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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Tuesday, 11 December 2018 01:29

Preaching the End of the World

  imageThe “end times” are rarely thought of in close connection to preaching. Preaching, one might imagine, concerns the...

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Written by John W. Hoyum
Tuesday, 11 December 2018 01:10

Harvest No Wheat Before It’s Time

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Orson Welles ended his career by making ads for Paul Masson vineyards in which he intoned on behalf of the vintner that “we will sell no wine before its time.”

Whether true or not for the cheap table red that some Americans drank before taste buds became discriminating (careful there),...

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Written by D. G. Hart
Tuesday, 11 December 2018 00:16

Boat Stories

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I have just had an article published over on the Theopolis site. Within it, I discuss the significance of the boat as a metaphor for the Church and other things.

As a conceptual metaphor and model, the boat and its attendant stories can helpfully frame many different phenomena. As it frames these...

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Written by Alastair Roberts
Tuesday, 11 December 2018 00:04

Podcast: Jackie Hill Perry Featured

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On this episode of Polemics Report, for December 7, 2018, JD discusses Jackie Hill Perry and people feeding the “outrage...

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Written by News Division
Monday, 10 December 2018 23:54

10 Most Read Articles in 2018

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This time of year is a time of both anticipation and reflection—anticipation for the New Year, and reflection on everything God has done in the past year. 2018 has definitely introduced a lot of changes for the four of us! In this last year, Caleb was called to be the Senior Pastor of Faith...

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Written by Pursuing the Pursuer - Blog
Monday, 10 December 2018 23:45

Marian titles

A sample of a recent debate I had on Facebook:
Mark
Theotokos/God-bearer? 
or Mother of God?
or both?
Hays 
I'll stick with "Mary"
Adam 
Both are true, to deny either as they were meant at Ephesus and Chalcedon is heresy.
Hays 
Yes, it's heretical to deny a made-up, manmade title.
Adam
Yes....

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Written by steve
Monday, 10 December 2018 23:41

Sermon: Are You So Foolish? Featured

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This sermon is on the topic of Eternal Security, Perseverance of the Saints, or Once-Saved-Always-Saved. It is delivered from Galatians 3:1-6. It is given by Pastor Jordan Hall of Fellowship Baptist Church in Sidney, Montana.

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Written by News Division
Monday, 10 December 2018 23:25

How Inclusive is Your Church? Featured

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Early in November, a Nine Marks affiliated Baptist church hosted a Living Out seminar. Living Out is a UK based ministry focusing upon helping homosexuals and those individuals experiencing same-sex attraction and is directed by Sam Allberry. The folks at Living Out insist they are nothing like...

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Written by Fredman
Monday, 10 December 2018 23:15

Sadness and Hope in Christ Alone During Christmas

“I’m clinically depressed,” she said. One of my family members, who is a lifelong Christian, spoke these words to me one Christmas several years ago. I was surprised to hear her admission because she always seemed so joyful. She and I have been close since childhood. Not once...

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Written by Dustin Mace
Monday, 10 December 2018 23:14

Free Gift with a Donation of Any Amount

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

As you anticipate your year-end giving, would you prayerfully consider propelling the work of the NCFIC?

For a gift of any size we will send you the gift of what we believe is one of the best books ever written on child raising, by William Gouge

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As a way of saying thank you,...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Monday, 10 December 2018 23:13

Prescriptivist Descriptivism

This is exactly where I’m at:

Either you smugly preen about the mistakes you find abhorrent – this makes you a so-called prescriptivist – or you show off your knowledge of language change, and poke holes in the prescriptivists’ facts – this makes you a descriptivist....

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Written by Mark Ward
Monday, 10 December 2018 23:10

Our Broken Tongue Points Us to Jesus

James is famous for his bold, convicting rebukes regarding the use of our tongue. But it is important to see that James’ discussion of the tongue is just one illustration of the many ways that we all offend God: “We all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he...

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Written by Justin Huffman
Monday, 10 December 2018 23:03

Don’t Let Suffering Silence Your Prayers

I called the nurse into the hospital room, “I think I felt her kick. Can we check?”

