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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Friday, 08 December 2017 07:23

Good, Bad, and Ugly

The Good:
An excellent video demonstrating why December 25th is a likely date of the birth of Jesus.
Addressing the myth of the “pagan origins” of Christmas.
An examination of theNew Order of Latter Rain, and how it led to the New Apostolic Reformation.

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Written by Glenn E. Chatfield
Friday, 08 December 2017 07:21

Artificial planets

David Hume famously defined a miracle as “a violation of the laws of nature.”... Richard Swinburne (1970) has suggested that a miracle might be defined as a non-repeatable counter-instance to a law of nature. If a putative law has broad scope, great explanatory power, and appealing...

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Written by steve
Friday, 08 December 2017 07:06

Thanks for Praying

I talked with John McWhorter this morning for about 45 minutes to record an episode of Lexicon Valley focused on my new book, Authorized: The Use and Misuse of the King James Bible. I’m an even bigger fan of the guy after this experience; I’m still both shocked and over the moon that...

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Written by Mark Ward
Friday, 08 December 2017 06:21

Festival of Theology in Nottingham, 30th January 2018

Ian Paul, the author of the good blog Psephizo, is holding a Festival of Theology at the end of January. I will be presenting a brief talk on the subject of Virtue Ethics in a Social Media Age and there are a number of other talks that promise to provide stimulating material for discussion. It will...

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Written by Alastair Roberts
Friday, 08 December 2017 05:44

Worldview: Idols Have Consequences (Pearcey)

image So far I’m very much enjoying this book by Nancy Pearcey: Finding Truth.  It’s a great Christian resource for evaluating various worldviews in light of Scripture.  In this book Pearcey gives five biblical principles for unmasking idolatrous “-isms” like...

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Written by Reformed Reader
Friday, 08 December 2017 05:44

Reclaiming the 7 Mountains – is it dominionism?

When the NAR gained more exposure between 2000-2010, their titles and language changed. For instance, in downplaying their apostleship, ICA changed their name from International Coalition of Apostles to International Coalition of Apostolic Leaders. Rather than say ‘apostolic...

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Written by churchwatcher
Friday, 08 December 2017 05:40

If Daniel Could Serve a Pagan King, Why Can’t Old School Presbyterians vote for Bill Clinton?

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Kevin DeYoung offers some perspective for Alabama voters (though he never mentions Roy Moore):

9. Am I casting my vote for someone who will damage the reputation of Christ and may harm the cause of Christ in the world? While it is often good to vote for other Christians, we have to consider how...

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Written by D. G. Hart
Friday, 08 December 2017 05:30

Reflections from the Middle East Team

This Thanksgiving holiday, a team of 5 students, led by Dr. Mathias, spent their break in the Middle East sharing the gospel to those who have never heard it. The trip, taking place November 17-25, was an eye-opening experience for the team to the reality of the lostness over there and the...

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Written by CGCS
Friday, 08 December 2017 04:28

How about background checks for governments wanting guns? Featured

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Ever stopped to notice that most gun grabbers like to grab a lot more than guns?

Like private property rights, privacy rights, free speech liberties, and vulnerable women, to name a few in no particular order.

It’s as though the more power some people are given (particularly people operating in...

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Written by FireBreathingChristian
Friday, 08 December 2017 04:15

Ken Ham Versus Richard Land on Young Earth Creationism Featured

Who is Richard Land? Richard Land is the President of Southern Evangelical Seminary, who had to resign from his presidency of the ERLC after the breaking of a few scandals, including the use of a few unwise (and conceivably racist) words about Trayvon Martin as well as charges of plagiarism. While...

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Written by News Division
Friday, 08 December 2017 04:00

An Update on Dr. Sproul's Health

12/8/17 at 3:00pm ET

We are pleased to report Dr. Sproul has less fluid on his lungs today than there was yesterday. He will continue to be sedated until he is less dependent on the ventilator, which helps his breathing. The Sprouls are grateful for your prayers and ask you to continue to pray for...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Friday, 08 December 2017 03:58

Setting traps

Democrats have temporarily discovered that sexual harassment is intolerable. They are cleaning house to regain the appearance of moral high ground against the GOP. Put another way, the ouster of some Democrats lays a trap for Republicans. If Democrats oust their harassers, while Republicans protect...

