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, 09 October 2019 09:58

Spurgeon on Why Preachers Should Not Be Pansies

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Abhor the practice of some men, who will not bring out the letter “r,” such a habit is ‘vewy wuinous and wediculous, vewy wetched and wepwehensible’… it would ruin any being who aimed at...

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Wednesday, 09 October 2019 09:27

Roundup

Luke: Evangelist to the Rich – Interesting post.  I’d never analyzed it that way.

So what have we seen in Luke’s Gospel? We’ve seen that the rich face unique dangers. They can be callous toward others, haughty, proud, cheats, swindlers, wrongly confident in themselves,...

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Written by Eternity Matters
Wednesday, 09 October 2019 09:19

Review: Stories Jesus Told: The Lost Son Comes Home

I haven’t done our blog’s “wee-kids Wednesdays” for a few weeks but here’s this week’s review of Children’s books.

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Tim Ladwig. Stories Jesus Told: The Lost Son Comes Home. Grand Rapids, MI: Discovery House, August 7th 2019. 32 pp.

5 out of 5

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Written by SLIMJIM
Wednesday, 09 October 2019 08:08

The Council of Acts 15

Ian Paul has a pretty good discussion here of the Jerusalem Council event in Acts 15. I don't agree with his understanding of the origins of the prohibitions and which I think weakens other points he makes but overall it is a good summary.

Authors: BibleX...

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Wednesday, 09 October 2019 07:56

How to Find Contradictions in the Bible

If you’ve spent any time listening to the criticisms of Christianity from skeptics, you very quickly hear the assertion that there are contradictions in the Bible. Not only are you told that the Bible contradicts itself (thus, they assure you, destroying the claim that it is the word of God)...

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Written by Bryan Melugin
Wednesday, 09 October 2019 07:49

10/09/2019

•Witness Wednesday
•Dave was indoctrinated by his atheist parents
•Does Grace believe in moralism or Grace?
•Devi the Hindu hasn’t heard the Gospel from her Christian boyfriend
•Mark the Christian isn’t modeling the gospel for his girlfriend Devi.

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Written by joey
Wednesday, 09 October 2019 07:47

CSB Ancient Faith Study Bible

  CSB Ancient Faith Study Bible   It is a joy to be able to bring you reviews of various Bibles and in this review, I am looking at the CSB Ancient Faith Study Bible, the Bible that lets you learn alongside the Church Fathers. (Holman Bible Publishers sent me a crimson leather over board...

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Written by Matt Sherro
Wednesday, 09 October 2019 06:43

When a Woman Writes about Theology

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It’s been an interesting month since my book, Beyond Authority and Submission, launched. I’ve heard encouraging feedback from many readers. I’m thankful that what I’ve written has been helpful for so many. That’s an answered prayer.

As I was writing, I knew that there...

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Written by Rachel Miller
Wednesday, 09 October 2019 06:27

Is Human Nature as Corrupt as the Bible Declares?

image How sinful are human beings? Does the Bible accurately describe human nature? Sean briefly addresses these questions.

Authors: Sean McDowell...

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Written by Sean McDowell
Wednesday, 09 October 2019 06:27

Young, Restless, And Augustinian?

Scholars tell us that there are at about 60 million evangelicals in North America. It is an ongoing debate among them, however, as to how to define “evangelical.” In the 16th century it meant something like this: “One who agrees with the . . . Continue reading →

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Wednesday, 09 October 2019 06:13

Pro-Abortion Group NARAL Celebrated 50 Years Of Death By Giving Hillary Clinton A Lifetime Achievement Award For Promoting Baby Killing

The pro-abortion group NARAL celebrated its 50th anniversary Thursday by giving failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton its Lifetime Achievement Award.

Imagine a dinner held during WWII in Nazi Germany, where Adolf Hitler gave an award to the officer who had worked the most to promote the...

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Written by Geoffrey Grider
Wednesday, 09 October 2019 06:09

How Did God Speak to Moses?

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“If no one can see God’s face and live (Ex. 33:20), how did He speak to Moses ‘face to face’ (Ex. 33:11)?”

The phrase “face to face” can be taken literally (2 John 1:12), but it can also be taken in a figurative sense. For instance, God is said to have...

