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

On this edition of the Bellator Christi Podcast, Brian Chilton discusses some perspectives he found while reading his devotions on the pinnacle of Pilot Mountain in North Carolina. He discusses the importance of depending on the transcendence of God when facing difficulties. Also, he notes the...

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By: Brian G. Chilton | May 20, 2019

I have been in active ministry for over 15 years—that is, I have worked for churches for over 15 years. But I have officially been in ministry for over 25 years. This does not include the seven years I was officially out of ministry. If you count the years I...

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On this edition of the Bellator Christi Podcast, Brian Chilton discusses the misunderstanding that many people have concerning the theological concepts of dispensationalism. He explains the core essentials of dispensationalism, that which Charles Ryrie called the sine qua non, and shows how...

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Wednesday, 15 May 2019 23:40

Review of the CSB Ancient Faith Study Bible

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By: Brian G. Chilton | May 16, 2019

image B&H Publishers recently sent me a copy of the Ancient Faith Study Bible.I had seen the study Bible advertised at Lifeway.com but did not know what to expect. Was this study Bible going to be kitschy? Was it going to be a commercialized gimmick like...

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On this edition of the Bellator Christi Podcast, Brian Chilton discusses what William Lane Craig calls the three-legged stool of evidence for the resurrection. What are the three legs and why should a person accept the three legs of the stool? Listen to the podcast to find out.

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By: Brian G. Chilton | May 6, 2019

I am about to say something that I thought I would never say. I am embarrassed by modern evangelicalism. It has nothing to do with politics. It has nothing to do with theology. But it does have everything to do with human decency.

Recently, Rachel Held Evans,...

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On this edition of the Bellator Christi Podcast, Brian Chilton answers some common objections made against the Shroud of Turin by Christians. Also, he discusses eternal security and offers some books to consider on the topic. Finally, he discusses Dave Gass’s departure from the faith and the...

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Monday, 29 April 2019 13:53

The Education of Jesus of Nazareth

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By: Brian G. Chilton | April 29, 2019

Often, critical scholars make Jesus of Nazareth out to be a country bumpkin, one who was uneducated and unsophisticated. However, when one evaluates his life and teaching style, it appears that Jesus of Nazareth was a well-polished individual who spoke and...

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You have probably heard of Good Friday and most certainly Easter Sunday. But did you know that the other days of Holy Week have names, too? On this edition of the Bellator Christi Podcast, host Brian Chilton discusses each day of Holy Week and what each day represents.

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Monday, 15 April 2019 23:11

The Crimson Worm

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By: Curtis Evelo | April 16, 2019

So many times as we read the scriptures, we see pictures and images that are painted by the words spoken like “ I am the vine….” or “ a grain of wheat must fall into the ground and die before it brings forth much grain.” Observing, we...

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Monday, 15 April 2019 01:45

Messianic Prophecy and the Resurrection

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By: Brian G. Chilton | April 15, 2019

My class and I recently completed a wonderful Ph.D. seminar entitled Issues on Messianic Prophecy with Dr. Randall Price and Dr. Ed Hindson at Liberty University. Unfortunately, messianic prophecy has received less attention than in times past. Even in...

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On this edition of the Bellator Christi Podcast, Brian G. Chilton seeks to answer a question submitted to him. According to an online story that is circulating, a Jewish mealtime tradition explains why the napkin on Jesus’s head was folded and placed to the side after his resurrection. Did...

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By: Brian G. Chilton | April 4, 2019

A friend asked me about a supposed Jewish tradition concerning the head wrapping of Jesus in the tomb. The Gospel of John notes that Peter and John (if the beloved disciple is the writer of the Fourth Gospel which this writer accepts) run to the tomb of Jesus....

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Friday, 29 March 2019 02:30

(Podcast 3.19.19) Q A for March 2019

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Today, we answer the questions you submitted to Bellator Christi.com. If you have a question you would like to submit to possibly be featured on a future Q&A podcast or article, go to https://bellatorchristi.com/submit-a-question-to-bellator-christi/and submit your question. This website and...

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By: Brian G. Chilton | March 25, 2019

When I had struggled with my faith, it was not in the area of science. I believed that science and faith can coexist, and I still do. The God who gave the special revelation of the Bible is also the same God who created the heavens and the earth from no...

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Many of you have asked some wonderful questions at Bellator Christi. I haven’t had a chance to respond to them yet, but I plan to publish an episode of the Bellator Christi Podcast soon addressing them. If you have questions you would like featured on the episode, be sure to submit your...

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By: Daniel Merritt, Ph.D., Th.D. | March 20, 2019

Editor’s Note: Previously, we ran an article that featured Dr. Merritt’s research into the story concerning Voltaire’s prediction that the Bible would not be read in a century and the use of his facilities as a Bible repository....

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By: Daniel Merritt, Ph.D, Th.D. | March 18, 2019

Editor’s Note: Often, stories are passed along in Christian circles without having the merits of their veracity examined. At times, the stories are shown to be little more than urban legends. At other times, a story’s facts become even...

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On this edition of the Bellator Christi Podcast, Brian G. Chilton discusses the meaning of the phrase “born again” and what it implies. The podcast comes from a message delivered by Brian from the Gospel of John 3:1-15.

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Brian G. Chilton is the founder of BellatorChristi...

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Monday, 11 March 2019 00:44

Family is Your First Ministry

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By: Brian G. Chilton | March 11, 2019

One of the disturbing trends I have witnessed in ministry comes from pastors who neglect their families for their churches. It would seem for some that busyness and pulling long hours is the mark of a successful pastor. However, when we learn of countless...

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On this edition of the Bellator Christi Podcast, Brian G. Chilton compares Jesus’s cleansing of the temple with the cleansing that needs to occur in a person’s life.

  1. Cleansing from Profiteering (2:13-16).
  2. Cleansing from Power (2:18-22).
  3. Cleansing from Partitions (2:23-25).

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By: Daniel Merritt, Ph.D., Th.D. | March 7, 2019

Theologians and philosophers when engaged in explaining the mysteries of life, wrestle with two mysteries that challenge the mind and the soul. Those mysteries have to do with the problem of evil, which has two components: moral evil and natural evil....

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On this edition of the Bellator Christ Podcast, Brian Chilton encourages individuals to take their focus off themselves and place it on Christ.

The message comes from John 2:1-12.

  1. Refocused PEOPLE glorification (2:1-4).
  2. Refocused PERSONAL glorification (2:5-10).
  3. Refocused PLACE glorification (2:11-12).
  4. R...

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While the Bellator Christi Podcast tries to focus more on theology and apologetics, there are times when politics intersects with theological issues. Recently, the United Methodist Church (UMC) discussed plans to allow LGBT weddings to take place in UMC churches and for active members of the LGBT...

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On this edition of the Bellator Christi Podcast, Brian G. Chilton addresses the sexual abuse controversy in the Southern Baptist Convention and the problems within other denominations in his message “Purification of the Church” from Isaiah 1:1, 10, 15-20. Chilton contends that if the...

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