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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Saturday, 20 October 2018 11:50

Breaking: Alabama Top Court Judge Urges Supreme Court to Overturn Roe V. Wade Featured

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Life Site News

MONTGOMERY, Alabama, October 19, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Today, the Alabama Supreme Court unanimously ruled in the case of Jessie Phillips v. State of Alabama that “the value of the life of an unborn child is no less than the value of the lives of other persons.” In a...

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Written by Cherie Vandermillen
Saturday, 20 October 2018 10:59

Wentworth and the State of the Nation Featured

For those not in the know, there was a by-election yesterday in Sydney for the federal seat of Wentworth. This seat just happened to be held by the Liberal Party and their conservative forebears ever since Australian federation 117 years ago. Now it is held by an independent: lesbian activist...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Saturday, 20 October 2018 10:36

Museum piece Catholicism

Limbo is nearly defunct. The official softening up exercise is well under way.
After Vatican II there are basically three factions: liberals,...

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Written by steve
Saturday, 20 October 2018 09:32

Roundup on creationism

To my knowledge, these are the most competent books of their kind:
Old-earth creationism
C. John Collins, Reading Genesis Well: Navigating History, Poetry, Science, and Truth in Genesis 1-11 (2018)
Vern Poythress, Interpreting Eden: A Guide to Faithfully Reading and Understanding Genesis 1-3 (2019)
New-...

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Written by steve
Saturday, 20 October 2018 09:19

JD Hall is Frustrated | Questions the SJ Statement Drafters Signers Featured

Pick A Team Everybody! Short clip from the October 18th 2018 “Polemics Report.”

I am so very thankful to the drafters and signers of the Dallas Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel. It is needed. Please let nothing that follows this undermine that appreciation.

I – and Pulpit...

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Saturday, 20 October 2018 08:24

New Commentary on Matthew

Some might be interested in his new commentary on Matthew in the latest addition to the Two Horizons Commentary Series.

Authors: BibleX...

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Saturday, 20 October 2018 06:58

Matthew 4:1-25 Sermon

Saturday, 20 October 2018 06:30

All Is Still By The Temple Wall

In May 1935, Reformed Presbyterian missionary Sam Boyle took a river boat trip in China from his home base in Canton to Lienchow, Kwangtung for a Chinese presbytery meeting. He recorded the journey in his journal. Thirty years earlier, on October 28, 1905, a mob had killed five American...

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Written by James Faris
Saturday, 20 October 2018 06:20

Acts 13:14-43… A Summary of Biblical History and the Gospel

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A summary of Biblical history and the Gospel, given by Paul…

Acts 13:14-43 (HCSB)From Perga they went on to Pisidian Antioch. On the Sabbath they entered the synagogue and sat down. After the reading from the Law and the Prophets, the leaders of the synagogue sent word to them, saying,...

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Written by theidolbabbler
Saturday, 20 October 2018 03:13

Textus now Published by Brill

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Brill has recently picked up the publication of Textus: A Journal on Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible. Here is the description:
The importance of the discipline of textual criticism received an enormous boost from the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls showing that the study of these...

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Written by John Meade
Saturday, 20 October 2018 02:12

New Film: American Gospel

For far too many American and global Christians, the “prosperity gospel” is all they know of Christianity. For far too many Christians what the Scriptures actually teach about the law and the gospel is almost entirely unknown. Their leaders and influences are . . . Continue reading...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Saturday, 20 October 2018 02:00

Weekly Roundup 10/15/2018-10/20/2018

This is our weekly roundup of posts for 10/15/2018-10/20/2018. If you have any feedback on how we can serve you our readers better, I would appreciate it. Thank you for reading and allowing us to minister to you throughout this past week through these posts.

Monday 10/15/2018

All That’s Good by...

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Saturday, 20 October 2018 02:00

Weekly Roundup of Links 10/15/2018-10/20/2018

This is our weekly roundup of links for 10/15/2018-10/20/2018 from around the web. We hope you find the following articles helpful to your growth in godliness.

