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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Thursday, 07 December 2017 13:10

Trevin’s Seven

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Podcast: This week, I was a guest on World Radio’s Listening In podcast with Warren Cole Smith.

Kindle Deal: How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth by Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart. $1.99.

Of note: Jeff Vanderstelt reviewed This Is Our Time for TGC this week....

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Written by Trevin Wax
Thursday, 07 December 2017 13:06

The Day After the Day of Infamy Featured

December 7, 2017 will go down as a day in infamy, as I wrote yesterday. Fake marriage was voted through in the Federal Parliament, after several days of debate in which various amendments were all voted down. Sodomy has been legalised while freedoms of all kinds have been declared to be worthless...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Thursday, 07 December 2017 13:01

Michael Kruger and Andreas Kostenberger on Walter Bauer and his “lost Christianities” thesis

Thursday, 07 December 2017 13:01

Strengthened By Testing

December 8

“Count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.” -JAMES 1:2,3

The Lord does not test us with the intent of making us stumble. That is the way the adversary works. No, the Lord indeed tests us and proves us, but His...

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Written by Chip Brogden
Thursday, 07 December 2017 13:00

The Impartial Power of God

By one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified. —Hebrews 10:14

We trample the blood of the Son of God underfoot if we think we are forgiven because we are sorry for our sins. The only reason for the forgiveness of our sins by God, and the infinite depth of His promise...

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Written by RSS | My Utmost For His Highest
Thursday, 07 December 2017 13:00

$5 Friday: Jesus, the Trinity, Holiness

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It's time for our weekly $5 Friday sale. This week's resources include such topics as Jesus, prayer, apologetics, Scripture, the Trinity, the Gospel of John, holiness, and more.

Sale runs through 12:01 a.m. — 11:59 p.m. Friday ET.

View today's $5 Friday sale items.

Authors: Nathan W. Bingham...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Thursday, 07 December 2017 12:53

It's Christmas, Let's Not Forget to Give Jesus a Birthday Gift

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Christmas is Jesus’s birthday. We know that. But in the frenetic pace of the holiday season, we often lose sight of that truth. While my family is busily making and buying gifts for one another, our friends, and our neighbors, we could easily skate through December without preparing a gift...

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Written by Jennifer Oshman
Thursday, 07 December 2017 12:19

Scripture, Tradition, and Church, by Anthony Lane

Thursday, 07 December 2017 11:10

This land is mine

i) The late great Jewish tenor Richard Tucker make a stirring recording of "The Exodus Song":
Depending on your viewpoint, that's political propaganda. Since I'm not Jewish, and I wasn't raised in the Middle East, I can't identify with the song at a...

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Written by steve
Thursday, 07 December 2017 11:01

The Genealogy of Jesus

Michael Kok has a collection of links related to Jesus' genealogies in Matthew and Luke here.

Authors: BibleX...

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Written by BibleX
Thursday, 07 December 2017 10:18

How Cromwell’s Irish terror made a bloodthirsty preacher teach tolerance

John Owen scholar Crawford Gribben recounts Owen’s change in sentiment.

[I]n August 1649 [Cromwell] achieved, for the first time in hundreds of years of English intervention, the entire subjugation of Ireland. His goal was a massive extension of English power and Protestant religion....

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Written by Brandon Adams
Thursday, 07 December 2017 10:00

Mojo Not Firepower

“History is littered with examples of empires, nations, and cities that fell to inferior forces when by all rights they should not have” (Empires of Dirt, p. 58).

The post Mojo Not Firepower appeared first on Blog & Mablog.

Authors: Douglas Wilson...

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Thursday, 07 December 2017 09:00

Moore's the pity, pt. 1

https://www.facebook.com/robert.a.gagnon.56/posts/10159861539550045
Can an evangelical or conservative Christian in good faith and with good reason vote for Roy Moore, the Republican candidate for the Alabama Senate, and thus against Doug Jones, the Democratic candidate?
Many...

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Written by steve
Thursday, 07 December 2017 08:42

Reclaiming the initiative in the culture wars

I'm going to comment on an article by Ryan Anderson:
Ryan makes a number of good points along the way, but he also has some missteps: 
But do we really want to live in a country where acting...

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Written by steve
Thursday, 07 December 2017 08:00

Judaism’s View of Salvation | The Rapp Report daily 025 | SFE | Andrew Rappaport Featured

This podcast evaluates the view of salvation in Judaism

This podcast is a ministry of Striving for Eternity and all our resources http://strivingforeternity.org/

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Written by Andrew Rappaport
Thursday, 07 December 2017 07:59

Knowing God’s Will: A Better Way than Signs and Wonders

imageIn their search for God, proponents of Dominionism, NAR, Kingdom Now (and even New Age), believe there is a shortcut to finding God and His will. It is found in the ethereal and the ecstatic, which manifests itself in signs and wonders. These, they say, are evidences that God is moving and working...

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Written by modres
Thursday, 07 December 2017 07:50

The Strangeness of the Modern Mind

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The question of how things that were once inconceivable can become conventional and even majority viewpoints is one we far too infrequently ask ourselves. How is it possible, for instance, that the norm of marriage as a male-and-female institution is one of the nearest things there is to a cultural...

