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, 11 October 2017 21:11

Vlog: One for the Dads (and Moms)

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It may not be the key New Testament passage on parenting, but it’s definitely one of the most important: “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” In this video I talk about it and warn how we, as parents,...

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Written by Tim Challies
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 21:00

What Did the Reformers Think of the Church Fathers?

October 12, 2017 by: Stephen J. Nichols

Church History Shaped the Reformation

One of the most interesting texts by Luther is called “On the Councils in the Church.” One of the challenges to Luther is that he was throwing away fifteen hundred years of church history. This was...

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Written by Stephen J. Nichols
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 20:41

I can’t stand it anymore! Standing on God’s promises as pilgrims in the world

image Let’s face it life is difficult sometimes. We have to deal with so many demands on our life. There are demands from work, as people ask more of us. Demands on our family, managing to visit everyone can be a bit of a challenge especially like me if you have a big family. There’s also...

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Written by Berean
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 20:35

A La Carte (October 12)

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Today’s Kindle deals include some you may want to get for your children.

This weeks deals from Westminster Books are on some excellent books for kids.

What is the Age of Accountability? (Video)

Is there an age of accountability? Dr. Stephen Wellum answers in Honest Answers from Southern Seminary....

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Written by Tim Challies
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 20:00

Federal Judge Strikes Down Law That Would Have Saved Lives

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A United States federal judge recently struck down a Kentucky law that would have saved the lives of perhaps hundreds of unborn children. This proposed law would require abortion providers to both “display and describe a patient’s ultrasound as well as play the fetal heartbeat to the...

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Written by Ken Ham
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 20:00

Throwback Thursday ~ Rock Your Role: Oh No She Di-int! Priscilla Didn’t Preach, Deborah Didn’t Dominate, and Esther Wasn’t an Egalitarian

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Are these women of the Bible really an argument in support of women preaching to men?

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Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 20:00

Article: Why Does God Seem Hidden? by Jonathan Morrow

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I had the honor and privilege to contribute to the recently updated and revised Apologetics Study Bible for Students.  You can find my article here.Author and speaker Jonathan Morrow also contributed an article entitled "Why Does God Seem Hidden?"  This is an important topic so I wanted...

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Written by Chad
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 20:00

Just As You Are

Francesca Battistelli is a contemporary Christian singer-songwriter. The first I heard of her was when I tuned into the Christian music station the other day. The name of the song was Free to be me. "Wait," I thought, "that can't be right." It was. "Perfection is my enemy," she sings. "On my own...

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Written by Winging It
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 20:00

An Evangelical Guide to Transgenderism (5): Responding to It as an Ideology and Movement

In light of the Bible’s revelation of God’s design for gender identity (which we discussed in Part 3 of this series) and his desire for us to love and appreciate individuals who experience gender dysphoria (which we discussed in Part 4) how should we respond to transgenderism as an ideol...

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Written by Bruce Ashford
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 20:00

The Solution for Shame

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If you’re not a fan of Masterpiece Mystery’s period dramas, bear with me. I have a point, I promise.

The central character of the murder mystery Grantchester, Sidney Chambers, is a vicar in an English village. He has an assistant vicar named Leonard Finch, who experiences same-sex...

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Written by Melinda Penner
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 19:38

Remembering What Christ Has Done For You

Never be ashamed of living the life of faith in Christ. People may ridicule and mock you, and even silence you in argument; but they can never take from you the feelings which faith in Christ gives.They can never prevent you feeling, “I was weary till I found Christ, but now I have rest...

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Written by The J.C. Ryle Archive
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 19:09

Review: John Knox: Fearless Faith by Steven Lawson

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Steven Lawson. John Knox: Fearless Faith.  Ross-Shire, UK: Christian Focus Publications, November 2014. 126 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

Of all the major Reformers John Knox is one that I probably know the least about.  It was therefore a...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 19:00

What Will Work Be Like in the New Heaven and Earth?

In your job today, you will likely experience the “thorns and thistles” that have come as a result of the Fall; the reality is that work will be difficult until Christ returns. But what happens to work when Jesus comes back, and Adam’s curse from Genesis 3:16-19 is no more,...

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Written by Russell Gehrlein
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 19:00

Fear of God Devotional: The Reformation Affected All Areas of Life

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Is the Reformation still relevant today? How does it continue to affect our lives?

Joel Beeke explains in this video that reformation has everything to do with the church today and profits us in all kinds of ways. Its importance and relevance did not come to an end 500 years ago. Rather, it affects...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 19:00

From Creation to Salvation

imageIn recent years, it has been my joy to serve as pastor to a wonderful and gifted young lady named Lita Cosner.  It has also been my joy to read her new book—From Creation to Salvation: What Jesus and the New Testament authors believed about Genesis.  I must admit that her dedication...

