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

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.

About the Host

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).

About the Host

Bria...

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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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Monday, 25 February 2019 01:04

The Future Fate of the American Church

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By: Brian G. Chilton | February 25, 2019

I recently delivered a message that exhibited the great concern I have for the church in America. The church of the United States is facing a great enemy. The enemy it faces is not Islam. It is not socialism. It isn’t even legislation. The greatest...

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On this edition of the Bellator Christi Podcast, Brian Chilton discusses some major issues facing the church, including the sexual abuse cases in the Southern Baptist Convention, another denomination that may be on the verge of a major split, and the increasing number of churches closing its doors....

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Does God experience emotions or does God’s transcendent nature forbid him from experiencing such things? On this edition of the Bellator Christi Podcast, host Brian Chilton interviews published author and speaker Mark Ragsdale. In seeking to answer this question, Mark delves into the issue of...

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Monday, 04 February 2019 23:58

Abortion and the Theology of a Purposeless Life

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By: Brian G. Chilton | February 5, 2019
While I am intentionally not one of the political voices of the day, I do find that many times politics crosses over into theology and vice versa. One of the more troubling news I have read is that states like New York and Virginia have either passed or...

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On this edition of the Bellator Christi Podcast, Brian G. Chilton discusses three ways that a person can engage the skeptic in a message from the Gospel of John 1:43-51. Brian discusses his personal testimony and his struggles with doubt. The following are the primary points of the message:

  1. Deal...

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Brian G. Chilton discusses the ministry of John the Baptist and the humility that the prophet possessed. As John the Baptist was humble, it behooves the modern Christian to adopt the same kind of humility. Such humility stems from a proper understanding of God and creation’s relationship to...

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The messages of Brian G. Chilton have returned to the Bellator Christi Podcast. On the Bellator Christi Podcast, we begin a new series in the Gospel of John. This first message examines the identity of Jesus as he is presented as the Logos (“the Word”). What does the Logos...

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Monday, 28 January 2019 01:14

Do You Desire a Savior or a Santa Claus?

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By: Brian G. Chilton | January 28, 2019

The American church has a major problem. While I could certainly discuss declining attendance and many other issues, the root of the problem is focus. The American church has a spiritual maturity problem. It has nothing to do with Millennials, Gen-X, the iGen...

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Thank you to everyone who subscribed to the YouTube channel associated with this website! The URL was changed. Now, you can find Bellator Christi on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/bellatorchristi. When the podcasts are recorded, the YouTube channel will also go live. There you can ask...

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On this edition of the Bellator Christi Podcast, Brian Chilton speaks with Wes McGarry, author of The Impact of Biblical Ethics on Racism in Modern America, about the issues of racism in the church. McGarry defines racism and looks at examples that skeptics have misconstrued as racism on...

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Tuesday, 22 January 2019 01:03

Benefits of Admiring God’s Creation

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By: Brian G. Chilton | January 22, 2019

On the evening of Sunday, January 20, 2019, I and countless individuals across the nation peered into the night sky to observe the Super Wolf Blood Moon. It was a rare treat to observe a total lunar eclipse as the Earth’s shadow was cast upon the moon. I...

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On this edition of the Bellator Christi Podcast, Brian Chilton discusses the First Law of Thermodynamics, otherwise known as the Law of Conservation of Energy, and whether or not the law restricts God’s ability to perform miracles. Chilton argues that the universe’s beginning, the...

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By: Brian G. Chilton | January 14, 2019

Life is often about finding the right balance. Too much of anything is bad for a person, even water. Consuming too much water will cause one to lose electrolytes and minerals which could lead to death—a condition called hyponatremia. The point is,...

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On this edition of the Bellator Christi Podcast, Brian Chilton and Wes McGarry (the pastoral team at Westfield Baptist Church) discuss the top-ten challenges facing the church in 2019. These issues are not related to one specific church but are issues that the church in America must face as a...

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Monday, 07 January 2019 03:20

The Messianic Prophecy of Genesis 49:10

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By: Brian G. Chilton | January 7, 2019

Unfortunately, messianic prophecies are not given the attention today that they were in previous generations. Perhaps such a lessening of the prophecies come by a preconceived anti-supernatural bias against predictions of future events. Possibly. Or, it could...

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Monday, 31 December 2018 05:20

2019 Bible Reading Plan

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By: Brian G. Chilton | December 31, 2018

On this last day of 2018, we reflect on the year that has passed. 2018 has been an exciting year for my family and me. We moved to a new location and to a new church at Westfield Baptist Church. We are excited about the new friends we have met and the...

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