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, 17 April 2019 20:05

Bible Contradiction? What were the David’s last words?


For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: What were the David’s last words?

Here are the two answers which the skeptic believes indicate a Bible contradiction:

The words David spoke in 2 Samuel 23.

Now these are the last words of David. David...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 20:00

When Should We Use the Bible?


Popular Roman Catholic blogger Matt Walsh (who we’ve covered before) recently wrote: “I have gotten into trouble with some Christians for several of the opinions I expressed during my interview with Ben Shapiro on the Sunday Special.” He writes that during this interview he...

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Written by Ken Ham
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 20:00

Good Friday

Tomorrow is Good Friday. It's the day we recognize every year for the day Christ died. Good Friday.Think about what was included in that. On "Good Friday" the perfect, sinless Son of God was tortured and executed by His creation. On that day Jesus hung on a tree of His own making (John 1:3) after...

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Written by Winging It
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 20:00

The Realization That Christianity Is Really Real


John Zmirak writes about his experience attending the Discovery Institute’s recent Science and Faith Conference in this article on The Stream, and I loved his description of what happened when he heard Stephen Meyer speak on the topic of his upcoming book, The Return of the God Hypothesis:...

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Written by Amy K. Hall
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 19:55

A La Carte (April 18)


It has been a bit of a slow week for Kindle deals, but there are at least a few to look at today.

Logos users will want to check out this NICOT/NICNT sale. It’s a great series to have!

(Yesterday on the blog: It’s Time To Break Free From the Algorithm-Driven Life)

A French...

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Written by Tim Challies
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 19:33

Newman on “Doxa”, God, and Jesus

I return here to giving a brief summary of the papers delivered in the recent two-day colloquium held in New College.  Carey Newman (Director of Baylor University Press) wrote on “God and Glory and Paul, Again.”

In this paper Newman returned to the subject of his important...

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Written by larryhurtado
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 19:19

What is the Passion Week/Holy Week?

Earlier this month, Truthbomb posted links from Got Questions regarding Easter.  Another question that I've chosen to pursue further is "What is the Passion Week/Holy Week?  Specifically, I've taken the opportunity this week with my kids to look at each day, starting with Palm Sunday, and...

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Written by The Other Chad
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 19:00

This Vine of Mine


All would have been just fine if I hadn’t had anothergreat idea for a new project. This idea focused on the problem that we didn’t have a backyard for entertaining. I decided that the area way down behind our detached garage would be a lovely place for a deck, if it wasn’t...

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Written by Sharon Sampson
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 19:00

For Whom Did Christ Die?

Here’s an excerpt from For Whom Did Christ Die?, Ryan McGraw’s contribution to the April issue of Tabletalk:

I am a strange Calvinist. The idea that atonement is limited to the elect is the last stumbling block for many, but it was one of my first steps into Reformed theology. While many...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 19:00

Book Review: A Church You Can See, by Dennis Bills

Dennis Bills, A Church You Can See: Building a Case for Church Membership. CreateSpace, 2017. 121 pages.


By my count, I’ve noted at least six books published on the topic of church membership in the last fifteen years. So as I approached Dennis Bills’ new book, I...

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Written by Sam Emadi
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 18:45

Bridging the Thin Blue Line Pt 1 – How the Culture Has Shifted from Disagreement to Division (Video)

J. Warner Wallace discusses the growing racial tension (specifically in relationship to Law Enforcement) in this clip from his talk, Bridging the Thin Blue Line, recorded at a Truth for a New Generation Conference. How much more difficult is it to discuss important social issues in a culture that...

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Written by J. Warner
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 18:30

Look for the Helper

I knew a young man who embraced the gospel joyfully (or so it seemed), began to attend church, but then rejected it all when his old friends rejected him. His friends thought he’s gone nuts, especially when they found out what Christianity teaches about sexual morality. Their insults and...

