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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On this edition of the Bellator Christi Podcast, Brian discusses a few newsworthy items including media bias and how pastors’ spouses say about their loved one’s ministry and the impact it has had on their families. Also, Brian answers a question submitted to the website. Jason asks,...

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By: Brian G. Chilton | January 9, 2018

Early Apostolic Church Fathers (100-451 AD) recognized that Scripture had four layers of interpretation. They used a method called quadrigawhich held the following layers: 1) Literal (sensus historicus),2) Allegorical (sensus allegoricus—texts hold...

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According to Peter Enns, evangelical schools that offer PhDs are morally irresponsible due to the competitive job market for professors and the supposed preference for students from elite schools (e.g., Harvard, Princeton, Yale, etc) (see his article at https://peteenns.com/moral-irresponsibili...

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By: Brian Chilton | January 3, 2018

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2017 was a challenging year in many respects for American Christians. But, what are the most pressing issues that Christians will encounter in 2018? Here is my top-ten list that will discuss that very issue. In contrast to previous lists that I have presented,...

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The birth of Christ not only displays God’s personal visitation to earth, but it also fulfills a promised new covenant which was promised by the prophet Jeremiah. Why is this new covenant necessary? Find out on this edition of the Bellator Christi Podcast in a message given by Pastor Brian...

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In this message, Pastor Brian discusses the prophecies of Christmas that point not only to Christ’s first advent, as celebrated at Christmas, but also his second advent which will occur at his return.

  1. The Prophetic Ghost of Christmas Past: FIRST ADVENT OF CHRIST (5:2-3).
    1. Past Christmas’s...

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Top-Ten Articles of 2017 - Bellator Christi

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By: Brian Chilton | December 29, 2017

I want to thank everyone who has visited Bellator Christi this year. 2017 has been a year of many changes as I have moved the website from PastorBrianChilton.wordpress.com (PBC) to BellatorChristi.com. Recently, I have started to post links of the articles...

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By: Brian Chilton | December 19, 2017

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This past Sunday, I received a wonderful question by a young man in our church. Matthew Cleary was in Sunday school and asked his teacher, who in turn asked me, “What time of night was Jesus born? Was it at midnight?” To be honest, I...

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Hanukkah and Christmas are the two major holidays of December. For some, the two holidays may seem worlds apart. However, did you realize that Jesus celebrated Hanukkah? A closer examination shows that the two holidays may not be as distant as some may think. Today, we discuss Hanukkah, what it...

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Jesus: Global Redeemer

Acts 10:1-48

  1. Jesus’s global redemption is found in CORNELIUS: RELIGIOUS SINNER (10:1-8).
  2. Jesus’s global redemption is found in PETER: RESISTENT SOULWINNER (10:9-23).
  3. Jesus’s global redemption is found in PETER & CORNELIUS: RELATED SAINTS (10:24-48).

Abou...

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By: Brian Chilton | December 11, 2017

When parsed out, theology can become quite complex. One of the deeper issues of theology deals with the differences between covenant theology and dispensational theology. When the term dispensationalismis spoken, some may think of the Left Behindseries or may...

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We have another round of excellent questions from our viewers at Bellator Christi.com. On today’s podcast we answer the following questions that were submitted to us at the website:

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1) Why don’t Christians observe circumcision?

2) Why don’t...

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By: Brian Chilton | December 5, 2017

Mark Lowry wrote a beautiful song called Mary, Did You Know.The song features questions that Mark would ask Mary if he had the chance. One of the lines inquires, “Mary, did you know . . . that when you kissed your little baby, you’ve kissed the face...

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image Welcome to the first ever fireside chat! Fireside chats are informal podcasts recorded outdoors in Pastor Brian’s prayer garden, next to his firepit. With the podcast being outdoors, chances are likely that you will hear the crackling of the flames, Brian’s cat prowling about, the...

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By: Brian Chilton | November 28, 2017

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image The CSB Spurgeon Study Bible is an all new study Bible that incorporates the notes of Charles Haddon Spurgeon along with the biblical text. As with most study Bibles, the notes appear at the bottom of the page. In addition to the study notes, the CSB...

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Copan, Paul, and William Lane Craig, eds. Come Let Us Reason: New Essays in Christian Apologetics. Nashville: B&H Academic, 2012. $24.99. 324 pages. ISBN: 978-1-4336-7220-0.

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Come Let Us Reasonis a collection of essays written by several prominent...

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Welcome to a special Thanksgiving podcast of Bellator Christi. This podcast will take the place of the regularly scheduled Friday podcast. Yes, the podcasts will normally be produced on Fridays from here on. Nevertheless, sometimes we encounter very strange worldviews that have the name...

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Have you ever felt like an outsider? Have you ever felt as if you do not have anything for which you could be thankful? In this message, Pastor Brian discusses the ability that all believers have to be thankful. Because of God’s marvelous, inclusive invitation to those who feel like...

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On this edition of the Bellator Christi Podcast, Pastor Brian looks at the powerful conversion of the apostle Paul. In contrast to the fictional movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Paul’s real life conversion was not-so-secretive. Paul’s conversion was evident to all,...

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You’ve got questions? We’ve got answers. Today, Brian Chilton answers some of your questions submitted to Bellator Christi. We will discuss the following topics:

Is Christianity exclusive?

Who were the Ebionites and the Nazarenes?

Did Paul have irreconcilable differences with Peter and...

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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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