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 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
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 11:13

The Terrorism of Trans Tyranny Featured

Hot on the heels of the homosexual assault on everything is the non-stop trans war on everything. The trans militants have declared war on children, on family, on society, on sexuality, on biology, and on reality. Have I left anything out? Just as countless individuals have suffered from the...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 10:15

Curved grading

I have a beef about traditional grading. Let's use seminary as an example. Take comprehensive exams. Professors don't expect students to get 100%. Few students get a perfect score. 
Yet that means they don't expect students to remember everything they were taught. But what's the objective of...

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Written by steve
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 09:29

Predestination and prayer

A stock objection to Calvinism is that predestination makes prayer pointless. Ironically, there's a parallel objection based on the providential inutility of foreknowledge. So classical freewill theists are on the hook for an analogous objection.
But back to Calvinism. Let's take a comparison: a...

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Written by steve
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 09:15

'Tis the Season for Topigetical Sermons

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The Christmas season is upon us, which gives us Reformed Christians another reason to fight. Woohoo! Or less cynically, it’s time for the annual intramural debates which have other Christians scratching their heads about all the fuss. They mumble a nervous “Merry Christmas” and...

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Written by Rut Etheridge III
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 09:00

Two Universalist Skeptics and One Curious Christian

Episode 2405

Two Universalist Skeptics and One Curious Christian

Segment 1 (00:00) What Of Those Who Haven’t Heard?

Segment 2 (10:08) That’s Not Fair?

Segment 3 (20:27) A Nod to the Truth

Wretched Surprise! (26:01) The Impact of Preborn

The post Two Universalist Skeptics and One Curious...

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Written by samueljroys
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 08:11

Clergy Protesting US Immigration Policies Arrested at US-Mexico Border Featured

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After a tense standoff with officials at the U.S.-Mexico border on Monday (Dec. 10), at least 30 American clergy were taken into custody over the objections of demonstrators, who had come to protest the treatment of Central American asylum-seekers and to decry the extension of a border wall and the...

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Written by Cherie Vandermillen
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 07:33

Hand-to-Hand Combat: P38 vs. GA 2401 (Round 1)

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            “The older the manuscript, the better the text” . . . right?  It seems perfectly reasonable to expect the text in manuscripts closer to the original documents to be more accurate than the text in medieval manuscripts.  But at the...

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Written by James Snapp
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 07:06

The Phenomena of Scripture

This piece is based on transcripts of a lecture I gave on the subject.

This lecture on the so-called phenomena of Scripture is necessary because in the modern and postmodern eras it has become more and more common not only to refer to the inspiration of Scripture, which is clearly a biblical...

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Written by Paul Henebury
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 07:04

The gifts of grace Featured

by Mike Ratliff

3 For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith. 4 For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 06:54

Church of England: Ceremonies to Affirm Transgenders “Rooted in Scripture” Featured

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Transgender members of the 85-million-strong Anglican faith community will now have the support of the Church of England, after it released guidelines on Tuesday for ceremonies to welcome them.

The Church of England, where the Anglican tradition originated, has in recent years moved towards greater...

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Written by Cherie Vandermillen
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 06:38

The Master’s Seminary Journal 29:2

The Master’s Seminary Journal 29:2 is available here. It contains the following articles. 
Premillennialism and the Old TestamentMichael Grisanti Romans 4:11 and the Case for Infant BaptismMatt Waymeyer Premillennialism and the Kingdom: A Rationale for a Future Earthly KingdomMichael...

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Written by BibleX
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 06:38

Review: Thankfulness: Even When It Hurts

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Susan Lutz. Thankfulness: Even When It Hurts.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, April 1st 2002. 22 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

This biblical counseling booklet addresses the issue of being thankful.  Specifically it...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 06:27

Craig and Médine’s love story (video)

Craig and Médine’s story is told in the book, Impossible Love. They shared part of their story in Asbury Seminary’s chapel service two weeks ago. Both audio and video versions are available here:

Authors: Craig Keener...

