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, 18 September 2017 05:21

3 Pivotal Questions on the Reformation and the Doctrine of Justification

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This sponsored post was prepared by Zondervan Academic and includes material written by Frank James, Douglas Moo, and Peter H. Davids for Zondervan Academic Online Courses.

One of the decisive doctrines to emerge from the Protestant Reformation—and central to Luther’s theology—was...

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Written by Tim Challies
Monday, 18 September 2017 05:00

Dr. Michael Brown Refutes "Weather Warriors" (Like Lance Wallnau) But Still Supports Jennifer "Sneaky Squid" LeClaire Featured

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Well this is interesting.

Dr. Michael Brown has no problem believing in the "Sneaky Squid Spirit" because his senior editor at Charisma Magazine, Jennifer LeClaire, claims that this demonic creature exists. Brown believes that the Reformation principle of "Sola Scriptura" (Scripture Alone)...

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Written by Steven Kozar
Monday, 18 September 2017 04:57

Israel Again Failing to Rely on God

Pet Peeve #1: People who are constantly looking for “signs” of the return of Jesus, the Rapture, the beginning of the Tribulation, and the end of the world! Apparently, this Saturday, September 23, the world “might” experience the Rapture of the saints, immediately followed...

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Written by modres
Monday, 18 September 2017 04:43

Ready To Run

Ravi Zacharias has a piece in the Washington Post about Nabeel Qureshi. In the opening of the article, Zacharias refers to a characteristic Qureshi had that few other Christians have in this culture:
The first time I saw him, he sat at a table across from me, one of his legs constantly moving almost...

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Written by Jason Engwer
Monday, 18 September 2017 04:10

Jim Bakker Claims “Every Prophecy I’ve Made Has Come True.” Also, Donald Trump Watches His Show. Featured

A few things you’ll learn from this clip.

First, Bakker claims that Trump watches the Jim Bakker Program.

Secondly, Bakker claims Trump admires Bakker for “getting back up.”

Third, the applause you hear after Bakker says the above is a sound effect. You can hear the few (25-30)...

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Written by News Division
Monday, 18 September 2017 04:06

The Half-Way Covenant Whole-Hearted Youth Ministry

Baptists and Presbyterians can agree regarding one application of child baptism in church history. What was known as the Half-way Covenant was a bad idea. Yet from it we can gain a valuable lesson regarding the church’s gospel duty to young people.

Jonathan Edwards was the pastor during...

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Written by Barry York
Monday, 18 September 2017 03:30

Vatican Shields Pedophile from American (and probably any) Prosecution Featured

imageThe Roman Catholic priesthood attracts – or creates – pedophiles. Whether it’s forbidding priests to marry or its general satanic corruption, there has perhaps been no religion on Earth more associated with the molestation of children. To this day, the systemic and...

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Written by News Division
Monday, 18 September 2017 03:20

Mere Protestantism

I'll comment on this:
I guess the best thing that can be said for it is the pertinent reminder that the Reformation isn't over. It says a lot of things I can...

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Written by steve
Monday, 18 September 2017 03:16

What Are the Synoptic Gospels, and Where Do They Come From?

The Bible’s four gospels paint four portraits of Jesus. While each gospel follows him on the same journey, they recount it a little differently. They had their own methods, styles, purposes, audiences, and (probably) sources—making each portrait of Jesus uniquely valuable.

Despite their...

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Written by ZA Blog
Monday, 18 September 2017 03:11

Interpretive levels

This is a prequel to a post on "A Reforming Catholic Confession". As I was thinking about it, it raised a number of preliminary questions.
i) Because Christianity is a bookish religion, centered on biblical revelation, hermeneutics is a central feature of Christianity. The interpretation of a text....

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Written by steve
Monday, 18 September 2017 03:07

Does the Bible Teach Definite Atonement?

“To support the doctrine of definite atonement, I don’t think it’s as simple as providing a set of biblical texts. For example, as someone who believes in definite atonement, I could bring all the particularistic texts to the table and speak about Christ’s death for me, for...

