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
Three topics on today’s program: started off with the story of Joseph Smith’s “Seer Stone” and the recent publication of pictures of it by the LDS Church (my, how times have changed!). Then we moved on to the Hillsong story, Carl Lentz, Brian Houston, and the very confusing, odd statement released a few days ago that
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The abortion debate reared its head again this summer after controversial tweets by Richard Dawkins made the news.
Justin hosts a discussion between Mara Clarke of the Abortion Support Network and Scott Klusendorf of the Life Training Instititute. Mara
Back in 2012 I decided to create a website for christian apologetics and a place for believers to work through social and spiritual issues through the lens of scripture. Overall, the concept was simple and truthfully not very original. Looking back now, ultimately I tailored the content toward young Christians who shared the same Reformed
Sorry you have to click through to get to the trailer, but life sometimes has difficulties that attend us on the way. I would fix it if I could, but we were not put into this world for pleasure alone. At any rate, here it is:
Authors: Douglas Wilson
The 2015 General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America will be most remembered for how we responded to a personal resolution asking that the PCA acknowledge and repent of past sins during the Civil Rights era.
One of the first major speeches made was by a Hispanic member of the Committee who wondered why we were only addressing
I'm going to begin by quoting some representative statements:
They argued that the time for confession of sin that is acknowledged to have occurred is always now, and that if we admit that we have sinned, we should not delay but confess our sins now. Psalm 32 was appealed to, on which the Very Reverend Dr. Bryan Chapell preached the opening night
Bethel Church’s Kris Vallotton has come up with tests to determine if a person is a true prophet of God that Spirit of Error has posted. This is laughable in light of the fact that Vallotton himself is a false prophet. Beware, brethren, as this wolf is attempting to pull the wool over the sheep’s eyes. I was
In this piece radio host, author, speaker and straight-talker (no pun intended) Bradlee Dean lays out the homosexual agenda for the Boy Scouts of America. Dean warns: Boys who become scouts to receive a healthy, moral upbringing are instead becoming lifetime victims of criminals who prey on children. “The laws that they mean to
"It is important for us...to always remember that the Christian’s homeland is Heaven." -Alistair Begg
When trials come our way, reactions often include fear, anger or even grief. But joy? Happiness and hard times don’t often mix. On Truth For Life, Alistair Begg will explain
This article appeared in the far left UK Telegraph. (H/T Dina)
New banning orders intended to clamp down on hate preachers and terrorist propagandists should be used against Christian teachers who teach children that gay marriage is “wrong”, a Tory MP has argued.
Mark Spencer called for
I recently left some comments at the Calvinist International:
It appears that conversation has died down, so I'm going to repost my comments.
Vincent Torley asked some questions, which I answered. Torley is a Catholic Intelligent Design
The following is a rundown of today's podcast, annotated with links that were either mentioned on the show or inspired by it:
Commentary: Planned Parenthood Videos – Interview with Tim Barnett (0:00)
A few days ago I wrote, in that lucid and penetrating way I sometimes have, that we ought not be tying other political or cultural issues to our pursuit of Planned Parenthood. As much as within us lies, we ought to keep the focus and attention on the indefensible conduct of Planned Parenthood, and the outrageous behavior of those politicians who
There is one characteristic (common to all great theologians and pastors throughout church history) that young ministers, especially those in seminary, must learn to cultivate–namely, the ability to think for themselves. It is far too easy for young men to slide into the intellectually lazy mode of simply parroting what some revered pastor
As we continue our walk through the Gospel According to Matthew, last week we closed out Matthew 14.
Today, we will be looking at some impactful teaching from our Lord Jesus Christ, followed by some more miracles testifying of Jesus Christ as the Son of God and of His compassion and love.
Matthew 15:1-9 (ESV) | Traditions and
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WARNING: The video above contains graphic images of violence against unborn children, especially in the second half. Viewer discretion is advised.
Rachel Alexander writes about the fifth video from the Center for Medical Progress at The Stream.
Posing as a research
On Saturday morning I woke up to find God’s Crime Scene ranked as the #1 Best Seller on Amazon’s list of “Evangelism” books. I will admit I was excited and humbled, but truly surprised. Saturday was the first day the book was available to the public, and prior to this publishing date I saw it was doing well in pre-sales in
Note: I post the article below every year as seminary students arrive. I hope it will prove helpful for a new crop of readers (or maybe even prior ones!)
In another month or so, a new crop of seminary students will begin the grueling month-long experience of Summer Greek. And, like all seminary students before them, they will
Thinking about preaching while reading the prophets is a sobering thing. Whether it’s Isaiah’s commission to preach to a deaf and blind people, or Jeremiah’s call to go preach without fear to those who threaten his life and reject his message, the prophets don’t exactly make good promo material for aspiring seminarians.
