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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Friday, 15 February 2019 00:39

Mark Dever’s Original Letter to a Church Plant on “The 9 Marks of a Healthy Church”

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In 1998, two thirty-something Southern Baptist church elders—Mark Dever (b. 1960) and Matt Schmucker (b. 1962) of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.—founded the Center for Church Reform, later renamed 9 Marks in the early 2000s.

Their purpose is “to equip church...

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Written by Justin Taylor
Friday, 15 February 2019 00:34

Apologetics in a Post Christian Age (Audio) -- Making the Case for Christianity (B. B. Warfield)

Here's the audio from the Wednesday night Bible Study:  Making the Case for Christianity -- the Apologetic Method of B. B. Warfield

Authors: Kim Riddlebarger...

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Written by Kim Riddlebarger
Friday, 15 February 2019 00:27

Puritan Prayer for World Mission (2)

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Reformed, experiential Christianity birthed the pioneer missionary efforts of men such as John Eliot (1604–1690), David Brainerd (1718–1747),William Carey (1761–1834),Adoniram Judson(1788–1850), and John G. Paton (1824–1907). This mission effort was small and...

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Written by Meet the Puritans
Friday, 15 February 2019 00:25

Random Bits

Abbie Johnson worked for Planned Parenthood for eight years. Through those years she rose to be a clinical director, but what she saw started to disturb her. Rather than making abortion safe and rare, Planned...

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Written by Doug Evans
Friday, 15 February 2019 00:08

NJ law forcing schools to teach LGBT history is about ‘indoctrinating’ students, critics say

imageNew Jersey will soon require its schools to teach students about LGBT history and the impact that LGBT Americans have had on society, becoming the second state to pass a statewide educational requirement that some critics say is another step toward indoctrination.

Source: NJ law forcing schools to...

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Written by Kevin Schaal
Friday, 15 February 2019 00:00

#116: Back To Galilee[Sermon]

Join Dave as he looks at John 21:1-14.

The post #116: Back To Galilee[Sermon] appeared first on Servants of Grace.

Authors: Dave Jenkins

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Friday, 15 February 2019 00:00

The Importance of Preaching the Theology of Suffering

Learning Obedience by Suffering

One of the most mysterious statements about Christ in the Bible appears in Hebrews 5:8: “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered.” The Holy Spirit had just asserted that Christ, though tempted as we are, was...

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Written by Joel Beeke
Thursday, 14 February 2019 23:47

Opportunities in the Local Public School

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Every other Thursday morning I have the privilege of teaching the Bible to a class of 11 year-olds at our local public primary school. I have half an hour to use however I choose, and so each year I have taken them through an overview of the Bible, trying to get across as simply as I can what the...

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Written by Warren Peel
Thursday, 14 February 2019 23:40

I’m Joining The Staff At The Canadian Center For Bio-Ethical Reform

Reactions to the late-term abortion bills in New York and Virginia illustrate the contrast between America and Canada. Late-term abortions are controversial in America, but they are conventional in Canada.

In late-term abortions, abortionists fill a needle with a fatal dose of digoxin and they...

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Written by Samuel Sey
Thursday, 14 February 2019 23:30

As One Who Is Courting in College, to What Extent Does My Parents' Authority Extend?

How much authority should parents have over their college-age children? From our 2017 National Conference, W. Robert Godfrey and Stephen Nichols explain the ongoing help of parents and the ongoing obligation to honor them.

Message us for clear, concise, and trustworthy answers to your biblical and...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Thursday, 14 February 2019 23:27

New York’s New Abortion Laws – A 16-Year-Old’s Perspective

image We shutter at the new Abortion law passed in New York on January 22, 2019, the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.  The new law is called the "Reproductive Health Act," although it has nothing to do with health care. It represents one of the most wicked and egregious assaults on humanity in...

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Written by Eric Hovind
Thursday, 14 February 2019 23:14

A Society Preying on Children

I am the father of four children ages 6 to 12. Children are an immense blessing from God (Psalm 127:3-5) and a sincere privilege to disciple (Deuteronomy 6:4-9). However, parenting my children is also a weighty responsibility, especially in light of the milieu of today’s culture. The past two...

