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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Wednesday, 17 October 2018 05:11

More Plagiarism from Christine Caine Featured

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[Churchwatch Central] Warren Throckmorton brings to light more evidence of plagiarism by Christine Caine…

“For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light.” Luke 8:17

Warren writes:

Recently Christian motivational...

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Written by News Division
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 05:00

Our Friends in Seattle

For any of our friends in the Seattle area, Nancy and I are going to be doing a marriage conference there soon — the info is here.

The post Our Friends in Seattle appeared first on Blog & Mablog.

Authors: Douglas Wilson...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 04:55

Why Christians eat pork

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Leviticus ch. 11 is all about clean and unclean animals and what the Israelites in Old Testament times could and couldn’t eat.

Therefore, every time someone hunted, ate a meal, went to a petting zoo, or came across roadkill, they had to ask themselves, “Is this clean or unclean?”

Lan...

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Written by Pastorfish
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 04:39

The MOST Jewish Thing I Ever Did Was To Believe In Jesus

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A Jewish follower of Yeshua. His video is found in this article

 

There is a Rabbi from Israel who believes that he was called by God to bring Jews back to right Jewish thought and teaching.  Who are these “wayward” Jews?

To Rabbi Singer, they are Jews like me who have received...

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Written by Geri Ungurean
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 04:21

How pastors can avoid becoming “humanism-soaked sponges.”

imageDavid Bahnsen writes about the aftermath of the Kavanaugh imbroglio in which he opines on the situation that conservatives find themselves in—including those conservatives who happen to be Christians. There is one part of Bahnsen’s piece that jumped out at me when I read it. Bahnsen...

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Written by Denny Burk
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 04:10

Sitting in the car, thinking about heresy.

Authors: Jim Mc....

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Written by Jim Mc.
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 03:55

Reflecting on privileges, burdens of ministry

By David Chancey

A church member recently had knee replacement surgery, and his procedure reminded me of an experience from my previous pastorate.

A senior lady chose to have both knee replacements done in the same operation because she planned to bounce back as quickly as possible to care for her...

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Written by David Chancey
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 02:54

Anchorage Equal Rights Commission Drops Charges Against Lawyer | AIG

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The initial charges brought against the Downtown Hope Center were that they had turned away Timothy Cole (a biological male who identifies as a woman named Samantha Cole) from their shelter because of his biological sex, disregarding his gender identification.But the facts of the matter do not...

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Written by Kevin Schaal
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 02:52

The Gift of Belonging

Wendell Berry’s book, Jayber Crow, is set in the 1930’s and centers on a small-town Kentucky barber who bears the...

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Written by David Rufner
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 02:43

Pastors Are Not Cowboys

It is significant that the Holy Spirit chose to use, in Scripture, the metaphors of shepherd and sheep to describe the church and pastoral ministry. The word pastor is simply the Latin word for shepherd. God’s people are often described as sheep . . . Continue reading →

Authors: R. Scott...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 02:38

Bad Faith: A Review of John Gray’s “Seven Types of Atheism” | The New Republic

Fascinating article reviewing a book about Atheism.  Psalm 19 says “There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard.”  While they stare at God’s universal message they declare He does not speak.  (KSchaal)

image . . . This would seem to call for some...

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Written by Kevin Schaal
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 02:33

Forthcoming Festschrift for Harry Gamble

imageNext month SBL Press has a Festschrift for Harry Gamble coming out. I can’t find a table of contents for it so, if anyone knows what’s in it, let me know in the comments, please. The table of contents is available at the link to Amazon. From the publisher:

A book about the role of books...

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Written by Peter Gurry
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 02:04

Jesus and the #MeToo Movement

image How do the great religious founders fare when considered by the standards of the #MeToo movement? Jesus stands far above the rest.

Authors: Sean McDowell...

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Written by Sean McDowell
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 02:01

Are Science and Faith Compatible? Concept 2: The Cosmological Conundrum Featured

A common practice of science is appealing to the best conclusion. Good science says the best conclusion about the origin of the universe is it had a beginning—thus a beginner, a creator. As the Bible says in Genesis 1:1, "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth."

The post Are...

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Written by Mark Phillips
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 01:44

An Open Letter to the Preacher Writing a Sermon

Dear fellow preacher,

I want to say one thing to you today as you work on your sermon. You maybe won’t like it, and perhaps you won’t think much of it. I have a hunch you’ll push it away because it seems so unexciting. In fact, it’ll also make big demands on you, which you...

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Written by 9Marks
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 01:41

Grieving Sin

  One of my morning devotionals just happened to mention David’s Psalm 51. The cool thing is that the devotional below was in draft ready to be published. Perhaps this is a divine message for us all. Here’s the first part of the Psalm: Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your...

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Written by Alesia Cengia
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 00:35

Unaware of Our Slavery

If you were a slave, don’t you think you would know it?

In 2 Peter 2:18-19, Peter tells us that false teachers “are slaves of corruption” even though they claim to know the way to freedom. They are enticing people to sin by “speaking loud boasts of folly” about their...