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Written by Josh Buice
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 19:00

Why We Protest

Here's an excerpt from Why We Protest, Albert Mohler's contribution to the October issue of Tabletalk:

Is the Reformation over? Is it, as some have suggested, a failed project? In order to answer that question, we must return to the Reformation and its core doctrinal convictions. We must remember...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 18:31

John Calvin in 200 words Featured

To celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation,we have been running short biographies of key reformers. If you would like to reprint these for your church, please do so–no need to attribute them back to us. So far we have seen Wycliffe, Huss, LutherJane Grey, and Simons...

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Written by The Cripplegate
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 18:09

How to Engage Culture Like a First Responder (Podcast)

J. Warner Wallace hosts the Stand to Reason Podcast and talks about engaging the culture as “first responders,” then answers a question about 1 Corinthians 14:34 and discusses the new moral consensus and how evil points to the existence of God. Be sure to download and subscribe to Stand...

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Written by jwallace
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 18:05

Amandus Polanus on Interpreting Scripture through Meditation

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As the previous two posts demonstrated (#1, #2), Amandus Polanus envisioned Christians interpreting the Scriptures with the help of the church. In colloquial terms, this means that no Christian can read their Bibles well by themselves on a private island with no external aids or input. Yet it...

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Written by Meet the Puritans
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 18:00

Chilean Earthquake Highlights Darwin Error

October 12, 2017
On February 27, Chile experienced an 8.8 magnitude earthquake, the fifth-largest recorded quake since seismographs were implemented. Charles Darwin experienced a similar quake in the same area on February 20, 1835. The conclusions he drew...

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Written by TBC Staff - EN
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 18:00

How to Fight Off the Devil’s Desperate Attacks

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil” (Eph. 6:10–11).

God bestows upon us the spiritual gear that will guard us against the enemies of God. The devil and...

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Written by Timothy Massaro
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 18:00

On Eschewing Evil

“For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.” (1 Peter 3:10-11)

The venerable English word “eschew” is not used much these...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 17:30

What hath Codex to do with Canon? A Rejoinder to Michael Kruger

imageMy post a few days ago has attracted some attention; most significantly, it has prompted Michael Kruger to respond, which you can read on his own blog here.Before I reply to him, I do want to affirm what Kruger says in his last paragraph: we probably do agree on more than we disagree. However,...

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Written by John Meade
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 17:26

Dark Reason

Every now and then a news article comes along that scares me a little. The Washington Post reported on a social science study to test how politicians respond to evidence that contradicts their ideological positions. I bet you can guess how this went. Our research involved a number of “survey...

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Written by Jonathan Miles
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 17:03

The Biblical Teaching of Hell (Part Two)

Jerry Sivnksty

FrontLine • November/December 2009 (Part One here)

In Luke 16 we have an account of two men who died. We read in Luke 16:22, “And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was...

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Written by Jerry Sivnksty
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 17:00

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 Place for Truth
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 17:00

Theology Thursday - Luther Meets Cardinal Cajetan

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After Luther published his 95 theses, inviting debate on the abuse of indulgences, things began to move rapidly in Wittenberg. Phillip Schaff, the grand church historian, sums up the course of events during the following year:1

Pope Leo X. was disposed to ignore the Wittenberg movement as a...

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Written by TylerR
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 15:52

Getting the Most From God’s Word

Andy Naselli shares the messages from a recent conference featuring John Piper and others on how to approach God’s word at this link.

Authors: John Samson...

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Written by John Samson
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 15:47

Understanding Deuteronomy 22 and the Virginity Test

Question: “How accurate was the virginity test mentioned in Deuteronomy 22?” (Original source here)

Answer: Part of the Old Testament Law dealt with the matter of a husband who accused his new wife of not being a virgin when he married her. If such a charge was leveled, “then the...

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Written by John Samson
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 15:37

Meeting Katie Davis Majors: Enthusiastic Book PRE-views, Not Reviews

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I am way late to the Katie Davis Majors party. I am embarrassed to admit that I haven’t even read Kisses from Katie. It was on the New York Times Best Seller List for 31 weeks. I’m the only woman I know who hasn’t read it.  And I’m definitely the only female missionary...

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Written by Jennifer Oshman
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 15:10

Why Churches Should Have Meaningful Membership

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Church membership is a concept that while not explicitly articulated in the Scriptures is assumed and supported. Many of the New Testament letters were written to local congregations with instructions as to how they were to deal with their life together (for example, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians,...

