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, 15 August 2018 15:05

August 16: Never Know When Something May Turn Up

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A bit astray from anything Presbyterian, but this is an interesting story that I had noted in an old issue of Christianity Today [original series, 1930-1949]. Adolf von Harnack was a noted Lutheran theologian and church historian [1851-1930]; not one to emulate in his theology,...

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Written by Wayne Sparkman
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 15:05

Come Thou Fount - Part 3

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Editor's Note: This post is Part 3 of a 3-part series. Click to read Part 1 and Part 2.

Our journey through "Come Thou Fount" comes to a close with this third and final verse. My hope is that the Church at-large will again find great refuge in the rich hymns of old. As we do so, may...

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Written by Joshua Jenkins
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 15:05

How to Love Visiting Church Members in the Hospital

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I can honestly say that I’ve grown to love visiting my church members when they’re staying in the hospital. I’m surprised to hear myself say that, since there was a time when I positively despised hospital visitation. I’m a rather shy guy by nature who has a...

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Written by Timothy Raymond
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 15:00

Featured Resource: 'Sing!' by Keith and Kristyn Getty

Singing to God is what we’re created, commanded, and compelled to do. Christ-filled, Spirit-prompted singing changes our hearts and minds, and in turn can change our families—and even this world. In their latest book, lyricists and worship leaders Keith and Kristyn Getty challenge us to...

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Written by TFL
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 14:10

When the Bible Becomes an App

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A surprising statistic in research on Bible engagement among Americans is that more than 90 percent of regular Bible readers prefer print to digital. That percentage holds true even though more than 90 percent of Bible readers also indicate that they engage with the Bible on digital platforms and...

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Written by Trevin Wax
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 13:36

Sasse: A State Powerful Enough To Put A Baker Out Of Business Is Too Powerful

You don’t get to choose which parts of the First Amendment you like. Using the state to put someone out of business because they don’t share your beliefs is not what we do in America. A state powerful enough to tell bakers . . . Continue reading →

Authors: R. Scott Clark...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 13:21

Understanding the Magnitude of God’s Power

Praying for Other Believers Paul’s heartfelt prayer provides us with an example of how to pray for other believers. First, he thanked God for them (Eph 1:15-16). He also asked for God to give them an understanding spirit (Eph 1:17). He prayed that they would understanding the full scope of...

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Written by TOvermiller
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 12:22

How Conscience Functions

By comparison with Spurgeon’s “argumentation”, here is a section from Thomas Manton who is in fact making an argument. In the First Sermon of Twenty Sermons (Vol. 2, pp. 175, et seq.) Manton is Psalm 32:1-2:

Psalm 32:1–2 (AV)

1 Blessed is he whose transgression is...

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Written by memoirandremains
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 12:14

Catholic catch-22

Even though we live in the information age, where there's so much scrutiny, it's striking how the Catholic church was able to get away with so much for so long. Just imagine how much greater the scale of corruption and abuse in past centuries prior to the information age. Imagine what happened...

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Written by steve
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 12:03

Predator Priests Featured

1. Seth begins a review of 3 Thessalonians, examining the sending of Timothy. 2. Seth responds to a listener submission about clergy sexual abuse. 3. Seth discusses Roman Catholic Priests.

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Written by Seth - Host of the Christian Commute
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 11:43

The Folly of Atheism Deism Featured

Len Pettis of Grappling with Theology joins BTWN to discuss the folly of Atheism & Deism

 

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Written by Tim Hurd
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 11:36

Bethel pastor Kris Vallotton twists Scripture in order to create the false impression that women can preach in church.

image“If you’ve ever attended a charismatic church where they have women prophesying and teaching and giving sermons during the sermon time and they think that this is totally legit and totally biblical….you’ve been deceived by people who are literally disobeying the clear...

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Written by churchwatcher
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 11:22

Catholic consiglieri

Ed Condon
A few people have asked me if I am not concerned about damage to the Church, and to her moral authority. I am not. The Church itself, and her authority, rests on God and his plan of salvation. The gates of hell will not prevail against it.

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Written by steve
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 11:00

Episode 151: Understanding the Magnitude of God’s Power

Do you understand the magnitude of God’s power? Do you and the believers you love live in a calm and confident way because you are resting in the God with matchless power? Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to discover how Paul describes the power of God and how you can pray for other believers to...

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Written by TOvermiller
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 11:00

The Whole Bag

“The basic food law for Christians is love . . . Two Christians, with completely different brown bag lunches, should be able to laugh and talk together over those lunches, even though one bag is filled with food that is full of pure thoughts and the healthiest thing to do with the other lunch...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 10:28

THE STAIN OF REVOICE

IS HERITAGE FOUNDATION BEING REVOICED? HOW THE “LGBT CHRISTIANITY” OF REVOICE COULD BRING DOWN CONSERVATIVE DENOMINATIONS AND ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS THE NATION

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Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s Dr Albert Mohler hands doctorate diploma in Spring 2017 to Revoice CEO Founder Nate...

