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, 13 February 2019 17:00

Wrong on Viruses

February 14, 2019
“Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience” ( Ephesians:5:6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children...

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Written by TBC Staff - EN
Wednesday, 13 February 2019 16:03

Love Thy Body – a review

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Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions about Life and Sexuality Nancy Pearcey Baker Books, 2018

Reviewed by Don Johnson.

Nancy Pearcey’s work is a blessing for anyone who wants to evangelize among the people of modern Western culture. Love Thy Body provides an analysis of modern rationales...

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Written by Don Johnson
Wednesday, 13 February 2019 16:00

Shall the Fundamentalists Win?

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In this landmark 1922 sermon, Henry E. Fosdick, Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in New York, called for an open-minded, “tolerant” view of Christian fellowship. He delivered this address in the midst of the Fundamentalist-Modernist controversy. As is plain from his sermon, he did...

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Written by TylerR
Wednesday, 13 February 2019 16:00

Sweet Naamah

“Behold, thou art fair, my beloved, yea, pleasant: also our bed is green.” (Song of Solomon 1:16) These words begin King Solomon’s tender expressions of love to his beautiful young wife. So... More...

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Wednesday, 13 February 2019 15:32

Captive to Convenient Pressures

I know, it’s Valentine’s day and your feed is full of romance and hearts. But I want to draw your attention to an article by a person who changed their mind on abortion who isn’t by any stretch of the imagination the typical right-wing, Republican. Frederica Mathewes-Green in a...

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Written by Jonathan Miles
Wednesday, 13 February 2019 14:15

Turning the Corner on Effective Church Planting (Part 2)

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In my previous post, I unpacked the Send Network’s value of brotherhood. This value is important and paired with multiplication and restoration, the values are changing the culture of church planting.​

Being part of a family is a good thing. Creating a brotherhood that stands shoulder to...

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Written by Charles Campbell
Wednesday, 13 February 2019 14:10

Lessons Learned from a Leadership Nightmare

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I’ve been a local church pastor for more than thirty years, but I’ve never had a year like 2018. Honestly, it was brutal, far and away the most difficult season I’ve ever had in ministry. I experienced a church leader’s nightmare.​ Through a grueling five-month...

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Written by Steve Benninger
Wednesday, 13 February 2019 14:05

February 14: The Gospel the Wisdom of God.

“The gospel, or the scheme of Christ’s mediation, which is the substance of the gospel, is admirably fitted TO PROMOTE THE DIVINE GLORY ; or to make an illustrious exhibition of God’s moral perfections. It accomplishes this object better than it could have been accomplished, by an...

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Written by Wayne Sparkman
Wednesday, 13 February 2019 14:05

So, Do You Write Your Own Sermons?

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I went to the office early to work on my Thanksgiving sermon before the rest of the team arrived. I stopped by the Waffle House on the way. As I sat at the counter, a man in a nearby booth asked, “Is that Psalm 100 on your file?” It was. I was working on several projects at the...

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Written by H.B. Charles, Jr.
Wednesday, 13 February 2019 14:00

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Sexual Abuse in SBC Joe Carter summarizes this tragedy in an FAQ. Important articles to read by J D Greear, Russell Moore, Al Mohler. One of Mohler’s conclusions is:

In light of this report and the nature of sexual abuse, an independent, third-party investigation is the only credible...

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Written by David Murray
Wednesday, 13 February 2019 14:00

In Marriage, Who Leads, Who Follows, and Why Is It Important? (4 of 6)

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A cartoon Cupid with a quiver full of arrows may make us chuckle, but buying into the concept of being “love-struck” can be harmful—especially if we don’t think beyond fleeting emotions to the fulfillment of the roles God has established for husband and wife.

In Lasting Love,...

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Written by TFL
Wednesday, 13 February 2019 13:39

Wisdom from Peter Williams on Textual Criticism

Peter Williams is a treasure. These lectures contain some absolute gold, and they give me that lovely feeling of being right, of being validated by someone smarter than oneself. Indeed, some of his key points are things I have come to realize on my own—though he states them so much better,...

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Written by Mark Ward
Wednesday, 13 February 2019 13:10

Millennials, Evangelism, and Whatever Happened to Hell?

