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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Monday, 06 January 2014 05:18

Abortion: The American Holocaust - Bellator Christi

image  Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a “holocaust” as either “a thorough destruction of life especially with the use of fire” and/or as “a mass slaughter of people” (Merriam-Webster, www.m-w.com). The term holocausthaunts me greatly. It does so because...

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Monday, 30 December 2013 04:09

Ten Great Challenges Facing the Church in 2014 - Bellator Christi

image    While many are thinking about what resolutions they wish to make for the New Year, Christians find themselves facing many difficult challenges as they face the upcoming year. Many challenges exist for the Christian church. However, one will find that the following challenges rank...

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Thursday, 19 December 2013 04:21

The Case for the Pre-Existence of Christ: The Birthday that was Not the Beginning - Bellator Christi

Thursday, 19 December 2013 02:12

The Case for the Pre-Existence of Christ: The Birthday that was Not the Beginning - Bellator Christi

image      Recently, we celebrated my wife’s birthday. As we reach a certain age, we remember the date, but the year begins to become foggy (intentionally, of course). When one celebrates a person’s birthday, the person’s life is being celebrated. The birthday...

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Thursday, 12 December 2013 04:35

Why I Still Believe in the Virgin Birth of Christ - Bellator Christi

Here is an article that was posted last December. It lists the reasons why this writer still believes in the Virgin Birth of Christ. God bless and remember that Jesus is the reason for the holiday season.

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Monday, 09 December 2013 11:36

The Physical Ailment Theory in Regard to Paul's "Thorn in the Flesh" - Bellator Christi

image     Note: This following is a paper that was submitted for coursework at Liberty University. The paper may NOT be reused and is posted only for informational and educational purposes. If anyone chooses to falsely submit this paper as his or her own work, that person may be subject...

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Monday, 02 December 2013 13:10

Is God a Sexist? Evaluating the Importance the Bible Places on Women - Bellator Christi

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Monday, 02 December 2013 13:05

Is God a Sexist? Evaluating the Importance the Bible Places on Women - Bellator Christi

image     Famed atheist Richard Dawkins writes, “the God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all of fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic,...

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Friday, 29 November 2013 05:02

Great Article for Those Wanting Evidence for the Exodus - Bellator Christi

Some have asked for evidence concerning the Exodus. Archaeologist Ted Wright has posted some interesting information concerning data in support for the Exodus. Check out his article at http://crossexamined.org/was-there-an-exodus-conquest/. A lot of the problem surrounds the dating of the...

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Monday, 25 November 2013 13:56

The Art of Thanksgiving: Biblical Ways to Express Your Thanks - Bellator Christi

image   It is nearing Thanksgiving Thursday. As most prepare turkeys and dressing, mashed potatoes, yams, and the like, it is the goal of this season to be grateful and thankful for the blessings that we have received. I have noticed on social media that many have partaken upon themselves to...

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Wednesday, 20 November 2013 01:10

Thank You for Helping Us Break our Goal!!! - Bellator Christi

imageIf you are reading this post, then I want to say thank you. This website has broken a goal that I had set for it months ago. The first post was issued on the launch of the website on November 25, 2012. The goal was to reach 7,000 readers by the one-year anniversary. The site has surpassed that...

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Wednesday, 20 November 2013 01:10

Thank You for Helping Us Break our Goal!!! - Bellator Christi

imageIf you are reading this post, then I want to say thank you. This website has broken a goal that I had set for it months ago. The first post was issued on the launch of the website on November 25, 2012. The goal was to reach 7,000 readers by the one-year anniversary. The site has surpassed that...

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Monday, 18 November 2013 13:58

Six Views on Creation and Origins - Bellator Christi

image     How did we get here? Where are we going? These are among the major questions that every human must face eventually. In modern times, six theories exist to explain the origins of the universe and humanity. For all but one, God is part of the equation. The first five balance two...

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Monday, 18 November 2013 13:58

Six Views on Creation and Origins - Bellator Christi

image     How did we get here? Where are we going? These are among the major questions that every human must face eventually. In modern times, six theories exist to explain the origins of the universe and humanity. For all but one, God is part of the equation. The first five balance two...

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Written by Bellator Christi
Sunday, 17 November 2013 06:22

The Faith of Scientists: Rebuttal to Jerry A. Coyne's Article in Slate Magazine - Bellator Christi

image     There is great confusion these days on particular terms especially when it comes into the realm of theology, philosophy, and science. The term faith is thrown around with a variety of different meanings. For some, faith means a blind acceptance of...

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Monday, 11 November 2013 02:03

Loving God with the Mind: Evaluating Truth Claims with Simple Logic - Bellator Christi

image     When one thinks about loving God, emotional worship is probably the first thing to come to mind. Perhaps it is a view of people shimmying and shaking. Maybe it is a different view. Maybe it is a view of someone giving of themselves to God self-sacrificially. Have you ever...