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Written by Laura Lundgren
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 00:30

The Destruction of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre was destroyed 1009 years ago by order of Al-Hakim, the Caliph of Egypt, interestingly on this day in AD 1009. You can read a short article on the destruction here.

Authors: BibleX...

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Written by BibleX
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 00:30

Lloyd-Jones on the Mystery of the Trinity

One of the most difficult Christian teachings is the doctrine of the Trinity. For some, its difficulty gives them a reason to abandon studying it altogether. While it’s true, the Trinity is mysterious, and certainly, above our finite ability to completely understand, God has revealed himself...

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Written by James Williams
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 00:15

The Friend Who Forgives: A True Story About how Peter Failed and Jesus Forgave by Dan Dewitt and Catalina Echeverri

I enjoy children’s books. I did so long before I had children of my own. Some of my favorite literature is written for children. Writing children’s books is hard work  that takes a sharp mind, deep understanding of your subject, and clear, simple communication to write a book...

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Written by Joey Tomlinson
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 00:07

Idaho Horse Racing

For my Idaho readers, we have a measure on the ballot coming up in a few weeks that would reboot Idaho horse racing. What shall we make of that? The measure (Prop 1) would set a minimum number for horse races, would allow betting on those races, and would allow the installation of...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 00:00

Lawrence Krauss debates “A Universe From Nothing” with an astrophysicist

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Dina sent me news of an exciting episode of Unbelievable, which features Lawrence Krauss, who debated William Lane Craig. Krauss’ book was also reviewed in the New York Times.

Details:

Lawrence Krauss is a Cosmologist at Arizona State University...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 00:00

Recovering the Teaching of the Fathers

The Reformers were not turning their backs on the church, but recovering its true teachings. In this brief clip, Sinclair Ferguson looks at the authority and clarity of Scripture.

This Reformation Month, watch a short video every day on the history and insights of the Protestant Reformation....

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 23:59

Pack the House: How to Fix the Legislative Branch

By Lyman Stone

A growing chorus ofleft-leaning punditshave begun to call for theabolition of the Senate. It defies the principles of representative democracy by giving some people more power than others based on arbitrary geography; it systematically weakens the political power of minorities; the...

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Written by Guest Writer
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 23:35

Mere Fidelity: Confessions, Book 13

At long last, we reach the end of our discussion of Augustine’s Confessions. 

If you’re interested in supporting the show financially, you can check out our Patreon here.

Finally, as always, follow DerekAndrew, and Alastair for more tweet-sized...

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Written by Matthew Lee Anderson
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 23:24

Charlie Shamp 2017 Maine Fishing Industry Prophecy Failed: Fishing Industry Declined Despite Word Saying It Would Break Records

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SUMMARY

Charlie Champ said God told him that Maine would break all records in the fishing industry in 2017. Lobster and fish were specifically mentioned. That was a false word from God because Maine did not break all records in the fishing industry in 2017 and actually showed decline.

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Written by heterodoxresearchinitiative
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 23:09

Video: Were Rebekah and Jacob Justified in Deceiving Isaac?

Today’s question:

Having read Jordan’s Primeval Saints I find that he interprets the life of Jacob through a different lens from a more recent reformation reading. Specifically in the story of Jacob “stealing” the birthright, Jordan posits that Rebekah and Jacob are...

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Written by Alastair Roberts
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 23:02

The metaphysics of resurrection

There are different models of resurrection. I don't mean the resurrection of Christ, in particular. I mean the more radical case of resurrecting someone whose body completely disintegrated. 
One model is replication. God creates a new body that duplicates your old body. The new body is...

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Written by steve
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 23:02

What is Behind the Liberal “Curtain”?

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When you watch a movie with great special effects what you see looks amazing (giant dinosaurs or super heroes flying)…but when you “look behind the curtain” and see how Computer Generated Imaging produces these effects the “magic” wears off and you realize it is all...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 23:00

The other 9 commandments.

“The First Commandment, ‘Thou shalt have no other gods before Me’: My friend, are you ready to be weighed against this Commandment? Have you fulfilled, or are you willing to fulfill all the requirements of this Law? Put it into one of the scales, and step into the other. Is your...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 22:58

DBG Spotlight (10-17-18)

Can we know for sure that we are saved? From one of our live Ask Ligonier events, Sinclair Ferguson looks at the doctrine of assurance and what it means to be born again.

The Joy of Overlooking an Offense — This is a helpful read and worthy of consideration.

Catching Up on Events...

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Written by Josh Buice
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 22:31

Even the Smallest Sin... (Nick Batzig)

I was intrigued to read the results about what evangelicals profess to believe concerning key biblical truths in 2018 in Ligonier Ministries' State of Theology survey. Among the many shocking findings was the conclusion on the category dealing with the just punishment for sin. Out of 3002...

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Written by Reformation21 Blog
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 22:00

A Word to the Older Women

Editor’s Note: This post is part of a new series called, “Men and Women in the Household of God.” Links to other posts in this series can be found here.

After giving instructions about older men in the congregation, Paul now turns to the older women:

“Older women likewise are...

