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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Tuesday, 05 December 2017 01:46

Ten Divine Attributes of the Messiah - Bellator Christi

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By: Brian Chilton | December 5, 2017

Mark Lowry wrote a beautiful song called Mary, Did You Know.The song features questions that Mark would ask Mary if he had the chance. One of the lines inquires, “Mary, did you know . . . that when you kissed your little baby, you’ve kissed the face...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 01:45

What Then Shall We Sing About?

One of the most powerful influences in creation is music. Music has the ability to impress the mind, provoke the emotions of the heart, and activate the deepest recesses of our memories. In a real sense, music can achieve what no other medium can – prose, poetry, or drama. That is why music...

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Written by Kyle Borg
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 01:45

Handling the Hard Passages, Part 2 Featured

In Handling the Hard Passages, Part 1, we looked at why dealing with difficult areas of scripture matters. If you didn’t get a chance to read that post yet, it would be beneficial for you to check it out as a foundation to understanding today’s topic. This week I want to take the time...

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Written by Abner Chou
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 01:22

Spurgeon Study Bible Review

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Charles Spurgeon…The words are often spoken with reverence as if the words themselves define what it means to be a pastor. Spurgeon is often called the Prince of Preachers and deservedly so. However, there has always been one disadvantage…you cannot have Spurgeon in your living room...

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Written by Matt Sherro
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 01:13

Modern Christian Mysticism Stems from Existentialism

imageWe know that paganism, which included many forms of mysticism, dates back to even before the Great Flood. It included worship of Baal, Moloch, and other fake gods (Satan), and flourished in history. It was a very real and constant problem for Israel.

Paganism still exists evidencing ecstatic...

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Written by modres
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 01:00

December 4, 2017 Show with John Price on “Exclusive A Cappella Worship Defended” (Part # 2 of 3: “History”)

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December 4, 2017:

JOHN PRICE, pastor of Grace Baptist Church of Rochester, NY, & author of “OLD LIGHT on NEW WORSHIP: Musical Instruments & the WORSHIP of God: A Theological, Historical & Psychological Study”, who will address: “Exclusive A CAPPELLA WORSHIP...

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Written by Eric Nielsen
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 00:41

Ten Christmas traditions at our house

Christmas is a festive, joyful, celebratory time of the year. It is the time for acknowledging that God was manifested in the flesh, that Jesus, the Messiah, came as the virgin born Lamb of God to die for our sins. We love traditions at our house and have developed quite a few over the years. I...

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Written by Gerald Harris
Monday, 04 December 2017 23:59

Theological Roots and Moral Fruits of Reformation (Robert Brady)

The following comes from an article posted by Dr. Dan Doriani. Dan's new column at Place for Truth draws from his experience as both a professor and a pastor. This column is titled "Faith at Work," because, as Dan puts it, "we are saved by faith alone, but saving faith is never...

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Written by Reformation21 Blog
Monday, 04 December 2017 23:53

Theological Roots and Moral Fruits of Reformation

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The following is taken from an article posted by Dr. Dan Doriani. Dan’s new column at Place for Truth draws from his experience as both a professor and a pastor. This column is titled “Faith at Work,” because, as Dan puts it, “we are saved by faith alone,...

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Written by The Christward Collective
Monday, 04 December 2017 23:47

The authentic magisterium

Monday, 04 December 2017 23:47

Gay Wedding Cake Goes To Supreme Court: Why Are Muslim Bakers Exempt From Law Suits? (Video)

In light of the news about the gay couple taking their case to the Supreme Court over being denied a wedding cake from a Christian owned bakery, I thought it was a perfect time to bring out a video which proves that this is not about wedding cakes or even same sex couples.  It’s about...

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Written by Geri Ungurean
Monday, 04 December 2017 23:43

Definitions of jihad

Monday, 04 December 2017 23:41

Brawler-turned-pastor transforms Montana church and town

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Jim Webley, pastor of Baptist Mountain Church in Noxon, MT, is an outdoorsman who, before being “taken aback by the Word of God,” was a notorious brawler and drug dealer before he drove by a little white Baptist church and “could feel God pulling me in that direction.” JIM...

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Written by Baptist Press
Monday, 04 December 2017 23:27

Seven Reasons I’m Thankful for Hospital Visits and Funeral Services

I don’t know many pastors who took up preaching because they loved preaching funerals. That certainly wasn’t on my radar as a seminary student. I also don’t know many pastors who genuinely enjoy making hospital visits. People tell me all the time they hate hospitals. Honestly,...

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Written by Landon Coleman
Monday, 04 December 2017 23:22

Catholic methodists and Protestant particularists

Roderick Chisolm drew a classic distinction between two different approaches to epistemology: "methodists" begin with criteria or paradigms, whereas "particularists" begin with concrete examples or experience.
Another way of putting this is that methodists have an a prior stating-point while...

