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 10:10

Welcome Everyone, Affirm No One

Written by: Trevin Wax

The most well known hymn in America, "Amazing Grace," by the former slaveholder John Newton contains a line that many people stumble over.

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me!

The hymn may be popular, but the sentiment is not. Few Americans...

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Written by Trevin Wax
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 09:47

Clayton Jennings Highlights His Genitals and References Obscene Hand Gesture in Latest Video Featured

In the past I have urged and pleaded with Clayton Jennings to Repent – Here 

Jennings is a man who is running from correction. He has been stripped of his ministry credentials. When church discipline was placed upon him he left his home church, the same church where his father was senior...

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Written by Tim Hurd
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 09:16

Isaiah: rough or smooth?

Ever wondered whether Isaiah should have a rough or smooth breathing? Wonder no more. Mss I consulted were univocal:
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Authors: Peter Williams...

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Written by Peter Williams
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 09:04

Listen to this Sermon! The Pope is AntiChrist Featured

From the #stillprotesting sermon series for the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, this message from JD Hall deals with the topic of the Anti-Christ, defends the 1689 London Baptist Confession’s recognition of the Pope as  Anti-Christ, and deals with the topic of Sola...

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Written by News Division
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 08:52

All things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account Featured

by Mike Ratliff

7 For He is our God, And we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand. Today, if you would hear His voice, 8 Do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah, As in the day of Massah in the wilderness, 9 “When your fathers tested Me, They tried Me, though they had seen...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 08:44

American Pelagianism : Charles Finney Featured

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The False Teaching of Charles Finney as seen on his Systematic Theology. Book. "Original sin, physical regeneration, and all their kindred and resulting dogmas, are alike subversive of the gospel, and repulsive to the human intelligence" (p.236).
Finney argued strenuously against the belief that the...

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Written by Reformed Spirit
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 08:41

Jennings Brags About His Genitals, Attacks Victims and Accusers in Latest Video Featured

Clayton Jennings again defends his ministry and accuses his victims of “throwing stones.” He calls them “Satan’s lies.” He complains about the gossip about “his past” (read that: having sex with his fans in between revival services recently).

Jennings...

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Written by News Division
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 08:09

Does the Bible Make a Distinction Between Elders and Pastors? (Some Further Reflections on Church Leadership)

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Sunday I preached from Ephesians 4 on the subject of church leadership. You can listen to the audio from my sermon here. This post is in response to a text question I received, asking, “Does the Bible make a distinction between elders and pastors?” This is a great question,...

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Written by Joel Settecase
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 08:01

God must change the heart Featured

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Too often, modern evangelism has substituted a “decision” in the place of repentance and saving faith. Forgiveness is preached without the equally important truth that the Spirit of God must change the heart. As a result decisions are treated as conversions even though there is no...

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Written by Reformed Spirit
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 07:50

An Introduction to Calvinism 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 Beeke
Living for God’s Glory: An Introduction to Calvinism

Authors: Reformed Spirit...

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017 07:47

The Freedom Of The Christian Man

There is a great lot of talk in the evangelical and Reformed world(s) about sola Scriptura but one has the growing sense that not only is the Reformation scripture principle not well understood (e.g., it is often misconstrued as an endorsement of . . . Continue reading →

Authors: R. Scott Clark...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 07:45

Spurgeon: A godly mother…can any man estimate what he owes her?

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“Fathers and mothers...

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Written by Acidri
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 07:22

A Legacy of Church-Focused Scholarship

imageA. T. Robertson’s Greek class of 1906

Three core markers of Southern Seminary’s identity are rooted in an 1856 address delivered by James Petigru Boyce titled “Three Changes in Theological Institutions.” This address, delivered upon the occasion of Boyce having joined the...

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Written by Freddy Sinarahua Apuela
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 07:21

The Second Commandment (Fall 2017 Chapel Series)

Dr. Carlton Wynne continues our faculty chapel series through the Ten Commandments, highlighting how the second commandment relates to our worship in the present age.

The post The Second Commandment (Fall 2017 Chapel Series) appeared first on Westminster Theological Seminary.

Authors: Dan Adams...

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Written by Dan Adams
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 07:19

The Purpose Driven Industrial Complex -- Creating a Generation of Hirelings

A recent Christian Leadership article reveals the heart of a hireling...

Authors: 828 Ministries...

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Written by 828 Ministries
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 07:15

Loneliness and the Call to Community

In the movie Cast Away, Tom Hanks played the role of Chuck Noland, a man stranded on a remote island after a plane crash. I still remember how I felt watching the movie. As remarkable as his survival skills and his tenacity to find a way off the island were, the most poignant thing was his...

