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

Proclaim & Defend - Apologetic Report

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Now, half a millennium after Luther nailed his theses to the door of the great Schlosskirche in Wittenberg, theological seminaries are on a rapid decline. Greek and Hebrew continue to be casualties. Genuine study of the biblical languages is being replaced by “Greek/Hebrew appreciation”...

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Tuesday, 18 September 2018 17:03

Satan Does Not Mind Christians Praying … Sort of

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imageOne of C.S. Lewis’s enjoyable reads is his Screwtape Letters, a collection of “letters” written by a senior demon to his understudy, his nephew demon. These letters are instructions of how to seek to undermine the effectiveness of the nephew’s Christian...

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Scientology was an interesting mixture between modern secular humanism, self-help psychology, and Eastern thought with a little science fiction thrown in.

Source: World Religions and Cults: Scientology | Answers in Genesis

Authors: Kevin Schaal...

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Monday, 17 September 2018 17:03

The Peculiar Pressures on the Pastor

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The failure of pastors is sadly too much in the headlines in recent months. The reasons are many. Our culture is increasingly hostile to our message so that many are skeptical of organized religion. Even church members, hurting from their church experience, create discord by careless criticism and...

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In this regard, evangelicals have a long history of following the culture. When hunger became an international issue in the late 20th century, that’s when evangelicals began talking about it. We didn’t focus much on race until after Ferguson and the rise of Black Lives Matter. We...

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Conservative Christians have been a powerful voting bloc favoring Republicans as Democrats stood on the sidelines. Progressive evangelicals hope to change that.

Source: Democrats (Wistfully) Take Aim at a Republican Stronghold: Evangelicals – The New York Times

Authors: Kevin Schaal...

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History is repeating itself. The events of the 20th Century in the fundamentalist modernist controversy are cycling through again.

The resurgence of conservatives within the SBC sought to take back leadership of the Convention from theological liberals. That movement spawned what we now call the...

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Sunday, 16 September 2018 10:07

More Than Material Minds

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How does the mind relate to the brain? This question is central to my professional life. I thought I had it answered. Yet a century of research and 30 years of my own neurosurgical practice have challenged everything I thought I knew.

The view assumed by those who taught me is that the mind is...

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Thursday, 13 September 2018 17:03

How to Handle Hurricanes, Internal and External

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Hugo, Fran, Floyd, Andrew, Katrina (to name just a few) and now Florence. But how about Charley? It was exactly fourteen years, one month, and a day ago, that Hurricane Charley steamrolled its way across the midsection of Florida. The Tampa Bay times captured an evocative photo in the aftermath of...

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Wednesday, 12 September 2018 17:03

Prayer and the Glory — The Glory! — of God

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John 17 might be the least explored peak of all the Bible’s grand vistas. And for good reason: the high priestly prayer is marvelously interwoven. Using only elementary vocabulary, Jesus staggers human capacity to articulate theology with phrases like, “that they may all be one, just as...

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Wednesday, 12 September 2018 05:46

Remembering Arno Weniger–Fred Moritz

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Arno Q. Weniger Jr.

Dr. Arno Q. Weniger Jr. passed into the presence of the Lord on September 9, 2018.

We remember his effective pastoral ministries at First Baptist Church in International Falls, Minnesota, and Calvary Baptist Church in Normal, Illinois. Under his leadership, many were saved and...

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A convicted paedophile and rapist who was transferred to a women’s prison after he said he was transgender, sexually assaulted multiple women within days of the move.

A man who calls himself Karen White pleaded guilty to repeatedly raping a woman in 2016, having previously been convicted of a...

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The Quinn home in Philadelphia is quiet for the first time in 30 years. No kids playing; no healthy cries of babies. The silence came after the City of Philadelphia stopped referring children for foster care with families like the Quinns, who are certified by Catholic Social Services (CSS). The...

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If you’re a Christian, how do you see yourself? How do you “self-identify?” This is a trendy phrase lately, so … how about it? Do you see yourself as a businessman, a plumber, a banker, a teacher? What about as a black man? A white lady? An alcoholic? A pornography addict?

I...

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Tuesday, 11 September 2018 02:05

Dr. Arno Weniger with the Lord-P D

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Dr. Arno Weniger is now with the Lord.  As a long time FBFI board member, pastor, and former President of Maranatha Baptist University, Dr. Weniger had a profound impact on our fellowship and Baptist fundamentalism at large. We owe him...

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As a Christian considering joining the Catholic Church through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, I find myself overwhelmed with grief, anger and despair after a grand jury in Pennsylvania released a report detailing the cover-up of over 1,000 cases of sexual abuse by over 300...

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This is an amazing read from a Willow Creek insider.  Everyone in all of evangelicalism and fundamentalism should read it. (KSchaal)

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The fundamental ailment of the evangelical church today is toxic power. Toxic power is anchored in prideful autonomy and manifested in forms of...

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Monday, 10 September 2018 17:03

Nine Reasons for Eternal Security

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Salvation is eternally secure for every person who believes the truth about Jesus. Some people teach that those who believe the truth about Jesus may have salvation for a while, but may lose it along the way. They may phrase this view like this: “Jesus will never turn his back on you; but you...

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Rising 825 feet over the skyline of Atlanta, Stone Mountain is the most-visited destination in the state of Georgia. On its north face, a carving in the granite wall depicts three figures central to the Confederacy: Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, and Stonewall Jackson.

Against this backdrop,...

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Sunday, 09 September 2018 18:48

Simple, Reverent Worship

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For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world.

2 Corinthians 1:12

Pass the time of your sojourning here in fear [reverence].

1 Peter 1:17

We are...

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Saturday, 08 September 2018 17:32

Better Dead than Disabled? | Commonweal Magazine

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For about fifteen years now, one of the first things I do when having an argument about abortion is to ask prochoicers whether they think Peter Singer is wrong to support infanticide. If they think he is wrong, I then attempt to walk them back from their reasoning about infanticide to see how it...

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Saturday, 08 September 2018 17:24

Why Putin is an ally for American evangelicals

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The close relationship between American evangelicals and Russia has lately been discussed widely in the news media. In particular, the Justice Department unsealed a criminal complaint in July against a Russian woman, Maria Butina, for trying to use the National Prayer Breakfast, a star-studded...

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Thursday, 06 September 2018 17:03

On God’s Will

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Our friend Kevin Bauder published a series on Knowing God’s Will recently. Given my theological predilections, I strongly desired to argue with him, but… Well, his series is simply outstanding. You need to read it. He starts with:

Knowing God’s Will: Part One

Does God have an...

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Perhaps you come to this article with a little reticence. If weight and health are issues for you personally, you may fear that this article was written by some kind of health nut with a supercharged metabolism who is eager to heap shame on...

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Tuesday, 04 September 2018 17:03

Does Spirit Baptism Occur After Conversion?

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Some charismatic teaching indicates that a person must undergo a separate experience of receiving (or being baptized with) the Holy Spirit sometime after conversion. To arrive at this perspective, they lean heavily and sincerely upon instances in Acts when this either did happen (Acts 2:4ff, Acts...

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