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, 19 August 2019 12:26

The Blessing of Heaven as a Near Reality

Their ages: 94 and 84. They have been friends, Sunday school members, and sisters in the faith for years. And now they were saying goodbye. I stood aside with my children close and watched as these two dear women embraced. It was a happy day–a going away lunch as one sweet widow packed up...

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Written by Melissa
Monday, 19 August 2019 11:54

How to Explain Covenantal Headship to Your Members 

Covenantal headship, also known as federal headship, refers to a relationship in which an individual represents a larger group and the actions of the representative are imputed onto the larger group. This idea is central to Paul’s argument in Romans 5:12–21. In explaining covenantal...

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Written by Daniel Gardner
Monday, 19 August 2019 11:49

Why Penal Substitutionary Atonement Matters for Counseling

I was a murderer.

When I was twenty-five I became pregnant. Unsaved, unmarried, and raised in a church that taught that babies weren’t human until they were born, the solution to my “problem” was nauseatingly simple. So, I made an appointment, had the procedure, took a few days off...

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Written by Daniel Gardner
Monday, 19 August 2019 11:44

The Adjustment Bureau – AYJW095

Are we in control of our destinies? Does love really conquer all? The Adjustment Bureau’s cross genre high concept science fiction chick flick somehow manages to answer both questions . . . maybe. Visit areyoujustwatching.com/95 for the complete show notes.

Authors: Eve Franklin...

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Written by Eve Franklin
Monday, 19 August 2019 11:31

How Charles Finney (and other Overly Emotional Preachers) Made It Difficult to Preach the Gospel

“Liberal charismatics.”

That’s how my friend described the teenagers in his church’s youth group. As he described them, these youths would outstretch their arms during corporate worship, and sing at the top of their lungs about their longing for God. At the same time, they...

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Written by Daniel Gardner
Monday, 19 August 2019 11:28

Explaining Penal Substitutionary Atonement in our Personal Evangelism

That Jesus died for our sins is the most common, and perhaps most basic, statement of the Christian gospel. The Apostle Paul described his evangelistic proclamation in much the same way: “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in...

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Written by Daniel Gardner
Monday, 19 August 2019 11:20

Did Jesus Affirm Penal Substitutionary Atonement?

Vincent Taylor wisely conceded, “The attempt to say how Jesus interpreted his death is an ambitious inquiry. No apology is needed if it is accomplished only in part.” [1] Let me add my hearty “Amen” to Taylor’s concession as I invite you to explore with me...

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Written by Daniel Gardner
Monday, 19 August 2019 11:14

God of the Cross: 5 Recommended Books on the Atonement

If you grew up in church, there’s a decent chance that you take penal substitution for granted. In other words, if your background is solidly evangelical, you might assume that everyone naturally affirms the atonement as the act by which Christ satisfied the law’s demands, assuaged the...

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Written by Daniel Gardner
Monday, 19 August 2019 11:13

What Is Penal Substitution?

According to the apostle Paul, the death and resurrection of Jesus are the “first things” of the gospel (1 Cor 15:3–4). [1] Christians have debated both of these first things throughout the history of the church. Regarding Jesus’ death, they have debated whether...

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Written by Daniel Gardner
Monday, 19 August 2019 11:11

How Does the Cross of Christ Make Sense of the Kingdom of God?

Perspectives on Jesus have been offered from all over the world, but the voice of the man closest to the cross of Christ has rarely been heard. “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom” (Luke 23:42). How could this thief view a beaten, bloodied, and crucified criminal as one...

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Written by Daniel Gardner
Monday, 19 August 2019 11:09

Lose Particular Redemption, Lose Penal Substitution

The (assigned!) topic raises a question. Particular redemption receives enough hostile press already. So, is 9Marks overly scholastic in suggesting that the “What?” of the atonement (penal substitution) and the “For whom?” (particular redemption) are inextricably linked?

The...

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Written by Daniel Gardner
Monday, 19 August 2019 11:08

How Does Penal Substitution Relate to Other Atonement Theories?

Trying to capture all that our Lord Jesus Christ achieved in his glorious work is not easy given its multi-faceted aspects. John Calvin sought to summarize the comprehensive nature of Christ’s work by the munus triplex—Christ’s threefold office as our new covenant head and...

