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, 21 September 2015 07:24

Upcoming Book: "Confessing the Impassible God: The Biblical, Classical, Confessional Doctrine of Divine Impassibility" eds. Baines, Barcellos, Butler, Lindblad J. Renihan [RBAP]

Reformed Baptist Fellowship:

 

Confessing the Impassible God: The Biblical, Classical, & Confessional Doctrine of Divine Impassibility,

eds. Ronald S. Baines, Richard C. Barcellos, James P. Butler, Stefan T. Lindblad, and James M. Renihan.

 

RBAP [Reformed Baptist Academic Press] currently has two books on divine impassibility, God

Written by Jason
Monday, 21 September 2015 06:37

Sad but predictable: Healthy woman chooses euthanization immediately after a tragedy

Via Healthy Woman Decides to Have Doctor Euthanize Her 5 Minutes After Daughter Dies Unexpectedly

In Belgium, a perfectly healthy woman decided to legally commit suicide after her daughter and husband died. The widow, Simona De Moor, was 85-years-old and told theAustralian TV show Dateline that five minutes after her daughter passed away from

Written by Eternity Matters
Monday, 21 September 2015 06:23

C. Peter Wagner: “NAR is not a cult!”

The man credited with being the “father” of the New Apostolic Reformation is surprised at the negative feedback his experience-based movement is getting in the media, especially in the left-wing liberal groups. But he is perhaps missing the biggest outcry of all is coming from those Christians who adhere to Scriptural truth; who

Written by A. Spreeman
Monday, 21 September 2015 06:19

Praying Circles Featured

(Volume 21, Issue 5 Sep/Oct 2015)

Prayer is surely one of the most blessed of all privileges afforded the child of God. Just to think that sinners, even forgiven sinners, are invited to approach the throne of grace where we will receive mercy and grace in our time of need (Heb 4:14-16) is nothing short of astounding. In prayer we worship and praise

Written by TOTT Articles
Monday, 21 September 2015 06:16

Melissa Kruger’s Blog “Wit’s End” Moves to The Gospel Coalition

This past Friday it was announced that my wife Melissa’s blog, Wit’s End, has been moved over to The Gospel Coalition website.  This is very exciting news.

Melissa’s blog does a great job of talking about substantive theological topics while, at the same time, exploring practical nuts-and-bolts aspects of women’s

Written by Michael Kruger
Monday, 21 September 2015 05:46

Why I Travel Overseas to Teach (and Not Necessarily to Debate)

I am sitting at the gate in Kiev waiting to board a bus to take us to our plane for the flight from here to Zurich.  I have to over-night there, as there just isn’t a flight set up that would get me from here to home in one shot.  So, a long, long trip home, to be sure!

So why do I do it?  I mean, in barely two weeks I will be

Written by James White
Monday, 21 September 2015 05:35

2 Things Every Planned Parenthood Supporter Must Do Featured

Planned Parenthood is organizing #PinkOut Day on September 29th, 2015 to counter-protest the recent movement to defund Planned Parenthood. In case you have not seen the videos that sparked the summer conflagration over Planned Parenthood selling baby body parts, Breitbart has conveniently listed the ten videos released so far by The Center for

Written by Justin Edwards
Monday, 21 September 2015 05:10

A wisdom psalm with a clear message.....

A wisdom psalm with a clear message.....Daily thoughts, musings, rant, prayer requests, and stuff:***Proverbs 21:3:  Being in church on Sunday, perhaps a periodic Bible study, etc,doesn't excuse you from doing what's right.  God desires obedience.  Why? Obedience would indicate a changed heart.  Proverbs 21:13 is also a strong
Written by Mike Sullivan
Monday, 21 September 2015 05:08

Christian Men and Biblical Leadership

“I’m just not a leader.”  Men, how many times have we cowered behind that false statement?  How many times have we sat back and allowed others to lead our families and children? ... [...]

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Monday, 21 September 2015 05:00

Jason Garwood – Grounded on the Rock

Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. and everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish

Written by Mike Boling
Monday, 21 September 2015 05:00

Michael Boling – Exegetical Paper on Ephesians 6:10-20 Featured

EXEGETICAL PAPER ON EPHESIANS 6:10-20

INTRODUCTION The pericope of Ephesians 6:10-20 is a battle cry from the Apostle Paul written originally to addresses spiritual issues at the Church at Ephesus. However, the principles inculcated within this passage of scripture are timeless and should be fully integrated into the life of the modern believer.

