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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Sunday, 14 January 2018 17:49

Before You Believed, You Belonged

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Article by John Piper (original source here)

When it comes to weighty matters in the Bible, let’s be like Mary. “Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart” (Luke 2:19). First, she took note of important things and put them in a safe place — her heart....

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imageArticle by Alex Duke, editorial manager of 9Marks (original source here).

A few years back, I heard about a church that had grown concerned about their bloated membership. After years of lackadaisical accounting, the number had become unwieldy, even disingenuous. Their “official”...

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Wednesday, 10 January 2018 01:35

Do We Really Need to Wage War Against False Doctrine?

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imageArticle: (original source here) Do We Really Need to Wage War Against False Doctrine? . . . and how evangelicalism’s refusal to fight for the faith destroyed the movement by Phil Johnson

I answered an e-mail this week from someone who suggested that we should not concern ourselves with people...

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Monday, 08 January 2018 21:51

The Biblical Witness to the Holy Trinity

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imageArticle by Kim Riddlebarger – The Biblical Witness to the Holy Trinity (original source here)

It is common to hear claims that Christians, Jews, and Muslims worship the same God. The God of Abraham is often claimed as the father of the three great monotheistic faiths. A survey of the Bible,...

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Article by Matthew Tuininga, From the 9Marks Journal (original source here):

Soon after John Calvin was appointed as a pastor of the Genevan church, having only recently arrived as a refugee fleeing persecution in his native France, one of his first actions was to petition the city government for...

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Monday, 08 January 2018 11:09

Rules For Sons

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imageNot sure who wrote this…

Rules For Sons:

1. Never shake a man’s hand sitting down. 2. There are plenty of ways to enter a pool. The stairs ain’t one. 3. The man at the grill is the closest thing we have to a king. 4. In a negotiation, never make the first offer. 5. Act like...

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Monday, 08 January 2018 09:33

Life Can Only Come From Life

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“Real science, which is a Believer’s true friend, just delivered ANOTHER MAJOR BLOW to the religious belief of Darwinian evolutionism! Until 2016, the inability for life to begin on its own had always been a thorn-in-the-side to Darwinism. Then Harvard biologist and Nobel Laureate Jack...

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Monday, 08 January 2018 09:24

Historicity Of Jesus

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Atheist/agnostic professor of religious studies at UNC Dr. Bart Ehrman explains how there is no academic scholars in the Western world who doubts that Jesus existed:

“This is not an issue for scholars. There is no scholar in any college or university who teaches classics, ancient history, new...

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Monday, 08 January 2018 04:27

Three Trinitarian Controversies

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imageArticle: Three Trinitarian Controversies Every Christian Should Know by Adriel Sanchez (original source here)

Adriel serves as pastor of North Park Presbyterian Church, a congregation in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, he also serves the...

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Monday, 08 January 2018 00:34

The Marian Martyrs

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imageBack in October, 2017, Dr. Steve Lawson continued his “Men who Rocked the World” series by discussing the Marian Martyrs in a 4 part series:

1. Introduction to the Marian Martyrs

2. John Rodgers

3. Hugh Latimer & Nicolas Ridley

4. Thomas Cranmer

Authors: John Samson...

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David Schrock is the pastor for preaching and theology at Occoquan Bible Church in Woodbridge, Virginia. Here is his book review of Bill Johnson’s book (and why he believes Johnson to be a heretic).

Here is a book by Richard Pinckney Moore “Divergent Theology: An Inquiry Into the...

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Sunday, 07 January 2018 10:18

What is the Gospel?

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imageDr. Robert Godfrey (original source here)

Many Christians, churches, and organizations regularly use the word gospel to describe their convictions. Theological controversies have occurred and do occur over the meaning of the gospel and who preaches it faithfully. What does that familiar word gospel...

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Sunday, 07 January 2018 06:29

Can I Get A Witness?

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Text: John 1:19-28

John’s witness to Christ has much to help us understand our own.

Authors: John Samson...

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Friday, 05 January 2018 23:39

Abortion Mill Outreach – A Blueprint

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I am proud to call these two men (Jeff Durbin and Chris Arnzen) very good friends of mine. They have put together a very vital and useful show here, full of information about a Christian worldview and how to engage our culture. Abortion is a plague in our society, wherever it is found. The show can...

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Friday, 05 January 2018 12:50

The Devotional Life of the Pastor

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Dr. Michael Reeves:

Part 1

Part 2

Authors: John Samson...

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Friday, 05 January 2018 12:48

Applying the Reformation

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Dr. Michael Reeves: The Reformation applied to life and ministry today.

Authors: John Samson...

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Thursday, 04 January 2018 11:36

A Slander on the Oyster

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image“You cannot be truly efficient ministers if you are not ‘apt to teach.’ You know ministers who have mistaken their calling, and evidently have no gifts for it: make sure that none think the same of you. There are brethren in the ministry whose speech is intolerable; either they...

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Thursday, 04 January 2018 08:01

For Whom Did Christ Die?

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Dr. Steve Lawson:

Authors: John Samson...

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Wednesday, 03 January 2018 03:03

Thomas S. Monson and the Mormonism he served

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imageDr. James White:

There is simply no question in my mind that Joseph Smith did not expect his “work” to continue into the future. He left no meaningful mechanism for the continuance of that work in reference to its leadership, resulting in the initial split right after his death. But the...

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Tuesday, 02 January 2018 11:46

The Pastor and the Church in Disciple-Making

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Mark Dever: From the Desiring God 2013 Conference for Pastors.

1. Centrality of the Church in Disciple-Making

Centrality of the Church in Disciple-Making from Desiring God on Vimeo.

2. Connecting the Dots Between Shepherding, Disciple-Making, and Meaningful Membership

Connecting the Dots Between...

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Friday, 29 December 2017 13:45

The Letter Kills But The Spirit Gives Life

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Charles Hodge on 2 Corinthians 3:6:

An Exposition of the Second Epistle to the Corinthians. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, n.d., 56-58 (Language modernized by Nate Milne where necessary).

For the letter (i.e., the law) kills, but the spirit (i.e., the gospel) gives life. This is the reason why God has made...

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Friday, 29 December 2017 07:15

After You Have Sinned… Remember This…

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imageAdriel Sanchez is pastor of North Park Presbyterian Church, a congregation in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, he also serves the broader church as a contributor on the White Horse Inn radio program. He and his wife Ysabel live in San Diego...

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Wednesday, 27 December 2017 14:40

Evidences of a Young Earth

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Original source here including the links provided in the article)

Without millions and billions of years, evolutionary history completely falls apart. Here are just a few of many credible evidences from various branches of science that tell of a world much younger than evolutionists claim.

Evidence 1...

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Tuesday, 26 December 2017 14:05

Open Air Preaching

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Article: Geoffrey Kirkland – Personal Philosophy of Open Air Preaching

Sermon: Todd Friel – Preaching Outside of the Pulpit

Authors: John Samson...

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Thursday, 21 December 2017 16:09

Faithfulness In A Secular Age

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Preached from the high pulpit of Wittenberg’s Castle Church, Dr. James White…:

Authors: John Samson...

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