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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Sunday, 17 September 2017 18:00

Never Like This

“And when the devil was cast out, the dumb spake: and the multitudes marvelled, saying, It was never so seen in Israel.” (Matthew 9:33)

In His earthly ministry, the Lord Jesus was fully human (except that He did no sin). He probably looked and acted very “average,” yet He...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Sunday, 17 September 2017 18:00

Modernity to Postmodernity: From Bad to Worse Featured

We rejoice when evil dictators are brought to justice. But all too often it creates a void waiting to be filled by an even worse ruler.

The same can be said for worldviews as well. The fall of one dominant secular philosophy invariably paves the way for an even more ungodly belief system to follow....

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Written by Grace to You Blog
Sunday, 17 September 2017 17:03

Explaining the Trinity to Muslims

Thomas Overmiller

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Inquisitive Muslims, curious about Bible Christianity, find the doctrine of the Trinity difficult to accept. How can one God be three distinct persons at once? Has a Muslim, whether friend or stranger, ever questioned you about this? How should you answer? Here is an approach...

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Written by Thomas Overmiller
Sunday, 17 September 2017 17:00

Godliness is not your Personality

Why do we take our individual, personality, character, gifts, or calling and make that the sum total of godliness for everyone else?

The introvert equates godliness with quietness.

The extrovert equates godliness with activity.

The generous person equates godliness with giving.

The social person...

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Written by David Murray
Sunday, 17 September 2017 17:00

Increase Your Happiness by Enjoying God’s Creation

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Joy is like the stars. Some nights they blaze in glory; other nights they’re covered by clouds. But they’re always there. Since childhood, I’ve loved the stars. I loved them before I loved the God who made them. Loving God causes me to delight in the stars not less but...

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Written by Randy Alcorn
Sunday, 17 September 2017 17:00

The Problem of P38 and the ‘Western’ Text in Acts

imageIn his published dissertation, Eldon Epp was interested in theological tendencies in Acts. In particular, he was interested in theological tendencies in the “Western” text. (From here on, I’ll forgo the quotation marks because they get tedious.) His method, however, was to study...

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Written by Peter Gurry
Sunday, 17 September 2017 17:00

Guest Post from Rachel Ruddy: Who Takes Centre Stage?

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Francis Chan’s best-selling book Crazy Love makes the point that man’s biggest delusion is that we think, and live, as though we are the star performer in the movie of life. The drama about our car/job/family is all that is important. It consumes us, takes our energy, makes us worry and...

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Written by Andrew Wilson
Sunday, 17 September 2017 16:00

Two Mistakes in Parenting Teens

In The Disciple-Making ParentChap Betis says that “the years of twelve to twenty-one are absolutely crucial years in our children’s walk with the Lord.” Up to age 12, they have learned the faith of their parents, but about age 12 or 13 onwards they begin the...

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Written by David Murray
Sunday, 17 September 2017 16:00

7 Brief Thoughts about the Nashville Statement

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Recently the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW) released the “Nashville Statement.” This document is intended to present God’s revealed purposes for human sexuality. The response to the Nashville Statement has been interesting, to say the least. Some have cheered and...

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Written by Landon Coleman
Sunday, 17 September 2017 16:00

The Academic Witness

imageI’ve given short and long versions of this talk over the years, most recently by invitation to a group of Christian scholars at another school in 2013.  Perhaps it will not be out of place in this blog.

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In his letter to the Colossians, St. Paul says that whatever we do, we...

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Written by jbudziszewski
Sunday, 17 September 2017 15:29

No, There is No Discrimination Featured

A common claim made by the pro-homosexual marriage camp is that we need to change the law on marriage because they are being discriminated against in so many areas. They claim their rights are being violated every single day, and until they get homosexual marriage, they will just be living as...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Sunday, 17 September 2017 15:15

The 9th Thing God Tells Us Not To Do

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The Ten Commandments draw a straight line from love of God to love of neighbor. The two parties are distinguished, to be sure, but in the life of obedience they are inseparable. As Luther pointed out, to disobey any of the commandments is to disobey the first—”You shall have no other...

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Written by Jared C. Wilson
Sunday, 17 September 2017 15:05

September 18: “Shall We Obey God or Man?”

It was yesterday actually—September 17th, 1936—and not today’s date of September 18th, when Dr. J. Gresham Machen spoke in Westfield, New Jersey on the subject “Shall We Obey God, or Man?”. But as we didn’t want to pass up mention of this occasion, so you...

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Written by archivist
Sunday, 17 September 2017 15:05

A Tale of Choosing Between Two Churches

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Stu and his family moved to a new city one summer. His company transferred him unexpectedly, so he either had to relocate or find another job. He chose to go but had little time to research good churches before they arrived. Thankfully, he knew a couple of websites that pointed them toward...

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Written by Steve Burchett
Sunday, 17 September 2017 15:00

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Nabeel Qureshi (1983-2017)This is a beautiful tribute to the muslim convert turned Christian apologist.

On Saturday, September 16, 2017, Nabeel Qureshi, age 34, entered into the joy of his master, Jesus Christ, after enduring a yearlong battle with cancer.