A shadow passed over her face. Not many minutes prior, the doctor had told me, my husband, and the nurses that my yet-to-be-born, 42-week daughter had no heartbeat.

The nurse gave me the monitor and asked...

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Written by Lianna Davis
Monday, 10 December 2018 23:00

The Wintery Knight’s favorite Bible verses

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Dina asked me to post my favorite Bible verses, so here are 8 of my favorites.

Psalm 27:14:

11 Teach me Your way, O Lord,And lead me in a level pathBecause of my foes.

12 Do not deliver me over to the desire of my adversaries,For false witnesses have risen...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Monday, 10 December 2018 22:31

The Complicated Calling of a Pastor

Today Chad and I drove across the wide open spaces of our part of Texas, sometimes chatting amiably, sometimes watching the scenery go by in silence. He spent time listening to speculation about his beloved Dallas Cowboys on sports radio while I dozed in the passenger seat. And at one point we...

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Written by Melissa
Monday, 10 December 2018 22:30

Has True Love Waits Harmed the Young?

In recent days, several authors have received attention in the media for proclaiming that the “evangelical purity culture” has harmed young people. One of those authors, a former pastor, invites adults to send her their discarded purity rings so she can melt them and form a sculpture of...

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Written by Richard Ross
Monday, 10 December 2018 22:22

#43 Tales From The Cabin with My Dad Featured

This episode is a recording from the Wisconsin Deer Season at our family hunting cabin, my Dad is telling old hunting stories to all the young bucks in camp. This is a really fun one, I hope you enjoy it!

 

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Written by Len Pettis
Monday, 10 December 2018 22:00

When Writing Letters, Don’t Lose Your Head

Justice & Injustice

I recently read A Justice Primer in conjunction with a couple weeks of leading a study of biblical justice in a Bible study. One question that came up was from my wife, who is a victim of childhood sexual abuse. By their very nature, crimes of abuse are carried out in secret....

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Monday, 10 December 2018 22:00

Preparing Protecting the Flock

In our final segment today, we'll cite yet another example of the radical LGBTQ movement actually hurting the people they claim to be helping. This time, their insane policies are harming battered women by putting transgender issues above the safety of vulnerable women. In our first two segments,...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Monday, 10 December 2018 22:00

A guardian near the throne.

“Last of all, let each child of God rejoice that we have a guardian so near the throne. Every Jew in Shushan must have felt hope when he remembered that the queen was a Jewess. Today let us be glad that Jesus is exalted.” Charles Spurgeon 

Esther 8:4And the king held out the...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Monday, 10 December 2018 21:40

Papyrus Artemidorus in the News Again

In 2009 Peter Head wrote a short piece on this blog about the Artemidorus Papyrus. There has been an endless debate over the authenticity of this manuscript, purportedly a work by the first-century BCE geographer Artemidorus, which was purchased in the early 2000s by an Italian foundation...

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Written by Tommy Wasserman
Monday, 10 December 2018 21:36

Podcast #9: Remember Death: The Surprising Path to Living Hope

Life-expectancy worldwide is twice what it was a hundred years ago. And because of modern medicine, many of us don’t often see death up close. That makes it easy to live as if death is someone else’s problem. It isn’t. On this episode of the Reasonable Theology podcast we sit down...

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Written by Clayton Kraby
Monday, 10 December 2018 21:16

Why Do I Feel Spiritually Dry?

Seasons of spiritual drought seize the heart and mind of Christians—far too often without notice. It’s often through a busy time of life that a person comes to the realization that they’re spiritually dry and in need of revival. What caused it? Was it the result of a spiritual...

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Written by Josh Buice
Monday, 10 December 2018 21:00

Who Was Isaiah?

Isaiah was a Jewish prophet who lived during the eighth century BC. The Book of Isaiah claims to be written by him, and scholars believe he at least wrote partof it.

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Written by ZA Blog
Monday, 10 December 2018 20:57

False Teacher, Shawn Bolz, Says If You Ignore Your Calling, Satan Will Send a Jezebel to Take It From You

Shawn Bolz is the founder and former senior pastor of Expression58 Church and is now the CEO of Bolz Ministries. Bolz is closely tied to Bethel Church in Redding California, a hyper-charismatic, New Apostolic Reformation church which is known for its music and its working of false...

