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 00:48

Is the King James Version of the Bible the most accurate translation?

Written by Robert Plummer
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 00:39

Puzzling numbers

A stock objection to the inerrancy of Scripture is the presence of apparently unrealistic numbers as well as numerical discrepancies between different books. In some cases this can be chalked up to scribal error, but there seems to be a more pervasive pattern. Here's an interesting observation:
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Written by steve
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 00:23

Aisha

1. I believe White is responding to Steve Camp. It's my impression that Camp engages in virtue-signaling rather than serious apologetics or evangelistic outreach. This is just sending a message to other people that he's tough on Islam.

2. In addition, I agree with White that there are many other...

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Written by steve
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 00:13

Pierre Durand – Huguenot Martyr

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Simonetta Carr
Aug 15, 2018
Pierre Durand was born in a turbulent France. In 1685, only 15 years before his birth, France’s king Louis XIV (“Le Roi Soleil”), revoked the 1598 Edict of Nantes which had been allowed Protestants freedom of worship.Co...

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Written by Simonetta Carr
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 00:06

A homecoming in ‘Bulldawg’ territory flavored with a pinch of ‘Old Rocky Top’

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Pastor Jeff Hicks greets Frank Barnett on homecoming Sunday, August 12, at Beacon Heights Baptist Church in Madison. GERALD HARRIS/Index

MADISON — Jeff Hicks is pastor of Beacon Heights Baptist Church and a member of the Georgia Baptist Convention Executive Committee. He is a native of...

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Written by Gerald Harris
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 00:00

Jennifer Roback Morse lectures on sex and sexuality at Harvard University

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Dr. Morse delivers a talk based on her book “Smart Sex” at Harvard University.

The MP3 file is here. (21 Mb) (Link in case that doesn’t work)

Topics:

  • the hook-up culture and its effects on men and women
  • cohabitation and its effect on marriage...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 00:00

Muslims and the Holiness of God

In this brief clip from his series Exploring Islam, James Anderson explains that Christians need to discuss the holiness of God with their Muslim neighbors.

Transcript

Take time to talk about the holiness of God to communicate the seriousness of sin. Muslims generally have a low view of sin compared...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Tuesday, 14 August 2018 23:46

Kenneth Copeland Says God Told Him to ‘Lay Hands’ on Private Plane: ‘I’ll Heal It’ Featured

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CHRISTIAN POST: Televangelist Kenneth Copeland says God once told him to lay hands on a corroded private jet and that He would heal the plane when he did.

In a message delivered last week titled “Faith for Healing Comes by Hearing,” the Texas-based minister, who aligned with...

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Written by News Division
Tuesday, 14 August 2018 23:40

Duplication

In general, Internet atheists copy each other. Most of them are reading from the same script. They raise the same formulaic objections to Christianity. 
Logically, that means you only need to refute their script one time. If there are 10,000 duplicate scripts, it's only necessary to refute one...

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Written by steve
Tuesday, 14 August 2018 23:40

Light in a Dark Place: The Doctrine of Scripture – John Feinberg

Many issues have come to the forefront for Christians in recent years. However, I cannot think of an issue of greater importance than our view of the Word of God. This crucial matter is addressed by John Feinberg in his recent work, Light in a Dark Place: The Doctrine of Scripture. This is the...

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Written by David Steele
Tuesday, 14 August 2018 23:30

Understanding Husbands

1 Peter 3:7, “Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.”

Today we continue our study of 1 Peter looking at how Christians...

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Tuesday, 14 August 2018 23:00

Not like us.

God sees all. He knows all. As human beings, we can hardly contain two thoughts at the same time. God is also omnipresent (see Psa. 139:7–10). He is nothing like we imagine Him to be.

Get your own copy of The Evidence Bible.http://bit.ly/EvidenceBible

 

Authors: The Daily Evidence...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Tuesday, 14 August 2018 22:54

Willow Creek’s Fate Ends in Mass Resignations Featured

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CHICAGO TRIBUNE: An investigation by the Chicago Tribune examined allegations of inappropriate behavior by Willow Creek Senior Pastor Bill Hybels, documented through interviews with current and former church members, elders and employees, as well as hundreds of emails and internal records.

