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 14:15

3 Reasons to Fight Self-Pity

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If I look hard enough, I can always find some reason to feel sorry for myself. I bet you can, too. Whether your gaze drifts to your bank account, your work, your health, your relationships – there is always some circumstances in our lives that can make us feel victimized.

And it feels...

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Written by Michael Kelley
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 14:10

Open-Door Discipleship

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If you were to visit my house on a Friday night around 10 o'clock, you would likely find our floors and couches full of people. Friday in our family is Family Movie Night, a night we treasure having each week. Something my wife and I love is that our kids have come to...

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Written by Kyle Rapinchuk
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 14:05

February 21: Caspar Wistar Hodge [1830-1891]

February 21, 1830 marks the birth of Caspar Wistar Hodge, youngest son of Dr. Charles Hodge, named after the eminent physician Caspar Wistar [1761-1818]. Another of Dr. Hodge’s sons, Archibald Alexander Hodge, also taught at Princeton Theological Seminary.  The Rev. Dr. Caspar...

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Written by Wayne Sparkman
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 14:05

10 Things to Know About Ministry Among the Poor

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1. Please stop thinking of ministry to the poor only in terms of mercy ministry.

Often, well meaning rich churches and/or middle-class Christians come into financially poorer communities to do good works, usually in the form of a handout or some form of debt counseling....

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Written by Mez McConnell
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 14:00

God as the Composer of the World (An Excerpt from the book God's Big Picture)

Does the melody of your life carry a tune of harmony or discord? Where can we find the order we need to play the right notes?

Vaughan Roberts explains how music serves as a metaphor for our relationship with God in his book God’s Big Picture: Tracing the Storyline of the Bible:

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God is the...

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Written by TFL
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 13:10

Theological Minutia Matters

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Who needs theological education? Doesn’t theology just lead to mind-numbing debates over insignificant matters? Only theological eggheads insist on parsing doctrines and dogmas until powerful, life-changing experiences with God get dissected and reassembled as stale and crusty formulas. Who...

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Written by Trevin Wax
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 12:29

Faith, Rationality, and the Limits of Science Featured

While I am not a scientist, I have long been a keen student of philosophy, including the philosophy of science. And like all other types of philosophy – political philosophy, moral philosophy, etc – there are various worldview commitments that one takes to this particular field of study....

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 11:37

Al Mohler Orthodox Featured

image From time to time at Pulpit & Pen, we employee a term of our own invention: website orthodox. This term is used to describe a Christian public figure whose confession of faith (as published on his...

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Written by Seth Dunn
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 11:33

Lost Found

The son of middle-class parents, Ralph became a business magnate through a wining combination of mendacious charm and ruthless cunning. His first wife divorced him because of his philandering, but he paid her off to have custody of their son Justin. Outwardly, Justin had everything, yet there was...

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Written by steve
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 11:02

Abortion Worker Tells Parent to Flush Baby Down Toilet if Born Alive, Drown the Baby in a Jar of Solution

The abortion industry is a sick and twisted system. Abortion doctors and workers are — literally — hitmen for hire.

The post Abortion Worker Tells Parent to Flush Baby Down Toilet if Born Alive, Drown the Baby in a Jar of Solution appeared first on Reformation Charlotte.

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Written by JeffMaples
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 10:10

Al Mohler Orthodox Featured

1. Seth continues a review of 2 Timothy 3 examining women weighed down with sin.2. Seth responds to a listener submission about abuse and divorce.3. Seth discusses Al Mohler’s movements over the years.

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Wednesday, 20 February 2019 09:52

Hate Hoaxes Are What Happen When Your Religion Is Identity Politics

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When Christianity was still a baby religion, it dealt with its first case of hypocrisy. The Bible records the story in Acts 5: Ananias and Sapphira, a married couple in the church at Jerusalem, sold a piece of property. They made it known that they were donating all their proceeds to the poor, but...