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Written by CBMW
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 21:52

A Beautiful Scandal (William Boekestein.)

There is a lot to like about the story of John Newton. And Simonetta Carr and Amal tell and illustrate it beautifully (Reformation Heritage Books, 2018). Newton first told the story himself in an 18th century best-seller. A young man with a dead mother and hard-to-please father pursues riches and...

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Written by Reformation21 Blog
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 21:35

The Statement on SJ G Explained: Article 8, The Church (Josh Buice)

[Editorial Note: This is the eighth post in a series of posts in which we have invited the authors of "The Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel" to expound upon the statement's affirmations and denials. We encourage our readers to take the time to read through our prefatory...

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Written by Reformation21 Blog
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 21:31

Longing for the Day of No More Partial Knowing or Loving

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For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”Gal. 5:14 (NIV)

For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away1 Cor. 13:9-10 (ESV)

Heavenly Father, I...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 21:30

The Spirit and Union with Christ

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A Sunday school class has given me opportunity to revisit Sinclair Ferguson's masterful work The Holy Spirit. In the fifth chapter, Dr. Ferguson argues convincingly that understanding salvation through the lens of our union with Christ is a much more satisfying method than the ordo salutis--this...

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Written by Jared Olivetti
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 21:00

What C. S. Lewis Believed about Hell

October 17, 2018 by: Joe Rigney

Do We Choose Hell?

Lewis’s view on hell is often a controversial subject. First of all, that’s because even as a Protestant, he seemed to believe in something like purgatory—which isn’t hell (only the saved go to purgatory).

Protestants...

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Written by Joe Rigney
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 20:40

How We Worshipped on a Sunday Evening

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I have often shared examples of our Sunday morning services at Grace Fellowship Church. Yet are one of those rare churches that also has an evening service, so I thought you might be interested in seeing an example of how we structure them.

First, the answer to the question I know you’re...

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Written by Tim Challies
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 20:33

A La Carte (October 17)

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I am very much enjoying my time in Brazil at the Fiel Pastors’ Conference. It has been a joy to meet so many people and to both see and hear how the Lord is at work in Brazil.

(Yesterday on the blog: Why We Chose a Christian College)

A Christian Man Receives Justice

David French updates an...

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Written by Tim Challies
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 20:00

Join Us for ChristmasTime and ChristmasTown

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Now that we’re into the fall season, Christmas will be here before we know it. And our grounds crew at both the Ark Encounter and the Creation Museum are already hard at work turning the grounds into a Christmas wonderland of lights. All of this is in preparation to welcome tens of thousands...

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Written by Ken Ham
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 20:00

Imperishable Beauty: Lesson 5- A Beautiful Identity

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Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 20:00

Bearing Burdens

There is an interesting apparent contradiction built into Paul's letter to the churches of Galatia (a region, not a city). The passages, in fact, occur within a few verses of each other. Paul urges them to restore a brother who is caught in a transgression. Then he says,
Bear one another's burdens,...

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Written by Winging It
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 20:00

Update on Melinda’s Progress

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[See here for information about Melinda’s accident and here for links to previous updates.]

It’s been a while since our last update on Melinda’s progress, mostly because there’s not been much improvement in the 10 months since her accident on December 2. But that has changed...

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Written by Greg Koukl
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 19:00

Interview with Mats Tunehag on ‘The Wealth Creation Manifesto’

Is wealth creation godly or greedy?

The Bible teaches that the creation of wealth is both a godly gift and a command. Unfortunately, the biblical role of wealth creation is misunderstood in many churches today.

The good news is that there’s a global movement of Christians that are seeking to...

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Written by Kristin Brown
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 19:00

Fear of God Devotional: The Significance of Christ Being God

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Why is it important that Jesus is God?

Sam Waldron explains in this video that when we speak of the deity of Christ, we should ask ourselves what do we mean when we say that He is God? Why is that important?

Jesus has the same nature as God. It is significant that Christ is called God in the Old...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 19:00

Where Does Ultimate Authority Lie?

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There is a science in theology and in biblical studies that we call hermeneutics. It is the science of biblical interpretation. It teaches objective principles and rules that govern our treatment of the text, lest we turn the Bible into a piece of clay that we can shape and form for our own...

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Written by R.C. Sproul
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 18:00

Nuggets from Occult Invasion—Demonic Possession?

October 17, 2018
That demonic possession could result from entering an altered state of consciousness is being increasingly acknowledged by scientists and psychologists and other researchers into para psychology . Jon Klimo, author of one of the...

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Written by tbc staff - bl
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 18:00

Farewell, Willow Creek: Where the “Regular” Churches Can Go From Here

October 17, 2018
It looks like the beginning of the end at Willow Creek. They aren’t saying that, but I feel like that’s what’s happening. If so, good riddance. Stanley Hauerwas said that the church...

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Written by TBC Staff - EN
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 18:00

The Valley of Blessing

“And on the fourth day they assembled themselves in the valley of Berachah; for there they blessed the LORD: therefore the name of the same place was called, The valley of Berachah, unto this day.” (2 Chronicles... More...

Authors: Days of Praise from ICR...

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