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 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:


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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


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)


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
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 20:00

Throwback Thursday ~ The Garden of Weedin’

imageWeeding out the sin in our lives.

Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 20:00


I have often referenced or quoted 2 Cor 4:4.
In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. (2 Cor 4:4)
It speaks of a group of people who are mentally blinded. They don't...

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Written by Winging It
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 19:47

What is the “Anything” You’d Like Jesus to Do for You?

     “You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”

     Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 19:00

Reenvisioning Cities for the Sake of Biblical Flourishing

As Christians seek to impact the world around them with the redemptive force of the gospel, we often struggle with the best means to do so, especially when the world around seems hostile to the core ideas of our faith. There’s no better example of that tension than ancient Israel. In light of...

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Written by Dr. Andrew Spencer
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 19:00

The Birth of Modern Protestant Missions

Here's an excerpt from The Birth of Modern Protestant Missions, Michael A.G. Haykin's contribution to the July issue of Tabletalk:

“Such a man as Carey is more to me than bishop or archbishop: he is an apostle.” This was the estimate that the evangelical Anglican John Newton once...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 18:34

How Are We To Respond to Heresy? (Podcast)

In this blast from the past, J. Warner Wallace examines Biblical principles that can guide our response to heresy. What should we do when we encounter someone who holds a belief about God that is simply un-Biblical? Are we being divisive when we try to correct a fellow Christian? Shouldn’t...

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Written by jwallace
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 18:05

Joshua 16-17; Psalm 148; Jeremiah 8; Matthew 22

Joshua 16-17; Psalm 148; Jeremiah 8; Matthew 22

ALL OF THE FIVE CLOSING PSALMS begin with the single Hebrew word Hallelujah — “Praise the Lord.” This psalm (Ps. 148) is remarkable for its emphasis on the sheer range and comprehensiveness of beings and things in the universe that...

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Written by Don Carson
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 18:00

Presenting a Different Jesus

July 12, 2018
The Jesus being presented in many churches today is different because He is not the One we find in the Bible. The popular Jesus being presented is the one who fills churches to the rafters with fans and not disciples. People are following a genie in a bottle...

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Written by TBC Staff - EN
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 18:00

Resisting the Devil

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.” (1 Peter 5:8-9) The devil is far more...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 17:11

The Dogma Lives Loudly Within You

In the fall of 2017 Professor Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed to the United States Circuit Court. In the Senate confirmation hearings, Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein offered a rather Star Wars-esque comment concerning Barrett’s faith, saying, “The dogma lives loudly within...

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Written by Don and Joy Veinot
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 17:03

Fundamentalism and Young-Earth Creationism


Young-Earth Creationism and Modern Fundamentalism: A Historical Study (Part 2)

The fundamentalist movement began as early as the 1850s. It has been divided into at least a non-conformist period (1850-1930) and a separatist period (beginning in 1930 with solidification by the 1950s). Non-conformist...

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Written by Jacob Reinhardt
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 17:00

Theology Thursday - Against Saying "We" in Preaching


J.C. Ryle continues dispensing some advice for preachers:1

The fourth hint I will give is this: If you wish to preach simply—use a DIRECT style. What do I mean by this? I mean the practice and custom of saying “I” and “you.”

When a man takes up this style of preaching,...

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Written by TylerR
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 16:11

The future is bright; the future is complementary


The THINK conference 2018 was, as regular readers will know by now, on The Future of Complementarity. Your perception of any topic is shaped by your experiences, but that of complementarity is perhaps more so than most. From our earliest moments our brains are forming the patterns of understanding...

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Written by Jennie Pollock
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 16:10

Your Mom Has a Blog Podcast, Episode 82

This week we talk about our summer vacation, why Chad can’t really handle bowling or minigolf, more repenting over mean celebrities, and a call for Christian parents to take a hard look at their family.

Authors: Melissa...

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Written by Melissa
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 16:00

Thomas Aquinas on Marriage, Fruitfulness, and Faithful Love

Humanae Vitae 50th Anniversary Academic Symposium, Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., April 2018


Authors: jbudziszewski...

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Written by jbudziszewski
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 16:00

More New Stuff: A Talk on Marriage



Yes, yes, I know I posted a lot of talk and audio links yesterday, but I’ve got a new one. 

The talk is “Thomas Aquinas on Marriage, Fruitfulness, and Faithful Love,” and here it is.  I’ve posted a link at the Listen to Talkspage too.