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Written by Rebecca Stark
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 18:10

Prophecy to the 70th power: Understanding Daniel’s 70 weeks Featured


The prophecy of Daniel’s 70 weeks (Daniel 9:20-27) is one of the most debated passages in Scripture. Joyce Baldwin calls this “the most difficult passage” in the Bible. Calvin described the prophecy this way:

This passage has been variously treated, and so distracted, and almost...

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Written by Jesse Johnson
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 18:00

Bacteria Busy Maintaining Your Good Health

April 18, 2019
“The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live for ever” ( Psalm:22:26 The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live for...

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Written by TBC Staff - EN
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 18:00

Gambling at Calvary

“They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.” (Psalm 22:18) The 22nd Psalm is justly famous as a remarkable prophetic preview of the sufferings and death of the Lord Jesus o... More...

Authors: Days of Praise from ICR...

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Wednesday, 17 April 2019 17:03

Perfect Illustrations that aren’t quite … True


Some years ago I was looking for an illustration to fill out a point in a sermon. I’ve collected various resources over the years. Most of them sit on my shelf gathering dust! With the advent of the internet, we now have illustrations at our fingertips, so it should be much easier now, right?


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Written by Don Johnson
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 17:00

The Rise of The “Nones” w/ Dr. Tricia Bruce

Why are more people foregoing religious affiliation in favor of the term “religious nones”? Here to help Matt, Derek, and Alastair wrestle with this subject is Dr. Tricia Bruce. Dr. Bruce is an accomplished sociologist of religion, award-winning author, and an affiliate with the...

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Written by Caleb Wait
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 17:00

Real Men Exercise

The why, the what, the when, and the how of exercise. Visit the Christian Man Academy for a transcript of this video and to enroll in the  Academy.

Authors: David Murray...

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Written by David Murray
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 17:00

The Passion


Because Good Friday is this week, it is fitting to publish John Milton’s never-completed poem entitled The Passion (ca. 1620):1

Erewhile of music, and ethereal mirth,  Wherewith the stage of Air and Earth did ring,  And joyous news of heavenly Infant’s birth,  My muse with...

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Written by TylerR
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 15:10

Palm Sunday and The Great Disappointment

The 50,000 followers of William Miller were terribly dismayed when Jesus did not return bodily to earth in March of 1844, as Miller had predicted would happen. When Jesus did not appear, Miller claimed that they just had to give it a few more months – that Jesus would now show up in October...

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Written by Don and Joy Veinot
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 15:10

The Slow and Steady Pace of Discipleship


Most of the mechanisms God uses to transform us into Christlikeness aren’t big; they're small. They are the series of choices we face day after day. This is how Paul described growing in Christ – not as something exciting, but as a methodical process akin to that of athletic...

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Written by Michael Kelley
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 15:08

Facebook Prisoner #9473782 Featured

Yes it was that dreaded message one usually expects every time one opens up Fascistbook: “This post goes against our Community Standards. It looks like something you posted doesn’t follow our Community Standards.” Yep, sure enough – another stint in FB prison. It is getting...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 15:05

April 18: Rev. John Dorrance

“But honey!, these books are an investment!”

Today we will look briefly at the life and ministry of the Rev. John Dorrance. Recently I’ve come to the realization that if you dig deep enough, there is always an interesting story or two to be found in every life. That proved to be...

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Written by Wayne Sparkman
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 15:05

The Kingdom of God is Radically New


Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting. And people came and said to him, “Why do John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” And Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with...

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Written by David McLemore
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 15:00

How Can We Thank God for Opening Our Eyes to See Our Savior?

imageWhen we hear and study God’s Word, He works miraculously to open our eyes so that we can see the saving power of the Lord Jesus Christ. Finding the right words to thank God for this lifesaving miracle is far from easy. In his book Pray Big, Alistair Begg draws from the prayers of the...

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Written by TFL
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 12:41

Who is vandalizing French churches?

