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, 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
Thursday, 14 February 2019 14:05

When Fighting Anxiety Seems Unbearable

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One of my favorite stories is Pilgrim’s Progress written by John Bunyan. It is the story of Christian leaving the City of Destruction in search of salvation which is found only in the Celestial City, which is heaven. It is an allegory depicting the Christian life all the way.

There is one...

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Written by Jonathan Hayashi
Thursday, 14 February 2019 14:00

What Does a Sweeping Journey Through the Bible Reveal?

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Creation, dietary laws, animal sacrifices, David and Goliath…what do these topics from Scripture have to do with Jesus Christ? Do they hold any relevance for us today?

As believers, we place our faith in the totality of God’s Word. Sixty-six books written by forty people over nearly two...

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Written by TFL
Thursday, 14 February 2019 14:00

Real Men Have One Aim

This is the second video in the Christian Man Academy Curriculum. For a transcript, click through to the Christian Man Academy website.

This video is all about finding our ultimate purpose in life. Why are we here and what will make us happy while we are here?

If we aim at God above all, and glorify...

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Written by David Murray
Thursday, 14 February 2019 14:00

Earnestness: Its Marring and Maintenance (Part 6)

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Read the series.

Stir the fire also by frequent attempts at fresh service. Shake yourself out of routine by breaking away from the familiar fields of service and reclaiming virgin soil. I suggest to you, as a subordinate but very useful means of keeping the heart fresh, the frequent addition of new...

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Written by SharperIron
Thursday, 14 February 2019 13:44

The Lord of logic

If, on the one hand you think that God is (necessarily?) logical, while, on the other hand, you think the source of logic is not God, but is independent of God, then that makes divine rationality contingent on something that's not God, that's independent of God, and more ultimate than God. If God...

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Written by steve
Thursday, 14 February 2019 13:10

Trevin’s Seven

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Podcast: I enjoyed guesting on this podcast with Tyler Braun. We discuss how a focus on self-expression can produce positive results, why it usually produces negative results, and what churches can do to navigate this reality of our age.

Video:Over at For the Church, here’s my three...

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Written by Trevin Wax
Thursday, 14 February 2019 13:09

Continuationism discussion (1 hour video)

Josh and Jeff interviewed me on The Remnant Radio:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InKAO3x5N5o

(I usually don’t have time to watch videos, but I can listen to them when I exercise or something!)

Authors: Craig Keener...

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Written by Craig Keener
Thursday, 14 February 2019 13:00

$5 Friday: Providence, Faith, Evangelism

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It’s time for our weekly $5 Friday sale. This week’s resources include such topics as grace, Isaac Watts, providence, apologetics, evangelism, faith, parables, Scripture, and more.

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

View today’s $5 Friday sale items.

Authors:...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Thursday, 14 February 2019 12:48

Interview with Rachael Denhollander about pastors protecting children and advocating for victims

image This week the Southern Baptist Convention was shook to its core with the 3 articles researched and released by the Houston Chronical revealing the epidemic of sexual abuse in SBC churches (700 victims) over the last 20 years.

Article 1

Article 2

Article 3

As many face the shock and grief around this...

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Written by Brian
Thursday, 14 February 2019 11:12

Q#76 Musical Style and Revival

Q. Can you articulate how the modern trends in Christian music, such as scooping, sliding, breathiness, emotionalism, ccm, worldly sound, etc., are serious hindrances to Revival?

Philip

A. Hello Philip,

Thank you for your question. I appreciate your interest in revival.

Your question presupposes that the...

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Written by John Van Gelderen
Thursday, 14 February 2019 10:32

The SBC and Sexual Abuse: Gender Roles Featured

1. Seth continues his review of 2 Timothy 2 examining vessels of honor.2. Seth responds to a listener submission about the timing of the crucifixion.3. Seth further discusses the news about the SBC and sex abuse.

