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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Wednesday, 20 September 2017 01:22

New Book on Philosophers Theologians Using Social Media

Theologians and Philosophers Using Social Media:  Advice, Tips, and Testimonials, ed. Thomas Jay Oord (San Diego, CA:  SacraSage Press, 2017), has contributions from 91 scholars, who describe how they got into using various social media (e.g., blogging, or whatever), what they aim to do,...

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Written by larryhurtado
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 01:14

Bigger Thoughts

“Shorter! Simpler! More punchy!” Whether you’re a journalist or a teacher or a pastor, there is a constant pressure to consolidate our communication. Pastors are taught that our sermons need to have a theme that can be easily expressed in one, simple sentence. Many people...

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Written by Jared Olivetti
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 00:27

Battle Ready Radio: 2017 Teen Retreat Audio Preview

We are looking forward to the upcoming teen retreat with Pastor Carl Lubin, focused on the theme, “Back to the Basics” (2 Peter 3:18). To get a jump start on preparing your heart for this gathering, be sure to listen to this special “Battle Ready Radio” episode on your drive...

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Written by TOvermiller
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 00:15

When Plans Go Awry and Link Love

In the beginning of August the government agency for whom Nate works told him he'd had two weeks of training at the end of the month for which he'd need to be in D.C.. We made hurried plans for a road-trip, some driving routes were discussed so I could go too, a ticket was purchased, I let the...

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Written by Lore Wilbert
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 00:03

SBC Executive Committee marks 100 years

By David Roach

NASHVILLE (BP) —The Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee commemorated its 100th year of existence with what EC President Frank S. Page called “a little happy-birthday party” intended to reflect the EC’s behind-the-scenes ministry of helping other SBC...

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Written by Baptist Press
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 00:00

Jesus, the Son of Man

In this brief clip from his teaching series Lessons from the Upper Room, Sinclair Ferguson explains what Jesus meant when He referred to Himself as the "Son of Man."

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I remember as a youngster in Sunday school, perhaps this was true of you, that my Sunday School teachers taught me that...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 23:30

Unshakeable Joy Because of What Is to Come

imageThe devotional that follows, as well as subsequent posts in this series, originally were written for and appeared as anonymous publications in the bulletins of a local church. Considering the joy (no pun intended) which resulted from the composition of this series, and the limited audience to which...

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Written by EBenz
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 23:29

When Objectivity Sells out to Blatant Bias

Media has historically been referred to as the "fourth leg of our republic" because of its ability and past willingness to accurately report news and uncover hidden agendas within government. But what happens when the media decides to drive its own agenda instead of reporting news? The abortion...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 23:26

Do You Love God, STEM, and Apologetics? Check Out Camp Infinity

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Are you a college-age young person with a passion for God’s Word and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics)? If so, you’ll want to check out an exciting opportunity with Camp Infinity (Ci). Ci, directed by Dan Wooster (a board member of AiG), is a unique STEM...

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Written by Ken Ham
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 23:22

Michael Brown on healing

What was my conclusion after these years of intensive study and prayer? I concluded that healing was God’s ideal will for His obedient children, and that rather than praying, “Lord, if it be Your will to heal,” we should pray with the expectation that it was His will, sometimes...

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Written by steve
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 23:07

The Unhypocritical Jesus

Jesus constantly warned about hypocrisy throughout his earthly ministry. Whether it was the institutionalized hypocrisy of the Pharisees (Matt. 6:2, 5, 16; 15:7; 16:3; 22:18; 23:13-15, 23-29), or the leavening effects that such hypocrisy on professing believers (Luke 12:1), Jesus recurrently...

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Written by Nicholas T. Batzig
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 23:01

Friday Night Calvinism

In my experience, freewill theists frequently misunderstand what Calvinists mean when they say God does everything for his own glory, and I think some Calvinists (e.g. John Piper) have contributed to that misunderstanding. I've discussed that before. 
But now, with the return of football...

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Written by steve
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 23:00

Us who labor for the King.

In the world’s incongruent attitude toward the Church, Christians are, on the one hand, considered to be a feeble folk engaged in a futile work. At the same time, non-Christians are often greatly threatened by the Church and will work hard to hamper its work, often through ridicule. No one...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 22:29

I Have a Chapter in a New Book: ‘Our Secular Age’

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Our Secular Age, a new volume edited by Collin Hansen on the tenth anniversary of Charles Taylor’s A Secular Age, has just been released by the Gospel Coalition. Taylor’s work is one of the most significant works on the problem of secularism, culture, and philosophy of...

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Written by Derek Rishmawy
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 22:26

Five Elements of a Church Membership Class Featured

Not long after I started my ministry at our church, we began having regular visitors who soon were asking about becoming members. While I was grateful to God for bringing them to us and thankful for their interest in joining our church, I knew that we needed to have a church membership class so...

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Written by Jared Longshore
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 22:17

Leftists — including “Christian” Leftists — are pro-abortion, not pro-choice

The Molech-worshiping ghouls of the Left — including the “Christian” Left — are busy celebrating the “free” (read: tax-funded or government coercion-funded) abortions that will just happen to kill minorities at a disproportionate rate: Governor of Oregon Holds...

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Written by Eternity Matters
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 22:03

A Kindle Deal for the Barthians

This is a good deal, Barthians.  I’m not sure how long it will last, but it’s a steal.

imageFor many students of Scripture and Christian theology, Karl Barth’s break with liberalism is the most important event that has occurred in theology in over 200 years. In Karl...

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Written by Jim
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 22:02

Is a Paradigm Shift Now Called for?

Some comments in response to my previous posting on the textual transmission of early Christian writings (here) reflect the difficulty that some have in facing the need in a given field of study to undergo what Thomas Kuhn famously called a “paradigm shift,” i.e., a change in a...

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Written by larryhurtado
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 21:44

What Did Paul mean by the head Covering for Women and Does it apply to us today?

Walk into a modern church and...

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Written by Acidri
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 21:32

False Teacher of the Day #11: Ante Pavkovic Featured

imageAnte Pavkovic is a high-ranking leader in Operation Save America, an anti-abortion organization. Ante is the pastor of a Pentecostal “home church,” Christ Fellowship Church, in North Carolina, a church of about 20-30 people and he can be found most days outside a Charlotte...

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Written by Rob Nelsen
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 21:22

Are We Raising Athletes or Christians?

If you know me and my family personally, you probably know my nine-year-old son loves baseball. He watches nearly every Texas Rangers’ game on television (or lies in bed listening to them on the radio), he pitches for his Little League team, he could sit and talk about baseball for hours on...

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Written by Wes
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 21:18

Who Wrote the Gospels, and How Do We Know for Sure?

The Bible gives us four accounts of Christ’s life. Each records a unique perspective of the most significant event in history—the crucifixion and resurrection. All four gospels are named after men who lived during or shortly after Christ’s early ministry. Tradition considers these...

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Written by ZA Blog
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 21:00

Embodying Masculinity in a World that Rejects It

I was recently invited to speak for a weekend conference for men, discussing our roles in the family and the church. Topics like this kill me. The preparation quickly turned into an exercise in personal conviction and repentance. How to speak on being a good husband and father when at every...

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Written by Joel Arnold
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 21:00

What is the Moral Argument for the Existence of God?

image What is the best way to formulate the moral argument for the existence of God? How powerful is it? Sean briefly answers these questions.

Authors: Sean McDowell...

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Written by Sean McDowell
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 21:00

The Art of Godliness, Episode 2: Honoring Parents

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Today I bring you episode 2 of The Art of Godliness, the new podcast hosted by myself and my good friend Paul Martin. The purpose of the podcast is to think out loud and in public about how to live a quiet and peaceful life, godly and dignified in every way. After discussing conflict resolution in e...

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Written by Tim Challies
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 21:00

What Makes Pastoral Ministry Enjoyable?

September 20, 2017 by: R. Kent Hughes

The Many Joys of Pastoral Ministry

When considering what makes pastoral ministry enjoyable, I have to chose from among several things. I loved preaching every week. I preached lectio continua: one sermon after another out of a book of the Bible. So, it...

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Written by R. Kent Hughes
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 21:00

Am I an unbeliever or a backsliding Christian?

Authors: Jeremy Pierre...

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Written by Jeremy Pierre
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 20:54

On Getting ‘Un-dragoned’ By the Light of Christ

Written by: Jared C. Wilson

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“This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light, and there is absolutely no darkness in him. If we say, ‘We have fellowship with him,’ and yet we walk in darkness, we are lying and are not practicing the truth. If we walk in...

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Written by Jared C. Wilson
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 20:40

Hawarden ‘Old Testament in the New’ Conference, 2018

Dear colleagues,

It is once again time to start making firm arrangements for this year’s Hawarden Seminar on the OT in the New. You are all very welcome to join us at Gladstone’s Library from the evening of Thursday 22nd March to lunchtime on Saturday 24th March 2018. The library staff...