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Written by Pastor Ricky Kurth
Wednesday, 09 October 2019 06:02

With No Compromise Radio On The Lordship Controversy, QIRE, And The Reformation

In anticipation of the upcoming conference, So You Say You Want A Reformation? Mike Abendroth and I discuss some of the topics we will be considering this Friday and Saturday: law, gospel, and the confusion of the two, the Lordship Salvation controversy, . . . Continue reading →

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Wednesday, 09 October 2019 06:00

The Changing Views of Mormons

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If you regularly talk with members of the LDS Church (Mormons) about their beliefs, you likely have already discovered you can’t assume you know which official doctrines of their church they believe (which is why it’s always best to ask them questions about what they think before...

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Written by Amy K. Hall
Wednesday, 09 October 2019 06:00

Being A Good Servant of Jesus Christ in the Midst of Apostasy Featured

by Mike Ratliff

1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; 3 and every...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Wednesday, 09 October 2019 05:44

Acts 14:23 in 2LCF 26.9

2LCF 26.9 states that elders are chosen by “the common suffrage of the church” and ordained by elders. This language is taken directly from the Savoy Declaration’s Platform of Polity. In 2LCF The margin points you to the Greek text of Acts 14:23 to justify this (the Savoy...

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Written by Jultomte
Wednesday, 09 October 2019 05:30

Yes, Virginia, there is a real devil

Here's a personal anecdote (which I post with permission) by a long-time Tblog reader who was into the occult prior to his Christian conversion: 
Just before being saved, I was attending prayer meetings with this group of charismatic roman catholics (this isn't the weird part, believe it or...

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Written by steve
Wednesday, 09 October 2019 05:30

The Cesspool of ‘Reformed’ Facebook Groups and the Scourge of Social Media’s Doctrinal Cuckolds

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There is a growing plague of Facebook groups whose self-identification as ‘Reformed’ is as dubious as Bruce’s Jenner’s identity as a woman. The only difference is that these groups are significantly more estrogen-fueled than...

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Wednesday, 09 October 2019 05:27

There is No Black Christianity

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It is a common assumption among African American Christians that they are the “Black Church” and that they have unique needs and thereby are distinct from “White Christianity.” Is this a legitimate matter? A...

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Written by News Division
Wednesday, 09 October 2019 05:05

1 Peter 3:15 and then David and Bathsheba

Since I had travel problems yesterday I decided to sneak one more program in before I (Lord willing) fly out this afternoon. Talked a little about the textual variant at 1 Peter 3:15 and then moved on to the controversy that has arisen regarding the assertion that one must see David as a...

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Written by James White
Wednesday, 09 October 2019 03:52

Brothers, We Are Like Mothers

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The Bible provides several similes and metaphors for ministry. Many familiar with the Bible would recall examples such as a shepherd, soldier, athlete, or a farmer (1 Pet. 5:1-4; 2 Tim. 2:3-6). But I wonder how many would immediately think of a nursing mother?

Consider Paul’s words below:

But...

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Written by Erik Raymond
Wednesday, 09 October 2019 03:45

Luke: Evangelist to the Rich

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I can’t find where (or if) G. K. Chesterton really said it, but I’ve seen it attributed to Chesterton often, and it sure does sound like him:

It may be possible to have a good debate over whether or not Jesus believed in fairies. It is a tantalizing question. Alas, it is impossible to...

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Written by Kevin DeYoung
Wednesday, 09 October 2019 03:02

Ohio High School Teacher Hangs Giant Gay Pride Flag in Classroom, Declares Support For LGBTQ+

Public schools are corrupting children at an alarming rate. Recently, we reported on the high school in California that crowned

The post Ohio High School Teacher Hangs Giant Gay Pride Flag in Classroom, Declares Support For LGBTQ+ appeared first on Reformation Charlotte.

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Written by Jeff Maples
Wednesday, 09 October 2019 02:39

It's that time of year again

Every time Halloween season rolls around, there's a perennial Christian debate about letting your kids celebrate Halloween. i) The history of a custom has no particular bearing on its contemporary significance. The past significance of a custom doesn't determine its contemporary...

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Written by steve
Wednesday, 09 October 2019 02:30

Should I Only Marry a Virgin? Featured

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Is it an unreasonable standard to want to marry someone only if they are a virgin? Should their immoral past be more important than their present godliness?