One of my sinful shortcomings is that I love to take matters into my own hands. I have a sneaking suspicion that I am not alone in this. Whenever I sense that things around me are less than secure, I tend to allow myself to be consumed with brainstorming, seeking counsel and devising plans to “fix the problem.” However, I often fail
After my second episode of pulmonary embolism last summer, I decided to finally get serious about physical exercise. I’m on the thin side (understatement of the year), I’ve never really needed to watch my weight, and I’ve kept quite active, but I’d definitely become a bit soft and flabby. I needed to get my heart
In his lengthy discussion of the Decalogue in Institutes of the Christian Religion, Calvin expresses a dual truth; that we are to love all mankind without exception, and that those who are tied more closely to us should benefit from our special loving attention.
I do not deny that the more closely a man is linked to us, the more intimate
After the Senate failed to defund Planned Parenthood, Robbie George explained why he had to leave the Democratic Party:
Even after pro-abortion forces gained the upper hand in the Party in the 1970s (causing me and countless others to bolt) there remained a substantial and, for a while, far from powerless “Democrats for Life”
And in the naked light I saw Ten thousand people, maybe more. People talking without speaking, People hearing without listening, People writing songs that voices never share And no one dared Disturb the sound of silence.
I assume Simon and Garfunkel weren’t talking about church services, but sometimes I wonder. Despite the Scriptural
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a bibliophile is "A lover of books; a book-fancier." Although this is a helpful definition, I'm not entirely sure I want to refer to myself as a "fancier" of anything. I'm from Texas. We either like something or we don't. We don't "fancy" things. It's...unnatural.
Today’s article is a continuation from yesterday’s post, as Dr. MacArthur provides a pastoral perspective on how Christians can think discerningly about how to use social media.
Every Careless Word
The book of Proverbs tells us that, “He who spreads slander is a fool. When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable, but he
By John MacArthur
Music, movies, and social media all contribute to shaping the world’s view of love. It is regularly confused with lust and usually driven by the quest to gratify our own selfish desires. As Christians we need to recognize the hypocrisy of that worldly mindset. The defining quality of God’s love is that He set aside
“And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.” (Genesis 9:11)
When God gave Noah this promise, the world had just been through the devastating cataclysm that flooded the entire globe and destroyed all
by F.X. TurkMy Dear Fellow Citizens;The vast majority of you have never heard of me, and for that all of us should be really happy. You don't want someone like me to be famous, and I don't want someone like me to be famous. But I'm worried about us, and I wanted to tell you why, and see if there is anything you think we might be able
On January 22, 2006, Kobe Bryant did the unthinkable. He scored 81 points in a single NBA Basketball Game. One of the greatest players to play the game, accomplished one of the greatest feats in the history of basketball.
And I was there.
You should have seen me. I couldn’t get out of the arena fast enough to call anyone I knew
A prayer frequently offered during worship: “May our country’s leaders end their bickering and work to solve the country’s problems.”
No doubt this petition is innocently intended. However, its premises seem to be as follows.
1. Politicians quarrel not because they have fundamentally opposed views of what
Sean Michael LucasYesterday at 8:18pm · Twitter ·I have to admit: not sure how a white person can read any history of race in America & not think there's a lot to repent of & apologize for.
Predictably, this statement provoked a strong response, both pro and con. Commenters who defended the tweet appealed to the principle of
An excerpt from “Our Great God and Saviour" by Eric J. Alexander
What happens when we magnify something? We do not actually increase its size. When we magnify something we make its true nature clearer and more obvious to ourselves. That is what the psalmist means when he speaks of magnifying the name of God. He is saying that we are to make
The 5th Undercover Planned Parenthood Video Drops | TGCI must be honest, I simply can’t watch when these videos move into the “labs.” But as we need to know, and to be sickened by this without being sick, why not either look away and listen, or scroll up sufficiently to see the transcript at the foot of the screen but not
I spent the afternoon at Pershing Square, in downtown Los Angeles, with two incoming The Master’s Seminary students: Warner Aldridge and Adam Fischer. The three of us were there to herald the gospel, distribute the Word of God and paper missionaries, and engage people in conversation. After LAPD asked us to stop using amplification, we
This past weekend, President of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention (ERLC of the SBC) Dr. Russell Moore came to speak at The Village Church. Saturday morning, he led a forum entitled “Is Christianity Dying” Forum and Saturday night, preached a message entitled “God and Country
Many people who oppose capital punishment are the same people who support assisted suicide. A stock objection to capital punishment is the risk of executing the innocent. If you're wrong, they don't get a second chance.
But when it comes to assisted suicide, you know that you're killing the innocent. They weren't even convicted of a serious
Author’s Note: I am preaching through Genesis on Wednesday nights. Here I will present edited notes in blog form. You can listen to the sermon below and download it here. May God be glorified and His people edified. Comments below if you like.
After three sessions in Genesis 6, in this study we finally move on to chapter seven. God had...
Among the important questions America puts before presidential candidates should be this: “Will you pledge to stop using the executive branch to spread inaccurate, divisive homosexual propaganda to other nations?”
Obama’s obsession with exporting the “LGBT” agenda came up again recently when he visited his ancestral
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