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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Friday, 14 December 2018 01:30

This 'n' That

imageSource Does anyone else remember what it used to mean to plan to see a movie? It meant arriving at the theater about 30 minutes early, buying your tickets, and then entering the theater and selecting your seat. Well, in case you haven't been to a movie in several years, consider this your friendly...

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Written by EBenz
Friday, 14 December 2018 01:24

Difficult Days Lay Ahead for Harvest Featured

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[World Magazine] Five years ago, Harvest Bible Chapel, a Chicago-area megachurch with multiple campuses and an average weekly attendance exceeding 12,000, sent shock waves through the Christian community when it publicly excommunicated two former elders and indirectly censured a third.

The...

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Written by Cherie Vandermillen
Friday, 14 December 2018 01:02

(Podcast 7.14.18) Is Isaiah 7:14 a Messianic Prophecy?

Recently, host Brian Chilton wrote an article asking if Isaiah 7:14 is a Messianic prophecy, that is, does it refer to the coming Messiah? On this edition of the Bellator Christi Podcast, Brian further explains why thinks that this passage of Scripture does indeed refer to the coming Messiah. The...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Friday, 14 December 2018 01:01

Free Stuff Fridays (Christian Audio)

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This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Christian Audio.

They are giving away five prizes this week, each of which will be a $50 gift card that you can use to purchase anything from their site. It’s a great opportunity to load up. As it happens, Christian Audio is in the...

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Written by Admin
Friday, 14 December 2018 00:50

Chaplain Bill. RIP.

I only have happy feelings when I think about my days as a student at Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS). It was such a formative time, and I remain grateful to professors who poured their lives and teaching into me during those years.

A big part of life on campus in those days was chapel. I...

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Written by Denny Burk
Friday, 14 December 2018 00:50

Christian Sufferer, Your Lord Is Near

Christian Sufferer- Your Lord Is Near from Crossway on Vimeo.

God Is Not Far

When you’re suffering, you reach for comfort. You reach for hope. You reach for some reason to get up in the morning and fight again. You reach for something that won’t make your suffering the dominant experience...

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Written by Paul Tripp
Friday, 14 December 2018 00:45

#107: The Death of the Savior[Sermon]

Join Dave as he looks at John 19:28-30.

The post #107: The Death of the Savior[Sermon] appeared first on Servants of Grace.

Authors: Dave Jenkins

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Duration: 2911 secondsSize: 38.86 Mb...

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Friday, 14 December 2018 00:25

Biblical Theology Study Bible Review

  Three years ago, Zondervan and D.A. Carson released one of the most in-depth study Bibles that is available, the NIV Zondervan Study Bible. It has now been improved upon and re-released as the NIV Biblical Theology Study Bible. The name change was made to better reflect the intended purpose...

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Written by Matt Sherro
Thursday, 13 December 2018 23:50

Stop Saying 81 Percent of White Evangelicals Vote for Trump (It Was Probably Less Than Half)

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I know I’m fighting a losing battle with this post. It won’t go viral. It probably won’t change many minds.

But I’ll give it a shot anyway.

No matter how many times people make the claim, it is simply wrong to say that 81 percent of white evangelicals in the United States...

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Written by Justin Taylor
Thursday, 13 December 2018 23:48

The Glaring Racial Hypocrisy of Albert Mohler and Russell Moore Featured

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This post was written by Thomas Littleton and has been reposted here with permission. Article originally posted at Thirty Pieces of Silver.

Southern Baptists and the Social Justice Voter:

The Dreadfully Racial Annual SBC Meetings Coming to Birmingham, Alabama in 2019

Pictured above is Albert Mohler at...

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Written by Guest Post
Thursday, 13 December 2018 23:38

Shout the Message

When we communicate the gospel of Jesus Christ only as a means to peace and happiness, already peaceful and happy pagans will politely listen and then turn away. We should not be surprised that a sin-numbed and self-deceived world will only shrug its shoulders and yawn at a gospel message whittled...

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Written by Glenn E. Chatfield
Thursday, 13 December 2018 22:57

The Power of Abuse and the Necessity of True Hope Featured

By Elizabeth Prata When you're a kid in an abusive home, the number one feeling is uncertainty. The abused child is uncertain that this is the way things are supposed to be. One is unsure. Is this love, when daddy hits me? Is this what love is when mommy neglects me? They tell you they love you,...