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Written by Kevin Schaal
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 09:50

The Guy On The Screen Is Not Your Pastor

At AGR we are passionate in our commitment to the local church. We do not want listeners and readers to substitute AGR for the local, visible church. Unless you are in our congregation we are probably not going to be able to . . . Continue reading →

Authors: R. Scott Clark...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 09:43

An elite disconnect

There's a disconnect between Catholic ecclesiastical policymakers and lay Catholic conservatives on the issue of homosexuality among the clergy. The policymakers don't think homosexuality is a problem, but for a different reason than outsiders might suppose. For instance, you might suppose they...

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Written by steve
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 09:12

Christians Don’t Live in Fear

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I’ve been having a conversation on our Facebook page with a man who objects to my post “Christians Don’t View Jesus as a Means to an End.” He insists Christians are motivated only by the “carrots and sticks” of Heaven and Hell, despite my explanation.

I think the...

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Written by Amy K. Hall
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 09:00

At UGA with Ivan, the Evolutionist

Episode 2445

At UGA with Ivan, the Evolutionist

Segment 1 (00:00) Easy Questions

Segment 2 (08:04) Tough Answers

Segment 3 (14:55) Objective Truth

Wretched Surprise! (26:08) Grace Gem: C.H. Spurgeon

The post At UGA with Ivan, the Evolutionist appeared first on Wretched.

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Wednesday, 20 February 2019 08:50

Naturalized miracles

I was asked me how to respond to the counter that purported events like the Resurrection might happen, yet not be miraculous, but be due to some as of yet undiscovered natural cause or process.One problem with that explanation is that there are so many different kinds of well-documented miracles....

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Written by steve
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 08:50

“One Day We’ll be Ashamed of Trump’s Refugee Policy” says Russell Moore of the George Soros Funded Evangelical Immigration Table Featured

image [Reformation Charlotte] The Evangelical Immigration Table is a branch of the National Immigration Forum which is heavily funded by George Soros. Russell Moore, head of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission is on the...

Authors: Cherie Vandermillen...

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Written by Cherie Vandermillen
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 08:27

Rules of the closet

Rules of the Closet
  • For a long time the priesthood was the ideal escape-route for young homosexuals. Homosexuality is one of the keys to their vocation. (8)
  • Homosexuality spreads the closer one gets to the holy of holies; there are more and more homosexuals as one rises through the Catholic...

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Written by steve
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 08:16

Russell Moore: SBC Churches Need to Disciple the Transgender Featured

image [Reformation Charlotte] One of the new sexually perverted infiltrations in the Church now is the softening stance on gender identity. The influence is coming in through homosexual activists like Sam Allberry, who recently held...

Authors: Cherie Vandermillen...

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Written by Cherie Vandermillen
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 07:59

More Wolves and False Teachings

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It seems like the devil never ceases to find things to tempt people into believing rather than the simple Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Educate yourself by studying Scripture and being aware of what is going on within the “church” at large so as to be able to discern what to...

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Written by Glenn E. Chatfield
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 07:56

Be Forewarned UnWoke Churches: SBC Approves “Disfellowship” Language Featured

image [Reformation Charlotte] Southern Baptists are leading the way in the cultural Marxist “woke” movement. The movement is a mass structured attack on white people using Marxist ideology right out of the Frankfurt School’s playbook....

Authors: Cherie Vandermillen...

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Written by Cherie Vandermillen
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 07:26

Catholic Diocese Threatens to Sue Over Photo Release of Gay Priests Snuggling, Kissing Featured

image A Romanist discernment site publicized photographs of two Catholic priests engaged in amorous embrace, nuzzling and kissing. In response to releasing the photographs of the (clearly gay) priests, the overseeing bishop threatened to sue...

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Written by News Division
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 07:25

Hijacking reality

"Transgenderism is an experiment to test how far reality can be hijacked. If you can make people agree that men are women, you can make them agree to anything." https://t.co/el8FpACQQW

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Written by steve
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 07:20

Blurring the Lines of Unity and Discernment

It is easy to call for unity when you toss the bible out...

Authors: 828 Ministries...

