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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Friday, 07 August 2015 23:00

Hate Crimes

Hate crimes are crimes committed because of hatred for members of certain social groups.  The premise of hate crimes legislation is that crimes committed from such motives are worse than other crimes.  Consider.

A man beats up a woman because he hates women.  Hate crime.

A man beats up a woman because she was promoted and he

Written by jbudziszewski
Friday, 07 August 2015 22:15

Free From the Law, O Happy Condition

 "There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus."—Romans 8:1

From Albert Barnes's Notes on the Bible, 1834:

"The apostle having established the doctrine of justification, and answered the objections commonly urged against it, now asserts his triumphant conclusion, 'There is therefore, etc.;' that is to say, it

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Friday, 07 August 2015 22:00

On the Republican Presidential Debates

OK, so let me restate a few obvious truths first. At the end of the day, a good Republican President is not going to save America. No one can save America but the one who came to earth two thousand years ago who was ‘despised and rejected by men’.

And until Americans – and primarily American Christians – repent on their

Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Friday, 07 August 2015 21:25

Rest in peace?

What did you think about when you heard of Robin Williams suicide? What was your first thought? For a friend of mine it was the following words:

Everyday they pass me by,

I can see it in their eyes.

Empty people filled with care,

Headed who knows where?

On they go through private pain,

Living fear to fear.

Laughter hides their silent cries,

Only Jesus

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Friday, 07 August 2015 18:37

Censoring Pro-Marriage Views Featured

I have written often about our leftist and censorious mainstream media. And I have written often about the militant homosexual lobby pushing its agenda far and wide. When you bring the two together you have the perfect storm of leftist bigotry, intolerance and tyranny.

I have documented examples of this for years now. The secular left MSM is always

Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Friday, 07 August 2015 17:10

How to Abide in Christ – a Sermon Series

I’ve been listening to an excellent sermon series about a difficult passage: John chapter 15.

I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, Heprunes it so that it may bear more fruit.You are already clean because of the word which I

Written by Julia
Friday, 07 August 2015 16:59

An Open Letter to Bishop T.D. Jakes Featured

Dear Bishop Jakes,

For days, I have thought how should I approach this subject of which I am about to dive into with you, seeing how we have neither met, nor have we any mutual friends between us, still I find myself in a perplexing situation, and that is, how do I ask you a simple question to which I know would generate a response? I’m

Written by christopher152
Friday, 07 August 2015 16:17

Persecution in the Pew Featured

Beheadings of Christians by ISIS. Crosses forcibly torn off churches by the Chinese government. Pastors imprisoned. Believers tortured for leaving Islam or sharing the gospel.

The treatment our brothers and sisters across the globe receive at the hands of pagans is nearly unfathomable. They are made to suffer – simply for claiming the name of

Written by JD Hall
Friday, 07 August 2015 15:53

Hillsong and Homosexuality: The Real Story Featured

While on my vacation, a bit of a brouhaha erupted over the accuracy of reports that a homosexual couple had been serving in the music ministry at Hillsong NYC. The first report I saw was from a Pulpit Bunker dweller, whose blog reported on the issue here.

The issue seemed clear-cut. Here are the facts:

  • A celebrity homosexual couple (known as the
Written by JD Hall
Friday, 07 August 2015 15:21

Mailbag #11—Why “Disowning” Family Members Isn’t an Option; Term Limits for Elders; Expedited Church Discipline; Can I Leave My Family’s Church?

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Hello 9Marks,

My wife’s father left his wife three weeks ago. There does not seem to be any sexual sin involved. They have spoken with a counselor, but my

Written by Alex Duke
Friday, 07 August 2015 15:00

A Drop in a Bucket

"Our affection is like a drop in a bucket compared with what the Lord Jesus deserves." -Spurgeon

Read Today's Devotional,"A Deeper Affection"

Believers love Jesus with a deeper affection then they dare to give to any other being. They would sooner lose father and mother than part with Christ. They hold all earthly comforts with a loose hand, but

