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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Wednesday, 20 September 2017 02:58

How flight affects consciousness

A study reported by the BBC discusses the many which in which travel by airplane can affect our consciousness and perception:

Anxiety levels can increasewith hypoxia,” explains Valerie Martindale, president of the Aerospace Medical Association at King’s College London....

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Written by memoirandremains
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 02:41

He Learned Obedience: H.R. Mackintosh on the Consummation of the Person of Christ

What does the author of Hebrews (5:8-9 ESV) mean when he states: “Although [Jesus] was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered.And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him”? Here is Scottish theologian H.R. Mackintosh’s...

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Written by Jonathan Kleis
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 02:41

Benedict Arnold Option Now Available on Amazon Featured

imageimageJD Hall’s response to Rod Dreher’s The Benedict Option is now available on Amazon (published by Cross and Crown books). Should Christians forfeit the “culture wars”? Should we retreat to our caves? Is Rod Dreher – an Eastern Orthodox believer – even a Christian?...

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Written by News Division
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 02:30

Southern Baptist CEO Wants New Word from God Featured

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Frank Page, CEO of the Executive Committee of the SBC

Frank Page is the CEO of the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention (not to be confused with the president of the SBC, who currently is Steve Gaines). Page has served in this capacity for the SBC since 2010, and was president of...

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Written by News Division
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 02:13

Westminsterian Aristotelianism: Marriage (4)

As I noted last time, Samuel Willard’s next order of business in his exposition of Westminster Shorter Catechism Q/A 64 is to discuss the mutual duties of husbands and wives–those to which they are equally obliged–before discussing their peculiar or proper duties–those...

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Written by E.J. Hutchinson
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 01:54

Koons and Pickavance on a Comprehensive Guide to Metaphysics

In 2017, Wiley-Blackwell published The Atlas of Reality: A Comprehensive Guide to Metaphysicsby Robert C. Koons and Timothy Pickavance. Koons is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. Pickavance an Associate Professor and Chair of the Talbot Department of Philosophy at...

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Written by EPS Blog
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 01:46

Air Force Chaplain, Sonny Hernandez, Targeted by Anti-Free Speech Advocates Featured

imageCapt. Sonny Hernandez is an Air Force Reserve chaplain with the 445th Airlift Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. Hernandez also founded Reforming America Ministries, and Hernandez is an outspoken proponent of Biblical Christianity. As it turns out, some people think those two...

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Written by News Division
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 01:36

The Law as a Rule of Life

image As long as I can remember I have resonated with the teaching that the law of God is a guide of gratitude for the Christian’s life.  I’ve always liked how the Heidelberg Catechism says that obeying the law is a Christian’s way of saying “thanks” to God for...

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Written by Reformed Reader
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 01:35

Two Dudes on a Wedding Cake

The situation described in the following letters is entirely fictitious, including persons, names, crimes, sins, relationships, circumstances and all particulars. Thekind of situation that is described, however, is all too common and my hope is that biblical principles applied to this fictitious...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 01:28

Meditate on the Psalms with the ‘ESV Devotional Psalter’ on ESV.org

September 20, 2017 by: Crosswayimage

Communing with God through the Psalms

Today, we're excited to announce that content originally published as the ESV Devotional Psalter is now available as part of the Basic subscription plan via ESV.org.

The Psalms are the only extended portion of Scripture...

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Written by Crossway
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 01:27

Subjectivity: Ancient and Modern

In 2016, Lexington Books published Subjectivity: Ancient and Modern, by R. J. Snell and Steven F. McGuire. Snell is professor of philosophy at Eastern University and executive director of the Agora Institute for Civic Virtue and the Common Good. McGuire is assistant professor of political science...

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Written by EPS Blog
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 01:26

Expect the Bergoglio papacy to lead to more inquisition and less discussion

imageThe Bergoglio Inquisition is coming
 
Ross Douthat, who considers himself to be among the conservative Roman Catholics, has a pretty good take on what’s happening in the Bergoglio papacy. The down side for Douthat is that his “only serious” solution to what’s happening may only...

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Written by John Bugay
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 01:22

New Book on Philosophers Theologians Using Social Media

Theologians and Philosophers Using Social Media:  Advice, Tips, and Testimonials, ed. Thomas Jay Oord (San Diego, CA:  SacraSage Press, 2017), has contributions from 91 scholars, who describe how they got into using various social media (e.g., blogging, or whatever), what they aim to do,...

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Written by larryhurtado
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 01:14

Bigger Thoughts

“Shorter! Simpler! More punchy!” Whether you’re a journalist or a teacher or a pastor, there is a constant pressure to consolidate our communication. Pastors are taught that our sermons need to have a theme that can be easily expressed in one, simple sentence. Many people...

