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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Sex Abuse Among Southern Baptists Some quality analysis of the systemic issues that lead churches and church leaders to make such bad decisions in handling such cases:

“Second, we’ve failed to understand the power dynamics of abuse and have often viewed these instances through the...

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Written by David Murray
Sunday, 17 February 2019 14:00

God's Only Plan (An Excerpt from the book God's Big Picture)

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Although the Bible contains a diverse collection of writings penned across generations, it holds together as one book, with God as its author. Scripture’s unifying subject is Jesus Christ and the salvation He brings—but even believers misunderstand the message being conveyed throughout...

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Written by TFL
Sunday, 17 February 2019 13:51

What does revival look like? II: Returning to God’s Word—2 Kings 22:10-20. B: Finding the Book: Josiah’s Revival

It is said that Smith Wigglesworth, an early Pentecostal leader, grew disillusioned with the Pentecostal revival toward the end. He affirmed that God had poured out the Spirit, but lamented that the movement was not more grounded in the Bible. (Wigglesworth read only the Bible, so I need to make a...

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Written by Craig Keener
Sunday, 17 February 2019 11:37

Southern Baptist MegaChurch Ordains Female Pastor Featured

imageBrentwood Baptist Church in Brentwood, TN, ordained a woman over the weekend to the office of pastor.

A Southern Baptist Megachurch, Brentwood Baptist Church, ordained a woman to the pastorate over the weekend. The church, located in Brentwood, Tennessee, changed the ordination announcement from...

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Written by News Division
Sunday, 17 February 2019 10:28

Mexico, Mass Migration and the Example of Moses Part 19: The Universal Destination of Goods and Rome’s Ungodly Doctrine of Migration

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Thomas Aquinas, official philosopher of the Roman Church-State and conduit for  the unbiblical notion of the universal destination of goods, an idea central, not just to the Social Teaching of the Church, but to Rome’s destructive doctrine of migration.  A doctrine that the...

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Written by Steve Matthews
Sunday, 17 February 2019 09:45

If I could do it over again

Randal Rauser 
I don't think that's true. I explicitly identified a type of morally sufficient reasons, i.e. those that produce greater goods. And there are countless examples where suffering produces greater goods. For example, I recently heard a paraplegic athlete say that if he could do it...

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Written by steve
Sunday, 17 February 2019 09:29

Comparative abuse scandals

I don't think SBC leaders can be let off the hook quite that easily. Given that SBC leaders have so many contacts within the SBC, I find it hard to believe that they had no idea what was going...

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Written by steve
Sunday, 17 February 2019 09:27

Justification: Rome v. The Reformers

Text: Romans 5:1-10

At the time of the Reformation, the Protestants protested certain doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church. What were the issues then? What are the issues now? Does any of it matter anymore?

Authors: John Samson...

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Written by John Samson
Sunday, 17 February 2019 09:19

It is the ungodly whom God justifies Featured

by Mike Ratliff

1 What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, has found? 2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. 3 For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Sunday, 17 February 2019 09:09

Charisma News reports on the death of NOLR/NAR Apostle/Prophet Paul Cain.

As often noted with Charisma News, they like to address the notorious cult leaders of the New Order of the Latter Rain (NOLR) or New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) as ‘Pentecostal’ – as they did with the recent passing of the infamous alcoholic homosexual, NOLR heretic Paul Cain.

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Jessa...

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Written by churchwatcher
Sunday, 17 February 2019 08:25

On Dealing With Argumentative and Fuzzy-Thinking Christians Featured

The number of believers who think they are being biblical but actually are nowhere near it always astounds me. I come across so many who obviously know very little about what the Bible in fact teaches, and instead have soaked up from somewhere or someone some really bizarre and unbiblical teachings....

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Sunday, 17 February 2019 08:20

My body, my rights

A popular abortion slogan goes like this: "a man has no right telling a woman what to do with her body". There are verbal variations on that slogan, but that's the basic idea.
But what does it actually mean? I doubt most women who say it have given it much thought. On the face of it this slogan...

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Written by steve
Sunday, 17 February 2019 07:52

Human Zoos: America's Forgotten History of Scientific Racism

imageHuman Zoos tells the shocking story of how thousands of indigenous peoples were put on public display in America in the early decades of the twentieth century. Often touted as "missing links" between man and apes, these native peoples were harassed and demeaned. Their public display was arranged...