Written by TFL
Friday, 07 August 2015 15:00

Utilitarianism and the Moral Life by J. P. Moreland Featured

I found this essay on After All, but it looks like their site is not working well, so I’m just going to steal it and post it here, in case it disappears completely. This is one of my favorite short essays on utilitarianism, and it’s a wonder that the thing can’t stay up somewhere. Well, it will have a home here now. I’d be

Written by Wintery Knight
Friday, 07 August 2015 13:30

Anthony, don't pray for me

I'm somewhat hesitant to comment on this post:

http://www.thecatholicthing.org/2015/05/21/st-anthony-pray-for-us/

It's a sensitive, personal issue. However, Beckwith put it out there for public consumption. And it contains an implicit Catholic apologetic (i.e. a Catholic miracle confirms Roman Catholic theology). Moreover, I've waited three months.

So

Written by steve
Friday, 07 August 2015 13:26

Looking for More Like Caleb Featured

The Book of Numbers tells of Israel at a crossroads.
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Friday, 07 August 2015 13:24

Anglican Presidential Candidate John Kasich Reveals He Recently Attended “Gay Wedding”

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a professing Christian, says that when it comes to same-sex “marriage” he holds the traditional view.  During Thursday’s debate he was asked  how he’d explain his opposition to same-sex “marriage” to a son or daughter who was gay or

Written by Marsha West
Friday, 07 August 2015 12:39

Mormons Evangelicals in Conversation

Richard J. Mouw and Robert L. Millet, ed.  Talking Doctrine: Mormons & Evangelicals in Conversation.  Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2015. 
What surprised me somewhat was the wiggle-room that some of the evangelical contributors were willing to grant to Mormonism, regarding the question of whether Mormon beliefs are acceptable or
Written by steve
Friday, 07 August 2015 12:31

Shannon's buffer zone

I've going to focus on one aspect of Nate Shannon's recent article "The epistemology of divine conceptualism," Int J Philos Relig (2015) 78:123–130.

As no doubt the reader will have noticed, I harbor an openness to the possibility that the laws of logic as we know them do not exist necessarily, in the strong sense in which this is usually

Written by steve
Friday, 07 August 2015 12:27

How Martyn Lloyd-Jones Helped Start the PCA

By the turn of the 20th Century, the greater part of the masses in the Western world had been stripped of any sense of biblical Christianity by the liberalism and pragmatism that had so infected the churches in England and North America. It is a sad fact that, in our day, those who attend so-called evangelical

Written by Nicholas T. Batzig
Friday, 07 August 2015 12:16

King James Only Straw Manism: Kent Brandenburg

As I promised on Wednesday, I continued my review of Kent Brandenburg’s amazing hit-piece here, taking up the whole hour on the subject.  I happened to notice (thankfully, after the show was over), that not only has he replied on his blog, but, of course, the Troll of Trolls, the single nastiest, meanest, lowest stalker on the Internet

Written by James White
Friday, 07 August 2015 12:09

Don’t Know What a Fetus Is? Here Are Your Options

Philosopher Peter Kreeft argues that “either we do or do not know what a fetus is.”

He explains:

Either there is “out there,” in objective fact, independent of our minds, a human life, or there is not; and either there is knowledge in our minds of this objective fact, or there is not.

There are four possibilities, he writes:

  1. The
Written by Justin Taylor
Friday, 07 August 2015 11:55

Biblical Guide to the Shemitah and the Blood Moons Featured

Biblical Guide to the Shemitah and the Blood Moons

The following description is from The Berean Call website in their promotion of the book.

Click here to order the book from The Berean Call website

Are “blood moons” a harbinger for a catastrophic “seventh shemitah” in America? Informed Christians and serious students of

Written by David James
Friday, 07 August 2015 11:54

How the Cartesian demon bedevils Scripturalism

I'm going to comment on Ryan's latest post:

http://unapologetica.blogspot.com/2015/08/cartesian-demons-and-infallibilist.html

To set the stage, by using the Cartesian demon I'm playing devil's advocate. For the sake of argument, I'm assuming a far more skeptical viewpoint than I myself endorse. But I'm doing that because I'm responding to