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Written by Jared Olivetti
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 00:27

Battle Ready Radio: 2017 Teen Retreat Audio Preview

We are looking forward to the upcoming teen retreat with Pastor Carl Lubin, focused on the theme, “Back to the Basics” (2 Peter 3:18). To get a jump start on preparing your heart for this gathering, be sure to listen to this special “Battle Ready Radio” episode on your drive...

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Written by TOvermiller
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 00:15

When Plans Go Awry and Link Love

In the beginning of August the government agency for whom Nate works told him he'd had two weeks of training at the end of the month for which he'd need to be in D.C.. We made hurried plans for a road-trip, some driving routes were discussed so I could go too, a ticket was purchased, I let the...

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Written by Lore Wilbert
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 00:03

SBC Executive Committee marks 100 years

By David Roach

NASHVILLE (BP) —The Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee commemorated its 100th year of existence with what EC President Frank S. Page called “a little happy-birthday party” intended to reflect the EC’s behind-the-scenes ministry of helping other SBC...

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Written by Baptist Press
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 00:00

Jesus, the Son of Man

In this brief clip from his teaching series Lessons from the Upper Room, Sinclair Ferguson explains what Jesus meant when He referred to Himself as the "Son of Man."

Transcript

I remember as a youngster in Sunday school, perhaps this was true of you, that my Sunday School teachers taught me that...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 23:30

Unshakeable Joy Because of What Is to Come

imageThe devotional that follows, as well as subsequent posts in this series, originally were written for and appeared as anonymous publications in the bulletins of a local church. Considering the joy (no pun intended) which resulted from the composition of this series, and the limited audience to which...

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Written by EBenz
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 23:29

When Objectivity Sells out to Blatant Bias

Media has historically been referred to as the "fourth leg of our republic" because of its ability and past willingness to accurately report news and uncover hidden agendas within government. But what happens when the media decides to drive its own agenda instead of reporting news? The abortion...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 23:26

Do You Love God, STEM, and Apologetics? Check Out Camp Infinity

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Are you a college-age young person with a passion for God’s Word and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics)? If so, you’ll want to check out an exciting opportunity with Camp Infinity (Ci). Ci, directed by Dan Wooster (a board member of AiG), is a unique STEM...

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Written by Ken Ham
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 23:22

Michael Brown on healing

What was my conclusion after these years of intensive study and prayer? I concluded that healing was God’s ideal will for His obedient children, and that rather than praying, “Lord, if it be Your will to heal,” we should pray with the expectation that it was His will, sometimes...

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Written by steve
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 23:07

The Unhypocritical Jesus

Jesus constantly warned about hypocrisy throughout his earthly ministry. Whether it was the institutionalized hypocrisy of the Pharisees (Matt. 6:2, 5, 16; 15:7; 16:3; 22:18; 23:13-15, 23-29), or the leavening effects that such hypocrisy on professing believers (Luke 12:1), Jesus recurrently...

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Written by Nicholas T. Batzig
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 23:01

Friday Night Calvinism

In my experience, freewill theists frequently misunderstand what Calvinists mean when they say God does everything for his own glory, and I think some Calvinists (e.g. John Piper) have contributed to that misunderstanding. I've discussed that before. 
But now, with the return of football...

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Written by steve
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 23:00

Us who labor for the King.

In the world’s incongruent attitude toward the Church, Christians are, on the one hand, considered to be a feeble folk engaged in a futile work. At the same time, non-Christians are often greatly threatened by the Church and will work hard to hamper its work, often through ridicule. No one...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 22:29

I Have a Chapter in a New Book: ‘Our Secular Age’

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Our Secular Age, a new volume edited by Collin Hansen on the tenth anniversary of Charles Taylor’s A Secular Age, has just been released by the Gospel Coalition. Taylor’s work is one of the most significant works on the problem of secularism, culture, and philosophy of...

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Written by Derek Rishmawy
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 22:26

Five Elements of a Church Membership Class Featured

Not long after I started my ministry at our church, we began having regular visitors who soon were asking about becoming members. While I was grateful to God for bringing them to us and thankful for their interest in joining our church, I knew that we needed to have a church membership class so...

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Written by Jared Longshore
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 22:17

Leftists — including “Christian” Leftists — are pro-abortion, not pro-choice

The Molech-worshiping ghouls of the Left — including the “Christian” Left — are busy celebrating the “free” (read: tax-funded or government coercion-funded) abortions that will just happen to kill minorities at a disproportionate rate: Governor of Oregon Holds...

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Written by Eternity Matters
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 22:03

A Kindle Deal for the Barthians

This is a good deal, Barthians.  I’m not sure how long it will last, but it’s a steal.

imageFor many students of Scripture and Christian theology, Karl Barth’s break with liberalism is the most important event that has occurred in theology in over 200 years. In Karl...

