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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Tuesday, 04 August 2015 15:00

Justin Bass fact-checks Dan Barker’s debate performance

Two Rams butting heads: may the best ram win!

I read this post from Justin Bass, PhD about his recent debate with Dan Barker on the historical Jesus. Bass takes a look at Barker’s arguments in his written work, as well as his performance in the debates.

First, Barker does not quote any mainstream historians, he only cites people like G.A.

Written by Wintery Knight
Tuesday, 04 August 2015 14:52

True joy and the resurrection Featured

by Mike Ratliff

22 καὶ ὑμεῖς οὖν νῦν μὲν λύπην ἔχετε· πάλιν δὲ ὄψομαι ὑμᾶς, καὶ

Written by Mike Ratliff
Tuesday, 04 August 2015 14:47

Restraining Evil or Changing Hearts?

We should never cease speaking moral truth prophetically into the culture(s) in which we live ... proclaiming God's standard of right and wrong to which all people's conscience already bears witness. But we must remember that even if you were to persuade a few people of the truth of your moral cause you have still done nothing to advance the

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Tuesday, 04 August 2015 13:47

Michael Boling – What To Do About Planned Parenthood and Abortion Featured

The news of late has been filled with the disturbing news of Planned Parenthood trafficking in the body parts of aborted babies. Anyone who has watched the horrific videos that have been circling around social media can’t help but notice the sickening glee by which the Planned Parenthood operatives rejoice over the opportunity to use

Written by Mike Boling
Tuesday, 04 August 2015 13:05

On Defunding and the Diversity of Gifts: Some More Thoughts on the Planned Parenthood Outrage

Last week, in response to some heated discussions I had observed on Facebook, I tried to weigh into the whole discussion over the Planned Parenthood videos with “Seven Thoughts on the Planned Parenthood Outrage.” My post was more a reflection on how we in evangelical communities have responded, and should respond, to the Center for

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Tuesday, 04 August 2015 12:45

Not Watching the PP Videos Doesn't Make You Honest, It Makes You Derelict Featured

Yesterday, Democrats in the United States Senate blocked a bill to defund Planned Parenthood. The bill came about due to increasing public outrage spurred by a series of undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress showing how Planned Parenthood executives at the national and affiliate level change their procedures in
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Tuesday, 04 August 2015 12:25

Nate Shannon's one-trick pony show

Nate Shannon recently published an article ("The epistemology of divine conceptualism") which I will comment on:
The principle concern I have has to do with the incomprehensibility of God.
What a surprise! Yet another rerun of Shannon's one-trick pony show.
One problem is that he doesn't bother to define what he means by the incomprehensibility of
Written by steve
Tuesday, 04 August 2015 12:21

A Response to Hillsong Pastor Brian Houston: Finding the Truth in a World of Lies

Three days ago I posted a picture of two gay men (stars of the CBS reality show SURVIVOR) who stated in several interviews (the New York Times being one) that they were engaged to be married AND were worship leaders at Hillsong NYC church (a satellite church of Hillsong Australia). That picture and my commentary, along with a follow-up article on

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Tuesday, 04 August 2015 12:18

I shall be like that tree, I shall die at the top

NT scholars typically think "Jesus traditions" were initially transmitted orally. More liberal scholars think this was creative oral tradition; more conservative scholars think this was oral history, based on retentive living memory. Oral cultures foster a retentive memory.

Occasionally, you have a maverick scholar like Alan Millard who thinks

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Tuesday, 04 August 2015 12:00

Scripturalism's Cartesian deceiver

Ryan Hedrich has written a post that's in part a taxonomy of Scripturalist positions, as well as interacting with my analysis:

http://unapologetica.blogspot.com/2015/08/classifying-and-clarifying.html

Before engaging his post, I'll begin with some definitions:

i) Knowledge:

Traditionally, knowledge was defined as true belief. However, that's

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Tuesday, 04 August 2015 11:00

Atheist Jerry Coyne explains why morality is impossible for atheists

Sherlock Holmes and John Watson about to do philosophy

Let’s review what you need in your worldview in order to have a rationally grounded system of morality.

