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, 19 July 2017 22:00

When Jesus Didn’t Call God His Father

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I’ve been called a lot of things in my life, but the title and name that brings me more joy (and stress) than all the others is father

Having my small daughters run up to me when I get home from work yelling “Daddy! Daddy!” Listening to my sons describe a personal...

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Written by Aaron Earls
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 22:00

Matthew Barrett, H.B. Charles, and Steven Smith Join Midwestern Faculty

Written by: Jared C. Wilson

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We were excited today to announce the addition of three new faculty roles:

Matthew Barrett, who has served since 2015 as lecturer and tutor of systematic theology and church history at Oak Hill Theological College in London, will serve MBTS as Associate Professor...

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Written by Jared C. Wilson
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 22:00

The Lousy Preacher was You Featured

This blog post is mere hypothesis, of course. You clicked the link for the same reason you skim a first–hand account of climbing Everest. It’s not that you’ll ever experience what you read, but you’re curious what it’s like. That is, what if you didn’t...

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Written by Jared Longshore
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 21:58

Just What is “Normal” These Days?

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Families and societies operate best when there are standards of normality and expected behaviors and morals to guide us.  In our nation we have been established upon the rule of law, supposedly giving us clear choices on acceptable and unacceptable behavior.  As Christians we are guided...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 21:21

Power, status and influence in Paul’s Corinth – Student dissertation (part 2)

Part Two-

Newman Research Centre for the Bible and its Reception

In Part 1 of Newman graduand Isabella Wray‘s examination of Paul’s use of ‘slave’ and ‘freedman’ in 1 Corinthians 7:20-24 she described the geopolitical setting of Corinth and emphasised how the...

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Written by Jim
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 21:00

Christianity Is a Life Centered Around a Person

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Archibald Brown in his book, The Face of Jesus Christ, speaks of the heart of what it means to be a Christian. The heart of the matter is not getting your act together or adopting new principles or lifestyles or theologies… although it will always include these things… But the heart...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 21:00

Guard Your Health

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As a young man, I often heard older people talking about their declining bodies and failing health. I grew weary of hearing them tell how their strength had diminished and how their aches and pains had increased. They insisted that they used to be able to eat anything they wanted without ill...

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Written by Tim Challies
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 21:00

Why We Must Understand the Covenants to Understand the Bible

July 20, 2017 by: Thomas R. Schreinerimage

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...

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Written by Thomas R. Schreiner
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 20:49

Cultivating Faith in Your Daily Prayers

Make it your daily prayer that you may have an increase of faith. According to your faith will be your peace. Cultivate that blessed root more, and sooner or later, by God’s blessing, you may hope to have the flower. You may not perhaps attain to full assurance at once: it is good sometimes...

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Written by The J.C. Ryle Archive
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 20:21

Making Apologetics Personal: A Quick Lesson from John 4

image There is a temptation to study apologetics solely in the abstract. Sean offers a lesson from John 4 (the woman at the well) about making apologetics personal.

Authors: Sean McDowell...

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Written by Sean McDowell
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 20:00

Throwback Thursday ~ Persecution in the Pew

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Persecution isn't just something happening overseas. It might be happening in your own church.

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Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 20:00

Featured Series: Taking Back Christianese by Michael J. Kruger

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Last year, New Testament scholar Michael J. Kruger featured a series on this blog about the way Christians talk.  He writes:"This series is designed to analyze a number of theological phrases or practical bits of Christians wisdom that may simply be wrong, or at least misunderstood. Or maybe...

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Written by Chad
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 20:00

When You Can't Find a Good Church

It's a common complaint among many. "I've looked for a good church in my area, but I can't find one." Maybe the music is too loud or too boring. Maybe the preaching isn't ... whatever. Not enough of the Word. Too much of the world. "I'm not being fed." "I'm not able to worship." "I don't feel...

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Written by Winging It
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 20:00

Jesus the Imagination: A New Magazine Launches in Midtown Manhattan

The current story of Christian media is not—despite the pain occasioned by the passing ofBooks and Culture—exclusively one of decline and buzzfeedification. This summer marksthe advent of a new annual, edited by Michael Martin, titledJesus the Imagination.

Martin is a Byzantine Rite...

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Written by Susannah Black
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 20:00

The Powers and Plans of the World Are Nothing Compared to the Power and Plan of God

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Are you feeling discouraged by the opposition to Christians and Christianity we’re seeing in the world? I’m reading through the first half of Acts this month (see “James Gray on Mastering the Bible”), and I’ve noticed something encouraging: over and over, we see that...

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Written by Amy K. Hall
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 19:07

NUGGETS

Should Christians Cremate Their Loved Ones? – For many years, I’ve wanted to preach or write on this subject. However, there’s not much that I would say differently than John Piper has said in this article.

Loving the People You Love to Hate – “Do you love to hate...

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Written by Paul Tautges
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 19:03

God created roles for Men from Genesis 2: Point 1

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This is point 1 of our series on “God created roles for Men from Genesis 2.”  Last time we considered the question of “Why this study?”

This series will be exploring four truths about manhood from Genesis 2:15-18a so that men would live up to God’s...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 19:00

Dealing with Disappointment

Here's an excerpt from Dealing with Disappointment, Deepak Reju's contribution to the July issue of Tabletalk:

As long as we live on this side of glory, sin will make a mess of things. Unfortunately, when things go wrong, our vantage point can be narrowed to the tiny kingdom of ourselves, and...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 19:00

For Weak and Weary Pilgrims

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One of my favorite Christian books is Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan. I first read an abridged version when I was young, and I was enthralled by Christian's journey from the City of Destruction to the Celestial City. It was an exciting adventure complete with hair-raising escapes...

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Written by Persis
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 19:00

Why Loving God with All Your Mind Matters

I know a pastor whose study contained a desk, a kneeler, and a couple of chairs.

The desk and its accompanying chair were well worn from hours of study, and most of the books that lined the shelves around the room had been opened and carefully studied.

The kneeler was not far from the desk and faced...

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Written by Dr. Art Lindsley
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 19:00

Fear of God Devotional: What’s Different Between Our Times and the Protestant Reformation?

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What is a distinction between the Reformation and the world we live in today?

Kevin Swanson explains in this video that one distinction is that we have a much easier access to the Word of God. They did not have it available in the common tongue, in their churches, or in their homes. Though we each...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 19:00

Can the Uneducated Learn Bible Doctrine?

Some of the greatest Christian examples in my life are (and were) uneducated.  They gave themselves to the study of God through the pages of the Scriptures.  What a tremendous example it is for the uneducated factory worker to set before his family the importance of learning the Bible....

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Written by Josh Buice
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 18:53

Romans 8 Featured

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I’ve spent the last few years translating portions of the Bible into a language almost nobody outside of Africa has even heard of–and I’ve loved it. This process has renewed my passion to see fresh translations of Scripture in English. They are important for many reasons, but one...

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Written by d p
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 18:36

Why Would God Send Good People to Hell? (Podcast)

In this blast from the past, J. Warner addresses a common objection to the loving nature of God. Isn’t it unfair for God to penalize people who are otherwise good, just because they haven’t heard about Jesus? A good God would not send good people to Hell. Jim responds to this objection...

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Written by jwallace
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 18:00

Evolutionists try to Nourish Darwin's Wilting Tree of Life

July 20, 2017
In the 158 years since Charles Darwin developed the idea that all living organisms evolved from one common ancestor, scientists have attempted to prop up the so-called “tree of life” theory against the prevailing...

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Written by TBC Staff - EN
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 18:00

An Interview with J.I. Packer: Should Every Christian Study Theology?

Editor’s note: Our staff had the opportunity to talk to J.I. Packer about the state of the church. During the interview, church unity became a subject of discussion. Packer argued that for the sake of unity, the church needs to be united around theology, the content of the Christian...

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Written by Guest
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 18:00

Together in Christ

“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:20)

This is a wonderful promise. Whether believers come together in church or a home Bible study or even just two together (like husband and wife) to fellowship around the name of...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 17:55

Council of Google Plus: Men, Women, and Porn. Featured

Authors: John Wilkinson

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Written by John Wilkinson
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 17:37

As in the Days of Noah

“But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be” (Mat 24:37). Regardless of how one interprets Mat 24, there’s no doubt that Christ referred to the rebellion and judgment in Noah’s day, which He compared to mankind’s subsequent rebellion and...

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Written by Jacques Lucas
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 17:30

The 5 C’s of Preaching

Written by: Jared C. Wilson

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How do you know you’re preaching a Christian sermon and not simply giving a religious or spiritual lecture?

While I think gospel-centered expository proclamation is the best approach to fulfilling the biblical call to...

