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, 21 July 2017 13:50

An Open Letter to Those Apathetic about Their Sanctification

Dear friend,

How can I light a fire and get you engaged and active in wanting to grow when you don’t really seem that interested? You’re “eh,” “meh,” and “whatever.” What could shake you out of apathy and indifference? What could shake you out of...

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Written by David Powlison
Friday, 21 July 2017 13:25

Polemics Report E005 | Sye Ten Bruggencate | Duck Dynasty Featured

Original Air Date December 23, 2013

In today’s program, JD talks about presuppositional apologetics and ‘presuppositional extremism’ with Sye Ten Bruggencate. In the Daily Downgrade Segment, JD discusses Duck Dynasty.

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Written by Tim Hurd
Friday, 21 July 2017 13:22

Why Predators Choose Careers in the Clergy and the Members Who Love Them Anyway

Fascinating observations by professionals who study psychopaths and predators.

Authors: dee...

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Written by dee
Friday, 21 July 2017 13:14

Polemics Report E004 | Jared Moore joins JD Hall | Gene Clyatt | Tim Rogers Featured

Original Air Date December 19, 2013

Today’s program, JD interviews Jared Moore about the Harry Potter Bible Study and interviews Gene Clyatt about Tim Rogers’ assertion that Ergun Caner has been “found innocent.”

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Written by Tim Hurd
Friday, 21 July 2017 13:09

Polemics Report E003 | Fred Butler joins JD Hall | Harry Potter Bible Study | Is Ergun Canter Innocent? Featured

Original Air Date December 18, 2017

Today’s program includes an interview with Fred Butler about the Harry Potter Bible Study and Gene Clyatt about Tim Roger’s assertion that Ergun Caner has been “found innocent.”

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Written by Tim Hurd
Friday, 21 July 2017 13:04

Polemics Report E002 | Gene Clyatt Joins JD Hall to discuss Dr. Ergun Caner Featured

Original Air Date December 17, 2013

This program includes an interview with Gene Clyatt, one of the original bloggers that have been compiling the evidence against Dr. Ergun Caner and the Downgrade Segment includes an interview with Ken Fryer about the ERLC

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Written by Tim Hurd
Friday, 21 July 2017 12:56

Polemics Report E001 | Troubling Trends in the SBC | Brannon Howse Featured

Original Air Date December 16, 2013

Today’s program includes an Interview with Brannon Howse about the 2013 Modern Day Downgrade Message and its aftermath. In the interview, we discuss some troubling trends in the Southern Baptist Convention

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Written by Tim Hurd
Friday, 21 July 2017 12:14

The Bible That Oozes Oil- "It's The Very Presence of God!" Featured

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This is a Bible that keeps oozing out lots of oil and it's said to be "The Presence of God." If you have a couple hours to waste, listen to these men say, "it's not about the oily Bible..." while they talk on and on about the oily Bible (as they continually fail to mention the Gospel of Jesus...

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Written by Steven Kozar
Friday, 21 July 2017 12:13

He is With Us

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We know that the Most High is with us, and when He clothes Himself in armor, where are His enemies? –C.H. Spurgeon

  Listen to, Man and Woman in Biblical Perspective (Part 2 of 4)

When the Bible says that wives are to submit to their husbands, does that imply that women...

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Written by TFL
Friday, 21 July 2017 12:01

How to Make Spiritual Progress – Part II

If we accept this as the sincere expression of a normal Christian I do not see how we can justify our own indifference toward spiritual things. But should someone feel a desire to make definite progress in the life of Christ, what can he do to get on with it? Here are a few suggestions: 1. Strive...

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Written by Moderator
Friday, 21 July 2017 10:30

The Banner of Truth Trust Turns 60 Years Old

Written by: Justin Taylor

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Iain Murray is 86 years old. Sixty years ago today, along with Jack Cullum and Sidney Norton, officially founded Banner of Truth, the Reformed-evangelical publisher that began out of Westminster Chapel in London in 1957. It is headquartered today in...

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Written by Justin Taylor
Friday, 21 July 2017 10:12

Shai Linne Laments State of Christian Hip Hop in New Album Featured

“Lord, kill me if I don’t preach the Gospel” – Lerae, “I’m Good”

Shai Linne has been absent from the music scene since 2014 in order to focus on his Church. His rapping was known for its deep lyrical content, teaching about topics such as false teachers, the...

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Written by Brandon Hines
Friday, 21 July 2017 10:11

Fears and Tears

Friday, 21 July 2017 08:56

GOD TV, Bethel, Lifestyle Christianity IAHM endorsing demonic "grave-sucking"

The demonic realm should avoided at all cost. Unfortunately, so-called ‘Christian’ institutions, ministries and churches are not afraid to partner or associate themselves with people who engage in unbiblical activity, particularly the practice of ‘grave-sucking’.

In this...

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Written by churchwatcher
Friday, 21 July 2017 08:45

Why Pray if God is Sovereign in Salvation?

I recently was talking with another believer who was struggling to persevere in praying for the lost. This dilemma arose out of trying to understand if our prayers matter in the salvation of others. How is the tension resolved between the free-will of man to reject God, and the sovereignty of God...

