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, 20 November 2017 13:10

Struggling Toward Thanksgiving

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My wife and I are struggling toward Thanksgiving this year.

Struggling to take part in a celebration in which we are supposed to express gratitude, draw close to family, and enjoy the moments of this season. Struggling in the heart to feel thankful when the trauma of 2017 has crowded out the usual...

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Written by Trevin Wax
Monday, 20 November 2017 13:00

“It is Finished!”

I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. —John 17:4

The death of Jesus Christ is the fulfillment in history of the very mind and intent of God. There is no place for seeing Jesus Christ as a martyr. His death was not something that happened to Him— something that might...

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Written by RSS | My Utmost For His Highest
Monday, 20 November 2017 12:45

FBC Jefferson City Calls a Female Pastor and is Ousted from the Tennessee Baptist Convention

Receiving the left boot of fellowship from fellow Southern Baptists - how should FBC Jefferson City respond?

Authors: deb...

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Written by deb
Monday, 20 November 2017 11:14

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Church

Monday, 20 November 2017 10:19

True social justice warriors

Tim Keller writes in The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism (chapter 4):

In an important history of the [Civil Rights] movement, David L. Chappell demonstrates that it was not a political but primarily a religious and spiritual movement. White Northern liberals who were the allies of the...

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Written by epistleofdude
Monday, 20 November 2017 09:51

Biblical Archaeology and World Toilet Day

This article merges biblical archaeology with World Toilet Day by looking at ancient toilets found in the Holy Land.

Authors: BibleX...

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Written by BibleX
Monday, 20 November 2017 09:50

A Warning Against Obsessive Polemics

imagePolemics – Definition: a strong verbal or written attack on someone or something.

Article: Doctor’s Orders: Lloyd-Jones on obsession with polemics (original source here)

The polemic element is of course important and it has its very definite place; it is good for the people. But I’m...

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Written by John Samson
Monday, 20 November 2017 09:24

William Lane Craig on "God and Abstract Objects": The Coherence of Theism and Aseity

In 2017, Springer published God and Abstract Objects: The Coherence of Theism: Aseity by William Lane Craig. Craig is Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology and Houston Baptist University. From the publisher's description of God and Abstract Objects:
This book is an exploration and...

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Written by EPS Blog
Monday, 20 November 2017 09:12

More discerning voices calling out Michael Brown and Carl Lentz.

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The Vigilant Christian and Paul Flynn (Megiddo Radio) are two more of the many voices calling out the deception and ‘doublespeak’ of Carl Lentz.

The Vigilante Christian (VC) recently reported that the hosts on ‘The View’ had this observation about Hillsong:

“Hillsong is...

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Written by churchwatcher
Monday, 20 November 2017 09:05

Salvation for all

i) I'd like to revisit an exchange I had with Jerry Walls a while back. According to what's become a stock objection to Calvinism, the Calvinist God is (allegedly) able but unwilling to save everyone.
ii) Now that's only a problem on two assumption, one being: the God of freewill theism is willing,...

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Written by steve
Monday, 20 November 2017 08:34

Beth Moore Draws Parallels Between Noah’s Ark and Your Cell Phone Addiction Featured

Again proving herself unable to exposit Holy Scripture in the most fundamental or elementary way, Beth Moore drew ire on Twitter for allegorizing the story of Noah’s Ark to mean something about…well, something. It didn’t make much sense.

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For kicks and grins, let’s list...

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Written by News Division
Monday, 20 November 2017 08:27

Yep, another book to pass

Here’s another book you don’t see every day — A book exposing the fraudulent and heretical nature of the “Point of Contact” doctrine.
This is another self-published work by Robert Liichow, in the same 8 1/2 X 11 format of the one I previously offered.  I picked up...

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Written by Glenn E. Chatfield
Monday, 20 November 2017 08:21

Gazing At Heaven Is Practical Now

“But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God” (Acts 7:55).

The scene into which we are breaking is this: Stephen, “full of grace and power” (Acts 6:8), has been proclaiming the gospel with great...

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Written by Justin Huffman
Monday, 20 November 2017 08:13

Paula White Says You Complete the Bible Featured

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There’s no reason a Continuationist wouldn’t believe Paula White’s tweet to be at least credible. Continuationism – the doctrine that undergrids all charismaticism, holds that God is still delivering divine revelation. Although Third Wave charismatics – like John Piper...

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Written by News Division
Monday, 20 November 2017 08:00

Message of a Gospel Tracts | The Rapp Report daily 012 | SFE | Andrew Rappaport Featured

The use of gospel tracts is important but even more important is the message of on the gospel tract.

This podcast is a ministry of Striving for Eternity and all our resources http://strivingforeternity....

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Written by Andrew Rappaport
Monday, 20 November 2017 07:50

5 Ways Adult Children Can Honor Their Parents

How should an adult grown (presumably married, but not necessarily) child relate to his or her parents? There is a tension in Scripture between obeying the Scripture which says to “leave and cleave” in forming your own adult identity and family (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:5) and...