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The headlines last week summed up the most surprising finding in new research from Barna: “Half of millennial Christians say it’s wrong to evangelize.” Take note: these aren’t millennials who merely claim a Christian affiliation but churchgoing Christians who say religion is...

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Written by Trevin Wax
Wednesday, 13 February 2019 12:06

Spurgeon on slander Featured

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To our subscribers: Thanks for your patience while we work on getting our email feature fixed.

While we wait, I wanted to share this quote from Spurgeon I came across while studying for my sermon this Sunday. Concerning slander, suppose someone is saying things that aren’t true about you....

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Written by Jesse Johnson
Wednesday, 13 February 2019 10:39

Are You Growing Harder or Softer? The Need for Spiritual Inventory Featured

Most businesses have an annual stocktake. An inventory is required to see just what physical stock is there, what condition it is in, and so on. I used to work at a Christian ministry which had a whole lot of literature: books, booklets, pamphlets, magazines, videos, etc. At least once a year we...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Wednesday, 13 February 2019 10:30

Good Grief

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One of the joys of my job as a college chaplain/professor is meeting peers from other institutions and fellow ministers from other denominations (in addition to getting to know a greater number of both within my own) and then introducing those new connections to the undergrads I minister to on...

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Written by Rut Etheridge III
Wednesday, 13 February 2019 10:27

Feminist Lutheran “Pastor” Says Purity Culture Equivalent to “Rape Culture”

The ELCA Lutheran female pastrix, Nadia Bolz-Weber, is making a name for herself among the progressive feminist pseudo-religious left. Bolz-Weber

The post Feminist Lutheran “Pastor” Says Purity Culture Equivalent to “Rape Culture” appeared first on Reformation Charlotte.

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Written by JeffMaples
Wednesday, 13 February 2019 10:11

The SBC and It’s Mostly False Gospel

By now it is clear to most non-SBC evangelicals that the SBC is coming unraveled at its seams. Some might say that the reasons for the SBC’s collapse are complex and numerous. However, I have to say that I don’t really think that’s the case. In the interest of fair disclosure, I...

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Written by eddingess
Wednesday, 13 February 2019 10:11

What is worship?

A striking feature of public corporate worship is the performative emphasis. In a traditional worship service (e.g. Anglican), worship is predominantly something you do. Acts of worship, viz., reciting scripture, confession, profession (reciting a creed), praise (singing), prayer, preaching,...

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Written by steve
Wednesday, 13 February 2019 10:00

For Obvious Reasons

“The boundaries of true authority matter to the submissive heart” (Papa Don’t Pope, p. 87).

The post For Obvious Reasons appeared first on Blog & Mablog.

Authors: Douglas Wilson...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Wednesday, 13 February 2019 09:46

SBC Sex Abuse Scandal | February 11 2019, Polemics Report Featured

Baptists Vs Catholics on Sex Abuse (a battle nobody wants to win). JD gets into the top 5 P&P stories of the day and examines the report on sex abuse in the SBC. Russell Moore says that claiming priest celibacy affects abuse rates is “wrong-headed.” JD disagrees and pulls out the...

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Written by social element
Wednesday, 13 February 2019 09:35

Episode 180: Misused Bible Verses, Example 7

Join Pastor Overmiller in examining the first misused Bible verse ever, then learn what this sobering example teaches us about the dangers of misusing Bible verses today.

Authors: TOvermiller...

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Written by TOvermiller
Wednesday, 13 February 2019 09:30

Misused Bible Verses, Example 7

As the seventh installment in this “misused verses” Bible study series, this example shows why such a series is important. It takes us back to the beginning of the world and looks…

Authors: TOvermiller...

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Written by TOvermiller
Wednesday, 13 February 2019 09:20

The SBC and Sexual Abuse: Autonomy Featured

1. Seth continues his review of 2 Timothy 2 examining recognition and expectation.2. Seth responds to a listener submission about the death of Jesus.3. Seth discusses the news about the SBC and sex abuse.

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Wednesday, 13 February 2019 09:15

Trueman Contra Mischief And Ill-Informed Half-Truths About The Doctrine Of God

…one of the justifications for Protestants today revising and rejecting the classical theism of Nicaea and subsequent Nicene developments is the assertion that the Reformers did not subject the doctrine of God to the same rigorous examination in light of scripture as . . . Continue reading...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Wednesday, 13 February 2019 09:11

Thabiti Anyabwile: Theological Pervert Featured

“God exercises a preferential option for the poor, and he keeps telling us this in the Bible; but the right doesn’t like this- which is just one indication that they have too much privilege. You get mad that God “like” the poor more than he “like” you! You...

