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 15:00

Theology Thursday - Much Grammar Syntax Signifying Nothing

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Have you ever read an exegetical commentary that focused on obscure points of grammar so much that you actually learned nothing? Have you ever slammed a dense commentary shut, fearful you’d be drowned by a flood of eager, but meaningless, syntactical analysis? In this brilliant parody, New...

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Written by TylerR
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 14:06

The Marian Dogmas Debate

Do the Catholic Church’s Teachings on Mary Constitute Authentic Christian Doctrine?

James White debates Peter D. Williams at the London Oratory in St. Wilfrid’s Hall.

Authors: John Samson...

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Written by John Samson
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 14:01

Spiritual Arrogance

JULY 20
Spiritual Arrogance
“A dispute arose among them as to which of them would be greatest.” LUKE 9:46

Peter made a splendid beginning by frankly acknowledging himself as a sinner, and so the Lord took him just as he was and began to disciple him.

After making some progress, however,...

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Written by Chip Brogden
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 14:00

A church that has chosen the path of prayer

SOCIAL CIRCLE — Leonard Ravenhill, the revivalist, wrote, “No man is greater than his prayer life. The pastor who is not praying is playing; the people who are not praying are straying.”

The great advocate of prayer, E.M. Bounds said, “Units of prayer combined, like drops of...

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Written by Gerald Harris
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 13:45

Letter to the Editor: Weight Watchers Revamped Into Mindfulness New Age Practices Since Oprah Became Board Member

Letter to the Editor: Weight Watchers Revamped Into Mindfulness & New Age Practices Since Oprah Became Board Member

Dear Lighthouse Trails: I am a long time Weight Watchers member, having lost 30 lbs. 8 years ago. As was widely reported in the press, Oprah joined WW about 2 years ago and...

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Written by Lighthouse Trails Editors
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 13:39

The Christophobic ABC Strikes Again Featured

Never one to let a good chance to attack Christians and tell porkies about Christianity slip away, “our” taxpayer-funded ABC has been at it again. Of course they make a living (at our expense) in doing this. I have lost count of the number of pieces I have written documenting ugly cases...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 13:16

Canonization as a Card Game

Apparently, there is now a card game related to the biblical canon. You can read about it here.

Authors: BibleX...

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Written by BibleX
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 12:13

God's Great Design

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God's great design in all His works is the manifestation of His own glory. –C.H. Spurgeon

  Listen to, Ground Rules for Christian Freedom (Part 6 of 6)

There are some churches where drinking alcohol in moderation, dancing, and getting piercings are considered acceptable...

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Written by TFL
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 11:19

Falling through the Porch: My Reply to A Critique (4)

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Part Three

This is the fourth and last installment of my reply a some NCT’s who did a critique of my Forty Reasons For Not Reinterpreting the OT with the NT.  I believe I have probably given their podcast more attention than it deserved; not because it criticizes me (which is fine), but...

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Written by Paul Henebury
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 11:00

Taking up the cross.

When God draws a sinner to Himself and saves him, he becomes part of the virgin Bride of Christ. The believer who has seen the love of God in Christ will take up his cross and follow Him.

Mark 8:34 When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 10:26

Creation Evangelism

Dr. Jason Lisle of biblicalscienceinstitute.com/:

Authors: John Samson...

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Written by John Samson
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 10:23

On Fairies and Gardeners

Wednesday, 19 July 2017 10:10

July 17, 2017 Show with Greg Nichols on “God’s Love: Indiscriminate or Particular?”

Theme:

July 17, 2017:

GREG NICHOLS, 1 of 3 Pastors at Grace Immanuel Reformed Baptist Church, Grand Rapids, MI, author of What Does the Bible Say about God?, The Biblical Doctrine of God (Truth For Eternity) & Lectures in Systematic Theology (Volume 1), will address: “GOD’s LOVE: Indis...

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Written by Eric Nielsen
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 10:08

Politics and What It Means to Be an ‘Evangelical’

Written by: Thomas S. Kidd

The election of Donald Trump has elicited a great deal of frustration and dismay among non-Trumpian evangelicals. Some have suggested that the “court evangelicals” who unapologetically support Trump will drive many anti-Trump evangelicals into the fold of the...

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Written by Thomas S. Kidd
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 09:48

A Response to Cindee Martin Morgan From an Ex-CRI Employee

Written by steve
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 08:30

Understanding Spiritual Growth

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Jesus taught that there is a time element involved with the believer’s spiritual growth. It is often unnoticeable. Yet the believer is able to look back over time and detect growth. One of the quickest ways to get discouraged is for you to keep looking inside of yourself trying to detect...