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Written by Dan Adams
Monday, 18 September 2017 03:03

‘He Hath Made My Tongue a Trumpet’: John Knox’s Humble Obedience to the Call and Word of God

The Scottish Reformer John Knox was far from a perfect man. He was, in fact, very flawed, as he himself was willing to admit (see below: ‘the inconsiderate sharpness of my tongue’). Yet he is a part of that great cloud of witnesses that now cheers us on, and there is much of value that...

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Written by Jonathan Kleis
Monday, 18 September 2017 02:55

Jory Micah Added to Female Preachers Conference Featured

You might know Jory Micah.

Most recently, Micah denied inerrancy on Twitter, and in defense, doubled-down by denying the Trinity. She’s gained attention after being dismissed from her teaching position at a school that believes in ordaining women, and claimed that it was because she was a...

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Written by News Division
Monday, 18 September 2017 02:25

Religious pedigree

This post is occasioned by the question of whether Ahmadis are real Muslims. Because the late Nabeel Qureshi was the most high-profile Muslim convert to Christianity, Muslim apologists attempt to discredit his witness by claiming that Admadis aren't real Muslims. 
Since I'm not Muslim, I don't...

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Written by steve
Monday, 18 September 2017 02:19

Spiritual Disciplines and the Appearance of Wisdom

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Spiritual Formation….Contemplative/Centering/Apopathic/Breath Prayer….”Christian Yoga“….Enneagram (you’ll learn about this below) are terms Bible believing evangelicals must become familiar with. All of these practices have been introduced into mainstream...

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Written by Marsha West
Monday, 18 September 2017 02:17

Deification: The Patristic Roots of the Reformation (2)

“Theosis” and “deification” are culpably ambiguous terms. On the other hand, using one of them in the title did get you to click on the link, did it not?

There are unobjectionable (as well as objectionable) ways of construing the concept behind the term, and there were senses...

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Written by E.J. Hutchinson
Monday, 18 September 2017 02:07

Sermon: Spirit and Truth Featured

From a sermon series on worship, from John 4:1-26. Topics include worship that God rejects, true worship vs false worship, and worshipping God in Spirit and Truth.

As always, you can listen at SermonAudio or iTunes, or listen by clicking below.

 

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Written by JD Hall
Monday, 18 September 2017 02:00

Preachers and Prepackaged Programs Featured

Original post date: March 18, 2015

The moment we permit ourselves to think lightly of the Christian Ministry, our right arm is withered; nothing but imbecility and relaxation remains. (Robert Hall, Discouragements and Supports of the Ministry, 45)

It is the best of times and the worst of...

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Written by Jonathan Rourke
Monday, 18 September 2017 01:31

Remembering Nabeel Qureshi - Bellator Christi

By: Brian Chilton | September 18, 2017

image The Christian community lost a wonderful man of God this past Saturday, September 16, 2017. Nabeel Qureshi entered his eternal home after a year-long battle with stomach cancer at the tender age of 34. While Nabeel has left us, he has left behind a wonderful...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Monday, 18 September 2017 01:27

Flavel Versus Cary: The Baptists Have Made Infant Baptism The Article Of Standing Or Falling Of The Church

But if your meaning be, (as I strongly suspect it is) that we must not expect to be owned by Christ, except we give up infants baptism; then, I say, it is the most uncharitable, as well as unwarrantable, and dangerous censure . . . Continue reading →

Authors: R. Scott Clark...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Monday, 18 September 2017 01:12

Office Hours: Godfrey On The Lutheran And The Reformed

Presently, the confessional Lutheran churches and the confessional Reformed and Presbyterian churches represent two distinct traditions and several different denominations. There is a gulf between them. Apart from a few cooperative enterprises the two traditions are not actively engaged in any...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Monday, 18 September 2017 01:08

Faith Follows Regeneration (Phillips)

image Here’s a brief but biblical explanation of the truth that faith follows regeneration:

“…It is clear from the Bible that the Spirit’s regenerating work always precedes and causes faith.  Jesus stated this to Nicodemus: ‘Unless one is born again he cannot see the...

