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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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.

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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

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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.



Transcript

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
Monday, 15 October 2018 19:00

Fear of God Devotional: Christ as the Only Begotten of the Father

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What does it mean that Christ is the “only begotten” of the Father?

Pooyan Mershahi explains in this video that there are many passages referring to Jesus Christ as being the only begotten of the Father. The Greek word for the phrase “only begotten” is a term relating to...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Monday, 15 October 2018 19:00

The State of Theology: What Do People Really Believe in 2018? Featured

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What do people believe about God, Jesus Christ, sin, and eternity? Ligonier’s State of Theology survey helps uncover the answers. Every two years, we take the theological temperature of the United States to help Christians better understand today’s culture and equip the church with...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Monday, 15 October 2018 18:52

Quick Devotional from Colossians 2:3-4 (Observation from the Greek)

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This is from my daily Greek exercise of sight reading here and here many months ago, courtesy of Vincent S Artale Jr.

Our text is from the Greek translation of Colossians 2:3-4.  Here is my translation:

“SENTENCE 3 [CR ἐν ᾧ CR] εἰσιν...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Monday, 15 October 2018 18:33

Fitzgerald links NAR ideology to Nazi ideology?

We know we cannot make extreme statements regarding where the New Apostolic Reformation and it’s mother, the New Order of the Latter Rain get their theology from. However, time and time again, those in these global doomsday cults make the link themselves. The concept of Joel’s Army,...

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Written by churchwatcher
Monday, 15 October 2018 18:00

The Invisible Things are Clearly Seen

October 16, 2018
Yet even in earthly matters I believe that "the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead," and I have never seen anything...

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Written by TBC Staff - EN
Monday, 15 October 2018 18:00

Water and Blood

“This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.” (1 John 5:6) John... More...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Monday, 15 October 2018 17:41

A Catechism of Judgement in Worship

How are we to worship God?We should worship in all of life, but we have been told most explicitly to worship God corporately through the following:– The reading of Scripture– The preaching of Scripture– The singing of psalms, hymns and spiritual songs– The offering of public...

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Written by David
Monday, 15 October 2018 17:03

A Final Challenge to Churches and to Pastors

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We’ve been working on a series about pastors and depression. We’ve discussed how the people of the church can come to the aid of their pastors. In this post, we offer a few conclusions.

Christ, the head of the church, rules His church through the written Word and through spirit-called...

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Written by Danny Sweatt
Monday, 15 October 2018 17:01

Are you becoming more or less of an encourager? Featured

image The Christian life is hard.

I know I’m not shocking you right now, but it isn’t easy to be a Christian. We are constantly at war. Mainly against our own flesh (1 Peter 2:11), but the enemy is constantly prowling around like a roaring lion seeking who he might devour as well (1 Peter...

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Written by Jordan Standridge
Monday, 15 October 2018 16:28

The Theology of The Good Place

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About four paragraphs into this article, I’m going to start spoiling season one of The Good Place (which has just started its third season, on Netflix in the UK and NBC in the states). But here’s the long and short of it: start watching The Good Place. It’s one of the smartest,...

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Written by Nathanael Smith
Monday, 15 October 2018 15:53

ERLC FAMILY CONFERENCE REDEFINES FAMILY AS LGBT INCLUSIVE CHURCH Featured

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ERLC & RUSSELL MOORE ADVOCATE REDEFINING FAMILY &  PROMOTE GAY PRIEST WHO WANTS TO BABYSIT YOUR CHILDREN

Rev Thomas Littleton

10/14/2018

ERLC just completed its 2018 “Cross Shaped Family Conference” in Dallas, which was the second of an annual event. This year’s...

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Written by watch-pray
Monday, 15 October 2018 15:27

Three Myths about the Enlightenment

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There are certain intellectual tropes—so lazy, so predictable, and so overblown—that they serve the useful purpose of indicating that the author likely doesn’t really know what he’s talking about. I’m thinking of those who wax eloquent about Greek ways of thinking...

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Written by Kevin DeYoung
Monday, 15 October 2018 15:15

When an Average Joe Turns 40

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Even though my name is not Joe, I am a pretty average guy.

I grew up in the capital of Kansas. My dad worked for the railroad for 42 years and my mom is going on her 43rd year of teaching kindergarten. My two older brothers pastor churches in Kansas and Kentucky. I went to a small Bible college. I...

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Written by Steve Doss
Monday, 15 October 2018 15:10

In Spirit and in Truth

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In the Christian life, balance can be difficult to achieve. Whether it’s reconciling God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility, conceptualizing the divine and human natures of Christ, or trusting God without slipping into personal complacency, the one who finds balance finds a...

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Written by Jason K. Allen
Monday, 15 October 2018 15:05

October 16: Rev. William Buell Sprague

imageToday’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

William 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 Wayne Sparkman
Monday, 15 October 2018 15:00

Review – The Making of a Battle Royal: The Rise of Liberalism in Northern Baptist Life

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by Jeffrey Paul Straub
Wipf and Stock 2018
Hardcover 416

This work by Jeff Straub, originally written as his doctoral dissertation, has finally been published as part of the “Monographs in Baptist History” series under the...

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Written by Brandon Crawford
Monday, 15 October 2018 15:00

Episode 60: On Cultivating a Culture of Evangelism

Written by Daniel Gardner
Monday, 15 October 2018 14:44

8 Rules of Social Media Wisdom

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My friend and Baylor colleague Alan Jacobs explains how social media pressures us to comment on any and every issue, at maximum volume.

Going off half-cocked is now widely perceived as a virtue, and the disinclination to do so as a vice. Moreover, that poorly informed and probably...

