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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Wednesday, 20 February 2019 23:28

Ministry Is Not For Sissies

A question was submitted for the 2019 G3 Conference questions & answers session that asked the following question:

“I’m a young man who is preparing for pastoral ministry in the local church. As a seminary student, what counsel would you give to me as I prepare for the future?”

I...

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Written by Josh Buice
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 23:19

Voddie Baucham Warns of Emotionalism and Anti-Intellectualism

In this video, Voddie Baucham warns about the trends of emotionalism, mysticism, and anti-intellectualism. You can also read my article

The post Voddie Baucham Warns of Emotionalism and Anti-Intellectualism appeared first on Reformation Charlotte.

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Written by JeffMaples
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 23:12

Is Anyone Worthy?

Under the penetrating knowledge of God, who can stand?

This was the painful realization John had in his vision of Revelation. He sees the sealed scroll and hears the voice of an angel asking “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?” John weeps, because he instinctively...

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Written by Laura Lundgren
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 23:10

Is the Church a Cage? Featured

Is the Catholic Church a cage? The language of a recent New York Timesarticle on the number of gay men in the Roman Catholic priesthood certainly implies that it is. The precise quotation comes from Father Bob Bussen, a priest in Utah: “Life in the closet is worse than scapegoating,”...

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Written by First Things RSS Feed - Carl R. Trueman
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 23:00

Can I Lose My Salvation?

The post Can I Lose My Salvation? appeared first on Southern Equip.

Authors: R. Albert Mohler Jr.

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Written by R. Albert Mohler Jr.
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 23:00

Dave Rubin interviews my favorite economist: Thomas Sowell

imageDr. Thomas Sowell – the best economics teacher you will ever learn from

Two half-hour interviews with my FAVORITE economist, Thomas Sowell. If you haven’t read any books by Thomas Sowell, then you don’t know how wonderful economics can be. Thomas Sowell stands for the proposition...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 22:54

Why We Must Know God (Amy Mantravadi)

The very root and beginning of all theological study is known as theology proper or the doctrine of God. Within this field, the existence, being, and attributes of God are considered and his character is defined within the limitations common to human beings. All Christian theology (from Greek...

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Written by Reformation21 Blog
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 22:50

Font to Table: The Deeper Meaning Behind Baptismal Fonts

Since the word used in the New Testament for “Baptism” carries a range of meanings—pouring, sprinkling, immersing, dipping, and cleansing—churches of the Reformation have never made much ado about the mode of the water’s application in the rite.

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Written by Brian Thomas
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 22:45

The Pedophile Project: Your 7-Year-Old Is Next On The Sexual Revolution Hit Parade Featured

image [Stella Morabito | The Federal] Activists for normalizing pedophilia are on the move. Public acceptance of adult sex with children is the next domino poised to fall in identity politics. It’s being sustained, among...

Authors: Cherie Vandermillen...

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Written by Cherie Vandermillen
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 22:45

Avoiding Improper Judgments

 Matthew 7:1-6 ESV, “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how...

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Written by Lara d'Entremont
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 22:42

Embracing a New-Age Charismatic Worship on Sunday Mornings

There was something peculiar about the old hymns that churches would embrace and sing together on Sunday mornings. For the

The post Embracing a New-Age Charismatic Worship on Sunday Mornings appeared first on Reformation Charlotte.

Authors: JeffMaples...

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Written by JeffMaples
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 22:40

How to Move Doctrine from Head to Heart

How to Move Doctrine from Heads to Hearts.mp4 from Crossway on Vimeo.

Tasting the Word of God

Biblical preaching moves the hearer from head to heart and from the ethereal to the experiential by focusing on what the believer actually encounters when he really experiences or tastes this doctrine. As...

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Written by Joel Beeke
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 22:24

Union with Christ: Imputation: Calvin Wright

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Jeffrey Stivason
Feb 21, 2019
But what does Paul mean that we were made the righteousness of God? According to Calvin, “Righteousness, here, is not taken to denote a quality of habit, but by way of imputation, on the ground of Christ’s...

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Written by Jeffrey Stivason
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 22:15

Horrifying: Undercover Video of Woman Eight Months Pregnant About to Murder Her Unborn Baby Featured

image [Amanda Prestigiacomo | The Daily Wire] Comedian and political commentator Steven Crowder pulled off an undercover operation to expose the reality of late-term abortions in America, which we are so often told are essentially...

Authors: Cherie Vandermillen...

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Written by Cherie Vandermillen
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 22:00

No more death, tears, or suffering.

By Tommy Mitchell, Answers in Genesis

If creatures lived millions of years before God made the Garden of Eden, then suffering and death arose before sin ruined creation. In fact, their fossil remains would be buried under Adam’s feet. But that’s not the case!

In Gen. 1—3 we are told...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 21:45

Mere Fidelity: The Invisibility of the Church

Inspired by the discussion over Andrew’s book, Matt, Derek, and Alastair sit down to tackle another ecclesiastical issue: the invisibility of the church.

Timestamps:

Intro [1:00 – 3:30].

The origin and meaning of the doctrine of the invisibility of the church [3:30 – 6:25].

