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, 16 October 2018 06:16

Why is pastoral ministry such a risky pursuit?

image Why is Practical Shepherding important?  Here’s one reason–these staggering stats.  These troubling numbers show the risk of those who set their hands to the plow of this noble, but costly work.

• 70% constantly fight depression.

• 50% feel so discouraged that they...

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Written by Brian
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 06:09

Gay Friar Hosts Hook-Up for Gays at Roman Catholic Church Featured

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This really, really gay friar is turning his parish into a hookup scene for homosexuals

What would you think if a man who identifies as “gay” happens to advertise himself as a “masseur” who specializes in “man-to-man bodywork? You would probably think that man...

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Written by News Division
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 05:33

Atlanta Roman Catholic Priest Caught at Gay Club When Tagged in Photos on Facebook Featured

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Roman Catholic Atlanta-Area priest being kissed by “friend,” recently seen partying at gay club.

ATLANTA, Georgia – A Roman Catholic priest – who happens to be appointed as “spiritual director for victims of sexual abuse by clergy” recently attended a drag show...

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Written by News Division
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 05:32

God’s Grace Is Greater Than Our Past

This post originally appeared on Gregg Potts’ blog on Oct. 16, 2018.

Recently I was talking with a person and the individual began telling me of the past indiscretions of a certain individual. I listened and I admit, it bothered me to hear some of these things. Hearing these things...

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Written by Gregg Potts
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 05:11

Relationship Fallouts and What to Do About Them

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The Lord is interested in us overcoming, and one of the greatest things we will have to overcome in our Christian life is having our feelings hurt and being offended by someone. And no, I am not talking about little minor infractions and common irritations that everyone experiences; but I’m...

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Written by Don Johnson
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 05:11

Gender and Sexuality News Roundup (10/16/18)

One mission we have at CBMW is to help Christians think through secular and ecclesial trends on gender and sexuality. Through this work, we pore over a lot of news reports and articles as we attempt to wade through the ceaseless flow of information on the web. In our weekly Gender and...

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Written by Jonathan Ahlgren
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 05:05

9 WAYS TO PRAY FOR VICTIMS OF RECENT HURRICANES AND STORMS

This post originally appeared on Chuck Lawless’ blog on Monday, Sept. 17. 

Too many believers, I suspect, watch the news about victims of recent storms, but then fail to pray with compassion and fervor for them. Here are some practical ways to pray for them:

  1. Pray for peace and...

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Written by Chuck Lawless
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 04:50

Dale doubles down on dumbing down

LOL. I'm a cult leader & a big bad bully as I'm not interested in arguing whether his silly insult was an insult. He tried to get back at me, to accuse me of insulting, by googling up a poorly done editorial in my old school's student newspaper! Anything but taking responsibility
— Dale...

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Written by steve
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 04:46

Is a foundation unrepeatable?

1. At the risk of belaboring Eph 2:20: a foundation has a horizontal dimension as well as a vertical dimension. Cessationists focus on the vertical dimension. I believe their argument goes something like this: according to the law of superposition, the bottommost layer is the earliest layer. The...

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Written by steve
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 04:22

Ten Commandments Tuesday - Do Not Misuse God’s Name

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I've been to a lot of bible studies but not one of them actually covered the 10 Commandments. Sure I've read them, I know that there's a difference between what we Protestants, the Catholics, and the Jews count as the ten, but nothing deeper than that. There's a difference between reading and...

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Written by Doug Evans
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 03:20

Should Christians Partake in Formal Debates About God?

Martin Lloyd-Jones was against formal debates with unbelievers. Why? His first reason is that no one comes to faith through a debate. Thus, debates are not useful. However, though the debate opponent rarely comes to faith, Dr. William Lane Craig (who debates non-believers regularly) claims people...

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Written by Ben Holloway
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 03:00

The State of Theology: The Questions that Matter Most

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The year 1971 was a tumultuous time in American history. Three years earlier, the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago became a stage for riots, with armed police and guardsmen marching through the city streets. That same year, Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy were assassinated. The...

