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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Thursday, 20 July 2017 07:01

You Get the Idea That Reading Is Prized There

If you are interested — and why would you not be? — a link is here.

The post You Get the Idea That Reading Is Prized There appeared first on Blog & Mablog.

Authors: Douglas Wilson...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Thursday, 20 July 2017 06:56

We Have Nothing to be Ashamed Of – 2 Timothy 1:8-12

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Also available as MP3: We Have Nothing to Be Ashamed Of – 2 Timothy 1:8-12

Summary:

Paul wasn’t ashamed of the gospel because it can save all who believe it (Rom.1:16), so he told Timothy not to be either (v.8).The Jews should have been ashamed of looking to Ethiopia to save them...

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Written by Pastor Ricky Kurth
Thursday, 20 July 2017 06:47

Interview with Carl Trueman on Ulrich Zwingli

Enjoy this recent interview by Fred Zaspel of Books at a Glance with Westminster’s Dr. Carl Trueman on the great reformer of Switzerland: Ulrich Zwingli.

Zaspel:Carl, who was Ulrich Zwingli? And how did the work of Reformation come about with him?

Trueman:Ulrich Zwingli was the first great...

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Written by Dan Adams
Thursday, 20 July 2017 06:40

An Open Letter to Those Frustrated by Their Progress in Sanctification

Dear friend,

We all love it when life leaps into forward gear and we make all kinds of progress. Problems just seem to fall away. Perhaps in your life you’ve had a season like that, a season when your life seemed to shine and flourish. Maybe it was when you first became a believer or during...

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Written by David Powlison
Thursday, 20 July 2017 06:34

...Yea But, I've Asked Jesus Into My Heart

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Yea but, I’ve Asked Jesus Into My Heart.This continues the "...Yea But" eBook series where I take common objections that many raise regarding the Bible and I seek to answer them biblically. The New Testament no where exhorts people to look to a past decision to confirm a present...

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Written by Geoffrey Kirkland
Thursday, 20 July 2017 06:30

Episode 104- Matthew Barrett– God’s Word Alone—The Authority of Scripture: What the Reformers Taught…and Why It Still Matters

Welcome to the 104th episode of Equipping You in Grace. On today’s episode, Dave Jenkins interviews Matthew Barrett on his book God’s Word Alone—The Authority of Scripture: What the Reformers Taught…and Why It Still Matters(Zondervan Academic, 2016).

What you’ll hear...

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Thursday, 20 July 2017 06:27

Quick Thoughts on “The Old Testament is just a collection and rehash from older sources”

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Someone asked me the following:

How can one respond to the statement:

“The OT is just a collection and rehash from older sources” (for example: Sumerian)

Usually non-believers use this approach to undermine the Genesis narratives, stating that there are civilizations much older than...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Thursday, 20 July 2017 06:21

Improving Disagreement since 2009

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Old Life may not be every Protestant’s pint of IPA. But at least critics can’t fault Old Lifers for attributing the worst to non-Old Life Protestants (sorry if that sounds like the Pharisee’s prayer). Consider:

ad hominem is a problem, but if you watch cable news, or follow...

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Written by D. G. Hart
Thursday, 20 July 2017 06:15

The Lamb is the Lion: Judgment begins

Text: Revelation 5

5:1 a book (scroll). There are several possibilities here: Dr. MacArthur has suggested, in several sermons, that this scroll is the title deed to Earth. Dr. Ryrie has suggested that it is the “Book of Redemption” telling the story of Redemptive History (See Ryrie Study...

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Written by Matt Sherro
Thursday, 20 July 2017 05:44

Countdown to Reformation Day: The Triple Cure for Our Threefold Misery

The diagnosis is not very good: we are ignorant, guilty, and corrupt. As a litany of biblical texts reveals, we find ourselves as fallen sinners ravaged by this threefold consequence of our sins. Our foolish hearts are darkened (Rom 1:21) and our thoughts are continually evil (Gn 6:5). Our minds...