Alast...

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Written by Caleb Wait
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 21:26

On Contemporary Education

"School has to be bigger. It has to mean more than 'I teach my subject.' School has to be about teaching people to change the world for the better. If we believe that, then teaching will always be a political act. We can't be afraid of our students' power. Their power will help them make tomorrow...

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Written by Ben Holloway
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 21:20

A Theopolis Wrap-Up

In the follow-up to an exchange on the Theopolis page, I wrote this wrap-up for the list serve of the CREC ministers. I am posting it here for anyone interested.

After David Field’s initial article regarding Christian appropriation from depth psychology, Zen, and the desert fathers, I...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 21:04

Supporting Deception by Our Silence

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What people need now is more clarity and less confusion. Media, government and public education continue to push an agenda clouded in moral relativism, appealing to our desires and emotions but short on facts and reality. A political example would be the “New Green Deal” being advanced...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 21:00

I Believe in [a Relevant] Church

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Sometimes I feel like an anomaly. I was born at the tip of the millennial generation and raised in broad evangelicalism. That puts me into a demographic that has statistically been defined by its disillusionment with organized religion, its discontent with an orthodoxy that lacks orthopraxy, its...

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Written by Kyle Borg
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 21:00

Why Do Missions When Our Own Nation Is in Flames? Featured

If you’re anything like me, it’s been hard to pray for the nations when our own is in such turmoil.

I speak from the perspective of an American, but I recognize that this conversation extends to people in any number of Western countries. As I write this post, the state of New York has...

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Written by Alex Kocman
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 21:00

Book Review: The Gospel Comes with a House Key by Rosaria Butterfield

image Rosaria Butterfield (1962-   ) is an author, speaker, homemaker, pastor’s wife, home-school mom, and former tenured professor of English at Syracuse University. She earned her Ph.D. from Ohio State University in English Literature, served in the English Department and Women Studies...

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Written by Nathan Muse
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 20:30

Spurgeon Thursday: Christ's Sheep

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Authors: Doug Evans...

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Written by Doug Evans
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 20:25

Tens of thousands of Rochesterian commuters are confronted by “Jesus Saves” billboard every day.

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I took the above enlarged photo with my iPhone through the windshield of my car as I was driving home from work last week. I was driving around 60 mph at the time and took the photo with one hand. Definitely don’t try this at home! Forgive the poor quality.  Yes, I even photoshopped it...

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Written by Tom
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 20:08

Real Men Repent

Repentance is one of the most masculine exercises you can engage in. It requires courage, strength, resolution, perseverance, and honesty. Real men repent.  Enroll at christianmanacademy.com.

Authors: David Murray...

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Written by David Murray
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 20:00

What's the Secret to Self-Control? Scientific and Biblical Wisdom

image What is the secret to self-control? What do brain science and Scripture reveal? Sean interviews Drew Dyck about his new book.

Authors: Sean McDowell...

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Written by Sean McDowell
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 20:00

What do Witch Doctors and Prosperity Preachers Have in Common?

Prosperity gospel preachers in America are not very different compared to the witch doctors in Africa. They advertise their success formulas to have a good marriage, make more money, get a promotion, have a child… The TV preachers of today do the same. They have the same success lists. The...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 20:00

The Song of Songs: Highly Practical, Deeply Spiritual

February 21, 2019 by: Philip Graham Ryken

Not Just Spiritual Allegory

When people read and interpret the Song of Songs, there are a couple of mistakes that they often make. We see this all the way through church history. This has been a really popular book. You go back to the church...

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Written by Philip Graham Ryken
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 19:37

Beginning Right

There is nothing more important in the Christian life than beginning right. If we begin right, we can go on right. If we begin wrong, the whole life that follows is likely to be wrong. If anyone who reads these pages has begun wrong, it is a very simple matter to begin over again and …

Contin...

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Written by Eljasib
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 19:03

A La Carte (February 21)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a couple of Bibles and a commentary. The search continues!

5 Best Practices for Preventing Sex Abuse in Your Church

“This article offers five ways to help your church avoid being added to a growing list of churches that had their heads in the sand, thinking...

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Written by Tim Challies
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 19:00

5. Beauty and Christianity’s Primary Endeavours

Once we understand that beauty is close to glory in meaning, we will without any difficulty find beauty at the heart of many Christian endeavours. The most obvious is worship. Worship is the act of returning to God affections corresponding to His beauty. Psalm 29:1-2 captures this: “Give unto...

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Written by David
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 19:00

Throwback Thursday ~ The Mailbag: May Christian Women Wear Pants?

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Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 19:00

Beauty for Ashes: Gospel Healing for Sexual Abuse, Part 2

imageA Word from Bob:This is the second of a multi-part blog series on Christ-centered hope and healing for sexual abuse. I’m developing this series from my P&R Publishing booklet,Sexual Abuse: Beauty for Ashes. You can readPart 1 here.

The Primary Damage of Sexual Abuse

God has not left us...

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Written by Bob
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 19:00

Book Review: The Dignity Revolution by Daniel Darling

It is inherent to sin’s nature to rationalize itself. This is hardly a new insight. After all, the almost immediate response of Adam and Eve in the aftermath of the world’s first sin was to justify themselves by shifting the blame. This is precisely why it is so important that churches...

