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, 12 December 2018 23:37

Watch: Mom Sings Creepy Lullaby at Clinic “Blessing” Claiming Baby Wrote Song Before She Aborted Her Featured

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[Life News] A pro-life group has released an unbelievable video of a mother singing a creepy lullaby that her baby “gave” her before she killed her baby in an abortion. The woman sang the song recently at a “blessing” of a local abortion clinic in Ohio by...

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Written by Cherie Vandermillen
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 23:27

Advice for undertrained missionaries like John Chau

From a Chinese missiologist:https://www.patheos.com/blogs/jacksonwu/2018/12/11/missionaries-undertrained-john-chau/I'd point out that historically, many missionaries were poorly prepared. It was on the job training. They learned about the unevangelized by living and working with the unevangelized....

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Written by steve
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 23:12

Can a Calvinist honestly say “God loves you” to everyone and anyone?

I'll comment on a recent post by Arminian theologian Roger Olson:
Recently a leading American Calvinist pastor-theologian has asked and answered this all-important question on his blog: Can a...

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Written by steve
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 23:05

Joy in Christ During a Busy Season

Everything about this season is meant to bring us joy. This joy is supposed to be evident in all we experience from Christmas decorations, the hustle and bustle in the malls, gift giving, celebrating with family and friends, TV and movie specials, and getting your kids picture taken with Santa (or...

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Written by Kyle Bjerga
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 23:00

J. Warner Wallace: different answers to the question “why are you a Christian?”

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I sometimes think about the horrible experiences I had encountering “normal” Christians in American churches after having become a Christian on my own through reading the New Testament, reading apologetics, and watching...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 22:57

How to Help Sufferers When You Don’t Know What to Say

My heart ached as I read her message. Her precious, unborn baby had passed away in miscarriage. She was devastated. She was in despair. Her empty arms longed to hold her baby she would never meet.

I wanted to say something. I wanted to reply with words of grace and comfort, I wanted to take away her...

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Written by Lara Dentremont
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 22:42

Evangelical college associations capitulate in return for exemptions

The boards of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and the National Association of Evangelicals have endorsedfederal laws explicitly enshrining sexual orientation and gender identity as specially protected classes, as long as such laws contain exemptions that they think will exempt...

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Written by
What's Wrong with the World
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 22:30

Top 5 Seminary Hill Press Books of 2018

Seminary Hill Press is the publishing arm of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, publishing books, pamphlets, tracts, and other Christian resources by the institution’s faculty and alumni. In 2018, the press produced multiple titles that would make great Christmas gifts for theologians...

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Written by Theological Matters Editors
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 22:17

Angry, Racist Westminster Theological Seminary Graduate Demands Reparations From White People

Ekemini Uwan recently took to Twitter to lament her frustration with white people in the Southern Baptist Convention who, according to her, owe her and other black people a “free education” among various other reparative acts. Uwan, according to her online biography, is a public...

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Written by JeffMaples
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 22:06

The Rule Of Love – Jonathan Leeman (2018)

Submission and authority are hot topics these days. Tragically, however, most people are not flocking to read about it, let alone embrace this important reality. Jonathan Leeman explores this subject in his book, The Rule of Love. The subtitle nicely captures the essence of the book: How the Local...

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Written by David Steele
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 22:00

A Day of Judgment.

The Bible makes it clear that there will be a Day of Judgment. The Scriptures warn, “Though they join forces, the wicked will not go unpunished” (Prov. 11:21). However, will the standard of judgment be the Ten Commandments, or something else? Some believe it be the words of Jesus that...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 21:46

Synchronizing the Standards

After a couple years, I have finally completed a personal harmony of the Westminster Standards: the Westminster Confession of Faith (WCF), and the Larger (WLC) and Shorter Catechisms (WSC). Why did I spend hours and hours doing such a thing? Well, I needed it. It’s a teaching tool that I...

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Written by Nate
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 21:45

From the Archives: Christmas from a Shepherd's Perspective

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A little more than 2,000 years ago, “When the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law” (Gal. 4:4, NKJV). It was exactly the right time, as predicted by Daniel (cf. 9:25) and...

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Written by John C. Whitcomb
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 21:44

A Holiday Season Enigma

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Yes, I was once one of those people who scoffed at the Gospel.

Authors: Tom...

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Written by Tom
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 21:36

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

The world around us is broken and filled with sin. We are surrounded by human depravity at every level (from childhood relationships to political leaders). Yet, we long for the day when God will make all things new and our broken world will be renewed, changed, and filled with the glory and...

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Written by Josh Buice
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 21:25

For Instruction, Doctrine, and Morals: Interpretation, Truth and Holiness

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David Smith
Dec 13, 2018
To interpret is to identify the meaning or significance that the thing has which we interpret. Humans interpret. We do not choose to interpret; interpretation is unavoidable. But we do choose how we...

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Written by David Smith
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 21:04

New PROFILE on Relativism - Are there any absolutes?

Good morning , Here is a link to download your copy of our latest Profile on RELATIVISM. Imagine a world in which right and wrong are reduced to personal preferences, true and false are mere social constructs, and where the only absolute is that there are no absolutes. Welcome to Postmodernism,...

