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, 18 September 2017 02:25

Religious pedigree

This post is occasioned by the question of whether Ahmadis are real Muslims. Because the late Nabeel Qureshi was the most high-profile Muslim convert to Christianity, Muslim apologists attempt to discredit his witness by claiming that Admadis aren't real Muslims. 
Since I'm not Muslim, I don't...

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Written by steve
Monday, 18 September 2017 02:19

Spiritual Disciplines and the Appearance of Wisdom

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Spiritual Formation….Contemplative/Centering/Apopathic/Breath Prayer….”Christian Yoga“….Enneagram (you’ll learn about this below) are terms Bible believing evangelicals must become familiar with. All of these practices have been introduced into mainstream...

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Written by Marsha West
Monday, 18 September 2017 02:17

Deification: The Patristic Roots of the Reformation (2)

“Theosis” and “deification” are culpably ambiguous terms. On the other hand, using one of them in the title did get you to click on the link, did it not?

There are unobjectionable (as well as objectionable) ways of construing the concept behind the term, and there were senses...

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Written by E.J. Hutchinson
Monday, 18 September 2017 02:07

Sermon: Spirit and Truth Featured

From a sermon series on worship, from John 4:1-26. Topics include worship that God rejects, true worship vs false worship, and worshipping God in Spirit and Truth.

As always, you can listen at SermonAudio or iTunes, or listen by clicking below.

 

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Written by JD Hall
Monday, 18 September 2017 02:00

Preachers and Prepackaged Programs Featured

Original post date: March 18, 2015

The moment we permit ourselves to think lightly of the Christian Ministry, our right arm is withered; nothing but imbecility and relaxation remains. (Robert Hall, Discouragements and Supports of the Ministry, 45)

It is the best of times and the worst of...

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Written by Jonathan Rourke
Monday, 18 September 2017 01:31

Remembering Nabeel Qureshi - Bellator Christi

By: Brian Chilton | September 18, 2017

image The Christian community lost a wonderful man of God this past Saturday, September 16, 2017. Nabeel Qureshi entered his eternal home after a year-long battle with stomach cancer at the tender age of 34. While Nabeel has left us, he has left behind a wonderful...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Monday, 18 September 2017 01:27

Flavel Versus Cary: The Baptists Have Made Infant Baptism The Article Of Standing Or Falling Of The Church

But if your meaning be, (as I strongly suspect it is) that we must not expect to be owned by Christ, except we give up infants baptism; then, I say, it is the most uncharitable, as well as unwarrantable, and dangerous censure . . . Continue reading →

Authors: R. Scott Clark...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Monday, 18 September 2017 01:12

Office Hours: Godfrey On The Lutheran And The Reformed

Presently, the confessional Lutheran churches and the confessional Reformed and Presbyterian churches represent two distinct traditions and several different denominations. There is a gulf between them. Apart from a few cooperative enterprises the two traditions are not actively engaged in any...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Monday, 18 September 2017 01:08

Faith Follows Regeneration (Phillips)

image Here’s a brief but biblical explanation of the truth that faith follows regeneration:

“…It is clear from the Bible that the Spirit’s regenerating work always precedes and causes faith.  Jesus stated this to Nicodemus: ‘Unless one is born again he cannot see the...

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Written by Reformed Reader
Monday, 18 September 2017 00:46

What “Black and White” Twins Teach Us About Supposed “Race”

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Several years ago I wrote an article for our Answers magazine titled “It’s Not Just Black & White.” This article looked at several examples of what are referred to as “black and white” twins—fraternal twins where one is dark skinned with black hair and the...

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Written by Ken Ham
Monday, 18 September 2017 00:40

Dating the Book of Hebrews

Michael Kok follows up his post on the authorship of Hebrews here with a post here laying out some of the data to be taken into consideration in dating the book.

Authors: BibleX...