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Written by Toni Brown
Wednesday, 13 February 2019 09:07

14 Must-Read Books about Israel

Jessica Halfin has a list here. The titles are not all related to biblical studies but still an interesting list.

Authors: BibleX...

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Written by BibleX
Wednesday, 13 February 2019 09:00

A Postmodern Christian at UGA

Episode 2440

A Postmodern Christian at UGA

Segment 1 (00:00) The Oxymoron

Segment 2 (10:29) The Options

Segment 3 (17:42) The Objective

Wretched Surprise! (24:45) Sermon Sizzler: Steve Lawson

The post A Postmodern Christian at UGA appeared first on Wretched.

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Wednesday, 13 February 2019 08:57

J. Gresham Machen on Efficiency in Government

In an address in 1926, J. Gresham Machen sought to answer the question “Shall we have a Federal Department of Education?”  Answering in the negative, Machen addressed several themes of the day that were commonly used in defense of government intervention in the economy and...

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Written by C.Jay Engel
Wednesday, 13 February 2019 08:55

H.L. Mencken on the Government’s Money and Services

HL Mencken from his article More of the Same, original published in the American Mercury in 1925:

When a private citizen is robbed a worthy man is deprived of the fruits of his industry and thrift; when the government is robbed the worst that happens is that certain rogues and loafers have less...

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Written by C.Jay Engel
Wednesday, 13 February 2019 08:54

Hoppe on Milton Friedman and the Drift Toward Statism

From Natural Elites, Intellectuals, and the State:

This seemingly unstoppable drift toward statism is illustrated by the fate of the so-called Chicago School: Milton Friedman, his predecessors, and his followers. In the 1930s and 1940s, the Chicago School was still considered left-fringe, and justly...

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Written by C.Jay Engel
Wednesday, 13 February 2019 08:00

Believe in the Baptists: Conquering Social Justice Through the Pews Featured

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It’s with much respect I write these words to my friends who are fellow co-belligerents against the Social Justice juggernaut in evangelicalism. I write this to help encourage you to employ a successful strategy in realigning our churches to the Gospel and away from the mission drift of...

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Written by News Division
Wednesday, 13 February 2019 07:41

The Favorite 500

In light of the recent discussions about the role of bloggers on social media, I’ve compiled a list of blog posts and articles that I’ve most enjoyed writing–either for this blog or for other online publications–over the past 8 years. I started blogging 12 years ago; and,...

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Written by Nicholas T. Batzig
Wednesday, 13 February 2019 07:13

Review: Answers Book for Kids Volume 3: God and the Bible

In continuing with our blog’s “wee-kids Wednesdays” here’s a review of a Christian Children’s book.

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Ken Ham and Cindy Malott. Answers Book for Kids Volume 3: God and the Bible.  Green Forest, AK: Master Books, March 27th 2009. 48 pp.

5 out of 5

Pur...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Wednesday, 13 February 2019 07:00

Saving the Reformation, New from W. Robert Godfrey and Reformation Trust

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There has been renewed interest in the five points of Calvinism among many Christians today. But these doctrines are not a product of the twenty-first century. So where did they come from, and why are they so important?

InSaving the Reformation: The Pastoral Theology of the Canons of Dort, Dr. W....

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Wednesday, 13 February 2019 06:56

How Can You Be Certain of the Call?

How does one know that they are saved? Where can the Christian turn for any ground of certainty before God on the day of judgment? As...

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Written by Bob Hiller
Wednesday, 13 February 2019 06:54

More Reasons Not to Abort Babies That Are Going to Die

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Many people who are convinced abortion is wrong hesitate when it comes to the question of aborting babies that have been diagnosed with a lethal disease or abnormality. The moral reasoning against abortion in these cases doesn’t change (the fact that a human being will die in the future...

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Written by Amy K. Hall
Wednesday, 13 February 2019 06:50

02/13/2019

•Witness Wednesday at GA Tech:
•Todd finds an ardent materialist
•Finally, an ice breaker that works!
•A James Bond-reading Macchiavellian 17 year old
•Why do smokers pound their cigarettes on their hands?