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Written by Daniel Darling
Monday, 20 November 2017 07:48

Fallacious obedience and discernment Featured

by Mike Ratliff

13 You call Me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am. 14 If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you. 16 Truly, truly, I say to you, a slave is...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Monday, 20 November 2017 07:21

(Podcast 11.20.17) Message: “Thankful for a Change” (Acts 9:26-31) - Bellator Christi

Have you ever felt like an outsider? Have you ever felt as if you do not have anything for which you could be thankful? In this message, Pastor Brian discusses the ability that all believers have to be thankful. Because of God’s marvelous, inclusive invitation to those who feel like...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Monday, 20 November 2017 07:18

The Emotional Life of Jesus: An Overview

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The Bible teaches that as a man Jesus possessed the essential elements of human nature. Jesus was not constricted in His emotions, or corrupted and controlled by His emotions. He was perfectly balanced in His emotions.

Authors: Chuck Vuolo

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Written by Chuck Vuolo
Monday, 20 November 2017 07:08

(Podcast 11.20.17) Message: “The Not So Secret Life of the Apostle Paul” (Acts 9:1-25) - Bellator Christi

On this edition of the Bellator Christi Podcast, Pastor Brian looks at the powerful conversion of the apostle Paul. In contrast to the fictional movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Paul’s real life conversion was not-so-secretive. Paul’s conversion was evident to all,...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Monday, 20 November 2017 06:57

On the Golden Rule

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So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 7:12)

It is an exhortation to his [Christ’s] disciples to be just, and contains a short and simple definition of what justice means. We are here informed,...

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Written by john_hendryx
Monday, 20 November 2017 06:36

Proverbial Sayings in the Law: Sow One Seed in Your Vineyard

When one considers the law section of the Bible known as the Pentateuch – the first five books of the Bible – it is easy to think of them simply as codes and regulations like we have in modern law. Yet we need to remember there are various literary genres contained in what we know as...

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Written by Barry York
Monday, 20 November 2017 04:50

Fair-Minded Criticism Is an Acquired Taste that Can Become One of Life’s Best Pleasures

I love this article by David Powlison: “Does the Shoe Fit?” (Journal of Biblical Counseling [Spring 2002]: 2-14).

Here is how it begins:

Critics are God’s instruments. I don’t like to be criticized. You don’t like to be criticized. Nobody likes to be criticized.

But,...

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Written by Justin Taylor
Monday, 20 November 2017 04:47

The bloody foreskin—Exodus 4:24-26

In Exod 4:23, God warns that he will kill Pharaoh’s son because Pharaoh has refused to release God’s son, namely his people (4:22). Why then does the text move directly from this threat to kill Pharaoh’s firstborn (4:23) to the Lord seeking to kill Moses (4:24)? And what does the...

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Written by Craig Keener
Monday, 20 November 2017 04:38

Friendship Union With Christ with Christina Fox | Theology Gals | Episode 41 Featured

Coleen and Ashley talk with Christina Fox about her new bookCloser Than A Sister: How Union With Christ Helps Friendships to Flourish.The Galsalso discuss youth group and whether it’s biblical to say “God won’t give you more than you can handle.”

Also check out...

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Written by Coleen Sharp
Monday, 20 November 2017 04:26

Okay, so this is too cool not to share… Featured

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While you may not have instantly noticed that the wire baskets set sideways on a table in the above picture are actually computer screens, that’s exactly what they are.

The two kiddos parked on each side of the table facing a “computer screen” of their own are none other than my...

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Written by FireBreathingChristian
Monday, 20 November 2017 04:08

An Answer to Prayer

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At its 81st General Assembly (2014), commissioners of the OPC heard a report from the chaplains’ committee that asked for prayer for the recently released Bowe Bergdahl:

Finally, given the media attention surrounding the return of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, and in particular his relationship to the...

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Written by D. G. Hart
Monday, 20 November 2017 04:05

Shawn Bolz Moves Goal Posts in Word of Knowledge says Close is Accurate Enough

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Shawn Bolz moved the goal posts in a recent word of knowledge video, as he proclaimed that being close is apparently accurate enough.

He starts out clearly calling Terra out by her age of 50. This is clearly about age to him. He finds out that Terra is 51. At that point he declares 50 as close...

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Written by isnotsatire
Monday, 20 November 2017 03:43

True Justice and Protecting Free Speech

Today we discuss some recent or pending court cases regarding religious freedom with the President of Pacific Justice Institute, Brad Dacus. He gives insight on the legal battles brewing across the country as well as the underlying evil advancing the transgender agenda. It is irresponsible to...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Monday, 20 November 2017 03:27

The NT Virtual Manuscript Room

I had occasion today to check on a particular variant that does not appear in the Nestle-Aland edition of the Greek NT (nor in the SBL or the new Tyndale editions either), and was very glad to have to hand the online “New Testament Virtual Manuscript Room” based in the University of...