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Written by Alastair Roberts
Thursday, 07 December 2017 07:45

Learned and Turned (Christ and Adam… Respectively) Featured

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There is a quality which both Adam and Christ share. They each lacked what we all do not lack… “original sin.”

What is original sin?

Here’s a description of original sin as given by Got Questions?org

“…that sin and its guilt that we all possess in...

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Written by theidolbabbler.com
Thursday, 07 December 2017 07:22

Forty Examples Of Matthew And Luke Agreeing On Jesus' Childhood

A few years ago, I posted thirty examples of agreements between Matthew and Luke about Jesus' childhood. Earlier this year, I added ten more to the post, so that it now provides forty examples. If you've already read the original edition of the post, you can go to the comments section of the thread...

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Written by Jason Engwer
Thursday, 07 December 2017 07:13

Unanticipated Discussion of CBGM and P45, Then Beginning of a Review of Ijaz Ahmad’s Video on OT/NT “Corruption”

I started off thinking I’d mainly respond to Ijaz Ahmad’s video today and then open the phones, but alas, I mentioned a little bit about the Coherence Based Genealogical Method in regards to some volumes of the TuT series (Text und Textwert) that had just arrived today and people...

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Written by James White
Thursday, 07 December 2017 06:47

Joyce Meyer -- A Prisoner of Heresy

A recent article from Joyce Meyer reveals some of the many false teachings she embodies...

Authors: 828 Ministries...

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Thursday, 07 December 2017 06:28

I Threw Myself on Jesus’ Mercy, But Nothing Happened

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When people are pursuing Christ and say, “nothing happened”, they can either give up seeking and go to hell, or they can keep seeking Him until they find Him. Christ may even test us and not give us what we’re asking for immediately, but a person with faith won’t give up...

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Written by Tim Conway
Thursday, 07 December 2017 06:08

The Cross is proof of God’s grace Featured

by Mike Ratliff

13 And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ Luke 18:13 (NKJV) 

In our day it is not unusual to hear a man-centered version of the Gospel message that...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Thursday, 07 December 2017 06:04

Presbyterian vs Congregationalist vs Baptist Sacramentology

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Visible Saints and Notorious Sinners: Presbyterian Sacramental Doctrine and Practice and the Vicissitudes of the Baptist Movement in New England and the Middle Colonies is an interesting essay from OPC pastor Peter J. Wallace. He argues that after the Great Awakening, baptist convinctions grew...

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Written by brandonadams
Thursday, 07 December 2017 05:57

Is Being Good Enough to Get to Heaven?

Some time ago, I had an in-depth discussion with a college student about the morality of hell. Even though I provided every philosophical and theological justification I could muster, he simply couldn’t accept that a loving and just God would send anyone to hell.

After about an hour of...

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Written by Sean McDowell
Thursday, 07 December 2017 05:40

TEACHING THURSDAY – PSYCHOLOGY IN LIGHT OF SCRIPTURE

The teachings of psychology always intrigued me –until after I became a Christian and began to read the Bible. The more I read God’s Word, the more God began to heal me from how others had caused me to view myself as God began to renew my mind with the truth of His Word. God […]

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Written by Mary/Living For His Glory
Thursday, 07 December 2017 05:10

The Social Gospel Coalition, Jared Wilson, Publish Bizarre Reading List for Pastors Featured

Jared Wilson, who’s a part of the Social Gospel Coalition, but who I don’t think we’ve ever blogged about before, has posted a bizarre reading list on the TSGC website. He explains:

Liberty Baptist Church recently launched our Pastoral Training Center, an 18-month...

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Written by News Division
Thursday, 07 December 2017 04:57

The Lesser of Two Evils Does Not Vindicate Evil

image Sohrab Ahmari has written a penetrating op-ed for The New York Times titled, “Supporting Roy Moore Is a Devil’s Bargain.” I agree with just about everything in this piece, but I want to highlight one part of it that evangelicals would do well to pay attention to.

Ahmari points...

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Written by Denny Burk
Thursday, 07 December 2017 04:51

The Progressive Feminist “Women’s Champion” Formula: Vote To Keep Abortion Legal So That You Can Grope/Fondle/Assault At Will Featured

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Ah, how quickly the world changes…and yes, often for the better…

Just yesterday, it seems – or about two months ago, to be more precise – it was the open, accepted norm for progressive feminist types like Bill Clinton, Al Franken, and _______ Kennedy to have free reign to...

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Written by FireBreathingChristian
Thursday, 07 December 2017 04:51

Pride, Celebrity, Self-Flattery, and Donkeys

image Andreas Kostenberger has a nice section about humility in his book Excellence.  He notes that humility is one of the “cardinal virtues in the Christian life and in academic work.”  In the chapter Kostenberger quotes Calvin:

I was always exceedingly delighted with...

