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, 04 October 2015 20:28

The soul in the cellphone

In this post I will do two things: discuss student rights, then segue from that topic to dualism. Seems like an odd couple, but I think they're analogous.

i) Suppose a high school has a policy prohibiting students from inciting other students to break the law. The rationale is that a school does not exist to host a student's subversive political

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Sunday, 04 October 2015 20:14

1 Kings 7; Ephesians 4; Ezekiel 37; Psalms 87–88

1 Kings 7; Ephesians 4; Ezekiel 37; Psalms 87–88 

ONE OF THE REMARKABLE FEATURES of Paul’s letters is that much space is devoted to teaching people how to live. Indeed, the Bible as a whole is interested in teaching us what to believe (because these things are true), and it is no less interested in teaching us faithful conduct. Nowhere

Written by Don Carson
Sunday, 04 October 2015 19:30

God gave Spurgeon “Word of Knowledge” (1 Corinthians 12:8)

For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit; (1 Corinthians 12:8)
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From Charles Spurgeon’s autobiography:
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While preaching in the hall, on one occasion, I deliberately pointed to a man in the midst of the crowd, and said, “There is a man sitting there, who
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Sunday, 04 October 2015 17:50

The Word: Psalm 1

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in seat of the scornful.

But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also

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Sunday, 04 October 2015 17:36

Baby Killing, Career Advancement, and a Terminal Culture Featured

I don’t mean to pick on Josie Cunningham. She is simply representative of a dying culture. Indeed, what she has done is no worse than what millions of others have done. And it is the hypocrisy and double standards of the media in particular and our godless culture in general that I wish to especially highlight here.

So who is Josie

Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Sunday, 04 October 2015 17:15

The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord Featured

by Mike Ratliff

12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service, 13 even though I was formerly a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent aggressor. Yet I was shown mercy because I acted ignorantly in unbelief; 14 and the grace of our Lord was more than abundant, with the faith

Written by Mike Ratliff
Sunday, 04 October 2015 16:12

Chuck Todd’s Interview with Cecile Richards

I like Chuck Todd. I like “Meet the Press.” I don’t like this interview (watch above).

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards makes a number of false claims to which Chuck Todd offered no pushback. She said that the videos had been doctored, even though an independent firm has verified that they were not. Chuck Todd said

Written by Denny Burk
Sunday, 04 October 2015 15:55

SERMON SUNDAY

“Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching […]image

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Sunday, 04 October 2015 15:36

The Courage to Preach

Text: Acts 20:13-38

Paul's last words to the Ephesian elders tell us much about his passion for the Gospel and the courage needed to proclaim the whole counsel of God.

 

Authors: John Samson

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Sunday, 04 October 2015 15:00

Bible study: the importance of gratitude, and making moral judgments Featured

Bible study that hits the spot

First, I’ll start with a passage that makes it clear that it’s good for Christians to make moral judgments when people do evil things.

2 Samuel 12:1-12:

1 And the Lord sent Nathan to David. He came to him and said to him,“There were two men in a certain city, the one rich and the other poor.

2 The

Written by Wintery Knight
Sunday, 04 October 2015 13:56

Blessed Are The Peacemakers

According to Genesis 16 Ministries:

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” – Matthew 5:9

In an ecumenical bid for Abrahamic restoration we are told by the emergent church leaders that this verse in Matthew 5 is an over arching command by Jesus to initiate peace with Muslims. The peace they preach is

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Sunday, 04 October 2015 12:06

Continuous creation

I'll comment on this post:

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/rogereolson/2015/10/guest-column-from-austin-fischer-monergism/

As some of you who have been my long-time readers know, Austin Fischer is my protégé even though I can’t take credit for his intelligence or writing skills. He’s a brilliant thinker, teaching pastor (The

Written by steve
Sunday, 04 October 2015 11:46

Christian Life As Springtime And Joy

"Our childhood [in Christ] again brings the freshness of morning, and we live in perpetual springtime, always young, always mild, always new, but always growing in maturity. We are the children carried on the shoulders of God. [quoting Clement of Alexandria] 'Our life is a perpetual springtime; because the truth within us cannot be touched by old
Written by Jason Engwer
Sunday, 04 October 2015 11:03

Shattered Dreams and Shaken Faith

An exceptionally wise and honest meditation from Vaneetha Rendall at Desiring God Ministries:Sometimes my faith is shaken when my dreams are shattered.I wonder where God is in the midst of my suffering. I cannot sense his presence. I feel alone and afraid. My faith wavers.I question what I have long believed. I wonder what is real, especially when
Written by Douglas Phillips
Sunday, 04 October 2015 11:00

How the presence and quality of fathers affects belief in God

A father in the home helps children to reconcile love and moral boundaries

Here’s an article by Paul Copan which points out how father presence/absence and father quality affects belief and disbelief in God.