Months ago, videos of all...

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Written by jbudziszewski
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 15:28

The Callousness of the Gospel

By Brook Ardoin Charles Spurgeon was the most popular, influential preachers of the Victorian Era. Pastoring the world’s largest church in London, he founded 66 ministries. He fought against U.S. slavery, China’s opium trade, and human trafficking. He was a … Continue reading &rar...

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Written by Tony Koretz
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 15:15

Pastor, Read Your (Paper) Bible


First, a disclaimer: I am not opposed to i-Tech. I own an iPhone, an iPad, and a MacBook. I am not put off by the current myriad of newfangled, whizz-bang gadgets and apps – except perhaps the plethora of Bible apps.

A second disclaimer: I have and do make frequent use of...

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Written by Michael Malanga
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 15:10

Benefits and Negatives of a Long-Term Pastorate


Note: From 1973 until 1978, Ron Pracht served Olivet Baptist Church of Wichita, Kansas in various roles: as the minister of music, as the minister of students, and sometimes as the minister of both music and students. In 1978, the church recognized him as an associate pastor. And then, from 1989...

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Written by Ron Pracht
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 15:05

July 12: David Brainerd, Missionary

Not Works But Christ’s Merits Aloneby Rev. David T. Myers

imageFrom day one of this historical devotional, we have recorded several experiences of David Brainerd, the Presbyterian evangelist to the Indians in the early part of the eighteenth century in America. What made this young man go so...

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Written by archivist
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 15:05

Pain to Gain for Others


Muslim extremists murdered Ayub’s grandmother on one of the many islands of Indonesia. We stayed in the home of this warmhearted Christian leader. He serves as an elder for the church meeting in a home nearby. We loved this brother and his wife immediately and shared some really happy moments...

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Written by Jim Elliff
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 14:34

Three Cheers for Rules (and For Keeping Them) Featured

We expect non-Christians to rail against rules. Most want to be free to do whatever they desire, and they look upon rules and laws and the like as constraints on their “freedom”. They want the maximum ability to do as they please, and they look at rules and regulations as an impediment...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 14:26

Can Social Justice and the Church Co-Exist?

image Social justice outrage is very en vogue these days.  So much so, that even the professing church in America is becoming infected by this worldview.  Social justice advocates argue that there is inequality in America at various levels (income, race, job opportunities, sexual identity,...

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Written by Chris Hohnholz
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 14:15

The Purest Act of Pleasure


Tony Reinke:

The Purest Act of Pleasure – Why God delights in election:

Unconditional election is God’s decision to choose a people for himself, a bride, from out of all the God-ignoring sinners on earth.

God will begin with a whore and make himself a splendid spouse. This bride is...

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Written by Peter Cockrell
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 12:57

Merit offsets

Once upon a time there was a monk named San José del Inmaculado Corazón de María. (To be precise, he wasn't technically a saint at the time. That's what he went by after canonization.) 
During his lifetime, San José was already renown for his supererogatory merit....

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Written by steve
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 12:15

Question 30: How do I refute the “multitude of gods” doctrine?

image***DISCLAIMER***The following is far from an exhaustive answer to the question. it is simply an answer nonetheless.

Recently someone asked me some questions regarding how to respond to a neo-Pagan about Mormonism. Below is the person’s question followed by my response to it. The questioner did...

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Written by C.T. Adams
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 11:51

Hiding in Plain Sight

image Sometimes things are too obvious to notice at first glance. Whether it’s your keys, or a key feature of a film you’ve watched a half-dozen times, we’ve all had moments where we finally notice something that was hiding in plain sight.

The same thing happens in theology from time to...

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Written by Derek Rishmawy
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 11:05

Which Is Not to be Desired

“These are problems that do to justice what the meat-packing plants do to cows” (Confessions of a Food Catholic, p. 133).

The post Which Is Not to be Desired appeared first on Blog & Mablog.

Authors: Douglas Wilson...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 11:00

Understanding the Full Scope of Your Calling

In a long, extended sentence, Paul demonstrated how to pray for other believers (Eph 1:15-21). First, he thanked God for those believers who came to mind. He did this “continually,” which means that whenever they came to mind, he prayed for them; and whenever he prayed for them, he did...

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Written by TOvermiller
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 11:00

Thus Fixing the Previous Reformations

“And is this not the very definition of the modern reformer—someone who identifies a problem and wants ‘something done’—whether or not it makes things better or worse?” (Confessions of a Food Catholic, p. 133).

