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, 13 October 2017 05:45

Wisdom from the chicken coop…

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One of the more revealing things I’ve seen on the refrigerators of women of my congregations was the little magnet on the refrigerator of the wife of an elder in my second church. The magnet had a picture of a hen and a rooster with the words, “the rooster rules the roost and the hen...

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Written by Tim Bayly
Friday, 13 October 2017 05:35

Affleck’s Batman, Weinstein’s Super-Predator, And The Dawn Of Justice Over Hollywood Featured

image The cause, character, and continuing trajectory of the Harvey Weinstein scandal now consuming Hollyweird is, in essence, neatly summarized in one tiny little scene from last year’s big budget blockbuster “superhero” flick, Batman vs. Superman:Dawn of Justice.

Before...

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Written by FireBreathingChristian
Friday, 13 October 2017 05:23

Random Bits

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"I walk through this sinful world as a pilgrim in a foreign country" - CH Spurgeon
 
Fair warning: If you're not a history buff just skip over this part. Today is a dark anniversary in Catholicism - 710 years ago today King Philip IV of France exercised the nuclear option to erase his debt with...

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Written by Doug Evans
Friday, 13 October 2017 05:07

Assessing Piper’s Critics: Love Hopes All Things

Editor’s Note: This post is written by Mark Jones and D. Patrick Ramsey.

Where is the love?

Charity

The Aquila Report and Professor R. Scott Clark continue their onslaught against a foe that doesn’t actually exist.

The most depressing thing about the various articles that are supposedly...

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Written by Mark Jones
Friday, 13 October 2017 05:03

The Road to Hollywood

The “open secret of Hollywood” is the talk of the town where I live. In the aftermath of a Hollywood empire beginning to crumble under weight of sexual scandal, it seems that everyone has always known that this is how Hollywood is run. It’s our open secret.

The church and the...

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Written by Nathan Eshelman
Friday, 13 October 2017 04:56

The Rivers of Babylon: A Cartographical Inquiry

In a recent post at First Things, Archbishop Charles Chaput seems to want to appropriate Martin Luther’s image of “Babylonian captivity” to describe the situation of “believing Catholics and Protestants alike” over against the bugbears of modernity: for instance,...

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Written by E.J. Hutchinson
Friday, 13 October 2017 04:32

Why Apologetics Has a Bad Name

In the updated Evidence that Demands a Verdict, my father and I lay out some of the most recent and compelling historical evidence for the Christian faith. And yet before we present the evidence, we offer some reasons why many Christians dismiss apologetics entirely. The goal of this post is to...

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Written by Sean McDowell
Friday, 13 October 2017 04:25

Nine common types of church cowards

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Thom Rainer

By Thom Rainer

Many pastors and church leaders are miserable because of fewer than five percent of the church members.

Let me state if positively. Over 95 percent of church members are supportive and encouraging.

So pastors and other church leaders need to learn and deal with the reality of...

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Written by christianindex
Friday, 13 October 2017 04:24

Gospel Driven Assurance

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Contrary to what some have taught, full assurance is possible in this life for every believer because Jesus Christ has secured their justification by His finished work. Assurance of salvation is resting in Christ’s finished work. If we look to ourselves, we will never have a well-grounded...

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Written by Don Currin
Friday, 13 October 2017 04:13

Smashmouth Incrementalism, Part Dos

So I wrote this piece a few days ago, and it has engendered some responses. The best one I have seen was offered up by Toby Sumpter, with which I entirely agree. In addition to what Toby said, allow me to make just a few additional, scattered observations.image

I have been ardently pro-life from the...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Friday, 13 October 2017 04:05

Auburn First Baptist – ‘The Little Engine that Could’

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Sheldon Younes, left, and Pastor Chris Parkin stand in the yard of a North Georgia resident who needed help after a tree fell in her yard. AUBURN FIRST BAPTIST/Special

AUBURNThe Little Engine That Could is an illustrated children’s book about a small railroad engine built for pulling...