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Written by Craig Keener
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 06:09

12/12/2018

•Witness Wednesday at Georgia Tech
•Looks like Todd hit the jackpot: a deacon and deaconess conference!
•Do Coptic Christians understand justification?
•Muslims believe in a merciful god, sort of.
•Human Trafficking is an ugly reality.
•What is the place of storytelling in evangelism?

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Written by joey
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 06:01

9-Year-Old Black Girl Bullied Over White Friend Commits Suicide

[One News Now] A nine-year-old African American girl in Alabama hanged herself after being subjected to racist bullying for a year at her elementary school by black schoolmates for befriending a white boy and his family. Not being able to cope with the racist taunts, including calls her to...

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Written by Reformation Charlotte
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 05:44

Preaching the Law and the Gospel (Witsius)

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Chapter 17 of Herman Witsius’ “On the Controversies” is all about the manner and order of preaching the law and the gospel.  It’s a helpful chapter!  At the beginning Witsius notes the specific or “stricter” definitions of the law and...

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Written by Reformed Reader
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 04:49

Is My Loved One in Hell?

So many of us have family and friends who are suffering in some way. Perhaps a chronic illness such as cancer, or some other ailment has taken over the lives of people who were once vibrant, happy and well. Some may very well be suffering when we don’t know about it–struggling with...

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Written by JeffMaples
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 04:46

God's Christmas Name

Have you ever been in some much trouble with your parents that they called you by your full name? How many of you have been in so much...

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Written by Kyle Jones
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 04:16

Precious Remedies Against Satans Devices: Introductory Epistle (a model for pastoral ministry)

Thomas Brooks’ work Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices begins with a pastoral letter to his reader(s). He first lays out the pastoral office:

Beloved in our dearest Lord, Christ, the Scripture, your own hearts, and Satan’s devices, are the four prime things that should be...

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Written by memoirandremains
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 03:32

25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

I want to tell you about a special giving opportunity through CSNTM that will make a substantial difference in our mission to preserve ancient New Testament manuscripts for the modern world. It is called the 25 Days of Christmas. We are inviting 25 of you to give $25 monthly by December 25th....

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Written by Daniel B. Wallace
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 03:20

A Promised Son to Rule

Authors: Matt Sherro...

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Written by Matt Sherro
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 02:45

Body, soul, and Incarnation

In some circles it's customary to say that at the Incarnation, God enters time and space. Other Christians say that happened at creation. That's okay for popular discourse, but theologically imprecise. 
If God exists outside of time and space, then there's no transfer of divine attributes to...

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Written by steve
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 02:30

Southern Baptist Seminary Report Ties Founders to Slaveholding, White Supremacy

by: Adelle M. Banks Dec 12, 2018 LOUISVILLE, Ky. (RNS) — Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, the Southern Baptist Convention’s flagship seminary, has released a report delineating its ties to slavery, including its four founders’ ownership...

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Written by Reformation Charlotte
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 02:06

The Church Of Misfit Toys

Outside the church, i.e., outside the visible, organized Christ-confessing covenant community, where the gospel is preached purely, the sacraments of Holy Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are administered purely, and where church discipline is used, the church often looks very different than . ....

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 01:25

Dominion that Extends to Domain Extensions

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How should the incarnation affect your use of the internet? We have received good news of peace through Jesus Christ, and “he is Lord of all” (Acts 10:36). We celebrate the incarnation because this was God’s plan for Jesus to be made both Lord and Christ. God the Father has given...

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Written by James Faris
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 01:00

December 11, 2018 Show with Maurice Roberts on “The Christian’s High Calling”

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December 11, 2018:

MAURICE ROBERTS, Editor of The Banner of Truth magazine (1988 to 2003), author of a number of books, including: “The Thought of God”, “Great God of Wonders” &”Can We Know God?”, Moderator of the Free Church of Scotland...

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Written by Eric Nielsen
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 00:55

What are involuntary sins and how should we deal with them?

