serving as an elder in a General Baptist congregation from 1668-1672, he became...

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Monday, 23 October 2017 22:00

But There are Many Interpretations! Featured

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Over the years, when I bring God’s Word into my conversations with others, I have often heard: “But there are so many different interpretations of the Bible. How do you know that yours is the one that is true? Isn’t it arrogant to believe that your interpretation is the only true...

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Monday, 09 October 2017 22:00

Confirmation Bias: Missions and the Reformers Featured

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1. Researching the Reformers

From tooth fairies to old wives tales, most of us have believed something we later found out to be false. Why did we believe those things? Often, it’s because someone we trusted told us.

Much has been written on the ideological echo chambers we’ve curated for...

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God has no constraints to work by consent and permission. He knows nothing of waiting until mankind willingly and gladly cooperates with him to do his will. Otherwise, man’s fickleness controls God’s sovereignty. So when Christians speak of God “breaking in” or “a work...

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 22:26

Five Elements of a Church Membership Class Featured

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Not long after I started my ministry at our church, we began having regular visitors who soon were asking about becoming members. While I was grateful to God for bringing them to us and thankful for their interest in joining our church, I knew that we needed to have a church membership class so...

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 02:49

A Tale of Two Ordinations Featured

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1. About an hour before the scheduled ordination service, a 21-year-old sat in an awkwardly quiet room surrounded by a few other men, some of whom he barely knew. Over the next 45 minutes, this group would decide whether or not the congregation would ordain him at 6:00 that evening.

And you could...

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