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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Perhaps you heard the sound of a massive creaking ship rocking the online community, and you turned in your boat to see a commotion aboard the U.S.S. Southern Baptist Convention. That's because on Monday, the Pastors Conference, which precedes the annual convention held in June, announced the...

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Friday, 31 January 2020 10:49

I Support the Death Penalty Because All Lives Matter Featured

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In my last article, I walked the reader through what the Bible says about the death penalty for murderers, rapists, and child molesters. I also responded to several questions and criticisms. You can read that article here. In response, Tyler Lee Conway, graduate of Truett Seminary, sent me an...

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An Indiana man named Michael Middaugh was sent to prison in 2006 for child molesting. He was released from prison last year. He failed to register as a sex offender, and a warrant was issued for his arrest. Before he could be apprehended, he raped an Amish wife and mother while she was home alone.A...

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You probably didn't know that Danica Patrick is a Zen Buddhist, self-help guru, motivational speaker, and prosperity preacher, did you? Maybe you knew Danica Patrick as a race car driver, or a (seldom dressed) spokesperson for GoDaddy.com, or Aaron Rogers' girlfriend. But as Danica says at the...

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Thursday, 26 December 2019 05:31

Kwanzaa is an Insult to Black Americans Featured

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Here we are, the day after Christmas. Most folks are taking down their Christian decorations, but in a few places, some new holiday decor is being hung in their place. December 26 marks the first day of a week-long festival called Kwanzaa, supposedly a celebration of African heritage. But Kwanzaa...

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Wednesday, 13 November 2019 05:58

5 Marriage Myths Featured

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This past Sunday, I preached on Ephesians 5:22-33, a sermon entitled Marriage as Christ Loves the Church. Wife, submit to your husband, as to the Lord. Husband, love your wife as Christ loves the church and gave Himself up for her. Marriage is not a man-made institution—it is made by God. He...

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Saturday, 09 November 2019 01:56

40 Day Bible Reading Plan, an Overview of the Bible Featured

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This past Sunday, I preached on how to read your Bible (notes from that sermon coming in a future blog post). Toward the end of the sermon, I provided a 40-day Bible reading plan that gives the reader an overview of the Bible. What are the most important events you need to know? Several have...

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It's been three years since I first reviewed the most popular worship songs heard in church. This was a critique I planned on writing annually (Christian Copyright Licensing International releases their top 100 list every 6 months). But when 2017 rolled around, I looked at CCLI's top ten songs and...

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Wednesday, 04 September 2019 08:20

No, Benny Hinn Has Not Repented Featured

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A video was posted yesterday in which Benny Hinn—the famed prosperity preacher and faith healing hack—seemingly repents of his prosperity preaching. In the video (which you can view here), Hinn says the following:
"I will tell you now something that I think is going to shock you. I think...

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Monday, 19 August 2019 05:27

Why Tullian Tchividjian is Permanently Disqualified Featured

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This morning, I listened to a sermon from Tullian Tchividjian. It wasn't a sermon he preached yesteryear. It was a sermon he preached yesterday. And he wasn't preaching as a guest speaker in someone else's church. He was preaching in his own church that he has planted in Florida.Tullian...

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Monday, 12 August 2019 06:04

Hillsong Worship Leader Leaves the Faith Featured

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Recently, author and former megachurch pastor Joshua Harris announced that he had left his wife and the Christian faith. The announcement came in a most 2019 way: via Instagram with a picture of himself brooding over a scenic lake (your typical Pondering Pond photo). Most known for his breakout...

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Tuesday, 06 August 2019 07:25

What's Wrong With The Bible Project? Featured

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The Bible Project is an online series of free animated videos about, what else, the Bible. When I was first introduced to The Bible Project, I was quite impressed with the quality and had no problem recommending these videos to others. But someone later contacted me and suggested I take a deeper...

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Monday, 22 July 2019 07:50

By What Standard? God's World, God's Rules Featured

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Let's say you're planning out the lesson for family devotions at the dinner table this evening, and you're going to be talking to your kids about loving your neighbor. Perhaps you're teaching from the words of Jesus in Matthew 22 where He said, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart...

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Sunday, 21 July 2019 06:01

Predestined By God Featured

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"In Him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will." Ephesians 1:11Yesterday, July 20, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of man walking on the moon. It was a remarkable achievement of...

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Tuesday, 25 June 2019 02:47

Remembering (and Responding to) Rachel Held Evans Featured

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In 2 Timothy 4:1-4, the apostle Paul told his protégé, "I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with...

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Sunday, 09 June 2019 06:51

Bear One Another's Burdens (Galatians 6:1-10) Featured

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"Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. 2 Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is...

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Saturday, 01 June 2019 16:04

Walk By the Spirit (Galatians 5:16-26) Featured

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16 "But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. 18 But if you are...

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Friday, 10 May 2019 02:16

Beth Moore Goes Off Like a Bottle Rocket Featured

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Yesterday, Beth Moore went "off like a bottle rocket." Her words. What was the thing that set her off? An article by Dr. Owen Strachan of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, in which he argued from Scripture that God has appointed men to be the overseers of the preaching and teaching in the...

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Monday, 06 May 2019 09:15

RIP RHE Featured

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imageRegarding the passing of Rachel Held Evans, I express my deepest sympathies to her family and anyone else whose heart is broken over her death. Mine is, too. I cannot imagine how devastating this is to such a young family. As her husband, Dan, said, "This entire experience is surreal. I keep hoping...

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Thursday, 18 April 2019 08:20

Did You Know Jesus Ripped Off Pagan Gods? Featured

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The following is a chapter from my book 25 Christmas Myths. Because skeptics continue to repeat the myth that the story of Jesus is either a rip-off or a composite of other pagan traditions, I've decided to post this chapter for easy reference. Enjoy! Oh, and buy my book ;)
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Did you know that Jesus...

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Saturday, 30 March 2019 16:04

A Pastor's Review of Unplanned: Uncertain of its Own Message Featured

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Unplanned is a movie based on the true story of Abby Johnson, the former Planned Parenthood director who famously became pro-life. The movie is produced by PureFlix, creators of such films like God's Not Dead,Mom's Night Out,The Case for Christ, and severalrapturemovies. Unplanned stars Ashley...

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Wednesday, 27 March 2019 06:59

A Review of Jesus: His Life (Part 1) Featured

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Each Monday leading up to holy week, the History Channel is airing a docu-series called Jesus: His Life. The show awkwardly mixes in dramatic reenactments of the story of Jesus with commentary from an assemblage of (mostly liberal) Bible scholars. The trailer to the show says that this is the...

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Saturday, 16 March 2019 18:35

Francis Chan Defends His Friendship With False Teachers Featured

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Yesterday, Francis Chan responded to the harsh accusations that he has been aligning with false teachers. A recent article published at The Cripplegate was entitled Farewell Francis. The author Jordan Standridge warned that Chan "is sharing the stage with false teachers who will spend eternity in...

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Tuesday, 12 March 2019 06:07

What is the Song Bohemian Rhapsody About Anyway? Featured

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Last week, Bohemian Rhapsody was released on DVD, the Oscar-winning film about the band Queen and their lead singer, Freddie Mercury. The movie is titled after the famous song of the same name, a six-minute suite blending elements of rock and opera. It's only fitting that the album from which the...

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The last couple of weeks have seen a very crazy and often heart-breaking news cycle. So you probably missed a blog by Trevin Wax in which he listened to two hours of K-Love and offered his critique. His conclusion was that Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) is not that bad, and that "the critique that there is little to no theological substance is...
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