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Written by Charles Patrick
Thursday, 14 February 2019 23:00

New study: parrots have similar brain mechanisms to humans

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OK, it’s a fun Friday post. I guess most of my readers know that I love almost all the birds, and especially parrots. I have owned parrots most of my life, and want to get more, too. I also like to feed the wild birds who come to visit my...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Thursday, 14 February 2019 22:49

Here We Go Again: Horse racing proposed in Georgia

Pari-mutuel betting on horse racing is once again being introduced in the Georgia Senate by Republican Senator Brandon Beech (21th Dist.). However, not only is it being reintroduced, but disguised! Yes, it is being called the “Rural Georgia Jobs and Growth Act,” Senate Bill 45!

Give me...

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Written by Mike Griffin
Thursday, 14 February 2019 22:47

3 things you may not know about the Sermon on the Mount

It has been a great joy for me to devote a lot of mental energy to studying, teaching, and writing about the Sermon on the Mount. Even though I’m done writing my new book on the sermon, this famous biblical text continues to teach me new things every day.

Here are three things I’ve...

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Written by Andrew J.W. Smith
Thursday, 14 February 2019 22:00

American Christianity’s Slide Into Apostasy

This morning, Crash Connell interviews Mike about his latest powerful and provocative book challenging the direction of a growing number of churches in our nation. Mike discusses the demarcation forming between Biblical Christian Churches and "American Christianity" churches and how a growing...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Thursday, 14 February 2019 22:00

“Which ‘god’ are you talking about: Thor, Zeus, etc.?”

The inference in this question is, “These were mythical gods, and so is yours.” Atheists are correct about these gods being myths. Man gravitates toward idolatry (making up false gods) as a moth does to a flame. There are millions of false gods—Hinduism alone has 330...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Thursday, 14 February 2019 21:48

This 'n' That

imageMy daily Bible reading has led me to Leviticus. As I opened my Bible to Leviticus 1 this morning I thought, "You know, no one gets excited about reading Leviticus." And let's be honest, we might be a little disturbed if someone eagerly anticipated reading about wringing the necks of...

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Written by EBenz
Thursday, 14 February 2019 21:37

Andrew Fuller Friday: On the Peace of God

Peace, it will be allowed, is an inestimable jewel. No man that has been at all acquainted with the calamities of war, the distresses of domestic confusion, or the horrors of a guilty conscience, can dissent from this proposition. Under such circumstances, how often has the heart yielded a sigh on...

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Written by Staff
Thursday, 14 February 2019 21:00

Contend for the (Biblical) Faith (All of It)

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Doing faithful apologetics means contending “for the faith,” or fighting for the body of doctrine that the Bible teaches, that make up orthodox Christianity. On the one hand, we aren’t to go beyond what is written, defending weird fairy tales of our own imagination. On the other...

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Written by Joel Settecase
Thursday, 14 February 2019 20:54

You Don’t Want to Have a Megapastor

The news just hit that another fabulously popular megapastor has been fired, apparently because of a long-standing, toxic culture of absolute power. I’m not very old, but I’ve already watched three cycles of this—a pastor who becomes THE guy to listen to, builds up a huge...

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Written by Joel Arnold
Thursday, 14 February 2019 20:52

A Diagnosis of the Soils, Part 1

Written by Ken Temple
Thursday, 14 February 2019 20:00

The Blessings and Joys of Pastoral Ministry

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The other day I was reading what could probably be called a pastoral resume. It was filled with an honest assessment of what the ministry had cost this individual. There were notes about abuse he had experienced, exhaustion in both body and soul, the hardships and disappointments that had followed...

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Written by Kyle Borg
Thursday, 14 February 2019 20:00

The Antidote to Self-Pity

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A Cultural Love Fest

These days we’ve hardly gotten Christmas cleaned up and put away before stores are festooned in red and pink. The buildup for Valentine’s Day—or “National Singles Awareness Day” as a friend coined...