Authors: Tim Conway...

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Written by Tim Conway
Wednesday, 09 October 2019 02:18

Martin Luther on Schools

“I am much afraid that the universities will prove to be the great gates of hell, unless they diligently labour in explaining the Holy Scriptures, and engraving them in the hearts of youth. I advise no one to place his child where the Scriptures do not reign paramount. Every institution in...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Wednesday, 09 October 2019 02:00

Regeneration Precedes Faith Featured

Where does faith come from? In this brief clip, R.C. Sproul gives the answer that captures the essence of Reformed theology.

This Reformation Month, watch a short video every day on the history and insights of the Protestant Reformation. And don't forget that for this month only, you can request...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Wednesday, 09 October 2019 01:58

Being Pro-Life Has Nothing to Do With Refugees and Immigrants or Underprivileged Minorities

The social justice movement is why Christians can’t have anything nice — like being pro-life, for example. Being pro-life used

The post Being Pro-Life Has Nothing to Do With Refugees and Immigrants or Underprivileged Minorities appeared first on Reformation Charlotte.

Authors: Jeff Maples...

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Written by Jeff Maples
Wednesday, 09 October 2019 01:55

The ethics of bribery

This is a follow-up to this post:
1. Bribery is morally complex. One complicating factor is that bribery involves two potential parties: the briber and the bribee. And what may be unethical for the bribee may not be unethical for the...

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Written by steve
Wednesday, 09 October 2019 01:05

Facing Fear

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How many times I quoted Psalm 56:3 to myself as a child, I do not know: “When I am afraid, I will trust in you.” Children have fears, and we all come to learn that fear keeps creeping into our hearts regardless of our age or stage in life. How can Christians effectively battle fear?

The...

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Written by James Faris
Wednesday, 09 October 2019 00:48

Why Did God Allow The Holocaust?

Rapp Report Daily 0418 Why Did God Allow The Holocaust? Many challenge Christians with the question of why did God allow the Holocaust? Now, you always have to go back to the premise when people make arguments. What you see here is the premise that somehow if God exists, he could not allow for...

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Written by Andrew Rappaport
Wednesday, 09 October 2019 00:46

Error of Calvinism?

Galatians 3:2,3 substantiate the fact that no person is regenerated or indwelt by the Spirit of God without having believed; that is, faith in the message of Christ is accompanied by the initial entrance of the Holy Spirit into that person’s life. Without faith, there is no Spirit of God. Vers...

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Written by Glenn E. Chatfield
Wednesday, 09 October 2019 00:44

I Paul Write This With My Hand…

image  In Philemon 19 it says: “I, Paul, write with my hand: I will repay…”  Paul is telling Philemon that if his runaway slave Onesimus owes him (Philemon) anything, he (Paul) will for sure repay whatever it is to help restore the relationship between the two....

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Written by Reformed Reader
Wednesday, 09 October 2019 00:30

Confronting Sin in the Life of a Fellow Believer

You are sitting across from a good friend with a cup of coffee as you catch up on each other’s lives. You have been friends for years and are sisters in Christ. You have shared much of your lives together.

As you chat, your grip suddenly becomes tighter around your cup. You start chewing on...

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Written by Lara d'Entremont
Wednesday, 09 October 2019 00:20

Father Abraham

Galatians 3:6–9, “just as Abraham “believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”?

Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham.And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify[a] the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel...

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Wednesday, 09 October 2019 00:16

A Petticoat in the Bicycle Chain

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Now some may want to say that the reason I review books by Rachel Miller or Aimee Byrd in the way I do is because I am threatened by women who write on anything other than quilting or scampi recipes. Now this would be a strong...

Consider this a small postscript on the ladybug post.

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Wednesday, 09 October 2019 00:04

Brother Lawrence our example? Really?

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I’ll begin by saying it’s grievous to have to write this…

One day last week, as I was preparing to do some work on our powder room, I set up my iPhone to play that day’s radio message from evangelical pastor, Alistair Begg (photo left), via the Truth for Life website. I used...

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Written by Tom
Wednesday, 09 October 2019 00:04

Ministry of Condemnation?