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Written by 828 Ministries
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 07:17

A sobering time for Baptists, but a chance to get it right

Every once in a while, moments arrive that have a different feeling. Often it’s difficult to go back and see when things could go in one direction or the other for an individual and organization. Other times, it’s easy to see.

The message presented by Southern Baptist Convention...

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Written by Scott Barkley
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 07:16

The Left and Identity Politics Featured

The issue of identity politics is a relatively recent one. It did not exist as it now does just a few short decades ago. But today we see it occurring throughout the West. It certainly is evident in a pronounced way in America, but Australia is seeing it being played out as well.

While the term...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 07:09

Heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ Featured

by Mike Ratliff

12 So then, brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh— 13 for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For all who are being led by...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 07:05

Review: Geronimo Stilton’s The Discovery of America

In continuing with our blog’s “wee-kids Wednesdays” this week’s review of a children’s book isn’t a Christian work but still something homeschool kids and parents would appreciate!

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Geronimo Stilton.  The Discovery of America.New York, NY: Papercutz, August...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 07:01

Lesbian Claims Baptist Upbringing Caused Her Anxiety Disorder Featured

image According to one lesbian, being raised a Baptist and having been taught the virtue of chastity was traumatic and causes her to have debilitating anxiety. Writing for the Huffington Post, Hannah Brashers recalled her...

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Written by News Division
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 07:00

12 things churches can do to protect minors

For a podcast produced by the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board on this topic, click here.

  1. Institute the Two-Adult Rule: There must always be at least two adults in the room, in the car, in the van, or anywhere that minors are gathered. These two can NOT be husband and wife.
  2. Institute the...

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Written by christianindex
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 06:53

Does All Meaning in the Universe Center Around Human Beings?

image Recently a good friend of mine, who is an atheist, who seems convinced of total depravity, sent me a Joe Rogan Experience podcast episode (Parental Guidance recommended) where his guest, a world-renowned physicist makes some astonishing claims. Professor Brian Cox is an English physicist and...

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Written by john_hendryx
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 06:34

02/20/2019

•Witness Wednesday at GA Tech
•Why won’t anyone tell Todd what he should believe?
•Travis is pretty convinced of his atheism, sort of.
•A tip to architecture students.
•What do the Vietnamese believe?

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Written by joey
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 06:19

"A Prophet Like Me" -- Deuteronomy 18:9-22

An Introduction to the Minor Prophets (Part One)

When I announce that we are about to begin a series on the “Minor Prophets,” what is your first thought?  Ugh . . .  They have something to do with the Old Testament?  Right?  Short biblical books with weird...

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Written by Kim Riddlebarger
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 06:00

Announcing Our 2019 Southern Ontario Conference

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Christianity is not simply one truth among many. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, and no one can know the Father except through Him (John 14:6). But in this skeptical and relativistic age, Christians may find it difficult to stand for what is true. After all, telling the truth often means...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 05:46

Fasting: What it is and what it isn't Featured

By Elizabeth PrataSpiritual disciplines. We all know that they are. Reading the Bible. Praying. Giving. Attending church. Doing good works.Fasting.Fasting isn't talked about much and when it is, it's sort of either glossed over or it's folded in as part of the latest diet-fad-plan.What IS the...

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Written by The End Time
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 05:24

Marxist Pope Francis Restores Priest Removed by John Paul II for Being a Communist Revolutionary Featured

image John Paul II, who helped battle communism around the world, placed a sanction on a Nicaraguan priest for being a Communist and for adhering to Liberation Theology. Now, Pope Francis – who many regard...

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Written by News Division
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 04:49

Confirmed: A Secret Vatican Rulebook for Priests Who Get Women Pregnant Does Exist Featured

image The Roman Catholic church has required its priests to be celibate since Pope Gregory VII issued his decree in the 11th Century, then reaffirmed the prohibition against marriage at the Second Lateran Council in...

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Wednesday, 20 February 2019 04:17

Joseph’s Life and Lessons, Part 5

Last time we discussed aspects of Joseph’s life, it took us through Genesis 41:45. We learned that Joseph was raised up out of prison and became the second in command under Pharaoh. I’m sure Joseph never saw this coming when he was first sold into slavery by jealous brothers at the...

