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 June 2019 23:58

Political Theology in an Age of Discontent

By Jonathan Cole (This piece is the introduction to his new book Christian Political Theology in an Age of Discontent)

Anarchist political philosopher Pierre-Joseph Proudhon memorably defined theology as “the science of the infinitely absurd.”[1] Proudhon, who made this remark in...

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Written by Guest Writer
Wednesday, 12 June 2019 23:50

Bennett Rogers– A Tender Lion: The Life, Ministry, and Message of J.C. Ryle

On today’s Equipping You in Grace show, Dave Jenkins and Dr. Ben Rogers have a wide-ranging conversation about the life and ministry of J.C. Ryle, including how he can help improve our writing and speaking of biblical truth, along with his book, A Tender Lion: The Life, Ministry, and Message...

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Wednesday, 12 June 2019 23:38

NUGGETS

Remembering David Powlison – Curtis Solomon describes the impact David had on his life and ministry.

Distinguishing Marks of a Quarrelsome Person – You might be a quarrelsome person if…

When Moral Relativism Comes to Counseling – “Moral relativism is our...

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Written by Paul Tautges
Wednesday, 12 June 2019 23:33

Roundup

Big Business Sides With the Culture of Death 

The signers make the claim that the laws are “bad for business.” While the letter is short on how these laws harm business, it’s long on moral buzzwords like “equality,” “empowerment,” and...

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Written by Eternity Matters
Wednesday, 12 June 2019 23:31

The Little Story

  imageOnce upon a time, there was a story. Year after year, decade after decade, this little story was told to children, passing on her...

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Written by Cindy Koch
Wednesday, 12 June 2019 23:24

Luther's High Regard for John Calvin?

What did Martin Luther think of John Calvin? Here's a curious comment from the Table Talk in which Luther appears to consider Calvin highly:
NOT all are able to bear tribulations alike; for, if an human creature were merely flesh without bones, then the body would fall into a lump, or...

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Written by James Swan
Wednesday, 12 June 2019 23:19

How Much Can We Stand?

In an effort to encourage someone I often hear people quote from a scripture, “Well, He won’t put more on you than you can stand.” That is actually a partial scripture taken out of context. here is the full context. “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common...

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Written by C.H. Fisher
Wednesday, 12 June 2019 23:00

“The days of creation can be long periods, since a day to the Lord is a thousand years to us.”

Read 2 Pet. 3:8, in its entirety, and you will see that it says something quite different: “with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” It doesn’t say “one day isa thousand years,” but that one day is “as” (like) a...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Wednesday, 12 June 2019 22:55

Missionary syndrome

One hears occasionally about closed-minded people who say that one should never interact with seriously incorrect ideas lest one come to hold those ideas oneself. These warnings sound, on the face of it, hysterical and wrong-headed. How can we possibly counteract bad ideas if we don't understand...

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Written by
What's Wrong with the World
Wednesday, 12 June 2019 22:41

Prominent Southern Baptist Leader Praises LGBTQ Activist and Feminist

When we began reporting on the decline of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), we told you how its continual slide

The post Prominent Southern Baptist Leader Praises LGBTQ Activist and Feminist appeared first on Reformation Charlotte.

Authors: JeffMaples...

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Written by JeffMaples
Wednesday, 12 June 2019 22:15

Former Catholics for Christ Conference: Session #2: “Grace Alone”

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Today, we continue with our video series from the recent Former Catholics for Christ Conference, which was held at the Southern View Chapel in Springfield, Illinois this past May 17-19.

Below is the video of the second presentation of the conference, titled…

“Grace Alone” Speaker:...

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Written by Tom
Wednesday, 12 June 2019 21:00

You Were Designed for Spirituality

June 13, 2019 by: Christopher W. Morgan, Justin L. McLendonimage

A Transcendent and Personal Creator

The story of our spirituality can be found only within the biblical storyline, which starts suddenly: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). Already in...

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Written by Christopher W. Morgan, Justin L. McLendon
Wednesday, 12 June 2019 20:33

Four Truths that Jesus’ Garments taught us on Good Friday Day

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If you think “Four Truths that Jesus’ Garments taught us on Good Friday Day” sounds crazy bear with me.  Look up the passages of Scripture for yourself as I find this very fascinating and it led me to worship Jesus late into the night and early into the morning.