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Written by steve
Monday, 04 December 2017 23:20

6 Things Christ Accomplished by His Death

Here’s a very brief summary of the six core things Christ accomplished in his death.

  1. Expiation

Expiation means the removal of our sin and guilt. Christ’s death removes — expiates — our sin and guilt. The guilt of our sin was taken away from us and placed on Christ, who...

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Written by Matt Perman
Monday, 04 December 2017 23:13

The Favor We Deeply Crave Is Freely Ours in Jesus

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Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:13–14 NIV

 

Heavenly Father, some culinary delights are to be savored like a...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Monday, 04 December 2017 23:04

Analytic Philosophy: An Interpretive History

In 2017, Routledge published Analytic Philosophy: An Interpretive History by Aaron Preston. Aaron Preston is Associate Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Valparaiso University. He is the author of Analytic Philosophy: The History of an Illusion(2010) and a number of articles on...

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Written by EPS Blog
Monday, 04 December 2017 23:00

Supreme Court to decide whether it is legal to be a Christian after same-sex marriage

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I had a really tough decision Monday night about what to write about for Tuesday’s post. I wanted to say something about the sexting and resume misrepresentation accusations against Ravi Zacharias. I also wanted to say something about the how the Democrats in the DOJ and the FBI protected...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Monday, 04 December 2017 22:30

Just Say What the Bible Says

Every pastor deals with a certain reality every single week. I’ve heard it referenced as the “relentless return of Sunday.” You preach your heart out, pour yourself empty, and exhaust yourself physically and emotionally only to wake up on Monday or Tuesday and realize the process...

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Written by Nick Floyd
Monday, 04 December 2017 22:16

The Meaning of Covering (Vos Group #41)

In this episode of Vos Group, Dr. Tipton continues through Vos’s Biblical Theology, discussing the idea of covering on page 166.

“Vos focuses on the meaning of expiation and demonstrates how the blood of Jesus functions with reference to sin. God covers, takes away, and obliterates the...

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Written by Dan Adams
Monday, 04 December 2017 22:16

The Third Commandment

Watch Dr. Brandon Crowe explore the extreme reverence we are to offer God as he exposits Exodus 20:7, the third commandment.

The post The Third Commandment appeared first on Westminster Theological Seminary.

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Written by Dan Adams
Monday, 04 December 2017 22:05

Divine Simplicity

On this episode of the #CollectiveCast, the duo is back at it. Very little games this time, other than a good fourth wall break from Jason.

This week, Josh and Jason give a bird’s eye view of this whole Divine Simplicity controversy going on. Hint: it shouldn’t be a controversy, go read...

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Written by Collective Cast
Monday, 04 December 2017 22:04

Mere Fidelity: On Community Activism and Matt’s Prison BBQ project

Matt recently announced that he is organizing a BBQ for families of inmates at his local prison. The cast and crew very graciously allow him to take over the conversation this week to talk about the events origins, its rationale, and how Matt is thinking about activism in its relationship to...

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Written by Matthew Lee Anderson
Monday, 04 December 2017 22:00

“Contrary to the popular notion…”

“Contrary to the popular notion that only creationism relies on the supernatural, evolutionism must as well, since the probabilities of random formation of life are so tiny as to require a ‘miracle’ for spontaneous generation tantamount to a theological argument.” Chandra...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Monday, 04 December 2017 21:52

The Heresy of Orthodoxy: When Was the Earliest Complete List of New Testament Books?

For the last few weeks, I have been posting a series of videos where Andreas Köstenberger and I discuss our response to Walter Bauer’s thesis on heresy and orthodoxy in early Christianity.

These discussions are based on our book, The Heresy of Orthodoxy: How Contemporary Culture’s...

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Written by Michael Kruger
Monday, 04 December 2017 21:05

Can Rock Music Really be Adapted for Christ?

A Nazi swastika is not an inherently evil symbol.  Apart from its association with Hitler’s oppressive totalitarian regime, it could serve as a sign for a variety of wholesome and decent enterprises, for example a logo for an insurance company, a daycare center, or a bakery....

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Written by Glenn E. Chatfield
Monday, 04 December 2017 20:58

Sola Scriptura Video

This is a great series of videos on the “Five Solas.” I especially commend Michael Kruger’s address on Sola Scriptura for an excellent explanation of what that doctrine meant in its original historical context, but also how it is still so relevant today.

Authors: David Murray...

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Written by David Murray
Monday, 04 December 2017 20:54

The Advent Season

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We are three weeks away from the celebration of Jesus Christ, our messiah, being born as a human, living as one of us yet remaining sinless, and dying on a cross for our sins. Yet the sole focus of the Christmas season seems to be on the birth of Christ, not including his life, death, burial,...

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Monday, 04 December 2017 20:50

Chris and Rich Go Off the Rails

This week, Chris and Rich start off on a rambling rant and get lost in search of a topic. Enjoy!