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Written by Charles Leiter
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 08:09

As The Social Security Scam Nears Its End, Working Millennials Can’t Help But Notice They’re Being Pillaged While They’re Being Mocked Featured

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Do many Millennials have a well-deserved reputation for being lazy, self-absorbed, emotion-driven snowflakes with a mind-blowingly awful entitlement mentality?

Oh yeah, sure.

After generations of American parents singing the praises of overtly Marxist/Socialist constructs like public...

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Written by FireBreathingChristian
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 08:09

A Plea for Holistic Christianity

What Is to Blame for Burnout?

In a survey (see the infographic) conducted by Crossway last fall, 76% of men and 88% of women admitted that they had experienced burnout for a significant period of time. Of those who experienced burnout, 31% of men and 26% of women suffered for up to three months. It...

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Written by David Murray
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 08:05

Ministering to Those Who Perpetually Struggle

I grew up listening to stories my grandfather told of his childhood during the Great Depression and his time in the army during World War II. The experiences he had of childhood poverty, family brokenness and the horrifying images of war were forever etched in his mind and heart. They...

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Written by Christina Fox
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 07:47

It's Easy to Believe in God: Atheism is Impossible

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By Mike Robinson
I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else (C. S. Lewis).
 
I am totally convinced the Christian faith is the most coherent...

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Written by Mike Robinson
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 07:32

We’re Laughing With not At You

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I imagine that was Peter Sagal’s defense for this bit of Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me (an episode I heard while driving in New England):

SAGAL: Tom, this week, listeners also wrote in, saying we were way too mean to Mitch McConnell. What was the specific insult our listeners were upset by?...

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Written by D. G. Hart
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 07:25

Why intersectionality may be at odds with the gospel

imageElizabeth Corey’s recent article in First Things may be the best short intro to intersectionality that I have yet come across. I highly recommend that you read it if you have not already. I would like to highlight a couple items from Corey’s observations that relate to my growing...

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Written by Denny Burk
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 06:29

Earthly Pleasures Were Never Meant to Satisfy

C. S. Lewis thoughtfully observed that “if we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world. If none of my earthly pleasures satisfy it, that does not prove that the universe is a fraud. Probably...

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Written by TOvermiller
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 05:38

The Most Sensible Explanation

Bible Christianity provides the most sensible explanation for the origins of life. Jefrey Breshears explains it this way: It is impossible that non-living matter could spontaneously produce life for the simple reason that non-living matter has no potential to produce life. Life-producing energy has...

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Written by TOvermiller
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 05:19

In search of moderate Muslims

Daniel Wilcox  Randal Rauser  9 hours ago
There are many, many Muslims, but the Muslims that you know must be very different from the Muslims where I lived in the Middle East and many here in the U.S. who deny the right of Muslims to reject Islam, who deny everyone to...

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Written by steve
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 05:00

Ignorance, Deception, or Journalistic Laziness – Take Your Pick: None Are Helpful in Racial Reconciliation Efforts

imageReligion Dispatches published an article yesterday entitled “The Southern Baptist ‘All Lives Matter’ Approach to Racial Reconciliation is Spiritual Malpractice.”In that article, they mentioned SBC Voices a couple of times, which is always flattering. Unfortunately, their...

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Written by Dave Miller
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 04:47

Hurry Up and Rest

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I’ve always thought of Mark as the “hurry up” gospel, because everything seems to happen “immediately.” Perhaps that’s why Mark 6 caught my attention recently where Jesus invited the disciples to rest after they return from their missionary journey. Rest seems so...

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Written by Jimmy Adkins
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 04:37

The User's Guide to Postmodern "Emergent" Christianity Featured

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     Step one is essential: "Get in the loop!" What does this mean, you ask? Well, this thought pattern is almost everything you'll need to stay clueless within the confines of Postmodern Christianity. Once you start thinking this way, you'll never get out of "the loop." It goes like...

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Written by Steven Kozar
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 04:34

Why church should be a priority for believers

When Stephanie and I got married, we spent our first night as newlyweds at the Telfair Inn in Augusta. The next morning, we got up and went to the nearest church we could find. I know that not everyone gets up the morning after their wedding and goes to church, but it’s what we wanted to do.

Th...

