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

Bellator Christi - Apologetic Report

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Every Christian has a testimony and that testimony is special regardless of whether the testimony is extravagant or wonderfully ordinary, because each person has had an encounter with God. In this message, Pastor Brian Chilton examines the wondrous salvation of the Ethiopian eunuch as he...

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By: Brian Chilton | November 14, 2017

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As a teenager, I remember being a bit frightened of the book of Revelation. The smell of acne face cleanser filled the room as I dove into mysterious depictions of four-faced angels, beasts from the sea and land, of massive angels, and 100-pound hailstones being...

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Let’s face it. The universe is large. More than large, it is huge. More than huge, it is ENORMOUS!!! But, does the size of the universe hold any implications to the possibility of God’s existence? According to Emily Thomas of Newsweek as posted on Yahoo.com, it does. She...

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Often, false prophets and false teachers enter the church. These individuals espouse truths that are contrary to the Word of God. How does one spot a false teacher, otherwise known as a great pretender? As we examine the life of Simon the Sorcerer, one who made a false profession of faith, we find...

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This message continues Pastor Brian Chilton’s series in the book of Acts. In this message, we examine the courage of the early church as it suffers persecution directed by one Saul of Tarsus, who would later be known as the apostle Paul. Find out how one’s courage can make it while...

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Catch this third and final installment in the series “A Brief History of Crime” as we examine the final portion of Stephen’s message to the religious leaders from Acts 7.

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 Brian Chilton is the founder of BellatorChristi.com and is the host of The Bellator Christi...

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By: Brian Chilton | November 6, 2017

image Orrick, Jim Scott, Brian Payne, and Ryan Fullerton. Encountering God through Expository Preaching: Connecting God’s People to God’s Presence.Nashville: B&H Academic, 2017. 224 pages. $19.99. ISBN: 978-1-4336-8412-8.

 

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Orrick,...

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On today’s podcast, Brian discusses the comments that Matt Slick made on a podcast pertaining to election. Brian describes how free-will is evident in Scripture and why middle knowledge is an excellent hypothesis to balance the doctrines of divine sovereignty and human agency.

  1. Free-will is...

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imageBy: Jason Kline | November 4, 2017

Disclaimer: The views expressed by guest writers are their own and may not represent those of Bellator Christi Ministries or its affiliates.

It has been said, “life is no bed of roses.” Whether at school, or work, even in the supermarket, there is often...

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Tuesday, 31 October 2017 00:25

Happy Reformation Day - Bellator Christi

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By: Matt Smith | October 31, 2017

The views expressed by guest writers of Bellator Christi are their own and may not represent those of Bellator Christi Ministries or its affiliates.

500 years ago today, a young monk named Martin Luther was troubled by doctrine within the Roman Catholic Church (3)....

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By: Brian Chilton | October 30, 2017

Middle knowledge is a concept that describes how God sovereignly operates in time with free agents. These days, many individuals attempt to claim what innovative theologians say about the theological concepts they espouse with little interaction with the actual...

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Middle knowledge is an important part of the Molinist and Congruist Christian models. Recently, Matt Slick of CARM claimed that middle knowledge is unbiblical. But, is Slick right? Today on the Bellator Christi Podcast, Brian Chilton looks into the concept from Molina’s perspective and from...

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We are continuing our study in the book of Acts. This message provides the second portion of Stephen’s message to the Jewish leaders of his time as he provides a brief history of humanity’s crimes against God. Join us today for this thrilling journey into our history with God.

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Tuesday, 24 October 2017 01:00

Ecological Theology - Bellator Christi

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By: Brian Chilton | October 24, 2017

Last week, I attended my first Ph.D. seminar. In short, the experience was amazing. I cannot wait to experience the other seminars in the program. Dr. Steve Lowe mentioned something that highly intrigued me. He mentioned what is called ecological theology. The...

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Tuesday, 17 October 2017 10:29

We’ll Be Back in a Week - Bellator Christi

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This week, Bellator Christi.com will be taking a break from blogging and publishing podcasts. But, hold tight. We will be back next week with a new article and podcast to boot. Thanks for being a loyal reader and supporter of Bellator Christi, where we take up the sword of Christian...

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By: Brian Chilton | October 10, 2017

Allen, David L., and Steve W. Lemke, eds. Whosoever Will: A Biblical Critique of Five-Point Calvinism. Reflections from the John 3:16 Conference.Nashville: B&H Academic, 2010. $24.99. 306 pages.

Views on God’s sovereignty and its correlation with human...

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On this October 8th, 2017 edition of the Bellator Christi Podcast, host Brian Chilton discusses the controversial topic of church discipline and notes the central biblical focus of forgiveness and help through what is infamously known as church discipline. What is biblical church discipline?...

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Wednesday, 04 October 2017 05:16

Why All the Evil? - Bellator Christi

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By: Brian Chilton | October 4, 2017

We have been bombarded with bad news this week. One of the worst massacres in United States history took place in Las Vegas, Nevada on the evening of Sunday, October 1st, 2017 as Stephen Paddock sprayed multiple rounds with an altered assault rifle into a crowd of...

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On this episode of the Bellator Christi Podcast, Brian weighs the evidence of authenticity for Jesus’ “I am” statements in John’s Gospel as he discusses a debate between Bart Ehrman and Craig Evans. In addition, Brian gives his insights on the NFL protests and describes the...

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This message begins a three-part series on Stephen’s message to his persecutors. Borrowing from Stephen Hawking’s book A Brief History of Time, we title this mini-series “A Brief History of CRIME” as Stephen discusses the history of humanity’s crimes against...

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By: Brian Chilton | September 26, 2017

The psalmist David wrote, “The fool says in his heart, ‘There’s no God.’ They are corrupt; they do vile deeds. There is no one who does good” (Psalm 14:1, CSB). The psalmist claims that it is irrational for one to deny God’s...

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Join us today as Brian and Jason discuss the updated Evidence that Demands a Verdict by Josh and Sean McDowell, which is available everywhere on October 3rd, 2017. In the second half of the show, they discuss the recent passing of Nabeel Qureshi. A portion of Jim Tour’s message from...

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Stephen: Facing Life with Integrity

Acts 6:8-15; 7:54-60

Rev. Brian Chilton, M.Div., Certified in Christian Apologetics

  1. Stephen displayed integrity as he faced MINISTRY with MIRACLES (6:8).
    1.  Ministry of GRACE (6:8a).
    2.  Ministry of GOD (6:8b).
  2. Stephen displayed integrity as he faced MALICE with...

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Monday, 18 September 2017 01:31

Remembering Nabeel Qureshi - Bellator Christi

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By: Brian Chilton | September 18, 2017

image The Christian community lost a wonderful man of God this past Saturday, September 16, 2017. Nabeel Qureshi entered his eternal home after a year-long battle with stomach cancer at the tender age of 34. While Nabeel has left us, he has left behind a wonderful...

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On this episode of the Bellator Christi Podcast, we talk to Dr. Amy Downey, the founder of Tzedakah Ministries, about the ancient Jewish sect known as the Essenes. The Essenes are known for being the caretakers of what later become known as the Dead Sea Scrolls. Were some of the early Christians...

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