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Written by JeffMaples
Monday, 10 December 2018 20:50

3GT Episode 111: The Darkest Night of the Soul (Suicide)

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Before you join Barry, Kyle, and Scott for this episode of 3GT, you may want to pray first. For the guys address seriously the subject of suicide.

Having been affected by suicide in their families, churches, and communities, the men talk about this epidemic in our nation. (Did you know suicide is...

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Written by Barry York
Monday, 10 December 2018 20:00

10 Challenging Truths about Sex and the Bible

image The Bible teaches some challenging and uncomfortable truths about sex, love, and relationships. Challenging both culture and the church, Sean lists the top ten.

Authors: Sean McDowell...

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Written by Sean McDowell
Monday, 10 December 2018 20:00

2018 Ministry Update

December 11, 2018 by: Crosswayimage
“For I am not ashamed of the Gospel, for it is the power of God for Salvation to everyone who believes . . .” —Romans 1:16

Dear Reader,

The Lord has indeed accomplished “far more . . . than all that we ask or think” and “to...

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Written by Crossway
Monday, 10 December 2018 19:57

An accommodation here, a compromise there, aka “a little leaven leavens the whole lump”

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Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) has a lengthy roster of televangelists in its stable, but the only one who I would recommend to anyone is Charles Stanley. Ol’ Charles faithfully teaches the Gospel of grace year after year. My wife and I recently began using his monthly devotions booklet as...

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Written by Tom
Monday, 10 December 2018 19:29

Another good reason to develop discernment Featured

By Elizabeth PrataWe've been commissioned by Jesus to share His Gospel with everybody and make disciples with those who convert. (Matthew 28:16-20).And we do. But... There are some people, especially those close to us, who refuse to hear it, but we keep trying, for the sake of their eternal souls.On...

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Written by The End Time
Monday, 10 December 2018 19:20

Confronting “Soul Travelers” With The Gospel Proves Them to be Frauds

Evangelists from Christ in the Wild Ministries confronted two men at a booth on a college campus claiming to be able to spiritually and see past lives. When confronted with the truth of the gospel, the men become irate. Watch what happens. Please consider supporting our ministry financially with a...

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Written by JeffMaples
Monday, 10 December 2018 19:00

Favorite Finds ~ December 11, 2018

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Favorite Finds- December 11, 2018

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Monday, 10 December 2018 19:00

The 2019 Christian Reading Challenge

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Do you love to read? Do you want to learn to love to read? Do you enjoy reading books that cross the whole spectrum of topics and genres? Then I’ve got something that may be right up your alley—the 2019 Christian Reading Challenge.

Whether you are a light reader or completely...

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Written by Tim Challies
Monday, 10 December 2018 19:00

Mere Orthodoxy Best of 2018

We ran our list of the best feature writing in 2018 yesterday. Today I wanted to recap the written work we have done at Mere O this year. Due almost entirely to changes with Facebook’s algorithm, our traffic numbers are slightly down this year, but in many ways I think this has been our most...

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Written by Jake Meador
Monday, 10 December 2018 19:00

Help Your Child Think Clearly and Graciously about Homosexuality

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I was contacted by a father whose 12-year-old daughter’s required summer reading list included The Misfits, a novel that “prominently features a gay character, and is obviously meant to introduce the students to homosexuality in a positive way.” He asked me for advice on what he...

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Written by Amy K. Hall
Monday, 10 December 2018 18:57

A La Carte (December 11)

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I know there are some who are in the habit of praying for me. If that’s you, I’d love prayer as I continue to turn my attention to the book that is coming out of all my travel this year. I am praying for the ability to express myself well and the ability for my hurting hands to stand up...

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Written by Tim Challies
Monday, 10 December 2018 18:37

Making Music to Jesus in Our Hearts

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Mary responded, “Oh, how my soul praises the Lord. How my spirit rejoices in God my Savior!

