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 July 2018 10:00

Fire and water worship

– Episode 2185 –

Fire and water worship

Segment 1 (00:00) – Names for Todd’s worship song

Segment 2 (11:11) – Mr. Preborn talks about the need for ultrasounds

Segment 3 (17:43) – Mr. Preborn talks about the need for ultrasounds part 2

Wretched Surprise! (25:27)...

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Written by samueljroys
Thursday, 12 July 2018 09:53

SBC Scuttlebutt Featured

Pulpit & Pen Daily Update for June 12, 2018

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Written by social element
Thursday, 12 July 2018 09:37

Judaism and exceptions to abortion

Ben Shapiro writes:

But for the sake of clarity, here is my position on the morality and law of abortion: (1) I believe abortion is murder because life begins at conception; (2) I believe that the government has an interest in stopping murder; (3) I believe that there should be exceptions for when...

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Written by Patrick Chan
Thursday, 12 July 2018 08:20

Operation Mincemeat

On April 30th, 1943, the corpse of Major William Martin washed up on a beach in Spain. When the body was examined, the Nazi authorities discovered not only the typical wallet litter (license, receipts, bills, pictures, etc.) but a letter from a General to the now-deceased Major Martin alluding,...

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Written by Patrick Chan
Thursday, 12 July 2018 08:17

Walk in the Light and leave spiritual darkness far behind Featured

by Mike Ratliff

1 See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. 2 Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Thursday, 12 July 2018 07:50

07/12/2018

•False teachers are killing people and spreading disease in Africa
•The shell-game of radiometric dating
•Russia makes evangelism illegal
•British doctor fired for using regular pronouns
•Pedophiles are playing the PR game
•Chris Hayes defends refusing service to some people, but not all
•Ireland requires hospitals to perform abortions
•STDs and Euthanasia on the rise in California

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Written by joey
Thursday, 12 July 2018 07:25

Welcome to a New Gospel

Welcome to a new gospel – welcome to the Social Justice gospel! It’s difficult for someone like me to find new ways of expressing what I’ve stated many times before. Despite lack of qualification, something as important as the nature of the gospel needs to be continuously defended...

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Written by Alf Cengia
Thursday, 12 July 2018 07:23

Can TWW Readers Help a Victim of Human Trafficking Receive a Full Set of Dentures ?

Please help us get a set of dentures for a human trafficking victim.

Authors: dee...

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Written by dee
Thursday, 12 July 2018 07:02

Kavanaugh: I wish I had more to say

While the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court may be the most important recent event in U.S. politics from the perspective of social conservatives, the final evaluation of its significance will be possible only in hindsight.

As is so often the case, it is necessary for the...

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What's Wrong with the World
Thursday, 12 July 2018 06:49

The Rise of Woker-Than-Thou Evangelicalism Featured

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Unless you have been living in seclusion somewhere, you will have noticed that a radical putsch is currently underway to get evangelicals on board with doctrines borrowed from Black Liberation Theology, Critical Race Theory, Intersectional Feminism, and other ideologies that are currently stylish...

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Written by News Division
Thursday, 12 July 2018 06:45

The Enfield Poltergeist Tapes Made More Accessible

Earlier this year, I signed a contract with the Society for Psychical Research (SPR) to fund the digitizing of their collection of Maurice Grosse's Enfield tapes. The collection consists of 110 audio cassettes recorded over several years, mostly from September of 1977 to April of 1979. The tapes...

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Written by Jason Engwer
Thursday, 12 July 2018 06:24

Must We Choose between Winning the Argument and Winning the Person?

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Some people are uncomfortable with the third use of the Columbo Tactic (using questions to help people see flaws and inconsistencies in their thinking). They might see it as being necessarily contentious, aggressive, and driven by a prideful desire to best the person with whom they’re talking....

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Written by Keith Plummer
Thursday, 12 July 2018 06:11

July Ministry Spotlight – The Cornelius Family

imageFor over ten years, the Cornelius family traveled the country preaching the Gospel in 24 states until they were called to direct the Discovery Center in Abilene, TX, a Biblical Museum which has spread the creation message to thousands.  Recently an exciting new wing of the museum was opened...