Five Consequences of a Life Out of...

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Written by David Murray
Sunday, 17 September 2017 15:00

His Temptation and Ours

We do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. —Hebrews 4:15

Until we are born again, the only kind of temptation we understand is the kind mentioned in James 1:14, “Each one is tempted when he is drawn...

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Written by RSS | My Utmost For His Highest
Sunday, 17 September 2017 15:00

2 Samuel 14; 2 Corinthians 7; Ezekiel 21; Psalm 68

Written by: Don Carson

2 Samuel 14; 2 Corinthians 7; Ezekiel 21; Psalm 68

WHAT A TWISTED THING SIN IS. Its motives and machinations are convoluted and perverse.

At one level the account of 2 Samuel 14 is pretty straightforward. At another, it is full of thought-provoking ironies.

David adopts the...

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Written by Don Carson
Sunday, 17 September 2017 15:00

How Does Sanctification Work?

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Daniel’s devotion to God gives us all a high standard to aim for: total and unwavering faith. But how do we achieve that standard?

Sinclair Ferguson, theologian, author, and friend of Alistair Begg, explains that devotion to God is a journey. Over the course of life, true believers are...

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Written by TFL
Sunday, 17 September 2017 15:00

Links For The Church (9/18)

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4 Groups Every Pastor Needs to Succeed

Pastor's cannot succeed in ministry if they do everything in isolation. Mark Dance explains four kinds of people that will help strengthen and encourage pastors. 

What Buying a Car Taught Me About Prayer

Her persistence with the car salesman taught her about...

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Written by Staff
Sunday, 17 September 2017 15:00

Our Theological System Should Not Tell Us How to Exegete the Bible

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A theological system ought to be the product of exegetical study of Scripture, not a preface to exegetical work. Hermeneutical principles are first observed in the Scriptures themselves, even in a cursory and casual reading. Those principles are then applied in actual study of the text in the...

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Written by Christopher Cone
Sunday, 17 September 2017 14:24

Monday Mercies

Written by: Scotty Smith

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hopeRomans 15:13

     Heavenly Father, what a great verse for focusing, fueling, and filling our hearts this Monday in...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Sunday, 17 September 2017 14:13

The Life, Legacy And Death of Nabeel Qureshi

imageNabeel after his baptism – uploaded by David Wood onto FacebookThroughout the last 24 hours, the Christian philosopher David Wood has been posting images that memorialize his friend Nabeel Qureshi who passed away on September 16th, 2017. For those who do not know Dr. Wood, he is a Christian...

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Written by Richard Bushey
Sunday, 17 September 2017 13:01

WE HAVE A BOOK FOR THAT!

imageIs creation a viable model of origins in today’s modern scientific era? It’s been almost 4 years since the highly popularized debate between Ken Ham from Answers in Genesis and Bill Nye, “The Science Guy.” Heralded as the “debate of the century,” it is estimated...

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Written by Eric Hovind
Sunday, 17 September 2017 12:46

Kuyper on the Consent Theory of Government — Reformed Libertarian

As I have shown previously, the reformed have held to the consent theory of government. Summarizing this position, Rutherford said “I conceive it to be evident that royal dignity is not immediately, and without the intervention of the people’s consent, […]

via Kuyper on the...

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Written by brandonadams
Sunday, 17 September 2017 12:30

Stop Worshiping With The Damned! Featured

 Apparently, my opinion is unpopular.

Last week on the BTWN Podcast titled  “Matt Maher is Not Saved”  I discussed how many Protestant evangelicals listen to Roman Catholic, Matt Maher’s, music and the error of doing so.  I used this artic...

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Written by Tim Hurd
Sunday, 17 September 2017 12:25

Allow Me To Be Uncharacteristically Blunt…

‪Christianity doesn’t need advice from the likes of McLaren and its survival isn’t dependent on his absurd notions.‬  And if you think it does, you’re an idiot and a heretic.

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Filed under: Modern Culture

Authors: Jim...

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Written by Jim
Sunday, 17 September 2017 11:54

Rick Warren Affirms Roman Catholic Idolaters as Recipients of God’s Grace Featured

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of...

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Written by Jeff Maples
Sunday, 17 September 2017 11:42

Why Pray if God is in Control?

Why pray if God is in control? It’s an interesting question, isn’t it?

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After all, the Bible tells us that:

  • God predetermines all things from eternity past (Ephesians 1:11).
  • God knows what we need before we ask him (Matthew 6:8).
  • God is unchanging in his character (Hebrews 13:8).

So that begs...

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Written by David Qaoud
Sunday, 17 September 2017 11:09

Homeschooling With A Heart For Christ

image This post was previously posted at The Old Schoolhouse Magazine’s Homeschooling with Heart blog.

This time of year I’m more often than not preoccupied with thoughts of curriculum and lesson planning. I’m excited for the start of a new school year, anticipating the flurry of...

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Written by Cheryl L. Stansberry
Sunday, 17 September 2017 10:48

Life Is Short

Written by: Kevin DeYoung

imageLike many others, I was saddened to hear of Nabeel Qureshi’s death over the weekend. In only 34 years, the Muslim-turned-Christian apologist (who worked closely with Ravi Zacharias) left a legacy greater than his young age would suggest.

