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

Note: Due to unforeseen technical difficulties, the previous podcast with Dr. Gary Yates was cut short. This version of the podcast features the full interview and advertisements at the end of the show. I apologize to our listeners and to Dr. Gary Yates for the glitch on the previous show.

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image The OT prophets hold a great deal of relevance for NT Christians, perhaps none more than Jeremiah. How do we understand Jeremiah’s prophecy and what relevance does his text hold for us today? To answer that question, we are joined by Dr. Gary Yates, Professor of OT at Liberty...

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As originally published at https://www.christianpost.com/voice/dont-be-overcome-by-statistics-overcome-statistics-with-the-gospel.html.

By: Brian G. Chilton | April 10, 2018

Let’s be honest. We in the Christian world are inundated with bad news. We are bombarded with news about how the...

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Over the past few messages, we have been discussing heaven. In this final message in the series, Pastor Brian asks if it is possible for a person to know that he or she is going to heaven. Do believers have assurance of salvation or are they in salvific limbo? Pastor Brian answers that question...

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Continuing the series titled “Heaven: Our Eternal Home,” Pastor Brian Chilton discusses the new living kingdom found in God’s new creation as led by the Messiah. Will animals exist in the new creation? What will the governmental rule be like? Find the answers to this and much more...

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By: J. D. Kline | 4/9/18

Ed Hindson and Elmer L. Towns. Illustrated Bible Survey: An Introduction. Revised Edition. Nashville: B&H Academic, 2017. $49.99. 624 pages.

Summary

Hindson and Towns “provide a college-level textbook” that is “ideally suited for undergraduate students,...

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Does God communicate with us today? Granted, we have to be careful with claiming to have heard a word from the Lord as we often interject our own beliefs as being from God. Such is a dangerous mindset and can lead to great problems. However, we must also caution against a notion that God no longer...

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Monday, 02 April 2018 03:05

The 40 Days of Easter - Bellator Christi

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By: Brian G. Chilton | April 2, 2018

Easter is my favorite holiday. It is nice because of the warming weather, the blooming of flowers, the greening of the grass, and the growth of leaves on the trees. Everything looks dead during the winter, but everything seems to come to life around Easter.

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On this Good Friday episode of The Bellator Christi Podcast, Brian Chilton gives 9 reasons why he came back to the belief that Jesus really did raise from the dead on the first Easter morning. When he was faced with doubts from the Jesus Seminar, he was led to a stronger faith through the...

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Will heaven be boring? At times, we think of heaven being one large church service. Will there be nothing but singing in heaven? What will we do? Find out on this edition of The Bellator Christi Podcast.

  1. Heaven will not be boring because of an exciting new START (65:17).
  2. Heaven will not be boring...

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Our series on heaven continues with an exploration of a quite confusing topic: near-death experiences (NDEs). Because of confusion pertaining to NDEs, people gravitate towards two extreme positions. On the one hand, there are individuals who throw out the baby with the bathwater. Since not all NDEs...

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By: Jason D. Kline | 3/23/18

The Essence of the New Testament: A Survey.2nd edition. Edited by Elmer L. Towns and Ben Gutierrez. B&H Publishing Group. Nashville, TN. 2016. $28.99. 384 pages.

Book Overview

The Essence of the New Testament: A Survey isa gem for New Testament studies; a...

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On this edition of the Bellator Christi Podcast, host Brian Chilton revisits the issue of creation and explores six various views: fiat creationism, gap theory creationism, progressive creationism, theistic evolutionism, deistic evolutionism, and naturalistic Darwinian evolutionism. Part of this...

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By: Brian G. Chilton | March 21, 2018

Last week, notable physicist Stephen Hawking died. Hawking was known for his brilliant work as a physicist, especially working with black holes, the big bang, and for his exploration of the so-called Theory of Everything(a theory that is purported to hold the...

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On this edition of The Bellator Christi Podcast, host Brian Chilton discusses the death of renowned physicist, Stephen Hawking. Brian gives 5 reasons why he was led back to a strong faith in God’s existence after tampering with agnosticism at one point in his life. What are the top 5 reasons...

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Gnosticism was an early heretical movement that was combated by the church. What exactly is Gnosticism? What did Gnostics believe about the world’s creation, and the dichotomy between the material and spiritual world? What did they believe about salvation and Christ’s role in the...

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Heaven: Our Eternal Home

“Will There Be Marriages in Heaven?”

Matthew 23:23-40

  1. There are no marriages in heaven, because of ANGELIC LIKENESS (23:29-30).
    1. Angelic likeness indicates no GENDER ROLES.
    2. Angelic likeness indicates no GENDER RELATIONSHIPS.
  2. There are no marriages in heaven, because of...

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“Will We Know One Another in Heaven?”

Matthew 17:1-13

  1. In their glorified state, the prophets’ IDENTITIES were known (17:3, 4-8, 11).
    1. Known by God/Jesus.
    2. Known by Disciples.
  2. In their glorified state, the prophets’ RELATIONSHIPS were known (17:1-3).
    1. With each...

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As originally posted on The Christian Post. The original article can be found at https://www.christianpost.com/voice/would-god-save-killer-nikolas-cruz.html.

Anytime we face a time where great evil has been committed, I am often asked as a pastor if God can forgive the perpetrator of such an...

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By: Brian G. Chilton | March 5, 2018.

The following is a question submitted to Bellator Christi.com. If you would like to submit a question, fill out the form at https://bellatorchristi.com/submit-a-question-to-bellator-christi/ and your question may be featured on a future article or podcast.

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Heaven: Our Eternal Home

What Will Heaven Look Like? Scenes of Heaven in Revelation

(Part Two)

Revelation 4:6b-11; 21:9-14, 22-27; 22:1-5

  1. The Scene of the SON (1:9-18). (Part One)
    1. Son’s UNITY: 7 golden lampstands.
    2. Son’s AUTHORITY: gold sash, cascading waters, eyes of a flaming fire, and sword...

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Rev. Billy Graham passed away Wednesday, February 21, 2018. Graham preached to more than 215 million people during his lifetime. Oddly, despite Graham’s attempts to stay out of political controversies, Graham has been met with unjustified criticisms. In this podcast, Brian gives a few...

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Tuesday, 20 February 2018 22:47

Thank You, Dr. Billy Graham! - Bellator Christi

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It was announced today (Feb. 21, 2018) that Dr. Billy Graham had passed away. Dr. Graham was a global evangelist who reached thousands upon thousands with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Graham is popularly called “America’s Pastor.” While we will miss him, we know that heaven has...

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image Unfortunately, we are again talking about another school shooting. What will it take to stop these shootings? Some have claimed that thoughts and prayers are unimportant. While for some, the notion indicates a desire for political action to be taken. However, for others, such a statement implies...

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imageHeaven: Our Eternal Home

“What Will Heaven Look Like? Scenes of Heaven in Revelation”

Rev. 1:9-18; 4:1-11; 7:9-10; 21:9-14, 22-27; 22:1-5

(Part One)

Rev. 1:9-18; 4:1-6a

  1. The Scene of the SON (1:9-18). (Part One)
    1. Son’s UNITY: 7 golden lampstands.
    2. So...

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