The post Chris and Rich Go Off the Rails appeared first on Slave to the King.

Authors: Chris Hohnholz...

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Written by Chris Hohnholz
Monday, 04 December 2017 20:30

Engaging Singles During the Holidays

When I was a child, my parents went to great lengths to ensure we had beautiful Christmas memories and fun family traditions. One tradition was that Christmas Eve was always an open invitation to people who had nowhere else to go. My mother would cook a Tex-Mex feast and invite the single...

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Written by Anna Daub
Monday, 04 December 2017 20:00

Why you need Advent more than you realize

As a culture, we can’t wait to get to Christmas. Retailers can’t wait to put out the Christmas decor and prep you for their “must have” Christmas deals. Children can’t wait for presents, and parents can’t wait for the extra vacation time. Everything in our...

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Written by Coleman Ford
Monday, 04 December 2017 20:00

5 Life-lessons for Apologists from Martin Luther King, Jr.

image Martin Luther King, Jr. was undeniably one of the greatest moral reformers of the 20th century. Sean offers five insights from MLK's teachings and life.

Authors: Sean McDowell...

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Written by Sean McDowell
Monday, 04 December 2017 20:00

Why We Don't Have to Hide Our Pain from God

December 05, 2017 by: Lydia Brownback

There are so many emotions that we see in the psalms that we hesitate to acknowledge that we're feeling, much less to express to God. That's one of the benefits of getting into the psalms.

Psalm 88 expresses a near hopelessness. Life is dark. Where is...

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Written by Lydia Brownback
Monday, 04 December 2017 20:00

Simply Read: Day 3

December 05, 2017 by: Crosswayimage

The Road to Jerusalem

It's day 3 of Simply Read, an 8-day Bible reading challenge adapted from ESV Reader’s Bible, Six-Volume Set aimed at helping us set aside time—prolonged time—to immerse ourselves in God’s Word as we enter this...

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Written by Crossway
Monday, 04 December 2017 20:00

Rejecting Theistic Evolution ≠ Embracing a God of the Gaps

December 05, 2017 by: Stephen C. Meyer

God of the Gaps Theories

A God of the gaps argument is an argument that has a formal, logical structure. Logic is known as an argument from ignorance—an informal fallacy.

If I say, Cause 'A' is not sufficient to product Effect 'X' and then I say th...

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Written by Stephen C. Meyer
Monday, 04 December 2017 20:00

Christian Baker Jack Phillips Gets His Day in Court

Today, Jack Phillips will finally get is day in court–the Supreme Court. The State of Colorado is attempting to force Phillips, a Christian baker, to use his artistic gifts to create a cake for a gay wedding celebration. Phillips says that creating such a cake would violate his religious...

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Written by Denny Burk
Monday, 04 December 2017 19:30

The 2018 Christian Reading Challenge

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Do you love to read? Do you want to learn to love to read? Do you enjoy reading books that cross the whole spectrum of topics and genres? Then I’ve got something that may be right up your alley—The 2018 Christian Reading Challenge.

Whether you are a light reader or completely...

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Written by Tim Challies
Monday, 04 December 2017 19:14

Bible Contradiction? How many were from the tribe of Simeon?

For other posts dealing with Bible contradictions see our Collection of Posts Responding to Bible Contradictions.image

For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: How many were from the tribe of Simeon?

Here are the two answers which the skeptic...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Monday, 04 December 2017 19:12

Thirty Days of Jesus: Day 9, The Child Grew Featured

Monday, 04 December 2017 19:00

Jesus—the Eternal God from Eternity Past to Eternity Future

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Most children are familiar with Jesus as the baby in the manger. But, sadly, we’ve found that many children falsely believe that this is when Jesus came into existence. They don’t understand that he’s the eternal God who has always and will always exist. So we developed a...

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Written by Ken Ham
Monday, 04 December 2017 19:00

C. S. Lewis’s Love Story

In an era when romance is dead and divorce is considered a natural part of life, Shadowlands, now playing at the Acorn Theater in Manhattan, is both an old-fashioned love story and a reminder of the sacred nature of marriage.

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Monday, 04 December 2017 19:00

7 “Stocking Stuffers”

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Seven funzies and freebies for you to enjoy this holiday season!

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Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Monday, 04 December 2017 19:00

Religious Liberty Case Is Not about Refusing to Serve People “Because of Who They Are”

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Today, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case. I recommend you read this article by David French to clear up a major misconception about the case that’s being promoted out there. The article responds to a New York Timesopinion piece that completely...

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Written by Amy K. Hall
Monday, 04 December 2017 18:49

A La Carte (December 5)

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It is a great day for Kindle deals, and you’ll find a good list covering quite a number of publishers and topics.

Just a reminder that my site is now available in Spanish. That includes many of the videos. Pass on the news!

The Same-Sex Wedding Cake Case Isn’t about Same-Sex Marriage

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Written by Tim Challies