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Written by profilesubs
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 20:48

Boards to Endorse Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity as “Basic Human Rights” in Exchange for Religious Freedom Featured

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[World Magazine] Two major evangelical organizations have formally endorsed principles that would add sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) to federal nondiscrimination law. 

The boards of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and the National Association of...

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Written by Cherie Vandermillen
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 20:00

The (Anti-Christian) Moral Absolutes of Our Culture

December 13, 2018 by: Kevin DeYoung

Morally Obligated

I remember twenty years ago when I was a college student and was teaching a Sunday school class at my church. One of the lessons that I had prepared was on moral relativism. I had read these books and was telling people about the great...

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Written by Kevin DeYoung
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 19:59

The Light of the World

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Back in November we paused to remember the end of World War One. On the eve of that conflict UK foreign secretary Sir Edward Grey remarked, ‘The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime’. With that sentiment in mind, the dry moat of the...

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Written by Guy Davies
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 19:22

Do you have prayer ADHD? Featured

By Elizabeth PrataI saw a meme on Facebook that made me laugh. I can't find it again, but it went something like, 'I have prayer ADHD, I start, drift into thinking other things, then come back saying 'Where was I, Lord?'I think we have all had the same experience. Our fleshly minds want to think of...

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Written by The End Time
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 19:15

What three Biblical books best encapsulates the message of the Bible?

imageIn another internet forum someone asked the hypothetical question of “What three Biblical books best encapsulates the message of the Bible?”

Now of course we can’t make the all the books in the Bible forced into three books; there’s a sense we can do injustice to the richness...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 19:02

Reader Feedback: Should We Make a Priority of Diversity in Church Leadership?

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About a week ago I wrote an article titled “Should We Make a Priority of Diversity in Church Leadership?.” In it I asked for feedback from readers before I set out to write the second part of the series. I received some interesting and thoughtful letters to the editor and wanted to...

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Written by Tim Challies
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 19:00

Throwback Thursday ~ The Mailbag: Do Nativity Scenes Break the Second Commandment?

imageAre nativity scenes and other depictions of Jesus a violation of the second Commandment?

Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 19:00

Your Role as Christ’s Ambassador Starts in Your Neighborhood

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As Christians, we should not focus on politics. I’m not saying we should ignore politics. As citizens of a democracy, we have a duty to seek the good of our nation through informed voting, just as the Jewish exiles were asked to seek the welfare of Babylon (Jer. 29:7). Neither am I saying...

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Written by Amy K. Hall
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 18:59

A La Carte (December 13)

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Kindle owners may want to check out today’s small (and yesterday’s big) list of Kindle deals.

(Yesterday on the blog: A Book of Comfort for Those in Sickness)

Shame Storm

Here’s a good and important article on public shaming. “No one has yet figured out what rules...

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Written by Tim Challies
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 18:52

Chipping Away at Christian Freedoms

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We see and hear the stories every day of Christians in China, Iran, Pakistan and Africa being harassed, imprisoned and sometimes murdered for their faith in Jesus Christ. We see the stories here in America of Christians being bullied and intimidated into silence. Yet, we cannot seem to connect the...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 18:49

Thirty Days of Jesus Redux: Day 17, Jesus' Preeminence Featured

By Elizabeth Prata
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Further Reading
Grace To You sermon: The preeminence of Christ
Desiring God: The preeminence of Jesus for Life
Institute for Creation Research devotional: Preeminence of Christ11 verses on the preeminence of Christ
 
Background and Introduction, Thirty Days...

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Written by The End Time
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 18:20

When Our Ache and Impatience Collide

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     But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son,

born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying,...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 18:00

The Problem of Belief

You remember the story (John 11). Jesus and His disciples were informed of Lazarus's illness. Jesus didn't go. When He heard Lazarus was ill, "He stayed two days longer" (John 11:6). And Lazarus died. So they went to see him. Well, there is the whole sad exchange with Martha. "If You had been here,...

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Written by Winging It
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 18:00

Shining as Lights by Not Grumbling

Here’s an excerpt from Shining as Lights by Not Grumbling, Tim Challies’ contribution to the December issue of Tabletalk:

There are at least two kinds of grumbling that are popular in our culture today and that are a temptation to contemporary Christians. The first is what I refer to as...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 17:09

Answering Questions About Theism and Christianity (Podcast)

In this interview with Bill Arnold from Afternoons with Bill Arnold, J. Warner answers a number of questions about Christianity and the evidence for God’s existence. This Q&A provides several examples of how to answer unscripted questions about the Christian worldview.

You can also...

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Written by jwallace
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 17:00

Walking With Lucy

December 13, 2018
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them” ( Genesis:1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. See All... ). What...Read...

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Written by TBC Staff - EN
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 17:00

Nuggets from Occult Invasion—A Conflict Between God and Satan

December 13, 2018
The Bible presents in great detail the One whom it claims is the true God, the Creator of the universe. It presents Satan as well, the adversary of both God and man. Satan appears as a serpent who entices Eve with...