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Thursday, 14 February 2019 10:00

Striving Idols

“For my purposes here, I am understanding idolatry as placing a created thing where only the uncreated God should be. This clearly happens whenever images are used in prayer, but images need not be involved. Idolatry is more subtle than that” (Papa Don’t Pope, p. 94).

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Thursday, 14 February 2019 09:40

The Overwhelming Importance of the Family Featured

One of the many very incisive things that novelist and essayist George Orwell had to say is this: “We have now sunk to a depth at which the restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.” Indeed, talking at length about what until just recently everyone assumed to be a...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Thursday, 14 February 2019 09:37

The journey within a journey

Life as a journey is a familiar and fundamental metaphor. And the Christian pilgrimage is a variation on that metaphor. But the familiarity of the metaphor may obscure the multiple dimensions of the metaphor. It operates on at least two levels. There's the individual level. Everyone is on a...

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Written by steve
Thursday, 14 February 2019 09:19

Uncommon Ground: Pope Francis, Muslim Imam Pushing One-World Religion?

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Pope Francis recently signed a pact with Muslims in a possible push toward a one-world religion and declared that diversity of religions is God’s will. But wait. Doesn’t the Bible warn us about unifying with those who worship other gods and have contradictory beliefs on major teachings?...

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Written by David Fiorazo
Thursday, 14 February 2019 09:19

Daily Confession

I am a little late but here is your annual reminder about these valuable sites. The first, DailyConfession.wordpress.com, takes the reader through the Westminster Standards and the Three Forms (Belgic, Heidelberg, and Dort) in one year. The second, DailyWestminster.wordpress.com, takes...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Thursday, 14 February 2019 09:05

Christians Don’t View Jesus as a Means to an End

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An atheist who called the podcast a few weeks ago wanted to reduce Christianity to the avoidance of Hell, saying it’s merely a “carrots and sticks” religion. There may be people out there who view their Christianity that way, but if there are, they’ve missed the point of...

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Written by Amy K. Hall
Thursday, 14 February 2019 09:00

What Hath Darwin Wrought, Pt. III

Episode 2442

What Hath Darwin Wrought, Pt. III

Segment 1 (00:00) Darwinian Dilemmas

Segment 2 (11:43) Intellectual Honesty

Segment 3 (18:30) A Difference of Worldview

Wretched Surprise! (25:30) Presuppo-What?

The post What Hath Darwin Wrought, Pt. III appeared first on Wretched.

Authors: samueljroys...

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Written by samueljroys
Thursday, 14 February 2019 08:29

What did they know and when did they know it?

Regarding the SBC abuse scandal, I wonder about major players like Al Mohler. He rose through the ranks at rocket velocity. He's held top positions in the SBC for many years now. 

Did he have no inkling what was going on? Never heard rumors? Nothing through the grapevine? No victims or...

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Written by steve
Thursday, 14 February 2019 08:10

Interior Life

imageThe main point of Jean-Baptiste Chautard’s Soul of the Apostolate is that if you want to live an active life of Christian service, you need to attend seriously to your spiritual formation and relationship with God. (He says it in more 19th-century Trappist style, which I’ve summarized...

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Written by Fred Sanders
Thursday, 14 February 2019 08:06

Around the Horn (February 14)

In this article, Albert Mohler argues that the wave of identity politics so prevalent today results in the distortion of humanity. Both right and left can be guilty of viewing each other only in terms of the identity they place...

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Written by Staff
Thursday, 14 February 2019 07:03

Clouds without water, carried along by winds Featured

by Mike Ratliff

4 For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.5 Now I desire to remind you, though you know all things...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Thursday, 14 February 2019 06:58

A Twitter Convo, David Bernard Podcast on the Trinity, Open Phones

Began a rainy DL today with an interaction with a Twitter user (@BlackRepublican) regarding the foundational issues of the faith (once again—and one of the calls from our brother Kofi raised the issue again later), and then moved on to a brief interaction with Dr. David Bernard of the UPCI on...

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Written by James White
Thursday, 14 February 2019 06:26

The Anatomy of a Huckster -- Making Merchandise of the Sheep

Using Jennifer Leclaire to show how Christian hucksters are operating today.

