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, 24 June 2013 03:46

Seven Reasons Why Prayer is Important - Bellator Christi

Written by Brian Chilton
Monday, 24 June 2013 03:43

Seven Reasons Why Prayer is Important - Bellator Christi

Prayer is one characteristics that is shared among many world religions and philosophies.  In the end, the key difference is the recipient of the prayer.  But what is prayer?  Why is prayer important?  Why do speakers, teachers, and religious leaders emphasize the importance of...

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Friday, 21 June 2013 14:36

Hearing from God: Is It Possible to Discern the Voice of God? - Bellator Christi

Written by Brian Chilton
Friday, 21 June 2013 14:34

Hearing from God: Is It Possible to Discern the Voice of God? - Bellator Christi

Recently, I heard a respectable Christian talk show host claim that it was impossible to hear from God.  He blasted Henry Blackaby’s discipleship program Experiencing God claiming that no one can learn to hear from God.  He also claimed that to say that one could hear from God...

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Monday, 17 June 2013 06:10

Dangers of "Cultic Churches"–Marks of Good Theological Churches that have Gone Bad - Bellator Christi

Monday, 17 June 2013 06:07

Dangers of "Cultic Churches"–Marks of Good Theological Churches that have Gone Bad - Bellator Christi

Most readers have heard of cults.  The very name “cult” may bring to mind a group of people participating in a voodoo type of dance, ready to sacrifice an unwilling participant; or perhaps, a maniacal leader, such as David Koresh or Jim Jones, who brainwashes his victims for...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Sunday, 16 June 2013 08:51

The Need for Christian Fathers: Biblical Principles for Christian Fatherhood - Bellator Christi

Sunday, 16 June 2013 08:48

The Need for Christian Fathers: Biblical Principles for Christian Fatherhood - Bellator Christi

On this Father’s Day, I, being a father, contemplate on the biblical principles for fathers.  Now more than ever before, we need godly Christian men to assume the role of a father.  We cannot afford any more dead-beat dads who claim to

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Monday, 10 June 2013 03:47

Some Possible Reasons Why God Allows Disasters to Strike - Bellator Christi

Written by Brian Chilton
Monday, 10 June 2013 03:42

Some Possible Reasons Why God Allows Disasters to Strike - Bellator Christi

It is a classic question.  “Why did God allow _______ to happen?”  You can fill-in-the-blank with a variety of terms.  Recently, this question has had to do with a rash of natural disasters that have struck Oklahoma and other areas.  Anytime a disaster strikes, one...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Saturday, 08 June 2013 03:51

The Disciplines of Rest - Bellator Christi

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Saturday, 08 June 2013 03:48

The Disciplines of Rest - Bellator Christi

I have just finished reading a great book by Donald S. Whitney titled Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life.  In the book, Whitney lists ten different spiritual disciplines that is attributed with godliness.  Two disciplines really stood out to me: the disciplines of silence...

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Monday, 03 June 2013 22:08

Finishing Well - Bellator Christi

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Monday, 03 June 2013 08:13

Are American Professional Sports Leagues Losing Their Professionalism? - Bellator Christi

Monday, 03 June 2013 04:13

Are American Professional Sports Leagues Losing Their Professionalism? - Bellator Christi

Are American Profession Sports Leagues Losing Their Professionalism?

By: Pastor Brian Chilton

    

Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “professionalism” as:

“1     a : of, relating to, or characteristic of a profession

b : engaged in one of the...

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Sunday, 02 June 2013 06:33

Finishing Well - Bellator Christi

God did something incredible last week.  I was feeling low and discouraged.  My dad handed me a tape earlier that Sunday that I had been searching for the past year or so.  It was the tape of Dr. Randy Kilby’s last message.  Dr. Randy Kilby was the president of Fruitland...

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Sunday, 26 May 2013 13:19

Reflections on Christian Coaching - Bellator Christi

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Recently, I had the opportunity to interview a member of our church who is also actively involved in coaching.  I interviewed Darryl Speer, an elementary school basketball coach and a tee ball coach.  We discussed the integration of Christianity in coaching.  You can access that...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Thursday, 23 May 2013 08:13

Finding Fault with God - Bellator Christi

Finding Fault with God

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Just a thought.  Can God win with us?  Is it not odd that people seem to desire to pick a reason to be angry with God?  Some people get angry at God because they think that God does nothing about sinful humanity.  Then, when disasters strike, people desire...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Monday, 20 May 2013 05:25

Necessity of One God, Not Many - Bellator Christi

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Necessity of One God, Not Many

Pastor Brian Chilton

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Many worldviews hold to polytheism.  Polytheism is the belief in multiple gods or goddesses.  Hindus are polytheistic as are Mormons.  Hindus believe that...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Friday, 17 May 2013 13:05

Ponderings of a Finale and a Foul-up - Bellator Christi

Ponderings of a Finale and a Foul-up

By: Pastor Brian Chilton

This week of television has presented a great surprise in a finale of a nine-year network comedy show and has also presented a major “foul-up” of a popular American Christian evangelist.  In this brief article, I wish to...