Articles from Around the Internet:

  1. The State of Theology https://thestateoftheology.com/

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Saturday, 20 October 2018 01:56

A Most Generous Gospel Promise

Happily there are many wonderful gospel invitations in the bible. These invitations are presented to unbelievers in the form of promises made to all who believe on Christ. One of the simplest is the one made by Paul and Silas to the Philippian jailor: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and...

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Written by Allan Murray
Saturday, 20 October 2018 01:39

Abecedarium, Bestiary, and Emblem books: What do they have to do with the Bible? Featured

By Elizabeth Prata
"I don't have time to read." I hear this a lot. I say this a lot. I used to read widely and incessantly before I was saved. Nowadays I am working a day job and ministering/serving at night, with Bible reading too. That leaves me either no time to read other books or tired eyes if...

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Written by The End Time
Saturday, 20 October 2018 01:14

On Reading and Writing

Here is a helpful post from First Things on reading, or the meaning and value of a "bookish" life. And here are some writing tips from Stephen King.

Authors: BibleX...

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Written by BibleX
Saturday, 20 October 2018 01:00

Doppelgänger

One of the stock objections to Calvinism is the allegation that according to Calvinism, the spiritual experience of the reprobate may be indistinguishable from the spiritual experience of the elect. 
i) To begin with, evangelical Arminianism believes that some people are deluded about their...

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Written by steve
Saturday, 20 October 2018 00:37

Psalm 97/The Potency of Right Worship

Introduction:

Many of the problems confronting modern Christians is that they diligently try to do the right thing . . . but in the wrong categories. They try guitar fingering on a mandolin; they try chess rules on a backgammon board; they apply the rules of French grammar to English. And for us to...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Saturday, 20 October 2018 00:25

Dualism and model airplanes

If dualism is true, our relation to our bodies is analogous to the relation of the operator of a remotely controlled device (such as a radio-controlled model airplane) to that device. Now consider Alfred, who is operating a model airplane by remote control. Suppose that something–an unwary...

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Written by steve
Saturday, 20 October 2018 00:00

Video, audio and summary of William Lane Craig vs Peter Millican debate

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Here’s a debate with a well-qualified atheist and Dr. Craig.

Video:

Audio:

Description from the Youtube upload:

This debate on “Does God Exist?” took place in front of a capacity audience at the Great Hall,...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Friday, 19 October 2018 23:25

The Least Mentioned Sin?

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"You scratch my back; I'll scratch yours." This familiar idiomatic phrase sometimes simply refers to the way in which people with differing skills and abilities seek to care for one another out of a sense of need and gratitude. However, more often than not, it represents the way in which people are...

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Written by The Christward Collective
Friday, 19 October 2018 23:03

This 'n' That (on Saturday)

imageThis llama has nothing to do with this post. I think I can count on one hand the number of times that I've had to delay your week in review, so I'm grateful for your patience! It wasn't in the plans for this post to be delayed, but yesterday kind of slipped away from me. Nevertheless, I still have...

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Written by EBenz
Friday, 19 October 2018 22:00

Making Sense of Statistics?

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I've been preparing to give two lectures on Numbers out in Africa next month - I've been delighted at some discoveries I've made in the, I have to confess hitherto, rather confusing Book of Numbers.

This is the account, after election of Abraham, redemption of Israel & regulation of the...

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Written by Andrew Kerr
Friday, 19 October 2018 21:45

Video: Why Was Jesus Baptized?

Today’s question: “Why did Jesus have to be baptized? Was Jesus’ baptism a baptism of repentance?”

Within my discussion I reference Peter Leithart’s book The Priesthood of the Plebs.

If you have any questions for me, please leave them on my Curious Cat account. If...

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Written by Alastair Roberts
Friday, 19 October 2018 21:36

Weekend A La Carte (October 20)

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There is just one Kindle deal today, and it’s for a classic book that has just been republished in a nice new format.

(Yesterday on the blog: Eight Ways Satan Tempts You To Doubt Your Salvation)

Zawadi, the Parents Who Waited for Her, and the God of Miracles

Now this is beautiful!...