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Written by watch-pray
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 10:00

Steve Lawson – Cut to the Heart

– Episode 2328 –

Steve Lawson – Cut to the Heart

Segment 1 (00:00) – Who are you preaching to?

Segment 2 (08:59) – Your authority is from the Word of God

Segment 3 (17:33) – Revivals in history

Wretched Surprise! (24:50) – Tomorrow Clubs in the Ukraine

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Written by samueljroys
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 09:55

Evangelicals and the Study of the Bible

"As evangelicals we do not pretend to study the Bible without presuppositions, We consciously, intentionally, and apologetically seek to be informed and motivated by explicitly biblical thinking as we study the Bible, Belief in God is foundational for all of life and should guide the way we...

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Written by BibleX
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 09:46

Three Myths about the King James Bible

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For more on the King James Bible, check out Ryan M. Reeves and Charles Hill, KNOW How We Got Our Bibles (Zondervan, 2018).

George Washington and the apple tree. Julius Caesar born from a C-section, or that Columbus discovered the United States. Some historical myths are harmless even if they are...

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Written by Ryan Reeves
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 09:45

Are We Training Our Children to Gain the World But Lose Their Souls?

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You’re a good mom. You’re a good dad. You want what’s best for your kids. You sacrifice to provide for them. You forego vacations and skimp on retirement savings to give them good gifts. 

In the affluent West in 2018, those good gifts often take the form of youth sports. In...

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Written by Jennifer Oshman
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 08:45

The nature of God and temptation Featured

by Mike Ratliff

41 Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:41 (NASB) 

38 Keep watching and praying that you may not come into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Mark 14:38...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 08:17

Good, Bad, and Ugly

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It’s a good thing I am retired; otherwise I don’t know when I’d find time to go to work!  I think we spend more time away from home than we actually spend at home — except for perhaps sleeping!  And when I am home, the yard work is keeping me really busy.
I...

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Written by Glenn E. Chatfield
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 07:51

The Local Church and Your Assurance of Salvation

Have you ever thought of your church as an assurance-of-salvation cooperative? Let Mark Dever explain.

Authors: Daniel Gardner

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Written by Daniel Gardner
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 07:37

Responses to John MacArthur's Social Injustice and the Gospel

by Hohn Choimage
"Racist." "Ignorant." "Fools." "Pope MacArthur." "Out of touch." "A pile of conservative ideological rubbish." "Old white evangelical Pastors." "He's got nothing. I can't get why all his followers are so excited. Cult of personality, I suppose." "Their heroes were slave masters."...

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Written by Phil Johnson
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 06:54

Children: Who is Jesus Christ? (Part 3)

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Who is Jesus Christ? He’s the Savior of the world and the only way our sins can be forgiven. He’s a Savior who won’t turn away any who come to Him. He’s also a terrifying Judge, and it will be eternal hell for those who turn Him away. Do you know Jesus Christ?

Animations are...

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Written by Tim Conway
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 06:49

A Word To The One Depressed Over Sin

Article by John Samson

Where do you run to?

So you are a Christian and you messed up. You know it. No one can excuse what you did, least of all you. Your conscience (while not always a 100% reliable source as it has to be trained by the word of God) accuses you. You sinned! You did it – and you...

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Written by John Samson
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 06:43

ANOTHER Elijah List ‘Culprit in the Pulpit’ fail – NARpostle Steve Shultz recognizes David Tomberlin as a prophet?

On the Elijah List website you will find the following statement:

“The Elijah List has determined to find and to publish the most credible prophetic words possible through ‘tried and tested’ men and women of God and to post them to the entire list so that they may be...

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Written by churchwatcher
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 06:27

The Myth of Natural Law

image I recently had a troubling exchange on a “Gordon Clark Discussion” Facebook page where a participant made the following statement:

Libertarianism’s axiom is the non-aggression axiom, which means it is never OK to initiate aggression against person or property. Christians ground...

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Written by Sean Gerety
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 06:24

Rachel Held Evans: A Biblical Woman will drive a tent peg through your skull?

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I’m slowly critiquing through Rachel Held Evan’s book Inspired but I want to deal with something that last week someone commented on our blog about.  Rachel Held Evans had a favorable retweet of the following:

Y'all know I love this one. https://t.co/AXYxGi2cbL

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Written by SLIMJIM
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 06:18

Holding up Irrationality as a Virtue When Kid's Lives Are at Stake

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Recently through my social media channels, I linked to this article on how assisted suicide laws in Belgium were...

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Wednesday, 15 August 2018 06:16

The scandalous catechism

Wednesday, 15 August 2018 05:38

Farewell, Willow Creek

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Every once in a while progressive-leaning site Patheos has a story worth reading. Like this one titled, Farewell, Willow Creek: Where the “Regular” Churches Can Go From Here, by Jonathan Aigner. I share it here because it captures the frustration held by so many who came out of the...

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Written by A.S.
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 05:26

John MacArthur VS Kyle J. Howard on Reparations VS Gospel Featured

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The evangelicals who are saying the most and talking the loudest these days about what’s referred to as “social justice” seem to have a very different perspective. Their rhetoric certainly points a different direction, demanding repentance and reparations from one ethnic group for...