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Written by BibleX
Monday, 18 September 2017 00:20

The Mystical New Age Roots Of “Jesus Calling” Revisited

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After receiving so many emails about my article on “women pastors” asking about the book referenced in the article; I decided to republish an article I wrote on “Jesus Calling” over two years ago.

The Mystical New Age Roots of “Jesus Calling”

We have been searching...

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Written by Geri Ungurean
Monday, 18 September 2017 00:14

New Book on Charles Taylor with an Essay of mine on Liturgy in a Secular Age

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A new book edited by Collin Hansen on the tenth anniversary of Charles Taylor’s A Secular Age has just been released by the Gospel Coalition. There are a number of thoughtful and stimulating essays within the volume, which would be very rewarding of your attention, even if you haven’t...

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Written by Alastair Roberts
Monday, 18 September 2017 00:00

The Hardest Thing We'll Ever Do is Just Plain Faithfulness

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I caused a bit of a kerfuffle over on my Facebook page the other day by attempting to encourage one group of folks and bumbling it a bit. The husband and I hashed over it all while going to pick up a white slipcovered couch we found on Facebook Marketplace, which should tell you two things:...

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Written by Lore Wilbert
Monday, 18 September 2017 00:00

David French identifies the root case of sexual assaults on university campuses

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David French has written about the problems that women are facing on campus in National Review. (H/T Sarah)

Excerpt:

In the debate over Title IX and sexual assault on campus, I keep hearing the same questions: Sure,...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Sunday, 17 September 2017 23:52

Jim West (I Hear He’s Great) Will Be Speaking at Newman University

From the University’s web page

Dr Jim West from Ming Hua Theological College will be visiting Newman University Birmingham on 25th September for a public lecture on ‘The Intersection of Academic Biblical Studies and the Life of the Church’.

Dr West will be visiting the...

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Written by Jim
Sunday, 17 September 2017 23:38

Christians and Public Education

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We have all heard the sad statistics:  Up to two-thirds of young Christians leave their faith by the time they attend College.   And while there are certainly several factors in play, one that is often sited is public education and its clearly secular humanist agenda.  Public...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Sunday, 17 September 2017 23:32

Gospeling Souls Right into Hell

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A 1517 / Jagged Word Crosspost

I recently heard a preacher say that it is possible for preachers and teachers to “Gospel souls right into hell.” I really don’t wish to mischaracterize or impugn what the preacher was trying to communicate, but, needless to say, I was a bit shocked.

I...

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Written by Dr. Scott Keith
Sunday, 17 September 2017 23:30

A Tether Ball in a Tornado

Unacceptabilify the Man Who Said Boobs on CNN

So Clay Travis of Fox Sports was being interviewed by Brooke Baldwin of CNN, and they were talking about ESPN, so the segment should already have had some crackle in it. But then Travis went on to say that he was a First Amendment absolutist, believing...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Sunday, 17 September 2017 23:25

Hate Watching

I didn’t watch the Emmys last night (in fact, I didn’t know they were on). But the morning after Hollywood award shows is always an interesting time on Christian social media. One of the most reliable tropes in evangelical “cultural engagement” is the blog or Facebook post...

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Written by Samuel James
Sunday, 17 September 2017 23:06

What Makes God Excited?

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Actually beating my sons in Mario Kart. Having a tickle fight with my daughters. Going on a date with my wife. Watching my team win. Those are some of the things that get me excited.

What makes you excited? What moves you so much you want to stand up and shout?

Each of us has things that are uniquely...

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Written by Aaron Earls
Sunday, 17 September 2017 23:03

Why I Signed the Nashville Statement: For the Church’s Clarity in a Wayward World

Recently, an individual contacted me and told me that my book,God and the Transgender Debate, had been of great comfort to them. Every author hopes for an email like the one I received, especially given the labor of love one devotes to a book. This person divulged to me that they had struggled...