Authors: 828 Ministries...

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Written by 828 Ministries
Thursday, 14 February 2019 05:55

02/14/2019

•Pornography is an affair of the heart
•How important is inerrancy in evangelism?
•Now is the time to learn the SLED argument
•Jon Speed pleads with his city council to stop the murder of babies
•Pray for Cindy Marty and Tomorrow Clubs
•Did Zaxby’s commercial go too far?

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Written by joey
Thursday, 14 February 2019 05:37

Is social justice unjust?

imageI want to post a brief note about Noah Rothman’s new book on social justice titled Unjust: Social Justice and the Unmaking of America (Regnery, 2019). I just finished it a couple days ago and found much that is helpful in it. Rothman outlines a brief history of social justice movements and...

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Written by Denny Burk
Thursday, 14 February 2019 05:14

The Anatomy of Accountability

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The following guest article is written by Aaron Murray. Aaron serves as a pastoral intern atSecond Reformed Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. At a recent men's breakfast, he and his accountability group shared how the Lord has used their times together to strengthen their walk with...

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Written by James Faris
Thursday, 14 February 2019 04:26

Gay Priest Speaking at Ravi Zacharias Event Tomorrow

Sam Allberry is a gay priest in the Anglican Church — an apostate denomination — and is scheduled to speak

The post Gay Priest Speaking at Ravi Zacharias Event Tomorrow appeared first on Reformation Charlotte.

Authors: JeffMaples...

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Written by JeffMaples
Thursday, 14 February 2019 04:24

Trent Horn “pulled the rug out from under” other Roman Catholic Apologetic tactics

http://triablogue.blogspot.com/2019/02/does-magisterium-actually-solve-problem.html#comment-form

Trent Horn wrote:You could say in response, “Well, let each person examine the sources for belief and come to his own conclusion on those questions” and in one sense, everyone has to do that....

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Written by Ken Temple
Thursday, 14 February 2019 04:17

To Another Elizabeth

Originally posted on Revive Our Hearts True Woman Blog

When I was a child, I always enjoyed the third Sunday in Advent. This was the week when our church talked about Mary’s visit to Elizabeth, the biblical character who shares my name. As I grew older, I began to think it was silly to...

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Written by Michiana Covenant
Thursday, 14 February 2019 04:08

Are the Nine Marks Simply a Bunch of Western Concepts?

Written by Daniel Gardner
Thursday, 14 February 2019 03:43

Feminist Pastor Unveils Golden Vagina Statue

Just months after her call for women to send in their purity rings so that she could have them melted

The post Feminist Pastor Unveils Golden Vagina Statue appeared first on Reformation Charlotte.

Authors: JeffMaples...

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Written by JeffMaples
Thursday, 14 February 2019 03:38

Missouri Supreme Court Ends Satanic Temple Member Mary Doe’s Case Against Informed Consent Abortion Law Featured

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[Micaiah Bilger | LifeNews] Missouri Satanists lost another battle in court Wednesday against a pro-life state law.

The state Supreme Court dismissed the case by “Mary Doe,” a Satanic Temple member who disagrees with the Missouri informed consent laws on abortion, according to the...

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Written by Cherie Vandermillen
Thursday, 14 February 2019 03:11

Some Thoughts on Prophecy

Eschatology is one of my favorite topics – if you haven’t guessed yet. Chances are that, if you’re reading this, it’s also true about you. Discussions about eschatology can be quite passionate and divisive. You might even say they’re often passionately divisive. Here...

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Written by Alf Cengia
Thursday, 14 February 2019 03:08

Robert Jeffree: Christians Who Don’t Back Trump Are Morons

PREMIER — Pastor Robert Jeffress has criticised Christians who do not support the US President. The head of megachurch First

The post Robert Jeffree: Christians Who Don’t Back Trump Are Morons appeared first on Reformation Charlotte.

Authors: JeffMaples...

