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, 10 August 2015 05:00

Douglas Wilson – Debate As a Christian Duty

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

Written by Mike Boling
Monday, 10 August 2015 05:00

Defending Planned Parenthood: Do The Arguments Work?

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

Written by Michael Kruger
Monday, 10 August 2015 04:00

Christian, You are the Light of the World Featured

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

Written by Justin Edwards
Monday, 10 August 2015 04:00

“Help! I May Lose My Faith!”

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

Written by Nate Pickowicz
Monday, 10 August 2015 03:04

How to Start a Conversation with a Muslim Friend (Video)

Alan shares two starting points when engaging Muslims in conversations about faith. 

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Monday, 10 August 2015 02:45

The Daily Discovery (August 10, 2015)

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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

Written by Landon Chapman
Monday, 10 August 2015 02:30

Against the Heterodidacts

In 1 Timothy 6.3, Paul warns Timothy to be on the lookout lest

…τις ἑτεροδιδασκαλεῖ καὶ μὴ προσέρχεται

Written by E.J. Hutchinson
Monday, 10 August 2015 02:00

Delighting in the Trinity Featured

"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.

Written by Michael Reeves
Monday, 10 August 2015 01:44

Are Moral Truths Human-Specific Biological Facts?

image 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

Written by jwallace
Monday, 10 August 2015 01:00

Finding Your Way in the Evangelical Fog Featured

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

Written by Grace to You Blog
Monday, 10 August 2015 01:00

Stewardship Conflicts

“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

Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Monday, 10 August 2015 00:01

Eating Disorder or Disorderly Eating? Featured

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

Written by Clint Archer
Sunday, 09 August 2015 23:05

5 Lessons I've Re-Learned About Prayer Featured

“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

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Sunday, 09 August 2015 23:00

Political Correctness and Plain Rudeness Featured

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,

Written by David Murray
Sunday, 09 August 2015 23:00

Contentment

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.

Question:

Can you please define "contentment"?  What does being content look like in our daily lives?  Does striving for increase (career advancement, higher

Written by jbudziszewski
Sunday, 09 August 2015 22:56

Are Moral Truths Human-Specific Biological Facts? Featured

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

Written by J. Warner Wallace
Sunday, 09 August 2015 22:50

Repurposed Pain

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

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Sunday, 09 August 2015 22:30

What to Do When Met with a Beggar

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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Sunday, 09 August 2015 22:00

The Role of the Holy Spirit in Interpretation

The theological term most commonly used by theologians to express the role of the Holy Spirit in biblical understanding is illumination. While the term isn’t directly used of the Holy Spirit, the concept is present, for example in John 1:5 and 1:9, “The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it… the
Written by Christopher Cone
Sunday, 09 August 2015 22:00

What Do Truthpartners Make Possible?

Our passion to proclaim the Good News of the Gospel is the reason we remove cost as a barrier to accessing clear, relevant Bible teaching!

Thanks to the generous giving of Truthpartners, listeners like you who pledge monthly financial support, Truth For Life is able to make life-changing teaching free to everyone, everywhere.

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Sunday, 09 August 2015 22:00

The Wretched Segment of the Day - August 10, 2015

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Sunday, 09 August 2015 21:52

No, Donald, Single-Payer Health Care Doesn't 'Work Incredibly Well' In Canada Scotland

Sunday, 09 August 2015 21:40

A Look at Dreams and Visions

imagemywordlikefire:

Highly recommended.

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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

Written by mywordlikefire
Sunday, 09 August 2015 19:40

On Hiroshima and Nagasaki

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

Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Sunday, 09 August 2015 18:58

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, 09 August 2015 18:16

Brian Houston Acknowledges Ministry of Gay Couple at Hillsong NYC

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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Written by A. Spreeman
Sunday, 09 August 2015 17:43

Fellowship? Featured

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

Written by Mike Ratliff
Sunday, 09 August 2015 15:43

Dressed to Kill!

Ephesians 6:10-20

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.

 

Authors: John Samson

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Sunday, 09 August 2015 15:18

The Smoking Gun: Brian Houston Acknowledges Ministry of Gay Couple at Hillsong NYC – on video – Back in 2014 Featured

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,

Written by JD Hall
Sunday, 09 August 2015 13:44

Hillsong Update: Now the Truth is Finally Revealed

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

Written by christopher152
Sunday, 09 August 2015 13:00

Does Planned Parenthood do mammograms? Is abortion only 3% of their services? Featured

Hillary Clinton and Planned Parenthood

Life Site News explains the myth and the reality.

Excerpt:

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

Written by Wintery Knight
Sunday, 09 August 2015 12:12

Sunday Morning Praise

Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus

Authors: EBenz

Written by EBenz
Sunday, 09 August 2015 10:54

The coming king

Here's a followup to my previous post:

Anti-Trinitarian apostate Dale Tuggy attempted to respond to this post:

http://triablogue.blogspot.com/2015/08/jesus-and-prophets.html

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.

Written by steve
Sunday, 09 August 2015 09:00

How Archaeology Confirms the Bible: Hazor, Joshua, and Solomon (video)

Did Joshua really exist and conquer the Canaanite lands? Were King David and King Solomon myths invented to encourage returning Israel exiles to look for a glorious united kingdom that never existed?Watch this short video where Lenny explains how more and more of the biblical accounts are confirmed by evidence discovered with the archaeologist's
Written by Come Reason's Apologetics Notes
Sunday, 09 August 2015 08:17

Francis Chan to speak (again?) at IHOP-KC Onething Conference?

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,

Written by mywordlikefire
Sunday, 09 August 2015 07:00

Two short videos explain two basic scientific arguments for God’s existence Featured

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.

Here it is:

The last one they did was on the kalam cosmological argument, and it was even shorter – just over 4 minutes.

Check it out:

If you have any

Written by Wintery Knight
Sunday, 09 August 2015 05:58

More Random Good Stuff

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

Written by Glenn E. Chatfield
Sunday, 09 August 2015 05:57

BTWN Episode 92 |Live Q A with Matt Slick of Carm.org | Bible Thumping Wingnut Show

Hosted By John Brady of Putitingear.org
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Sunday, 09 August 2015 04:47

Where is wisdom?

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

Written by The End Time
Sunday, 09 August 2015 04:46

Psalm 119:97-104 inductive bible study overview/nuts and bolts

O, how I love your law.....Psalm 119:97-104 inductive bible study overview/nuts and bolts:
  • Begin and end with prayer, even your prep time.  
  • Read the passage at least twice and listen to it.  Make some notes of things that pop into your mind, as well as key verses, words, phrases...meditation H7881, commandment H4687, wiser H2449,
Written by Mike Sullivan
Sunday, 09 August 2015 01:00

Humanity's First Job

“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)

This verse is often called the Dominion Mandate and is repeated and amplified in Gene... More...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Sunday, 09 August 2015 00:01

Mirror, mirror...

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 The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, volume 16, sermon number 941, "The tender pity of the Lord."

"If you cannot bear with your
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Saturday, 08 August 2015 22:45

How to Almost Guarantee Your Children Will Run in the Opposite Direction from the Faith

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,

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Saturday, 08 August 2015 22:20

More Than Sovereign

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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