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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CHAPTER I — THE DOCTRINES THAT MUST BE EMPHASIZED IN SUCCESSFUL EVANGELISM

BY EVANGELIST L. W. MUNHALL, M. A., D. D., GERMANTOWN, PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA

First of all, What constitutes Successful Evangelism? Some will answer, “Great audiences, eloquent preaching and...

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If Christians confess that the Son proceeds from the Father, then is it proper to call this “generation?” Doesn’t this term imply the Son had a beginning, or at least owes His existence to the Father? Is the “eternal generation of the Son” a Biblical concept?

Many...

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From DBSJ 21 (2016): 31–58. Republished with permission.

Matthew A. Postiff1

For about 15 years I have had the privilege of studying under William Combs, Bruce Compton, and Robert McCabe. More recently, I have benefited from their advice concerning local church...

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Monday, 13 November 2017 14:00

Trust God or Take Precautions?

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The violence in Sutherland Springs Texas on November 5 got many of us thinking twice about whether our churches are safe places. From a purely rational, data-based perspective, they’re just as safe as they were a month ago. From a theological perspective, they are as well.

But when something...

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Sunday, 12 November 2017 16:00

The Man Who Would be King

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After he fed the 5000, why did Jesus make the disciples leave the area so abruptly?

Why the Hasty Retreat?

Mark tells us, “immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go before...

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Thursday, 09 November 2017 14:00

A Statement by the Two Laymen Foreward to Volume 12

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A STATEMENT BY THE TWO LAYMEN

Rev. A. C. Dixon, D. D., in the fall of 1909, while pastor of the Moody Church in Chicago, organized the Testimony Publishing Company. He also edited the first five volumes of “THE FUNDAMENTALS,” but upon being called to London early in...

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Wednesday, 08 November 2017 16:00

Theology Thursday - Athanasius on the Incarnation

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This is an excerpt from Athanasius’ work, entitled On the Incarnation of the Word.Here he describes one of the reasons for the incarnation:1

§ 6. The human race then was wasting, God’s image was being effaced, and His work ruined. Either, then, God must forego His spoken word by...

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Tuesday, 07 November 2017 14:00

The Blind Eye and the Deaf Ear (Part 2)

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This post continues a lecture from C.H. Spurgeon’s Lectures to My Students (read the series so far).

I should recommend the use of the same faculty, or want of faculty, with regard to finance in the matter of your own salary.

There are some occasions, especially in raising a new church, when...

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In order to arrive at a Scriptural approach for interpreting Scriptures, the interpretive method must be exegetically derived from within the Scriptural text. Otherwise, there can be no claim to hermeneutical certainty, because any externally derived interpretive method can be preferred and applied...

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Sunday, 05 November 2017 14:00

Review - Martin Luther: A Spiritual Biography

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by Herman Selderhuis
Crossway 2017
Hardcover 352

Quite rightly, in view of the historical and spiritual importance of the Reformation, there have been a spate of books about Martin Luther; this year, and indeed last week, being the five hundredth anniversary of...

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Thursday, 02 November 2017 15:00

A Month of Giving Thanks

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The month of Thanksgiving is upon us! Let us take some time today to reflect upon its meaning, beginning with this great passage of Scripture from Psalm 116 (NKJV):

For You have delivered my soul from death, My eyes from tears,And my feet from falling. I will walk...

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Wednesday, 01 November 2017 17:00

Theology Thursday - Jesus Was Not a Trinitarian

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Sir Anthony Buzzard is a Unitarian theologian and founder of Restoration Fellowship, a movement dedicated to proclaiming (among other things) the allegedly Unitarian creed of Jesus.

In this excerpt from his book, Jesus Was Not a Trinitarian, Sir Anthony explains why Jesus’ explanation from...

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Tuesday, 31 October 2017 15:00

The Thief on the Cross Purging Purgatory

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By Eric Davis. Reposted, with permission, from The Cripplegate.