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Tuesday, 05 November 2013 08:35

Various Forms of God's Grace - Bellator Christi

image     Many terms in the church vernacular are taken for granted. Some terms are heard so many times that their impact is lost. The term “grace” is much that way. “Grace” and “mercy” are similar words, but with distinct differences. Mercy (elee&r...

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Monday, 04 November 2013 12:00

Delay in Weekly Post - Bellator Christi

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Greetings to our readers,

Due to some extenuating circumstances, this Monday’s article will be slightly delayed. I anticipate having the article “Various Forms of God’s Grace” available sometime tomorrow afternoon. I am working on some exciting topics in the weeks ahead.

 ...

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Monday, 04 November 2013 12:00

Delay in Weekly Post - Bellator Christi

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Greetings to our readers,

Due to some extenuating circumstances, this Monday’s article will be slightly delayed. I anticipate having the article “Various Forms of God’s Grace” available sometime tomorrow afternoon. I am working on some exciting topics in the weeks ahead.

 ...

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Monday, 28 October 2013 10:26

Living in the Age of the Laodicean Church - Bellator Christi

image     In the book of Revelation, there are seven churches that are addressed. Ephesus was the faithful church. Smyrna was the persecuted church. Pergamum was the indulgent church. Thyatira was the compromised church. Sardis was the dead church. Philadelphia was the mission-minded...

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Monday, 21 October 2013 06:19

30 Abbreviated Arguments for the Existence of God - Bellator Christi

image  Many apologists focus on a few arguments. But did you realize there are multiple arguments for the existence of God? Understand that it would be impossible for one to post an in-depth article on each of these arguments without having written a book. It is not the purpose of this article...

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Friday, 18 October 2013 14:01

THE TENEABILITY OF DIVINE PRESCIENCE IN ROMANS 8:28-30 BASED AROUND THE TERM "PROGINWSKW" - Bellator Christi

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NOTE: The following is an academic paper written by Pastor Brian Chilton. The contents of this paper are for educational purposes only. The contents of this paper have been scanned into programs that would flag any attempts for one to use the paper as their own intellectual property. Any person who...

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Tuesday, 15 October 2013 04:09

If We are Here and God is God, Then Why Worry: Removing Christian Fear about Scientific Discoveries - Bellator Christi

image  In the view of many, science and religion are irreconcilable enemies. Some scientists feel this way and many religious individuals feel this way, too. This is fueled by discoveries  used by secularists to supposedly damage the faith of the faithful. One will read the...

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Friday, 11 October 2013 12:11

Not So Covert Problems Concerning "The Covert Messiah" - Bellator Christi

imageThose of you who are part of Christian communities on Facebook have probably heard of a conference presented by Joseph Atwill (a self-professed Bible scholar) to be held October 19th, 2013 in London, England. Atwill claims to have discovered some Roman documents that claim that Jesus Christ was a...

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Thursday, 10 October 2013 04:07

The Importance of Apologetics for Pastors: Reflections on Joel Osteen's Huffington Post Interview - Bellator Christi

image There has been a lot of talk concerning Joel Osteen’s interview on the Huffington Post. Many have discussed and posted concerns over some of the comments that Osteen made. However, as I watched the video, I was struck by another reality. It did not seem that Osteen was prepared for the...

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Monday, 07 October 2013 03:17

Delay in This Week's Posts and Upcoming Articles - Bellator Christi

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Greetings to our readers!!!

This week’s posts will be delayed. I am in the process of writing a major paper for a Systematic Theology class. Also, I am preaching a revival this week and will be preparing for the messages, as well. Therefore, this week’s posts will be published towards...

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Monday, 30 September 2013 04:22

Signs that the New Atheist Movement May be Collapsing - Bellator Christi

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Monday, 30 September 2013 04:13

Signs that the New Atheist Movement May be Collapsing - Bellator Christi

image    Dr. William Lane Craig recently completed a tour of Australia. Within this tour, Dr. Craig debated Dr. Lawrence Krauss in a series of three debates. However, there was not much debate on the side of Krauss. Instead, there were relentless attacks upon Craig’s character. In...

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Thursday, 26 September 2013 15:41

The Kalaam Cosmological Argument: Short, Sweet, and Stout - Bellator Christi

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Thursday, 26 September 2013 15:37

The Kalaam Cosmological Argument: Short, Sweet, and Stout - Bellator Christi

image  Many philosophical and apologetic arguments are difficult to commit to memory. Some arguments consist of five thorough points. Sometimes these arguments are difficult to bring out especially when you are speaking to someone about the faith. However, there is one such argument that is...