There's been extremely widespread vandalism of French churches in the past year or so. Who are the culprits? Who'd be motivated to vandalize French churches?
I have no inside information. I'll just offer some conjectures. Perhaps the most obvious candidates are Muslim immigrants. And just in terms...

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Written by steve
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 12:28

The Immutable Mercy of Jesus Christ

Thomas Adams sermon from the early 17th century.

The sermon is based upon the text, Hebrews 13:8, Jesus, the same yesterday, and to-day, and forever.

The most remarkable things about Adams’ sermons lies in the turn of phrase. The substance is excellent, the theology correct. But the real...

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Written by memoirandremains
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 11:53

Cathedrals and mosques

I've seen some pundits complain that the Notre Dame fire got far more attention than China bulldozing the Keriya mosque. A few quick observations:
i) Different people have different reasons for what they value. Many people who aren't Catholic or Christian love Notre Dame as an architectural...

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Written by steve
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 11:12


John Beeson rightly questions the popular but likely wrong-headed notion of self-forgiveness here.

Authors: BibleX...

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Written by BibleX
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 11:00

Because Boots Are Intelligently Designed

“But it is He that has made us and not we ourselves. We did not, and could not have, fetched ourselves out of the primordial slime by lifting ourselves by our own bootstraps. Amoebae don’t have boots, for starters. Moreover, they never did” (Mere Fundamentalism, p. 26).

The post Bec...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 10:52

Review: What Every Child Should Know About Prayer

We continue with our blog’s “wee-kids Wednesdays” and this week’s review of children’s book is a Christian book on prayer that kids and parents would appreciate!


Nancy Guthrie. What Every Child Should Know About Prayer.  Leyland, UK: 10Publishing, August 6th...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 10:06

Church architecture

The fire at Notre Dame raises theological questions about the value of Christian art. At one end of the spectrum is the Puritan position. I disagree with that. It's a principled position, and I respect the Puritans, but it's reactionary. Nevertheless, it merits a respectful hearing. 
A sketchy...

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Written by steve
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 10:00

Is Evangelism Effective?

Episode 2485

Is Evangelism Effective?

Segment 1 (00:00) – Todd introduces how Ray Comfort came about his technique of sharing the Gospel. Todd shows a clip of Ray using said technique.

Segment 2 (08:59) – Todd shows another clip of Ray preaching the Gospel. In the clip, young man clearly...

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Written by samueljroys
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 09:54

Two Reasons to Watch the Authorized Documentary on FaithlifeTV


The Authorized documentary has been out for a few months now, and lots more people than I ever expected have seen it.

But I’m hearing that a number of friends, even close ones, haven’t seen it yet.

Hey, it’s okay. I normally don’t watch documentaries with redheaded presenters...

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Written by Mark Ward
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 08:28

Choose Your Metaphors Carefully: The Church Is A Pasture Not A Business

35 years ago, when I began seminary, the “church growth” movement was hitting its stride. In a course taught by an adjunct professor with a Harvard MBA we were taught how be efficient just the way successful CEOs are. Later, in the . . . Continue reading →

Authors: R. Scott Clark...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 08:16

A Few Opening Thoughts then Open Phones

Pretty much open phones today with good questions like “Did Augustine really have the gospel?” and “How central is the issue of credobaptism vs. infant baptism?”  Last US DL for a few weeks as I will be overseas, but we do intend to sneak a few programs in (probably in...

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Written by Rich Pierce
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 08:02


• Witness Wednesday at Georgia Tech:
• A computer engineer who isn’t a nerd.
• Nuclear Engineering and a mistrust of religion.

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Written by joey
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 08:00

10 Commitments to Advance a Global Awakening

You and I see the tremendous need all around us for men and women to be awakened to the truth. God’s Word is truth (John 17:17). It brings the knowledge of God’s holiness, our sinfulness, and how in Jesus Christ we can be forgiven.

Darkness must be met with light; delusion with reality;...