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Written by Proclaiming the Gospel Blog: PTG Blog
Friday, 21 July 2017 08:35

Everybody Worships

image“Think of it this way: Worship is simply about value. The simplest definition I can give is this: Worship is our response to what we value most. That’s why worship is that thing we all do. It’s what we’re all about on any given day. Worship is about saying, ‘This...

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Written by John Samson
Friday, 21 July 2017 08:33

Being busy is not the problem Featured

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I understand how life can get busy as different obligations creep in. I know there are seasons of busy-ness and that's OK. But here is something to think about.People who say they are busy say sometimes that if they were less busy, they would have time to read the Bible. If they just weren't so...

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Written by The End Time
Friday, 21 July 2017 08:04

What Have You Done, Lord?

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This song was taken from Bob Jennings’ prayer, from the sermon “Blessed Are Those Who Die in the Lord,” that he preached two months before his death from cancer.

Written & Composed by Martha Taplin Performed live by Stephen & Abigail Gates

Ignoring Your love We went our own...

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Written by Bob Jennings
Friday, 21 July 2017 07:50

God’s Self Sufficiency: Embracing the Reality that God Doesn’t Need You

In 2009, my wife and I purchased a home in Atlanta, Georgia. Despite being a larger house in a nice neighborhood, it was what our realtor called “a handy man special.” It needed some serious TLC. The fact that dogs had used the walls to “mark” their territory and cigarette...

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Written by Brian Cosby
Friday, 21 July 2017 07:50

A Spiritual Inheritance

When I was a teenager, I had a conversation with my mom about parents leaving their children an inheritance. At some point in that conversation, my mom said, “Nick, there are different kinds of inheritances that parents can leave their children. Most limit their understanding of an...

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Written by Nick Batzig
Friday, 21 July 2017 07:21

N. T. Wright vs. Michael Reeves on Imputation.

N. T. Wright explains why he denies the doctrine of imputed righteousness:

"If we use the language of the law court, it makes no sense whatever to say that the judge imputes, imparts, bequeaths or conveys or otherwise transfers his righteousness to either the plaintiff or the defendant....

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Written by john_hendryx
Friday, 21 July 2017 06:47

The Marks Of An Unholy Assembly: The Rise Of The Entertainment Empire Hillsong.

“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: A servant is not...

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Written by brianschoonmaker
Friday, 21 July 2017 06:44

Good That I Was Afflicted? (Newton)

image Sometimes during a hard and heavy trial there doesn’t seem to be a light at the end of the tunnel.  Just when you think the trial may be going away like a storm passing, just when you think the sun might finally be coming out, another dark cloud blows in and the trial is back –...

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Written by Reformed Reader
Friday, 21 July 2017 06:40

Objections to Objective Morality

By Cole James I took a philosophy class while I was in college. The topic of this class was on contemporary moral issues, so you know we got into some heated topics. I heard every objection under the sun to objective morality. Everything from it was not very “tolerant,” to...

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Written by Guest
Friday, 21 July 2017 06:40

Two Signs From Your Opposition Your Argument Is Sound

Those of us who acknowledge the self-evident existence of transcendent, moral truth claims (i.e. “It’s never OK to torture babies for fun”) need to be prepared for opposition from unbelievers who anticipate and reject the implications. If objective, transcendent...

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Written by J. Warner Wallace
Friday, 21 July 2017 06:40

Why Does God Allow Evil? Author Interview from Groundbreaking Book

Dr. Clay Jones is one of my colleagues in the Biola Apologetics M.A. program. Although he has been teaching and thinking about the problem of evil for decades, he has just released a new book: Why Does God Allow Evil? Here is my endorsement that made the back cover of the book:...

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Written by Sean Mcdowell
Friday, 21 July 2017 06:40

Did Paul Write All Thirteen Letters Attributed to Him?

By Brian Chilton In the New Testament, thirteen letters are attributed to the apostle Paul. Paul is, of course, the individual who had persecuted the church, but became a Christian missionary after an encounter with the risen Jesus on the road to Damascus. But, did Paul actually author all thirteen...

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Written by Guest
Friday, 21 July 2017 06:26

Distinguishing Between Legal and Evangelical Repentance

“Repent and believe” is the external call to all people. It is made effectual by the Holy Spirit in those who God elects. Faith and repentance are definitive aspects in the life of the Christian. We must have repented of our sin and proclaimed our faith and trust in Jesus as our Lord...

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Written by Shane Peterson
Friday, 21 July 2017 06:26

“This Land”

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Jeff is a dear old friend of mine; I worked for him for several years in the 1980’s (right out of college). This is a magnificent tribute to God and country. Please share this video far and wide.

Authors: John Bugay...

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Written by John Bugay
Friday, 21 July 2017 06:05

Why We Must Understand the Covenants to Understand the Bible

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Tom Schreiner:

The Backbone of the Bible’s Storyline

The covenants are crucial, as Peter Gentry and Stephen Wellum have argued, because they are the backbone of the storyline of the Bible. The Bible isn’t a random collection of laws, moral principles, and stories. It is a story that goes...