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Written by David Wood
Sunday, 17 February 2019 07:23

“Battle for the Minds” at Southern Seminary

When I first came to Southern Seminary to apply for the Ph.D. Program in 2001, I went to the Boyce Centennial Library and checked out a 1996 PBS documentary titled “Battle for the Minds.” Back then, it was only available on VHS, and it was not allowed out of the library. You had to...

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Written by Denny Burk
Sunday, 17 February 2019 07:18

Evangelical ‘Woke Church’ Movement Backfiring, Falling Apart

Russell Moore, the head of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission has been pushing what he calls “racial

The post Evangelical ‘Woke Church’ Movement Backfiring, Falling Apart appeared first on Reformation Charlotte.

Authors: JeffMaples...

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Written by JeffMaples
Sunday, 17 February 2019 06:40

"A Noble Task" -- 1 Timothy 3:1-13

Here's the audio from this morning's sermon on the occasion of the ordination and installation of elders and deacons

A Noble Task

Authors: Kim Riddlebarger...

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Written by Kim Riddlebarger
Sunday, 17 February 2019 05:35

10 Books That Reveal the Idolatrous Nature of Marxism

Here are ten books I recommend for people who wish to understand the idolatrous nature of Marxism and its corrosive effects on individuals and societies. Although Marx intended to liberate society and alleviate its suffering, his ideological framework unfortunately and necessarily suppresses...

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Written by Bruce Ashford
Sunday, 17 February 2019 05:02

‘Mother’ and ‘Father’ Replaced with ‘Parent 1’ and ‘Parent 2’ in Schools under Same-Sex Amendment

NEWSWEEK — France’s National Assembly has voted in favor of an amendment removing the terms mother and father from forms in the nation’s schools,

The post ‘Mother’ and ‘Father’ Replaced with ‘Parent 1’ and ‘Parent...

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Written by JeffMaples
Sunday, 17 February 2019 03:36

Monotheism and Akhenaten

James Hoffmeier has an article here discussing Pharaoh Akhenaten and the attempt to establish monotheism in ancient Egypt.

Authors: BibleX...

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Written by BibleX
Sunday, 17 February 2019 03:32

The apologetic mask

Again, a map of an apologetic argument (and its structure) is not the same thing as a position on what the documents actually are. Recommending a "map," in this case, is simply recommending not question begging...There is a certain structure to one's overall set of propositional beliefs, and...

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Written by steve
Sunday, 17 February 2019 03:20

All the Hell You Shall Ever Have (Nick Batzig)

For the better part of my Christian life, I've had a visceral reaction--driven by internal disapproval--whenever I've heard someone describe the hardships he or she experienced in life in the following ways: "It was like hell on earth," or "I feel like I've been through hell." I am sure that...

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Written by Reformation21 Blog
Sunday, 17 February 2019 00:36

Did God Really Say -- Dissecting the Christo-Feminist Theology

Another article goes through scriptural gymnastics to support christo-feminism.

Authors: 828 Ministries...

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Written by 828 Ministries
Saturday, 16 February 2019 23:53

31 Day Quick Bible Devotional from Paul’s Epistles (Observations from the Greek)

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Here’s a compilation of thirty one of our blog’s quick devotional with each post on a verse from Paul’s epistles in the Bible.  I think they are ideal for daily reading as a project for a month.

I want each to interpret the verse well but also to apply it practically well too.

H...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Saturday, 16 February 2019 23:00

Bible study: why would a loving God make a terrible place like Hell?

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It’s time for us to take a look in the Bible and make some sense of it, again. Today’s question is really “what does God expect us to be doing with our lives?” but I wanted the title of this post to be more eye-catching for non-Christians.

Why do...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Saturday, 16 February 2019 21:26

Bad arguments on the simplicity of God

Touching the question of God's simpliciity, whatever is perfectly infinite in being cannot be built up from that which is finite in being. But parts of a thing must necessarily be finite. (James E. Dolezal, All that is in God, 48) If God should be composed of parts, then these parts would be before...

