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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Monday, 20 November 2017 14:10

When Going Through the Motions is Not Enough

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You’ve likely heard the old Christian slogan, “Fact! Faith! Feelings!” I remember when I first became a believer, I stumbled upon a picture of a train with those words inside each train car. The caboose was labeled “feelings” and the locomotive was labeled...

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Written by Mike Leake
Monday, 20 November 2017 14:05

November 21: Four Who Stayed Behind

Four Presbyterian Chaplains Who Stayed Behind With the Wounded by Rev. David T Myers

The army was moving, actually fleeing from the blood-soaked fields of Gettysburg on July 4, 1963. Three terrible days of battle had been fought there in this battle of the War Between the States. The Union forces...

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Written by archivist
Monday, 20 November 2017 14:05

Russell Moore on Pastors Thinking About Culture

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FTC.co asks Russell Moore, President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, "What would you say to the pastor who says thinking about 'culture' is a waste of time?"

Authors: For The Church...

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Written by For The Church
Monday, 20 November 2017 14:00

A Christmas Gift Idea for Your Child

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If you’re looking for a Christmas gift for a young child in your life, the brand new book Everyone a Child Should Know provides a captivating reading experience.

Everyone a Child Should Know is the sequel to the widely popular book Everything a Child Should Know About God, offered by Truth For...

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Written by TFL
Monday, 20 November 2017 14:00

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5 Negative Influences on Pastors Who Leave Pastoring“According to the research, if you want to feel isolated, misled, ill prepared, overwhelmed, and financially unstable—sign up to pastor. While these are not the only reasons these pastors left the pastorate, they surely impacted...

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Written by David Murray
Monday, 20 November 2017 14:00

A Brief Review of “Doxology: How Worship Works”

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by Nicolas Alford
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform 2017
Paperback 172

There are many books on Christian worship: some helpful and some not-so-helpful. Nicolas Alford’s Doxology: How Worship Works clearly belongs in the former category. Though...

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Written by Bob Gonzales
Monday, 20 November 2017 13:50

How to Give Thanks in Every Circumstance

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Nancy Guthrie:

A couple of years ago, social media revolted against the hashtag #blessed.

It often seemed to be employed to brag about expensive vacations or impressive accomplishments under the guise of humility. But home décor stores do not seem to have gotten the message. They have shelves...

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Written by Peter Cockrell
Monday, 20 November 2017 13:38

Jupiter flyby

Authors: epistleofdude...

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Monday, 20 November 2017 13:31

Seismic effects

I don’t understand Korean, so I’m not sure about the details. Apparently this was due to an earthquake in Pohang, South Korea. Apparently Pohang rarely has earthquakes. However, recently, Pohang has apparently experienced a series of earthquakes. I wonder whether this means North Korea...

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Written by epistleofdude
Monday, 20 November 2017 13:26

Planetary defense

Authors: epistleofdude...

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Monday, 20 November 2017 13:16

Episode 28: On Seminary Pastoral Training (with C. J. Mahaney)

Almost everyone agrees pastors need to be trained, both practically and theologically. But does this mean they must receive formal theological training from a seminary?

In this episode of Pastors’ Talk, Jonathan interviews both Mark and C. J. Mahaney about how pastors should be trained, and...

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Written by Daniel Gardner
Monday, 20 November 2017 13:10

Struggling Toward Thanksgiving

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My wife and I are struggling toward Thanksgiving this year.

Struggling to take part in a celebration in which we are supposed to express gratitude, draw close to family, and enjoy the moments of this season. Struggling in the heart to feel thankful when the trauma of 2017 has crowded out the usual...

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Written by Trevin Wax
Monday, 20 November 2017 13:00

“It is Finished!”

I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. —John 17:4

The death of Jesus Christ is the fulfillment in history of the very mind and intent of God. There is no place for seeing Jesus Christ as a martyr. His death was not something that happened to Him— something that might...

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Written by RSS | My Utmost For His Highest
Monday, 20 November 2017 12:45

FBC Jefferson City Calls a Female Pastor and is Ousted from the Tennessee Baptist Convention

Receiving the left boot of fellowship from fellow Southern Baptists - how should FBC Jefferson City respond?

Authors: deb...

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Written by deb
Monday, 20 November 2017 12:08

What is cannabis?

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1. Marijuana, Mary Jane, pot, weed, grass, hashish, kief, ganja, and many others are basically synonyms for cannabis.

2. Cannabis can refer to a plant and/or a drug. The relationship between the two is cannabis refers to a psychoactive drug extracted from the Cannabis plant.

a. There are many...