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Written by Stephen J. Nichols
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 02:34

Stephen Hawking said ‘there is no god’ and that humans will ‘live in space’ in final book | Fox News

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The late Professor Stephen Hawking revealed his answers to 10 “big questions” he was often asked in a new book published six months after his death.

Source: Stephen Hawking said ‘there is no god’ and that humans will ‘live in space’ in final book | Fox News

Authors:...

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Written by Kevin Schaal
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 02:14

Are Science and Faith Compatible? Concept 1: Atheism is Self-Denying Featured

1 Peter 3:15 commands believers, “...always be prepared to give a reason for the hope that is within you...” So it is incumbent upon every Christian to comprehend some basic science that proactively supports biblical theism. Learning scientific support for God can seem...

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Written by Mark Phillips
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 02:00

Reclaiming the Reformation

Tuesday, 16 October 2018 01:51

Gayer Than a Stack of Lavender Pancakes

When a local emporium, what should know better, displays a book like what you see there to your right, the public of course gets to take a look at it, and I gets to comment on it.

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Back when I was young, when you wanted to confuse people about which sex you were seeking to be, this was done by the...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 01:30

Is a foundation once and for all?

1. Once more I'm going to comment on Eph 2:20. This is the primary cessationist prooftext. I agree with cessationists that the Apostolate was a temporary arrangement which died out with the last apostle. Likewise, I agree with cessationists that the epoch of prophecy in the sense of public...

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Written by steve
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 01:07

The Rise in Women Preachers and What You Should Know

The category of “women preachers” has drastically risen in recent days and while some celebrate this trend—others are very concerned. How did we arrive at this juncture? Why are more women pursuing the pulpit and why are more Christian leaders promoting this movement? While we...

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Written by Josh Buice
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 01:06

Trying to Finish the Letters Feature

A Different Pence Rule

“If your imagination is not up to it, I have supplied a useful graphic.” Has anyone ever seen Mike Pence and Race Bannon in the same room at the same time? No? I didn’t think so. There! Image fixed! ; – )

Jason

Jason, except that I don’t know who...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 00:57

Religious Law and Christlike Love

Recently I had a conversation with a student about some trials his family is facing—one of his siblings has become wayward. He explained how his father is willing to accept this wayward sibling back into his home on the condition of repentance—an adherence to the house rules.

As I...

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Written by Charles Carpenter
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 00:46

Legalism Does Not Work

Legalism does not work, never has, and never will. Legalism is the pursuit of good works, obedience to God’s law and the ethical commands of the Bible (and beyond), abstracted from faith in Christ, in order to be acceptable before God. The legalist approaches the Bible as a law-centered...

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Written by David Prince
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 00:43

Dog Paddling on the Surface

Colossians 1:10

10That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;

No matter which side you take in the debate between Tozer and Lewis, the highest and holiest pursuit of our lives is to know God better than we do...

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Written by Cary Grant
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 00:06

Are you sure you need a quiet time?

You’ve always believed you should have what evangelicals commonly call a “quiet time.” Sometimes called “daily devotions,” a quiet time typically consists of Bible reading and prayer. Beyond these, the event can be highly individualized in terms of timing, duration,...

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Written by Andrew J.W. Smith
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 00:05

Living Water that Satisfies in the Word of God

Restless and bored at my Grandma’s house, I picked up a magazine and began flipping through pages. I found weight loss tips and decorating ideas for the upcoming season, ads for cosmetics and inspirational stories about reunited families. There was nothing unusual or unexpected, until I set...

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Written by Laura Lundgren
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 00:00

A Compelling Case for Cooperation

Authors: Adam W. Greenway

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Written by Adam W. Greenway
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 00:00

Why are Western feminists silent about rapes committed outside the United States?

imageYazidi sex slave survivor Nadia Murad is awarded the Nobel Prize

My personal opinion on rape (a violent sexual attack that results in genital penetration without consent) is that the attacker should be killed or castrated (if male). Is the left against rape? They don’t seem to tell women how...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 00:00

What Does "Simul Justus et Peccator" Mean?