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Written by Daniel C
Saturday, 16 February 2019 20:00

Introducing the ESV Gospels, Reader’s Set

February 17, 2019 by: Crosswayimage

Firsthand Accounts of Jesus

The four Gospels—Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John—offer firsthand accounts of Christ’s ministry on earth. The ESV Gospels, Reader’s Set presents each Gospel in its own stand-alone volume packaged all together in...

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Written by Crossway
Saturday, 16 February 2019 19:37

Kay Cude poetry: Treasured Memories Featured

To all the mothers out there reminiscing over the time that has passed and your sons and daughters are now older, perhaps having left the nest, flying off to new skies and making nests of their own. The sweet time of little hugs and recious moments fly by. Cherish them.Kay Cude did just that,...

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Written by The End Time
Saturday, 16 February 2019 19:30

A Pastoral Prayer

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Every now and again I like to share an example of a pastoral prayer from Grace Fellowship Church. I do this because there are few examples of pastoral prayers online and I thought these may serve to inspire themes, passages, or ideas as other pastors and elders prepare to lead their churches in...

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Written by Tim Challies
Saturday, 16 February 2019 19:04

Sunday Morning Praise

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Authors: EBenz...

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Written by EBenz
Saturday, 16 February 2019 19:00

Join Drs. Tommy and Elizabeth Mitchell for an Unforgettable South Africa Safari

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My friend Dr. Tommy Mitchell, a medical doctor and speaker for Answers in Genesis, and his wife, Dr. Elizabeth Mitchell, a former obstetrician and a frequent writer for our website, are getting very excited about their upcoming adventure to South Africa with Living Passages to lead an African...

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Written by Ken Ham
Saturday, 16 February 2019 18:06

Friendships Shaped and Fueled by the Gospel

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Jude 20 But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith…

Pray in the power of the Holy Spirit, 21 and await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will bring you eternal life. In this way, you will keep yourselves safe in God’s love.

Heavenly Father,...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Saturday, 16 February 2019 18:00

Providence

Providence. It's a term used often from earlier times. Not so much these days. It was often used as a reference to God. Because, as we all know, God provides.It's interesting, though, if you look at the ways it was used in earlier times. The term was a term of faith. It was a term that left the...

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Written by Winging It
Saturday, 16 February 2019 17:47

Pastoral Bullies

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Erik Raymond:

It was a bad day at church. What was supposed to be a blessed and meaningful worship experience felt like a punch in the gut.

What happened? Those in authority were selfish bullies.

We read about these leaders in 1 Samuel. Eli’s sons aptly described by the author as...

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Written by Peter Cockrell
Saturday, 16 February 2019 17:00

Nuggets from Occult Invasion—Contact with the Dead—Or with Demons?

February 17, 2019
Fordham University theologian John Heaney summarizes in his book a number of convincing cases involving alleged communication from the dead through famous mediums. The cases that cannot be explained away...

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Written by TBC Staff - CR
Saturday, 16 February 2019 16:01

The Value of Being Blunt

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John Piper:

Looking at Harshness and Cheerfulness

Most of us know people who are blunt. Sometimes their bluntness morphs into harshness and unkindness. If that happens often enough, we may sense that they have a kind of personality disorder, because they seem unable to express emotions other than...

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Written by Peter Cockrell
Saturday, 16 February 2019 16:01

Drones prohibited Featured

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The PyroManiacs devote some space each weekend to highlights from the lifetime of works from the Prince of Preachers, Charles Haddon Spurgeon.  
 
The following excerpt is from Speeches at home and abroad, Pilgrim Publications, page 72.
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All our...

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Written by Kerry James Allen
Saturday, 16 February 2019 16:00

The Beginning of the Creation

“For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be.” (Mark 13:19) The phrase “from the beginning ... More...

Authors: Days of Praise from ICR...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Saturday, 16 February 2019 16:00

WHI-1454 | Climbing Jacob’s Ladder?

PROGRAM AUDIO & RESOURCES

If you ask people today what they think the Bible is about, you’ll probably be told that it’s a collection of morality tales that encourages people to behave. Even many of those raised in Christian homes tend to think of Scripture primarily as a helpful...