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Written by Gerald Harris
Friday, 13 October 2017 04:02

7th Lincoln College Summer School of Greek Palaeography

Georgi Parpulov has announced the 7th Lincoln College Summer School of Greek Palaeography.
imageThe school is intended for students of Classics, Patristics, Theology, Biblical or Byzantine Studies. Potential applicants are advised that it only offers introductory-level instruction in Greek...

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Written by Peter Gurry
Friday, 13 October 2017 03:44

Free Stuff Fridays (Win Logos!)

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This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Logos Bible Software who also sponsored the blog this week. They are offering a great prize this week: One winner will receive Logos 7 Silver. There’s no better way to kickstart your Logos collection!

While you’re considering...

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Written by Tim Challies
Friday, 13 October 2017 03:23

Known Completely

Friday, 13 October 2017 03:00

October 12, 2017 Show with Gary DeMar on “Wars Rumors of Wars”

Theme:

October 12, 2017:

Gary DeMar (M.Div. @ Reformed Theological Seminary) Founder & Senior Fellow of American Vision,author of countless essays, news articles, & more than 27 book titles, who has been featured by nearly every major news media outlet & has hosted The Gary DeMar Show,...

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Written by Eric Nielsen
Friday, 13 October 2017 02:42

1518 The Legacy Project?

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The image of a German monk nailing a revolutionary document—The 95 Theses—is inspiring and iconic. For this reason, some who don’t know much about Martin Luther and his legacy turn first to those theses from 1517. When they do, they are often confused. At this stage in...

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Written by Dr. Jeff Mallinson
Friday, 13 October 2017 02:30

This 'n' That

imageThere are times when I am just not very good at masking my frustration. Worse, there are times when I take to social media, particularly Twitter, to vent. I did it just this past week as I stood in the Post Office frustrated with and by...the Post Office. Now, to be clear, my mailman is fantastic....

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Written by EBenz
Friday, 13 October 2017 02:30

Why Doesn’t God Just Talk To Me?

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In the following piece over at TheoLatte, Dan DeWitt appeals to professing believers to consider the ramifications of God actually speaking to His people in any way except through the Holy Spirit inspired scriptures. For example, “what happens if God says something contradictory to...

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Written by Marsha West
Friday, 13 October 2017 02:03

How The American State Grooms Us For Perpetual War With Russia Featured

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Ask the average American public school product to find North Korea, Iran, Syria, or any of the other nations atop America’s hit list of the moment on a globe or a map, and you’re likely to discover that the same State-programmed children and adults most likely to cheer endless...

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Written by FireBreathingChristian
Friday, 13 October 2017 02:00

Sin, Destruction and Recreation (Story of Noah) Genesis 6-8

Increasing Corruption on Earth

When man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them,the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose.Then the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not abide in[a]...

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Written by Matt Sherro
Friday, 13 October 2017 01:23

Visions, dreams, and revelations: Demon possession or genuine prophetic fits? Featured

Have you noticed the similarity among some of the founders of the major false religions of what I call "prophetic fits"? Most cults in the world began from some kind of vision or direct revelation or visitation from celestial beings claiming to be Mary, Jesus, angels, and so on. I listed some below...

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Written by The End Time
Friday, 13 October 2017 01:14

Taboo Calvinism

Most Calvinists I have ever read or heard or spoken to will insist that God is not the author of sin and evil. But can they, real Calvinists, say that with logic on their side? Or, when they say that, from within their own theological system, are they simply sacrificing logic entirely?
Calvin,...

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Written by steve
Friday, 13 October 2017 00:50

Holiness Deserves Thoughtful Consideration – An Excerpt from Sanctification (NSD)

Thinking the holy for Christians, and specifically for reformational Christians, appears a difficult task. It remains needed, however, for the prophetic and apostolic witness to Jesus Christ insists on the importance of holiness from start to finish.