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Written by Kim Riddlebarger
Thursday, 20 July 2017 05:41

2017 GPTS Spring Conference: Trumpet Call: 500 years of Gospel Freedom

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The 2017 Greenville Seminary Spring Theology Conference commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation

The following files are in MP3 format.  To download, right click and save to your hard drive.

01 - Sola Scriptura by Dr. Joel Beeke

02 - Luther's Providential God by Dr....

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Written by john_hendryx
Thursday, 20 July 2017 05:39

The Key to Your Expected End by Katie Souza

Katie Souza’s life was a complete mess.  Drugs, crime and violence led to imprisonment, where eventually she came to Christ who turned her life around and gave her a specific purpose – her “expected end.”  Souza’s expected end was to start a ministry for...

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Written by Gary Gilley
Thursday, 20 July 2017 05:32

Is Predestination Central in Calvinism?

image There’s much more to Reformed theology than the doctrines of grace (TULIP).  Similarly, there’s more to the doctrines of grace than predestination.  This needs to be said and repeated since some say that the central dogma of Calvinism is predestination, that predestination is...

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Written by Reformed Reader
Thursday, 20 July 2017 05:29

About that man bun

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I'm on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, if you're into that sorta thing.

Also: Adam4d.com is my full-time job and I'm funded by readers like you. If you're interested in learning more about that, check out my Patreon page.

Authors: Adam Ford...

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Written by Adam Ford
Thursday, 20 July 2017 05:08

Q. 48 What are we specially taught by these words before me in the first commandment?

A. These words “before me” in the first commandment teach us that God, who sees all things, takes notice of, and is much displeased with, the sin of having any other god.

 

(Psalm 44:20, 21; Romans 1:24, 25)

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Written by Michiana Covenant
Thursday, 20 July 2017 05:02

The Civil Defense of Christianity

A. (1) Civil government ought to recognize, protect, and privilege true religion. (2) The Christian religion is the true religion. (3) Civil government ought to recognize, protect, and privilege the Christian religion.

Though supported by classical pagan authors (Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, etc.), the...

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Written by Stephen Wolfe
Thursday, 20 July 2017 04:56

Refuting Buddhism and Sharing the Truth

By Mike Robinson 
Granbury, Texas
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Introduction
Buddhism has numerous a priori philosophical and theological difficulties. But it also has a posteroiri issues too. The fountainhead of the evidential difficulties of Buddhism is it lacks any...

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Written by Mike Robinson
Thursday, 20 July 2017 04:54

And Now a Brief Word for the Wife Beaters

It would not be exactly accurate to say that I posted my 21 theses on submission in marriage and then skipped town. But there would be some elements of truth in such a hazarded guess nonetheless. I wrote the post last week, and scheduled it to appear Monday morning. But then Sunday after church,...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Thursday, 20 July 2017 04:40

Were the Reformers Right about Justification?

Were the Reformers right about Justification? Some are now questioning this doctrine. And there’s a lot of confusion. From the outset I must stress that I often write about things above my pay grade. I do so because they’re topics which stir my passion. This column is one of these...

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Written by Alf Cengia
Thursday, 20 July 2017 04:20

PROFILE: Who tried to delete 80% of Jesus' sayings from Scripture?

Good afternoon , Here is your copy of our latest Profile on John Dominic Crossan, co-founder of the Jesus Seminar. Since 1985, a group of as many as 200 liberal biblical scholars began meeting twice a year to vote on the authenticity of the sayings of Jesus found in the four gospels. Using...

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Written by profilesubs
Thursday, 20 July 2017 04:11

No Common Gospel: Why Catholic Mariology Is Still an Insurmountable Obstacle to Full Christian Unity

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In the latest ecumenical news, Vatican Radio reports that the World Communion of Reformed Churches has signed on to the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification first drafted by the Catholic Church and the Lutheran World Federation in 1999. The report states:

The Vatican’s...