In the Greek...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Wednesday, 12 June 2019 20:02

Loving Muslim Neighbors – CrossTalk S4E2

image I don’t say this lightly, but this will probably be the best thing you listen to all day. In this episode, Iraqi-born Wissam Al-Aethawi shares the story of how he converted from Islam to Christ. He now preaches the gospel to Muslims in Michigan and travels extensively helping Christians...

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Written by Wes
Wednesday, 12 June 2019 20:00

Ken Ham Solves Great Paleontological Mystery

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Tucked away in the corner of a museum in Japan is a slab of limey shale. This rock features something incredible—259 fish, with scales, eyes, and fins—frozen as if in mid-swim. It appears these fish were preserved in the position they were in the instant they died. But how on earth is...

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Written by Ken Ham
Wednesday, 12 June 2019 20:00

How Do You View Your Heavenly Father Viewing You?: A Father’s Day Reflection

Recently, the Toronto Blue Jays called up Cavan Biggio to the major leagues. Cavan is the son of hall-of-famer, Craig Biggio.

In one of his first games, with his father in attendance, Cavan smacked his first-ever major league home run. Take a look at this photo of his dad’s reaction—can...

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Written by Bob
Wednesday, 12 June 2019 20:00

The Great American Lie

The discussion at church recently was about having regular prayer meetings. Some wanted to schedule something like a monthly prayer meeting. Other voices were skeptical. No, they weren't opposed to prayer or prayer meetings. They just didn't think it would fly. Eventually people wouldn't show up.The...

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Written by Winging It
Wednesday, 12 June 2019 20:00

Patronizing Pastors - or: Capitalism meets Catechism

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It’s Synod week for the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church and the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America.  For the second time in recent years, these two assemblies are meeting concurrently and on the same site (this time, Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA).  The...

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Written by Rut Etheridge III
Wednesday, 12 June 2019 20:00

“A Form of Killing That We Need to Be Able to Defend”

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Feminist Sophie Lewis has a series of videos promoting her new book, Full Surrogacy Now: Feminism Against Family, and this clip caught my eye (video below):

We’re facing a really terrifying attack on abortion—in the U.S., where I live, in Northern Ireland, and elsewhere.

In the past, the...

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Written by Amy K. Hall
Wednesday, 12 June 2019 19:42

A La Carte (June 13)

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There’s a new issue of the always-excellent Credo magazine for you to download or read online.

(Yesterday on the blog: Not What You Think)

5 Questions to Ask When You Are Suffering

It was this kind of wisdom that gave people such respect for David Powlison.

Reading the Bible Upside Down

The pope...

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Written by Tim Challies
Wednesday, 12 June 2019 19:00

Animal Metaphors for the Christian Life

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Here’s an excerpt from Animal Metaphors for the Christian Life, Robert VanDoodewaard’s contribution to the June issue of Tabletalk:

Stories and examples of lambs, sheep, and shepherding are woven through the Bible from start to finish. Already in the occupation and the worship of Abel in...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Wednesday, 12 June 2019 18:33

Distinguishing Marks of a Quarrelsome Person

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Quarrels don’t just happen. People make them happen.

Of course, there are honest disagreements and agree-to-disagree propositions, but that’s not what the Bible means by quarreling. Quarrels, at least in Proverbs, are unnecessary arguments, the kind that honorable men stay away from...

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Written by Kevin DeYoung
Wednesday, 12 June 2019 18:21

Bridging the Thin Blue Line Pt 2 – How “Nut Picking” Exacerbates the Racial Divide in America (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. Why are we so inclined to be polarized on this issue? What drives this polarization?

T...

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Written by J. Warner
Wednesday, 12 June 2019 18:00

Letting the Bible Explain Itself

June 13, 2019
The scene is quite familiar to many people: a nervous, well-intentioned, but sometimes ill-prepared Bible teacher stands or sits before the class, reads a passage of Scripture, and then begins a discussion with this simple question, “What does this...

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Written by TBC Staff - EN
Wednesday, 12 June 2019 18:00

Nuggets from Occult Invasion—A Scandalous Cover-Up

June 13, 2019
In a CT follow-up article two months later titled “Christian McCarthyism,” Philip Yancey denounced as “McCarthyism” any attempt to bring correction in the church. That accusatory label succeeded 50 years...