Many view holiness as accidental or expendable or...

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Written by ZA Blog
Friday, 13 October 2017 00:45

Zwingli Contra The Pentecostalism Of The Catabaptists

Though the Catabaptists, who pretend to be so directed by the Spirit that if they stand still suddenly or go forward suddenly, they put it down to the Spirit, are not wrong (for we do not live, much less move, without the . . . Continue reading →

Authors: R. Scott Clark...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Friday, 13 October 2017 00:26

Who Was Charles Fuller?

Written by: Justin Taylor

Fuller Theological Seminary--founded 70 years ago by evangelist Charles E. Fuller (1887-1968), his wife Grace, and Harold John Ockenga--has produced a nice little video about Fuller’s life and ministry.

George Marsden says that Daniel Fuller’s...

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Written by Justin Taylor
Friday, 13 October 2017 00:22

The Old Perspective on the Works of the Law (Nick Batzig)

Biblical studies have undergone something of a seismic shift over the past three decades. Noted scholars such as James D.G. Dunn, E.P. Sander and N.T. Wright have questioned whether the theologians of the Reformation have properly understood the theological arguments of the Apostle Paul. This...

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Written by Reformation21 Blog
Friday, 13 October 2017 00:07

Proverbs 22:6: Promise or Warning?

Train up a child in the way he should go: And when he is old, he will not depart from it. (Prov 22:6, KJV)

This verse has been used by many parents as a promise that if they are diligent to discipline their kids, then their kids will grow up and hold fast to the ways of God. However, this in turn...

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Written by Peter Goeman
Friday, 13 October 2017 00:00

This is Apologetics: Presup Starter Pack

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As I explained in my first article, I started this blog in order to, “share with you the books and articles I’m reading, the videos I’m watching, the sermons and podcasts I’m listening to, and the discussions I’m having–in the hopes that you can use this...

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Written by Joel Settecase
Friday, 13 October 2017 00:00

Study: early sexual activity has negative impact on relationship quality and stability

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I’ve posted before about how premarital sex affects the stability of marriages by making divorce more likely. But there has been more research published since. Let’s take a look.

Here a...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Thursday, 12 October 2017 23:36

My first (and probably last) abortion discussion on Facebook

I had an enlightening exchange on Facebook last night with a liberal. There’s no thread to produce because this person deleted it after their non-arguments for abortion were exposed as arbitrary and inconsistent. I pointed out only a sampling of informal fallacies - one false disjunction, one...

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Written by Reformed Apologist
Thursday, 12 October 2017 23:30

Cooperative Program Month – Working Together in the Name of Jesus

The flooding associated with Hurricane Harvey damaged approximately 35,000 square feet at our church in Houston. Relief efforts focused first on those outside the church, but after about a week, the church asked for volunteers to help remove the damaged carpet. People started meeting at 2 p.m., but...

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Written by David Hutchison
Thursday, 12 October 2017 23:12

IMB approves 51 missionary personnel, trustees hear report of balanced budget

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Danielle and David Flannery pray, surrounded by supporters, as they celebrate their appointment as Southern Baptist missionaries on Sept. 13 in Ridgecrest, NC. The Flannerys are sent by Mountain View Baptist Church in Hamptonville, N.C., to share the Gospel with European Peoples. One of those newly...

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Written by Joe Westbury
Thursday, 12 October 2017 23:00

Prepared for service.

“Joseph, who was to be only a servant to Pharaoh, was preferred at thirty years old; but Moses, who was to be a god to Pharaoh, was not so dignified till he was eighty years old. It is fit he should long wait for such an honor, and be long in preparing for such a service.” John...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Thursday, 12 October 2017 22:55

DBG Spotlight (10-13-17)

At the 2017 G3 Conference, Todd Friel sat down with Nathan Busenitz to talk about the Roman Catholic Church and the exaltation of Mary.