Written by Mike Boling
Monday, 21 September 2015 05:00

Keith Whitfield and Edgar Aponte – How Important is Diversity for the Church?

Diversity is talked about a lot in the North American church. Keith Whitfield sits down with Edgar Aponte to discuss diversity in the church. Is diversity a necessity, or is it an ideal? Should the church be careful about pursuing diversity for the sake of diversity?

Authors: Mike Boling

Written by Mike Boling
Monday, 21 September 2015 04:46

Did You Tell Anyone?

Our family recently got away for a refreshing summer trip to the beach. With a lot of kids comes a lot of curiosity and imagination. The ocean proves to be a suitable playmate and stimulant for both. Add to this the summer news of shark attacks and you have the potential for some exciting moments on the beach.

One day one of our children recalled

Written by Erik Raymond
Monday, 21 September 2015 04:00

95 [Twitter] Theses: Biblical Prescriptions for Engaging Online Featured

There is a strange phenomenon that exists where Christians forget that they’re Christians the moment they login to social media. While this is certainly true of all venues, it is painfully true of Twitter. The very nature of Twitter lends itself to sharp, fast-paced banter; pithy statements and stinging comebacks. No doubt, Twitter was
Written by Nate Pickowicz
Monday, 21 September 2015 03:41

What’s the Difference Between Bad Theology and Heresy? (Video)

Greg discusses the distinction between heresy and bad theology. 

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Monday, 21 September 2015 03:21

The Communion of Saints

My wife and I were privileged to experience the communion of saints in a unique and wonderful way.  On the Lord's Day we worshiped with the saints of the Independent Evangelical and Reformed Church in Heidelberg.  I preached on 1 John 2:18-27, "antichrist is coming" as the capstone to our series on eschatology.  We sang psalms and

Written by Kim Riddlebarger
Monday, 21 September 2015 03:00

1 Corinthians 13

Greetings!  This is part of the read-the-New-Testament-in-a-year series running from June 2015 – May 2016.*  Please read and enjoy the word of God and feel free to leave comments and/or ask questions.  Pray that the Holy Spirit will reveal his truths to you.  Don’t just focus on what you don’t understand.

Written by Eternity Matters
Monday, 21 September 2015 02:46

A Prayer for Being Still and Trusting God to Fight for Us

     Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!” Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you

Written by Scotty Smith
Monday, 21 September 2015 02:45

The Daily Discovery (September 21, 2015)

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3 Objections to the Doctrine of Election – “The doctrine of election—that those who freely come to God are those whom God has freely chosen—is easy to understand, and clearly taught in God’s Word, but it is not easy to accept. It has given

Written by Landon Chapman
Monday, 21 September 2015 02:00

The Difference Between Judas and Peter

The intercession of our Great High Priest is the foundation for our confidence when it comes to our perseverance. It also helps us make sense of the accounts of Peter and Judas, two of Jesus' disciples who experienced a serious fall. One disciple's fall away from Christ is seen as a final and full work of apostasy, whereas the other disciple's

Written by R.C. Sproul
Monday, 21 September 2015 01:01

Private Sin, Public Fallout Featured

When an explosion occurred on April 26, 1986 at the Ukrainian Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, the first reaction of Soviet authorities seemed to indicate more concern with avoiding the spread of anxiety than the spread of radiation.

The Minister of Internal Affairs gave a telephonic report of current affairs in the Ukraine to his superior, and only

Written by Clint Archer
Monday, 21 September 2015 01:00

Frequently Abused Verses: How Easy Is Salvation? Featured

By Cameron Buettel

Few things are more destructive than misinterpreting God’s Word. A wrong interpretation can lead to physical harm (e.g., handling snakes based on Mark 16:18) or spiritual harm (e.g., consternation over one’s salvation in the absence of speaking in tongues).

