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, 11 December 2019 19:00

Received Into the Number: A Theology of Adoption Part VI- Adoption and Biblical Theology Featured

“See the true and better Adam; come to save the hellbound man.” – Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery, Matt Papa. In this series, we have been looking at what God’s Word says about adoption as both an earthly call to care for orphans and as a picture of how He saves undeserving...

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Written by Chuck Ivey
Wednesday, 11 December 2019 18:55

Singing to Jesus with Our Hearts


Mary responded, “Oh, how my soul praises the Lord.

How my spirit rejoices in God my Savior! For he took notice of his lowly servant girl, and from now on all generations will call me blessed. For the Mighty One is holy, and he has done great things for me. He shows mercy from generation to...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Wednesday, 11 December 2019 18:00

God the Father Featured

Here’s an excerpt from God the Father, Matthew Barrett's contribution to the December issue of Tabletalk:

If there is a belief that is central to Israel’s identity in the Old Testament, it is this: God is one (Deut. 6:4). In contrast to the nations surrounding Israel, nations that...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Wednesday, 11 December 2019 18:00

Double Standards

In 2016 Trump famously called Mexicans rapists and drug addicts, and his detractors went wild. "He's a racist. He hates Hispanics." In truth, Trump said no such thing. What he said was that many of the people illegally crossing the southern border do illegal things. But because the sound bytes...

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Written by Winging It
Wednesday, 11 December 2019 18:00

A Collection of Responses to Richard Dawkins' Latest Book, Outgrowing God: A Beginner's Guide to Atheism

It has been quite awhile since I have taken Richard Dawkins serious as a thinker.  Frankly, Dawkins is a sloppy thinker who only succeeds in dumbing down the question of God's existence.  As I have noted here, there are numerous reasons why his views on ethics, philosophy and theology...

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Written by Chad
Wednesday, 11 December 2019 17:15


When you think of the word “present,” what comes to mind? As you might have guessed, around here we love words. It is our primary medium of communication. We love playing with words and enjoyed comedians of yore like Abbott and Costello and their use of word play with routines like...

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Written by Don and Joy Veinot
Wednesday, 11 December 2019 17:00

How I Discovered the Bible

December 12, 2019
In my mid-30’s I seriously began to try to read the Bible. I had been through some devastating life experiences, and I had new questions and doubts. My trauma had left me convinced that God was real and God was love, but giant cracks had appeared in...

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Written by TBC Staff - EN
Wednesday, 11 December 2019 16:10

Late autumn Longreads


Christoper Caldwell’s Claremont Review of Booksessay on the Brexit drama, while by now somewhat dated, still rewards an attentive read. The general trend of his argument will strike many readers as familiar, but to this he adds a number of penetrating insights with wider application.


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What's Wrong with the World
Wednesday, 11 December 2019 16:03

The Connection Between The Incarnation and The High Priestly Ministry of Jesus

On today’s episode, a listener writes in today and asks Dave, “What is the connection between the Incarnation and the High Priestly Ministry of Jesus?” What you’ll hear in this episode Anselm of Canterbury on the Incarnation Hebrews 2:17-18 and the Incarnation. The...

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Wednesday, 11 December 2019 16:03

The Perfect Christmas Present


Do you have a wishlist? Recently I began the arduous task of sifting through various wishlists to pick out just the right present for each person. But, to me, the best gifts are not the ones found on a list, but the ones discovered in the little moments of life. Perhaps it’s happened to you-...

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Written by Cameron Pollock
Wednesday, 11 December 2019 16:02

What Happened on the Cross?

Sin has separated man from God, and the only way of reconciliation is through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. His life, death, and resurrection have made it possible for sinful humanity to be restored to God. But, why is the cross necessary? What happened on the cross that made salvation possible?...

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Written by James Williams
Wednesday, 11 December 2019 16:01

Bearing the Marks of Jesus

Galatians 6:17–18, “From now on let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus. 18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers. Amen.” Far from a dispassionate treatise on justification, Paul’s epistle to the Galatians is...