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Written by modres
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 04:13

A Reason for These Astonishing Contradictions (Pascal)

image I always enjoy reading Blaise Pascal.  Here are two paragraphs from a section of his writings called, “Morality and Doctrine”:

The greatness and the wretchedness of man are so evident that the true religion must necessarily teach us both that there is in man some great source...

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Written by Reformed Reader
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 03:48

Baptizing the Thief on the Cross

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“Well, we all know that the thief on the cross wasn’t baptized!”

If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a...

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Written by Bob Hiller
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 02:47

Woman on YouTube Says God Told Her ‘There Are Fake Christians on YouTube to Deceive the Elect’

Sometimes, stories just write themselves. The complete and total lack of self-awareness that comes across with the modern-day false prophets

The post Woman on YouTube Says God Told Her ‘There Are Fake Christians on YouTube to Deceive the Elect’ appeared first on Reformation Charlotte.

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Written by JeffMaples
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 02:44

HBC Naples Interim Pastor States Cardinal Rule of Elders: “Never Share Dissention or Disagreement to the Church or Publicly” Featured

image [Julie Roys | julieroys.com] Given that Harvest Bible Chapel is allowing its Naples campus to return to being an autonomous church, many have wondered why John Secrest, the founding pastor of that church who was fired by...

Authors: Cherie Vandermillen...

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Written by Cherie Vandermillen
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 02:31

“Institutional Bait and Switch”: Judge Rules Lawsuit Against Obama’s Plan to Build Library on Park Land to Continue Featured

image [Anna Giaritelli | Washington Examiner] A federal judge on Tuesday dealt a blow to President Barack Obama’s presidential center in Chicago by allowing a lawsuit against the project to continue. Protect Our Parks, Inc., along...

Authors: Cherie Vandermillen...

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Written by Cherie Vandermillen
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 02:16

An Unexpected (and Largely Unnoticed) Testimony to the Sanctity of Life Featured

The pro-abortion movement basis its arguments on it’s fundamental claim of  “a woman’s right to choose.” Laws, according to this ideology, should guarantee the woman’s freedom of choice and autonomy over her own body. If a woman decides for any reason, at any...

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Written by Albert Mohler
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 02:15

Former Harvest Bible Chapel Worship Leader Says James MacDonald Touched Her Inappropriately

CP — James MacDonald, who was recently fired as senior pastor at Harvest Bible Chapel, is now facing an allegation

The post Former Harvest Bible Chapel Worship Leader Says James MacDonald Touched Her Inappropriately appeared first on Reformation Charlotte.

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Written by Reformation Charlotte
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 02:04

Will the first 250m Lawsuit Start Breaking the Back of the Corrupt Media? We Can Only Hope So Featured

image [Madison Summers | ijr] The Covington Catholic High School student who recently made waves in headlines over an alleged incident in a viral video is now filing a defamation lawsuit against The Washington Post, among...

Authors: Cherie Vandermillen...

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Written by Cherie Vandermillen
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 02:00

Transcriptions

Things have been fairly quiet around here lately, unfortunately. However, I have been producing regular videos/podcasts over on my other blog. One of the things that I have been hoping to do is to produce transcriptions of all of my videos, so that people without the time to watch a video or listen...

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Written by Alastair Roberts
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 01:56

Southern Baptist head calls for reforms, potential removal of multiple Houston churches – HoustonChronicle.com

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.— The president of the Southern Baptist Convention on Monday evening called for a “season of lament, sorrow, and repentance” over a sexual abuse crisis, and provided a list of 10 churches, including Second Baptist Church in Houston, that he said should be...

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Written by Kevin Schaal
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 01:52

Dialogue with a Buddhist philosopher

How should a Christian apologist argue with a Buddhist philosopher? Folk Buddhists retain many common sense beliefs, so they are easier to witness to, but Buddhist epistemology and metaphysics are quite radical, presenting less traction. 
In some cases, an individual can put themselves out of...

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Written by steve