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Written by joey
Wednesday, 13 February 2019 06:40

What Happened to Preaching?

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For some evangelicals, the options in worship are either the sacraments or the gifts of the Spirit:

This Sunday, thousands of believers will enter a sanctuary in which all eyes are drawn to the table near the front. They will brush past a baptismal font as they find a seat, sing hymns and recite...

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Written by D. G. Hart
Wednesday, 13 February 2019 06:21

Former UGA star wife make ultrasound gift to N. Orleans

By Tom Strode

NEW ORLEANS (BP) — Southern Baptists celebrated the power of partnership with a veteran National Football League player and his family in dedicating a new ultrasound machine in a New Orleans health center.

imageBenjamin and Kirsten Watson, shown with ERLC President Russell Moore...

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Written by Baptist Press
Wednesday, 13 February 2019 06:21

Newton’s Critique of Edwards

image Near the end of Josiah Bull’s biography of John Newton, there’s a quote by Newton that is somewhat critical of the great American theologian, Jonathan Edwards. Here it is:

“Mr. Edwards was an excellent man, but some of his writings are too metaphysical, and particularly that...

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Written by Reformed Reader
Wednesday, 13 February 2019 06:01

Why I am a monergist not a synergist Featured

by Mike Ratliff

48 εἶπεν δὲ αὐτῇ· ἀφέωνταί σου αἱ ἁμαρτίαι. 49 καὶ...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Wednesday, 13 February 2019 05:38

Imperia statue of Constance and John Huss

In 2012 well, I went to...

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Written by Acidri
Wednesday, 13 February 2019 04:39

Speaking the Truth in Love

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How are we to grow as Christians and as churches? The Bible describes us as a body, and in order for us to grow, we need to hold fast to the Head and also joined to one another. And one of the primary joints that will hold us together is speaking the truth in love to one another.

Authors: Tim Conway

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Written by Tim Conway
Wednesday, 13 February 2019 04:21

The Cosmic Temple and Spiritualized Eschatology (Pt.2)

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Part One

Firmer Ground

Following the biblical narrative it appears that the design and furnishings of the tabernacle/temple have some correspondence with the Paradise which Adam forfeited.  This “remembrance” would only increase the sense of what was lost and what the Promised One...

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Written by Paul Henebury
Wednesday, 13 February 2019 04:16

Ushering in a One World Religion?

I have to say it’s a bit off-putting that so many within Christendom seem so unconcerned about the massive push by many of today’s religious leaders toward a one-world religious system. There are so many who deny what is occurring right in front of our noses. What can you do? The only...

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Written by modres
Wednesday, 13 February 2019 04:04

Jemar Tisby Denies the Gospel, Insists White People Must Atone for Their Own Past Sins

Jemar Tisby is a former professor at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, the president of The Witness, and the author

The post Jemar Tisby Denies the Gospel, Insists White People Must Atone for Their Own Past Sins appeared first on Reformation Charlotte.

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Written by JeffMaples
Wednesday, 13 February 2019 03:48

What’s your altitude for missions?

EDITOR’S NOTE: Feb. 11-17 is Focus on WMU week in the Southern Baptist Convention.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala.(BP) — According to an insect identification database, 647 types of bugs and insects are found here in Alabama. Some downright scare me. I looked at images of each...

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Written by Baptist Press
Wednesday, 13 February 2019 02:19

"Saved Through the Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ" -- Acts 15:6-29 (A Postscript to Our Sermons on Galatians)

A Postscript to Sermons on the Book of Galatians

What happened after Paul sent his letter to the churches in Galatia?  We don’t know what happened in the specific congregations receiving Paul’s Galatian letter, but we do know how the church at large reacted to Paul’s rebuke of...

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Written by Kim Riddlebarger
Wednesday, 13 February 2019 02:14

Don’t Allegorize the Bible

Allegories are empty speculations and as it were the scum of Holy Scripture. Origen’s allegories are not worth so much dirt. To allegorize is to juggle the Scripture. Allegorizing may degenerate into a mere monkey game. Allegories are awkward, absurd, inventive, obsolete, loose rags. Martin...

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Written by Glenn E. Chatfield