You need 5 things:

1) Objective moral values

There needs to be a way to distinguish what is good from what is bad. For example, the moral standard might specify that being kind to children

Written by Wintery Knight
Tuesday, 04 August 2015 09:11

What Insights Can We Gain from Paul’s Interaction with Philosophers on Mars Hill? (Video)

J. Warner Wallace visits with Bill Parkinson from Fellowship Bible Church (www.fellowshiponline.com) to discuss the nature of truth from a Christian worldview and the role evidence plays in establishing the truth claims of Christianity.

To see more Cold Case Christianity Training Videos with J. Warner Wallace, visit the YouTube playlist.

Authors:

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Tuesday, 04 August 2015 09:08

The Collapse of Their Righteousness Featured

I have just a couple points this morning, and not surprisingly, they are all related to the continuing Planned Parenthood scandal.

First, no one should doubt that the pro-abortion party is reeling, and there are objective grounds for saying this. And second, their precarious position needs to be connected, at every opportunity, to the gospel of our

Written by Douglas Wilson
Tuesday, 04 August 2015 09:01

Bible Believing Christian?? by Steven Kozar

 If you believe it’s important to follow the Bible, wouldn’t you want to “test all things” by God’s Word? Shouldn't you be like the Bereans in Acts 17:11 who kept "examining the scriptures daily to see if these things are so?" Shouldn’t you at least see which ideas have more scriptural support than others?...

Written by Steven Kozar
Tuesday, 04 August 2015 08:59

Brian Houston August 4, 2015 Statement on Homosexuality

Brian Houston released the following statement. The post Brian Houston August 4, 2015 Statement on Homosexuality appeared first on Stand Up For The Truth. [...]

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Tuesday, 04 August 2015 07:25

The fifth undercover video of Planned Parenthood Featured

It is hard to imagine that these undercover videos could get any worse, but they do. Each one is worse than the one before, and this fifth video is no exception. You will again see Planned Parenthood officials haggling over baby parts, admitting that they alter abortion procedures to preserve parts (which is illegal), and bragging about how much

Written by Denny Burk
Tuesday, 04 August 2015 07:23

Any Day — movie review

Movie: Any DayLength: 98 minRated: unratedStarring: Sean Bean, Kate Walsh, Tom Arnold, Eva Longoria Director: Rustam BranamanScreenplay: Rustam Branaman
 
Preface: I virtually never enjoy giving a negative review. So I never accept an offer of, say, a movie, unless I think there's a decent chance I'll like it. In the case of "Any...
Written by DJP
Tuesday, 04 August 2015 07:21

Moving People from Offense to the Truth

Oftentimes, when you disagree with someone’s views—particularly their religious and moral views—the person will take offense. When that happens, don’t get bothered or irritated. Just ask a question: “Why are you offended?” When they respond with some version of, “You think I’m wrong,” gently

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Tuesday, 04 August 2015 07:19

The 5th Undercover Planned Parenthood Video Drops

Today The Center for Medical Progress released its fifth video exposing the work of Planned Parenthood.

Here is the press release:

HOUSTON, Aug. 4–The fifth undercover video in the controversy over Planned Parenthood’s sale of aborted baby parts shows the Director of Research for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Melissa Farrell,

Written by Justin Taylor
Tuesday, 04 August 2015 07:09

Heading into dark places Featured

Today in our program we are going to spend some time asking you to consider the enormous influence of one megachurch empire on the Visible Church:  That global organization is Hillsong, known not... [...]

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Tuesday, 04 August 2015 07:00

Democrats defeat Republican bill to defund Planned Parenthood

Iowa Senator Joni Ernst’s bill to defund Planned Parenthood

Life News has the story.

Excerpt:

Senate Democrats today defeated an effort to revoke taxpayer funding for the Planned Parenthood abortion business by filibustering the bill and preventing a vote on it. Republicans were unable to secure the 60 voted needed to invoke cloture and stop

Written by Wintery Knight
Tuesday, 04 August 2015 05:39

Off the road - into the ditch.....Now what?