I know it’s a cliche, but...

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Written by Kevin DeYoung
Sunday, 17 September 2017 10:14

Striking the striker—Exodus 3:20

God enacts justice, though mercifully tempered by his restraint. God had not punished the oppressors’ injustice immediately, but now his impatience was coming to an end. Harsh taskmasters struck God’s people (Exod 2:11; 5:14, 16); Moses had struck an oppressor in retaliation (2:12), but...

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Written by Craig Keener
Sunday, 17 September 2017 10:07

Christian News Weekly Recap Sept 11 – 16, 2017

Christian News Weekly Recap Sept 11 – 16, 2017 This is a recap of the past week’s daily news items from our Christian News Section. Monday Sept 11, 2017 Fulani Militants Kill 20 Christians in Unprovoked Attack Is YouTube Targeting Christians and Conservatives With Its Advertising...

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Written by Alesia Cengia
Sunday, 17 September 2017 10:00

Matt Slick debates a Mormon on the Trinity | Slick Answers | CARM | SFE | BTWN Featured

This week will be a debate between Matt Slick of CARM.org and Bob Vukich an LDS member

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Written by Andrew Rappaport
Sunday, 17 September 2017 10:00

Zeitgeist the Movie: Fact or Fiction | Slick Answers | Andrew Rappaport | SFE | BTWN Featured

Special addition of Slick Answers in Matt Slick’s absence. Topics tonight will start a discussion of Zeitgeist the movie to fact check it and see is it fact or fiction. So many professing atheists use the arguments of this movie to “prove” that Christianity is false and just a...

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Written by Andrew Rappaport
Sunday, 17 September 2017 09:21

Having A High View Of God.

Christians actually need to be confronted with their real need – an understanding of God’s holiness and their own sinfulness – so they can be usable to Him for His glory. When we have a right relationship to God, every aspect of our lives will fall into its divinely ordained...

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Written by brianschoonmaker
Sunday, 17 September 2017 09:10

(Podcast 9.17.17) The Essenes and Ministering to Jewish Millennials (w. Dr. Amy Downey) - Bellator Christi

On this episode of the Bellator Christi Podcast, we talk to Dr. Amy Downey, the founder of Tzedakah Ministries, about the ancient Jewish sect known as the Essenes. The Essenes are known for being the caretakers of what later become known as the Dead Sea Scrolls. Were some of the early Christians...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Sunday, 17 September 2017 08:35

Two Kingdoms, Church Institutions, and the Purpose of Excommunication in the 1604 English Canons

In the Scripture, the word “Church” has two main meanings, apart from others; one of which means the congregation of all the saints and true believers, who really believe in Christ the Head and are sanctified by his Spirit. This is the living and truly holy mystical body of Christ, but...

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Written by Rubati
Sunday, 17 September 2017 08:32

The Appointment of David Friedrich Strauss

This is an interesting article on the controversy surrounding the appointment of David Friedrich Strauss to the faculty of the University of Zurich.

Authors: BibleX...

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Written by BibleX
Sunday, 17 September 2017 08:25

"If You Faithfully Obey" -- Deuteronomy 28:1-20

Here's the audio from this morning's sermon -- Introduction to the Minor Prophets (2)  Israel's Covenant with YHWH

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Authors: Kim Riddlebarger...

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Written by Kim Riddlebarger
Sunday, 17 September 2017 07:41

Frustration Week

Ask a curator frustrated us all. It wasn’t really about those in positions to do so answering questions though. It was the pretense of accessibility and accountability.

Roberta Mazza

Dear readers I should say this has been a week of social media and e-commerce failures. Having all been...

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Written by Jim
Sunday, 17 September 2017 07:41

The words of God Featured

by Mike Ratliff

34 ὃν γὰρ ἀπέστειλεν ὁ θεὸς τὰ ῥήματα τοῦ θεοῦ...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Sunday, 17 September 2017 07:00

Social Media Highlights (9/17/17)

Here are highlights from our various social media accounts over the past week.

How did the ideas of an obscure monk in Germany spread throughout the world? https://t.co/jjFlWQhdxu

Confessional Christianity isn’t a subset of Christian...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Sunday, 17 September 2017 06:13

Alexander Campbell's Argument for the Existence of God

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Alexander Campbell was an influential pastor in 19th century. He came up with an interesting argument for the existence of God. I saw it nicely analyzed by Caleb Clanton. Campbell argues that human beings must have obtained the concept of God at some time in the past. But what best explains the...

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Written by Ben Holloway
Sunday, 17 September 2017 06:04

Following Jesus in Port William

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For the past several years, I’ve been reading through Wendell Berry’s Port William novels. Berry, who is a writer and farmer from Kentucky, uses the stories of life in the fictional town of Port William from 1888 through 2008 to show the importance of responsible farming, avoiding debt,...

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Written by Scott Slayton
Sunday, 17 September 2017 04:44

The Anatomy of Sin and Its Double Cure (Jeremiah 17:1-13)