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, 18 October 2018 07:36

Matt Chandler's Vice Interview Featured

I originally wrote this piece on September 12 but never published it. The discussion has resurfaced, and I've decided to share. I'll explain more at the very end.
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On Sunday, September 9, Vice News (think Dateline for millennials on HBO) interviewed Matt Chandler about the changes that are happening...

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Written by FSBCJC
Thursday, 18 October 2018 07:00

Luther’s Excommunication

To be excommunicated by the Roman Catholic Church is to be told that your soul is damned to hell. In this brief clip, Stephen Nichols explains how Martin Luther responded to his excommunication.

For October only, when you give a donation of any amount, we’ll send you a copy of the...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Thursday, 18 October 2018 06:57

Wow! Atheism Undercuts Itself

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by Mike Robinson
 
At the end of almost every rational engagement between Christianity and atheism, there’s a section of the debate stage that should be equipped...

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Written by Mike Robinson
Thursday, 18 October 2018 06:56

Sermon John 4

Thursday, 18 October 2018 06:48

The Power of Truth Impales Atheism

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Mike Robinson
The gift I would like to give every child is skepticism (Richard Dawkins).
If we don’t know that there is such a person as God, we don’t know the first thing (the...

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Written by Mike Robinson
Thursday, 18 October 2018 04:52

The Inspiration of Scripture (Pt.1)

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We have seen that God has revealed Himself to us in two ways, and yet these two ways are really one whole.

  1. General Revelation proclaims the existence of the Creator even in a sin-scarred, even though we reject the revelation that is in us and all around us in nature, yet this revelation is clear and...

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Written by Paul Henebury
Thursday, 18 October 2018 04:20

Feast of St. Luke Day

Today is the Feast of St. Luke, Evangelist Day in some Christian traditions. I thought the following image of Luke's icon posted on my Facebook page was interesting.
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Authors: BibleX...

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Written by BibleX
Thursday, 18 October 2018 04:06

Does Revelation 3:10 really affirm Pretribulationism?

As far back as I can remember Rev 3:10 is a verse which many pretribulational writers present as evidence for the pretrib rapture. Are they right? Behold, I will cause those of the synagogue of Satan, who say that they are Jews, and are not, but lie – I will make them come and bow […]

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Written by Alf Cengia
Thursday, 18 October 2018 04:01

Apologetics in a Post Christian Age (Audio) -- Faith and Reason (Part Two)

Here's the audio from last night's Bible study.  We continued with our discussion of: Faith and Reason -- Part Two

Authors: Kim Riddlebarger...

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Written by Kim Riddlebarger
Thursday, 18 October 2018 03:44

Wanna MAGA? Model Hungary. Featured

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Guess which country just cracked down on “gender studies” and shored up its economic future by increasing gold holdings by ten fold?

That would be Hungary.

Which is why Hungary is so hated by the NPC/Fake News media that would have us believe that such shifts in government and culture...

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Written by FireBreathingChristian
Thursday, 18 October 2018 02:35

Should I Step Down From Being a Youth Leader?

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If a man is in a leadership position over youth in a church and the youth do not seem to be growing under his ministry, what does this indicate? Should the man ask himself if he’s unqualified? Or should the man ask himself if the youth may be lost?

Original question: Hi Pastor Tim,

I am...

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Written by Tim Conway
Thursday, 18 October 2018 02:21

Are Science and Faith Compatible? Concept 3: The Programming Paradox Featured

God reveals Himself in His Word and in the natural order of His creation, all the way down to the sub-cellular level. How grateful we are that He has invited us into an understanding of these processes. The infinite God who created billions of galaxies is also seen and glorified in the nano-world...

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Written by Mark Phillips
Thursday, 18 October 2018 02:00

Dinosaur Specimen Collected by Cincinnati Museum Center

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A news item from close to home (in Cincinnati, just a few miles away from the Creation Museum) caught my eye. Now, I’m used to seeing articles about recent dinosaur finds or analysis of dinosaur fossils in museum collections. But what stood out in this article was that the dinosaur in...