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Written by Jim
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 20:21

17 minutes of continual sin Featured

We need a savior. We are evil, evil continually rising from a corrupted heart. Our human nature is depraved, polluted, and thoroughly iniquitous. Don't believe me? Think that Genesis 6:5 is only historical? You imagine I'm being unnecessarily pessimistic? "I haven't murdered anyone," you protest....

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Written by The End Time
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 20:20

Four Ways that Diversity—More than Uniformity—Magnifies God

Written by: Justin Taylor

image One day, in the new heavens and the new earth, God’s diverse redeemed peoples—a great multitude so large it cannot be counted—will sing a new song together in unison:

Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals,

for you were slain,

and by...

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Written by Justin Taylor
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 20:18

From Sentences to God

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From a very young age, we can recognize the quality of sentences. We evaluate sentences according to some standard, some criteria of good, bad, better, or worse. If God created the world then it is likely that he would endow human beings with some way to recognize good and bad sentences according...

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Written by Ben Holloway
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 20:01

A La Carte (September 20)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a few minor deals that may be worth a quick peek.

Westminster Books has a selection of Reformation-related titles on sale. You should probably read at least one book on the Reformation before October 31!

Speaking of which, you can get a copy of the classic biography...

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Written by Tim Challies
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 20:00

Mark: Lesson 19

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Mark- Lesson 19

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Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 20:00

Judging Rightly

If there's one thing we all know, Jesus did not judge. I mean, He said so, right? Wasn't it Jesus who said, "Judge not"? Wasn't it Jesus who said, "I came not to judge the world, but to save the world"? Wasn't it Jesus who said, "Neither do I condemn you"? Clearly, Jesus didn't have a judging bone...

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Written by Winging It
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 20:00

Deeds Will Not Be Less Valiant Because They Are Unpraised

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Eowyn, shield maiden of Rohan, sat out most of the action in The Two Towers, so as we come into The Return of the King, she is ready for action but is again advised to stay home. Aragorn tries to help her understand that it is still important for her to remain at home and lead her people.

“Then...

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Written by Zak Schmoll
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 20:00

Work and Pray

I’m pleased to publish this guest piece from Dr. Tim LeCroy.

Ora et labora: pray and work.

This was the motto of the medieval monk. This simple phrase moved the life of prayer from the realm of the ascetical heroism of the few to a life that was both accessible to normal Christians and helpful...

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Written by Guest Writer
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 20:00

Predigested Obsolescence Featured

In 1960, John Steinbeck drove across America in a pickup truck, accompanied by his dog, Charley. The book that resulted, Travels with Charley in Search of America, is a touching and melancholy reflection on the state of the nation.

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Written by First Things RSS Feed - Carl R. Trueman
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 20:00

Will the Punishment in Hell Be Experienced Forever?

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This month’s issue of Solid Ground was written by Greg and Tim on the subject of Hell. Currently, there’s a movement among some members of the church towards annihilationism (or “conditionalism”)—that is, the idea that the punishment given at the end of time to those...

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Written by Amy K. Hall
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 19:07

We have a winner!

Thank you all so much for your interest and response to our Journey into God's Word giveaway. There were 53 entries, and our lucky winner is Ann Snider!Thanks all so much for your interest in the giveaway and the blog!

Authors: Kim Shay...

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Written by Kim Shay
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 19:00

The Mixed History of the Church’s View of Work

Like most things over time, the popular attitudes toward work and calling have not been the same throughout history. In fact, they have changed quite a bit over thousands of years. The culture has often supported a view of work that contradicts the Bible. Understanding the historical context...

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Written by Dr. Art Lindsley
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 19:00

An Evangelical Conservative’s Guide to #BlackLivesMatter

Recently, I composed a brief survey, asking my website readers to tell me what they like and dislike about my articles, and what they’d want to talk about if they had some time to chat with me personally.

I gained valuable insights from the survey, one of which is that many of my readers want...

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Written by Bruce Ashford
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 19:00

God's Sovereignty and Our Responsibility

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God is sovereign in creation, providence, redemption, and judgment. That is a central assertion of Christian belief and especially in Reformed theology. God is King and Lord of all. To put this another way: nothing happens without God’s willing it to happen, willing it to happen before it...

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Written by Derek W.H. Thomas
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 18:58

Review: Batman: The Dark Knight: Master Race

This came out yesterday and is currently #1 Best Seller in DC Comics & Graphic Novels (and rightly so!)

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Frank Miller.  Batman: The Dark Knight: Master Race. Burbank, CA: DC Comics, September 19th, 2017. 376 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Wow this work is just incredible. ...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 18:01

Where the battle rages

Written by: Ray Ortlund

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“If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing...

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Written by Ray Ortlund