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Written by Christina Fox
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 07:13

Five Common Responses of Those Whom God Uses

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Who am I? You say, “I have got this weakness in this area.” God says, “Yes I know, I made you like this. I gave you that weakness.” God is saying that He is in control of both your gifts and limitations. God tells us to go ahead and do that which He is prompting us to do and...

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Written by Charles Leiter
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 07:09

Oh, What a Tangled Apologetic We Weave

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When we convert to Roman Catholicism and wind up with Pope Francis.

Consider Fr. Dwight Longenecker’s recent explanation for the pope’s failure to answer those cardinals asking for clarification of Amoris Laetitia:

It is, if you like a religion based in an authoritative book, a creed, a...

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Written by D. G. Hart
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 07:02

The Book of Romans | Session 27 | Romans 9:1-5 Featured

imageDr. Randy White teaches Romans 8:23-29 verse-by-verse.

In this study, Dr. Randy White will teach the book of Romans verse-by-verse. The study is presented from the pulpit of Taos, New Mexico’s First Baptist Church. It will be broadcast live at 6:15 PM Mountain time each Wednesday.

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Written by Nathan White
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 06:57

The history of the Carpenter’s Home Church.

The New Apostolic Reformation exploded across the globe through carefully constructed revival events. Such revivals as the Lakeland Outpouring (April, 2008), the Brownsville Revival (June, 1995) and the Toronto Blessing (January, 1994). Yet all these were the result of what started prior the...

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Written by churchwatcher
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 06:54

HMMMMM

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Romans 11:29:"...for God's gifts and his call are irrevocable." So, since God CALLED Israel to be His people, with a covenant between Himself and that nation, how come Roman Catholicism, and other teachings, claim that the Church replaced Israel? Doesn't that claim fly in the face of Romans 11:29?...

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Written by Glenn E. Chatfield
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 06:40

Seven Ways to Wage War Against Sin

Sin. It is everywhere. It is never dormant. It is not passive. It does not sleep. It actively weakens and darkens the soul of every human being and has done so since the Fall (Genesis 3). Sin tempts our will. It separates us from our Father. It deceives our hearts and hardens men to the gospel....

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Written by Chris Poblete
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 06:35

Bible Interpretation: 4 Challenges and How to Overcome Them

You probably already know that the Bible was originally written to someone else who:

  1. lived a long time ago,
  2. in another part of the world,
  3. where they spoke a different language,
  4. and had different cultural values.

A word that captures one of the greatest challenges and frustrations in Bible interpretation...

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Written by ZA Blog
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 06:30

How God is Glorified in the Failures of Motherhood

When I look back on my parenting I know I’ll have regrets, mainly, because I know I’m not perfect. After all, I’m always learning and changing. God is still forming Christ in me, so I’m still a work in progress. But how does knowing these things change my parenting now? I...

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Written by Liz Wann
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 06:22

A Cornerstone Chosen and Precious: The Connection Between Election and Mission in 1 Peter 2:4-10

1 Peter 2:4 As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious,you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.For...

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Written by Jonathan Kleis
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 06:17

"A Little Horn" -- Daniel 8:1-27

The Fifteenth in a Series of Sermons on the Book of Daniel

Who is Antiochus IV Epiphanes and why should we care?  If we were Jews we would know the answer to this question immediately–Antiochus Epiphanes and the Macabbean Wars are the historical background of the Jewish holiday...

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Written by Kim Riddlebarger
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 05:56

Questions you’ve always wanted to ask about the Reformers

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The primary Reformers — Luther, Calvin, and Zwingli — all lived during the same time period and were certainly aware of the Reformation movement. How did they view each other?

Luther’s antagonism toward Zwingli is quite well-known. At the Marburg Colloquy in 1529, the goal was to...

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Written by Shawn D. Wright
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 05:27

Boy Scouts To Welcome Girl Members Because “Boy” Doesn’t Really Mean Anything Anymore Featured

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What does an organization called The Boy Scouts become when it starts admitting girls as members?

Besides incredibly silly and dumb, I mean.

We will soon be finding out since, as the GayPreported in an article adoringly titled In historic change, BoyScouts to let girls in some programs, we a...

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Written by FireBreathingChristian
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 05:17

3 Questions with Rod Dreher

imageRod Dreher Author of The Benedict Option and senior editor at The American Conservative

What is one argument you make in The Benedict Option that has been broadly misunderstood or misrepresented in media coverage?

Oh, this one is as easy as it is frustrating: People thinking that I’m calling...

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Written by SBTS Communications
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 05:17

Luther, Erasmus, and the textual legacy of the Reformation

Soon after Martin Luther made public his 95 Theses in 1517, he found a sympathetic ear in Desiderius Erasmus, perhaps the most notable scholar of the Renaissance who made a monumental contribution to biblical studies with his various publication of the Greek New Testament. Erasmus took the...