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Written by epistleofdude
Monday, 20 November 2017 11:14

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Church

Monday, 20 November 2017 11:13

More chocolate, more Nobel prizes

The logic is irrefutable:

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Authors: epistleofdude...

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Monday, 20 November 2017 10:41

Obligated to rescue

Jewish law insists: ‘You shall not stand (idly) by (lo¯’ t’aˇmo¯d ‘al) the blood of your neighbor’ (Leviticus 19:16).17 Practically applied, if one sees someone in life-threatening danger, one is obligated to come to the rescue.

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1. Interesting...

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Written by epistleofdude
Monday, 20 November 2017 10:19

True social justice warriors

Tim Keller writes in The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism (chapter 4):

In an important history of the [Civil Rights] movement, David L. Chappell demonstrates that it was not a political but primarily a religious and spiritual movement. White Northern liberals who were the allies of the...

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Written by epistleofdude
Monday, 20 November 2017 10:12

Gun ownership and murder rates

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Monday, 20 November 2017 10:12

Gun homicide rate

According to the Pew Research Center: “Gun Homicide Rate Down 49% Since 1993 Peak; Public Unaware” (2013).

Authors: epistleofdude...

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Monday, 20 November 2017 10:10

The growth of administrators in health care

A friend sends this along.

Authors: epistleofdude...

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Monday, 20 November 2017 09:51

Biblical Archaeology and World Toilet Day

This article merges biblical archaeology with World Toilet Day by looking at ancient toilets found in the Holy Land.

Authors: BibleX...

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Written by BibleX
Monday, 20 November 2017 09:50

A Warning Against Obsessive Polemics

imagePolemics – Definition: a strong verbal or written attack on someone or something.

Article: Doctor’s Orders: Lloyd-Jones on obsession with polemics (original source here)

The polemic element is of course important and it has its very definite place; it is good for the people. But I’m...

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Written by John Samson
Monday, 20 November 2017 09:24

William Lane Craig on "God and Abstract Objects": The Coherence of Theism and Aseity

In 2017, Springer published God and Abstract Objects: The Coherence of Theism: Aseity by William Lane Craig. Craig is Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology and Houston Baptist University. From the publisher's description of God and Abstract Objects:
This book is an exploration and...

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Written by EPS Blog
Monday, 20 November 2017 09:12

More discerning voices calling out Michael Brown and Carl Lentz.

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The Vigilant Christian and Paul Flynn (Megiddo Radio) are two more of the many voices calling out the deception and ‘doublespeak’ of Carl Lentz.

The Vigilante Christian (VC) recently reported that the hosts on ‘The View’ had this observation about Hillsong:

“Hillsong is...

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Written by churchwatcher
Monday, 20 November 2017 09:05

Salvation for all

i) I'd like to revisit an exchange I had with Jerry Walls a while back. According to what's become a stock objection to Calvinism, the Calvinist God is (allegedly) able but unwilling to save everyone.
ii) Now that's only a problem on two assumption, one being: the God of freewill theism is willing,...

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Written by steve
Monday, 20 November 2017 08:40

The NRA Image of Jesus

With thanks to Jon on FB for this-

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Filed under: Modern Culture

Authors: Jim...

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Written by Jim
Monday, 20 November 2017 08:34

Beth Moore Draws Parallels Between Noah’s Ark and Your Cell Phone Addiction Featured

Again proving herself unable to exposit Holy Scripture in the most fundamental or elementary way, Beth Moore drew ire on Twitter for allegorizing the story of Noah’s Ark to mean something about…well, something. It didn’t make much sense.

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For kicks and grins, let’s list...

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Written by News Division
Monday, 20 November 2017 08:27

Yep, another book to pass

Here’s another book you don’t see every day — A book exposing the fraudulent and heretical nature of the “Point of Contact” doctrine.
This is another self-published work by Robert Liichow, in the same 8 1/2 X 11 format of the one I previously offered.  I picked up...

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Written by Glenn E. Chatfield
Monday, 20 November 2017 08:21

Gazing At Heaven Is Practical Now

“But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God” (Acts 7:55).

The scene into which we are breaking is this: Stephen, “full of grace and power” (Acts 6:8), has been proclaiming the gospel with great...

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Written by Justin Huffman
Monday, 20 November 2017 08:13

Paula White Says You Complete the Bible Featured

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There’s no reason a Continuationist wouldn’t believe Paula White’s tweet to be at least credible. Continuationism – the doctrine that undergrids all charismaticism, holds that God is still delivering divine revelation. Although Third Wave charismatics – like John Piper...