For he took notice of his lowly servant girl, and from now on all generations will call me blessed. For the Mighty One is holy, and he has done great things for me. He shows mercy from generation to...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Monday, 10 December 2018 18:29

Thirty Days of Jesus Redux: Day 15, The Gift of Eternal Life Featured

Monday, 10 December 2018 18:22

Apologetics Sermon Illustration #50: Messianic Prophecy And A Red Carpet Premiere

GO TO PART 49

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Point: Predictive prophecies are important in God’s attestation from His Word that Jesus is the Messiah. How could we further illustrate the importance of Messianic prophecies?

Picture: When I was younger I use to work security in Hollywood.  Our company would...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Monday, 10 December 2018 18:21

A Different Kind of Profanity (David Prince)

What would you do if one of your children walked in your house and spoke a string of four-letter words? What would you do if one of your children walked in your house grumbling? I fear that most of us would drop everything and confront their intolerable use of four-letter words (and rightly so) but...

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Written by Reformation21 Blog
Monday, 10 December 2018 18:04

220- James Musker – Exposing the Truth – A Luciferian Plot for a Global Religion

Episode 220 of the  A Minute To Midnite Show. Tony is joined by James Musker. This is a truly enlightening expose of the plans of the Elite Cryptocracy, and how they intend to enslave all humanity. Specifically targeting the role … Continue reading

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Written by Tony Koretz
Monday, 10 December 2018 18:00

Is Christmas Dead?*

I've heard it for years. You know, the complaints from Christians about Christmas. They range from "It's too commercial" to "It's too pagan." Is it true? Is Christmas a mistake for Christians to recognize? I mean, look, no one knows the date of Jesus's birth. December 25th? Well, maybe, maybe not....

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Written by Winging It
Monday, 10 December 2018 18:00

The Seed of the Woman

Here’s an excerpt from The Seed of the Woman, R. Andrew Compton’s contribution to the December issue of Tabletalk:

The curse on the serpent in Genesis 3:14–15 sets the stage for the subsequent course of redemptive history. Obvious New Testament allusions to this passage occur in...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Monday, 10 December 2018 17:36

How Do We Know That Jesus Actually Died on the Cross? (Video)

J. Warner Wallace answers questions about Christianity in his “Think Like a Detective”series on RightNow Media, the “Netflix of Christian Bible Studies”. In this video, J. Warner addresses the question: Can we be certain that Jesus died on the cross? If he was only...

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Written by jwallace
Monday, 10 December 2018 17:33

Neglected Evidence For The Magi Account

I've been addressing several lines of evidence for the account in different contexts over the years, and I want to put them together in one place. Some of the posts I'll be linking below address other topics as well, so you may have to search within a post to find the relevant information.- It's...

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Written by Jason Engwer
Monday, 10 December 2018 17:17

Do You Believe in a Santa Christ?

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Nathan W. Bingham:

In Sinclair Ferguson’s book, In Christ Alone, he shares the sad reality that many Christians have a Christology that is more informed by Santa Claus than Scripture. For them, the message of the incarnation has been so twisted or diluted that they have in fact...

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Written by Peter Cockrell
Monday, 10 December 2018 17:00

Free Will Is Demanded

December 11, 2018
There has been much spoken against the doctrine of what is called free will by persons who seem not to have understood the term. Will is a free principle. Free will is as absurd as bound will: it is not will if it be not free; and if it be...Read more
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Written by TBC Staff - EN
Monday, 10 December 2018 17:00

Nuggets from Occult Invasion—An Important Distinction

December 11, 2018
The Force is believed to be the guiding power behind evolution. We have seen that evolution is mathematically impossible. Furthermore, it could never account for man’s con science . A sense of moral obligation cannot...

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Written by TBC Staff - CR
Monday, 10 December 2018 17:00

24 Top Biblical Counseling Books of 2018

A Banner Year for Biblical Counseling Publishing 

If you’re a counselor, pastor, student, educator, one-another minister, small group leader, soul care provider, spiritual friend, spouse, or parent, you want to know the most helpful books about biblical counseling—books that seek to...

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Written by Bob
Monday, 10 December 2018 16:15

Terminology Tuesday: Public square

image A metaphorical way of referring to the “space” in which citizens of a democracy discuss and decide issues of common concern. There is much debate over the place of religion in the public square in a pluralistic democracy. Classical liberals as well as such postmodernist thinkers as...

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Written by Richard Porter