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

Friday, 25 December 2015 21:00

Trustworthy Teaching on the New Apple TV

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Earlier this year, Apple announced they would be releasing a new version of Apple TV in October that would feature its own App Store. Since that time, we have been working with our Ligonier App partners, Subsplash, to ensure we could add the Apple TV to our existing list of supported platforms (iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and Kindle

Wednesday, 23 December 2015 21:00

Is Christmas a Pagan Holiday?

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That question comes up every year at Christmastime. In the first place, there's no direct biblical commandment to celebrate the birth of Jesus on December 25. There's nothing in the Bible that would even indicate that Jesus was born on December 25. In fact, there's much in the New Testament narratives that would indicate that it didn't occur

Tuesday, 22 December 2015 21:00

What Was the Star of Bethlehem?

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Matthew 2 provides the familiar account of the Magi coming to see Jesus, and what is often referred to as the "star of Bethlehem."

After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced
Tuesday, 22 December 2015 12:00

Last Minute Gift Ideas

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If you're looking for last minute Christmas gift ideas, here are three suggestions:

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Tuesday, 22 December 2015 02:00

Seeking the Welfare of the City

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Here's an excerpt from Seeking the Welfare of the City, Danny Wuerffel's contribution to the December issue of Tabletalk:

Seeking the welfare of the city, from a Christian perspective, is largely about a commitment to love and serve the parts that are struggling. With a physical body, it would be silly to express a commitment to overall health and

Monday, 21 December 2015 07:00

The Incarnation: What We Celebrate at Christmas

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In this excerpt from What Did Jesus Do?, R.C. Sproul reminds us what we really celebrate at Christmas—the incarnation of God Himself.

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What we celebrate at Christmas is not so much the birth of a baby, as important as that is, but what's so significant about the birth of that particular baby is that in this birth we have the

It might surprise many today to find out that Saint Nicholas (spoiler alert) is a real person after all. Is he the white-bearded man with a red suit, a cap, and a sleigh?

Not quite, but he probably was bearded, did wear a hat, and did travel in horse-drawn, not reindeer-drawn, transportation. The legend behind Santa Claus is Saint Nicholas, the

Friday, 18 December 2015 21:00

Must Christians Believe in the Virgin Birth? Featured

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With December 25 fast approaching, the secular media are sure to turn their interest once again to the virgin birth. Every Christmas, weekly news magazines and various editorialists engage in a collective gasp that so many Americans could believe such an unscientific, supernatural doctrine. For some, the belief that Jesus Christ was born of a

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Thursday, 17 December 2015 21:00

What Does the X in Xmas Mean?

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The X in Christmas is used like the R in R.C. My given name at birth was Robert Charles, although before I was even taken home from the hospital my parents called me by my initials, R.C., and nobody seems to be too scandalized by that.

X can mean so many things. For example, when we want to denote an unknown quantity, we use the symbol X. It can

Thursday, 17 December 2015 11:00

We Can Do This, by God's Grace

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It's been a year of challenges and opportunities. There's cultural opposition to God's Word unlike any I've seen in my life. But God's gospel shines brightly in the darkness.

God has used Ligonier to proclaim the fullness of His holiness around the world. This mission, Lord willing, will continue strong into 2016, but we need your help. We rely on

Here's an excerpt from Defending the Faith in the United Kingdom, an interview with John Blanchard from the December issue of Tabletalk:

Tabletalk: What is the most common objection to the Christian faith you hear from atheists, and how do you answer it?

John Blanchard: The theory of evolution, and science in general, have often been

Tuesday, 15 December 2015 21:00

Star Wars and the Ancient Religion

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The appearance of a new episode of the Star Wars film series is an important moment for Christian witness. To be sure, we can shrug our shoulders, since Star Wars is old news. Or we can enthusiastically introduce our grandchildren to what we might think is a beloved, harmless yarn. Or we can—and should—discover in the series an

Tuesday, 15 December 2015 07:00

2015 Ministry Update

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We began this year with ambitious plans, and God has been faithful and prospered our way. The outreaches highlighted in this year's ministry update represent pillars of future ministry, and we are eager to share how God has been blessing them.