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Written by Jake Meador
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 18:59

Fresh, Trustworthy Hope

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May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him,

so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy SpiritRom. 15:13 (NIV)

Heavenly Father, this verse comes to us like a shower of grace, a fountain of encouragement, and a river of peace. Such are the...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 18:43

JD Greear Calls Out Ed Young And Other Megachurch Pastors

DALLAS NEWS — Earlier this month, we read with a mix of sadness  and anger The Houston Chronicle investigation of hundreds of

The post JD Greear Calls Out Ed Young And Other Megachurch Pastors appeared first on Reformation Charlotte.

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Written by Reformation Charlotte
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 18:00

Work It Out

Paul's letter to the churches of the region of Galatia had a clear intent. He was aiming at legalism, wrought by what we call "judaizers" who came from Jerusalem and tried to sell the notion to the Galatian churches that in order to be truly saved, they had to believe in Christ, sure, but they also...

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Written by Winging It
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 18:00

Self-Care Sundays for a Self-Centered World

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Perhaps you’ve heard of Meatless Mondays and Taco Tuesdays. I’ve just recently learned a new one – Self-Care Sundays. While reading an article in a popular women’s magazine, I saw a reference to this new-to-me idea. A quick internet search taking only .45 seconds returned...

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Written by Sharon Sampson
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 17:40

Quick Shot Responses to “Who Created God?” (Cold-Case Christianity S5E1)

In this episode of the Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast, J. Warner offers a number of brief, rhetorically powerful responses to the objection: “Who created God?” These responses are designed to help you remove intellectual obstacles when talking about God with your friends and family...

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Written by J. Warner
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 17:19

Spiritual Decline in Reformed Churches in SA

Abstract: The form of spiritual decline that is occurring in Reformed (Calvinistic) churches in South Africa comprises the denial of fundamental Christian doctrines. The five doctrines involved are (1) a premillennial eschatology, (2) sanctification as a second work of grace,...

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Written by Eljasib
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 17:07

Bible Contradiction? Can only God work wonders?

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Can only God work wonders?

Here are the two answers which the skeptic believes indicate a Bible contradiction:

Only God can do great wonders.

To Him who alone does great wonders,For His lovingkindness is...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 17:00

Amazing Design of Black Widow Web Silk

February 21, 2019
Evidence for creation is seen in both the sudden origin 1 of spiders, as demonstrated in the fossil record, and their amazing design. 2 All spiders are created with four pairs of walking legs. Spider fossils are rare. Only about a thousand...

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Written by TBC Staff - EN
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 17:00

Nuggets from Occult Invasion—Was the Ancient “Muse” a Spirit?

February 21, 2019
In Greek mythology the arts were under the direction of the nine daughters of Zeus by Mnemosyne. These nymphs, or lower deities, also known as muses, inspired writers and artists. The Muse Euterpe was...

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Written by TBC Staff - CR
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 16:03

God never gives you more than you can handle — Right?

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When another believer slogs through a series of difficult circumstances, do you ever try to encourage him or her by quoting 1 Corinthians 10:13, at least in part? You might say, “Don’t worry, God never gives you more than you can handle!” Before you do this again, let me encourage...

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Written by Thomas Overmiller
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 16:03

When Is Anger at Death Righteous?

Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil. (Ephesians 4:26-27)

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Is it acceptable to be angry at death? The sinless example of Jesus, which we considered two days ago, leaves us with no other option. Anger at death, in itself, is not...

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Written by Paul Tautges
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 16:00

Shall the Fundamentalists Win? (Part 2)

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Read the first installment.

Harry Fosick continues his 1922 sermon against fundamentalism.1 For clarity, headings have been added to the text. 

Authors: TylerR...

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Written by TylerR
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 16:00

The Lord and Inspiration

“And the Lord called unto Moses, and spake unto him out of the tabernacle of the congregation, saying . . .” (Leviticus 1:1) This introductory verse to what many erroneously consider a dry an... More...

Authors: Days of Praise from ICR...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 15:32

The Feeding of the 5,000 Migrants

Earlier this week someone posted a meme of a church marquee with the message, “A Caravan of 5000 Migrants Confronted Jesus. So, He Fed Them.” This reminds us of the assertion made by many that Mary, Joseph, and Jesus were “homeless.” No, they were never homeless. They had to...

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Written by Don and Joy Veinot
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 15:32

I Walk the Line Featured

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by Phil Johnson
 
If you have friends on FaceBook or people in your Twitter feed who traffic in evangelical scandals, you must be aware that the religious online community is host to some forums where spiritual abuse is always the topic du jour, and some of the regulars who hang...

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Written by Phil Johnson
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 14:46

The Work of the Holy Spirit

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What does the work of the Holy Spirit look like in our lives? It could be a little bit like this:

The @RamsNFL have a spotter for their head coach and it's our favorite thing right now. pic.twitter.com/fbHsYQqQHp

Thanks to Hannah Anderson for...

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Written by Jennie Pollock