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
For many Christians, it seems a reasonable question to ask whether it is profitable for us to engage in public debates at all. Whoever changed his mind because of some public argument? Why wrangle about words? Logomachies just make my head hurt.
In contrast to this, I want to argue that such a quietist position is not only inconsistent with the
Much has been said about Planned Parenthood over the last few weeks due to the release of numerous behind-the-scenes videos. These videos have revealed what Christians have know (and said) for years, namely that abortion is one of the most barbaric, callous, and tragic practices of the modern world.
Hidden behind sanitized words like
Don’t do that.
Right after Jesus identifies His disciples as the salt of the earth, He identifies them as the light of the world:
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light
John Gresham Machen was born into a loving Christian family in 1881. “Gresham”, as he was called, respected his father but was closest to his mother, Minnie. She would spend tireless hours teaching him and his two brothers all she knew. Central to their learning was the Bible, which Gresham knew better at the age of twelve than most
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Missing the Target: Some Brief Thoughts on Target’s Cultural Capitulation – “Over the weekend, Target became the next corporate power, after Amazon, to rid themselves of all gender designations and labels for children’s toys and bedding. In the
In 1 Timothy 6.3, Paul warns Timothy to be on the lookout lest
…τις ἑτεροδιδασκαλεῖ καὶ μὴ προσέρχεται
"It is not to be expected that we should love God supremely if we have not known him to be more desirable than all other things." So wrote the great hymn writer Isaac Watts. And of course, he was quite right, for we always love what seems most attractive to us. Whether it be God, money, sex, or fame, we live for and love what captures our hearts.
How are we to account for the existence of objective, transcendent moral truths? Some philosophers, like Sam Harris, believe “moral values are really questions about the well-being of conscious creatures.” Well-being (also described as human “flourishing”) is, according to Harris, the purpose of our existence as human
By Cameron Buettel
I grew up in a remote Australian community. Our relative isolation meant there was a noticeable delay in the arrival of big-city trends, technology, and television. But it wasn’t all bad—the upside of our perceived backward lives was that the erosion of values and views moved more slowly in our little corner of the
“Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet: All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field; The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.” (Psalm 8:6-8)
The commission to rule over Earth was never withdrawn from
In a previous post we examined Fat Secret: The Invisible Sin of Gluttony. But that food for thought is only one serving among a smorgasbord of other gastronomical sins and dysfunctions.
Anorexia nervosa (voluntary starving), bulimia (self-induced vomiting), comfort eating (ice-cream therapy), and muscle dysmorphia ( or
“People ask me, ‘Why pray if God is sovereign?’ I respond, ‘Why pray if He isn’t?” -- Michael Horton
As I have reflected on my prayer and devotional life and this statement, I am reminded that it isn’t that we “should” pray -- as in a duty -- but we “must” pray -- as in a
Judging by the levels of support for the insurgent campaigns of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, many voters on the right and the left are totally disgusted with the two political parties and their candidates. Americans want to punish the political establishment, both red and blue, for their multiple failures and are looking for someone,
I am going to have to stop calling Mondays student letter days, because I make so many exceptions. But the Canadian author of this letter was a student not too long ago.
Can you please define "contentment"? What does being content look like in our daily lives? Does striving for increase (career advancement, higher
How are we to account for the existence of objective, transcendent moral truths? Some philosophers, like Sam Harris, believe “moral values are really questions about the well-being of conscious creatures.” Well-being (also described as human “flourishing”) is, according to Harris, the purpose of our existence as human beings
As my husband held down my three-month old son I buckled the braces in place and locked in the bar. Asa had given up looking at me with those pleading eyes, and had resigned to screaming; maybe someone else would come to help.