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Written by Carolyn McCulley
Thursday, 14 February 2019 19:50

Known, Numbered, and Loved

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In your book were written, every one of them the days that were formed for me … 

when as yet there were none of them. How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I were to count them, they are more than the sand. I awake, and I am still with you. Psalm...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Thursday, 14 February 2019 19:16

What is love? Featured

By Elizabeth PrataValentine's Day is done and in the books. When you work in an elementary school in a lower grade, V-day as the kids call it, is almost as popular as Christmas. Even more so, because we're in school for the cupid holiday and out of school for the Santa one.The kids are so cute...

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Written by The End Time
Thursday, 14 February 2019 19:02

FETICIDE IN CHRISTIAN MORAL THOUGHT Part two : Feticide in Patristic Thought

I NCEA Religious Studies, at level three, one standard is to Analyse the response of a religious tradition to a contemporary ethical issue. Officially students have to describe the response a religious tradition has made to a moral issue. Our school like a lot of schools looks at Christian...

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Written by Matt
Thursday, 14 February 2019 19:00

Sharing about the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum at WinterJam Cincinnati

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I am excited to announce that I will be making a brief appearance at WinterJam, a concert series coming to the US Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio, on February 16, 2019—only 20 minutes from our Creation Museum. If you love contemporary Christian music, I encourage you to consider coming out to...

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Written by Ken Ham
Thursday, 14 February 2019 19:00

Random Ramblings, Ruminations, and Resources

imageAn apology, a Christian women's conference, scandal in the SBC, re-tweeting scandalous stories, "dating" your daughter.

Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Thursday, 14 February 2019 18:50

Despising the Day of Small Things?

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In Chapter 4, Zechariah awakes to an amazing vision of a lampstand: it reminds the prophet in times of meager ministry:

The church of the old covenant and of the new, purified by divine grace, should show forth God's glory throughout the nations.

In addition:

There is an advance in thought from the...

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Written by Andrew Kerr
Thursday, 14 February 2019 18:42

Has the Bible Been Preserved For Us Today?

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I recently announced that my new book, A Visual Theology Guide to the Bible, is just about ready to launch and that we are now taking pre-orders. It is due to be released at the end of March. In the meantime, I wanted to give you a brief taste of what you’ll read and what you’ll see...

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Written by Tim Challies
Thursday, 14 February 2019 18:40

A La Carte (February 15)

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I wasn’t able to track down any new Kindle deals, though there’s lots to sort through from the past week. However, Westminster Books has some new releases on sale, including John Piper’s new one as well as Mere Calvinism, which I very much enjoyed.

(Yesterday on the...

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Written by Tim Challies
Thursday, 14 February 2019 18:13

Trucks not Trains. Incineration Plants instead of Ovens. Systematic Murder of the Unborn Featured

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Editor’s Note: The holocaust of our time has become little more than business as usual. From the abortionists like Planned Parenthood’s sale of body parts to the final incineration of the remaining deemed useless bits and pieces of unwanted children in this country. A well oiled...

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Written by Cherie Vandermillen
Thursday, 14 February 2019 18:00

Debate Video- Scott Klusendorf vs. Nadine Strossen- Abortion: Is this a Reproductive Right or a Moral Wrong?

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When discussing abortion, emotions certainly can run high.  That is why it is so important to be able to think well about the topic.  In this debate, Scott Klusendorf of the Life Training Institute debates Nadine Strossen of the ACLU.  The debate is intense, but respectful.  
Enjo...

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Written by Chad
Thursday, 14 February 2019 18:00

Five Star Links

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. 
Persis:The Houston Chronicle published several articles this week on the cover up of child sexual abuse in Southern Baptist Churches. I am not a Southern Baptist, but I try to advocate for...

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Written by Persis
Thursday, 14 February 2019 18:00

Exam Time

I just finished my study of 2 Corinthians. Paul says this in the last chapter.
Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test! (2 Cor 13:5)
I would rank...

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Written by Winging It
Thursday, 14 February 2019 18:00

The Centerpiece of God’s Saving Purpose in the Universe

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The doctrines of grace are a cohesive system of theology in which the sovereignty of God is clearly displayed in the salvation of elect sinners. Not only is God acknowledged to reign over all of human history, both micro and macro, but He is also seen to be sovereign in the dispensing of His saving...