Aside from misunderstanding the text as it is written,

Written by Grace to You Blog
Monday, 21 September 2015 01:00

Mercy from the Word

“Let thy mercies come also unto me, O LORD, even thy salvation, according to thy word.” (Psalm 119:41)

The Hebrew word hesed, used here for “mercy,” has a breadth of meaning. Its basic connotation is “kindness” and is most often used in God’s patient dealing with the nation of Israel through their long,

Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Sunday, 20 September 2015 23:59

Podcast: Happy Pope Week – #StillProtesting

On today’s program, JD answers a number of sincere questions – prepping, Brooklyn Tabernacle, etc – and introduces #StillProtesting. He discusses an “End Time Cloud,” and several articles at P&P.

As always, you can listen above or download and listen from SermonAudio or iTunes by clicking the links below.

Authors:

Written by JD Hall
Sunday, 20 September 2015 23:30

Departmentalism

by ED WHELAN

We live in a legal culture besotted by the myth of judicial supremacy. According to this myth, the Constitution means whatever five Supreme Court justices claim it means, and all other governmental actors are duty-bound to abide by that supposed meaning. 

This mistaken concept of judicial supremacy is often confused with the power

Written by steve
Sunday, 20 September 2015 23:21

Christian Emotional Bungee Jumpers Featured

I hate to say it, but the church is full of Christians who live by their emotions. Of course much of the Western world is comprised of such folks, but the sad thing is to see the church inundated with them as well. This is not how the Christian life is meant to be lived.

Simply put, we are to live by faith, not by feelings. And faith is a trust in

Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Sunday, 20 September 2015 23:00

Go Deep To Move Forwards

Look at the volume of water in this reservoir and try to feel the pressure of it on the dam wall.

Now look down at the bottom of the wall and you’ll see a small sluice gate has been opened, releasing a tremendous jet of water.

Can you imagine the force in that rush of water through such a small space?

That’s the image I have in mind when

Written by David Murray
Sunday, 20 September 2015 23:00

Topical Preaching is Not the Problem

I am a big fan of expositional preaching. I want to see someone work through a book of the Bible, follow the narrative, hit the hard passages, struggle through the argument, and not get stuck on their horses that hobble. I like to see someone throw themselves on the Bible and admit to their congregation that their wisdom comes from above through

Written by For The Church Recently Added Resources
Sunday, 20 September 2015 23:00

Trying to be Perfect and Failing

Mondays are for questions from young people.  In this case I can only give the answer.  You may apply your imagination to what the question was like.

Reply

Let me tell you what I think may be happening.  I think you’re right that your laziness in college isn’t a “compensation for working too hard in high

Written by jbudziszewski
Sunday, 20 September 2015 22:45

Leadership Looks Like A Cross Featured

The greatest cause for failure in ministry is failure in leadership. In fact, of the top ten reasons for forced terminations among Southern Baptist pastors, the top five relate directly to leadership. The number one reason -- “control issues" -- is cited nearly twice as often as any other factor. Sexual infidelity and financial dishonesty

Written by For The Church Recently Added Resources
Sunday, 20 September 2015 22:38

Breaking News: Goldman calls out Scott Morrison his association to cults covering up paedophilia

We have been covering the paedophile scandal cover-up of Phil Pringle of C3 Church. If people tuned in to 2SM radio this morning, they would have learnt that this scandal also found it’s way into the Hillsong movement.

This morning, Grant Goldman from 2SM radio publicly challenged Scott Morrison’s associations with cult leader

Written by churchwatcher
Sunday, 20 September 2015 22:29

Origin of Life Conundrums Require A Divine Designer

As a homicide detective, I understand the power of alibis. When a potential suspect can prove he or she wasn’t available to commit a crime because they were occupied elsewhere, they are eliminated as a candidate for the murder. Alibis create conundrums: conditions difficult to explain based on the impossibility of simultaneous appearances.

Written by J. Warner Wallace
Sunday, 20 September 2015 22:28

Is faith a leap in the dark?

18-second video: in some contexts people define faith as a leap in the dark, but biblical faith is more than that.

Authors: Craig Keener

Written by Craig Keener
Sunday, 20 September 2015 22:26

Judicial absolutism

Turretinfan:

The question addressed by my post was whether Obergefell is law, not whether it is good. It is bad.

My post didn't frame the issue in terms of whether or not Oberfefell was good or bad. 