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Wednesday, 11 December 2019 16:00

Zechariah's Visions: Under the Myrtle Trees

“I saw by night, and behold a man riding upon a red horse, and he stood among the myrtle trees that were in the bottom; and behind him were there red horses, speckled, and white.” (Zechariah 1:8)

Authors: Days of Praise from ICR...

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Wednesday, 11 December 2019 15:00

Manhood and Womanhood: What's the Problem?


Several cracking articles have appeared in the last week or so on the subject of men and women: at TGC, Jesus Creed, 9Marks, and other places. I want to highlight two in particular.

The first is from Jonathan Leeman at 9Marks, and is an attempt to tease out the different pastoral intuitions we feel...

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Written by Andrew Wilson
Wednesday, 11 December 2019 14:05

December 12: Thornwell on Our Nation’s Sin

imageIn 1854, the city of Charleston, South Carolina was ravaged with an epidemic of yellow fever. Later, at the behest of the State Legislature, the Rev. James H. Thornwell, then president of South Carolina College, brought a sermon at the State capitol on December 9, 1850. The title of his...

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Written by Wayne Sparkman
Wednesday, 11 December 2019 14:00

Covenant in Ezekiel, Part 5


A Literal Reading

The structure of Ezekiel reaches its crescendo in the theme of the returning Glory to the Temple in Ezekiel 43:1-7.1 This return must be linked with the abandonment of Solomon’s Temple by the Glory-cloud in chapter 11. There is a narrative-theological arc extending from...

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Written by Paul Henebury
Wednesday, 11 December 2019 14:00

From the Library: Byzantine Lectionaries and Advent

By: Andrew J. Patton and Leigh Ann Thompson


Throughout history, Christians oriented time around Jesus Christ. It started by recognizing the first day of the week by his resurrection. Later, significant days like Easter and Epiphany were commemorated. Even entire special seasons like Advent and...

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Wednesday, 11 December 2019 13:00

Personality Featured

That they may be one, even as We are one. — John 17:22

Personality is that peculiar, incalculable thing that is meant when we speak of ourselves as distinct from everyone else. Our personality is always too big for us to grasp. An island in the sea may be but the top of a great mountain....

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Written by Classic RSS Feed | My Utmost For His Highest
Wednesday, 11 December 2019 12:31

Lessons from a genealogy: expect the unexpected birth! Featured


Matthew divides Jesus’ genealogy into three sections: Abraham to David, David to exile, and exile to Joseph. His goal in doing this is to show that Jesus is the fulfillment of the promise to Abraham (that the savior would be Jewish) and that Jesus is the fulfilment of the promise to...

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Written by Jesse Johnson
Wednesday, 11 December 2019 11:48

Does Human Life Begin When We Take Our First Breath?


There are those who say human life begins when we take our first breath. Does the fact that unborn children don’t breathe air mean they aren’t yet live human beings? Does the Bible teach this in Genesis 2:7 when it talks about the “breath of life” in the account of the...

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Written by Amy K. Hall
Wednesday, 11 December 2019 10:33

Masked Moviegoers Interrupt Showing of “No Safe Spaces”



“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of...

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Written by Geri Ungurean
Wednesday, 11 December 2019 10:05

Not an Exercise in Wish Fulfillment

“We study each text as it is instead of as we might wish it to be”

Stott, The Challenge of Preaching, p. 18

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Authors: Douglas Wilson...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Wednesday, 11 December 2019 10:00

But Other Than That . . .

“Johnny’s eyes were round, like a couple of trash can lids, only a different color.”

Evangellyfish, p. 100

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Authors: Douglas Wilson...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Wednesday, 11 December 2019 09:46

What is God’s Purpose in Allowing False Teachers to Flourish?

Have you ever slummed through a sermon by a preacher like Steven Furtick or Andy Stanley? Have you ever really

The post What is God’s Purpose in Allowing False Teachers to Flourish? appeared first on Reformation Charlotte.

Authors: Jeff Maples...

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Written by Jeff Maples
Wednesday, 11 December 2019 09:29

Headship and Submission in Ephesians Featured

Though discussions about headship and submission in Ephesians often focus on the husband/wife relationship, these concepts permeate the book more broadly. This study will examine the significance of these concepts throughout the…

Authors: TOvermiller...