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Written by Ken Ham
Thursday, 18 October 2018 01:31

A Word to the Younger Women

Editor’s Note: This post is the fourth part of a series. Previous posts include: “Men and Women in Household of God,” “A Word to the Older Men,” and “A Word to the Older Women.”

Paul’s exhortation to the older women in verse 3 overlaps with his...

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Written by CBMW
Thursday, 18 October 2018 01:03

Word and Work: Planting Healthy Churches

In the first half of this episode of Word and Work: An Intersection, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis President Dr. Dale A. Meyer talks with Seminary alum Rev. Ted Doering (’14) about his background, church planting and ways in which the church can reach younger generations. Doering is author of...

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Written by Editor
Thursday, 18 October 2018 01:00

Podcast: Last Call for Liberty?? (with Os Guinness)

Os Guinness, noted speaker, author and social commentator, maintains that in the aftermath of the contentious Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation hearings, the polarization in the US seems greater than any time since the Civil War.

Scott and Sean interview Os about his new book, Last Call for...

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Written by Sean McDowell
Thursday, 18 October 2018 00:59

Counseling Techniques for Adolescents

imageThe adolescent years are often difficult ones for parents, teachers, and youth leaders to navigate. “Knowing how to meet the therapeutic needs of adolescent clients and help families navigate this unique season of life can be a challenge for helping professionals,” says Andi J. Thacker...

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Written by Jeremy Bouma
Thursday, 18 October 2018 00:38

The Road to God

Do all roads lead to God? To go somewhere, you need the right directions. This is especially true in a place like New York City, a tangled sprawl of highways and exits, roads and intersections, bridges and ferries, subway lines and trains, buses, taxis, Lyfts, and Ubers in every direction. Without...

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Written by TOvermiller
Thursday, 18 October 2018 00:27

Praying through the Scriptures: Genesis 2

Over the years it has been my practice, learned from others, to offer up praises and petitions framed by a passage of Scripture. Some of these passages were read in preparation for preaching, others offered material for meditation in daily devotion; still others were plundered specifically for the...

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Written by Victor Kim
Thursday, 18 October 2018 00:13

Envy Forgets Eternity

When Pain Is Inescapable

It’s hard for us. Suffering is so real, so physical, so emotional, and so life-dominating that it’s hard to think of anything but the present moment of pain. Pain in your body can be heart- and life-dominating. It greets you in the morning, it nags you throughout...

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Written by Paul Tripp
Thursday, 18 October 2018 00:10

Entangled Again

2 Peter 2:20-22, “20 For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first. 21 For it would have been better for...

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Thursday, 18 October 2018 00:05

White Picket Fences by Amy Julia Becker

In White Picket Fences, Amy Julia Becker comes to terms with a lifetime’s worth of privilege. She looks back on her life with newfound ambivalence about the subtle advantages of her childhood. For example, her family employed a nanny, a gardener, and a cleaning person, all three of whom were...

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Written by Laura Lundgren
Thursday, 18 October 2018 00:00

A Call to Revitalization

The post A Call to Revitalization appeared first on Southern Equip.

Authors: Noe Garcia

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Written by Noe Garcia
Thursday, 18 October 2018 00:00

My conversation about morality with an atheist millennial man

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I spent some time talking to an atheist millennial recently. He considers himself a moral person, and he is very helpful to others. I asked him to define morality, and he said that morality was feeling good, and helping other...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Thursday, 18 October 2018 00:00

Faith Comes by Hearing God’s Promises

Faith comes by hearing God's promises. In this brief clip, W. Robert Godfrey explains what John Calvin taught about faith, knowledge, and gospel preaching. This Reformation Month, watch a short video every day on the history and insights of the Protestant Reformation. And don't forget that for a...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 23:45

Theopolis Podcast: Twenty-Second Sunday After Pentecost (Shepherding the Wind)

image In this episode of the Theopolis Podcast, Peter Leithart and I discuss the readings for the twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost: Ecclesiastes 5:10-20, Hebrews 4:1-16, Mark 10:23-31.