Inside a...

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Written by News Division
Tuesday, 14 August 2018 22:51

The Problem with Consequentialism in Thelogy (for Mere-O)

image Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree...

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Written by Derek Rishmawy
Tuesday, 14 August 2018 22:48

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How Your Church Can Respond to the Loneliness Epidemic “Western community is in sharp decline, and radical individualism has become the functional status for even the most devoted churchgoers. This radical individualism has engendered unprecedented social isolation and yielded a depth of...

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Written by David Murray
Tuesday, 14 August 2018 22:11

The Works of John Flavel: A New Edition (Brian Cosby)

A nonconformist, unifier, husband of three deceased wives, victim of religious persecution, and author of what has been collected into six volumes of reprinted Works, John Flavel (c.1630-1691) of Dartmouth, England not only had an immense following during his own lifetime, but deeply...

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Written by Reformation21 Blog
Tuesday, 14 August 2018 22:01

Social Injustice and the Gospel

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Social Injustice and the Gospelby John MacArthur Scripture says earthly governments are ordained by God to administer justice, and believers are to be subject to their authority. The civil magistrate is “a minister of God to you for good . . . an avenger who brings wrath on the one who...

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Written by Doug Evans
Tuesday, 14 August 2018 21:30

Sin Hardens The Heart – 30 Days of Victory

Your heart can be soft or hard. Which is it right now? A tender heart is absolutely necessary for the Christian. God warns us to guard our heart diligently because all of life’s actions and emotions flow through it. Satan works restlessly to corrupt the heart through sin. He knows that if he...

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Written by admin
Tuesday, 14 August 2018 21:00

2 Simple (Yet Profound) Questions to Ask Someone at Church This Sunday

August 15, 2018 by: Crossway

Going Deeper Is Simpler Than You Think

As Christians, we share a common Father and are called to care for one another as brothers and sisters in Christ. But sometimes it’s hard to know where or how to start.

How do we get beyond just discussing the weather...

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Written by Crossway
Tuesday, 14 August 2018 20:45

The Lure of Celebrity Pastors

imageThe growing fascination with mega-churches and celebrity pastors continues in the land of “bigger is better”.  It seems many professing Christians would rather follow a man instead of God and His Word.  Certainly not all large churches are bad, but the number of mega-churches...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Tuesday, 14 August 2018 20:11

History, literature, and theology

I am taking a course in the Synoptic Gospels this semester. I'm really looking forward to this course. A whole semester looking at the gospel is something to be excited about. I already bought my textbooks, and have begun the readings. As well as the gospels themselves, our main text is Four...

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Written by Kim Shay
Tuesday, 14 August 2018 20:00

New Book by Dr. Tommy Mitchell

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The human body is a wonderous creation of God. Its amazing design speaks to the great care God used to build it in his image. Answers in Genesis attempts to provide resources to show we are indeed “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14).

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Order your copy of The Digestive System...

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Written by Ken Ham
Tuesday, 14 August 2018 20:00

The Women of Genesis: Lesson 34

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Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Tuesday, 14 August 2018 20:00

How Can You Know? A Surprise Answer

Assurance of salvation is a good thing. At least, it's a good thing if it's true. We know there are people with assurance of salvation that shouldn't be so sure (Matt 7:21-23). But we also know that Scripture assures us we can know (1 John 5:13). So we look through the pages of God's Word and we...

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Written by Winging It
Tuesday, 14 August 2018 20:00

Resources for Women

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After my last blog post (Fathering isn't easy but it is simple), I received a nice email from a reader asking for a similar article for mothers as well as some recommendations for online resources designed to encourage women, wives and mothers. While my wife and I are working on the article, I...

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Written by Jared Olivetti
Tuesday, 14 August 2018 20:00

The Problem with Consequentialism

Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree...

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Written by Derek Rishmawy
Tuesday, 14 August 2018 20:00

Why Does It Matter if God Is a Trinity?

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Last week, a student asked me about a challenge she received from a Muslim: Why does it matter if God is a Trinity? I’ve written before about how God’s Trinitarian nature affects prayer (I highly recommend the book quoted in that post, Delighting in the Trinity ), and here’s more...