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Written by TBC Staff - CR
Wednesday, 12 June 2019 18:00

O How He Loves You and Me

“That ye . . . may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.” (

Authors: Days of Praise from ICR...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Wednesday, 12 June 2019 17:29

Text and Studies Series (Gorgias) Hosted by De Gruyter

imageGorgias Press has entered a partnership with De Gruyter for theelectronic hosting of the Texts and Studies volumes, which means that individual chapters are now available for each volume.The chapters of “Early Readers, Scholars and Editors" (2014) and “Commentaries, Catenae and...

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Written by Tommy Wasserman
Wednesday, 12 June 2019 17:29

Who is your favorite philosopher?

Cameron Bertuzzi at Capturing Christianity asks: who is your favorite philosopher?

Of course, one could name famous philosophers across the ages like Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Boethius, Augustine, Anselm, Aquinas, Duns Scotus, William of Ockham, Peter Abelard, Leibniz, Descartes, Kant, Hume,...

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Written by Hawk
Wednesday, 12 June 2019 17:23

A Logically Inconsistent King James Version Only Conspiracy Narrative

One quibble that we regularly hear from King James Version only advocates is that the Roman Catholic Church has produced corrupt Bible translations in an effort to discredit that particular archaic translation and gradually convert unsuspecting people.imageA few examples of Scripture passages that have...

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Written by Jesse
Wednesday, 12 June 2019 17:03

Trusting God Alone

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Great leaders spend their lives pursuing clearly stated goals. William Wilberforce, for example, said, “Almighty God has set before me two great objectives, the abolition of the slave trade and the reformation of manners.” I am finishing up a biography on the life of George Müller....

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Written by Cameron Pollock
Wednesday, 12 June 2019 17:00

Proto-Puritan William Tyndale (7)

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His Theology of Justification Compared

We've considered William Tyndale’s doctrine of justification; now we'll compare him with Augustine and Luther. Particularly, we’ll view Luther’s prologue to Romans alongside Tyndale, since the latter depended much on the former for the flow...

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Written by Meet the Puritans
Wednesday, 12 June 2019 17:00

Plastic Righteousness

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On Monday evening I put our carefully sorted recycling out for collection, came back in, put on the TV and found myself watching Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s latest campaigning series: War on Plastic.

Hugh’s outrage was the very on-trend concern about the ubiquity of single use...

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Written by Matthew Hosier
Wednesday, 12 June 2019 17:00

Jesus and the King of Edessa

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Eusebius wrote his church history sometime in the early 4th century. Towards the beginning of his work, there is an excerpt from some curious correspondence which purports to be between Jesus and the King of Edessa, a city in present-day southeastern Turkey.1 It’s unknown whether this...

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Written by TylerR
Wednesday, 12 June 2019 16:18

China's long march to world hegemony

Hugh Hewitt interviews Victor Davis Hanson on China. The entire interview is interesting, but what follows below is an excerpt from sections I found to be informative. I don't necessarily agree with everything.

HEWITT: Well, you came to mind because of an extraordinary speech that was given on May...

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Written by Hawk
Wednesday, 12 June 2019 15:15

Liturgy for Life: The Rhythms That Shape Us

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Rhythm is a constant movement or pattern that shapes and creates form. Rhythm sets up a structure so that uniformity can take place. Many people live life not realizing how much they rely on rhythm, or how much they are shaped by rhythms. Rhythm plays an integral part in life, art, and within...

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Written by Morgan Byrd
Wednesday, 12 June 2019 15:10

Toward a Trinitarian Ecclesiology

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No doctrine is more fundamental to our theology than the doctrine of God. Concerning the nature of God, we must firmly proclaim that the God revealed in Scripture is the only true God (Deut. 6:4; Isa. 45:5). This truth concerning the nature of God is expressed further in the historic doctrine of...

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Written by Matt Capps
Wednesday, 12 June 2019 15:05

June 13: Rev. Ezra Stiles Ely [1786-1861]

A Man of Many Gifts

imageBorn this day on June 13, 1786 in Lebanon, Connecticut in the home of a Presbyterian minister and his wife, Ezra Styles Ely possessed many spiritual gifts in the service of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Named after the president of Yale University to signify...