You can follow the Theopolis podcast on SoundcloudiTunes, and on most podcast apps. You can read...

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Written by Alastair Roberts
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 23:45

Can People Be Good?

I listened intently to the guest speaker at our church this past Sunday. His message was insightful and biblical. I’m going to paraphrase key points for you.

One of the key questions he asked was this: Can people be good? 

Christians understand that we are not good, if we compare...

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Written by modres
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 23:35

When Covenant, Reformed, and Westminster Don’t Measure Up

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The folks at Redeemer do not seem to see the need to cooperate in church planting with existing denominational structures or even with the existing seminaries. Apparently, a special kind of minister is necessary for urban churches.

Philanthropy: You mentioned earlier that another very serious...

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Written by D. G. Hart
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 23:34

Church Planting the Keller (not the PCA) Way

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This sounds like a separate denomination. Actually, it sounds a lot like the kind of start-up featured in Gimlet Media’s series on church planting (as the spiritual equivalent of tech start ups). Would you ever hear something about the PCA, the denomination that gave Redeemer its support at...

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Written by D. G. Hart
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 23:33

If Tim Keller is A Great Apologist, Why Does He Sound Like A Sociologist?

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Tim Keller explained to people who write about charities and philanthropy the contribution that churches make to “human flourishing”:

Philanthropy: How does a healthy church benefit the community at large beyond its own members? On the flip side, when a neighborhood doesn’t have a...

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Written by D. G. Hart
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 23:30

Patience Under the Mercy of Christ

“Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth,...

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Written by Dr. Wade Johnston
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 23:01

5 Tips for Reading Apocalyptic Literature in the Bible

Apocalyptic literature is a challenging genre. In the Bible, we find this genre in the Book of Revelation and in the second half of Daniel.

There’s also a lot of apocalyptic literature outside the Bible. It was a very popular genre during the Second Temple period (from 530 BC to 70 AD), and...

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Written by ZA Blog
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 23:00

The hope I have is not nebulous; it is concrete.

Some people have the idea that Christians will spend eternity sitting on clouds playing rusty harps. If that’s all I hoped for, I wouldn’t be a Christian. The hope I have is not nebulous; it is concrete. It is an “anchor of the soul,” and is both sure and steadfast. Here is...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 23:00

Deacons and Mercy Ministry

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At Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary, we are desirous not only to train gospel ministers and kingdom workers through our degree programs in our primary calling, but also to serve the greater church by providing other helpful resources. To that end, we have started to produce video classes...

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Written by Barry York
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 22:48

A “Sign” of the Times

Authors: Anthony Uvenio...

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Written by Anthony Uvenio
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 22:36

3 Reasons You Should Preach through The Song of Solomon

About ten years ago, I noticed renewed interest in preaching through the Song of Songs.[i] At least a few pastors wanted to be edgy. One brother rolled a king-sized bed onto the stage as a prop. Many of these sermons were little more than a baptized version of sex-ed.

The Song of Songs certainly is...

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Written by 9Marks
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 22:19

Rebirth of the Gods: The Sexual Revolution (Dr. Peter Jones)

The presupposition of our world right now is that we create our own identities and our own values. Therefore, if you make a statement of judgment, that's seen as a personal attack. It's a very delicate place to be as a Christian; if we make any kind of statements, we are dismissed as being...

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Written by Reformation21 Blog
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 22:00

Whatever Happened to Mercy Ministry? Featured

The so-called culture war is largely a battle over the dictionary. Control the language, control the conversation.

Bible-believing Christians know that words have meanings. We are shaped in our spiritual lives, after all, by a Book—by texts.