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Written by Jonathan Kleis
Thursday, 20 July 2017 04:10

What is a cornerstone? Featured

The beauty of the examples and analogies Jesus uses is that any person can intuitively understand them, even if they are not familiar with them. Even if we're not farmers, we understand 'we are the sheep and He is the Shepherd.' Even if we're not gardeners, we understand when He says He is the vine...

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Written by The End Time
Thursday, 20 July 2017 03:37

Kirsopp Lake on the need for conjectural emendation

imageHere is a quote I came across today in Kirsopp Lake’s inagural lecture at the University of Leiden. Note very carefully howLake argues for the need for conjecture. In the context, he is explaining why he thinks Westcott and Hort failed “spectacularly” in their preference for 01...

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Written by Peter Gurry
Thursday, 20 July 2017 03:32

Study: Earth Faces “Biological Annihilation”

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According to a new study, “biological annihilation” is around the corner for many of the earth’s species. The researchers claim a sixth mass extinction is now underway, this one caused by mankind. Of course, in a biblical worldview there’s only been one mass extinction,...

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Written by Ken Ham
Thursday, 20 July 2017 03:00

July 19, 2017 Show with Michael Haykin on “The Armies of the Lamb: The Spirituality of Andrew Fuller”

Theme:

July 19, 2017:

Michael Haykin, Professor of Church History & Biblical Spirituality & Director of The Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY, who will address:

“The Armies of the Lamb: The Spirituality of ANDREW...

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Written by Eric Nielsen
Thursday, 20 July 2017 02:52

Why Pope Benedict XVI REALLY Resigned: The Insidious Relationship Between the Vatican and Islam

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Remember when Pope Benedict resigned and how the world was so shocked? No pope had resigned since 1400. It certainly was a hush hush matter at the Vatican. Not much was said nor explained except that this was the choice of Pope Benedict.

I think not.

I think that this was the choice of the powers...

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Written by Geri Ungurean
Thursday, 20 July 2017 02:30

The Pilgrim’s Heart Part 10 – The Enduring Heart Featured

by Mike Ratliff

2 Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4 (NASB)

My natural inclination...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Thursday, 20 July 2017 02:20

Eternal Subordination of the Son and the ESV Translation

One of the questions I was asked in my interview with the Theology Gals was about the connection between the eternal subordination of the Son (ESS) and the ESV Bible translation. My response was that I had not seen any evidence ESS in the translation itself, although there are several instances of...

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Written by Rachel Miller
Thursday, 20 July 2017 02:09

The “Catenization” of Universalism Featured

Truths We Believe About God, Part 9A Biblical & Theological Rejection of Wm. Paul Young’s book, Lies We Believe About God 

Part 1: Truths We Believe About God 
Part 2: Doing the Universalist Twist 
Part 3: OUR Way or THE Way? 
Part 4: An Imaginary Cosmic Reality 
Part...

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Written by Discernment Research Group
Thursday, 20 July 2017 02:00

Postmodern Christianity’s End Game?

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Do you consider yourself a Progressive Christian?  If so, you probably will bristle to hear this, but you are part of an incredibly dangerous movement: Postmodernity. Quite frankly, Postmodernity is the yeast that has taken the Church away from the truth and toward a more tolerant,...

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Written by Amy Spreeman
Thursday, 20 July 2017 01:56

(Podcast) “5 Signs of a Healthy Church” (Acts 2:42-47) - Bellator Christi

Pastor Brian has been preaching a series of messages through the book of Acts. In this message, Brian explores 5 traits exhibited by the early church that shows the health of the church. By these 5 signs, we can evaluate churches today to see how healthy or unhealthy a church may be. If a church is...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Thursday, 20 July 2017 01:31

Dunkirk: “English fathers, sailing to rescue England’s exhausted, bleeding sons.”

Tonight, the movie Dunkirk will begin showing in theaters across the nation. I assume that most of you reading this know why this film has been so highly anticipated. It is not merely because some reviewers are already saying that this is the best movie ever made by director Christopher Nolan. It...

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Written by Denny Burk
Thursday, 20 July 2017 01:00

Keep Watch! - The Cosmos and the Glory of God

The glory of God is displayed for all to see and so few look around to see the wonder of the cosmos He created.