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Written by CBMW
Sunday, 17 September 2017 23:01

Social Learning – Getting A Bachelor’s Degree in Kingdom Generosity

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David Kirkland, center, leads the Baptist Collegiate Ministry at Georgia College & State University (GCSU) in Milledgeville. Kirkland teaches generosity to the collegians by using a variety of social learning styles. COLLEGIATE MINISTRIES/Special

Mark Twain is quoted as saying, “Some...

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Written by Buck Burch
Sunday, 17 September 2017 23:00

“May God wake up a slumbering church!”

“People talk about our being earnest and fanatical—about our being on fire. Would to God the church were on fire! This world would soon shake to its foundation. May God wake up a slumbering church! What we want you to do is not to shout ‘amen’ and clap your hands. The...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Sunday, 17 September 2017 22:27

The Quest for Biblical Worship (Part 2) (Terry L. Johnson)

Reformed churches not only have the regulative principle worship (RPW) to guide them regarding elements and forms, but they also, throughout their history, have had liturgies and directories. The liturgies were the more restrictive (e.g. Strasburg, Geneva, Amsterdam), the directories (Westminster...

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Written by Reformation21 Blog
Sunday, 17 September 2017 22:00

The Resurrection and the Life: Lazarus, Harvey, and the Love of Jesus

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I am the resurrection and the life. —Jesus of Nazareth From all appearances, Jesus arrived too late. Far too late. And not fashionably, stylishly late, but wrongfully, neglectfully late. His friend Lazarus had been sick—critical condition—and Jesus waited. He didn’t rush to...

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Written by Gunner
Sunday, 17 September 2017 22:00

The @RTSCharlotte Women’s Bible Study Has Started Again!

As many of you know, from 2014 to 2016 I led a women’s Bible study on the RTS Charlotte campus on the book of Romans–42 installments in all. The HD videos of the study (with handouts) are available here.

We continue to be encouraged to hear that the videos are being watched by folks all...

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Written by Michael Kruger
Sunday, 17 September 2017 21:00

The Duty of Diligence

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Of the many legacies of the Protestant Reformation, few have had greater and wider-reaching impact than the rediscovery of the biblical understanding of vocation. Before the Reformation, the only people considered to have a vocation or calling were those who were engaged in full-time church...

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Written by Tim Challies
Sunday, 17 September 2017 21:00

Introducing ‘Exploring the Bible’ by David Murray

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A Journey through the Bible for Kids

Reading the Bible is like taking a trip through God’s story, setting out to explore and experience the beautiful views found within. But without a map, it’s easy to get lost.

Exploring the Bible: A Bible Reading...

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Written by Crossway
Sunday, 17 September 2017 21:00

Answering frequently asked questions about The Nashville Statement

imageLast week, I answered a range of questions about the Nashville Statement from the guys at the Apologetics Canada podcast. These brothers had really great queries—many that I have been asked from others over the last few weeks. The interview is only a little over twenty minutes, but we ended...

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Written by Denny Burk
Sunday, 17 September 2017 20:02

#ICYMI – It’s an Anglican Church of England Church…

This is the best video on facebook.  And it’s why Richard Goode is my BFF

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Filed under: Friends Tagged: Richard Goode

Authors: Jim...

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Written by Jim
Sunday, 17 September 2017 20:00

Why Should We Give Our Children a Christian Education?

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One of the most important questions Christian parents face is how to educate their children. For many Christians in the US and UK, the natural decision is to send them off to the government schools. This may be because they have no other choice due to their circumstances (i.e., financial, single...

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Written by Simon Turpin
Sunday, 17 September 2017 20:00

The Mailbag: Potpourri (Loneliness, Masons, Psych Meds…)

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Loneliness, Lutherans, psych meds, secular music, and Masons

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Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Sunday, 17 September 2017 20:00

Mawwiage

(For those who don't get the reference in the title, it is from The Princess Bride.)Steven Landsburg wrote, "Marriage is a contract." The article, The Marriage Contract, is subtitled, "Divorce is just a breakdown in negotiations." I get it. When my first wife told me she was leaving, I tried this...