Given this reality, it is alarming how quickly...

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Written by Alex Kocman
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 22:00

How Our Culture Justifies Its Sexual Freedom (the 10 Commandments of Progressive Christianity #9)

I continue to (slowly) work my way through my series on “The 10 Commandments of Progressive Christianity.”  It’s an examination of 10 core tenets of progressive (or liberal) Christianity offered by Richard Rohr, but really based on the book by Philip Gulley.

Those keeping up...

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Written by Michael Kruger
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 21:36

Free E-Book: The Jesus Quest: The Danger from Within

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Here’s a 722 page book edited by Norman Geisler and David Farnell.

This is the book’s description:

THE MOST SHOCKING EXPOSÉ OF THE MASSIVE EROSION OF THE DOCTRINE OF INERRANCY IN THE EVANGELICAL CAMP SINCE BATTLE FOR THE BIBLE (1978)! This work examines the historical and...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 21:34

We Are Pursued by Our Incredibly Generous Father

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Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat!

Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 21:15

Video: Did Jesus Address the Multitude or His Disciples in the Sermon on the Mount?

Today’s question: “Did Jesus preach the Sermon on the Mount to his disciples (Matt 5:1) or to the large crowd (Matt 7:28)?”

If you have any questions for me, please leave them on my Curious Cat account. If you have found these videos helpful, please tell your friends. If you...

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Written by Alastair Roberts
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 21:15

The Growing Complexity of Freedom of Speech

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The constitutionally protected right of freedom of speech and expression used to be a pretty straight forward issue. But with the advent of social media, corporate "branding", and a society that is easily offended it has become a much more complex issue. This morning we look at a couple stories...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 21:11

Dangers of Non-Christocentric Preaching: Misapplied Sermons

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Understanding the biblical text in light of the person and work of Christ and eschatological fulfillment in him does not simply provide an additional meaning and application of the text to be added to a non-Christocentric reading. A non-Christocentric approach often yields a fundamentally different...

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Written by The Christward Collective
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 21:04

Matt Slick vs Leighton Flowers | Depravity and Human Ability Featured

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Epic engagement between Matt Slick  & Leighton Flowers

Leighton Flowers joined Matt Slick on October 17th 2018 to discuss depravity and human ability.

We present this to you MP3 form for those who wish to listen who do not have 4 hours to sit and watch the video.

Video of this engagement:

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Written by social element
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 21:00

How Suffering Crushes Our Unrealistic Expectations

October 18, 2018 by: Paul David Tripp

Misplaced Expectations of Self

It probably will make sense to anyone the minute I say it that unrealistic expectations of yourself will worsen your suffering. There’s a lot of spiritual pride that I carried into my suffering. I’m the gospel...

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Written by Paul David Tripp
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 20:24

The Pastor’s Job Isn’t To Fix Things

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You don’t have to look far to find articles about how and why the pastor’s job is uniquely difficult. Having been a pastor for a number of years now (in both paid, full-time and unpaid, part-time capacities) I can attest there are ways in which it is unlike any other vocation. It really...

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Written by Tim Challies
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 20:03

Gay demographics: what are the REAL numbers? Featured

By Elizabeth PrataThis post first appeared on The End Time in June 2012If the homosexual lobby is to be believed, every other person you bump into is gay. At work, at home, in town, in the city, in church, the more vocal activists in the lobby make it seem like people who self-identify as...

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Written by The End Time
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 20:00

Does the Bible Depict Two Different Gods?

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Many people see the Bible as a tale of two different gods: the gracious Godof the New Testament and the moral Monster in the Old Testament.

In his book Farewell to God, Christian-evangelist-turned-agnostic Charles Templeton had this to say:

The God of the Old Testament is utterly unlike the God...

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Written by Tim Barnett
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 20:00

Throwback Thursday ~ A Word Fitly Spoken: 11 Ways to Encourage Your Pastor

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Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley