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, 12 October 2017 09:52

Answers to Questions—2/10/2017-12/10/2017

Here are some of my answers to questions from the last week or so on Curious Cat.

Do you think Jesus cleansed the temple twice? [Answer]

What role does logic play in developing theology? … [Answer] [Follow-up]

When is it a good time to update/abandon/move on from a theological term because it...

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Written by Alastair Roberts
Thursday, 12 October 2017 09:51

Video: What is Masculinity?

I have a new video following on from my earlier video on The Challenges of Gender in the 21st Century. Within it, I offer some prefatory remarks on the subject of masculinity.

Authors: Alastair Roberts...

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Written by Alastair Roberts
Thursday, 12 October 2017 08:48

OCTOBER – CREATION TODAY

imageI know it may seem strange for me to choose our ministry for this month’s Member Spotlight, but as I scrolled through my inbox the other day, I was struck with a profound realization . . . Over the past decade my boss, Eric Hovind, has been working hard, not just establishing his own...

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Written by Mary Jo LeBlanc
Thursday, 12 October 2017 08:47

So Pastor, What's Your Point?

“Just because a sermon has points, doesn’t mean it’s got a point.

One of the best preaching books I’ve read in the last decade is Dennis Prutow’s So Pastor, What’s Your Point? If someone like Tim Keller or Don Carson had written it, it would be a...

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Written by The Christward Collective
Thursday, 12 October 2017 08:38

Welcome to Facebook Jail

Have you ever been convicted of a cyber misdemeanor and sentenced to Facebook Jail? I’ve never been jailed by Facebook – at least not yet. But they deleted one of my Islam related news posts once. As I recall the article was all over Facebook, so I was miffed that mine was removed. My...

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Written by Alf Cengia
Thursday, 12 October 2017 08:10

With Pilgrim Radio On “Left Behind” And Predictions Of Christ’s Return

Recently I sat for an interview with Bill Feltner of Pilgrim Radio about Matthew 24, David Meade, the “Left Behind” (secret rapture)  theology, and predictions of Christ’s return. We discussed what our Lord actually said on the Mt of Olives and what . . . Continue reading...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Thursday, 12 October 2017 07:51

Flee Youthful Lusts – 2 Timothy 2:22-24

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Also available as MP3: Flee Youthful Lusts – 2 Timothy 2:22-24

Summary:

We know the “youthful lusts” Paul told Timothy to “flee” must include fornication, for he told the Corinthians to flee this as well (ICor.6:18), and there aren’t many things Paul says to...

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Written by Pastor Ricky Kurth
Thursday, 12 October 2017 07:49

William Perkins: Who Are The True Catholics?

There are truly important works that have simply been forgotten or unjustly ignored. One of those is William Ames’ Fresh Suit Against Human Ceremonies in defense of the Reformed theology and practice of worship. Another is William Perkins’ 1597 treatise, A Reformed . . . Continue...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Thursday, 12 October 2017 07:25

What Does the Bible Say About Justice?

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In my post, “Do Christians Have to Care About Everything?,” I referred to the Bible as being “justice-obsessed.”

A commenter challenged that description and asked that I give a “Scripture-driven argument” for Christians combating social injustices.

As I...

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Written by Aaron Earls
Thursday, 12 October 2017 07:25

The fear of God and its fruit Featured

by Mike Ratliff

13 The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. 14 For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil. Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 (NASB) 

The total lack of the...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Thursday, 12 October 2017 07:22

The Open Door: Gateway Seminary and reasons for encouragement

I have just returned from the fall meeting of the Gateway Seminary Board. Our meeting was in Denver, CO, where one of our Gateway Seminary campuses is located. Dr. Jeff Iorg serves as president at Gateway Seminary and has completed the remarkable transition of the physical move of the seminary from...

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Written by J. Robert White
Thursday, 12 October 2017 06:59

Beware of Joseph Farrah and Joe Kovacs

Over the past few years there has been an individual providing me information about Joseph Farrah and Joe Kovacs and the Armstrongism heresy.  I get lots of bits and pieces, but collecting it all and making a cohesive article would take too much time since I have no real background...

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Written by Glenn E. Chatfield
Thursday, 12 October 2017 06:25

The Mustard Seed Principles: Help and Hope for Struggling Churches and Disappointed Disciples

The Messiah sat in a boat for his humble pulpit. The little fishing vessel must have moved gently on the water. Jesus, our Lord, looked out across the fresh-water beach at a growing congregation. And what he saw then is what he sees today: believers and those who would believe burdened by the...

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Written by Michael Milton
Thursday, 12 October 2017 06:18

Should Younger Women Instruct Older Women?

Some years ago, I received an email from my much younger female boss, announcing with great enthusiasm she would be meeting with each of us individually to “mentor us in our roles at work as well as disciple us in the Lord.”

Humph. I was a Christian nurse before she was born. Did she not...

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Written by Gaye Clark
Thursday, 12 October 2017 06:16

Survive or Thrive, Six Relationships Every Pastor Needs by Jimmy Dodd

Jimmy Dodd is founder and president of PastorServe, an organization devoted to aiding pastors in their lives and ministries.  Survive or Thrive details how PastorServe attempts to fulfill its mission.  Dodd founded PastorServe in 1999  to “provide care, coaching and crisis...