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Written by Daniel Gardner
Monday, 19 August 2019 11:06

Did the Church Fathers Affirm Penal Substitutionary Atonement?

The substitutionary death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the centerpiece of the Bible and of Christian theology. Substitutionary atonement was foreshadowed in the sacrificial system of the Old Testament, accomplished in the New Testament, and has been preached, believed, and treasured...

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Written by Daniel Gardner
Monday, 19 August 2019 11:04

Four Questions to Ask about the Atonement

The doctrine of penal substitution is under attack today—and that’s an understatement. From voices outside of evangelical theology to those within, the historic Reformation view of the cross is claimed to be a “modern” invention from the cultural West. Others criticize the...

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Written by Daniel Gardner
Monday, 19 August 2019 11:04

Nothing To Be Ashamed Of: Penal Substitutionary Atonement In Honor-Shame Cultures

We, the authors, were born, raised, born again, and currently live and serve in what may be appropriately labeled as honor-shame cultures. The prevailing view among many theologians and missiologists concerning our cultural context is that presenting Christ’s atonement in terms of penal...

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Written by Daniel Gardner
Monday, 19 August 2019 11:02

Does Penal Substitutionary Atonement Rupture the Trinity?

Recently, Thomas McCall published an article in Christianity Today entitled “Is the Wrath of God Really Satisfying?” As a Christian (and pastor and professor) who believes in penal substitutionary atonement —that Christ died in our place to assuage the...

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Written by Daniel Gardner
Monday, 19 August 2019 11:01

Differences Between Evangelicals and Protestants

Monday, 19 August 2019 11:00

Answering 4 Common Objections to Penal Substitutionary Atonement

In his classic book, The Cross of Christ (IVP, 2006), John Stott famously wrote: “At the root of every caricature of the cross there lies a distorted Christology” (159). I couldn’t agree more, yet it’s crucial to remember that a true Christology is also dependent...

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Written by Daniel Gardner
Monday, 19 August 2019 11:00

“Jesus Died for Sinners”: Do Your People Know What This Actually Means?

The longer I pastor, the more I’m convinced that pastors should regularly preach the unsearchable riches of Christ not only for the salvation of the lost but also for the believers’ growth in grace.

But sadly, when dealing with the Savior’s work in saving us from sin, we preachers...

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Written by 9Marks
Monday, 19 August 2019 11:00

On the Inexhaustible Riches of Preaching Christ and Him Crucified

The atonement—Christ’s blood shed as the ransom for sinners—is the very core of the gospel. There is no good news without Christ’s sacrifice, for without the shedding of blood there can be no forgiveness of sins. To preach the cross means to preach penal substitutionary...

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Written by Daniel Gardner
Monday, 19 August 2019 11:00

20 Quotes from It Is Well: Expositions on Substitutionary Atonement

Editor’s note: You can purchase It Is Wellhere.

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From time to time I’ve been asked, “Where is the cross in your church?” People look around our 1911 meeting house and find no cross there. You won’t find it in gold, silver, or wood. You won’t find it...

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Written by Daniel Gardner
Monday, 19 August 2019 10:42

Changes to Polemics Report

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Hey all you P&P supporters, There are a few changes to Polemics Report, the official podcast of Pulpit & Pen. For the last few years, we’ve done a webcast version of Polemics Report, live-streamed...

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Written by News Division
Monday, 19 August 2019 10:11

The Spiritual Discipline of Journaling

In this Episode, James and Royce discuss the spiritual discipline of Journaling with their special guest, Aaron Day. Aaron helps define spiritual journaling and gives some good practical tips on how to journal effectively. Using Donald Whitney’s book Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian...

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Written by James White
Monday, 19 August 2019 10:06

Embracing Our Finitude

From the very beginning, human beings have not been content to embrace their finitude. Not wanting to operate within the boundaries God set for them in Eden, Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit so that they could be like their Creator in His knowledge of good and evil (Gen. 3:1–7). Whether...

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Monday, 19 August 2019 08:44

The Legend of the Lone Pastor

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Clearly history testifies that certain men have risen and, as the Lord called for, stood "in the gap before Me" in pastoral ministry (Ezek. 22:30). Jonah was sent alone into the heart of the great city of Ninevah to preach a message of repentance. Titus was apparently left by himself for a period...