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Written by Reformed Reader
Monday, 18 September 2017 00:46

What “Black and White” Twins Teach Us About Supposed “Race”

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Several years ago I wrote an article for our Answers magazine titled “It’s Not Just Black & White.” This article looked at several examples of what are referred to as “black and white” twins—fraternal twins where one is dark skinned with black hair and the...

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Written by Ken Ham
Monday, 18 September 2017 00:40

Dating the Book of Hebrews

Michael Kok follows up his post on the authorship of Hebrews here with a post here laying out some of the data to be taken into consideration in dating the book.

Authors: BibleX...

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Written by BibleX
Monday, 18 September 2017 00:20

The Mystical New Age Roots Of “Jesus Calling” Revisited

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After receiving so many emails about my article on “women pastors” asking about the book referenced in the article; I decided to republish an article I wrote on “Jesus Calling” over two years ago.

The Mystical New Age Roots of “Jesus Calling”

We have been searching...

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Written by Geri Ungurean
Monday, 18 September 2017 00:14

New Book on Charles Taylor with an Essay of mine on Liturgy in a Secular Age

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A new book edited by Collin Hansen on the tenth anniversary of Charles Taylor’s A Secular Age has just been released by the Gospel Coalition. There are a number of thoughtful and stimulating essays within the volume, which would be very rewarding of your attention, even if you haven’t...

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Written by Alastair Roberts
Monday, 18 September 2017 00:00

The Hardest Thing We'll Ever Do is Just Plain Faithfulness

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I caused a bit of a kerfuffle over on my Facebook page the other day by attempting to encourage one group of folks and bumbling it a bit. The husband and I hashed over it all while going to pick up a white slipcovered couch we found on Facebook Marketplace, which should tell you two things:...

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Written by Lore Wilbert
Monday, 18 September 2017 00:00

David French identifies the root case of sexual assaults on university campuses

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David French has written about the problems that women are facing on campus in National Review. (H/T Sarah)

Excerpt:

In the debate over Title IX and sexual assault on campus, I keep hearing the same questions: Sure,...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Sunday, 17 September 2017 23:52

Jim West (I Hear He’s Great) Will Be Speaking at Newman University

From the University’s web page

Dr Jim West from Ming Hua Theological College will be visiting Newman University Birmingham on 25th September for a public lecture on ‘The Intersection of Academic Biblical Studies and the Life of the Church’.

Dr West will be visiting the...

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Written by Jim
Sunday, 17 September 2017 23:38

Christians and Public Education

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We have all heard the sad statistics:  Up to two-thirds of young Christians leave their faith by the time they attend College.   And while there are certainly several factors in play, one that is often sited is public education and its clearly secular humanist agenda.  Public...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Sunday, 17 September 2017 23:32

Gospeling Souls Right into Hell

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A 1517 / Jagged Word Crosspost

I recently heard a preacher say that it is possible for preachers and teachers to “Gospel souls right into hell.” I really don’t wish to mischaracterize or impugn what the preacher was trying to communicate, but, needless to say, I was a bit shocked.

I...

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Written by Dr. Scott Keith
Sunday, 17 September 2017 23:30

A Tether Ball in a Tornado

Unacceptabilify the Man Who Said Boobs on CNN

So Clay Travis of Fox Sports was being interviewed by Brooke Baldwin of CNN, and they were talking about ESPN, so the segment should already have had some crackle in it. But then Travis went on to say that he was a First Amendment absolutist, believing...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Sunday, 17 September 2017 23:25

Hate Watching

I didn’t watch the Emmys last night (in fact, I didn’t know they were on). But the morning after Hollywood award shows is always an interesting time on Christian social media. One of the most reliable tropes in evangelical “cultural engagement” is the blog or Facebook post...

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Written by Samuel James
Sunday, 17 September 2017 23:06

What Makes God Excited?

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Actually beating my sons in Mario Kart. Having a tickle fight with my daughters. Going on a date with my wife. Watching my team win. Those are some of the things that get me excited.

What makes you excited? What moves you so much you want to stand up and shout?

Each of us has things that are uniquely...

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Written by Aaron Earls
Sunday, 17 September 2017 23:03

Why I Signed the Nashville Statement: For the Church’s Clarity in a Wayward World

Recently, an individual contacted me and told me that my book,God and the Transgender Debate, had been of great comfort to them. Every author hopes for an email like the one I received, especially given the labor of love one devotes to a book. This person divulged to me that they had struggled...

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Written by CBMW
Sunday, 17 September 2017 23:01

Social Learning – Getting A Bachelor’s Degree in Kingdom Generosity

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David Kirkland, center, leads the Baptist Collegiate Ministry at Georgia College & State University (GCSU) in Milledgeville. Kirkland teaches generosity to the collegians by using a variety of social learning styles. COLLEGIATE MINISTRIES/Special

Mark Twain is quoted as saying, “Some...

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Written by Buck Burch
Sunday, 17 September 2017 23:00

“May God wake up a slumbering church!”

“People talk about our being earnest and fanatical—about our being on fire. Would to God the church were on fire! This world would soon shake to its foundation. May God wake up a slumbering church! What we want you to do is not to shout ‘amen’ and clap your hands. The...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Sunday, 17 September 2017 22:27

The Quest for Biblical Worship (Part 2) (Terry L. Johnson)

Reformed churches not only have the regulative principle worship (RPW) to guide them regarding elements and forms, but they also, throughout their history, have had liturgies and directories. The liturgies were the more restrictive (e.g. Strasburg, Geneva, Amsterdam), the directories (Westminster...

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Written by Reformation21 Blog
Sunday, 17 September 2017 22:00

The Resurrection and the Life: Lazarus, Harvey, and the Love of Jesus

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I am the resurrection and the life. —Jesus of Nazareth From all appearances, Jesus arrived too late. Far too late. And not fashionably, stylishly late, but wrongfully, neglectfully late. His friend Lazarus had been sick—critical condition—and Jesus waited. He didn’t rush to...

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Written by Gunner
Sunday, 17 September 2017 22:00

The @RTSCharlotte Women’s Bible Study Has Started Again!

As many of you know, from 2014 to 2016 I led a women’s Bible study on the RTS Charlotte campus on the book of Romans–42 installments in all. The HD videos of the study (with handouts) are available here.

We continue to be encouraged to hear that the videos are being watched by folks all...

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Written by Michael Kruger
Sunday, 17 September 2017 21:00

The Duty of Diligence

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Of the many legacies of the Protestant Reformation, few have had greater and wider-reaching impact than the rediscovery of the biblical understanding of vocation. Before the Reformation, the only people considered to have a vocation or calling were those who were engaged in full-time church...

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Written by Tim Challies
Sunday, 17 September 2017 21:00

Introducing ‘Exploring the Bible’ by David Murray

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A Journey through the Bible for Kids

Reading the Bible is like taking a trip through God’s story, setting out to explore and experience the beautiful views found within. But without a map, it’s easy to get lost.

Exploring the Bible: A Bible Reading...

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Written by Crossway
Sunday, 17 September 2017 21:00

Answering frequently asked questions about The Nashville Statement

imageLast week, I answered a range of questions about the Nashville Statement from the guys at the Apologetics Canada podcast. These brothers had really great queries—many that I have been asked from others over the last few weeks. The interview is only a little over twenty minutes, but we ended...

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Written by Denny Burk
Sunday, 17 September 2017 20:02

#ICYMI – It’s an Anglican Church of England Church…

This is the best video on facebook.  And it’s why Richard Goode is my BFF

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Filed under: Friends Tagged: Richard Goode

Authors: Jim...

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Written by Jim
Sunday, 17 September 2017 20:00

Why Should We Give Our Children a Christian Education?

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One of the most important questions Christian parents face is how to educate their children. For many Christians in the US and UK, the natural decision is to send them off to the government schools. This may be because they have no other choice due to their circumstances (i.e., financial, single...

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Written by Simon Turpin