Excerpt:

Seventh, the attempt to psychologize believers applies more readily to the hardened atheist.It is interesting that

Written by Wintery Knight
Sunday, 04 October 2015 10:49

Astrological atheism

Over at Debunking Christianity, apostate Hector Avalos says:

One should not let these apocalyptic interpreters forget that it is atheists who have been 100% correct in predicting that those end dates will fail, while it is believers who have been 100% incorrect. In other words, atheists (and other skeptics) have been the best "prophets" when it

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Sunday, 04 October 2015 10:01

This Ramshackle Heart Featured

In the recent spate of controversies, one of the things I have mentioned trying to do, and which has caused some consternation and disbelief in some quarters, is that which Jesus says to do when we are slandered. He says to rejoice and be exceeding glad (Matt. 5:12). His followers, the Lord says, should receive the abuse, then go around the corner

Written by Douglas Wilson
Sunday, 04 October 2015 08:04

Martyrdom in America and the 'indomitable human spirit' Featured

On October 1, 2015 a mass shooting took place at an Oregon Community College. The lone gunman shot and killed 9 people and injured 9 others before turning his weapon on himself as police arrived and a battle ensued.The shooting at Umpqua CC was one of the deadliest in recent memory. The list of school shootings just in recent years is depressingly

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Sunday, 04 October 2015 08:00

Preacher, Tell Me Like It Is? Featured

A good friend shared a Southern Gospel song with me this past week. It is one that I cannot ever remember hearing, although the group that sings this song is one I listened to for many years. The Southern Gospel group is called Greater Vision. For your reference, I have included the lyrics below before I share some additional thoughts.

Written by Mark Anthony Escalera
Sunday, 04 October 2015 06:30

Sunday Morning Praise

There Is a Fountain

Authors: EBenz

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Sunday, 04 October 2015 06:16

My refuge and portion.....

My refuge and portion.....Daily thoughts, musings, rant, prayer requests, and stuff:
Written by Mike Sullivan
Sunday, 04 October 2015 05:58

The Christian View of Halloween (podcast)

 
Halloween is rapidly approaching and once again Christians are faced with the most overtly pagan holiday on the calendar. What are the origins of Halloween and should we allow our kids to Trick or Treat? In this podcast series, Lenny looks at the history of the Christian tradition of All Hallow's Eve and shows that you may be wrong in your
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Sunday, 04 October 2015 05:00

Douglas Wilson – Surveying the Text: Zechariah

Introduction:

This portion of the Word of God came to us through Zechariah, son of Berechiah. For our purposes here, we will not assume any textual error in Matt. 23:35 where Jesus says that Zechariah, son of Berechaiah, was murdered between the temple and the altar. This had also happened to Zechariah, son of Jehoidah, in 2 Chron. 24:20-22. But

Written by Mike Boling
Sunday, 04 October 2015 05:00

Nick Batzig – Redeeming our Reading

Dr. Joel Beeke once said, “Before I read anything, I pray that the Lord would give me the grace to discern whether or not I should spend time reading this particular book. My life is too short to read things that will not maximally help me grow as a Christian and as a pastor.” By way of contrast, others have suggested that we should

Written by Mike Boling
Sunday, 04 October 2015 04:33

Insignificance By Dave Miller

3 Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself,    where she may have her young—a place near your altar, Lord Almighty, my King and my God. Psalm 84:3Sparrows and swallow are plentiful. If there are a thousand lined up, you would have a hard time distinguishing them. They’re all alike and boring....
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Sunday, 04 October 2015 03:52

Cooperative Program shows a 1.39% increase over last year

The Executive Committee reports that Cooperative Program receipts for the fiscal year just ended are 1.39% above last fiscal year. In dollars, this is  $2,592,620.78 more than last year.

CP surpasses budget projection for fiscal year, Baptist Press reported yesterday.

My SBC friends, UP is UP and a little up is not down. How about at least an

Written by William Thornton
Sunday, 04 October 2015 03:41

A Prayer for Trusting God with Stuff We Cannot Control

“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far

Written by Scotty Smith
Sunday, 04 October 2015 01:00

The Bible Stands!

“Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.” (Psalm 119:160)

Very few books survive very long. Only a few survive past the first printing, and science books especially get out of date in just a few years.

But one book is eternal! The Bible stands! Even its most ancient chapters

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Sunday, 04 October 2015 00:01

“Clean"

Your weekly Dose of Spurgeon
The PyroManiacs devote some space each weekend to highlights from the lifetime of works from the Prince of Preachers, Charles Haddon Spurgeon.  The following excerpt is from Till He Come, pages 286-87, Pilgrim Publications. 
"If you have been washed, you are even to that highest and purest degree
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Saturday, 03 October 2015 23:00

We Are 'They'

In our staff meeting the other day, my administrative assistant Laurie and I were talking about when folks leave the church. She was reminiscing about conversations she has had over the years where folks who had been a part of our fellowship for a very long time lamented some part of “church” they thought was missing. They would say

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Saturday, 03 October 2015 22:45

The Gospel According to Esther, Part 1 Featured

Chapter 1 of Esther shows us that Xerxes (Ahasuerus) is nowhere near as powerful as he thinks he is.

The first nine verses of the chapter make Xerxes out to be pretty intimidating. It's obvious from the lavish banquet throws and the riches he has and the way he micromanages absolutely everything (verse 8) that he is one powerful dude.