By whose righteousness will we be judged? In this brief clip, R.C. Sproul shares the very heart of the gospel as he explains Martin Luther's Latin phrase, "Simul Justus et Peccator."

This Reformation Month, watch a short video every day on the history and insights of the Protestant Reformation. And...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Monday, 15 October 2018 23:55

Sports and the Christian Family

When my wife and I found out she was pregnant with our oldest son, we quickly realized there were a lot of parenting issues that we spent little to no time discussing beforehand like discipline, education, bedtime routines, etc. The countdown to the due date ends up being filled with conversations...

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Written by Kyle Bjerga
Monday, 15 October 2018 23:45

Pastor: Are You a Ceo or a Christian Shepherd?

This morning I picked up the Wall Street Journal and read about new leadership at the General Electric Company. G.E. has apparently fallen on difficult times recently (as of this writing in October 2018). A new chief executive officer has been chosen. The standard of leadership success in that...

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Written by Michael Milton
Monday, 15 October 2018 23:36

Walking in Forgiveness

Since they grumble about Him healing a man on the Sabbath, Jesus asks the religious leaders, "Is it easier to say, ‘Your sins...

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Written by Donavon Riley
Monday, 15 October 2018 23:19

“The Lord Laughed at Me” (Augustine)

image When Augustine, the great African theologian of the early church, first became a leader in the church, he was not prepared.  Using the imagery of a ship’s crew, Augustine said he was appointed to “the second place at the helm” although he “knew not how to...

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Written by Reformed Reader
Monday, 15 October 2018 23:16

3GT Episode 103: What is Covenant Theology?

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After a conversation on what Reformed means, the guys follow up with a discussion on covenant theology. They answer such questions as: What is a covenant? Where do see covenants in the Bible? What is the Covenant of Works? Covenant of Grace? How does the concept of old and new covenants fit with...

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Written by Barry York
Monday, 15 October 2018 23:00

The fire must consume the leaf.

If you were to place a dried-out leaf into the presence of fire, you would notice that the fire would not hesitate to consume the leaf in a matter of seconds. The fire must consume the leaf because of its very nature. Even if the fire didn’t want to dispose of the leaf, it wouldn’t...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Monday, 15 October 2018 22:38

The Mod | “Truth: How the Many Sides to Every Story Shape Our Reality” by Hector Macdonald

Hector Macdonald’s recent book, Truth: How the Many Sides to Every Story Shape Our Reality, is ruthless in its timeliness. Over the past several years, a blend of technology, political events, and social change has attenuated the gatekeepers of knowledge and subjected us to a deluge of...

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Written by Brooke Ventura
Monday, 15 October 2018 22:33

The Great Divorce (I’m a Fraud and Here’s Why)

No, this post isn’t a commentary on the story by C.S. Lewis (just getting that out of the way first). This post is altogether something different. For my readers who have been following my journey from the beginning, this may surprise you (or maybe not, I don’t know). For those of you...

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Written by Lydia Harris
Monday, 15 October 2018 22:09

A Contrast of Worldviews

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The Word of God and the ways of this fallen world are in complete contradiction with one another. What God calls "evil" the world thinks of as "good". A Biblical Worldview gives us eternal hope in spite of all we see around us. The world offers nothing but eventual despair and eternal separation...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Monday, 15 October 2018 22:00

A Word to the Older Men

In Titus 2:2-6, Paul unpacks practically what it means for men and women to live in accordance with sound doctrine. And he starts with the older men of the congregation.

“Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness.” Tit...

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Written by CBMW
Monday, 15 October 2018 21:43

Jan Hus – Not Just a Wycliffite

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Simonetta Carr
Oct 16, 2018
Jan Hus is often considered a disciple of the English John Wycliffe and imitator of his views. In reality, much of his thought developed independently, along similar lines.Continue reading.