The post Thus Fixing the Previous Reformations appeare...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 10:50

Why We Do What We Do In Church

Pastor John Samson speaking at Apologia Church, Tempe, AZ - Sunday, July 8, 2018

Theme: The Reformed Worship Service

Authors: John Samson...

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Written by John Samson
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 10:41

The PCA is Being French-Kissed By the World Featured

Pulpit & Pen Daily Update for June 11, 2018
The PCA is Being French-Kissed By the World
Hear More Archived Episodes of The Pulpit & Pen Daily Updates & Polemics Report – HERE
Visit JD Hall’s Polemics Report Page – HERE
Visit JD Hall’s Pulpit and Pen...

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Written by social element
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 10:40

Why Christians Must Not Be Drawn into Aligning with the Vatican!

This short video should give viewers real food for thought as to a couple of very important reasons why Protestants should not be swayed into uniting with the Vatican. It does not cover all reasons, but focuses primarily one main … Continue reading

Authors: Tony Koretz...

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Written by Tony Koretz
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 10:00

Voddie Baucham: God is more than nice

– Episode 2313 –

Voddie Baucham: God is more than nice

Segment 1 (00:00) – Truth in love with the Gospel

Segment 2 (08:25) – What else is God?

Segment 3 (17:24) – The motive of repentance matters

Wretched Surprise! (25:44) – Sermon Sizzler, MacArthur, the simplicity...

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Written by samueljroys
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 09:24

Audio Book Review: The Confessions of Saint Augustine


Augustine. The Confessions of Saint Augustine. Escondido, CA: Hovel Audio Inc, February 28, 2006. 12 hours, 48 minutes.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Christian Audio Amazon

This is a classic by the early Church Father name Augustine.  It is an autobiography and the testimony of the...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 08:23

Live DL Via Skype from Evergreen Colorado: Christianity Without the Bible Refuted

Started off with a brief refutation of the silliness promoted by Leighton Flowers, and then moved on to actually important issues.  First we discussed comments made by William Lane Craig about the historical Adam and the doctrine of original sin.  Then we noted that Andy Stanley...

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Written by James White
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 08:21

What is Complementarian Feminism? Featured


What on Earth is happening? Why are all of these evangelical leaders pushing feminism and Egalitarianism from their social media accounts, and why does it seem so coordinated? Like a wave, from Danny Akin to JD Greear to The Gospel Coalition, these same evangelical individuals and groups that...

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Written by News Division
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 07:51

The Importance of a Biblical Worldview, and a Study Bible That Will Help You Form One

The world we live in is confusing. Things that once seemed black and white now look more gray. We are constantly hearing voices via the internet and other media sources that tell us things that are directly opposed to what the Bible teaches. Yet, those things are often packaged in such...

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Written by Melissa
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 07:44

Chrysostom on Romans 13 as Office

In a previous post I discussed the difference in interpretation between person and office in Romans 13, noting that the distinction went back at least to Chrysostom (347 – 407 AD see this timeline). Here he is:

“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers.”

Of this subject he...

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Written by Brandon Adams
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 07:41

Who is the light of the world? Featured

by Mike Ratliff

12 Πάλιν οὖν αὐτοῖς ἐλάλησεν ὁ Ἰησοῦς λέγων· ἐγώ...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 07:38

Please don't repeat fake news, here's how to spot fake news Featured

This is a good schematic. I was a journalist for over 6 years, working for weeklies and dailies. I can attest to the fact that most newspapers have an obvious liberal slant. They don't see it, and they would deny it.Add to the mix widespread social media and unscrupulous liberals who really do stop...

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Written by The End Time
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 07:35


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Written by joey
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 06:59

Casting the NAR Mountain of Government Into the Sea -- Part Two

Recent article reveals the pure idolatry involved in the NAR dominionist theology.

Authors: 828 Ministries...

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Written by 828 Ministries
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 06:39

Willow Creek Update: On Apologies, Bad Leadership and Trouble at The Global Leadership Summit

Update on Willow Creek and a guest post on the Global Summit.

Authors: dee...

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Written by dee
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 06:12

Wanted: One Trumpet

Much of my world right now is midsummer green—a jungle of tomato plants, a row of towering sunflowers, a trellis overrun by cucumber vines, and chicken wire covered with sprouting beans and peas. There is the promise of fresh produce everywhere I look. The sun is bright, the air is warm....

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Written by wendywidder