Trained instincts — that’s how fighter pilots can react immediately to rapidly changing situations as they operate $27 million war machines. When a threat aircraft is closing in, there’s no time for pilots to reason through what to do. They have to rely on instinct, but not just...

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Written by Andrew J.W. Smith
Tuesday, 11 December 2018 23:58

Time's passage

We just see time passing in front us, in the movement of a second hand around a clock, or the falling of sand through an hourglass, or indeed any motion or change at all.
We are indirectly aware of the passage of time when we reflect on our memories, which present the world as it was, and...

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Written by steve
Tuesday, 11 December 2018 23:30

God and music

Suppose you think that God is the most perfect, or the greatest possible being. Then you might wonder: Isn’t timeless existence a more perfect mode of existence than being in time? Isn’t it greater for a being to be outside of time? If so, then it follows from God’s being the most...

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Written by steve
Tuesday, 11 December 2018 23:28

Survey: Americans want more Christ this Christmas

By Aaron Earls

NASHVILLE (BP) – Most Americans want more religious meaning to the Christmas season, and for some that includes the seasonal greetings we say to each other.

A new study from LifeWay Research found two-thirds of Americans (65 percent) say, “Christmas should be more...

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Written by Baptist Press
Tuesday, 11 December 2018 23:25

Keeping Jesus at the Center of the Season

Keeping Jesus at the Center of the Season

I love Christmas but the weeks leading up to it are often the busiest and most demanding of the year. As a ministry wife, I can feel pressure to be involved in every church event. As a mom, I want to support my kids by attending their performances and...

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Written by Carolyn Lacey
Tuesday, 11 December 2018 23:15

A Nest of Nestorians?

A few weeks ago, I preached on the importance of the Definition of Chalcedon to a right celebration of Christmas. At the same time, Gregory Shane Morris reposted something he had written defending a Protestant use of the title “Mother of God” as applied to Mary. One of my parishioners...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Tuesday, 11 December 2018 23:15

A Willingness To Go Where the Lord Sovereignly Wills

The recent death of Christian Missionary John Allen Chau at the hands of the Sentinelese brought missions to the forefront of both secular and evangelical news outlets.

Rather than adding to the chorus of articles calling into question his motives, dissecting his methods, or diagnosing what went...

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Written by Joseph Hamrick
Tuesday, 11 December 2018 23:10

Three Ways to be Sure Your Encouragement is Effective

As a young believer, I recall very little Titus 2 discipleship taking place in my own life. I can remember sitting on a couch with another young mom, and she asked, “Where are the older women in our church? We need them.”  It was not until I was in my thirties that I discovered...

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Written by Kimberly Cummings
Tuesday, 11 December 2018 23:00

New study: 70% of households headed by immigrants are collecting welfare

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The Washington Times reports on the latest numbers from the Census Bureau.

Excerpt:

The latest Census Bureau numbers find that more than seven of 10 households headed by immigrants in California, and nearly the same amount in Texas, are on the taxpayer dole.

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Written by Wintery Knight
Tuesday, 11 December 2018 22:51

Book Review: The Storm-Tossed Family, by Russell Moore

Russell Moore, The Storm-Tossed Family: How the Cross Reshapes the Home. B&H Books, 2018. 320 pages, $22.99.

 

Even the title of Russell Moore’s latest book, The Storm-Tossed Family, suggests that this is not just another book on the family. The range of what Moore covers is...

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Written by 9Marks
Tuesday, 11 December 2018 22:48

Southern Baptist Pastor: Democrats “Increasingly Becoming a Godless Party”

Last week, we reported former Southern Baptist president, Dr. Ed Young, (rightfully) stated that the Democrat party is a “godless religion.” On the heels of a growing and unapologetic support and promotion of abortion, sexual immorality, and various other ungodly ideologies, prominent...