Authors: Simonetta Carr...

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Written by Simonetta Carr
Monday, 15 October 2018 21:32

Video: Request for Your Feedback!

Today I ask for feedback from viewers and listeners.

If you have any questions for me, please leave them on my Curious Cat account. If you have found these videos helpful, please tell your friends. If you would like to support my continued production of them, you can do so on my Patreon...

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Written by Alastair Roberts
Monday, 15 October 2018 21:00

Infographic: The Story of Redemption

October 16, 2018 by: Greg Gilbertimage

Salvation Accomplished

In the preface to The ESV Story of Redemption Bible, Greg Gilbert says:

It is no exaggeration to say that the Bible is the most sweeping and engrossing and enthralling epic ever written. It spans the entire history of humanity, from...

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Written by Greg Gilbert
Monday, 15 October 2018 20:51

Why We Chose a Christian College

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Two of our children are still in the public school system, yet our son is attending a Christian college. A reader wrote and asked us about that decision. Here is my answer.



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As you know, I get lots of questions in and love to answer some of the ones that come from people who...

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Written by Tim Challies
Monday, 15 October 2018 20:38

In Praise of Our Sovereign Father

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Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases. Ps. 115:3 (ESV)

Remember the things I have done in the past. For I alone am God! I am God, and there is none like me. Only I can tell you the future before it even happens. Everything I plan will come to pass, for I do whatever I...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Monday, 15 October 2018 20:15

A La Carte (October 16)

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Today’s Kindle deals include some Christians classics you’ll want to check out.

(Yesterday on the blog: Please Do & Please Don’t Assume Motives)

What Does Your Liturgy Celebrate?

“It’s a worship service at church, so of course it celebrates Jesus… right? Or...

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Written by Tim Challies
Monday, 15 October 2018 20:00

Successful 2018 Answers for Pastors Conference

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Last week we held our annual Answers for Pastors and Christian Leaders conference. Hundreds of pastors and their families joined us and packed Legacy Hall at the world-class Creation Museum to get equipped with answers for the skeptical questions of the age. The conference ran from Tuesday through...

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Written by Ken Ham
Monday, 15 October 2018 20:00

Book Review: Building the Benedict Option by Leah Libresco

Ever since Richard Weaver told us that “ideas have consequence,” a certain sort of conservative has relied heavily on a worldview-based analysis of culture, locating the problems that plague us in the sphere of ideas, beginning in the Ivory Tower and then tracing the problem downstream.

T...

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Written by Jake Meador
Monday, 15 October 2018 20:00

Testimony Tuesday: Stories from Several Sisters 3

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Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Monday, 15 October 2018 20:00

Video: Should We Fear Artificial Intelligence? by John Lennox

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John Lennox is Professor of Mathematics (emeritus) at the University of Oxford and Fellow in Mathematics and the Philosophy of Science at Green Templeton College, Oxford.  He is also an Associate Fellow of the Said Business School, Oxford University, and teaches for the Oxford Strategic...

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Written by Chad
Monday, 15 October 2018 20:00

Getting Credit

We Christians have a dilemma. We understand that we're saved by grace -- unmerited favor -- and we have no room for boasting. No merit; no boasting. Still, we are supposed to do good and we are promised rewards for doing so. So how does that work? We are without merit, but we will receive merit.In...

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Written by Winging It
Monday, 15 October 2018 20:00

Is Proverbs 3:5–6 about Finding the Will of God?

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“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will ____________.” How you complete the above verses (Proverbs 3:5–6) will depend on which English version you memorized them from. They’re...

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Written by Keith Plummer
Monday, 15 October 2018 19:18

Lautenschlaeger Award for 2020

The Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise is a unique recognition of outstanding younger scholars on the basis of their first book or doctoral dissertation.  The subject area “God and Spirituality (broadly defined)” is intended to cover practically any topic or...

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Written by larryhurtado