For the most part, the problem which moved Martin Luther to post his 95 Theses on October 31, 1517 had to do with indulgences. Much could be said about that issue. But the...

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Monday, 30 October 2017 15:00

Do We Even Know What Bad Language Is Anymore?

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Everybody has always lived in changing times. But we reallylive in changing times! The speed and quantity of information, coupled with the scope and density of communications interconnectedness, has greatly accelerated cultural change in America.

One sign of the times is that attitudes about what...

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From DBSJ 21 (2016); posted with permission. Read the series so far.

Implications for the Church’s Social Responsibilities

Does this passage have any contemporary significance? It has direct significance on the matter of caring for widows today. But it has additional significance in offering...

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Thursday, 26 October 2017 15:00

A SharperIron Design Update this Weekend

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If my notes are correct, SI’s last design update was about three years ago. That would make us way overdue for a face lift! It turns out one has been in the making behind the scenes for several months, and the site will go offline for much of the weekend to transition.

The underlying...

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Wednesday, 25 October 2017 17:00

Theology Thursday - Thomas Aquinas on Reprobation

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In this short excerpt from his massive and unfinished systematic treatise, Summa Theologica, Aquinas discusses the difficult doctrine of reprobation 1

Whether God reprobates any man?

Objection 1: It seems that God reprobates no man. For nobody reprobates what he loves. But God loves...

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Tuesday, 24 October 2017 15:00

Review - Darwin's House of Cards

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by Tom Bethell
Discovery Institute 2016
Paperback 294

The widespread public acceptance of biological evolution in Darwin’s day was probably a product of the simultaneous faith in Progress. Darwin’s theory was...

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Monday, 23 October 2017 15:00

Christians and the Movies

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You can’t escape the media these days, which means almost everyone knows of their latest obsessions within a few hours of their formation. The last week or so, one story crowded out the regular obsessions. You can hardly go to a site on the web that isn’t offering some kind of opinion...

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Sunday, 22 October 2017 17:00

Jesus Feeds the 5,000

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A person can know who Jesus really is by looking at what He said about Himself, and what He did. His actions tells us who He is.1 Here, in this miracle account, Jesus’ actions show He is both divine and yet distinct from the...

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Thursday, 19 October 2017 15:00

One for All, or All for Naught? Limited Atonement

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By Clint Archer. Reposted, with permission, from The Cripplegate.

The next installment of our Reformation Month TULIP series on Calvinism is the big L. If you missed the previous installments – you can see Total Depravity here and Unconditional Election here.

This is the boogieman doctrine...

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017 17:00

Theology Thursday - Thomas Jefferson's "Jesus"

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The following letter, and attached “syllabus” on Jesus’ teaching, are from a letter Jefferson to his friend, Dr. Benjamin Rush, in 1803.1

Dear Sir,—In some of the delightful conversations with you, in the evenings of 1798–99, and which served as an anodyne to the...

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Tuesday, 17 October 2017 15:00

A Theological Case for Inerrancy (Part 2)

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Let us consider the full import of Christ’s words in John 17:17:

Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.

Jesus is praying to the Father regarding the sanctifying of His disciples. He tells the Father “Your word is truth.” This “word” is the same...

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Monday, 16 October 2017 15:00

Reflections on the Life of Robert L. Thomas

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by Robert L. Thomas
Kregel Academic & Professional
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By William D. Barrick. Reposted with permission from Dispensational Publishing House.

Robert L. Thomas, Th.D. (June 4, 1928-Sept. 6, 2017)

Dr. Robert L. Thomas modeled this truth in...

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Sunday, 15 October 2017 15:00

Reasons for the Reformation

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There was nothing remarkable about that day in October, 1517, when a Roman Catholic priest by the name of Martin Luther fastened his now famous ninety-five theses to the Castle Church door in Wittenburg, Germany. He certainly did not...

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