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Written by JeffMaples
Tuesday, 11 December 2018 22:45

The Gospel Joy to the World

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Dan Doriani
Dec 12, 2018
One December, a week or two before Christmas, the worship leader announced the hymn "Joy to the World" and a woman nearby groaned, "Oh no, not 'Joy to the World' again." I understand her point; she wanted a new Christmas song, but still, how...

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Written by Dan Doriani
Tuesday, 11 December 2018 22:43

Hollywood: Punish Supporters of Natural Marriage

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Like many other powerful celebrities in Hollywood, the producer behind Glee, American Horror Story, and transgender hit, Pose, has openly declared war on those who support traditional marriage. Producer, Ryan Murphy not only referred to Republican politicians as hateful, but also labeled as bigots...

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Written by David Fiorazo
Tuesday, 11 December 2018 22:43

Is a True Believer’s Salvation Eternally Secure?

A couple weeks ago we interviewed Pastor Mike Abendroth on the doctrine of eternal security of the true believer through faith in Jesus Christ.  Some listeners have written claiming our belief is wrong and that the belief in the eternal security of the believer is wrong and dangerous. So...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Tuesday, 11 December 2018 22:35

Hitting back

I sometimes run across the slogan that "real men don't hit women". I've seen this slogan in evangelical circles as well. Usually the context involves domestic violence. The abusive boyfriend or wife-beater. Of course, abusive boyfriends and wife-beaters don't pay attention to this slogan.
In classic...

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Written by steve
Tuesday, 11 December 2018 22:00

Heaven’s silence as approval.

The ungodly see that they live as well as, if not better than, those who refrain from sin (see Matt. 5:45). Instead of being humbled by God’s goodness, they see Heaven’s silence as approval.

Job 12: 6The tents of robbers prosper, And those who provoke God are secure—In what...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Tuesday, 11 December 2018 21:00

Why God Sent His Son: Part 2, Our Savior Featured

During this Christmas season, we have a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the question: Why did God send His Son? In my previous meditation from Galatians 4:1-7, we saw the Apostle Paul revealing our need for God to send His Son. Verses 1-3 show us that we are all enslaved to sin, and there is...

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Written by John Divito
Tuesday, 11 December 2018 20:39

What Does Justification Mean? 7 Things You Need to Know

When we reflect on the meaning of salvation—and on our piety, mission, and life together—our thought necessarily engages the doctrine of justification. But what does justification mean? In many ways, this question has always sat at the heart of the Christian faith. However, at various...

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Written by Jeremy Bouma
Tuesday, 11 December 2018 20:00

How Old Testament Kings Bear Witness about Jesus

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“JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS” (John 19:19)

I am sure that Pontius Pilate thought this was a stinging insult to the Jewish people whom he despised. For him the inscription was a cruel joke: this miserable victim was their king! We...

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Written by John Woodhouse
Tuesday, 11 December 2018 19:42

Conservative Catholic journalist attacks “corrupt and cowardly” Catholic bishops in response to scandal tsunami

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The Smoke of Satan: How Corrupt and Cowardly Bishops Betrayed Christ, His Church, And The Faithful…And What We Can Do About It By Philip F. Lawler TAN Books, 2018, 202 pages

In this era of increasing ecumenism, some of the most vocal critics of Roman Catholicism are to be found, not within...

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Written by Tom
Tuesday, 11 December 2018 19:17

A Book of Comfort for Those in Sickness

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I woke up far too early and feeling far too discouraged. I had spent a restless night trying unsuccessfully to get comfortable through pain. I eventually gave up, slid out of bed, went downstairs, and got my coffee brewing. I knew this would be a day in which my hands would hurt too much to get any...

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Written by Tim Challies
Tuesday, 11 December 2018 19:11

A La Carte (December 12)

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Today’s Kindle deals include lots of good books with the highlight being all kinds of great stuff by J.R.R. Tolkien.

There’s lots of good books from Christian Focus on sale at Westminster Books.

(Yesterday on the blog: The 2019 Christian Reading Challenge)

A Different Kind of Profanity...

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Written by Tim Challies