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Written by News Division
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 05:15

Mike Licona vs. Larry Shapiro (2018): Did Jesus Rise from the Dead?

image   In this video Dr. Mike Licona debates Dr. Larry Shapiro on the resurrection of Jesus. This debate took place in February of 2018 at the University of Findlay in the state of Ohio. Be sure to click on the video and subscribe to Licona’s Youtube channel.

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Written by Kurt Jaros
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 05:08

Why We Cannot Stop Speaking about Jesus

A few weeks ago, someone in my timeline posted a link to a Business Insider article from last summer. In it, Benny Lewis wrote about the time he spent traveling throughout the United States. He listed 17 things that surprised him about day to day life in the United States. He described the piece as...

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Written by Scott Slayton
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 05:03

How to lose the culture war

There is a battle that seems to be raging all around us every day. Rarely does this battle make the headlines of the evening news. (The rare exceptions are cases where a community explodes with rioting and violence after a tragic event.) Often this battle is a subtle undercurrent that’s...

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Written by Jeff Struecker
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 05:03

Following in Eve’s Relativist Footsteps (Hatton)

image I’ve been studying up on image and identity in preparation for a sermon series on these topics.  Since our culture has a pragmatic feelings-based view of image and identity, I thought it would be good to talk about what Scripture says about these things.  One book I’m...

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Written by Reformed Reader
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 04:56

Three Words

She was nervous. It was first-day-back jitters–the kind where you wonder if your friend circle has shifted over the summer without your knowledge. When you’re not entirely sure how things are going to be when you walk through the school doors. I remember that feeling so well. Eighth...

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Written by Melissa
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 04:10

This Guy Wins Twitter with Epic Burn: #StillProtesting Featured

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Matt Walsh is one of my favorite Papists. Walsh writes for the Daily Wire, and previously, The Blaze. His literary wit is nearly unparalleled. His writing is prolific and often profound. I wrote an entire chapter about his work in my book, The Benedict Arnold Option. And, I wish Walsh was a...

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Written by News Division
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 04:06

Why I Won’t Vote for Intinction

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From the Bible:

21 After saying these things, Jesus was troubled in his spirit, and testified, “Truly, truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” 22 The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he spoke. 23 One of his disciples, whom Jesus loved, was reclining at table at...

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Written by D. G. Hart
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 03:00

August 14, 2018 Show with Phil Johnson on “Social Justice Warriors Doing Injustice to the Gospel of Jesus Christ” AND Dr. Tony Costa on “The Centrality of the Trinity in Christian Theology”

Theme:

August 14, 2018:

Phil Johnson, author, conference speaker & Executive Director of John MacArthur’s media ministry, “Grace To You”, who will address: “SOCIAL JUSTICE WARRIORS Doing INJUSTICE to the GOSPEL of JESUS CHRIST” *AND* Dr. TONY COSTA, author, conference...

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Written by Eric Nielsen
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 02:37

Contarini on Justification (15)

Herewith the next installment. (Read that first and then circle back up here.)

A couple of important points: Contarini denies that we are justified because of inherent faith, as though “faith” in the proposition were treated as a good work that is equivalent to...

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Written by E.J. Hutchinson
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 02:31

Book of Jude: Defend the True Faith, Warn the Church

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This condensed Bible study on the Book of Jude offers historical background on the early Christian church as well as Jewish culture at the time Jude wrote this epistle, (approx.  68-69 A.D.) Here is a partial (general) TRANSCRIPT to the video below: But the Spirit explicitly says...

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Written by David Fiorazo
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 02:26

Marry your rapist law

Citing Biblical injunctions (particularly Exodus 22:16–17 and Deuteronomy 22:25–30)...
I've discussed the Deuteronomic passages before:

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Written by steve
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 02:25

08/15/2018

•Witness Wednesday on the UGA campus
•A pleasant and considerate atheist
•A postmodern Presbyterian

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Written by joey
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 02:00

A Look at True Proclamation of the Gospel

Now that August has arrived, I ought to set my face to Jerusalem and end my usual pattern of finishing up syllabi for the coming...

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Written by Ken Sudet Jones
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 01:45

UNITED IN HATE: The Love Affair Between Radical Islam and the Left

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Three years ago I wrote an article about Islam. I was sick to death of hearing the Liberal press speak lies about Islam; defending it and presenting it to the world as “The Religion of Peace.”

After every Islamist terror attack, the Leftist journalists would write articles claiming that...

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Written by Geri Ungurean
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 01:31

Like So Many Dried Beetles

Introduction:

And so—as we continue to work our way through Aimee Byrd’s book, Why Can’t We Be Friends?—we continue to find stuff to talk about. In part I suppose that this is because life between the sexes is variegated and complex, and not a simple and straightforward...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 00:49

Let Your Internet Yes Be Your Real-Life Yes

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Perhaps the shift began when children stopped saying they wanted to be doctors, firemen, and teachers when they grow up and started saying actors, singers, and sports stars. Maybe it began with the manufactured reality of reality TV. Maybe it began when we stopped “going onto the...

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Written by Jared C. Wilson