Off the road - into the ditch.....Now what?Daily thoughts, musings, prayer requests, and stuff:  please remember that my focus is on the psalms. That's why I only give brief mention to other scriptures from my daily reading.
  • Proverbs 4 - deals with a father's instruction. Sound teaching, understanding and wisdom and the benefits if you follow
Written by Mike Sullivan
Tuesday, 04 August 2015 05:19

Thomas Brooks – Consolations From Christ’s Imputed Righteousness

I. Justification through Imputed Righteousness

The justification of a sinner in the sight of God, upon the account of Christ’s righteousness imputed to him, whereby the guilt of sin is removed and the person of the sinner is accepted as righteous with the God of heaven, is that which I shall open to you distinctly in these following branches.

Written by Mike Boling
Tuesday, 04 August 2015 05:01

A. W. Pink – What is the Difference Between God’s Punishment and God’s Discipline? Featured

“Despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou are rebuked of him” — Hebrews 12:5

It is of first importance that we learn to draw a sharp distinction between Divine punishment and Divine chastisement: important for maintaining the honour and glory of God, and for the peace of mind of the Christian. The

Written by Mike Boling
Tuesday, 04 August 2015 05:00

DiM | “Through All of It” by Colton Dixon

Today we’re doing another “Discernment in Music” (DiM) day here at Faithful Stewardship (2 Corinthians 10:4-6 (ESV)).

August 04, 2015. Today we’ll be taking a look at “Through All of It” by Colton Dixon which currently sits at #13 on 20theCountdownMagazine’s top 20 and

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Tuesday, 04 August 2015 02:00

Download August’s Tabletalk for Free

The August issue of Tabletalkis out and we've made the digital edition free. Read it for free on iPad, select Android tablets, and Amazon's Kindle Fire. If you don't have one of the above devices, download the ePubMOBI, or PDF versions.

This issue of Tabletalk considers persecution. Jesus warned us, "If they persecuted me, they will

Written by Motte Brown
Tuesday, 04 August 2015 01:01

Reprise: Are There Apostles in the Church Today? Featured

Are there apostles in the church today?

Just ask your average fan of TBN, many of whom consider popular televangelists like Benny Hinn, Rod Parsley, and Joel Osteen to be apostles. (Here’s one such example [see page 22].)

Or, you could ask folks like Ron, Dennis, Gerald, ArsenioOscar, or Joanne. They not only

Written by Nathan Busenitz
Tuesday, 04 August 2015 01:01

Social Media and Digital Discernment Featured

* Editor’s note: This article was originally penned in 2010 for Pulpit magazine. Though written five years ago, it provides timely reminders for those who minister in a media-saturated society.

Twenty-five years ago Neil Postman observed that television had become an American “necessity” and lamented its effects on

Written by John MacArthur
Tuesday, 04 August 2015 01:00

The Sword

“Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.” (Matthew 10:34)

The Christian life is a life of war, and the Christian soldier must be a skilled swordsman if he is to survive and win. In our text, Jesus taught that a peaceful life would not be the Christian’s lot, but a life of

Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Tuesday, 04 August 2015 00:56

Destroying Cultures: A How To Guide Featured

Wanna know how to destroy a culture? There are many successful means by which we can do this, but one easy way is to target the children. Get them in the schools, attack the values and beliefs of their parents (usually behind their backs) and turn them into amoral and immoral sex perverts. This is a perfect recipe for laying waste a culture.

And it

Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Tuesday, 04 August 2015 00:53

Where We Hear God’s Name

  “‘…continually all the day my name is despised. Therefore, my people shall know my name. Therefore in that day they shall know that it is I who speak; here am I.'” “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace,...

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Tuesday, 04 August 2015 00:01

Gurnall on why many formerly orthodox people drift from truth

by Dan PhillipsThe man could have been a Pyro! In giving counsel how to inflame the heart with a love for truth, William Gurnall wrote this: Too often, we've seen men who begin more or less Biblically orthodox, who then drift further and further from the safe haven of God's Word. William Gurnall suggests one reason why.Likeness is the ground

Written by DJP
Saturday, 01 August 2015 00:28

The Day of the Gladness of Christ’s Heart

    “…on the day of his wedding, on the day of the gladness of his heart.” – Song of Solomon 3:11   Weddings as Parables The wedding day is to be the “day of the gladness” of the groom’s heart. It is the day that, by God’s design,...

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Written by Full of Eyes
Friday, 24 July 2015 00:40

3 Words that Settle Hearts, Silence Pride, and Establish Priority

“If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!“ – John 21:22   The One and the Many Christianity, unlike any other religion, is both communal and individual, both solitary and collective. It is right to say that Jesus died for the Church...