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Written by Chris Larson
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 07:46

The Notre Dame Fire reveals how we find “the truth”

Fire destroys. But when a building burns, the fire also reveals: old art, former paint jobs, things hidden for centuries.

And the most striking thing the flames revealed was how we interpret events. It turns out that we are hardwired away from objectivity in our interpretations, that we will make...

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Written by Gary Shogren
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 07:29

Vos and Van Til: How Wide the Divide?

I’ve been asked by several folk to share my thoughts on J. V. Fesko’s article, “The Scholastic Epistemology of Geerhardus Vos.” (Side note: I’m very pleased to welcome Dr. Fesko as a colleague following his recent appointment to the faculty at RTS Jackson! The...

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Written by James
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 07:06

On Cultivating the Discipline of Listening Well

Because words are a window into the heart, pastors must learn to cultivate the discipline of listening well.

Authors: Daniel Gardner

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Written by Daniel Gardner
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 06:57

The Word of Life and standing firm Featured

by Mike Ratliff

1 Ὃ ἦν ἀπʼ ἀρχῆς, ὃ ἀκηκόαμεν, ὃ ἑωράκαμεν τοῖς...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 06:37

WWUTT Wednesday - God is a Woman? Some People Actually Believe

Ariana Grande, who once played Cat in Nickelodeon's "tween" show Sam and Cat, is now a singer thanks to the miracle of auto-tune
Ariana is not a loving person; in any list of annoying Hollywood people, Ariana is generally in the top five due to her rude, selfish attitude toward anyone around...

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Written by Doug Evans
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 05:45

Of Beauty and Genius: A Protestant’s Ode to Notre Dame Featured


Few, if any buildings in the world were quite like it. Generally speaking, all the experts agree that above most if not all others, it was a crowning achievement testifying to the accomplishments of...

The post Of Beauty and Genius: A Protestant’s Ode to Notre Dame appeared first on Pulpit...

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Written by News Division
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 05:34

What the Gospel Requires

image The most succinct expression of the gospel in all of scripture appears in Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians in 15:3-5. Nowhere else is the matter stated so briefly and comprehensively than in this one text. But before Paul spells out what this gospel is in verses 3-5, he explains what...

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Written by Denny Burk
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 04:52

2 pleas to perseverance in revitalization

I suspect most readers have heard the story of Louis Zamperini from either the best-selling book by Laura Hillenbrand or the major motion picture that chronicles his life. Both are titled Unbroken. Zamperini enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps in 1941 and was stationed in the south Pacific...

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Written by Andrew J.W. Smith
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 04:47

Book Review – Glory Carriers by Jennifer Eivaz

By Rick Becker   17 April 2019

Jennifer Eivaz refers to herself as “The Praying Prophet.” Eivaz is a graduate of Oral Roberts University, and the founder of Harvest Ministries International and an Executive Pastor with Harvest Church in Turlock, California.  Eivaz is...

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Written by Rick Becker
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 04:44

Rebranding The Culture of Death? Planned Parenthood's Latest Strategy Featured

Does Planned Parenthood just need to rebrand its image? That suggestion appeared in a recent headline from the USA Today, which read, "With abortion services in the crosshairs, Planned Parenthood is reshaping its image. Will it work?"... The post Rebranding The Culture of Death? Planned...

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Written by R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 04:35

Megachurch Giving Away Car For Easter Sunday

Whenever you think you’ve seen everything you can possibly see in the carnival of church shenanigans, there is always something

The post Megachurch Giving Away Car For Easter Sunday appeared first on Reformation Charlotte.

Authors: JeffMaples...

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Written by JeffMaples
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 04:30

Notre Dame: The Reformed View Does Not Weep at the Loss of Idols Featured


Everyone needs a mentor. For John Calvin, it was William Farel. And Farel hated idols. He really, really hated them. Farel, who went by the first name Guillaume (William) was from the city of...

The post Notre Dame: The Reformed View Does Not Weep at the Loss of Idols appeared first on Pulpit &...

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