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Written by Winging It
Sunday, 17 September 2017 20:00

Leave Your Trowels and Sharpen Your Swords

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The Return of the King presents a truly hopeless scenario. The dark forces of Sauron are massing in the East, and it seems evident that the forces of men in Gondor simply are not going to be able to hold out. Gandalf and Pippin arrive at Minas Tirith, the capital of the realm, and they find some...

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Written by Zak Schmoll
Sunday, 17 September 2017 20:00

How Is Christianity Different From Other Religions? (Video)

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Alan unpacks the unique reality of Christianity, as compared to other world religions, as the only means of salvation. 

Authors: Alan Shlemon...

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Written by Alan Shlemon
Sunday, 17 September 2017 19:54

Review: Reviving New England

I got to say thank you to fellow blogger Michael Coughlin who got me this back earlier this year as a gift.  I was immensely blessed by the book.  Now he will notice how slow I read each book.

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Nate Pickowicz. Reviving New England.  Self-published.  Charleston, SC:...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Sunday, 17 September 2017 19:37

A La Carte (September 18)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a couple of top-notch Study Bibles.

Died: Nabeel Qureshi, Author of ‘Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus’

“Nabeel Qureshi, a popular evangelist who found Jesus while seeking Allah, died Saturday of stomach cancer. The 34-year-old convert from Islam was an...

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Written by Tim Challies
Sunday, 17 September 2017 19:00

5 MORE Apologetics Questions Every Christian Should Learn How to Answer

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In a previous post, I addressed 5 Apologetics Questions Every Christian Should Learn How to Answer. My goal was to offer "barebones" quick responses that Christians could easily remember and articulate. Here are 5 more questions I think every Christian needs to be aware of and have the ability...

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Written by Alisa Childers - Blog
Sunday, 17 September 2017 19:00

How to Fulfill Your Restless Search for Happiness

“If only I had….”

How would you finish that sentence—honestly? Your answer may reveal how much you may have embraced the current culture’s definition of happiness.

Happiness has come to be understood by Christians and non-Christians alike as the individual’s...

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Written by Hugh Whelchel
Sunday, 17 September 2017 19:00

Fear of God Devotional: What Is Godly Sorrow?

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What does godly sorrow involve?

Don Hart explains in this video that godly sorrow is a grieving heart and mind because we know that we have sinned against God who gave His only begotten Son for us. We realize that we have failed to follow the Savior that came and lived a perfect life, died unjustly,...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Sunday, 17 September 2017 19:00

#BlackLivesMatter (5): Frequently Asked Questions about BLM

Even though BLM emerged initially as a social media response to events such as George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, it soon morphed into a movement and now exists as an organized movement with a comprehensive philosophy of society and a specific political...

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Written by Bruce Ashford
Sunday, 17 September 2017 19:00

Zurich Revolutionary: Ulrich Zwingli

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Other than Martin Luther, Heinrich Bullinger, and John Calvin, the most important early Reformer was Ulrich Zwingli. A first-generation Reformer, he is regarded as the founder of Swiss Protestantism. Furthermore, history remembers him as the first Reformed theologian. Though Calvin would later...

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Written by Steven J. Lawson
Sunday, 17 September 2017 18:07

Why It’s Important to Welcome Singles In Your Church

image If you’re familiar with my work, you know the importance I place on reaching young people in the church. And when you think about the unmarried believers in your church, I bet you’re likely to think of them as the younger Christians in your midst. But that’s no longer necessarily...

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Written by jwallace
Sunday, 17 September 2017 18:01

The Blessedness of Forgiveness Featured

image Stephen F. Olford tells the story of Peter Miller, a pastor living in Pennsylvania during the Revolutionary War. Although Miller was greatly loved by almost everyone in the community there was one man who lived near the church who hated him and had earned an unenviable reputation for his...

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Written by Clint Archer