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Tuesday, 21 July 2015 01:07

Seeing God in Christ as the Means to the Unity of the Church

“Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one.” – John 17:11 Note: for an explanation of this picture choice, watch this video. Oneness is Important to Christ Jesus’ prayer to His Father in John 17 is one of the...

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Written by Full of Eyes
Friday, 17 July 2015 00:12

The Creator Crowned with Thorns

    “And the soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on His head and arrayed Him in a purple robe.” – John 19:2   A Weight of Glory If God the Son were to have incarnated as an emperor who ruled the entire planet, this would already have been an...

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Written by Full of Eyes
Friday, 10 July 2015 00:30

“How Do You Know Me?”

        “Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, ‘Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!’ Nathanael said to him, ‘How do you know me?’ Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you,...

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Written by Full of Eyes
Monday, 06 July 2015 23:47

Upheld by the Sovereign, Wounded Hand

The Lord is the upholder of my life – Psalm 54:4   Upheld by Another What a wonderful word, what a wonderful hope. Our lives are upheld by someone else. The Christian’s life is not a free standing structure. It is not a self-supported tower, it is – from first to...

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Friday, 03 July 2015 02:48

The Way, Truth, and Life is a Person

  “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.” – John 14:6   Reality is About a Person God is a person….not a force, not an idea, not a law, not an energy, but a person. He is “Supra-Person,” to be more precise, Father, Son, and Spirit – the...

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Written by Full of Eyes
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 01:41

When I Am Lifted Up From the Earth…

  “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” – John 12:32   The Heart Speaks… Out of the heart the mouth speaks, and out of a nation’s heart its Supreme Court decides. Last week, America’s “mouth” spoke,...

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Written by Full of Eyes
Friday, 26 June 2015 00:18

The Sorrows of Life and the Love of God

  “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” – John 11:21 In John’s account of Lazarus’ sickness and death, we are given an incredibly valuable gift, namely, the opportunity to view tragedy and suffering from God’s perspective....

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Written by Full of Eyes
Tuesday, 23 June 2015 01:38

What “Fear of the Lord” Does Not Mean

  “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” – Genesis 3:10   True Fear The Bible has a lot to say about “fearing the Lord.” To summarize the concept in an accurate but far too simple way, we can think...

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Written by Full of Eyes
Friday, 19 June 2015 01:22

Pour Out Your Hearts Before Him

    “Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.” – Psalm 62:8 Trust, intimacy, and safety…three things that all healthy human hearts long for, and three things that are deeply intertwined. We do not have true...

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Written by Full of Eyes
Tuesday, 16 June 2015 00:38

Our Love is Our Engine

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.” –...

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Written by Full of Eyes
Friday, 12 June 2015 00:48

To Good to Be True?

    “Is anything too hard for the LORD?” – Genesis 18:14   Is Anything to Wonderful for the Lord? God has just informed Abraham and Sarah – both of them nearing one hundred years old – that they will have a son together within a year. Sarah laughs...

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Monday, 08 June 2015 23:48

Crucifixion: God Exalts Himself to Show Mercy

    Isaiah 30:18, “Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore He exalts Himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of Justice; blessed are all those who wait for Him.”   Mysterious “Therfores” The “therefores” in this...

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Friday, 05 June 2015 01:47

Water and Blood

    Revelation 5:9,”Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain…”   In Revelation 5:9 we see something simple and yet staggering in its implications: Jesus is worthy to take the scroll and open its seals because He was slain....

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Written by Full of Eyes
Tuesday, 02 June 2015 00:58

Love Gives

    John 3:16, “For God so LOVED the world that He GAVE His only Son…” John 17:24, “Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have GIVEN me because you LOVED me before the foundation of the...

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Written by Full of Eyes
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 02:09

Some Joys of Being a Lamb and Having a Shepherd

  “The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no...

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Monday, 18 May 2015 00:55

The Breath of Christ and the Life of the World

    “If He should set His heart to it and gather to Himself His spirit and His breath, all flesh would perish together, and man would return to the dust.” – Job 34:14-15   The Intimacy of Existence “IF He should set His heart to it….” With these...

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