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Written by Tim Challies
Friday, 19 October 2018 21:02

What is the State of Theology in America?

This week, Rich and Chris discuss Ligonier’s recent survey on The State of Theology in America.  What does this snapshot of American theological belief tell us about the state of evangelicalism? What should we then do with this information?

 

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The State of Theology

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Written by Chris Hohnholz
Friday, 19 October 2018 21:00

Yes, We Are All NPCs

image What is an NPC? And why is the idea so dehumanizing? Guest Blogger Timothy Fox shows how the trend indirectly supports the Christian faith.

Authors: Sean McDowell...

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Written by Sean McDowell
Friday, 19 October 2018 21:00

How Do You Pursue Neighbors Who Continually Avoid Your Invitation?

October 20, 2018 by: Rosaria Butterfield

The Power of Open Invitation

We have not had the problem of people avoiding our invitation, but I’ll tell you some of the things that we’ve done. We do open invitations. We’ll just say to 300 households, “We’re having a...

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Written by Rosaria Butterfield
Friday, 19 October 2018 21:00

Free Ebook: ‘Women of the Word’

October 20, 2018 by: Crosswayimage

What Are You Becoming?

We consume all day, every day. Between television, radio, podcasts, books, articles, twitter, and Instagram, we're getting news and entertainment from every dimension and from all directions. How much time do we spend holding our devices...

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Written by Crossway
Friday, 19 October 2018 21:00

Martin Luther's Visit to Rome

Martin Luther's visit to Rome was one of the most disappointing episodes of his entire life. In this brief clip, R.C. Sproul takes us back to Luther's moment of crisis on the “sacred steps.”

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

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Friday, 19 October 2018 20:57

The Liberty To Sin And The Liberty Not To Featured

A nation that strips my neighbours’ liberty to sin will strip my liberty to call my neighbour into repentance. Liberty isn’t liberty unless it affirms my right to offend my neighbour and my neighbour’s right to offend me. The government shouldn’t infringe on my...

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Written by Samuel Sey
Friday, 19 October 2018 20:46

Having and Giving Encouragement

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     God has not destined us for wrath,

but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.1 Thess....

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Written by Scotty Smith
Friday, 19 October 2018 20:04

Review: Leading Today’s Funerals

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Dan S. Lloyd. Leading Today’s Funerals: A Pastoral Guide for Improving Bereavement Ministry. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, October 1st 1997. 126 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

I read the kindle version of this book in preparation for my first funeral that I will be doing as a pastor....

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Written by SLIMJIM
Friday, 19 October 2018 20:00

Matt Walsh and a Young Earth

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Recently the popular Catholic political blogger Matt Walsh made a fairly lengthy video explaining why he was not a young-earth creationist and why he thinks young-earth creationists are a stumbling block to the faith of many people. The video is filled with strawman fallacies, misunderstandings,...

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Written by Ken Ham
Friday, 19 October 2018 20:00

News Weakly - 10/20/18

This Will Not Look Good on a RésuméBeing an Air Force veteran, I just found this story amusing/amazing. A Belgian mechanicaccidentally fired the Vulcan cannon on the F-16 he was working on, sending a hail of armor-piercing rounds into another F-16 down range. That one, just fueled for...

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Written by Winging It
Friday, 19 October 2018 18:00

The Father of Lights

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” (James 1:17) God, Himself, is both a... More...

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Friday, 19 October 2018 15:05

October 20: William McKay Tennent

A Typical Military Sermon by a Presbyterian Chaplain by Rev. David T. Myers

Several Tennents were Presbyterian members of the clergy at the time of the American Revolution. And several of them took time away from their civilian congregations to serve the Lord as Chaplains to the troops. Such a one...

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Written by archivist
Friday, 19 October 2018 15:00

Cross Country Race: Wallpaper

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"The Christian life is not a series of 100-yard sprints; it is like a cross-country race. It’s a long obedience in the same direction." - Alistair Begg

What is my screen resolution?