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Written by Reformed Reader
Thursday, 07 December 2017 04:41

Long Before Luther: Tracing the Heart of the Gospel From Christ to the Reformation by Nathan Busenitz

Long Before Luther: Tracing the Heart of the Gospel From Christ to the Reformation by Nathan Busenitz recently hit the shelves. Busentiz sets out to discover whether or not the doctrine of justification by faith alone was taught and stressed before the days of the Protestant Reformation. Anyone...

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Written by David Steele
Thursday, 07 December 2017 04:35

Christ, Our Substitute

2 Corinthians 5:21, “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”WHAT IS SUBSTITUTIONARY ATONEMENT?

The cross of Jesus is where the substitutionary atonement happened. On the cross, Jesus served as our substitute and atoned...

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Written by Thaddeus Williams
Thursday, 07 December 2017 04:10

Love him or loathe him, President Trump is keeping his promises

Journalist Osita Nwanevu called President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel “an event of almost Biblical significance.”

In 1995 Congress overwhelmingly passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act, an act to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. As...

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Written by Gerald Harris
Thursday, 07 December 2017 03:58

Around the Horn (December 7)

What Expository Preaching Is Not – H.B. Charles

What is expository preaching? Often times, it’s helpful to define something by talking about what it is not. H.B. Charles wrote a great post on what expository preaching is not by shooting down 15 myths about expository preaching.

He, She,...

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Written by Staff
Thursday, 07 December 2017 03:43

Christmas Series: Are Nativity Sets Biblical II? The Opinion of Eusebius Featured

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Eusebius, the early church pastor, historian, and polemicist. He strongly opposed images of Jesus, and rebuked the emperor’s sister for asking for one. He said it was impossible to represent Christ with an image, and it was a sin to try.

Eusebius of Caesarea is one of my favorite early church...

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Written by News Division
Thursday, 07 December 2017 03:37

Apologetics in a Post Christian Age (Audio) -- Basic Cateogies (Part Six)

Here's the audio from Wednesday Night's Bible study: "Basic Categories -- The Basic Christian Truth Claim and Christ's Incarnation"  Click Here

Previous lectures in this series can be found here (scroll down): Apologetics in a Post Christian Age

Authors: Kim Riddlebarger...

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Written by Kim Riddlebarger
Thursday, 07 December 2017 03:35

Want to watch it live? Atheist Christian Book Club [Your advice, please]

Good afternoon , UPDATE: Atheist and Christian Book Club - Friday we had our second largest club meeting yet with 24 in attendance including 6 new members. We are a group of Christians and atheists who meet monthly for intense but respectful discussions about important books from both...

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Written by profilesubs
Thursday, 07 December 2017 03:23

"Seal the Book" -- Daniel 12:1-13

The Twenty-First and Final in a Series of Sermons on the Book of Daniel

The prophet Daniel was given a vision of Judah’s future by a mysterious visitor–the pre-incarnate Lord Jesus.  In Daniel 11:2-35, Daniel’s visitor foretells in amazing detail how the people and the land of...

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Written by Kim Riddlebarger
Thursday, 07 December 2017 03:09

John Wesley’s “Rules for Band-Societies”

Gary’s Introduction: this concept of Band-Societies was a small group dynamic, in which believers would volunteer to be accountable to one another. It has inspired similar meetings for almost three centuries. By the way, this was not simply a “lowest-common-denominator” group to...

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Written by Gary Shogren
Thursday, 07 December 2017 02:47

Is Ezekiel 38 War Coming to Fruition? Everything is Lining Up With Bible Prophecy

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We knew that the Arabic Nations would not take President Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem being the capital of Israel lying down.

I don’t know about the readers of this article, but there is something stirring in my spirit.  I am feeling that we are on the cusp of a great war. One...

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Written by Geri Ungurean
Thursday, 07 December 2017 02:45

Failure of Fatherhood

The latest installment in an ongoing interview series with senior editor Mark Bauerlein. Featuring: Heather Mac Donald on how America’s high out-of-wedlock birthrate is at the heart of inner-city violence today.

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Thursday, 07 December 2017 02:25

Where Is The Church Heading? (2)

From time to time, Protestants have been tempted to think that the Roman communion has been dealt a fatal blow. History, however, tells us that though she has been wounded from time to time, she always returns. However vigorous the Reformed churches may be in some parts of the world (e.g., Brazil,...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Thursday, 07 December 2017 02:25

Not bearing the sword in vain

for he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer (Rom 13:4).
This is a classic prooftext for capital punishment, but is that what it means? According to...

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Written by steve
Thursday, 07 December 2017 02:18

Russell Moore’s Favorite Author of 2017…Pro-Sodomy, Eugene Peterson. Featured

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Eugene Peterson, who stated his approval for same-sex marriage earlier this year.

The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, who’s budget of over four million dollars of Cooperative Program funds, is regularly employing its time and money to publicize the personal endeavors of its director,...

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Written by News Division
Thursday, 07 December 2017 01:30

Gee, Dr. Carrier, You’re Really Upset!

If you want to read a blogger going ape-shit, troll through Richard Carrier’s recent belligerent, intemperate response (here) to my posting in which I showed that his three claims that supposedly corroborate his “mythical Jesus” view are all incorrect.  It’s really...

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Written by larryhurtado