Written by steve
Friday, 07 August 2015 11:34

Alabama Voters Approved Constitutional Amendment to Ban Sharia Law

This one is more current (November 2014): Alabama voters added an amendment to their constitution "that specifically bans the consideration of foreign codes of law, most notably Islamic Sharia Law".http://conservativetribune.com/shariah-law-banned-alabama/:
Statewide Amendment 1: Called “The American and Alabama Laws for Alabama Courts
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Friday, 07 August 2015 11:33

Don’t Start the Revolution Without Me Featured

“And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams” Acts 2:17

A change is about to take place in the modern church and it’s been one which has been long over

Written by christopher152
Friday, 07 August 2015 11:31

Links Mentioned on the 8/07/15 Show

The following is a rundown of today's podcast, annotated with links that were either mentioned on the show or inspired by it:

Commentary: Do Moral Atheists Exist? (0:00)

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Friday, 07 August 2015 11:28

What Was the First Study Bible in English?

Given the release this month of the NIV Zondervan Study Bible (edited by D. A. Carson), and because I worked on the ESV Study Bible (edited by Wayne Grudem), this short summary from Jane Dawson’s new biography of John Knox (Yale University Press, 2015) stood out to me:

The Geneva Bible’s revolutionary format created the

Written by Justin Taylor
Friday, 07 August 2015 11:00

Alabama Governor terminates contract with Planned Parenthood

Hillary Clinton and Planned Parenthood

ECM sent me this great story about the great state of Alabama.

Excerpt:

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley announced Thursday that he was terminating the state’s Medicaid contract with Planned Parenthood, making it the third state to cut ties with the abortion provider following the release of undercover

Written by Wintery Knight
Friday, 07 August 2015 10:50

Church... Business... What's the Difference? Confused Willow Creek Leadership Conference by Steven Kozar

Quiz question: What do you get when you combine two Mormons, at least one "word of faith" heretic, some non-Christian business people, authors and public speaker/millionaires, along with a few mega-church pastors? Answer: The Willow Creek "Global Leadership Summit!"I took these screens shots from my iPhone after doing just a little research...
Written by Steven Kozar
Friday, 07 August 2015 10:34

Target to move away from gender-based signs

Here's the lede from a report on CNN.com that a reader just sent me:

Attention Target shoppers: Say goodbye to “girls' building sets” and “boys' bedding.”

The big box retailer announced Friday that it will start phasing out gender-based signage in some departments. The shift comes in response to customer

Written by Denny Burk
Friday, 07 August 2015 10:06

Performance in Music City USA

Performance counts here in Music City USA.  And why not?  Everyone wants to shine, we do look for excellence, and there really is a lot of impressiveness around.  In fact, the glory of God is shining through all this talent, whether or not the music is meant for him.

But there is a dark side to our culture of performance.  The

Written by Ray Ortlund
Friday, 07 August 2015 10:03

Answering Rachel Held Evans’ misguided Planned Parenthood post

Susan Michelle of Live Action News takes emerging author, blogger, and speaker Rachel Held Evans to task over a recent Facebook post where she states that she’s pro-life but supports abortion mill Planned Parenthood.  For those who are unfamiliar with Evans, here’s a bit of background info from a piece over at Stand

Written by Marsha West
Friday, 07 August 2015 09:57

Transableism: the desire to amputate a body part you don’t think belongs to your body.

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Friday, 07 August 2015 09:30

This 'n' That

It's a pineapple. In a field. Genius. So…after a busy week of procrastination and distractions, I was finally sitting down to do some homework when I realized that it was already Thursday evening. And what comes after Thursday? Friday! So while I don't have time to properly introduce this week's post, I do have a few minutes to gather together y

Written by EBenz
Friday, 07 August 2015 09:19

“Comfort for Christians” by A. W. Pink [Free eBook Friday]

 

Comfort for Christians

by A. W. Pink

[Download in ePub and Mobi (Kindle) formats]

Monergism.com:

 The work unto which the servant of Christ is called is many-sided. Not only is he to preach the Gospel to the unsaved, to feed God’s people with knowledge and understanding (Jer 3:15), and to take up the stumbling stone out of their way (Isa 57:14),