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Written by News Division
Monday, 20 November 2017 08:00

Message of a Gospel Tracts | The Rapp Report daily 012 | SFE | Andrew Rappaport Featured

The use of gospel tracts is important but even more important is the message of on the gospel tract.

This podcast is a ministry of Striving for Eternity and all our resources http://strivingforeternity....

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Written by Andrew Rappaport
Monday, 20 November 2017 07:50

5 Ways Adult Children Can Honor Their Parents

How should an adult grown (presumably married, but not necessarily) child relate to his or her parents? There is a tension in Scripture between obeying the Scripture which says to “leave and cleave” in forming your own adult identity and family (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:5) and...

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Written by Daniel Darling
Monday, 20 November 2017 07:48

Fallacious obedience and discernment Featured

by Mike Ratliff

13 You call Me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am. 14 If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you. 16 Truly, truly, I say to you, a slave is...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Monday, 20 November 2017 07:21

(Podcast 11.20.17) Message: “Thankful for a Change” (Acts 9:26-31) - Bellator Christi

Have you ever felt like an outsider? Have you ever felt as if you do not have anything for which you could be thankful? In this message, Pastor Brian discusses the ability that all believers have to be thankful. Because of God’s marvelous, inclusive invitation to those who feel like...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Monday, 20 November 2017 07:18

The Emotional Life of Jesus: An Overview

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The Bible teaches that as a man Jesus possessed the essential elements of human nature. Jesus was not constricted in His emotions, or corrupted and controlled by His emotions. He was perfectly balanced in His emotions.

Authors: Chuck Vuolo

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Written by Chuck Vuolo
Monday, 20 November 2017 07:08

(Podcast 11.20.17) Message: “The Not So Secret Life of the Apostle Paul” (Acts 9:1-25) - Bellator Christi

On this edition of the Bellator Christi Podcast, Pastor Brian looks at the powerful conversion of the apostle Paul. In contrast to the fictional movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Paul’s real life conversion was not-so-secretive. Paul’s conversion was evident to all,...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Monday, 20 November 2017 06:57

On the Golden Rule

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So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 7:12)

It is an exhortation to his [Christ’s] disciples to be just, and contains a short and simple definition of what justice means. We are here informed,...

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Written by john_hendryx
Monday, 20 November 2017 06:36

Proverbial Sayings in the Law: Sow One Seed in Your Vineyard

When one considers the law section of the Bible known as the Pentateuch – the first five books of the Bible – it is easy to think of them simply as codes and regulations like we have in modern law. Yet we need to remember there are various literary genres contained in what we know as...

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Written by Barry York
Monday, 20 November 2017 04:50

Fair-Minded Criticism Is an Acquired Taste that Can Become One of Life’s Best Pleasures

I love this article by David Powlison: “Does the Shoe Fit?” (Journal of Biblical Counseling [Spring 2002]: 2-14).

Here is how it begins:

Critics are God’s instruments. I don’t like to be criticized. You don’t like to be criticized. Nobody likes to be criticized.

But,...

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Written by Justin Taylor
Monday, 20 November 2017 04:47

The bloody foreskin—Exodus 4:24-26

In Exod 4:23, God warns that he will kill Pharaoh’s son because Pharaoh has refused to release God’s son, namely his people (4:22). Why then does the text move directly from this threat to kill Pharaoh’s firstborn (4:23) to the Lord seeking to kill Moses (4:24)? And what does the...

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Written by Craig Keener
Monday, 20 November 2017 04:38

Friendship Union With Christ with Christina Fox | Theology Gals | Episode 41 Featured

Coleen and Ashley talk with Christina Fox about her new bookCloser Than A Sister: How Union With Christ Helps Friendships to Flourish.The Galsalso discuss youth group and whether it’s biblical to say “God won’t give you more than you can handle.”

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Written by Coleen Sharp
Monday, 20 November 2017 04:26

Okay, so this is too cool not to share… Featured

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While you may not have instantly noticed that the wire baskets set sideways on a table in the above picture are actually computer screens, that’s exactly what they are.

The two kiddos parked on each side of the table facing a “computer screen” of their own are none other than my...

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Written by FireBreathingChristian
Monday, 20 November 2017 04:08

An Answer to Prayer

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At its 81st General Assembly (2014), commissioners of the OPC heard a report from the chaplains’ committee that asked for prayer for the recently released Bowe Bergdahl:

Finally, given the media attention surrounding the return of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, and in particular his relationship to the...

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Written by D. G. Hart