And he wants

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Saturday, 03 October 2015 22:30

Are the New Testament Condemnations of Homosexuality Simply References to Temple Prostitution? Featured

You have likely heard the arguments, becoming more and more common among progressive Christians and others seeking to make same-sex romantic relationships compatible with the orthodox faith. It goes something like this: "Paul and the other NT writers were not condemning committed, consensual, monogamous"—to limit the typical qualifiers to

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Saturday, 03 October 2015 22:05

BTWN Episode 110 || Bill Nye vs. Bible Thumping Wingnut on Abortion || Woman's Rights

We want your feedback! Call us at (720)767-BTWN Who is the Jesus Guy, and why did he come to Philadelphia? https://apple.news/AXCiAloHzSpKefzpmt4GCAg Bill Nye made a video about abortion, we couldn't help but respond to the many fallacies committed by him in it. Here is a link to the original video:...
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Saturday, 03 October 2015 20:29

A Tale of Two Terrorists

Actually my title is not quite accurate. While I will speak of two folks – and two ideologies – only one is a terrorist, while the other has been declared to be a terrorist by the Australian government. I refer to a political ideology that feeds on bloodshed and terror, while the other is one which seeks to protect the innocent.

Several

Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Saturday, 03 October 2015 20:03

A Faith That Works

This passage from Charles Hodge, to me, compellingly makes the case that true, saving faith will necessarily be transformative, thus securing the link between God-given genuine faith and the believer’s inevitable (though imperfect/incomplete in this life) allegiance/obedience (new affections and new actions), as the fruit of faith.  And
Written by Douglas Phillips
Saturday, 03 October 2015 19:37

The root cause of gun violence

i) Trying to ban/confiscate guns misses the point. That's treating symptoms. Fixating on the weapon of choice fails to address the root cause. Why do some people turn to violent crime in the first place?

There are various reasons, not all of which are soluble. 

One thing we know is that violent crime is overrepresented in certain intersecting

Written by steve
Saturday, 03 October 2015 18:58

Calvinistic Evangelism-The Theological Foundation-Chapter Ten-The Authority of Scripture

As I pointed out when I commented on Acts seventeen, we will never become engaged in spreading God’s good news as long as we believe everyone’s belief and practice is equally valid. Paul’s evangelistic efforts were prompted by his conviction that the God he worshipped was the only true God and that all others were empty vanities.

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Saturday, 03 October 2015 17:00

WHI-1278 | You Are What You Feel?

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We are continuing our series on Brand Me, issues in authority and identity in the Christian life, on the White Horse Inn. This week we will be looking at feelings in a therapeutic culture. What are feelings and how should they shape our identity? Are our feelings that which constitute who we are and the moral path we

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Saturday, 03 October 2015 15:33

Genuine Christians are chosen in love Featured

by Mike Ratliff

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love 5 He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself,

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Saturday, 03 October 2015 15:21

My E-Mails to David Jeremiah and his Ongoing Friendship with the World Featured

Some time ago I had E-Mailed David Jeremiah's ministry about his connections with a few heretics. Here is what I said:
David Jeremiah, I join many Christian Brothers and Sisters when I say that for some time, your ministry has blessed us. This makes it all the more harder to say.You have been aligning heretics, and that makes you, while maybe not a
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Saturday, 03 October 2015 15:18

Top Five Apologetics Blog Posts for September 2015

 
September's most popular topics blog posts took a bit of a turn with a late entry based on a New York Times article of all things! There, we read that more and more people are Googling for answers about the questions or doubts they have about God; it's a tacit admission for the need for blogs such as this one.Other popular pieces include how
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Saturday, 03 October 2015 12:00

The Mentally ill and Christian Apologetics

I recently spent 8 days in a mental facility for the 5th time in my life due to the fact that I was without my medication for nearly 6 weeks. While I was in the hospital I met many different kinds of people with many different religions and beliefs.

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Saturday, 03 October 2015 11:48

An anatomy of apostasy

i) Many apostates make a common mistake. And it's an elementary mistake. 

Typically, they were raised in a Bible-believing church. Then they took high school biology, or college Biology 101, or read a book by Richard Dawkins or Jerry Coyne. That sort of thing. And they lose their faith.

The rudimentary mistake is to compare two things that

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Saturday, 03 October 2015 11:26

Gotquestions.org makes excuses for advertising heretical The Message “Bible” Featured

Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish aught from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you. (Deuteronomy 4:2)

Gotquestions.org has let the Body of Christ down by approving and linking to a splashy advertisement for the heretical The Message &ld

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Saturday, 03 October 2015 10:55

1 Kings 6; Ephesians 3; Ezekiel 36; Psalm 86

1 Kings 6; Ephesians 3; Ezekiel 36; Psalm 86 

A MYSTERY IN PAUL’S WRITINGS is not normally something “mysterious,” still less a whodunit. It is a truth or a doctrine which in some measure has been kept hidden in previous generations, and now with the coming of the Gospel has been disclosed and made public. Sometimes the Gospel

Written by Don Carson