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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Thursday, 15 November 2018 14:00

General Revelation (Part 4)

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God’s revelation is woven into the “warp and woof” of everyday living. This is because General Revelation and Special Verbal Revelation work together in unison.This is most important to keep in mind. When God gives someone something like, revelation or ability,...

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Wednesday, 14 November 2018 16:00

"Barely Christian" – R.C. Sproul on Arminianism

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I first encountered the term “High Calvinism” when I read Lewis Chafer’s systematic theology. This term is a bit old-fashioned now, of course. If someone is a...

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Presented to the Association of Christian Teachers and Christian School Regional Educators Convention, Grandview Christian School, Grandview, Missouri — November 2, 2018

Introduction

Mark Twain once famously said, “I never let schooling interfere with my education.” He also...

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Monday, 12 November 2018 14:00

A Case for Cessationism, Part 6

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From Maranatha Baptist Theological Journal, Vol 3, No. 2, Fall 2013. Reproduced with permission. Read the series so far.

Authors: Fred Moritz...

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Sunday, 11 November 2018 14:00

What Is Expository Preaching?

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Last month, I introduced the concept of expository preaching, an issue which can no longer be restricted to discussions between preachers, or reserved for Seminaries and Bible College classrooms. Today, exposition has become an identity marker by which to evaluate churches. In his book, Nine Marks...

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Thursday, 08 November 2018 14:00

Are You Becoming More or Less of an Encourager?

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By Jordan Standridge. Reposted from The Cripplegate.

The Christian life is hard.

I know I’m not shocking you right now, but it isn’t easy to be a Christian. We are constantly at war. Mainly against our own flesh (1 Peter 2:11), but the enemy is constantly prowling around like a roaring...

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Wednesday, 07 November 2018 20:44

General Revelation (Part 3)

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The “Nature” Psalms

A good place to look for the doctrine of general or natural revelation is the so-called Nature Psalms. But we might pause here to correct the title “Nature” Psalms, because although they have been classically referred to as that, it is not...

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Tuesday, 06 November 2018 14:00

Should We Call Someone a Fool or Not?

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Most Bible students are aware of a seeming contradiction in the Bible, one that is pretty easily resolved. The verses (ESV) are Proverbs 26:4-5,

Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you be like him yourself. Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes.

Since they...

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Monday, 05 November 2018 20:43

Checking the Pulse of Your Church

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By Marshall Fant. Republished with permission from Sowing & Reaping, Spring/Summer 2018.

Is your church a healthy church? If so, how do you know? If not, what should you do about it? By dictionary definition, healthis “a condition in which someone or something is thriving or doing...

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Sunday, 04 November 2018 16:00

Bad Florist? The Arlene's Flowers Case (Part 1)

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On 01 March 2013, Robert Ingelsoll strolled into Arlene’s Flowers in Richland, WA. He was a gay man. The shop owner, Barronelle Stutzman, knew him. He’d been a good customer for over nine years and had bought flowers from her shop perhaps 20 times. Ingelsoll estimated he’d spent...

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Thursday, 01 November 2018 15:00

A Case for Cessationism, Part 5

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From Maranatha Baptist Theological Journal, Vol 3, No. 2, Fall 2013. Reproduced with permission. Read the series so far.

Continuing Revelation—A Crucial Issue

Jude’s affirmation that we have a completed revelation from God is a crucial issue in our day. Many religious groups base doctrine...

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In his book, The Crucified God, Jurgen Moltmann explained the implications of Jesus’ crucifixion. God died on the cross; what does that mean for the Christian life? Well, it means hope! But, more than a simplistic longing for “the end to come,” Moltmann pressed home the vertical an...

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Tuesday, 30 October 2018 21:41

General Revelation (Part 2)

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General Revelation is not potential knowledge, but actual knowledge. The phrase “gnontes ton theon” in Romans 1:21, translated as “[they] knew God” implies knowing God already. If that is the case, a theological apologetic witness to God utilizing only the world...

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Monday, 29 October 2018 15:00

A Case for Traditional Music, Part 2

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How to Judge Worship Music

At this point someone will certainly raise the objection that judging music is terribly subjective. For example, some musicians have taken traditional hymn texts and reset them in a contemporary style. Who is qualified to say whether the older or the newer...

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Sunday, 28 October 2018 15:00

A Case for Traditional Music, Part 1

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Suppose I told you I have a new car for you. And not just any car: it’s the car you’ve always dreamed of owning, in just the color you imagined it would be. Suppose I hand you the keys and tell you to take it for a spin. I think we all would agree that this would give you a kind of joy.

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Thursday, 25 October 2018 15:00

A Case for Cessationism, Part 4

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From Maranatha Baptist Theological Journal, Vol 3, No. 2, Fall 2013. Reproduced with permission. Read the series so far.

Synopsis

This survey is necessarily brief, but its purpose is to establish several points.

God has spoken to the human race and given us His Word. Biblical Christianity is a...

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Wednesday, 24 October 2018 17:00

Theology Thursday - Thinking for Yourself

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In this excerpt from his systematic theology text,1 Millard Erickson explains some lessons for today, in light of the contemporary theological scene. He challenges the reader to go beyond a narrow set of pre-packaged doctrines; to think independently and responsibly.

A second lesson that we may...

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Tuesday, 23 October 2018 15:00

General Revelation (Part 1)

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Revelation, be it in nature, within ourselves, or inscripturated in a book, is always God’s prerogative. It always comes from God, and man is designed to receive it. Man is not the one who starts with himself and discovers God in the universe, rather God discloses himself, and man ought to...

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From Faith Pulpit, Fall 2018.

1 Peter 4:10-11

God has chosen to use human messengers to deliver divine truth. The activity whereby He does this today is called preaching. Those who preach can and must derive their content from God’s Word, the Bible. Peter emphasized the importance of this in 1...

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Sunday, 21 October 2018 17:00

God and the Naughty Assyrians

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In his book entitled Chosen by God, R.C. Sproul spent a lot of time explaining why human freedom and God’s freedom are both true, and yet aren’t paradoxical. He wrote “God is free. I am free. God is more free than I am. If my freedom runs up against God’s freedom, I lose....

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The Biblical Attitudes

The second major point that I present to you is the matter of the attitudes that we must manifest. The first is that of devotion to God and to His Word. You and I can support this doctrine of separation upon a wrong philosophy. That is to say, we can be marked...

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Wednesday, 17 October 2018 17:00

Theology Thursday – Inerrancy is Wrong

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In this excerpt from the book Five Views on Biblical Inerrancy,  Peter Enns shares his initial thoughts about inerrancy from his essay, entitled, “Inerrancy, However Defined, Does Not Describe What the Bible Does.”1

The Bible is the book of God for the people of God. It reveals and...

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The Christology of the Psalms continued …

Christ’s Resurrection and Ascension

Christ’s Resurrection and Ascension in Psalms 16:10 (resurrection), and 68:18 (ascension).

Psalm 16:10: “For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, Nor will You allow Your Holy One to...

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by Jeffrey Paul Straub
Wipf and Stock 2018
Hardcover 416

This work by Jeff Straub, originally written as his doctoral dissertation, has finally been published as part of the “Monographs in Baptist History” series under the...

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Sunday, 14 October 2018 15:00

A Case for Cessationism, Part 3

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From Maranatha Baptist Theological Journal, Vol 3, No. 2, Fall 2013. Reproduced with permission. Read the series so far.

Approaching the Issue

The issue whether the sign gifts continue or have ceased is closely tied to the question of continuing revelation. Is God giving us Scripture today? Are the...

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