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Written by Barry York
Monday, 19 August 2019 08:28

Is Penal Substitutionary Atonement Cosmic Child Abuse?

        Liberal theologians object to penal substitution on the grounds that no just legal system would ever try an innocent victim in the place of wrenched criminals. It is claimed that the doctrine portrays God as some vengeful and bloodthirsty tyrant who wants to punish His...

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Written by Jesse
Monday, 19 August 2019 08:26

Why Tullian Tchividjian is permanently disqualified.

Back in 2016 Chris Rosebrough, Pastor of Kongsvinger Lutheran Church and ‘Pirate Captain’ of ‘Fighting for the Faith’, posted the following statement:

“In light of the recent revelations regarding Tullian Tchividjian and my joining together with other pastors and...

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Written by churchwatcher
Monday, 19 August 2019 07:37

Christ Is Reconciling All Things To Himself

[Colossians] 1:20 to reconcile all things to Himself. Christ is the remedy for alienation from God, and eventually all things will be changed and brought into a unity in Him, even though this will involve judgement (1 Cor. 15:24-28).1:24 Because of the union of believers with Christ, Paul's...

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Written by Jesse
Monday, 19 August 2019 07:20

Is it Right to Alert Pastors When You See Problems and Divisions Arising? Featured

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Do members of a church have the responsibility to alert the pastors when they see divisions arising in the church? How important is the communication of the sheep with the shepherds in order to maintain unity in the church?

Authors: Clint Leiter...

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Written by Clint Leiter
Monday, 19 August 2019 07:00

Power to Produce

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Some thoughts I typed just over a week ago...

A Turn in Weather

It clouded over today so we decided to explore - we spent an hour walking along the beach at the side of the lake, then rising up from the water's edge at Garda, we ambled lazily and randomly around local lanes and fields.

A Time to...

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Written by Andrew Kerr
Monday, 19 August 2019 07:00

Antinomianism Featured

by Mike Ratliff

4 Πᾶς ὁ ποιῶν τὴν ἁμαρτίαν καὶ τὴν ἀνομίαν ποιεῖ, καὶ ἡ...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Monday, 19 August 2019 06:56

Want to go to Israel with me in 2020? Watch video for more info!

Good Afternoon , I'm leading a trip to Israel and would like you to come with me. May 12-22, 2020, Watchman Fellowship is hosting an amazing visit to the Holy Land. We will be visiting all of the major biblical and historical sites. Please watch this brief video, (2.5 minutes) to learn more....

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Written by profilesubs
Monday, 19 August 2019 06:32

Why I'm Not a Continuationist

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Sometimes, to be a leader, you need to be defined not only by what youarebut also by what youare not. This article is meant to describewhat I am not. In this article, I want you to know thatI am not acontinuationist. I’m not writing this to persuade you to my camp, but just to explain...

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Written by Pursuing the Pursuer - Blog
Monday, 19 August 2019 06:18

Am I Truly Born Again?

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Four Evidences That You Are New

By William Farley:

We all know that not everyone who claims to be a born-again Christian is a genuine follower of Christ. A 2017 study by LifeWay Research discovered that 24% of Americans profess to be evangelical. A higher percent claim to be born again. But when...

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Written by Peter Cockrell
Monday, 19 August 2019 06:00

Rashida Tlaib and Ilan Omar SUPPORT TERRORISM and All JIHADIST Groups

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I will be basing this piece on an article by Robert Spencer, who is one of my favorite writers.

If you are watching mainstream media, then you really have received the spin on truth – not TRUTH.  It grieves me to say that not even F0x news can be depended upon entirely to bring you...

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Written by Geri Ungurean
Monday, 19 August 2019 05:59

Kuyper, Common Grace 1.5

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(Rainbow, Badlands National Park)

In the fifth chapter, Kuyper addresses the “blessings” of the Noahic covenant. He notes that the “covenant” comes to use a promise from God. The covenant is similar to an ordinance, but it binds God:

Genesis 9:8–17 (ESV)

Then God...

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Written by memoirandremains
Monday, 19 August 2019 05:59

‘Songs of Praise’ Program Features Same-Sex Wedding

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[The Christian Institute] BBC’s Songs of Praise has alienated its viewers after it featured a same-sex wedding in this week’s programme. Jamie Wallace and Ian McDowell married at Rutherglen United Reformed Church near Glasgow—one...