If I’m not careful I could hate those braces. Hate them for making my son look at me with those confused, scared, and
C.S. Lewis's stepson Douglas Gresham tells the story of Lewis and a friend walking along the street one day when a beggar approached them asking for money. Lewis's friend kept walking, but Lewis stopped and emptied his wallet, giving the beggar its contents. After rejoining his friend, he was chastised. "You shouldn't have done that, Jack. He'll
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I wanted to take a closer look at what the bible has to say in the areas of dreams and visions. These experiences have become quite popular over the years with many people who claim their dreams are from God. Others claim the ability to interpret the dreams and produce
Seventy years ago the war with Japan ended because of the bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, and Nagasaki on August 9. Although around 200,000 lives were lost in the two cities, far more lives were saved as Japan finally offered an unconditional surrender.
Those bombings were certainly controversial, and we have debated the military and moral
It was captured on a Nightline video in 2014. He knew, and he bragged about it in a Nightline television interview. How can he now claim he was shocked and had no idea, in this age of digital record keeping? Pulpit&Pen’s JD Hall has posted what it calls – and rightly so – a smoking […]
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by Mike Ratliff
42 They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. (Acts 2:42 NASB)
Most of the churches I attended in my life had something called “fellowship” and some even had space dedicated to it called “fellowship hall” or
As Christians, we are born into a war zone where our enemy rages against us, seeking to devour us. This intense spiritual conflict will continue as long as we remain in this world. God commands us to put on the whole armor of God and to stand against the schemes of the devil. Here's how.
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This really ought to be the final segment in this long saga on Hillsong’s attempt to cover-up their acceptance of homosexuals in ministry and service roles in the NYC congregation. This is the smoking gun, and the bullet fired was straight at the heart of Brian Houston’s moral authority and personal integrity.
The recap: Last week,
“For all that is secret will eventually be brought into the open, and everything that is concealed will be brought to light and made known to all.” (Luke 8:17)
In the past week I wrote up an article concerning the problems occurring over at Hillsong, why, not to mention among other things besides using secular music as a means to bring
Life Site News explains the myth and the reality.
The day before hundreds of pro-life activists prepared to flood Planned Parenthood’s offices with requests to schedule a mammogram, the organization issued a statement admitting that they do not offer the cancer screening procedure at any
Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus
Here's a followup to my previous post:
Anti-Trinitarian apostate Dale Tuggy attempted to respond to this post:
Dale Tuggy:The only problem with this argument is that it doesn't actually imply or even suggest the deity of Jesus.
Except that it does.
Of course, he *is* a prophet.
In her article, Marsha West notes that Francis Chan is once again returning to speak at International House of Prayer’s Onething Conference. How is this even possible? Why, knowing what he has to know, would Chan do this? One answer may be that contemplative prayer, as Ken Silva used to point out,
These are from Reasonable Faith. The new one is on fine-tuning, and it’s probably the best thing you can give someone to understand the fine-tuning argument in 6 minutes.
The last one they did was on the kalam cosmological argument, and it was even shorter – just over 4 minutes.
If you have any
I’ve come across some more good stuff which I feel are worth sharing so others can be edified as I have been.Over the past couple years I have followed John MacArthur’s “Grace to You” blog off and on, and finally decided that there was enough good stuff to sign up for the daily emails. Some are more thought-provoking
Some look for wisdom in philosophy. But God's word says philosophy is empty.See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. (Colossians 2:8)Some look for wisdom in psychology. But God's word says
“God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” (Genesis 1:28)
"If you cannot bear with your
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 The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, volume 16, sermon number 941, "The tender pity of the Lord."
Do we want to guarantee that our children will run in the opposite direction of our most cherished biblical convictions? All we have to do is sterilize our churches. Make them rigid, unresponsive, grim. Require of our ministers that they play the role of scolding, scowling Reverend Eat-Your-Peas. Treat the gospel as a theological system only,
God is more than sovereign.
As soon as my first child was born, I knew there was a problem. The doctor was focused and serious. The nurses called for help and began moving faster. Something was wrong. Suddenly, Madelyn was placed in my arms, and I was asked to follow the nurse immediately to the Natal Intensive Care
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