View Ligonier's 2015 Ministry Update below:

 

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Tuesday, 15 December 2015 02:00

Ministering to College Students in Your Church

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Here's an excerpt from Ministering to College Students in Your Church, Les Newsom's contribution to the December issue of Tabletalk:

Local churches are not ill-equipped to carry out ministry to our young people. The patient, faithful, week-in, week-out preaching and teaching of God's Word still reaches and equips God's people regardless of the

Monday, 14 December 2015 02:00

Seeking The Lost

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It's easy for us to shield ourselves—not consciously, not maliciously—but nevertheless, to pass on the other side in order to remain unaware of the pain and the spiritual hopelessness that is around us. That was not the way of Jesus. He looked for the pain. He searched for lost people. That was the first step in redeeming them.

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Saturday, 12 December 2015 02:00

The Value of Meditating Upon God's Word

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After reading Scripture, we must ask God for light to scrutinize our hearts and lives, then meditate upon the Word. Disciplined meditation on Scripture helps us focus on God. Meditation helps us view worship as a discipline. It involves our mind and understanding as well as our heart and affections. It works Scripture through the texture of the

Friday, 11 December 2015 02:00

Reflections on the Top 25 Christian Classics Featured

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Christian History magazine asked a number of their past contributors to help identify the most influential works in Christian history (aside from the Bible). The results are now in, and they have recently posted a Top 25 List.

Here are the Top 25 writings as selected by Christian History:

  1. Augustine, Confessions (c. 398)
  2. Thomas Aquinas, Summa

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Thursday, 10 December 2015 02:00

You Just Need to Obey

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Here's an excerpt from You Just Need to Obey, Steven Lawson's contribution to the December issue of Tabletalk:

Many who profess Christ today emphasize a wrong view of grace that makes it a free pass to do whatever they please. Tragically, they have convinced themselves that the Christian life can be lived without any binding obligation to the moral

Wednesday, 09 December 2015 02:00

The Doctrine of Scripture: Defining Our Terms

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The doctrine of Scripture is foundational to the Christain faith. But there is more to say about Scripture than simply, "The Bible says it. I believe it. That settles it." If you don't grasp what the Bible is and how it came to be, you'll never fully grasp its meaning. Since the meaning of the Bible is vitally important to our faith and life, we

 Dr. W. Robert Godfrey is president and professor of church history at Westminster Seminary California. He is a visiting professor in the Doctor of Ministry program at the Ligonier Academy of Biblical and Theological Studies. His many books include God's Pattern for Creation, Reformation Sketches, andAn Unexpected Journey.

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Tuesday, 08 December 2015 02:00

Perfectly Human

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Here's an excerpt from Perfectly Human, R.C. Sproul's contribution to the December issue of Tabletalk:

Christ's sinlessness is vital to the biblical understanding of redemption. If Jesus is to be our mediator, if He is to be our redeemer, it's essential that He be sinless. How could His atoning life have any significance if He committed even one

Monday, 07 December 2015 02:00

What Was God's Purpose in the Cross?

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The doctrine of limited atonement (also known as "definite atonement" or "particular redemption") says that the atonement of Christ was limited (in its scope and aim) to the elect; Jesus did not atone for the sins of everybody in the world. In my denomination, we examine young men going into the ministry, and invariably somebody will ask a

Saturday, 05 December 2015 02:00

Unclean: Leviticus and Total Depravity

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The word unclean is used more than one hundred times in Leviticus 11–15. It is an apt description of the condition of the people; they were morally unclean because of their failure to obey God's commands. The law of Moses was issued, first and foremost, to reveal the holiness of God. The Ten Commandments, as well as the ceremonial and civil