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Written by Mary Jo LeBlanc
Thursday, 12 July 2018 05:52

Catholic converts

There's a pecking order among Catholic converts/reverts. In some cases, the person may occupy more than one rung on the ladder:
1. Historical pivots
One of the most historically influential figures was Henri de Navarre. Raised Protestant, after assuming the French throne he sided with the Catholics....

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Written by steve
Thursday, 12 July 2018 05:35

The Shedding of God’s Grace – Titus 3:6-8

Written by Pastor Ricky Kurth
Thursday, 12 July 2018 05:19

Taking the Sufficiency of Scripture Seriously (Murray)

image John Murray’s article, “The Finality and Sufficiency of Scripture” is a wonderful explanation of those twin biblical truths about Scripture.  One section of this article that I read today had some comments in it that are still applicable for us in our setting:

Here, I...

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Written by Reformed Reader
Thursday, 12 July 2018 05:08

Is Jesus God’s Servant or Son? Series by Sam Shamoun

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This is a late post today since I’ve been chasing all kinds of details researching for a post refuting an alleged Bible contradiction all night but I realize I had to go to sleep.  It’s a more difficult one and I had to sleep on it, even dream about doing Greek translation! ...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Thursday, 12 July 2018 05:07

When you lose inerrancy, that's not all you lose

I recently had an exchange with chapter Director of the Reasonable Faith (W. L. Craig's outfit):
Tyson
Dr. Craig's "web of theology" analogy aptly illustrates this notion. For example, Bart Ehrman's failure to make the distinction led him to reject Christianity altogether based on his inability to...

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Written by steve
Thursday, 12 July 2018 04:29

Parker’s Penseés 1. Apologetics, Sports

imageWhat Pascal meant for good, God meant for great! Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) was a French mathematician, philosopher, and Christian apologist. Apparently he set out to write a book to defend and commend the Christian faith but died before it’s completion. The remnants of his apologetical...

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Written by Parker's Pensées
Thursday, 12 July 2018 04:00

Podcast: Grace and Redemption After Abortion (with Victoria Robinson)

Victoria Robinson had an abortion. She hid the hurt and shame for years, even while working at a church and pregnancy resource center. After experiencing God's grace and forgiveness, she now has a story she wants to share with other women (and men). Sean and Scott interview Victoria about her...

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Written by Sean McDowell
Thursday, 12 July 2018 03:58

Must Everything Be Racialized? Reflections on a Recent Article by John C. Richards Featured

Yesterday on his blog, The Exchange, hosted by Christianity Today online, Ed Stetzer gave space to his colleague, John C. Richards, to write about the recent SCOTUS nominee. Richards, a “Christian person of color,” serves as the Managing Director of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton...

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Written by Tom Ascol
Thursday, 12 July 2018 03:40

A Beautiful Interlude: David's Exultation Featured

By Elizabeth PrataDuring the summer several of our regular Thursday night discussion groups disbanded. In their place, the elders instituted a Tuesday night  class going through the first 8 chapters of Romans. It has been a wonderful study. In the hour before the class starts, the elders are...

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Written by The End Time
Thursday, 12 July 2018 03:00

July 11, 2018 Show with Kirk van der Swaagh on “Compassion Without Compromise in the Heart of a Liberal City”

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July 11, 2018:

Kirk van der Swaagh, Pastor of the Neighborhood Church of Greenwich Village, New York City (CCCC) who will address: “COMPASSION WITHOUT COMPROMISE in the Heart of a Liberal City”

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Authors: Eric Nielsen

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Written by Eric Nielsen
Thursday, 12 July 2018 02:55

God has spoken

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness (2 Tim 3:16).
1. This is the locus classicus for the inspiration of Scripture, although that's misleading since the database for biblical inspiration is far broader than...

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Written by steve
Thursday, 12 July 2018 02:40

A History Lesson, Part 4

After Constantine’s conversion he convened general councils to settle major troubling issues. In 314 he convened a general council of the west at Arles, and in 325 he convened the first General Council of the whole church at Nicea. It was at the Nicene council that a policy of patriarchates...