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Written by Wayne Sparkman
Wednesday, 12 June 2019 15:05

5 Rules for Sermon Illustrations

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Have you ever heard a sermon illustration that did more harm than good? I have. In fact, just recently I heard a sermon illustration that was an absolute train wreck. It sent God’s people on an unhelpful diversion, had nothing to do with the passage, and compromised the sermon’s final,...

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Written by Jason K. Allen
Wednesday, 12 June 2019 15:00

Understanding MSI Images

By Jacob W. Peterson and Leigh Ann Thompson

This May CSNTM has had the opportunity to attend a digital archiving conference in Portugal and digitize in Germany. The images captured during the Beuron expedition are now available in our digital library. In the entry for GA 0197, we include a series of...

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Written by Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts
Wednesday, 12 June 2019 15:00

Getting There

Come ye after Me. — Mark 1:17

Where the Selective Affinity Dies and the Sanctified Abandon Lives

One of the greatest hindrances in coming to Jesus is the excuse of temperament. We make our temperament and our natural affinities barriers to coming to Jesus. The first thing we realize when...

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Written by Classic RSS Feed | My Utmost For His Highest
Wednesday, 12 June 2019 14:37

The Bible's Priorities for Godly Fathers

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Men are often masters of delegation. Give them a task, and they can quickly assign just the right person to do it. A simple phone call? Let the office assistant make the connection. Household chore? One of the kids can get it done.

Delegation is a wonderful thing—but what about abdication?...

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Written by TFL
Wednesday, 12 June 2019 14:10

We Will Sneer at Death

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Two years ago, our family found ourselves in the middle of an intense trial. My mother-in-law, just 64, was diagnosed with cancer already in advanced stages, leading to a summer in which my wife, Corina, spent (in total) three months in Romania as her primary caregiver during those last days. I...

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Written by Trevin Wax
Wednesday, 12 June 2019 14:03

How Can I Get My Child to Engage in Schoolwork?

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Got any tips on how to help a high-school student engage in schoolwork? My son puts forth the least amount of effort necessary to get the grades we expect from him. He loves Jesus, but doesn’t always see how reading things like Bartleby, the Scrivener is relevant outside the classroom....

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Written by Will Sorrell
Wednesday, 12 June 2019 14:02

Is Our Visual Age Making You Blind?

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39,600.

That’s how many seconds per day theaverage American spends consuming media. That’s 11 hours every day looking at smartphones, tablets, televisions, and laptops.

The World Health Organization recentlystated that children younger than 2 should not have any sedentary screen time,...

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Written by A. Trevor Sutton
Wednesday, 12 June 2019 14:00

Who Wrote Moses’s Obituary in Deuteronomy 34?

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What do these books have in common? The sixth volume of Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible, J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillionand The Book of Lost Tales, and Charles Krauthammer’s The Point of It All. The author of each died before completing his work. In...

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Written by Richard McDonald
Wednesday, 12 June 2019 13:42

Introduction to the Way Radio

An introduction as a new podcast on the Christian Podcast Community called the Way Radio. The Way Radio is a podcast addressing secular humanism in the modern Church, inspiration from the Word, and abolishing of non-Christian concepts and returning to biblical principles when it...

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Written by Andrew Rappaport
Wednesday, 12 June 2019 13:18

Is 1 Cor 6:18 a Pauline statement or a Corinthian slogan?

Wednesday, 12 June 2019 12:24

Big Business and Big Anti-Christian Bigotry Featured

Increasingly Western corporations have declared war on Christianity. This has not always been the case, but with the radical homosexual and trans tsunami smashing everything in its path, big business today has basically rolled over and said yes to all their sordid demands.

Now all traces of...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Wednesday, 12 June 2019 11:27

Richard Sibbes, Sermons on Canticles 2.3 (Encouragements from the Church’s Marriage Christ)

The previous post in this series may be found here.

God has given us the analogy of marriage not merely as some sort of intellectual exercise, but as a means of coming to understand our relationship with God. Sibbes makes four applications, uses, which are to draw from an understanding the marriage...

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Written by memoirandremains
Wednesday, 12 June 2019 11:16

The Provenance of Job

Scholars scratch their heads over the provenance of Job because the book has so few internal clues. It's hard to say when and where it was written. It's not even explicitly Jewish. And it's written in an obscure Hebrew dialect or cognate language. My Hebrew college prof., who later took a...

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Written by steve