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Written by steve
Friday, 08 December 2017 03:52

Why Invest In the Men?

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Why Invest in the Men?Geoffrey R. KirklandChrist Fellowship Bible ChurchEvery Friday morning I meet with about 6-8 men from the local church where I serve. From the very first week that I moved to St. Louis, I have endeavored to meet faithfully with these band of brothers. I remember the very first...

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Written by Geoffrey Kirkland
Friday, 08 December 2017 03:44

Plaster saints

Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit, and lost without deserving. 
Reputation, reputation, reputation! Oh, I have lost my reputation! I have lost the immortal part of myself, and what remains is bestial. 
–Shakespeare
In contrast to Roy Moore, Bush 43...

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Written by steve
Friday, 08 December 2017 03:38

Random Bits

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I didn't realize how long it has been since I posted regularly. It's been a very long time since I've been able to sit down and type, and read, and not necessarily in that order. So I need to start with a prayer request - my stepson recently had a catastrophic snowboarding accident, his leg was...

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Written by Doug Evans
Friday, 08 December 2017 03:11

A Better Jerusalem (Nick Batzig)

On October 27, 1994, President Bill Clinton, while addressing the Knesset (i.e. the legislative assembly in Israel) cited one of his former pastors when he said, "If you abandon Israel, God will never forgive you...it is God's will that Israel, the biblical home of the people of Israel, continue...

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Written by Reformation21 Blog
Friday, 08 December 2017 02:44

Come sleet or snow, small Sardis Baptist Church will still present its Nativity at 7 p.m. tonight

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In this archive photo from the 2015 production, Mary and Joseph and Baby Jesus kneel before the cross at the conclusion of the performance. Choir Director Jami Hall says the “Journey to Bethlehem” will focus on the idea that Jesus was born to die on the cross for humanity. JAMI...

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Written by Joe Westbury
Friday, 08 December 2017 02:40

The Double Figure of the Eucharist; Eating Christ’s Flesh by Participating in the Fellowship of Christ

Is not the cup of blessing which we bless a sharing in the blood of Christ? Is not the bread which we break a sharing in the body of Christ? Since there is one bread, we who are many are one body; for we all partake of the one bread. Look at the nation Israel; are not those who eat the sacrifices...

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Written by Rubati
Friday, 08 December 2017 02:34

Pope Wants to Change Lord’s Prayer Featured

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Pope Francis isn’t satisfied with the translation of the Lord’s Prayer, at least in Italian. Speaking of the translation, Francis said, “That is not a good translation, because it speaks of a God who induces temptation.”

He made the remarks during a television interview yester...

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Written by News Division
Friday, 08 December 2017 02:00

Why Doesn't God Answer My Prayers?

image Why does God answer some prayers but not others? Why does He seem to ignore my prayers? Sean briefly answers these questions.

Authors: Sean McDowell...

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Written by Sean McDowell
Friday, 08 December 2017 01:56

Christmas Series: Are Nativity Sets Biblical III? The Opinion of John Calvin Featured

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For the first several hundred years after Christ, images of any person of the Godhood (Jesus included) were strikingly absent from the church. By “strikingly absent” I mean, absolutely, completely lacking in any presence. Not rare, mind you – absent. Usebius, the pastor-historian,...