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Sunday, 22 September 2013 10:56

Gory Video Games: Harmless Time Killers or a Harbor for Training Killers? - Bellator Christi

image     Today after church service, I had the opportunity to speak to a godly, Christian woman who is also a teacher. We spoke about the violent nature of some children today (certainly not all) and the possible link to violent entertainment…particularly video games. As a...

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Friday, 20 September 2013 12:16

Does the Existence of Hell Cause God to be Immoral? - Bellator Christi

Many people love to think about what heaven may be like. But very few talk about the realities of hell. In fact, Jesus spoke on hell quite often. In the New American Standard Bible, the English term “hell” appears 13 times in the New Testament. If hell is in fact a real place, and Jesus...

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Monday, 16 September 2013 08:56

Are You a "Gotcha" Christian? - Bellator Christi

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Monday, 16 September 2013 08:53

Are You a "Gotcha" Christian? - Bellator Christi

A godly man on Facebook recently posted a comment on what he called “Gotcha” Christians. “Gotcha” Christians are Christians who are quick to judge another who has fallen into a sin. The term comes from the game “Gotcha” where, as the tagline states, one...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 10:17

Lessons Learned From a Cast-Fisherman - Bellator Christi

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Wednesday, 11 September 2013 10:09

Lessons Learned From a Cast-Fisherman - Bellator Christi

image Jesus used stories and metaphors to communicate powerful truths.  Mark even writes of Jesus, “Jesus used many similar stories and illustrations to teach the people as much as they could understand. In fact, in his public ministry he never taught without using parables; but...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 03:40

Objections to Thomas Aquina's Objectors - Bellator Christi

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Wednesday, 04 September 2013 03:27

Objections to Thomas Aquina's Objectors - Bellator Christi

imageThomas Aquinas is perhaps one of the greatest Christian thinkers of all time.  Aquinas is the epitome of Christian apologists.  Aquinas lived from January 28, 1225 to March 7, 1274.  Aquinas was written off at an early age due to his large frame.  But, Aquinas would later be...

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Friday, 30 August 2013 13:59

Is God Near When God Feels Distant? - Bellator Christi

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Friday, 30 August 2013 13:54

Is God Near When God Feels Distant? - Bellator Christi

I regularly listen to Greg Koukl’s Stand to Reason broadcast aired Sunday afternoons on American Family Radio.  The live shows occur on Tuesday afternoons at 4pm Pacific time.  Normally, I listen to the podcasts which are available before the show airs.  This week, an...

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Wednesday, 28 August 2013 08:56

Has the Dream Been Realized? Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington - Bellator Christi

Wednesday, 28 August 2013 08:49

Has the Dream Been Realized? Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington - Bellator Christi

image     Today (August 28th, 2013) marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.    Although it must be admitted that our society has advanced by great leaps and bounds, one must...

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Monday, 26 August 2013 04:19

What the Evangelical's Response to Miley Cyrus' VMA Performance Should Be - Bellator Christi

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Monday, 26 August 2013 04:12

What the Evangelical's Response to Miley Cyrus' VMA Performance Should Be - Bellator Christi

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I must admit that I do not watch the Video Music Awards.  I never have and, quite frankly, probably never will.  Many, however, do.  One needs not watch the Video Music Awards to know of the controversy surrounding one or more of the performances due to the media and internet...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Saturday, 24 August 2013 04:36

Could the Church of the Future Be Constituted by the Atheists of Today? - Bellator Christi

Written by Brian Chilton
Saturday, 24 August 2013 04:36

Could the Church of the Future Be Constituted by the Atheists of Today? - Bellator Christi

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Saturday, 24 August 2013 04:32

Could the Church of the Future Be Constituted by the Atheists of Today? - Bellator Christi

One of the amazing things about God is how God is able to transform a person from one pathway to a completely different pathway…a better pathway.  I recently spoke to an individual who told me of an inspirational pastor.  This pastor was originally from California and was actively...

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Monday, 19 August 2013 22:43

That's Not In My Bible: The Differences Between Translations - Bellator Christi

Written by Brian Chilton
Monday, 19 August 2013 10:45

That's Not In My Bible: The Differences Between Translations - Bellator Christi

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“That’s not in my Bible” is a classic statement given by those who become entrenched in the debate on translations.   Due to the nature of tradition, many will elevate a particular translation to the point of being the only true Bible.  Those in universities and...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Saturday, 17 August 2013 06:13

Exegesis of John 15:1-11: The Vine and Branches - Bellator Christi

Disclaimer: This paper is the exclusive work of Pastor Brian Chilton.  This paper may not be copied and reused as one’s own work under any circumstances.  Quotations used from the paper are permissible so long as the quotations do not constitute the majority of one’s overall...

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