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Written by JeffMaples
Thursday, 14 February 2019 03:02

Messianic Politics on Display: The Green New Deal and the New Political Order Featured

Since her election to congress last November, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has broken the traditional mold of a freshman legislator in Congress. Freshmen rarely make the headlines. They generally do not sponsor legislation, and they carry little influence, even if they caucus with the...

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Written by Albert Mohler
Thursday, 14 February 2019 02:59

GOP Jesus Sounds More Like an Anti-Jesus Liberal Trying to Make Fun of Christians and Failing Featured

Perhaps you've seen the video going around called GOP Jesus done by Friend Dog Studios. If you haven't, you probably already get the gist of it from the title: it's Jesus saying some Jesus things but twisting His words to make fun of those hypocritical evangelicals who vote Trump (with strawman...

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Written by FSBCJC
Thursday, 14 February 2019 02:58

Brannon Howse Gets Flagged on Right Wing Watch Featured

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Brannon Howse of Worldview Weekend just won the distinct honor of being flagged on Right Wing Watch. His comments about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are apparently beyond the pale.

RWW posts:

Howse said that Ocasio-Cortez represents a very serious threat to this nation because she has “no...

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Written by News Division
Thursday, 14 February 2019 01:14

JD Greear Patronizes Blacks, Dwight McKissic Ecstatic

pa·tron·ize — treat in a way that is apparently kind or helpful but that betrays a feeling of superiority. Google

The post JD Greear Patronizes Blacks, Dwight McKissic Ecstatic appeared first on Reformation Charlotte.

Authors: JeffMaples...

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Written by JeffMaples
Thursday, 14 February 2019 01:05

Heidelcast Series: I Am That I Am

The Categorical Distinction The Categorical Distinction (2) The Categorical Distinction (3) The Trinity (1) The Trinity (2) The Trinity and the Covenant of Redemption The Trinity in the New Testament Against Social Trinitarianism The Heidelcast

Authors: R. Scott Clark...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Thursday, 14 February 2019 01:00

February 13, 2019 Show with Matthew D. Aernie and Donald E. Hartley on "The Righteous and Merciful Judge: The Day of the Lord in the Life Theology of Paul"

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February 13, 2019:

Dr. DONALD E. HARTLEY, (PhD, Dallas Theological Seminary) Adjunct Professor of Biblical & Theological Studies @ Regent University, who will address: “The RIGHTEOUS & MERCIFUL JUDGE: The DAY of the LORD in the LIFE & THEOLOGY of PAUL”

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Written by Eric Nielsen
Thursday, 14 February 2019 00:44

Are You Allowing Your Child to Be Injected with Vaccines that Contain Chopped Up Aborted Baby Parts?

imageThere is a lot of justified outrage out there of late about abortion among Christians. However, many Christian parents either do not want to know or are simply ignorant of the fact that major vaccines given to children contain aborted baby parts.This is not a post about the question of the safety...

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Written by Alan E. Kurschner
Thursday, 14 February 2019 00:40

How to be forgiving

i) How should we understanding passages like Mt 6:15 and Mt 18:21-35?
One problem is that it might suggest a cynical view of forgiveness. A quid pro quo. I don't forgive you for your sake but for my sake. I don't care about you. I don't forgive you because that's in your best interest, but because...

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Written by steve
Thursday, 14 February 2019 00:18

Planned Parenthood Kept Babies Alive in Order to Harvest Brain Heart

WASHINGTON PUNDIT — In an undercover video, a former technician for a tissue-harvesting company details how an aborted baby was

The post Planned Parenthood Kept Babies Alive in Order to Harvest Brain & Heart appeared first on Reformation Charlotte.

Authors: JeffMaples...

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Written by JeffMaples
Thursday, 14 February 2019 00:13

Hard cases

i) Not surprisingly, proponents of abortion and infanticide like Peter Singer lead with the hard cases because that's a wedge issue. Is it wrong to bring a child into the world at high risk of a short, painful life?
From a Christian standpoint, this life is not all there is, so the fact that you get...

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Written by steve