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Written by Marty McLain
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 03:46

The Theocratic Kingdom | Session 1 Featured

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In a new series, Dr. Randy White goes through the principles of the book, The Theocratic Kingdom, by George N.H. Peters.

The goal of this series is “proving the physical-only nature of the coming Kingdom of God.” By “physical-only” we mean that if the Kingdom is not...

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Written by Randy White
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 03:30

The Pilgrim’s Heart Part 9 – The Winsome Heart Featured

by Mike Ratliff

16 “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves. 17 But beware of men, for they will hand you over to the courts and scourge you in their synagogues; Matthew 10:16-17 (NASB)

Winsome: generally pleasing and engaging...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 03:24

Praying For the President

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our...

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Written by steveadmin
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 03:08

Lord, To Whom Shall We Go?

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John 6:60-69Lord, to whom shall we go?

My cohost on my podcast, Let the Bird Fly!, likes to argue that John’s is the best Gospel. I personally argue for Mark and have written a little about it. It’s all in good fun, of course. We like all the Gospels. That being said, it’s hard to...

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Written by Dr. Wade Johnston
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 02:52

Seven Fundamentals of Biblical Preaching Featured

Whenever I step behind the pulpit to preach, I am reminded of the sacredness of the task and the holiness of the moment. It didn’t used to be this way for me, since I did not have a good understanding of what it means to preach God’s Word. So what does it mean to be a biblical preacher?...

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Written by Jared Longshore
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 02:37

Link Love and a Thank You

Every summer I take a minute and say thank you to all of you. When I started the first iteration of Sayable back in 2001, I was writing at LiveJournal on a beast of a computer in a closet of the library of the home I lived in. Our family was falling apart at the seams, I was six hours from...

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Written by Lore Wilbert
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 02:02

Joshua Caleb and the Sovereignty of God

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Joshua Caleb and the Sovereignty of God: You will often hear me speak of both. The former is my 13-year-old son who has an intellectual disability and a host of medical problems including a rare disorder called neurodegeneration with brain iron accumulation that is terminal. I previously wrote...

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Written by Cheryl L. Stansberry
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 01:48

The Euthyphro dilemma ricochets

I. A favorite atheist objection to Christianity in general, and the moral argument for God in particular, is the Euthyphro dilemma. For a brief exposition:
i) Is an action right (merely) because God wills it? 
Or
ii) Does God will an action because it is right?
As formulated, if the Christian (or...

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Written by steve
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 01:46

Double Speak: Islam, Feminism, and Eugene Peterson’s Flip Flop

Today, we will be discussing the controversial statement, and subsequent retraction, of Eugene Peterson’s endorsement of homosexual marriage as “biblical.” We will comment on an article from John Stonestreet at Breakpoint, a good perspective on why Christian leaders like Peterson...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 01:31

Our Knowledge of Early Christianity

Here’s an observation for consideration (or refutation):  We have more evidence about the beliefs, behavioral practices/demands, and diversity in early Christianity in the first two centuries AD than for any other religious group of the time.  From within the few decades we have...

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Written by larryhurtado
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 01:25

Where I’ll Be, Fall 2017

Written by: Jared C. Wilson

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Every now and then, for those who are interested, I share selections from my upcoming speaking dates. If you’re in any of these areas and able to attend, would be great to meet you.

August 7-8The Normal Pastor Conference. Orlando, FL. I’m really...

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Written by Jared C. Wilson
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 01:03

Postmodern Christianity's End Game? Featured

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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
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 00:41

The World’s Best Destinations for Artists - Bellator Christi

By: Rana Tarakji | July 19, 2017

Editorial Note: The views and opinions expressed by guest writers are expressly those of their contributors and may not represent those of Bellator Christi or its affiliates.

The world in itself is a beautifully designed piece of art. Even still, there are locations...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 00:28

Patrick Gillespie: The Importance of the Covenant of Redemption

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Ryan McGraw
Jul 19, 2017
Ryan McGraw continues his series on the covenant theology of Patrick Gillespie, looking the covenant of redemption.Continue reading.

Authors: Ryan McGraw...

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Written by Ryan McGraw
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 00:28

Patrick Gillespie: The Importance of the Covenant of Redemption

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Mankind needs saving from God by God. As demonstrated in my previous posts on Patrick Gillespie (#1, #2, #3, #4), the broken Covenant of Works paved the way for the salvation of God’s elect in the Covenant of Grace. Yet in the sequel to his Ark of the Testament, Gillespie argued in The Ark of...

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Written by Meet the Puritans