Authors: Keep Watch! by Jim Allen - Blogos.org...

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Thursday, 20 July 2017 00:46

Joe Sobran on bulls, cows, and abortion…

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And lo, from the Nile there came up seven cows, sleek and fat; and they grazed in the marsh grass. (Genesis 41:2)

This morning, newspersons announced scientists are all aflutter over Nature’s proclamation that “humans” (their word for the race God named “man”) came...

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Written by Tim Bayly
Thursday, 20 July 2017 00:21

Book Review: Anthony Burgess on the Law in Reformed Scholasticism

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Stephen J. Casselli, Divine Rule Maintained: Anthony Burgess, Covenant Theology, and the Place of the Law in Reformed Scholasticism (Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation Heritage Books, 2016). 188pages. [Book/ebook]
 
The function God’s law in Scripture has always raised difficult...

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Written by Meet the Puritans
Thursday, 20 July 2017 00:05

Consuming fire

And the people complained in the hearing of the Lord about their misfortunes, and when the Lord heard it, his anger was kindled, and the fire of the Lord burned among them and consumed some outlying parts of the camp. 2 Then the people cried out to Moses, and Moses prayed to the Lord, and the...

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Written by steve
Thursday, 20 July 2017 00:03

Moral Licensing in the SBC?

You are on a diet. For the past week you’ve been exercising like a professional athlete and eating nothing but rabbit food. Then you walk by a kid selling strawberry pies. You buy three of them hoping to share with your family. You eat all three. But you justify this by saying,...

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Written by Mike Leake
Thursday, 20 July 2017 00:00

Is the Bible’s definition of faith opposed to logic and evidence?

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Probably the biggest misconception that I encounter when defending the faith is the mistaken notion of what faith is. Today we are going to get to the bottom of what the Bible says faith is, once and for all. This post will be useful to Christians and atheists, alike....

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Written by Wintery Knight
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 23:44

Gotta Serve Somebody

When a friend sent me the link to this essay by a progressive bookstore employee, whose aching moral dilemma is whether to sell a book he disagrees with politically, my response was simple. I said, “American progressive culture has become mid-1990s homeschool chain email culture.”...

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Written by Samuel James
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 23:29

A. W. Tozer Sermon: The Taming of Anger

It is significant that when our Lord describes the stream of iniquity as it flows out of the heart He begins with the thoughts. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies… Matthew 15:19. It is doubtful whether any sin is...

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Written by revival-library
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 23:13

A Christian Athletes Game Day Prayer

Holy God, thank you for my opponent who is also my neighbor. Help me to show them respect by competing fiercely and fairly against them. Help me to honor and love you and your image bearers whom I have the privilege to compete against by self-sacrificially giving my all for your glory. May we spur...

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Written by David Prince
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 23:13

His Mercy is More

The post His Mercy is More appeared first on Southern Equip.

Authors: Matt Boswell feat. Boyce College Choir...

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Written by Matt Boswell feat. Boyce College Choir
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 23:11

Give us meat that we may eat!

31 Then a wind from the Lord sprang up, and it brought quail from the sea and let them fall beside the camp, about a day's journey on this side and a day's journey on the other side, around the camp, and about two cubits above the ground.32 And the people rose all that day and all night...

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Written by steve
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 23:05

Chutzpah: A Strategy for the Disenfranchised

I’m going to tell you an uncomfortable story.

When I was a kid, my father had a grocery store in South Philly. And like most convenience stores do today, he kept the candy on front-side of the cash register counter in order to boost sales.

Now, my favorite candy, out of all the choices he had...

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Written by Joe Kim
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 22:42

July 20: Our Sufficiency is of God

image Dr. T. Stanley Soltau was a missionary to Korea, pastor, and director of World Presbyterian Missions for the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Evangelical Synod. Today we turn to Dr. Soltau’s little booklet, Our Sufficiency, as this is a message which we need to hear repeated from time to...

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Written by archivist