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Written by Thomas Kidd
Monday, 15 October 2018 14:14

‘Eat the meat and spit out the bones’: A proper response to NAR teaching?

In a previous article responding to NARpostle Michael Brown’s claim that the NAR doesn’t exist, Holly Pivec stated: “It’s important that when people recognize what the NAR is – that it’s the belief in the present-day church offices of apostle and prophet,...

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Written by churchwatcher
Monday, 15 October 2018 14:10

Expressive Individualism: What Is It?

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Earlier this year, I identified four of the big challenges facing the church in the West today. We’ve looked extensively at the problem of societal fragmentation and political polarization. Now we turn our attention to the reality of a culture awash in what is often called “expressive...

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Written by Trevin Wax
Monday, 15 October 2018 14:00

John Calvin and the Doctrine of Irresistible Grace

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In 1610, the followers of the Dutch pastor and professor Jacob Arminius drafted a protest called “the Remonstrance.” The document contained five negative statements that rejected specific Calvinistic doctrines, followed by five articles stating Arminian doctrines. Among the Calvinistic...

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Written by Keith A. Mathison
Monday, 15 October 2018 13:50

Is Comfort Possible While Suffering?

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Sickness, betrayal, persistent sin—the trials of this life can loom large, threatening to overwhelm us with distraction or despair.

As fallen men and women, we like things to happen fast; we want our problems to have immediate, clear solutions. God’s timing, however, doesn’t always...

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Written by TFL
Monday, 15 October 2018 13:08

Calvinism and meatatarians

According to Arminian theologian Randal Rauser, there's a sinister link between Calvinism and meatatarians:
That'd be interesting. Dominance & control are important motifs. Machismo also encourages a detached attitude toward the suffering of other creatures (e.g. the stoic hunter; the...

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Written by steve
Monday, 15 October 2018 12:42

Counting the animals

18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” 19 Now out of the ground the Lord God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And...

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Written by steve
Monday, 15 October 2018 12:02

Terminology Tuesday: Eschatological verificationism

image View that the truth or falsity of religious statements is capable of empirical verification-but only after death. John Hick developed this view as a response to the logical positivist charge that religious propositions are cognitively meaningless because they are not empirically verifiable. See...

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Written by Richard Porter
Monday, 15 October 2018 11:02

Progressives and the Church Featured

1. Seth continues his review of 2 Thessalonians 3, examining Holy separation. 2. Seth responds to a listener submission about gambling. 3. Seth discusses progressiveness.

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Written by Seth - Host of the Christian Commute
Monday, 15 October 2018 11:00

Dialing Way Back

“Because there is absolutely no way to get in with the cool kids so long as you remain in any way in clear opposition to the sexual revolution, they have begun the process of dialing everything way back” (Same Sex Mirage, p. 128).

The post Dialing Way Back appeared first on Blog &...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Monday, 15 October 2018 10:44

Tim Keller: Marxist Change Agent Featured

Tim Keller: The Root Cause of Our Cultural Tension

In seven previous posts I have laid out clear and concise evidence of the progressive liberalism and Marxist ideology that drives Tim Keller’s false theology; all in his own words. It has been proven beyond any reasonable objection that he has...

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Written by Toni Brown
Monday, 15 October 2018 10:38

The Ongoing War on Christian Education Featured

This is my third article on this topic in as many days. Why? Simple: the more I write on this, the more I encounter radicals who are hellbent on destroying Christian schools. But there is another reason sadly: so many Christians for one reason or another are utterly clueless, uninformed, ignorant...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Monday, 15 October 2018 10:07

Why doesn’t Elizabeth Warren just “self identify” as 100% Native American? Featured

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So Elizabeth Warren being potentially 1/1,024th “Native American” is enough to validate her claims to being of Native American descent.

…and Bruce Jenner’s 100% genetic male-ness cannot be used in any way, shape, or form to disprove his inherently ridiculous claim to being a...

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Written by FireBreathingChristian
Monday, 15 October 2018 10:00

Snatch Them From the Flames, Part 1

– Episode 2365 –

Snatch Them From the Flames, Part 1

Segment 1 (00:00) Gold Glitter and Theological Jitters

Segment 2 (00:00) The Root of the Problem

Segment 3 (18:51) Once A Sheep, Always A Sheep

Wretched Surprise! (27:26) 2 Timothy 2:15

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Written by samueljroys
Monday, 15 October 2018 09:59

Catching Up with the Protestants: Catholics Publish New Bible Featured

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The Daily Caller

Bible scholars have developed a new edition of the Bible designed to help everyday Catholics overcome the notion that scripture study is particular to Protestants.

Bible scholar Mary Healy, general editor for “The Great Adventure Catholic Bible” published by Ascension...

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Written by Pulpit & Pen
Monday, 15 October 2018 09:20

Cessationism Is Heretical Great Apostasy Says Prophet Charlie Shamp

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SUMMARYCharlie Shamp says cessationism is the greatest heresy facing the church in the 21st century, and that it’s part of the great end time apostasy. Scripture says to keep an eye on miracle workers and prophets during the great falling away. I don’t think cessationists will be doing...

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Written by heterodoxresearchinitiative
Monday, 15 October 2018 08:11

Review: A Tale of Two Sons by John F. MacArthur Jr.

I’m posting this review after my discussion with Lee Duigon in his post ‘Behold the Power’ (2016) in which we were talking about John MacArthur’s insight into the Parables in the Gospels.  As a result of that discussion, I was looking for my review of...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Monday, 15 October 2018 07:57

Why does the persecution come upon believers? Featured

by Mike Ratliff

26 “When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me, 27 and you will testify also, because you have been with Me from the beginning. John 15:26-27 (NASB) 

We live in a...

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Written by Mike Ratliff