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Written by Amy K. Hall
Tuesday, 14 August 2018 19:52

Resting in God’s Occupied Throne and Good Plans

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   For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. Phil. 2:13(ESV)     

     Then as I looked, I saw a door standing open in heaven, and the same voice I had heard before spoke to me like a trumpet blast. The voice...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Tuesday, 14 August 2018 19:00

12 Biblical Counseling Resources on Depression and Bi-Polar Disorder

imageThe Annual Guide to Biblical Counseling Resources 

Today’s post is an excerpt from a 115-page PDF with an annotated list of over 500 biblical counseling resources, organized by topic:

The Annual Guide to Biblical Counseling Resources: Truth for Life, 2018 Edition

Nearly every week someone...

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Written by Bob
Tuesday, 14 August 2018 19:00

What Does the Old Testament Say About Loans and Interest? Part 1

For much of church history, pastoral leaders believed the Old Testament taught that no interest should be charged on any loans. The care and protection for the Israelite working poor was the main rationale for such a prohibition that no interest should be charged on such loans:

If you lend money to...

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Written by Dr. Klaus Issler
Tuesday, 14 August 2018 19:00

Who Are God’s Covenant People?

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God’s covenant commitment to His people, made in successive promise-bonds, forms the scaffolding within which He builds His church; its shape and growth are determined by it. But like a medieval cathedral, the church is built over centuries; and like a great book, its story is divided into...

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Written by Sinclair B. Ferguson
Tuesday, 14 August 2018 18:12

MMR School of Discipleship

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Last week, my family was blessed to attend family camp at Miracle Mountain Ranch in Spring Creek, Pennsylvania. While there, we learned of another of their ministries called the School of Discipleship. This one-year program is a biblically-based Christian discipleship and leadership program...

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Written by Paul Tautges
Tuesday, 14 August 2018 18:12

Solar System First Grade Homeschool Lesson 8: Uranus

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This is a Christian Home School Lesson Series for first graders on the Solar System that aims to fulfill the Science Content Standards from the California Department of Education.

Lesson 8: Uranus

Purpose: To explore and know more about God’s creation of Uranus.

Book(s) read:

Christin...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Tuesday, 14 August 2018 18:05

1 Samuel 5-6; Romans 5; Jeremiah 43; Psalm 19

1 Samuel 5-6; Romans 5; Jeremiah 43; Psalm 19

GOD IS NEVER AMUSED at being treated with contempt, nor by having his explicit instructions ignored or defied. For then he would not be God.

God is well able to defend himself. In 1 Samuel 5-6, the unfolding account can be as restrained as it is precisely...

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Written by Don Carson
Tuesday, 14 August 2018 18:03

How to Make the Case Like a Case Maker

image Every year at the CrossExamined Instructors Academy (CIA), dozens of students courageously offer their own “apologetics” presentations to those of us who had been assembled as evaluators, coaches and trainers. Prior to these talks, we take the time to help the students understand the...

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Written by jwallace
Tuesday, 14 August 2018 18:00

A Custom Bible

August 15, 2018
[TBC: A “Custom Bible” is defined as a translation or paraphrase of the Bible that reflects more the bias of the translator than faithfully translating the Greek and Hebrew words into another language.] Another new custom Bible is The Passion Translation by...

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Written by TBC Staff - EN
Tuesday, 14 August 2018 18:00

Flee and Follow

“Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” (2 Timothy 2:22) The first part of this twofold command is to run away from young (new, untested) desires. Sexual immorality is especially to be avoided...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Tuesday, 14 August 2018 17:03

Church Music – Old Versus New?

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Recently I had a conversation with another Christian and I was “challenged” (that may be too strong a word) to select more ‘modern’ hymns for Sunday worship than the hymns I had chosen. This actually was much more of an amicable discussion than you might think, but it left...

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Written by Rory Johnson
Tuesday, 14 August 2018 17:02

Consequences of Sexual Sin Featured

imageLife can get dicey this side of Genesis 3. Crops fail. Weather fails. Nations fail. Health fails. Resolve fails. Much of life is simply about learning to navigate disappointment and pain. But there is one thing which perhaps causes more pain than anything else; sexual sin. There’s the...