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The Westminster Standards teach that the post-fall covenants in Scripture are gracious.  Although the covenants are distinct and different in some respects, they are the same in substance.  This is why the Standards speak of one covenant of grace “under various dispensations”...

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Written by Meet the Puritans
Wednesday, 09 October 2019 00:00

Why don’t men go to church anymore? The decline of male church attendance

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I most recently spent half a year at a PCA church, and then another half a year at a Southern Baptist church. I attended Sunday services as well as Wednesday night Bible study. I am now looking for a new church. For now, I just look around for a...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Tuesday, 08 October 2019 23:50

Getting to the Heart of Biblical Discipleship Part 2

On today’s Women’s Hope show, Kimberly Cummings and Dr. Shelbi Cullen continue their four-part discipleship series titled “Getting to the Heart of Biblical Discipleship” considering the subject of biblical wisdom and where to turn for help when trials come into our lives.

What...

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Written by Kimberly Cummings and Shelbi Cullen
Tuesday, 08 October 2019 23:45

Humble John Henry Newman Featured

As a Protestant, I reject the theology of the canonization of saints. But as an admirer of certain aspects of John Henry Newman’s legacy, I am glad that his upcoming promotion may bring his work to wider attention. His canonization will no doubt be the occasion for publishing some fine books...

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Tuesday, 08 October 2019 23:22

All about the Biden/Trump Ukranian Scandals

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This is “impeachment made simple”. Really. Share this with everyone, everywhere. All your friends, all your social media. Even, especially your friends and relatives outside of the country. Blanket the world with this. The subject matter is a bit complex, but this will clarify...

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Written by John Bugay
Tuesday, 08 October 2019 23:18

An Assault upon Complementarianism Is an Assault upon the Bride of Christ Featured

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One of the great tragedies of our day has been parade of testimonies of women who have been abused by men within the corporate world, the political world, and yes, even within the Church. These women bear deep wounds as a result of sexual assault, rape, and various other forms of sexual misconduct....

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Written by Josh Buice
Tuesday, 08 October 2019 23:00

Be Careful How You Worship Featured

In this brief clip from his teaching series Discovering Deuteronomy, W. Robert Godfrey examines the connection between New Testament and Old Testament worship.

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Now we all know, don't we, that the idea that God is a consuming fire is just an Old Testament idea. This is a trick question,...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Tuesday, 08 October 2019 21:12

Take Tim Challies To School Day Featured

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Most of us have heard some version of the saying: “There are no stupid questions, only stupid answers.” While the spirit of the phrase seems virtuous enough at a passing glance, it’s important for us to understand that, in certain contexts, there are indeed stupid questions, and...

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Written by FireBreathingChristian
Tuesday, 08 October 2019 21:00

How to Pray in Times of Physical Pain

October 09, 2019 by: John Piper

This article is part of the How to Pray series.

We Look to Christ

Father in heaven, in spite of all our uncertainties and all our embattled anxieties and all our discomfort, we say, great is the Lord and greatly to be praised. You are to be feared above all...

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Written by John Piper
Tuesday, 08 October 2019 20:00

Tour the Grand Canyon from a Biblical Perspective

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We recently had a special guest speaker at one of our regular staff meetings, Jon Albert, the head of Canyon Ministries. This ministry conducts tours of the Grand Canyon that teach geology from a Christian worldview, from the foundation of the Genesis accounts of creation and the global flood. And...

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Written by Ken Ham
Tuesday, 08 October 2019 20:00

Sweet Hour of Prayer: Catch Up Week Featured

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Sweet Hour of Prayer- Catch Up Week

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Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Tuesday, 08 October 2019 20:00

Consistency

I've seen the mantra: "Love is love." At first it's a "duh" statement ... until you see the rainbow behind it. Oh, that is what you're talking about. So, let's see; "love is love." Is that what you're claiming? I love pizza and you love your dog and we both love our mothers. Is love love? "No, no,...

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Written by Winging It
Tuesday, 08 October 2019 20:00

Ep 113: Election Polls the Veneer of Science

This week pastor Douglas Wilson chats election polls, unpacks the greek work apastrepho, and recommends Sinclair Fergusson’s “The Whole Christ.” 

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Authors: Douglas Wilson...

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Written by Douglas Wilson