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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Sunday, 15 October 2017 17:00

Bible Reading That Satan Leaves Alone

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Bible reading that only collects, or relieves a guilty conscience, or gathers doctrinal arguments, or titillates aesthetic literary tastes, or feeds historical curiosities—this kind of Bible reading Satan is perfectly happy to leave alone. He has already won the battle.

But reading that hopes...

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Written by Andrew Wilson
Sunday, 15 October 2017 16:50

WHI: The Radical Reformation

The White Horse Inn recently did an episode on the Radical Reformation, as it relates to its triumph over the Reformation in contemporary Evangelicalism.

Authors: Daniel C...

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Written by Daniel C
Sunday, 15 October 2017 16:00

An Open Letter to those Suffering with Depression

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The female version of Reset (RHB) is just about to be published. It’s my wife’s first book and is called Refresh: Embracing a Grace-Paced Life in a World of Overwhelming Demands (RHB). In it, Shona tells about her own battles with depression and anxiety and shares many of...

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Written by David Murray
Sunday, 15 October 2017 16:00

The Branding of John Stuart Mill

imageThe law is reluctant to criminalize an act unless it can be framed in terms of the harm the act causes to others.  Although this principle is often credited to John Stuart Mill, he does not deserve the credit.  Versions can be found in Aristotle in the fourth century B.C., and in...

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Written by jbudziszewski
Sunday, 15 October 2017 15:15

6 Things Christ Does With Your Sin

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It is good to remember what the cross accomplishes.

Here are six things Jesus does with sin:

1. He Condemns It.

Jesus puts a curse on sin. He marks its forehead.

Romans 8:3 – “For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of...

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Written by Jared C. Wilson
Sunday, 15 October 2017 15:09

Four Suggestions for Reading the Minor Prophets

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This week, my Bible reading plan brought me to the Minor Prophets. I have been a Christian for twenty years and sometimes I still struggle to read the Minor Prophets profitably. I doubt that I am alone in this assessment, but I have also found that putting in the work to understand these twelve...

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Written by Scott Slayton
Sunday, 15 October 2017 15:05

October 16: William Buell Sprague

Today’s post is drawn from Alfred Nevin’s Encyclopedia of the Presbyterian Church (1884), p. 850:

The Long Pastorate of a Great Pastor and Biographer

imageWilliam Buell Sprague was born in Andover, Tolland county, Connecticut, on this day, October 16, 1795. He graduated at Yale...

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Written by archivist
Sunday, 15 October 2017 15:05

Persistence Isn't Just For Wall Street

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Wall Street could be a learning hall for believers. Sure, when we think of Wall Street we think of money and greed. We imagine women who put on heels and gray dresses or men who wear pressed suits and slip on refined leather shoes. But we could also learn a valuable trait that seems to be...

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Written by Whitney Putnam
Sunday, 15 October 2017 15:00

The Key to the Master’s Orders

Pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. —Matthew 9:38

The key to the missionary’s difficult task is in the hand of God, and that key is prayer, not work— that is, not work as the word is commonly used today, which often results in the shifting of our...

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Written by RSS | My Utmost For His Highest
Sunday, 15 October 2017 15:00

The Reformation - How Did It Transform the Church?

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When Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the door of Wittenberg Chapel in 1517, he wasn’t trying to be a revolutionary. 500 years later, though, we look back on that moment as the spark that ignited the Reformation. On that day, he kindled a passion for the Gospel that’s...

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Written by TFL
Sunday, 15 October 2017 15:00

Links For The Church (10/16)

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Fighting Sin With Love

Love of God and love of our neighbor are the means by which we can overcome sin. Trillia Newbell shares a reflection on 1 Corinthians 13 on combating sin with love. 

Sola Fide—A Doctrine To Be Beaten Into Your Head Continually

David Platt writes, "Do not give into the...

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Written by Staff
Sunday, 15 October 2017 15:00

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Sunday, 15 October 2017 15:00

Reasons for the Reformation

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There was nothing remarkable about that day in October, 1517, when a Roman Catholic priest by the name of Martin Luther fastened his now famous ninety-five theses to the Castle Church door in Wittenburg, Germany. He certainly did not...

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Written by G. N. Barkman
Sunday, 15 October 2017 14:14

The Names, labels, and Comparisons by Which We Live

Written by: Scotty Smith

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives itRev. 2:17 (...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Sunday, 15 October 2017 14:00

What Does it Mean to be Human?

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Sunday, 15 October 2017 14:00

Kerri Hammond – a woman of grace

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The Hammond family – Karley, Katie, Kerri, and Thomas – get together for a photo, Thanksgiving 2016. HAMMOND FAMILY/Special

The Christian Index has typically provided to our readers a profile of the wife of the president of the Georgia Baptist Convention before he concludes his tenure of...

