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

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Saturday, 16 September 2017 23:32

Membership Eldership

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Where’s Church Membership in the New Testament?

John Samson (9/10/17) teaching the Sunday School hour at Eastford Baptist Church in Eastford, CT:

Appoint Elders in Every Town

John Samson (9/10/17): The importance of biblical eldership, and what having a plurality of elders means for the overall...

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Friday, 08 September 2017 00:51

Appoint Elders in Every Town

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imageYou and I were never meant to do Christianity alone. The Church is not only being built by our Lord Jesus but is His provision for each one of His children – a place where each of us can be nurtured, protected and carry out our differing ministries in the body. C. H. Spurgeon called the Local...

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Thursday, 07 September 2017 23:57

Why I Love the Church

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imageA series of 3 short articles by Dr. John MacArthur: (original source here).

I love the church.

I am an inveterate and incurable lover of the church. It thrills me beyond expression to serve the church. Although I am also involved in some para-church ministries, I would not trade my ministry in the...

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Thursday, 07 September 2017 18:44

Psalm 22: The Psalm of the Cross

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imagePsalm 22: Dr. James Montgomery Boice (original source here)

Theme: Prophesying the Crucifixion

In this week’s lessons we look at how this psalm, written hundreds of years before Christ, describes the details of Jesus’ suffering and death by crucifixion.

Scripture: Psalm 22:1-21

The Lord...

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Wednesday, 06 September 2017 01:40

Eat My Flesh, Drink My Blood – What Does This Mean?

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Article: “I Am the Bread of Life” by Cameron Buettel (original source here)

Christ’s preaching has a tendency to shock our sensibilities. One of His most vexing statements occurs in the gospel of John: “He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life” (John...

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Wednesday, 06 September 2017 01:27

Touch Not the Lord’s Anointed? What Does it Mean?

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imageArticle: Frequently Abused Verses: Did God Forbid us to Critique or Criticize Church Leaders? (Psalm 105:15; 1 Samuel 24:10) by Cameron Buettel (original source here)

False teaching thrives in environments where it is unlikely to be questioned. Charlatans and heretics prey on uncritical minds, and...

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Wednesday, 06 September 2017 01:09

Does Baptism Save You?

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image Article: Does Baptism Save You? (1 Peter 3:21; Acts 2:38) by Jeremiah Johnson (original source here)

Faith and repentance are not easy. Submission contradicts the natural disposition of the human heart. And the transforming and sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit is often uncomfortable and...

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Tuesday, 05 September 2017 08:21

What Is the Church?

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image Article by R.C. Sproul (original source here)

Paul gives great attention to ecclesiology, the doctrine of the church, in his letter to the Ephesians. In fact, we could say Ephesians answers this question: What is the church? In Ephesians 2:19–22, the chief metaphor Paul uses is that of a...

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Original source here.

Jonathan Gibson (PhD, Cambridge University) is associate minister at Cambridge Presbyterian Church and assistant professor of Old Testament at Westminster Theological Seminary. He is the author of historical and biblical articles in Themelios and Journal of Biblical Literature...

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Monday, 04 September 2017 07:57

Costi Hinn Interview

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image On Life & Theology With Costi Hinn by Adam Powers (original source here)

I recently had the privilege to sit down with Costi Hinn for a rare Publicans Blog interview. It was a pleasure to get to know the man and hear his heart for the Truth. He has been through a lot in his journey from heresy...

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Monday, 04 September 2017 06:01

Cult: Christ In Me International

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Article: Christ In Me International: Emergence of a New Cult? by Rudolph P Boshoff (at this link)

Authors: John Samson...

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Monday, 04 September 2017 05:52

Six Ways a Church Should Use a Confession of Faith

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image Article by Jeff Robinson (original source here)

Particular Baptist churches planted in the tumultuous soil of 17th century England grew up and bore fruit under a nasty set of doctrinal and methodological accusations, including that they subscribed to libertarian free will, denied original sin, that...