On its face, the decision is an interpretation of the Constitution. It purports to apply the Constitution to the case of so-called same-sex

Written by steve
Sunday, 20 September 2015 22:15

God Wants the Liabilities

In the days of my youth in Houston, Texas, I played pick-up basketball or football with my buddies nearly every weekend at our favorite park. When it came time to form teams, I enjoyed very often being the first or second pick. I had serious game, I assure you. Then my wife and I moved to Nashville, Tennessee. I stopped playing sports every

Written by For The Church Recently Added Resources
Sunday, 20 September 2015 22:08

Mark Chironna’s New Age/Quantum Mysticism at Bethel Redding Conference

Originally posted on My Word Like Fire:

“Will faith in God’s Word become a thing of the past as ‘science’ replaces faith? A growing number of church figures have directly or indirectly introduced quantum physics with its New Age implications into their teachings and writings.” –Warren B. Smith, Another Jesus

Written by mywordlikefire
Sunday, 20 September 2015 22:00

Is the Sin of Gluttony Neglected in Our Pulpits?

I don’t think I’ve ever heard a sermon against gluttony—and that’s saying something. I’ve attended Bible-preaching services multiple times per week for more than 40 years. On the other hand, I’ve seen writers depict gluttony as one of the greatest evils of our time and the lack of preaching against it as the
Written by Aaron Blumer
Sunday, 20 September 2015 22:00

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20 Reasons to Engage in Private Prayer | Borrowed Light: Mike LeakePuritan Thomas Brooks with twenty reasons to engage in private prayer.

A Tribute to R C Sproul | Feeding on Christ: Nick Batzig“When I was a young boy, I distinctly remember sitting in the living rooms of various families of the churches we attended–watching VHS

Written by David Murray
Sunday, 20 September 2015 22:00

"Why We Pray" - What is Prayer?

An excerpt from “Why We Pray" by William Philip

How do we know Abraham had faith? Well, Hebrews 11:8 is plain. We know he had faith because he obeyed God when God called him. When God spoke to him and told him to go out to a place that he never knew, he responded and obeyed: “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called.” We might

Written by TFL
Sunday, 20 September 2015 21:00

John Piper delivers a little Hermeneutics 101 Featured

Many readers give very little thought to what they are aiming to do when they read a text. Most want to understand the meaning of the text, but very few could tell you what they mean by meaning. And that is a problem for a couple of reasons.

1. Some people define meaning as a reader’s response to what he is reading. Because there can be as

Written by Denny Burk
Sunday, 20 September 2015 20:07

2 Samuel 16; 2 Corinthians 9; Ezekiel 23; Psalms 70–71

2 Samuel 16; 2 Corinthians 9; Ezekiel 23; Psalms 70–71 

SECOND CORINTHIANS 9 IS THE second of two consecutive chapters that Paul devotes to the subject of giving.

(1) He resumes with a lovely delicacy (2 Cor. 9:1–5). On the one hand, he assures the Corinthians that they do not really need reminders; on the other, he gently reminds them,

Written by Don Carson
Sunday, 20 September 2015 17:18

Trusting God’s Heart and Doubting Frank Cox Featured

When Frank Cox accepted the position of pastor at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church almost thirty-five years ago, the church was not a healthy one.  His compensation package was uncertain and older church members were duplicitous and contentious.  Not long after he arrived, a group formed that opposed Cox’s leadership.  Cox

Written by sethdunn88
Sunday, 20 September 2015 16:39

Who is the great harlot? Featured

by Mike Ratliff

Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and spoke with me, saying, “Come here, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, 2 with whom the kings of the earth committed acts of immorality, and those who dwell on the earth were made drunk with the wine of her

Written by Mike Ratliff
Sunday, 20 September 2015 16:24

Behind the Smile of Francis

Scriptural reflections on the Pope's visit to the United States this week...

2 Thess 2:1-17

 

Authors: John Samson

Written by John Samson
Sunday, 20 September 2015 15:41

Podcast | Week in Review 14-18 SEP 2015

Today is Sunday, September 20, 2015.

Welcome to our “Week in Review” Podcast. With this podcast, we hope to provide a summary of our CTT, DiM, Gospel Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday Sermon posts; however, it won’t be a mere reading of our posts. We will share some background information, commentary, post-publishing insights, and

Written by Faithful Stewardship