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Written by Glenn E. Chatfield
Thursday, 12 July 2018 01:49

The Christian’s Guide to Self-Defense

A new MP3 sermon from The GraceLife Pulpit is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:
Title: The Christian’s Guide to Self-Defense
Speaker: Mike Riccardi
Broadcaster: The GraceLife Pulpit
Event: Sunday - AM
Date: 7/8/2018
Bible: 2 Corinthians 1:12-13a
Length: 56 min.
Overview: h...

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Written by The GraceLife Pulpit
Thursday, 12 July 2018 01:25

Christians Apologize to the Filipino LGBT Community

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A group of professing Filipino Christians recently marched in an LGBT pride parade in a city near Manila, the capital of the Philippines. Their message? “I’m sorry.” Their banners carried messages such as, “We're here to apologize for the ways that we as Christians have...

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Written by Ken Ham
Thursday, 12 July 2018 01:20

Read It For the Sword Stroke

    
“The Holy Bible is rated very highly by all the people who supposedly live by it but who in actuality have not read it. Those...

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Written by Bror Erickson
Thursday, 12 July 2018 01:15

Problem-Free Lives Perfect Churches

One of the biggest reasons people object to God and the Christian faith is the fact He allows evil and suffering in this world. Many interpret His sovereignty as a lack of care for His creation. This can present a challenge when sharing the gospel, especially on college campuses where young people...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Thursday, 12 July 2018 01:11

You Want a God of Judgment (TGC)

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Frederick Douglass asks this question in his autobiography after recounting the tragedy of his grandmother’s death. After a lifetime of bondage and servitude to her masters, when she was too old to be of use to them, they callously...

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Written by Derek Rishmawy
Thursday, 12 July 2018 01:05

Olevianus: The Gospel Is That Salvation Is Freely Given and Received Through Faith Alone

8 Q. Just as there is only one way to salvation, the crucified Christ, there is also only one doctrine of salvation that freely and graciously offers us Christ and all His benefits for our possession. What is this doctrine? A.* The . . . Continue reading →

Authors: R. Scott Clark...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Thursday, 12 July 2018 00:25

God’s Character in Dying: Even Better Than A Miracle

When the darkness of uncertainty and fear hangs over you, inasmuch as by grace it remains in you, don’t let go of the One you knew in the light. Keep holding on, if only, it may seem, by your fingernails. Know this: his hands are on his children’s fingernails — day and night. Pray...

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Written by Anca Martin
Thursday, 12 July 2018 00:21

Themes in Puritan Theology: Creation and Providence

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Having considered the decrees of God or his eternal purposes in which he foreordains whatever  comes to pass (WSC, Q7), we now look at how God “executes” or carries out these plans “in the works of creation and providence” (WSC,Q8). In connection with decree and...

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Written by Meet the Puritans
Thursday, 12 July 2018 00:03

4 Reasons You Should Preach through Judges

I’ve been tasked with considering reasons someone should preach through the book of Judges. Judges transitions Israel from the leadership of spirit-empowered judges, or deliverers, to a spirit-empowered, human king. In doing so, the book points to the Davidic monarchy as God’s means to...

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Written by 9Marks
Thursday, 12 July 2018 00:00

How can a successful writer who “is true to himself” end up poor?

My friend Lindsay sent me this article about a very successful writer who has trouble making ends meet.

The story appeared in left-leaning The Atlantic. I don’t want to rehash the whole thing, because I want to make a point.

So, first thing to quote, this guy looks like a success to others,...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Thursday, 12 July 2018 00:00

Announcing Our 2018 Regional Conference in Lancaster

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The Apostle Paul suffered rejection, beatings, imprisonment, and ultimately death as he fulfilled his ministry. Given the extent of his suffering, it would have been easy for him to get discouraged. Yet this is not what we see in his writings.

Confident in the sufficiency of Christ, Paul found joy...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 23:59

Spurgeon Thursday - Our Field Of Battle

Authors: Doug Evans...