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Written by Steven J. Lawson
Thursday, 14 February 2019 17:49

Is the Bible True? The Cumulative Case for the Reliability of the Gospels (Free Bible Insert)

imageThe case for the reliability of the New Testament Gospel eyewitness accounts is dependent on the reliability of the authors. Eyewitnesses are typically evaluated in criminal trials by asking four critical questions: Were the witnesses really present at the time of the crime? Can the...

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Written by J. Warner
Thursday, 14 February 2019 17:05

Mid-February 2019 Presuppositional Apologetics’ Links

Written by SLIMJIM
Thursday, 14 February 2019 17:00

Nuggets from Occult Invasion—“Proof,” But of What?

February 15, 2019
A most unusual case involved the well-known psychologist William James and Columbia University professor of logic James Hyslop. The latter was a psychic investigator and friend of Carl Jung. Hyslop and Jung had...

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Written by TBC Staff - CR
Thursday, 14 February 2019 17:00

Five Steps to Developing a Christian View on Economics

Why is economics so daunting for people to approach?

In a previous post addressing this question, I discussed the problem with modern economics and why it seems so confusing. In another post, I examined this problem in depth, looking at how people have become alienated from economics.

Today,...

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Written by Elise Daniel
Thursday, 14 February 2019 16:03

How to Be a Merciful Person

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Faith in the living God should make us tender and merciful to others. Too often, however, our faith can devolve into caustic legalism and critical judgmentalism toward those with whom we disagree. How can we maintain a merciful heart toward our neighbors all around us?

Jesus challenges us in Matthew...

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Written by Matt Recker
Thursday, 14 February 2019 16:00

Is God All You Need?

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Asaph says, “Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you” (Psalm 73:25, niv). This may seem an overstatement: There’s nothing on Earth this man desires but God? Is Asaph saying he doesn’t desire food, water, clothes, shelter, friendship, and...

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Written by Scott Hubbard
Thursday, 14 February 2019 16:00

The Incarnate Wisdom

“The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.” (Proverbs 8:22-23) The book of Prove... More...

Authors: Days of Praise from ICR...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Thursday, 14 February 2019 16:00

Friday’s Featured Sermon: “Fifty Years of Unleashing God’s Truth, One Verse at a Time: An Interview with John MacArthur” Featured

On February 9, 1969, John MacArthur preached his first sermon as pastor of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California. In the fifty years since, John’s sequential exposition of Scripture has continued unabated—always with the same relentless passion and desire to know God’s...

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Written by Grace to You Blog
Thursday, 14 February 2019 15:53

Theological Primer: Pactum Salutis

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From time to time I make new entries into this continuing series called “Theological Primer.” The idea is to present big theological concepts in around 500 words. Today we will look at thepactum salutis.

In simple terms, the covenant of redemption—or in Latin, the pactum...

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Written by Kevin DeYoung
Thursday, 14 February 2019 15:13

Another Helper

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. (John 14:16-17)

You are never alone. Never. Ever. If...

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Written by Paul Tautges
Thursday, 14 February 2019 15:00

The Binary and Intersex

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Over the past few weeks I have been arguing for the goodness of the freedom of the gender binary, the idea that our identity as a man or a woman is given to us by God and is therefore not something which we have to create through performance. This is good because it gives us the freedom to be how...

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Written by Andrew Bunt
Thursday, 14 February 2019 14:10

How to Lead Women’s Ministry in a Complementarian Church

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“How do you do it?”

The most common question I get from well-meaning friends and peers when they find out I’m

1. The director of Women’s Ministry

2. At my complementarian church

I think they ask because they know me well. They know I’m opinionated. They know I have a...

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Written by Andrea Burke
Thursday, 14 February 2019 14:05

February 15: Abiding Themes

William Childs Robinson’s Reports on the Southern & Northern Presbyterian Churches 

Among the Papers of William A. McIlwaine there is a letter preserved in which his father, William B. McIlwaine, wrote to J. Gresham Machen, lamenting the spiritual decline of the Southern...

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Written by Wayne Sparkman