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Written by Adam Winters
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 05:17

From Pulaski County to Podolsk, Russia

Most of the time, when you hear about someone joining a college faculty, it’s a thoroughly happy occasion. For Melissa Tucker, though, it was mixed with tragedy.

Tucker’s mother died after battling cancer for several years. The loss of her mother brought her home. As Tucker prayed about...

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Written by RuthAnne Irvin
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 05:17

Feature review: Greek For Life

Greek For Life: Strategies for Learning, Retaining, and Reviving New Testament Greek (Baker Academic 2017, $19.99)by Robert L. Plummer and Benjamin L. Merkle

In seminary culture, most students are intimidated at the task of mastering the biblical languages. It takes hours of memorizing...

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Written by Annie Corser
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 05:16

Plummer invites you to retool your Greek

EDITOR’S NOTE: Below, Robert L. Plummer, professor of New Testament interpretation, talks with Towers writer Annie Corser about his new book, Greek for Life: Strategies for Learning, Retaining, and Reviving New Testament Greek.

AC: How did this book come about?

RP: This book, like most books...

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Written by Annie Corser
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 05:14

Luther’s timely discovery of a merciful God

In the late 1880s, the church historian Philip Schaff (1819–1893) noted that the “Reformation was a republication of primitive Christianity, and the inauguration of modern Christianity. This makes it, next to the Apostolic age, the most important and interesting portion of church...

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Written by Michael A.G. Haykin
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 05:10

Christians Not Welcome?

“Oxford college bans ‘harmful’ Christian Union from freshers’ fair” is the headline for the following Telegraph report:

An Oxford College has banned the Christian Union from its freshers’ fair on the grounds that it would be “alienating” for students...

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Written by James
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 04:53

A Greek guide for the book of Luke and a FREEBIE too!

imageHow’s your Greek? I’ve got a book review as well as a freebie that might peak your interest.

Christmas will be here before you know it, and taking the effort to work through the Greek text of the birth narratives in Matthew and Luke might help kickstart a habit that will bless you and...

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Written by Andrew Wencl
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 04:39

What should the pastor’s salary actually be?

image Discussion of the pastor’s salary is often an uncomfortable conversation for both the pastor and the church. How might both parties enter into frank, humble, God-honoring dialogue on this issue? What does Scripture say concerning the pastor’s salary? What should the attitude of the...

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Written by Brian
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 04:29

Charismatic Hippies Take a Knee for Racial Disharmony at D.C. Event Featured

imageThey billed the event as a “Holy Spirit Woodstock.” The term hippies might be a broad brush to describe the charismatics flocking to the National Mall to take part in the ecstatic mind-altering worship experiences led by New Apostolic Reformation gurus like Lou Engle, but...

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Written by News Division
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 04:15

Berkhof On Salvation And Good Works

3. THE NECESSITY OF GOOD WORKS.

There can be no doubt about the necessity of good works properly understood. They cannot be regarded as necessary to merit salvation, nor as a means to retain a hold on salvation, nor even as the only way along which to proceed to eternal glory, for children enter...

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Written by John Samson
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 04:13

Apostolic Miracles?

Article: I Have Not Seen Miracles Here: Between Pentecost And The Parousia by R. Scott Clark (original source here)

And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and...

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Written by John Samson
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 04:12

NLT Select Reference Bible

imageThis review was from 2015 but was “lost” as a result of a server failure. It has been recovered and is being shared again for your enjoyment.

NLT Select Reference Bible Review

On a recent trip to the Philippines, I was invited to take another look at the NLT. While there, the...

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Written by Matt Sherro
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 04:09

Book Review of “Single Gay Christian”

imageI just finished reading Gregory Coles’ moving memoir Single Gay Christian: A Personal Journey of Faith and Sexual Identity (IVP, 2017). In many ways, there is much to admire about this book. Coles is a great writer and has put together a real page-turner. This is not a boring book....

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Written by Denny Burk
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 04:06

Nashville Statement | La Declaración de Nashville | Nashville Erklärung | 纳什维尔宣言

In the days following CBMW’s release of the Nashville Statement on biblical sexuality, we received many emails from evangelicals across the globe wondering if we had plans to translate the Nashville Statement into other languages. We initially planned to offer translations at a later date...

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Written by CBMW
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 03:59

Zechariah’s Near and Far Visions, Pt 2

imageIn our last article on Zechariah, though we introduced the first six chapters, we dealt mainly with aspects of Zechariah chapter one. We’re going to move onto chapter two and beyond in this installment.

Immediately, as chapter two begins, we see a man with a measuring line. Zechariah asks the...

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Written by modres
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 03:37

How should churches help other churches in their communities?

Churches should cooperate, not compete.

Authors: Daniel Gardner

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Written by Daniel Gardner