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Written by TOvermiller
Wednesday, 11 December 2019 09:20

The “Mystery” in Ephesians Featured

The word mystery (μυστήριον) appears prominently throughout Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, occurring six times in total, more than in any other New Testament (NT) book.[1] This study will explore the meaning…

Authors: TOvermiller...

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Written by TOvermiller
Wednesday, 11 December 2019 09:03

The Doctrine of Election in Ephesians Featured

The doctrine of election takes center stage in Paul’s letter to the Ephesian church, not because he mentions it frequently, but because he mentions it prominently at the beginning. After a brief…

Authors: TOvermiller...

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Written by TOvermiller
Wednesday, 11 December 2019 09:00

Leave Jesus Ringing in Their Ears

-Episode 2590-

Leave Jesus Ringing in Their Ears

Segment 1 (00:00) Todd shows an encounter he had with Chris, a university student, where he tried presenting the Gospel with a technique used by Blaise Pascal. Todd asks him several questions, and brings up the Law of the Bible. Chris comes from a...

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Written by Rebekah Pruett
Wednesday, 11 December 2019 07:59

Grammar Guerrilla: Pronoun Primer

In yet another indicator that the West is collapsing, Webster’s Dictionary has apparently named they, used to designate a particular, non-gendered person, the word of 2019. This seems to call for a quick refresher on basic grammar: There are two kinds of . . . Continue reading →


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Written by R. Scott Clark
Wednesday, 11 December 2019 07:31

A Healthy Pastoral Internship Culture


Every member of Christ’s church concerned for the future of their children and coming generations takes interest in the training and calling of new leaders. They long to see the Lord to raise up laborers for the harvest (Matt. 9:37-38), and to see the gospel entrusted to them so that they can...

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Written by James Faris
Wednesday, 11 December 2019 06:47


•Witness Wednesday
•Barris the Turkish agnostic in Australia
•Cold call evangelism on the street. Is Danica open to the Gospel?
•Do mourning families hear the Gospel at this funeral parlor?
•Thomas has kept the 10 Amendments, but doesn’t know the 10 Commandments

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Written by joey
Wednesday, 11 December 2019 06:44

A Message From Tom Ascol - My Heart Is Full of Thankfulness Featured

The Gettys wrote the song “My Heart is Full of Thankfulness” in order to express gratitude for spiritual blessings that flow from the grace of God in Jesus Christ. Eternal blessings far outweigh temporal ones but for believers, they are not unrelated. “Every good gift and every...

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Written by Hannah Ascol
Wednesday, 11 December 2019 06:29

Does the Bible Predict A Future Rebuilt Temple”

Article by Gary DeMar (original source here – https://americanvision.org/21571/does-the-bible-predict-that-there-will-be-a-future-rebuilt-temple/ )

Dispensational premillennialists need a future “tribulation temple” so their idea of antichrist can take his seat (2 Thess. 2:4),...

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Written by John Samson
Wednesday, 11 December 2019 06:16

MAGA? Well, What Made America Great in the First Place?


The president’s successful campaign slogan Make America Great Again (MAGA) is entirely legitimate, but I’m not sure that most Americans know what made our country great in the first place. It wasn’t our natural resources or two massive oceans that separated us from Europe and...

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Written by P. Andrew Sandlin
Wednesday, 11 December 2019 05:29

The Three History and Biography Winners from the CT Book Awards


Christianity Today released its annual books-of-the-year awards this week. Evangelical History readers might be interested in the winners for the category of history and biography.

Their overall winner was Kathryn Long’s God in the Rainforest: A Tale of Martyrdom and Redemption in...

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Written by Justin Taylor
Wednesday, 11 December 2019 05:19

“God’s World Mission” Class from Covenant Theological Seminary Blatantly Promotes Critical Race Theory

It’s difficult to think of a Christian denomination or organization that has not started down the path of Marxist-inspired social justice. Lately, the Southern Baptist Convention has stolen most of the headlines. However, the Presbyterian Church of America is not far behind. Here’s a...