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Written by Peter Cockrell
Friday, 21 July 2017 06:01

Charles Hodge learns spiritual affections are given by God

As a young man of 22, Charles Hodge, the great Princeton theologian, was extremely self-reflective about his spiritual affections. He intently searched his emotions and thoughts to gauge his spiritual state. Then, he seems at one point (recorded in his journal) to realize that such introspection...

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Written by memoirandremains
Friday, 21 July 2017 05:57

How Can I Forgive Myself?

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H.B. Charles:

The most faithful response to this question is to reject it as an illegitimate question.

The biblical teaching about forgiveness can be summarized in two main ideas:

  • God forgives sinners freely, completely, and sacrificially. Ultimately, divine forgiveness is paid for by the cross of...

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Written by Peter Cockrell
Friday, 21 July 2017 05:34

Repentance, Salvation and The New Bible Versions: Yes, it Really Does Matter

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3″ I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish…. Luke 13:3, 5

19″ Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.” Acts 3:19

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Written by Sola Scriptura
Friday, 21 July 2017 05:27

The Devil’s Music?

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In a BBC Newshour report on a day in May, just two years ago, I heard a sad but beautiful report by journalist Colin Paterson. The sad report was that legendary blues guitarist and singer B.B. King was dead. The beauty was in Paterson’s moving biography of the music legend’s early life...

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Written by David Rufner
Friday, 21 July 2017 05:24

Manna and mature creation

4 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I am about to rain bread from heaven for you...13 In the evening quail came up and covered the camp, and in the morning dew lay around the camp. 14 And when the dew had gone up, there was on the face of the wilderness a fine, flake-like thing, fine as...

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Written by steve
Friday, 21 July 2017 05:19

107 Year-Old Vietnamese Woman and The Story of Hope

This 107 year-old Vietnamese woman in Hanoi loves to read The Story of Hope in her native Vietnamese language.

Authors: Good Soil Evangelism and Discipleship...

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Written by Good Soil Evangelism and Discipleship
Friday, 21 July 2017 04:58

Does 2 John 1:9-11 forbid hospitality outreach in our homes?

  • Over at Triablogue, in an article about the Dr. White/ Dr. Qadhi “Inter-faith dialogue controversy and Dr. Qadhi’s ties to the Muslim Brotherhood type of agenda:

    A Christian commenter who goes by “Royal Son” wrote:

    We are not even supposed to invite people into our...

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Written by Ken Temple
Friday, 21 July 2017 04:49

Total Depravity: While He Drowned, Teens Watched, Filmed, and Laughed…

Vile.

Police said a group of teens recorded the dying moments of a 32-year-old man last week, mocking, cursing and laughing as the man drowned in a pond.

The minute-long video, which police called “extremely disturbing,” found its way to social media and appears to depict the unidentified...

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Written by Jim
Friday, 21 July 2017 04:42

Random Bits

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pilgrim in a foreign country" - CH Spurgeon

Why do we "watch bloggers" spend so much time and energy on exposing frauds, schemes, and false teachers? Because it is what Christians are called to do.  Our job is to resist those schemes by exposing...

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Written by Doug Evans
Friday, 21 July 2017 04:18

Classic Theism: Trinitarian Errors

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Amy Mantravadi
Jul 21, 2017
"Let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me…" (Jeremiah 9:24a) That verse captures the goal of Trinitarian theology: to know the amazing God that we worship. It is a task in which we must confess our...

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Written by Amy Mantravadi
Friday, 21 July 2017 03:59

Miracles, induction, and retrodiction

According to the principle of induction, we can retroengineer the past from the present. There's a chain of events leading up to the present. Antecedent states produce subsequent states. The same causes produce the same effects. Since that's repeatable, if we're familiar with the process, we can...

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Written by steve
Friday, 21 July 2017 03:56

Improving Public Prayer

image * This article has been excerpted from chapter 7, “Reading and Praying the Bible in Corporate Worship,” in Give Praise to God: A vision for Reforming Worship, ed. Philip Graham Ryken, Derek W. H. Thomas, and J. Ligon Duncan III (P&R, 2003).

Recommendations for Improving Public...

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Written by John Samson
Friday, 21 July 2017 03:55

“Super Hanc Petram”: Matt. 16.18 in Hilary of Poitiers

It is well known (at least, I think it is) that a prominent strand of the exegesis of Matt. 16.18 (“And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it,” ESV) makes the “rock” not Peter himself, nor the...

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Written by E.J. Hutchinson
Friday, 21 July 2017 03:52

Charges? We Don’t Need No Stinking Charges.

So if I may, I would like to explain the basic problems with asset forfeiture in simple and straightforward terms. In their opposition to it, the editors at National Review said, “Asset forfeiture is a constitutionally questionable practice,” and while it was good to see them calling...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Friday, 21 July 2017 03:10

Early Church Fathers on Jesus

https://www.risenjesus.com/the-early-church-fathers-on-jesus

Mike Licona’s article here is good.  I don’t agree with Licona with some things; but this is good.

Authors: Ken Temple...

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Written by Ken Temple