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Written by Gerald Harris
Sunday, 15 October 2017 14:00

Bible Study for Oct. 22: Solomon – Unfailing wisdom

1 Kings 3:3-14; 4:29-34 Tim Riordan, pastor SonRise Baptist Church, Newnan

Inventor Buckminster Fuller created the Knowledge Doubling Curve where he determined that until 1900, human knowledge doubled about every century. By the end of World War II, it doubled every 25 years. In 2013, researcher...

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Written by Tim Riordan
Sunday, 15 October 2017 12:48

Grappling With Theology Episode 34:The Gauntlet and Sola Scriptura Featured

On this episode of #GWT we continue to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.  Tony Q and I discuss the BJJ Gauntlet and tradition, its pros, and Cons.  We play a clip from Ligonier Ministries in regards to the reformation.  We include a discussion by...

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Written by Frank Mullis
Sunday, 15 October 2017 12:33

The Ever-Present, All-Powerful Ad Hominem Featured

If you have done even the smallest amount of culture wars activities, you will know something with absolute assurance: you will be attacked, abused and vilified for making a public stand. It simply goes with the territory, and sadly we have to expect it.

Whether we are standing up for the...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Sunday, 15 October 2017 12:12

Sunday Praise: The Old Rugged Cross - Chris Rice

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Written by Chase
Sunday, 15 October 2017 10:52

Polemics Report 166 | Parents Hating their Potentially Down Syndrome Baby Featured

On today’s program, JD discusses a recent survey of ‘pregnant parents’ concerning what they would do if their child tested positive for Down Syndrome. Then, a Spurgeon Calling segment that includes a discussion of the father of modern missions, William Carey. Then, a Voice in the...

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Written by Justus Zenas
Sunday, 15 October 2017 10:30

The staff of Moses becomes the staff of God—Exodus 4:2, 17, 20

If you’re like me, maybe you have thought, “God healed people in the Bible, but is there any precedent for praying for stalled cars or frozen computer screens?” Perhaps it’s only some of us who are very picky who think that way, since the Bible offers much more general...

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Written by Craig Keener
Sunday, 15 October 2017 10:10

The Boy Scouts and the Disappearance of Paths

Written by: Trevin Wax

The Boy Scouts of America announced last week that the organization will now accept girls as members, thus ending the uniqueness of this iconic institution.

Many commentators have lamented the moral decline of the Boy Scouts, seen in the...

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Written by Trevin Wax
Sunday, 15 October 2017 10:00

Open Q A | Slick Answers | CARM | SFE | BTWN Featured

Open Q&A

Topics include:

– Reviewed a video ofNavy Seal and Christian Apologist versus Agnostic (Sye Ten Bruggencate & Chad Williams)

– Discussion about Jehovah Witnesses.

– Roman Catholics and Matthew 16 that Peter is the rock and claiming that the church is built on Peter

&nd...

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Written by Andrew Rappaport
Sunday, 15 October 2017 10:00

To COEXIST Is A Biblical Command

Along with my regular blog here at seanmcdowell.org, I am now featuring occasional guest posts from some students in the Biola M.A. in Christian Apologetics that I personally had the privilege of teaching. This post is from my friend Tim Stratton, who has an excellent and growing...

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Written by Sean Mcdowell
Sunday, 15 October 2017 09:55

Why Did God Write A Book?

By Evan Minton Why did God write a book? By that, I mean why did God inspire authors to write documents which make up a compilation we call The Holy Bible? What were God’s purposes in doing that? Obviously, He had reasons of some sort. All authors write books for reasons. For example, when I...

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Written by Guest
Sunday, 15 October 2017 08:20

Christian News Weekly Recap Oct 9 – 14, 2017

Christian News Weekly Recap Oct 9 – 14, 2017 This is a recap of the past week’s daily news items from our Christian News Section. Monday Oct 9, 2017 Thousands of Christians Gathered in D.C. for Prayer and Worship Event China’s New Laws Target Christians Thousands of Christian...

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Written by Alesia Cengia
Sunday, 15 October 2017 08:16

"Transgressions of Israel" -- Amos 1:3-2:16

Here's the audio from this morning's sermon, the second in our series on the Minor Prophets from the Book of Amos.   Click Here

Authors: Kim Riddlebarger...

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Written by Kim Riddlebarger
Sunday, 15 October 2017 08:10

Why do authentic Christians persevere? Featured

by Mike Ratliff

4 I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus, 5 that in everything you were enriched in Him, in all speech and all knowledge, 6 even as the testimony concerning Christ was confirmed in you, 7 so that you are not lacking in any gift,...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Sunday, 15 October 2017 08:00

What are 5 reasons you want a declining church?

image If there is something all pastors and churches will agree on it is nobody wants their church to decline.  Nobody.  The SBC’s primary way of measuring the condition of local churches is by this rubric: Growing. Plateau. Decline.  The declining church is always seen as...