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Written by The End Time
Thursday, 13 December 2018 22:18

Of Fire Extinguishers and Temptation (Donny Friederichsen)

In the state of New Jersey, in order for a certificate of occupancy to be issued, a fire extinguisher is required to be placed within 10 feet of the kitchen in every single or two family dwelling. We have one mounted on the wall just around the corner from our stove and oven. I know where it is. I...

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Written by Reformation21 Blog
Thursday, 13 December 2018 22:12

4 Reasons You Should Preach through Hosea

The most minor thing about the Minor Prophets is their place in the life of the church today. Many of our people have never waded through the prophets’ robust theology of the God who disciplines his children and calls them to repentance. As a result, the word-pictures and often dismal future...

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Written by 9Marks
Thursday, 13 December 2018 22:00

“Atheist Missions.”

There are tens of thousands of Christian missions around the world that feed the homeless and take care of the poor. So I wondered how many atheist missions I could find on the Internet. I typed in “Atheist Missions,” and guess how many came up? Zip. I tried the search words...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Thursday, 13 December 2018 21:23

9MARKS Mark Dever and Fabian Socialist Featured

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This post was written by Thomas Littleton and has been reposted here with permission. Originally posted at Thirty Pieces of Silver, “9MARKS DEVER AND FABIAN SOCIALIST TRAINED EDITOR: HOW TO DITCH YOUR PRO-LIFE VOTING HABIT”

Mark Dever and 9MARKS Jonathan Leeman discuss politics and...

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Written by Guest Post
Thursday, 13 December 2018 20:51

NUGGETS

Hard Times at Harvest – This is a long, sad article. Let it be a warning to all pastors and elders as to the destructive power of bullying and financial mismanagement.

The Power of Christ-Centered Joy – a recent preaching series of 26 sermons has been posted to Sermon Audio. 

ACBC...

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Written by Paul Tautges
Thursday, 13 December 2018 20:39

Where the book-worm will not die #8230;

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I’m sure I was not the only one who read Andrew Wilson’s Books of the Year and imagined a paraphrase of Ecclesiastes: “Of reviewing many books there is no end, and such blog posts weary the body” (Ecclesiastes 12:12).

Didn’t Jesus say something along the lines of not...

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Written by Saint Stuffed Shirt
Thursday, 13 December 2018 20:00

Why Higher Education Needs to Know Its History

December 14,

2018

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We Need Guidelines

The richness of the Christian tradition can provide guidance for the complex challenges facing Christian higher education at this time. We believe not only that an appeal to tradition1 is timely but it also meets an important need...

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Written by David S. Dockery
Thursday, 13 December 2018 19:30

The Welcome, Acceptance, and Favor We Crave

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Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel,

praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”Luke 2:13–14 NIV

Heavenly Father, some culinary delights are to be savored s l o w l y, not...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Thursday, 13 December 2018 19:09

Kirk Cameron Wants You To Connect

imageThere’s no doubt the world has changed rapidly over the past 10 or 20 years. There’s no doubt that children are being raised in a very different world than their parents were. There’s no doubt that our children’s children will be raised in yet another world. The pace of...

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Written by Tim Challies
Thursday, 13 December 2018 19:00

Phylicia Masonheimer: The Sexual Struggle of Single Christian Girls

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I first met Phylicia a few years ago when she visited the Creation Museum with her family. We had about an hour to chat and I knew at the end of our conversation that I needed to have her speak at one our women’s conferences. I was so glad that next year’s theme was such a perfect fit...

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Written by Dr. Georgia Purdom
Thursday, 13 December 2018 19:00

Enjoy Free Christmas Chapters from The 10-Minute Bible Journey

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With all the busyness of shopping for gifts, decorating the house, preparing for company, cooking, traveling, and everything else that can come with the Christmas season, it’s easy to overlook the wonder of the real reason we celebrate Christmas. So to help you and your family focus your...

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Written by Ken Ham
Thursday, 13 December 2018 19:00

Random Ramblings, Ruminations, and Resources

imageChristmas cards, Christmas gifts, a lesson from Joseph, reindeer games, a challenge for the new year.

Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Thursday, 13 December 2018 19:00

The Death of Clear Thinking Featured

Last week, Roy Richard Grinker made an impassioned plea in the New York Times for the American Psychiatric Association to remove “being trans” from its list of mental disorders. His article is worrying, though perhaps not so much for the content as for what it reveals about this...

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Written by First Things RSS Feed - Carl R. Trueman
Thursday, 13 December 2018 18:56

A La Carte (December 14)

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There isn’t much to tell you about by way of Kindle deals today. We’ll hope for better things over the weekend.

(Yesterday on the blog:  Reader Feedback: Should We Make a Priority of Diversity in Church Leadership?)

Will John Chau Help or Harm Missions in India?

Two...

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Written by Tim Challies
Thursday, 13 December 2018 18:44

Thirty Days of Jesus Redux: Day 18, The Highest King Featured

By Elizabeth Prata
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Further ReadingThough the verse is literally speaking about King David, the relation of David to Christ means the verse also prefigures the preeminence of King Jesus. The throne, through David's line, would last forever through Christ.Gill's Exposition says,
Also I will make...

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Written by The End Time
Thursday, 13 December 2018 18:42

Bible Contradiction? Where did John baptize?

For more of our posts responding to alleged Bible contradictions check out our Collection of Posts Responding to Bible Contradictions.

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Where did John baptize?

Here are the two answers which the skeptic...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Thursday, 13 December 2018 18:00

Five Star Links

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. Kim:William Varner talks about some similarities between the Proverbs 31 woman and Ruth, in his post "Ruth and the Proverbs 31 Woman."
The eshet hayil in Prov 31:10 has led translators in many...

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Written by Kim Shay
Thursday, 13 December 2018 18:00

I Mean, WOW!

Back in 2013 I wrote The Christmas Carol Conspiracy where I kind of had a laugh at the expense of popular, secular singers who, with no genuine faith or intent to preach the gospel, were preaching the gospel by singing popular Christmas carols. I concluded with Paul's statement.
Some ... are...

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Written by Winging It
Thursday, 13 December 2018 18:00

The Nature and Wonder of Heaven

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In the book of Revelation, the Apostle John records the vision he received on the island of Patmos. In that vision, Christ showed John many things, including the new heaven and the new earth:

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the...

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Written by R.C. Sproul
Thursday, 13 December 2018 17:25

Advent: One like a son of the gods Featured

imageIts not your typical Christmas story, that’s for sure. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego had refused to worship the idol constructed by Nebuchadnezzar for his own self-aggrandizement. They proclaimed that they would only worship the true God of heaven, and thus found themselves on the wrong...

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Written by Jesse Johnson
Thursday, 13 December 2018 17:00

How Caring for the Poor Led to the Beginnings of Capitalism

What are the responsibilities of the church to the poor? Has the church historically been a force for change?

Examples from the Early Church

In the Jerusalem church, believers “held all things in common” (Acts 4:32). This is a favorite verse for those who believe that redistribution is a...

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Written by Dr. Glenn Sunshine
Thursday, 13 December 2018 16:03

True Prosperity

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Promotional emails and full-color mailers for Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and other holiday sales are coming your way, and so are the urges to buy more things, a lot more things. But step back and inhale a nice, slow, deep breath. Don’t let the tidal wave of holiday marketing and cultural...

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Written by Thomas Overmiller
Thursday, 13 December 2018 16:00

Raising Our Children to Be Givers in a Culture Infected by Affluenza

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The next generation is growing up amid—and inheriting—vast wealth. Even many children in Christian families don’t see their parents give and are not taught and encouraged to give themselves. So they become keepers and accumulators, and essentially self-preoccupied materialists....

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Written by Randy Alcorn
Thursday, 13 December 2018 16:00

Pasquale Orsini’s New Book on Palaeography

imageI’d like to draw attention ever so briefly to Pasquale Orsini’s excellent Studies on Greek and Coptic Majuscule Scripts and Books, published last month by De Gruyter (Studies in Manuscript Cultures 15). Many readers of our blog will have been familiar with Orsini’s...

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Written by Peter Malik
Thursday, 13 December 2018 16:00

On Herod the Great

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In seminary, one of my favorite classes was entitled “New Testament Backgrounds.” Unless you understand the context that shaped and informed first-century Israel, a great deal of the New Testament will be like cardboard. Of course, you don’t have to know any background...