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Written by Gary Gilley
Thursday, 12 October 2017 06:00

Episode 117- Sola Scriptura: Returning to the Fount of the Word

Welcome to the 117th episode of Equipping You in Grace. On today’s episode, Dave Jenkins talks about Sola Scriptura: Returning to the Fount of the Word.

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • What Sola Scriptura is.
  • The inspiration, inerrancy, sufficiency, and authority of Scripture.
  • How...

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Thursday, 12 October 2017 05:55

O Canada!

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Colonial religion north of the border was no more decent and orderly than it was in the U.S. of A. (though hats off to the Roman Catholics for allowing Presbyterians to use their facility):

For a time after the fall of Montreal to the British in 1760, the Presbyterians were content to worship with...

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Written by D. G. Hart
Thursday, 12 October 2017 05:17

Why Apologetics Has a Bad Name

image Why do so many people dismiss the role of apologetics? From his experience and research, Sean offers four reasons.

Authors: Sean McDowell...

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Written by Sean McDowell
Thursday, 12 October 2017 05:00

Piercing Evangelism

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In a recent movie on Emily Dickinson, I was reminded of the vast difference between the faith of the Lutheran Reformation, and many forms of American religion that followed in its wake. The other forms held sway for a long time, but biting portrayals by novelists dismantled the evangelistic...

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Written by Rick Ritchie
Thursday, 12 October 2017 04:13

How Do We Speak the Truth In Love Today? (Some Further Reflections on Church Leadership)

imageThis question came in via texting at Sunday’s 11AM worship gathering at Park Community Church (Forest Glen), and it’s another good one. Let’s look at the phrase, “speaking the truth in love,” in context. What it means to speak the truth in love In Ephesians 4, Paul...

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Written by Joel Settecase
Thursday, 12 October 2017 04:02

A God-Orchestrated Friendship

One of Craig Parker’s regular prayers is for God to bring people to support Southern Seminary.

“When you are working in development in a faith-based organization, you are always looking for people who will have a passion for your mission,” said Parker, Southern Seminary’s...

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Written by Freddy Sinarahua Apuela
Thursday, 12 October 2017 04:01

Funerals are for the Living

Attending my elderly neighbor’s funeral yesterday, the Lord impressed upon me again something I have been thinking about lately. As others have noted, funerals are really for the living, not the dead.

Certainly funerals, by their very nature, remember the dead. Yet the purpose of a Christian...

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Written by Barry York
Thursday, 12 October 2017 03:37

Religion a Part of Justice

We haven’t had a Hemmingsen post in a while, and I know how it has made you pine. Fret not; I’m here for you.

In their discussion of the virtues, the magisterial Reformers followed the classical tradition in considering religion to fall under the category of, or to be a part of, justice,...

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Written by E.J. Hutchinson
Thursday, 12 October 2017 03:36

Baptist in the Spirit, Part 4: Old Testament Pentecostal Power?

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“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Those were the last words Jesus spoke before he was taken up into heaven, a promise of power that was fulfilled ten...

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Written by Dave Miller
Thursday, 12 October 2017 03:17

The Grace of Shame: Wheaton College…

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Like the time of the Reformation five-hundred years ago this month, the need for reform today is not outside, but inside the church.

In our culture, the sin destroying souls has attached itself to the very core of individual personhood which is sexuality. From the beginning God made us male and...

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Written by Tim Bayly
Thursday, 12 October 2017 03:08

Being Offended Is Not An Argument Featured

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Let’s face it: We’ve become a nation of emotion-driven little girls.

We can’t process an argument.

And we don’t want to.

Which means that we usually can’t make an actual argument of our own.

But we don’t want to do that either, so it’s all good.

Things like...

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Written by FireBreathingChristian
Thursday, 12 October 2017 03:00

October 11, 2017 Show with David Wiedis AND Jim Rhodes on "Growing in Ministry: Leading Courageously Transitioning Well"

Theme:

October 11, 2017:

DAVID WIEDIS, A Jewish believer in Christ Jesus committed to Reformed Theology, & Executive Director of ServingLeaders Ministries

*AND* JIM RHODES, a missionary veteran with over 40 years experience on the mission field, will address:

“GROWING in MINISTRY: Leading...

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Written by Eric Nielsen
Thursday, 12 October 2017 02:56

Biblical Counsel for Pastoral Burnout, Part 3

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Jeffrey Stivason
Oct 12, 2017
In the previous articles, I have suggested that C.S. Lewis’s article, “First and Second Things” provides an understanding as to why pastors experience burnout. Lewis said that when first things are eclipsed...

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Written by Jeffrey Stivason
Thursday, 12 October 2017 02:16

Doctrine, Denominations and Division

The 20th Century will be likely be remembered as the Century of ecclesiastical ecumenism. The 21st Century is shaping up to follow suit–not simply because of a widespread desire for co-belligerency, but on account of a doctrinal reductionism that seeks to dilute Christianity down to the most...