Click Below to Download your Image:

Apple Devices: iPhones and iPod touch iPads

Android Phones: Galaxy S Series,...

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Written by TFL
Friday, 19 October 2018 13:37

Survey of contemporary American religious beliefs

I may comment on this for later, but for now, here are the statements given to respondents, percentiles, as well as demographic breakdown:http://lifewayresearch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Ligonier-State-of-Theology-2018.pdfhttp://lifewayresearch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Ligonier-State-of-T...

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Written by steve
Friday, 19 October 2018 12:44

Ray Comfort | Crazy Bible | BTWN Review Featured

Len Pettis Joins BTWN for another episode of “The Atheist Experience Experience.”

Video of this episode:

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Written by social element
Friday, 19 October 2018 11:59

Rainbow Repression: We Told You So Featured

Evidently it is not good form to rub it in and say things like ‘we told you so’. But, well, we DID tell you so. I and others repeatedly sought to alert people to this. We warned you for years. We pleaded with you to wake up and listen. We did all we could to sound the alarm and sound...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Friday, 19 October 2018 11:22

Miracles and Superstition Featured

1. Seth continues his review of 2 Thessalonians 3, examining admonishing the unruly. 2. Seth responds to a another listener submission about miracles. 3. Seth discusses superstition and a Christian witness.

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Written by Seth - Host of the Christian Commute
Friday, 19 October 2018 11:00

The Headwaters of Our Confusion

“Because we tried to eliminate the sin of racial prejudice in public spaces without grasping that central distinction [between a sin and a crime], we have ended up mandating the commission of sin in public spaces. Essaying to stamp out one sin, we have made another sin, one that is far worse...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Friday, 19 October 2018 10:38

Paradise on earth

Fourthly, what natural evils a world contains depends not just on the laws, but also on the initial, or boundary conditions. Thus, for example, an omnipotent being could create ex nihilo a world which had the same laws of nature as our world, and which contained human beings, but which was devoid...

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Written by steve
Friday, 19 October 2018 10:22

Why Don’t Confessional Reformed Churches Grow More Quickly?

There are many ways to analyze churches, e.g., liberal (mainline) v. conservative, confessional v. non-confessional, and doctrinal v. experiential to give but three examples. Churches can also be analyzed by their relation to a given neighborhood. There are community churches and commuter . . . Cont...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Friday, 19 October 2018 10:00

Struggles Your Pastor Endures

– Episode 2369 –

Struggles Your Pastor Endures

Segment 1 (00:00) – 3 things you should do for your pastor

Segment 2 (07:48) – 10 things pastors hate to admit publicly 1-5

Segment 3 (17:!6) – 10 things pastors hate to admit publicly 5-10

Wretched Surprise! (25:34) –...

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Written by samueljroys
Friday, 19 October 2018 09:49

Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (10/14-10/20)

image KINDLE DEALS: Ten Dumb Things Smart Christians Believe: Are Urban Legends & Sunday School Myths Ruining Your Faith? by Larry Osborne $1.99 On Guard for Students: A Thinker’s Guide to the Christian Faith by William Lane Craig $.99 Intellectuals Don’t Need God and Other Modern Myths:...

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Written by Steve Domark
Friday, 19 October 2018 08:47

Review: Batman Volume 6: Bride or Burglar

A weekend comic book review, because sometimes even Pastors need a break from heavy theological reading.

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Tom King.  Batman Volume 6: Bride or Burglar. Burbank, CA: DC Comics, December 19th 2017. 168 pp.

3 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

This is the sixth trade paperback volume in the DC...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Friday, 19 October 2018 07:54

10/19/2018

•Your questions answered
•Help! My children don’t want us to discipline their kids
•I challenged a pastor during a sermon. Was I wrong?
•Should I evangelize when my Visa says I can’t?
•The role of Greek and Hebrew in the Reformation
•Medical Marijuana always leads to recreational use
•What do these emails have in common?
•Is the NAR anathema?
•Should I open air preach at my liberal university?
•How sick must I be before I should skip church?
•My wife is happy at a seeker sensitive church. What do I do?

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Written by joey