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Written by News Division
Friday, 08 December 2017 01:53

Conservative Colleges That Don’t Conserve

So then, as Dylan said, you don’t have to be a weatherman to tell which way the wind is blowing. Progressives like to pretend that they are “the Resistance,” but the real resistance is going to have to come from people who believe the Bible, all of it. And one of the key...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Friday, 08 December 2017 01:51

Of Bigfoot And The Resurrection

One hears some interesting things on sports-talk radio. I listen for news about my Nebraska Cornhusker (American) football team. Sometimes, however, the hosts venture outside their fields of expertise. An Omaha station, to whose podcasts I listen, interviewed Harriet McFeely yesterday. She’s...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Friday, 08 December 2017 01:41

(Podcast 12.8.17) Answering Viewers’ Questions, Volume 2: Paul’s Conversion, Judas’s Betrayal, and Circumcision - Bellator Christi

We have another round of excellent questions from our viewers at Bellator Christi.com. On today’s podcast we answer the following questions that were submitted to us at the website:

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1) Why don’t Christians observe circumcision?

2) Why don’t...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Friday, 08 December 2017 01:30

This 'n' That

imageAbout a month ago, I spent some time in an airport. A lot of time. A lot of unplanned time. Delays. They happen. I'm thankful I don't travel often, and I'm thankful that, so far, I've not had to endure a delay that was too much of an inconvenience. On this occasion, I was traveling home from a...

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Written by EBenz
Friday, 08 December 2017 01:22

Rick Warren, Brian Brodersen and the Lies of Chrislam

Recently Calvary Chapel’s Facebook page posted a video clip of Brian Brodersen interviewing Rick Warren. In the short clip, Brian says he wants to address some of the “controversies” involving Warren. Brodersen sets up Warren with an opportunity to once again disclaim any...

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Written by Mark Jefferies
Friday, 08 December 2017 01:00

December 7, 2017 Show with Greg Nichols on “The Doctrine of Christ: The Plan, Promise Accomplishment of Salvation”

Theme:

December 7, 2017:

Greg Nichols, 1 of 3 Pastors at Grace Immanuel Reformed Baptist Church, Grand Rapids, MI, author of What Does the Bible Say about God?, The Biblical Doctrine of God (Truth For Eternity) & the multi-volume series Lectures in Systematic Theology, who will address:

“The...

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Written by Eric Nielsen
Friday, 08 December 2017 00:47

Let’s reserve “without error” for Scripture and Scripture alone

The Baptist Faith and Message says, in part, about the Bible:

The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of...

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Written by William Thornton
Friday, 08 December 2017 00:40

The Tenth Commandment

Watch Dr. R. Kent Hughes preach on the role of the heart in covetousness and the hope for change that lies only in Christ through Exodus 20:17.

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

Authors: Dan Adams...

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Written by Dan Adams
Friday, 08 December 2017 00:00

The First Worship War Among Baptists and the Reformation of Congregational Singing Featured

It must be confessed, that reformation is, and ever was, an hard and difficult work; and no easy thing to restore lost ordinances, especially such as have been left for many years neglected, and strangely corrupted…truth is never without its opposers.—Benjamin Keach in The Breach...

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Written by Jared Longshore
Thursday, 07 December 2017 23:24

How We Do Family Worship

I’m a big believer in family worship. God has clearly called parents to teach their children the ways of God intentionally. But for some, the idea of family worship is a bit scary. Either they don’t know how to do it, or they think it means three hours every night of exegetical study...

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Written by Daniel Darling
Thursday, 07 December 2017 23:20

Hope Is a Good Thing

In the movie Shawshank Redemption, Andy writes a letter to Red and includes the following remark, “Remember Red. Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”If I could respond to Andy, I would simply say, “Amen.” The reason, of course, is...

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Written by Jason Garwood
Thursday, 07 December 2017 23:00

Far as the Curse is Found

The post Far as the Curse is Found appeared first on Southern Equip.

Authors: R. Albert Mohler Jr.

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Duration: 1080 secondsSize: 24.73 Mb...

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Written by R. Albert Mohler Jr.
Thursday, 07 December 2017 23:00

The Economist: marriage is still the best place for children

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I stopped reading The Economist when they endorsed the socialist failure Barack Obama, who doubled the national debt to $20 trillion in only 8 years. However, even a stopped clock is right twice a day. And here is one of those times.