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Sunday, 12 May 2013 22:25

"The Problem of Evil" by Drew Payne - Bellator Christi

The Problem of Evil Addressed from a Philosophical PerspectiveJ. Andrew Payne

Foreword: Last week, we posted an article addressing the co-existence of a loving, powerful God with the presence of suffering and evil.  We approached the issue from a more theological perspective.  In...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Friday, 10 May 2013 04:00

Tentative Schedule for Upcoming Articles and Shows - Bellator Christi

Written by Brian Chilton
Friday, 10 May 2013 03:59

Tentative Schedule for Upcoming Articles and Shows - Bellator Christi

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Next Week:     The Problem of God and Suffering, Part 2…Philosophical Perspective (Article pending by Drew Payne);

May 20th:      If One God is Necessary, Multiple Gods Are Not

May 27th:      Christianity in Coaching (Perspectives Learned from Christian...

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Friday, 10 May 2013 03:21

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Monday, 06 May 2013 04:19

Why Does a Loving, Powerful God Allow Suffering and Evil? - Bellator Christi

Written by Brian Chilton
Monday, 06 May 2013 04:17

Why Does a Loving, Powerful God Allow Suffering and Evil? - Bellator Christi

Why Does a Loving God Allow Suffering?

A Theological Look at How a Loving, Powerful God can Co-exist with Evil and Suffering in the World

 

By: Pastor Brian Chilton

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You do not have to look very far to find evil and suffering in the world.  A few weeks ago from the writing of this...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Monday, 29 April 2013 02:34

Why the Violence in the Old Testament? - Bellator Christi

Written by Brian Chilton
Monday, 29 April 2013 01:29

Why the Violence in the Old Testament? - Bellator Christi

Why the Violence in the Old Testament?

By: Pastor Brian Chilton

Catch the audio broadcast that coincides with this issue by clicking here.

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The recent epic miniseries The Bible accomplished exactly what Roma Downey, the producer of the mini-series, set for the series to do; get people talking about the...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Friday, 26 April 2013 06:35

Worldview Analysis of Secular Humanism - Bellator Christi

The following is a recent paper that I wrote on Secular Humanism for a class at Liberty.  Hope you enjoy it.

Worldview Analysis of Secular Humanism

By: Pastor Brian Chilton

The Christian theist is opposed by many worldviews.  While various religions and worldviews have been around since the...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Thursday, 18 April 2013 15:18

Are Deathbed Conversions Fair? - Bellator Christi

Are Death Bed Conversions Fair?

Pastor Brian Chilton

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A church member approached me recently and asked a difficult question.  He told me of the story of a family member who had accepted Christ as Savior moments before he died.  While the church member was happy that his relative had made it...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 04:37

Powerful Subjects Ahead from You the Reader! - Bellator Christi

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We are now reaching close to 1,100 readers in 35 nations!  It is amazing to be part of what God is doing.  However, there are many serious questions that have been presented to us.  We believe that, although not every detail will be known, we can find answers in God’s Word, in...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Monday, 15 April 2013 01:05

The Importance of Doctrine, Part 1 (Article by Drew Payne, foreword by Pastor Brian Chilton) - Bellator Christi

Foreword by Pastor Brian Chilton

In our postmodern culture where everything has seemingly become relative, doctrine has become a byword for many Christians.  The term doctrine is paralleled by the term “orthodoxy” which means “right belief.”  The term...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Sunday, 07 April 2013 14:28

Does Suicide Condemn Someone to Hell? - Bellator Christi

Does Suicide Condemn Someone to Hell?

By: Pastor Brian Chilton

Click here to hear the radio broadcast to this show at “Redeeming Truth Radio.”

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This past week, we heard of a tragedy.  Pastor Rick Warren and his family suffered a great loss as his son died from suicide. ...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Sunday, 31 March 2013 13:28

The Shroud of Turin: Ingenious Hoax or Ultimate Holy Relic? - Bellator Christi

The Shroud of Turin: Hoax or Holy Relic?

 By: Pastor Brian Chilton

The Shroud of Turin is one of the most enigmatic artifacts of all-time.  The Shroud of Turin is a 14.3′ by 3.7′ linen cloth held at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Turin, Italy.  The cloth bears a...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Sunday, 24 March 2013 13:31

Evidence for the Resurrection of Christ: Part 5 of 5-Negative Evidence - Bellator Christi

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Evidence for the Resurrection of Christ (Part 5 of 5)

“Negative Evidence”

 

By: Pastor Brian Chilton

 

Football is by far my favorite sport.  Being an avid weightlifter, I love watching the power of the men on...