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Written by Doug Evans
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 23:57

BATTLEGROUND PASSAGES

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“Battleground Passages,” An Exposition of Pivotal Passages in the Monergist-Synergist Debate, by Randy Seiver is now available at Amazon Kindle. This book offers a contextual and exegetical consideration of major...

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Written by gracewriterrandy
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 23:51

Reflections on Scotland Mission Trip: The Land of John Knox

Recently, Reformation Charlotte visited the beautiful country of Scotland along with many others who joined with JeremiahCry Ministries to take the gospel to this once flourishing land. Scotland was once home to one of the most important Protestant reformers in Church history, John Knox. While this...

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Written by JeffMaples
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 23:49

Reading Those with Whom You Disagree

Marty Duren makes the caseherefor reading those with whom you disagree.

Authors: BibleX...

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Written by BibleX
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 23:47

Around the Horn (July 12)

Perhaps your words of encouragement and your advice are not as helpful as you believe them to be. What worked for you in your grief may not hold the key for another. What then are we to do when seeking to comfort a grieving friend? As Vaneetha Rendall...

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Written by Staff
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 23:40

Faith: Living What You Cannot See

1 Peter 1:8-9, “Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”

It is a strange thing when you...

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Written by Rick Hanna
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 23:24

Stop Empowering Women and Start Equipping them to Biblically Lead

This is a guest post by Pastor Tom Buck. Tom Buck is Senior Pastor at the First Baptist Church of Lindale, Texas. He holds a BA in Pastoral Ministries and New Testament Greek from the Moody Bible Institute, a ThM in Bible Exposition from Dallas Theological Seminary, and is presently completing his...

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Written by Josh Buice
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 23:15

Landon Coleman- Pastor to Pastor Practical Advice for Regular Pastors

On the latest Equipping You in Grace episode, Dave Jenkins, and Landon Coleman talk about the importance of friendship in ministry, along with advice for ministry leaders, and mentoring, and his book Pastor to Pastor Practical Advice for Regular Pastors (Rainer Publishing, 2016).

What you’ll...

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 23:00

“Atheists do not claim that nothing created everything.”

Many atheists refuse to admit they believe the entire universe came into being from nothing, because it is a scientific impossibility and they recognize how silly it sounds. If everything didn’t come from nothing, their alternative is to say that creation (nature) created itself. However, a...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 22:00

What is “desire” in James 1:15? Sin or temptation?

imageAs I mentioned yesterday, I’ve been getting a number of questions from readers about a piece that I co-wrote with Rosaria Butterfield for The Public Discourse titled “Learning to Hate our Sin without Hating Ourselves.” Rather than trying to answer each reader individually, I am...

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Written by Denny Burk
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 21:37

TERF wars

Steve sends along this article: "Lesbians Accused Of Hate Crimes For Objecting To Transgenderism At London Pride Festival".

The article was penned by a homosexual man.

If I understand correctly (the difference in "attraction" is less clear to me), here is how it plays out:

Homosexuals:...

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Written by Patrick Chan
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 21:00

The Gospel Is about More (But Not Less) Than Your Personal Salvation

July 12, 2018 by: Andrew Wilson

Creation’s Exodus Journey

Our future hope as Christians is effectively that our personal exodus journey will also happen to the whole of creation.

We are not just individually liberated from the things that we have done and the things that have happened...

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Written by Andrew Wilson
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 20:12

False Converts Confrontational Blogging

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Today we are back in Johannesburg, South Africa and Kitwe, Zambia, where I was asked the questions, “how do you interact with people when you think they might be false converts?” and “Is there a place for ‘calling out’ unbiblical teaching from other believers in...

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Written by Tim Challies
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 20:04

A La Carte (July 12)

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As usual, there are a few Kindle deals for those looking for a little summer reading.

(Yesterday on the blog: Are You Living Worthy of the Gospel?)

Women, Don’t Be Weak-Minded

Glenna Marshall: “No, the colorful book jackets and podcast logos of today’s Christian pop-culture...

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Written by Tim Challies