Written by Jason
Friday, 07 August 2015 09:00

Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (07/31 - 08/07)

Friday, 07 August 2015 08:08

Random Bits

Religion of Peace Update #1 - Boko Haram militants slit the throats of sixteen Christian fishermen on the shores of Lake Chad in the Nigerian state of BornoReligion of Peace Update #2 - Islamist “justice” is a  slow painful death for
Written by Doug Evans
Friday, 07 August 2015 07:47

Quotable: Richard Sibbes (1577–1635), The Bruised Reed

The bruised reed is a man who for the most part is in some misery, just as those were who came to Christ for help, and by misery he is brought to see sin as its cause, for, whatever pretences sin makes, they come to an end when we are bruised and broken. He is sensible of his sin and misery, even to his bruising; and,

Written by Cheryl L. Stansberry
Friday, 07 August 2015 07:35

The Experience to Crave

Passion and emotionalism are often and easily confused in the modern church.  The Christian life runs the full range of emotions: joy, peace, delight, love, sorrow, grief, concern, etc.  Ours is a faith not only of the head but also of the heart.  As a result it is right and proper to desire spiritual experience.  The problem

Written by Glenn E. Chatfield
Friday, 07 August 2015 06:37

From loyal Marine to faithful Preacher…The Alex Hairgrove Interview

Pastor Alex, let me start by welcoming you to the Good Light Project. I am grateful that you are able to carve out some time for us to conduct this interview. I‘ve had the great opportunity of getting to know you and your beautiful family in a short amount of time and for that I am truly grateful. We were even able to travel together to

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Friday, 07 August 2015 06:25

“Regarding America’s moral collapse, I blame us… A very serious reformation is needed” [Tom Chantry | 5-part Series]

Pastor Tom Chantry finished up his five part series on who is to blame for America’s moral collapse and what we do from here. Here are some snippets from part one:

Most American Christians are currently experiencing cultural whiplash.

…in one month’s time, we discover that actually, the constitutional republic our civics classes

Written by Jason
Friday, 07 August 2015 06:21

Sharing Your Faith With Muslims

Last weekend, at a church in Middlesbrough, England, I presented the above talk on sharing one’s Christian faith with Muslims in a winsome and persuasive way. Islam is a religion that accounts for well over a billion people worldwide, and self-professes to be the world’s fastest growing religion. It is a subject that we often

Written by Jonathan McLatchie
Friday, 07 August 2015 05:56

Psalm 119:81-88 (Kaph) inductive bible study overview/nuts and bolts

Rescued by the promises.....Psalm 119:81-88 (Kaph) inductive bible study overview/nuts and bolts:
  • 1.  Begin and end your study with prayer.  Sin hinders your communication/fellowship with God so that needs to be dealt with.
  • 2.  Read the passage two or three times.  Make some notes.  Listen to it on biblegateway.com while
Written by Mike Sullivan
Friday, 07 August 2015 05:00

Friday Sermon | Corporate Worship by Phil Johnson

Today’s sermon is more of a lecture that comes from this year’s Reformation Montana Conference in Billings, MT. Pastor Phil Johnson shares a lecture on Corporate Worship from the Psalms of Ascent of David.

Phil Johnson is Executive Director of Grace to You, the media ministry of John MacArthur. Phil is also an elder at Grace

Written by Faithful Stewardship
Friday, 07 August 2015 03:19

The Smell of Babies Burning

Before David Daleiden founded the Center for Medical Progress and gained national attention for releasing a series of videos exposing the barbarity of Planned Parenthood, he wrote a jarring piece with Jon Shields entitled “Mugged by Ultrasound: Why So Many Abortion Workers Have Turned Pro-Life.”

The brief article is a gut-wrenching,

Written by Kevin DeYoung
Friday, 07 August 2015 03:10

Is A Divine “Intelligent Designer” Just a “God of the Gaps”?

image In my new book, God’s Crime Scene: A Homicide Detective Examines the Evidence for a Divinely Created Universe, I make a comprehensive case for the involvement of a Divine, Intelligent Designer based on eight attributes of design seen in biological organisms. Many skeptics believe intelligent design inferences are premature and impulsive,

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