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Written by Brian
Sunday, 15 October 2017 06:42

Harvey Weinstein, Meet Jonathan Edwards

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 Their foot shall slide in due time.Deuteronomy 32:35

It’s been quite a tumultuous week plus for famed Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Here’s a man who went from king of the movie world to fired by the board of directors of his own company in the...

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Written by Steve Matthews
Sunday, 15 October 2017 04:32

The Power Of Christ's Righteousness Imputed

"For, even as Jesus Christ is stronger than Adam was, so is his righteousness more mighty than the sin of Adam. And, if the sin of Adam was sufficient enough to make all men sinners and children of wrath, without any misdeed of our own, much more shall Christ's righteousness be of greater force to...

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Written by Jason Engwer
Sunday, 15 October 2017 03:31

LBM Episode 75 – A Critique of Old Earth Creationism and Theistic Evolution with Fred Butler Featured

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In this episode Fred Butler joins in to discuss the Old Earth Creationism and Theistic Evolution in light of Biblical revelation. What are the theological impacts to views that are contrary to a young earth Biblical Creation view. Are these issues something that discerning Christians...

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Written by Jason Mullett
Sunday, 15 October 2017 03:28

Eating in Isaiah

Rebekah Divine has a nice review and summary here of Andrew Abernathy's monograph Eating in Isaiah: Approaching the Role of Food and Drink in Isaiah’s Structure and Message.

Authors: BibleX...

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Written by BibleX
Sunday, 15 October 2017 02:32

Willow Creek Promotes Egalitarianism by Announcing Co-Ed Pastors Featured

imageOn Saturday, October 14, 2017, Bill Hybels founder of Willow Creek Community Church announced that following his departure in October 2018 he will be replaced by co-ed pastors. Willow Creek has named its current executive pastrix Heather Larson and teaching pastor Steve Carter.

“Whe...

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Written by Richard Haas
Sunday, 15 October 2017 02:26

The Five Solas: Now in E-Book and AudioBook

imageAs the Bible came to be read in the common language of the people, the great central truths the Bible proclaimed were recovered, often at great cost to those who came to embrace them.

The Reformation recovered and highlighted glorious Scriptural truths which have been expressed in five memorable...

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Written by John Samson
Sunday, 15 October 2017 02:22

“Preconditions of Truth Speaking” | Christ The Rock Church Sermon | Pastor Austin Hestler Featured

Pastor Austin Hetsler, September 17, 2017 Part of the Exposition of Ephesians series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

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Written by Tim Hurd
Sunday, 15 October 2017 02:00

Providing Your Children with Presence

The Need for Present Fathers A man who abandons his family, which is the place where he belongs, is like a bird who flies away from his nest (Prov 27:8). When he does this, he neglects his children, leaving them without the provision, protection, and perspective that God expects him to provide for...

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Written by TOvermiller
Sunday, 15 October 2017 01:37

Ephesians 2:9: Good Works Are From Salvation Not Unto Salvation

2:9 οὐκ ἐξ ἔργων (ouk ex ergōn), “not from works.” There are two important elements to v. 9. The first is the another abrupt statement: “not from works” (also Rom 9:12 and Titus 3:5; cf. Rom 11:6). This shows the...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Sunday, 15 October 2017 00:53

A. W. Tozer Sermon: Workers Used of God

In a close and final sense no one can do God’s work. Nor does He turn His work over to others to do. He works in His people and through them, but always it is He who works. Jesus said, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working” (John 5:17); and Paul...

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Written by revival-library
Sunday, 15 October 2017 00:53

Ephesians 2:8 Presents Salvation As Completed Not Initiated

2:8 Τῇ γὰρ χάριτί ἐστε σεσῳσμένοι διὰ πίστεως (Tē gar chariti este sesōsmenoi dia pisteōs),...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Sunday, 15 October 2017 00:00

Paul Helm debates William Lane Craig on Calvinism and Reformed theology

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I listened to this excellent discussion between Dr. William Lane Craig and Oxford University Calvinist philosopher Dr. Paul Helm. I think this is a useful discussion in general because atheists often bring up problems with Calvinism as objections...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Saturday, 14 October 2017 23:46

Prayer, an act of worship Featured

Excerpt from David McIntyre's The Hidden Life of Prayer, chapter 6. This book, written in 1913, is available for free online, as well as for purchase in book or Kindle form.The prayer of faith, like some plant rooted in a fruitful soil, draws its virtue from a disposition which has been brought...

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Written by The End Time
Saturday, 14 October 2017 23:32

Did sacrificial animals die in place of people?

A while back, Bnonn Tennant did a provocative post. I won't link to it because, in preparation for the Zombie Apocalypse, his estimable blog has gone underground, but I will quote what I take to be some representative samples of his argument, then comment on them:
The Levitical system of sacrifices...

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Written by steve
Saturday, 14 October 2017 23:30

Sunday Morning Praise

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Authors: EBenz...

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Written by EBenz