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Monday, 04 September 2017 00:59

Responding to Critiques of Calvinism

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image When writing an article that finds its way to the internet, there is often feedback, both positive and negative. The process, including the negative reactions, can actually sharpen the thought process or enable things to be communicated in a better, more helpful way.

Sometimes though, someone is so...

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Sunday, 03 September 2017 13:36

John’s Gospel – What’s It All About?

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Text: John 20:30,31

The Gospel of John presents Jesus from John’s unique perspective. When we understand the intended purpose for writing, we can begin to grasp the “why” behind all of this Gospel’s contents.

Authors: John Samson...

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Saturday, 02 September 2017 20:02

Are Arminians Saved?

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Dr. John MacArthur:

For more on this: http://effectualgrace.com/2011/09/13/are-arminians-saved/

Understanding Arminianism

The Arminian Understanding of “Faith”

Why the Right Response?

Authors: John Samson...

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Saturday, 02 September 2017 12:47

Calvinism Upheld

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image Article: FIVE BELIEFS UPHELD BY CALVINISTS THAT DON’T UNDERMINE THE DOCTRINES OF GRACE by Stephen Kneale (original source here)

Calvinists subscribe to the doctrines of grace. These are typically summed up by the ‘five points of Calvinism’. As a mnemonic device, we use the acronym...

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Friday, 01 September 2017 23:52

Biblical Elders Deacons

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by Nehemiah Coxe (d. 1688)

http://www.chapellibrary.org/files/2914/3766/4611/bead.pdf

Authors: John Samson...

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Friday, 01 September 2017 03:50

Any Valid Examples of Evolution?

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Email To Russ Miller (CreationMinistries.org):

“My child’s school is teaching her she evolved from primates. Are there any valid examples of evolution?”

Answer: Millions of examples of Micro-evolution, better called micro-adaptations or variations, could be shown. Adaptations are...

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Thursday, 31 August 2017 10:39

Justification by Faith Alone

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Dr. Michael Reeves:

Justification by faith was the matter of the Reformation five hundred years ago, but does it matter in the same way today? This talk will unpack what Luther discovered in Scripture, consider some contemporary challenges, and help us stand firm in proclaiming good news of freedom...

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Wednesday, 30 August 2017 08:10

Nashville Statement

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imageNASHVILLE STATEMENT – A COALITION FOR BIBLICAL SEXUALITY

Website: https://cbmw.org/nashville-statement

PREAMBLE

“Know that the LORD Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves…” –Psalm 100:3

Evangelical Christians at the dawn of the twenty-first century...

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Tuesday, 29 August 2017 18:57

Quick Tips to Improve Your Productivity

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Here are 20 of them (by Tim Challies)

Authors: John Samson...

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Tuesday, 29 August 2017 18:20

Molinism Refuted

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Middle Knowledge (a concept at the heart of Molinism) is refuted by Dr. James White:

Authors: John Samson...

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Monday, 28 August 2017 21:15

Is There a God?

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image Article by Sinclair Ferguson (original source here)

Answer the question “Is there a God?” in around 775 words? Is this perhaps the easiest assignment Tabletalk has ever commissioned, since the answer is so clear? There are no consistent atheists, only people hiding from God. “The...

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Monday, 28 August 2017 09:37

Liturgical Protestant Worship

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imageArticle: 7 Things I Love about Liturgical Protestant Worship by Silverio Gonzalez (original source here)

Sometimes the idea of “formal worship” scares people. I hope to make that less scary. The Protestant traditions include Anglicanism, Lutheranism, the Reformed, and Presbyterianism....

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Sunday, 27 August 2017 07:47

What Every Christian Should Know

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This morning I had the privilege of preaching at a local Church here in Phoenix (while their Pastor was away). My theme was “What Every Christian Should Know” and the base text was 2 Timothy 3:10-17. The service was live-streamed and can be viewed here (I am introduced around the 26...

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