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Written by News Division
Monday, 19 August 2019 05:46

The Providence of God After the Pattern of Christ Featured

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Observe the providence of God in the dispensations of it, about the man Christ, the most noble and august object of it, more valuable than a thousand worlds. Did not Providence keep this course with Him, first humbling Him, then exalting Him, and lifting Him up? First bringing Him...

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Written by john_hendryx
Monday, 19 August 2019 05:36

Methodist University Hires MUSLIM Chaplain

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Shenandoah University, a Methodist school, believes that Christianity and Islam are equal in nature and that both religions will help students’ spiritual development. So, the college – located in Winchester, Virginia – posted Located...

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Written by News Division
Monday, 19 August 2019 05:27

Why Tullian Tchividjian is Permanently Disqualified Featured

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This morning, I listened to a sermon from Tullian Tchividjian. It wasn't a sermon he preached yesteryear. It was a sermon he preached yesterday. And he wasn't preaching as a guest speaker in someone else's church. He was preaching in his own church that he has planted in Florida.Tullian...

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Written by Gabriel Hughes
Monday, 19 August 2019 05:10

Fighting Cynicism (Keyes)

image I have to admit that sometimes my cynicism level gets too high. And it brings with it a nasty form of apathy. I’m not cynical about the truths of the Christian faith, the reality of God’s existence, or the historic Christian church, but I am sometimes cynical about many other...

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Written by Reformed Reader
Monday, 19 August 2019 05:08

Tullian Tchividjian Officially Launches New Church

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Disgraced muti-adulterer, Tullian Tchividjian, is officially starting a new “church” in Florida, after having been defrocked by his Presbytery and disciplined by multiple churches. We last reported that Tchividjian was going to start a...

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Written by News Division
Monday, 19 August 2019 04:47

08/19/2019

•Rick Thomas joins us in studio
•Why is there a rise in suicide?
•How the Gospel bears fruit in everyday life
•The spiritual significance of mustard and mayonnaise
•Why do people cut themselves?
•The gravity of anger

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Written by joey
Monday, 19 August 2019 04:38

The Joy of Service by Julian Hardyman

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10Publishing, 2016
I think I was given this at an FIEC Pastors' Network meeting a year or so ago. A freebie. 
The brief chapters glance at themes like, 'Ministry as Service', 'Ministry and Suffering' and 'Ministry and Prayer'.
I guess this is aimed at aspiring and newbie pastors, with a nod to...

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Written by Guy Davies
Monday, 19 August 2019 04:30

Podcast: The Significance of Singleness (with Christina Hitchcock)

The number of single adults has been growing for the past few decades in the US and today the number of households headed by a single person are more than 50% of all households. Yet in many churches the unwritten norm is “married with children,” and marriage is often seen as a sign of...

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Written by Sean McDowell
Monday, 19 August 2019 04:28

Girl Sues Boys’ Choir for Discrimination

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The treasured all-boys choir is 500-years-old. That didn’t prevent a young girl’s family from suing the choir for “gender discrimination” to demand that their daughter be allowed in. The German State and Cathedral Choir...

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Written by News Division
Monday, 19 August 2019 04:23

Too Wretched For Radio 08/19/2019

Francis Chan brings Catholics and NAR together

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Written by joey
Monday, 19 August 2019 03:57

Seminary President, Danny Akin, Says Social Justice Critics are like “Gestapo”

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[Capstone Report] The fight over Identity Politics in the Southern Baptist Convention hit a new low Sunday when Dr. Daniel Akin accused conservative critics as forming a Theological Gestapo. The attack came as Dr....

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Written by News Division
Monday, 19 August 2019 03:47

Some basic biblical principles on communication and relationships

Some very general rules about relationships and communication: something which is far easier to understand than it is follow:

First, there is the matter of communication. It is to be clear and direct, not manipulative. That is what Jesus meant by “let your yes be yes”; and what is behind...

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Written by memoirandremains
Monday, 19 August 2019 03:45

‘Progressive’ Pastor Teams Up with Stripper to Help Illegal Immigration

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Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! – 1 Corinthians 6:15 A stripper at...

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Written by News Division