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Written by TylerR
Thursday, 13 December 2018 16:00

The Scars of Sin

“But the Philistines took him, and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass; and he did grind in the prison house.” (Judges 16:21) The sad end of might... More...

Authors: Days of Praise from ICR...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Thursday, 13 December 2018 16:00

What Jesus Meant by “Water and the Spirit” Featured

There’s nothing we can do to earn our way into God’s kingdom. We need God to do something to us.

That truth demolishes every religious system outside of Christianity. And that is the sobering reality Jesus used to initiate His evangelistic encounter with Nicodemus—a man who had...

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Written by Grace to You Blog
Thursday, 13 December 2018 15:52

Is Critical Race Theory anti-Christian?

Yes, it is, according to this article.

Authors: Daniel C...

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Written by Daniel C
Thursday, 13 December 2018 15:22

Top Ten Books of 2018

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First, my usual disclaimer and explanation.

This list is not meant to assess the thousands of Christian books published each year, let alone every interesting book published in 2018. There are plenty of worthy titles that I am not able to read (and lots I never hear of). This is simply a list of the...

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Written by Kevin DeYoung
Thursday, 13 December 2018 15:08

Lost and Found

“Lost and found” 

As we were leaving the hall after the morning worship service last Lord’s Day we noticed a plastic bag hanging on the notice board with one word above it, “Found”. Someone decided to have a look, and in the bag was a set of spectacles that turned...

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Written by Allan Murray
Thursday, 13 December 2018 15:00

Trading Personhood for Power

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How is it that we live in societies of great abundance and prosperity, unparalleled in history in terms of the wealth and health we enjoy, and yet those societies are plagued by a chronic problem with loneliness? In the UK, up to 20% of people report feeling lonely most or all of the time and 75%...

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Written by Andrew Bunt
Thursday, 13 December 2018 14:15

The Christmas Story in a #MeToo Age

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I lived next door to a gal who’s dad would pastor a church and abuse children. The leaders of the church would find out, cover it up, and then quietly ask him to leave—a condemnable sweeping under the rug. And then, of course, he would go do it again at another church. For decades he...

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Written by Jim Essian
Thursday, 13 December 2018 14:10

Bad Biblical Theology Leads to Bad Sermons

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Much modern evangelical biblical theology is a gift to the church. It has successfully stemmed the tide of moralistic preaching in many churches and has provided useful theological resources to combat the most egregious theological dangers of our day, such as the prosperity gospel.

But I’ve...

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Written by Sam Emadi
Thursday, 13 December 2018 14:07

David Bahnsen on Greg Bahnsen

Written by C. L. Bolt
Thursday, 13 December 2018 14:05

December 14: Persecution of the Lord’s People

We’re putting the calendar aside for today, in view of the current persecution of our brothers and sisters in China. If you’ve not kept up with the situation there, we invite you to above all else read the statement by Pastor Wang Yi titled “My Declaration of Faithful...

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Written by Wayne Sparkman
Thursday, 13 December 2018 14:00

Video: "God's Dwelling Place" by Alistair Begg

Solomon’s prayer at the dedication of the Lord’s temple acknowledged that no earthly dwelling could hold the God of creation. The wonder of the incarnation, Alistair Begg explains, is that an uncontainable God took on flesh and became Immanuel, “God with us.” God's plan has...

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Written by TFL
Thursday, 13 December 2018 13:10

Trevin’s Seven

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This is likely my last post of the year. A very merry Christmas to all of you! Thank you for reading and recommending my column.

Kindle Deal: My book Clear Winter Nights: A Journey into Truth, Doubt, and What Comes After is just $1.99 on Kindle right now.

Seven of the best articles I...

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Written by Trevin Wax
Thursday, 13 December 2018 12:19

(Podcast 12.13.18) Re-airing of The Morals of the Story (Pt. 2 w. Drs. David and Marybeth Baggett)

Recently, Drs. David and Marybeth Baggett’s book, The Morals of the Story: Good News about a Good God, won Christianity Today’s 2019 Book Award of Merit in the Apologetics/Evangelism category. In celebration of this great accomplishment, Bellator Christi will re-air...

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Written by Brian Chilton