The Christian’s Duty to Hold Firm — “In our day, where pluralism reigns in the culture, there is as much satirical hostility to the idea...

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Written by Josh Buice
Thursday, 12 October 2017 22:30

Andrew Fuller Friday: The Glory of God

“The great God, who fills heaven and earth, must be allowed to form the far greatest proportion, if I may so speak, of the whole system of being; for, compared with him ” all nations,” yea, all worlds,”are but as a drop of the bucket, or as the small dust of the...

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Written by Staff
Thursday, 12 October 2017 21:55

Georgia trustees reflect on IMB’s balanced budget, new direction

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In this file photo from shortly before he was elected IMB president in August 2014, David Platt interacts with schoolchildren in Indonesia. Platt, then 36, has had a tumultuous three-year presidency beset with a financial crisis which demanded a “reset” of the agency’s missionary...

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Written by Joe Westbury
Thursday, 12 October 2017 21:28

Are You Recklessly Abandoned to the cause of Christ?

There is a book I am yearning...

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Written by Acidri
Thursday, 12 October 2017 21:00

What’s the Purpose of … Baptism?

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There is little doubt that the Bible commands Christians to baptize. Yet exactly who should be baptized and under what circumstances is a matter of no little debate. As we progress through this series about things we as Christians often take for granted, we need to ask: What’s the purpose of...

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Written by Tim Challies
Thursday, 12 October 2017 21:00

Why Your Emotions Are a Good Thing

October 13, 2017 by: Carolyn Mahaney, Nicole Mahaney Whitacreimage

Emotions Are a Gift from God

Many of us spent our childhoods believing certain myths—only to discover that they weren’t true. You know the ones: “If you go swimming within thirty minutes after eating, you will...

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Written by Carolyn Mahaney, Nicole Mahaney Whitacre
Thursday, 12 October 2017 21:00

This is why I love teaching my kids about the Reformation

Our neighbor looked more than a bit puzzled at my daughter’s answer.

“I bet you’re looking forward to October 31, aren’t you?” she asked. My precocious 12-year-old didn’t bat an eyelash: “Of course. We love Reformation Day. We get to eat candy, sing hymns,...

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Written by Jeff Robinson
Thursday, 12 October 2017 20:57

The Soul Ruining Sin of Pride

It is an dreadful fact, whether we like to allow it or not, that pride is one of the common sins which beset human nature. We are all born Pharisees. We all naturally think far better of ourselves than we ought. We all naturally imagine that we deserve something better than we have. It is an old...

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Written by The J.C. Ryle Archive
Thursday, 12 October 2017 20:17

A La Carte (October 13)

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I’m at the Reformation Worship Conference this weekend and would love prayer as I speak three times today. I look forward to meeting some of you here!

CCEF 2017 National Conference

The CCEF National Conference begins today and continues through the weekend. It is available via...

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Written by Tim Challies
Thursday, 12 October 2017 20:02

Bible Contradiction? Did Jesus go to heaven after he died but before his ascension?

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For today’s post will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Did Jesus go to heaven after he died but before his ascension?

Here are the two answers which the skeptic believes shows a Bible contradiction:

Yes, Jesus went to heaven on the day of his death.

“And he was...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Thursday, 12 October 2017 20:00

Responding to the Poor Research of an Evolutionist

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In August, an anti-AiG letter to the editor appeared in the Lexington Herald-Leader, one of the largest newspapers in Kentucky. This paper frequently prints misinformation and outright lies about Answers in Genesis, the Creation Museum, and the Ark Encounter, which opened last year. For example,...

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Written by Ken Ham
Thursday, 12 October 2017 20:00

Our Ancient Debt to Alcuin

If your intentions are carried out, it may be that a new Athens will arise in France and an Athens fairer than of old, for our Athens, ennobled by the teaching of Christ, will surpass the wisdom of the Academy. The old Athens had only the wisdom of Plato to instruct it, yet even so it flourished by...

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