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Written by Erik Raymond
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 15:05

October 12: Of Whom the World Was Not Worthy

At the close of the first century of Presbyterianism in Kentucky, this anniversary was observed by the churches on this day, October 12, in 1883. The Rev. David Rice had begun to preach the Gospel in 1783 near the town of Harrodsburg, and so it was fitting that the celebration was held there in...

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Written by archivist
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 15:05

God Is Bigger Than Our Immaturity

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My son broke down crying tonight at bed time, “I don’t want to be 5!”

Apparently the responsibilities of being 5 years old have finally gotten to him. Maybe it is because he has a new sister and we expect more of him. Maybe it is because he is in preschool and listening and obeying...

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Written by Adam Kareus
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 15:00

Getting into God’s Stride

Enoch walked with God… —Genesis 5:24

The true test of a person’s spiritual life and character is not what he does in the extraordinary moments of life, but what he does during the ordinary times when there is nothing tremendous or exciting happening. A person’s worth is...

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Written by RSS | My Utmost For His Highest
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 15:00

1 Kings 15; Colossians 2; Ezekiel 45; Psalms 99–101

Written by: Don Carson

1 Kings 15; Colossians 2; Ezekiel 45; Psalms 99-101

THE SETTING WAS A Bible study led by a lady in the church where I was serving as pastor. A woman from one of the more popular cults had infiltrated this group, and the lady from our church soon discovered she was a little out...

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Written by Don Carson
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 15:00

Video: "Walk in Light, Part Two" by Alistair Begg

Those who have come to know the Lord Jesus experience the tension of living for Christ in the midst of darkness. At one extreme, we're tempted to separate from the world entirely; at the other, to embrace our culture without question. Alistair Begg reminds us that every Christian must engage the...

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Written by TFL
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 14:44

How to Sing like a Protestant

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This month we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Among the choicest fruits of this Reformation is a custom now so normal in our worship experience that we can hardly imagine a Lord’s Day without it. I’m referring to our habit of praising the Lord together in...

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Written by Jody Killingsworth
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 14:11

Loving Jesus Much Because He’s Forgiven Us Everything

Written by: Scotty Smith

      “I tell you, her sins--and they are many--have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.”Luke 7:47 NLT

Lord Jesus, this is one of those "in-your-face" to get us into-your-grace...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 14:01

Raising Strong Girls

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Shopping for kids clothes is hard, particularly for girls. If it isn’t skanky it’s loud, sparkly, and garish. And let’s talk about slogan tees. Slogan tees aren’t a new thing or relegated to just girls, but it seems that those made for girls are the worst.

The “girl...

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Written by Amanda Mentzel
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 13:41

The Death of the University and the Death of the West Featured

While it may come as a surprise to many, most of the great universities of the western world were originally founded by and/or for Christians. Theology was often a primary subject, and a combination of ‘pagan’ and Christian learning was involved in most of the early medieval...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 13:00

Was Karl Barth Unfaithful to His Wife Nelly, His ‘Life-Partner’?

Barth "was well aware of the sinful nature of his situation, and was also warned about it by Bonhoeffer and others. Yet, he remained unrepentant in such a lifestyle until his death" - Tom Cooper

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Written by deb
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 13:00

Todd White Says "I Am Sinless" (Just Like Jesus) Featured

Todd White has himself confused with Jesus. Here's what Todd White thinks of himself:

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(Todd White will block you if you ask him difficult questions)

Todd White ended the conversation and blocked the other person. And no, this isn't fake.

In his comments Todd White is clearly making himself equal to...

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Written by Steven Kozar
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 11:44

What can be more truly described as worship

There are plenty of people, of course, outside the Church who have a sincere contempt for sermons. There are plenty of people inside who would like, as they put it, to enlarge the field of interest, and to hear the minister of the Church on all sorts of literary, economical, or political questions....

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Written by memoirandremains
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 10:27

Polemics Report 160 | The Pulpit Pen Challenge Featured

In today’s program, JD issues a challenge in relation to the “ALS Ice-Water Challenge,” called the “Pulpit & Pen Challenge” and then discusses several news articles, including one about the estimated price of raising a child. Then, a Spurgeon Calling segment.
Origina...

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Written by Justus Zenas
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 10:18

The Gathering Storm Featured

You know the story of Esther and her Uncle Mordecai. She was a Jewess in Persia who was chosen via contest by King Xerxes to be his wife. Except that Xerxes didn't know she was Jewish and when evil Second in Command Haman whispered to Xerxes to make a decree killing all the Jews, she was then in a...

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Written by The End Time