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Written by larryhurtado
Monday, 20 November 2017 03:25

Pulpit Leapfrogging: Lance Wallnau’s “Revival” Rewind from Ken Hagin Featured

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Lance Wallnau wants to go back to the "good old days..."

Lance Wallnau’s 7 Mountain Mandate Underground Facebook page recently shared a video from a Kenneth Hagin revival meeting showing a lot of odd things attributed to a work of the Holy Ghost. It opens with someone leap frogging...

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Written by Chris Rice
Monday, 20 November 2017 02:47

Imagine Your Dream Car as Pastor Rides Your Back

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Pastor Musa Nherero Khumalo of Messiah International Church makes ridiculous claims. B-Metro reports that currently he tells a person to open their mouth, and then he sprays Brut Cologne into the mouth as they receive their miracle. B-Metro also reports that in the past he would tell...

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Written by isnotsatire
Monday, 20 November 2017 02:21

Instilling Gratitude in Your Family

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With the approach of Thanksgiving, I am often struck with how people—young and old alike—lack an important attribute: gratitude. I’m not looking for a warm fuzzy thank you for a gift, but a deep rich appreciation for life and what we’ve been given. Why is this? What gets in...

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Written by Jimmy Adkins
Monday, 20 November 2017 02:18

Eyes Wide Open

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In America we will celebrate Thanksgiving this week. It is a time to gather together with family and friends and celebrate with good food—we look forward to it. And yet the realities of living in a broken world don’t disappear because it is a holiday. As you prepare your heart and mind...

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Written by Jimmy Adkins
Monday, 20 November 2017 02:14

Evidence That Demands a Verdict with Sean McDowell, Ph.D.

Frank interviews the co-author of the modern apologetics classic that started it all and is now completely revised and updated—the truth of the Bible doesn’t change, but its critics do. With the original Evidence That Demands a Verdict, bestselling author Josh McDowell gave Christian...

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Written by Frank Turek
Monday, 20 November 2017 02:08

Real life Christian confession, Bible reading, study, and stuff Featured

Real Christianity Confession Time:I had a terrible week last week. I encountered some adverse conditions and I became petulant, grumpy, irritable, and self-pitying. I forewent Bible reading, rationalizing that I was too upset and couldn't think just now. Of course, in adverse conditions, Bible...

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Written by The End Time
Monday, 20 November 2017 02:02

Tribal Truth

Introduction

I want to offer a “get yourself oriented” explanation for the lunacy that has apparently descended upon virtually everybody. A fogbank of dunsical folly, stretching the length of the entire East Coast, has worked its way across the nation, and so it is that we hear distant,...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Monday, 20 November 2017 02:00

One Week Only: Download Saints of Zion for Free

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This Thanksgiving, download R.C. Sproul and Jeff Lippencott’s Saints of Zion album for free. Drawn from years of theological reflection and application, this collection of sacred music offers biblical truth through beautiful choral and orchestral arrangements. Suitable for congregational...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Monday, 20 November 2017 01:54

Making Church Attendance a Priority

We shall all do well to remember the charge: “Forsake not the assembling of yourselves together, as the manner of some is.” (Heb. 10:25). Never to be absent from God’s house on Sundays, without good reason – never to miss the Lord’s Supper when administered...

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Written by The J.C. Ryle Archive
Monday, 20 November 2017 01:21

Something Insidious This Way Grows…

imageIt’s been happening for quite some time and we are now seeing it with regularity. It is actually almost epidemic in scale. Known Christian leaders appear to be moving away from the truth they once held and are now embracing ideas and concepts that have more in common with the New Age Movement...

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Written by modres
Monday, 20 November 2017 01:19

Why Do You Defend the Traditionalist Position on Hell?

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 Stand firm in Christ,
Chase

Authors: Chase...

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Written by Chase
Monday, 20 November 2017 01:07

The Lord is My Shepherd

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Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. 3 He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. 4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil,...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Monday, 20 November 2017 00:52

Some pretty good Baptist talk; some not so much

You can decide which is which for yourself.

I give Mike Leake high marks for his post calling the Sunday worship service a“weekly cataclysm,” a very nicely turned phrase. I confess that there was an occasional worship service I presided over that was a weekly calamity bec...

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Written by William Thornton
Sunday, 19 November 2017 23:58

The argument from undesigned coincidences

One of the nifty things about the argument from undesigned coincidences is that it's self-contained. All you need is the NT. You don't need extrabiblical corroboration. In that regard it's like a priori theistic proofs. 
Atheists love to put in the mouths of Christians "the Bible is the word of...

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Written by steve
Sunday, 19 November 2017 23:45

Transhumanism And The Imagination

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C. S. Carmichael of Sacred Sandwich has written an exposé on Transhumanism that is an important read.  Carmichael gives the definition right off the bat (so we won’t) and reveals the reasons we should feel uneasy about some of the things science has accomplished in the field...

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Written by Marsha West