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Written by Jared C. Wilson
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 17:03

A blog on Worship

Don Johnson

We’ve highlighted a new blog recently and would like you to take a look at one of their latest offerings:

Worship: It’s More than You Think

You might think this is yet another post on music, but that really isn’t Aaron Berry’s point.

I fear that many of our worship...

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Written by Don Johnson
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 16:43

Jacques Barzun on Toleration

Toleration–allowing freedom of expression–has no logical limits. In religion it includes ritual, which is action as well as words. But does it include burning the country’s flag? Law in the United States says yes. What of behavior onstage that many consider obscene? Or sacrificing...

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Written by Kevin T. Bauder
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 16:30

21 Theses . . .

. . . on submission in Marriage. From Doug Wilson. Since Wilson labels these as “theses,” we assume that they are intended as propositons for debate. Here’s a sample:

The Bible does not require a universal submission of women to men, or the necessary submission of any given woman...

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Written by Kevin T. Bauder
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 16:24

Jeff Sessions: Full Text

The text of the attorney general’s speech to the Alliance Defending Freedom has been reprinted by The Federalist. Read it here.

America has never thought itself to be a theocracy. Our founders, at least the most articulate of them, believed our government existed as a protector of religious...

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Written by Kevin T. Bauder
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 16:11

The Council of Google Plus: Mormons and Logic Don’t Mix Featured

Authors: John Wilkinson

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Written by John Wilkinson
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 16:00

We Must Not Get the Wrong Idea—about the Big Idea

(Read Part 5) In this ongoing series, we are looking at concepts related to pastoral ministry. We might also refer to them as ministry practicum or philosophy of ministry issues. We are specifically addressing a paradigm shift that is taking place in many churches—tempting...

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Written by admin
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 16:00

GOD’S LIVING WORDS OF TRUTH, HOPE, ENCOURAGEMENT, OR WARNINGS, TO START YOUR DAY

INTRODUCTION – FOR THOSE WHO ARE NEW TO THIS SERIES Because there seems to be such a lack of emphasis on God’s Word these days, I wanted to start a new series that will simply focus on God’s Word. So, Lord willing, at the beginning of each and every day I will just be sharing...

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Written by Mary/Living For His Glory
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 15:50

Bringing and Leaving Marriages at the Throne of Grace

Written by: Scotty Smith

     Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 15:10

You Have No Heart

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“You have no heart! You are heartless!”

These are phrases we often hear in response to someone who has just done or said something we consider to be quite inhumane or inconsiderate of another human being. The phrase is meant to convey the idea that the human heart is loving, kind,...

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Written by Joshua Jenkins
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 15:05

A Pastor's Character Over His Competence

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An alternative, but much longer title for this post could be: ‘Why You Should Choose a Godly Man Who is an Average Preacher, Over the Worldly Man Who Can Preach Up a Storm.’

‘Character Over Competence’ is an issue that relates to far more than leadership in the local...

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Written by Chris Thomas
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 15:04

A Habitual Batalha Contra a Amargura (1)

É inevitável. As pessoas vão nos machucar. Até mesmo aquelas próximas a você. Na verdade, talvezespecialmente aquelas próximas a você.

Com cada ferida, há o potencial para despertar o monstro da amargura. Ele tem um sono leve. E ele...

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Written by Fernanda Vilela
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 15:03

VIDEO: Should every Christian be a member of a local church?

Authors: Alex Duke...

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Written by Alex Duke
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 15:00

Dependent on God’s Presence

Those who wait on the Lord…shall walk and not faint. —Isaiah 40:31

There is no thrill for us in walking, yet it is the test for all of our steady and enduring qualities. To “walk and not faint” is the highest stretch possible as a measure of strength. The word walk is used...

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Written by RSS | My Utmost For His Highest
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 15:00

July 18, 2017 Show with Jonathan Master on “Assurance: How Can Fallible Men Know We Are Saved?”

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July 18, 2017:

JONATHAN MASTER, professor of theology & dean of the School of Divinity at Cairn University in Langhorne, PA, editorial director for the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals & host of the Alliance podcast, “Theology on the Go”, author of “A Question of...

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Written by Eric Nielsen
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 15:00

Judges 3; Acts 7; Jeremiah 16; Mark 2

Written by: Don Carson

Judges 3; Acts 7; Jeremiah 16; Mark 2

THE OLD TESTAMENT historical psalms offer plenty of examples in which writers review the shared history of the Israelites for some special theological or ethical purpose. Something similar occurs when 1 and 2 Chronicles retell 1 and 2...

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Written by Don Carson