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Written by Nicholas T. Batzig
Thursday, 12 October 2017 02:02

Codex and Canon: A Response to John Meade (Part 2)

The conversation between myself and John Meade continues.  He offered an initial critique of chapter 7 of Canon Revisited, to which I responded.  And now he has respondedto my response. (I know, the back-and-forth is hard to keep up with!).

I appreciate Meade’s interaction with my...

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Written by Michael Kruger
Thursday, 12 October 2017 01:54

Apologetics in a Post Christian Age (Audio) Introduction -- Part 4

Here's the audio from Wednesday's lecture -- "Introduction to Apologetics -- The Proclamation-Defense Model" (Part 4)

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Authors: Kim Riddlebarger...

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Written by Kim Riddlebarger
Thursday, 12 October 2017 01:36

Circumscribing violence

One of the popular moralistic objections to the Bible concerns the holy war commands and holy war accounts. That's a popular trope among village atheists and "progressive Christians," as well as many OT scholars. My main point is that I think this objection has the issue backwards, but before...

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Written by steve
Thursday, 12 October 2017 00:48

When a Sleaze Industry is offended…by Sleaze?

So, a Hollywood producer is exposed for doing what Hollywood’s powerful men have been doing since the beginning of that amoral sewer. There are several headlines stories about this fiasco on Fox and other news outlets. Fox appears to be obsessed with the story, which is disgusting. It is...

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Written by C.H. Fisher
Thursday, 12 October 2017 00:32

Important Parents Job Featured

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It is not the job of the youth pastor to evangelize my child—that’s my job. It is not the youth pastor’s job to equip (disciple) my child—it’s mine. And it is not the youth pastor’s job to send my child out to engage the world; you guessed it—that’s...

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Written by Reformed Spirit
Thursday, 12 October 2017 00:16

Beth Moore and Pro-Sodomy, Jen Hatmaker, Share Fidelity on Twitter Featured

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Jen Hatmaker and Husband.

Jen Hatmaker is the popular mommy-blogger and evangelical preacher who was once part of the in-crowd of lady pastors on the mysti-chick speaking circuit. That was, until 2016 when she told Jonathan Merritt (a popular Christian journalist who has had his own homosexual...

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Written by News Division
Thursday, 12 October 2017 00:00

Jesus is the Only Way to Heaven

Authors: R. Albert Mohler Jr.

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Duration: 2715 secondsSize: 62.15 Mb...

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Written by R. Albert Mohler Jr.
Thursday, 12 October 2017 00:00

New study: survey of 700 quintillion terrestrial exoplanets suggests Earth is special

imageThe Circumstellar Habitable Zone, where liquid water could potentially exist

This is from Scientific American. (H/T William)

Excerpt:

More than 400 years ago Renaissance scientist Nicolaus Copernicus reduced us to near nothingness by showing that our planet is not the center of the solar system. With...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 23:56

Around the Horn (October 12)

Abandon the Reformation, abandon the gospel – Matthew Barrett

500 years later, does Reformation theology still matter? Matthew Barrett helps us see that the Gospel was the center of the Reformation and therefore the Reformation still matters tremendously.

Choose What You’re Impressed With...

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Written by Staff
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 23:50

RESET – Learning the Grace-Fueled Life

Reset: Living a Grace-Paced Life in a Burnout Culture, by David Murray, is a breath of fresh air. For me, reading it was a refresher course but from a different side of burnout. Five years ago, I received much of the counsel contained in the book from the author himself. David was one of several...

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Written by Paul Tautges
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 23:50

All of Grace Featured

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Calvinists understand that, without sovereign grace, everyone would be eternally lost. Salvation is all of grace and all of God. Life must come from God before the sinner can arise from the grave.- Joel BeekeLiving for God’s Glory: An Introduction to Calvinism

Authors: Reformed Spirit...

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Written by Reformed Spirit
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 23:31

Pray Hard, For You Are Quite A Sinner (Luther)

The following paragraph is from a famous letter of Martin Luther to Phillip Melanchthon.  I’ve posted it on this blog before, but it’s worth doing again.  This letter shows two things: 1) Luther well understood Rome’s unbiblical doctrines [note the...

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Written by Reformed Reader
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 23:15

What the Church can Learn from Weinsteingate

It’s very tempting for Christians to take the moral high ground as the evils of Hollywood’s god, Harvey Weinstein, are brutally exposed and rightly denounced.

Even film-makers, actors, and actresses who have made millions of dollars portraying women as men’s sex-objects are now...

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Written by David Murray
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 23:00

Getting what Jesus got.

Here is a biblical philosophy by which we should live: “Jesus was despised and rejected by men” (see Isa. 53:3). That’s the bottom line. If we live for Him, we too will be despised and rejected by men. Anything on top of that is a bonus. When He fed multitudes and healed the sick,...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 22:29

Sermons of a man called George Whitefield.

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Written by Acidri
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 21:25

A Famine in the Land

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In Amos 8:11 God gives us this chilling warning:  “Behold the days are coming when I will send a famine on the land; not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord.” Now let’s take a moment to connect some dots:  Jesus said the Word...

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