Excerpt:

However, there is one big reason to...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Thursday, 07 December 2017 22:51

Q#35 Flesh and Body

Q. Should any distinction be made between the Bible words flesh (sarx) and body (flesh)?  Are they synonymous in some contexts?

Mark

A. Hello Brother Mark,

Intriguing question! One I’ve thought about as well. Yet in some ways hard to answer, and in other ways simple. The word...

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Written by John Van Gelderen
Thursday, 07 December 2017 22:49

John Piper and Arminianism – Part III of a Biblical Review of Desiring God Featured

So what’s the Big Deal?

Since my previous post, some have said, “I don’t see what the big deal is about John Piper. It seems to me he is saying the same thing the Bible says.” I would like to take a brief moment to go one step further in looking at Piper’s understanding...

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Written by Guest Post
Thursday, 07 December 2017 22:42

What is Whiter than Snow?

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Just arrived back from a walk with our dog. It has been unseasonably cold in Belfast this week. We woke this morning to a blanket of snow. So I headed out with my son, who has just returned from Uni, to enjoy the falling, fluffy, flakes.

As the clouds cleared away,...

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Written by Andrew Kerr
Thursday, 07 December 2017 22:34

Want Your Church to Sing? Then Train Them As Children!

We learn most of our disciplines and skills when we’re very young. This also applies to singing. Children sing with abandon and minimal self-consciousness—but often with little knowledge or skills of how to sing well.

THE CHURCH CAN TEACH SINGING MECHANICS

There appears to be a growing...

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Written by 9Marks
Thursday, 07 December 2017 22:31

Holiday Deals for Kindle-books Readers

A reader alerted me that Eerdmans has Kindle editions of three of my books on a special holiday price (till 2 January):  At the Origins of Christian Worship ($3.83); How on Earth Did Jesus Become a God? ($3.59);  and Lord Jesus Christ:  Devotion to Jesus in...

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Written by larryhurtado
Thursday, 07 December 2017 22:31

Cruciform accommodation

“The Principle of Cruciform Accommodation” (chs. 13–14) states that, just as Jesus lowered himself to the point of appearing guilty and reflecting the ugliness of sin on the cross, God at times accommodated his self-revelation to Israel’s sinful, culturally conditioned...

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Written by steve
Thursday, 07 December 2017 22:26

Beginner-level mistakes

Responding to Craig's "Does God Have both Necessary and Contingent Properties?", Mark Jones, on Facebook, exclaimed: "Wow, does he even do theology? Like those are beginner-level mistakes."
Here's what Craig said:
Basically, what your question asks is whether God can have some of His properties...

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Written by steve
Thursday, 07 December 2017 22:18

The Urgent Need of the Gospel

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“How shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation . . . He is able to save to the uttermost . . .” —Hebrews 2:3; 7:25

Dear Friend of Crossway,

This last year, the urgent need for the Gospel has been dramatically evident wherever we...

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Written by Crossway
Thursday, 07 December 2017 22:15

DBG Weekend Spotlight (12-8-17)

In this session from the 2010 Ligonier West Coast Conference, Christless Christianity, John MacArthur exposed the ministry teaching and methods of Joel Osteen.

Announcing a New Series of Booklets — Tim Challies announces a new series of booklets.

Warning: Christmas Is Coming!...

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Written by Josh Buice
Thursday, 07 December 2017 22:10

Pruss on God's simplicity

Some modern-day Calvinists are touting Thomistic simplicity. I'd like to partially interact with a sophisticated defense of divine simplicity:
The Fourth Lateran Council teaches that God is a “substantia seu natura simplex...

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Written by steve
Thursday, 07 December 2017 22:07

Pope Francis on μὴ εἰσενέγκῃς ἡμᾶς εἰς πειρασμόν

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There's been quite a lot of press excitement about Pope Francis wanting to change the translation of Lord's Prayer (The Telegraph, The Times, etc,). It wasn't easy to find the original interview online. Therefore I thought it would be good to present the short video clip here. I hesitate to...

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Written by Peter Williams