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Written by WHI Admin
Saturday, 16 February 2019 15:00

SCRIPTURE SUNDAY – 2 JOHN

INTRODUCTION Sadly, we live at a time when many of us are like sheep without a shepherd. Many once trusted pastors and teachers have forgotten their God-given role of protecting their sheep from ravenous wolves and have instead chosen to willingly join with them wholeheartedly. Therefore, many...

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Written by Mary/Living For His Glory
Saturday, 16 February 2019 14:15

The Lord Was There

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"Whereas the Lord was there."-- Ezekiel 35:10

Edom's princes saw the whole country left desolate, and counted upon its easy conquest; but there was one great difficulty in their way--quite unknown to them--"The Lord was there;" and in his presence lay the special security of the chosen land....

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Written by Charles Spurgeon
Saturday, 16 February 2019 14:05

February 17: School Family Catechist, WSC Q. 7

THE SCHOOL & FAMILY CATECHIST by Rev. William Smith, of Glasgow (1836).

Westminster Shorter Catechism Question 7

Q.7. What are the decrees of God?

  1. The decrees of God are his eternal purpose, according to the counsel of his will, whereby, for his own glory, he hath foreordained whatsoever comes to...

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Written by Wayne Sparkman
Saturday, 16 February 2019 12:49

The History and Downfall of Lobotomies

Fascinating article here: 

The total number of persons lobotomized by Freeman alone was close to 3,500.[24] During the 1940s and 1950s, lobotomies were performed on close to 50,000 patients in the United States, and around 17,000 in Western Europe and 4,500 in Sweden.[25] Most were women and...

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Written by memoirandremains
Saturday, 16 February 2019 12:39

Three Poems by William Carlos Williams, Part Three (A sight of a cynic)

The third poem in what appears to be a triptych of Williams is again named “Pastoral” as was the first in the series. Williams again takes the part of a detached but certainly not disinterested observer. While he does not involve himself in the matter under consideration, he deeply...

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Written by memoirandremains
Saturday, 16 February 2019 12:35

Snopes Says That Abortion is Not the Leading Cause of Death Because Babies Don’t Die in Abortions

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Sometimes I feel like my head will explode………..you too?

I have written about Snopes in the past, and was quickly put in FB jail. Evidently, FB hired Snopes as their fact checker.   OY.

There are still Christians using these Leftists to fact check for them.  You may as...

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Written by Geri Ungurean
Saturday, 16 February 2019 12:33

The a priori argument against sola Scriptura

It is proved finally by reason. God was not ignorant of the fact that many difficulties would arise in the Church concerning the Faith. Therefore he had to provide a judge for the Church. But that judge cannot be Scripture…It is clear that Scripture is not the judge, because it is subject to...

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Written by steve
Saturday, 16 February 2019 11:22

Expedition 38: The Darkest Trial

Here’s the video for Expedition 38 in Exploring the Bible. If you want to bookmark a page where all the videos are posted, you can find them on my blog, on YouTube, or the Facebook page for Exploring the Bible.

If you haven’t started your kids on the...

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Written by David Murray
Saturday, 16 February 2019 11:13

Problems with the real presence

Usually, arguments about whether Jn 6 and 1 Cor 11 teach the real presence revolve around exegetical considerations. However, that's not the only pertinent consideration:
i) Sometimes reality can serve a hermeneutical role. If the bread or wine just is Jesus, then why doesn't it look like Jesus? The...

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Written by steve
Saturday, 16 February 2019 10:36

God upholds us who know Him in the arena of our pain

Authors: Ken Temple...

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Written by Ken Temple
Saturday, 16 February 2019 10:27

Two kinds of Christian apologists

At the risk of oversimplification, there are roughly two kinds of Christian apologists:i) The first kind calibrates the evidence to the plausibility structure of the "sincere truth-seeker" (an ideal abstraction). He seeks common ground with the unbeliever. He leads with a weaker position than his...

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Written by steve
Saturday, 16 February 2019 09:45

Sexual Abuse and the SBC: Albert Mohler Folds, Paige Patterson Doubles Down. Featured

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If someone bet me 1 to a 1,000,000 that we would never see Dr. Albert R. Mohler and Dr. Paige Patterson in a Casino at the same time, I’d take those odds. Nevertheless, I can think of no better metaphors to describe the recent public statements of these two Southern Baptist Luminaries than...

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Written by Seth Dunn