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Written by TBC Staff - CR
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 16:03

Why You Should Love the God of the Old Testament

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In the very earliest days of the New Testament and hardly before the ink was dry, the church already faced a pernicious error. Marcion of Sinope felt that the Old Testament presented an angry, condemning God, not at all like the gracious God of the New Testament. Accordingly, he proposed that there...

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Written by Joel Arnold
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 16:00

Cain and Abel

“Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.” (1 John 3:12) These two brothers stan... More...

Authors: Days of Praise from ICR...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 15:30

A Very Muslim Christmas

The Christmas season is upon us in full swing, as it seems to be every year at this time. 😊 And, following recent trends, the public is being offered all sorts of novel ideas, in an attempt to dismiss as mere myth, the historical Jesus and message of the Christian faith. Progressives in the...

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Written by Don and Joy Veinot
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 15:00

New Review of THGNT

imageIn the latest Puritan Reformed Journal, Jeffrey Riddle has a review of the THGNT which he has uploaded to Academia. I believe Jeff is a proponent of either the Majority Text or the Received Text (not sure which exactly) and that pokes through at various points, notably in this latest sentence:...

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Written by Peter Gurry
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 15:00

What You’ve Been Reading on Think

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In those days Google Analytics issued a report of all that had been read on Think in the entire year. (This was the eighth such report that took place while Pollock, Wilson and Hosier were governors of Think.) And everyone was intrigued by what had been going on.

And lo, a great company has been...

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Written by Matthew Hosier
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 14:22

Christian on Trial in Canada for Correctly Identifying Tranny’s Real Gender Featured

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[Lifesite News] VANCOUVER, British Columbia, December 12, 2018  ― A Christian activist is currently on trial before a so-called “Human Rights Tribunal” for having revealed that a “transgender” political candidate was born a biological male.

Bill...

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Written by News Division
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 14:15

The 2018 FTC Book Awards

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We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2nd annual FTC Book Awards. A selection of judges from our council, editorial staff, and seminary contributors each recommended a 2018 title that impacted them personally and/or represents a significant contribution to the Church and her...

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Written by Staff
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 14:15

Christmas Teaches Us That Virtual Reality Church is No Gift

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In a recent Christianity Today article entitled “The Embodied Church in a Digital Age,” Kara Bettis shares the story of how one church performed a virtual reality (VR) baptism. According to Bettis, the baptism had no water and required no physical, interpersonal contact. On the...

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Written by David Prince
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 14:10

The Error of Prosperity Theology

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The error of prosperity theology comes down to one question: Does the Christian receive all the benefits of the cross now, or are some benefits of salvation kept for us until Christ returns? That's it. How you answer that question determines if you embrace prosperity theology or not.

Prosperity...

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Written by Jared Sparks
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 14:05

December 13: Rev. John Bailey Adger [1810-1899]

The following obituary was published in The Presbyterian Quarterly, April 1899 (Volume 13, Number 2), pages 354-355:

John Bailey Adger, D.D., died in Pendleton, South Carolina, on the 3d of January, 1899, in the 89th year of his age.

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Written by Wayne Sparkman
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 14:00

endorsements for “MacArthur’s Millennial Manifesto,” by Sam Waldron

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You can purchase the book here.

Here are the book’s endorsements:

 

We are all in debt to Dr. Waldron for this careful and thorough refutation of John MacArthur’s quixotic attempt to wed Calvinism with a form of dispensational premillennialism. With charity, this book exposes the...

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Written by RBAP
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 14:00

How the Teaching of God's Word Brought Clarity and Understanding

Each day on Truth For Life, we teach the Bible verse by verse so that the Word of God can do the work of God in the lives of those who listen. God's Word is the ordained method by which His Spirit opens our hearts and minds so that we can understand its meaning and grasp its truth. When the...

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Written by TFL
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 13:53

Virtue Signaling Southern Baptists Apologize for Slavery for 1,394th Time Featured

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The actual figure of 1,394 times may not exactly be accurate. It’s probably more than that. 

From rebuking “alt-right racism” to formally apologizing – on multiple occasions – for slavery via messenger resolutions to electing the first black SBC president to the...

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Written by News Division
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 13:10

Expressive Individualism Series

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This fall, I have been writing a series of columns on expressive individualism and its challenge to the church in the 21st century. Several readers have asked me to bring these reflections together in one place for easy access. Here are links to every post in the series.

1. Expressive...

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Written by Trevin Wax
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 12:51

The Dallas Statement is Dead, and John MacArthur Killed it. Featured

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I love John MacArthur. But, he has made the Dallas Statment on Social Justice and the Gospel an unprecedented failure in his otherwise spotless ministry. 

MacArthur is wrong to invite men committing grievous errors – errors that he and the other crafters of the Dallas Statement...

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Written by News Division
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 12:36

Where are all the martyrs?

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It is a sad testimony today that one who claims faithfulness to Christ is hailed by various folks from all the surrounding quarters within and without the myriad denominations. In conversation today, it is often the case that you will hear the familiar refrain: “Oh, we believe in God,”...

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Written by Theodore Zachariades