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Monday, 18 March 2013 04:53

Evidence for the Resurrection of Christ: Part 4–Psychological Evidence - Bellator Christi

We originally planned to have 4 parts to this topic.  However, as time has progressed, it has become necessary to have five parts.  So if previous articles listed only four in this series…understand that yes, I can count and have not lost my mind.  image  The material...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Monday, 18 March 2013 03:05

Evidence for the Resurrection of Christ: Part 3–Prophetic Witness - Bellator Christi

The Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ

Part 3: Prophetic Witness

by: Pastor Brian Chilton

 

Have you ever had a premonition; you know a feeling like you have done something before or a feeling like something bad might happen if you continue doing something that you know is wrong? ...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Sunday, 10 March 2013 10:14

Evidence for the Resurrection of Christ (Eyewitness Evidence) - Bellator Christi

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Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus:

Eyewitness Evidence

 

by: Pastor Brian Chilton

 

When a tornado touches down, reporters search for individuals who witnessed the tornado first-hand.  One may report on the sound...

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Monday, 04 March 2013 08:45

Evidence for the Resurrection of Christ (Part 1b-Historical Evidence) - Bellator Christi

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Evidence for the Resurrection of Christ:

Historical Evidence (Part 2)

 Pastor Brian Chilton

Look for the 1st installment of “Evidence for the Resurrection of Christ: Historical Evidence (Part...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Monday, 04 March 2013 06:16

Evidence for the Resurrection of Christ (Part 1a of 4: Historical Evidences) - Bellator Christi

Monday, 04 March 2013 03:55

Evidence for the Resurrection of Christ (Part 1a of 4: Historical Evidences) - Bellator Christi

Click here to listen to the “Redeeming Truth” show summarizing this information.

Evidence for the Resurrection of Christ

Part 1 of 4: Historical Evidence

 Pastor Brian Chilton

The resurrection of Jesus is the pivotal moment of history.  If the resurrection is an event of history,...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Monday, 25 February 2013 03:19

Who Really Wrote the Gospels? - Bellator Christi

Click here for the Redeeming Truth Radio show on “Who Really Wrote the Gospels?”

The “Gospel of Matthew” and “The Gospel of John” portions of this transcript were submitted as part of a discussion board for NBTS 521 at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary....

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Written by Brian Chilton
Monday, 18 February 2013 03:34

Experiencing Angels - Bellator Christi

Click here to hear the “Redeeming Truth Radio” show on “Experiencing Angels.”

Experiencing Angels

Pastor Brian Chilton

“Keep on loving each other as brothers and sisters.* 2 Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Monday, 11 February 2013 03:03

What's Love Got to Do With It? - Bellator Christi

Written by Brian Chilton
Monday, 11 February 2013 02:53

What's Love Got to Do With It? - Bellator Christi

Click here to hear the “Redeeming Truth” show on the same topic

 

What’s Love Got to Do with It?

Pastor Brian Chilton

image Tina Turner popularized the song “What’s Love Got to Do with It” in the 80s.  Turner asks a good question.  What does love have to do...

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Monday, 04 February 2013 04:06

Does Science Conflict with a Belief in God? - Bellator Christi

Written by Brian Chilton
Monday, 04 February 2013 04:03

Does Science Conflict with a Belief in God? - Bellator Christi

Click here to hear the “Redeeming Truth” broadcast of “Does Science Conflict with a Belief in God.”

Does Science Conflict with a Belief in God?

by: Pastor Brian Chilton

Does science conflict with a belief in God?  Some atheists would like for you to think that it does....

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Written by Brian Chilton
Saturday, 02 February 2013 11:07

"Two Major Problems with the Ideas of John Calvin" by Pastor Brian Chilton - Bellator Christi

Here is my refutation of Mr. Andrew Payne’s paper.  As we mentioned earlier, critical examination of ideas is imperative at the scholarly level (or in our case the graduate level).  This is not intended to be a personal attack upon Mr. Payne or necessarily his work.  This paper...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Friday, 01 February 2013 09:21

"Why Not Arminianism?" by Andrew Payne - Bellator Christi

As we mentioned before, Mr. Payne and I come from two different viewpoints on the sovereignty of God and the free will of humanity.  Mr. Payne is a classic Calvinist whereas I am more in line with Arminianism.  The following paper is a rebuttal to my previous paper “Why...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 07:43

"What's Wrong with Open Theism?" - Bellator Christi

Click here for the episode on “Redeeming Truth” that deals with Open Theism.

What’s Wrong with Open Theism?

by: Pastor Brian Chilton

Does God know the future?  Most evangelical Christians would say yes.  However, a good number of Christians would say no.  Who are those...

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Written by Brian Chilton