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Written by Jim
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 22:02

Is a Paradigm Shift Now Called for?

Some comments in response to my previous posting on the textual transmission of early Christian writings (here) reflect the difficulty that some have in facing the need in a given field of study to undergo what Thomas Kuhn famously called a “paradigm shift,” i.e., a change in a...

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Written by larryhurtado
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 21:44

What Did Paul mean by the head Covering for Women and Does it apply to us today?

Walk into a modern church and...

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Written by Acidri
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 21:32

False Teacher of the Day #11: Ante Pavkovic Featured

imageAnte Pavkovic is a high-ranking leader in Operation Save America, an anti-abortion organization. Ante is the pastor of a Pentecostal “home church,” Christ Fellowship Church, in North Carolina, a church of about 20-30 people and he can be found most days outside a Charlotte...

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Written by Rob Nelsen
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 21:22

Are We Raising Athletes or Christians?

If you know me and my family personally, you probably know my nine-year-old son loves baseball. He watches nearly every Texas Rangers’ game on television (or lies in bed listening to them on the radio), he pitches for his Little League team, he could sit and talk about baseball for hours on...

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Written by Wes
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 21:18

Who Wrote the Gospels, and How Do We Know for Sure?

The Bible gives us four accounts of Christ’s life. Each records a unique perspective of the most significant event in history—the crucifixion and resurrection. All four gospels are named after men who lived during or shortly after Christ’s early ministry. Tradition considers these...

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Written by ZA Blog
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 21:00

Embodying Masculinity in a World that Rejects It

I was recently invited to speak for a weekend conference for men, discussing our roles in the family and the church. Topics like this kill me. The preparation quickly turned into an exercise in personal conviction and repentance. How to speak on being a good husband and father when at every...

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Written by Joel Arnold
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 21:00

What is the Moral Argument for the Existence of God?

image What is the best way to formulate the moral argument for the existence of God? How powerful is it? Sean briefly answers these questions.

Authors: Sean McDowell...

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Written by Sean McDowell
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 21:00

The Art of Godliness, Episode 2: Honoring Parents

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Today I bring you episode 2 of The Art of Godliness, the new podcast hosted by myself and my good friend Paul Martin. The purpose of the podcast is to think out loud and in public about how to live a quiet and peaceful life, godly and dignified in every way. After discussing conflict resolution in e...

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Written by Tim Challies
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 21:00

What Makes Pastoral Ministry Enjoyable?

September 20, 2017 by: R. Kent Hughes

The Many Joys of Pastoral Ministry

When considering what makes pastoral ministry enjoyable, I have to chose from among several things. I loved preaching every week. I preached lectio continua: one sermon after another out of a book of the Bible. So, it...

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Written by R. Kent Hughes
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 21:00

Am I an unbeliever or a backsliding Christian?

Authors: Jeremy Pierre...

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Written by Jeremy Pierre
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 20:54

On Getting ‘Un-dragoned’ By the Light of Christ

Written by: Jared C. Wilson

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“This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light, and there is absolutely no darkness in him. If we say, ‘We have fellowship with him,’ and yet we walk in darkness, we are lying and are not practicing the truth. If we walk in...

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Written by Jared C. Wilson
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 20:40

Hawarden ‘Old Testament in the New’ Conference, 2018

Dear colleagues,

It is once again time to start making firm arrangements for this year’s Hawarden Seminar on the OT in the New. You are all very welcome to join us at Gladstone’s Library from the evening of Thursday 22nd March to lunchtime on Saturday 24th March 2018. The library staff...

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Written by Jim
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 20:21

17 minutes of continual sin Featured

We need a savior. We are evil, evil continually rising from a corrupted heart. Our human nature is depraved, polluted, and thoroughly iniquitous. Don't believe me? Think that Genesis 6:5 is only historical? You imagine I'm being unnecessarily pessimistic? "I haven't murdered anyone," you protest....

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Written by The End Time
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 20:20

Four Ways that Diversity—More than Uniformity—Magnifies God

Written by: Justin Taylor

image One day, in the new heavens and the new earth, God’s diverse redeemed peoples—a great multitude so large it cannot be counted—will sing a new song together in unison:

Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals,

for you were slain,

and by...

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Written by Justin Taylor
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 20:18

From Sentences to God

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From a very young age, we can recognize the quality of sentences. We evaluate sentences according to some standard, some criteria of good, bad, better, or worse. If God created the world then it is likely that he would endow human beings with some way to recognize good and bad sentences according...

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Written by Ben Holloway
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 20:01

A La Carte (September 20)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a few minor deals that may be worth a quick peek.

Westminster Books has a selection of Reformation-related titles on sale. You should probably read at least one book on the Reformation before October 31!

Speaking of which, you can get a copy of the classic biography...

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Written by Tim Challies