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Written by Eric Davis
Tuesday, 14 August 2018 17:00

When the Pastor Came to Dinner

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The adorable girl in the photos is my wife Nanci, who is still just as adorable. When I was dating her in high school, and had dinner with her parents, her dad and mom first told me this story. In years to come, I heard it a number of other times. I found it charming and funny, and just like Nanci!...

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Written by Nanci Alcorn
Tuesday, 14 August 2018 17:00

A La Carte (August 15)

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This is a reminder that I’m on vacation this week, which means I’m posting only A La Carte articles. Enjoy today’s links!

The Age That Women Have Babies: How a Gap Divides America

“Becoming a mother used to be seen as a unifying milestone for women in the United States. But a...

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Written by Tim Challies
Tuesday, 14 August 2018 17:00

"Righteous Lot"?

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It always sounds wrong when you read 2 Peter 2 and find that reference to "righteous Lot." How on earth can a man who offers his virgin daughters to gang rapists, in lieu of the angelic guests he is unknowingly entertaining, be described as "righteous"? Is Peter commending this behaviour? Are we...

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Written by Andrew Wilson
Tuesday, 14 August 2018 16:00

The Ever-Increasing Difficulty of Finding a Biblical Church

By: Steve Hanna I recently retired after about 40 years of working (6 years in the military and 34 years in the oil and gas industry) and moved to Florida. We have been here for about three years and finally found a church that is biblical for the most part. Prior to finding a church, we...

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Written by Editor
Tuesday, 14 August 2018 15:15

Deep Work for Pastors: 6 Keys for Better Sermon Preparation

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Every pastor knows the constant weight of sermon preparation. Sunday is a standing, unmovable deadline. It is like living in final exam week, with a massive deadline before you every Lord’s Day. But the preacher’s test is a public one, for all to see. He will be judged by God’s...

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Written by Jason K. Allen
Tuesday, 14 August 2018 15:10

Cross-Cultural Church Planting: A Plea From A Missionary

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It has been exciting to see a surge in church planting happening around the world. I believe that planting churches, or should I say, planting churches well, is probably the most effective strategy for reaching those without Christ that there has ever been. Now that you know I’m pro-church...

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Written by Alex Hawke
Tuesday, 14 August 2018 15:09

Christian Socialism? Christian Liberalism? Featured

I had intended for a while now to write a piece on all the ‘good’ that socialism has done for Venezuela. Four days ago that finally happened, and the article is now on my site. What I had not intended was to write four pieces in a row on socialism. But with so many folks once again...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Tuesday, 14 August 2018 15:05

August 15: Ann Pamela Cunningham

The Covenant Daughter Who Saved Mount Vernonby Rev. David T. Myers

Born August 15, 1816,Ann Pamela Cunningham had all the luxury of wealth in Laurens County, South Carolina. Her parents, Robert and Louisa Cunningham, were thus enabled to offer many refinements to their daughter with their upper...

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Written by Wayne Sparkman
Tuesday, 14 August 2018 15:05

How Does Praying For Others Help You?

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"[Pray] at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel" (Ephesians 6:18-19).

This...

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Written by Justin Huffman
Tuesday, 14 August 2018 15:00

Hymn: "Jesus Shall Reign" by Isaac Watts

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Jesus shall reign where'er the sunDoes His successive journeys run;His kingdom spread from shore to shore,Till moons shall wax and wane no more.

To Him shall endless prayer be made,And endless praises crown His head;His name like sweet perfurme shall riseWith every morning sacrifice

People and realms...

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Written by TFL
Tuesday, 14 August 2018 15:00

The Authority and Sufficiency of Scripture and the Role of Extra-Biblical Resources in Transformative Teaching and Learning, Part 4

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Read Part 1Part 2, and Part 3.

The greatest advantage of the Nouthetic approach is that it truly attempts to exalt the sufficiency of Scripture. Further, it rejects mainstream, integrated, and Christian psychology. However, there are some significant disadvantages: Nouthetic is imbalanced, in...

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Written by Christopher Cone