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Written by Jon Harris
Wednesday, 11 December 2019 05:18

How Would You Do?


Like clockwork, each week, my heart would start beating faster, and my hands would grow cold. I knew Sunday school class was about to end, and the teacher, Mike Gibson, was going to call on someone to close the class in prayer. Given the fact that there were only about a dozen of us in the room, my...

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Written by Erik Raymond
Wednesday, 11 December 2019 05:15

Don’t Miss the New 9Marks Journal on Complementarianism

The evangelical world was given a gift this week when the ecclessiology-focused ministry 9Marks released their latest journal dedicated entirely to the issue of complementarianism. If you consider yourself a complementarian — and even if you don’t — I encourage you to make plans...

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Written by CBMW
Wednesday, 11 December 2019 05:13

Disney Adds Teen Gay Romance to its High School Musical Series

Disney seems to be leading the charge to change the way the world thinks about sexual immorality by launching continuous

The post Disney Adds Teen Gay Romance to its High School Musical Series appeared first on Reformation Charlotte.

Authors: Jeff Maples...

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Written by Jeff Maples
Wednesday, 11 December 2019 04:53

Equipping Eve: On Abiding and Bearing Fruit

Erin recently saw a church sign that read, “He is divine, we are dibranches.” Get it? It’s hokey, as almost all church signs are, but it does draw us to a fabulous passage of Scripture. Open your Bibles to John 15, ladies, and let’s talk abiding and fruit-bearing.

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Written by E Benz
Wednesday, 11 December 2019 04:46

Gay Nativity Scene Depicting Jesus with “Two Dads” Makes Waves Around the Internet

The whole “gay Christian” thing is a completely fabricated religion — there are no two ways about it. It’s made

The post Gay Nativity Scene Depicting Jesus with “Two Dads” Makes Waves Around the Internet appeared first on Reformation Charlotte.

Authors: Jeff Maples...

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Written by Jeff Maples
Wednesday, 11 December 2019 04:45

Funny contrast between English and German Christmas Hymns

Written by Ken Temple
Wednesday, 11 December 2019 04:40

Atheists Expose Themselves

Join Eric Hovind and Bryan Melugin live tonight at 8:00 EST / 7:00 CST / 6:00 MST / 5:00 PST and watch Atheists expose their faith in their own words!      Thanks for joining us. If you would like to get updates from Creation Today, sign up HERE. Thanks for reading,

Authors: Eric...

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Written by Eric Hovind
Wednesday, 11 December 2019 03:14

Why Hume Matters

The following excerpt is taken from David Hume by James N. Anderson (ISBN 978-1-62995-279-6) with permission from P&R Publishing Co, P.O. Box 817, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865 (www.prpbooks.com).

Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile runs from the Queen’s residence at Holyrood Palace up to...

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Written by James
Wednesday, 11 December 2019 03:12

The Mod | “Sculptor Spirit: Models of Sanctification from Spirit Christology” by Leopoldo A. Sánchez M.

Years ago, when I first began to read Lutheran theologians, I remember friends warning me to watch out. “Lutherans were weak on sanctification,” they said. But by that point it was too late. The work of Martin Luther had already begun to haunt me.  The wild and paradoxical claims...

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Written by Brooke Ventura
Wednesday, 11 December 2019 03:00

What is religious externalism? Featured

by Mike Ratliff

25 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside they are full of robbery and self-indulgence. 26 You blind Pharisee, first clean the inside of the cup and of the dish, so that the outside of it may become clean...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Wednesday, 11 December 2019 02:57

Charismatic Worship Artists, Kari Jobe Says She Was “Left in Tears” After Visit to White House

On December 6, Kari Jobe and her husband, Cody Carnes joined several New Apostolic Reformation cultists and charismatic leaders from

The post Charismatic Worship Artists, Kari Jobe Says She Was “Left in Tears” After Visit to White House appeared first on Reformation Charlotte.


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Written by Jeff Maples
Wednesday, 11 December 2019 01:39

Rebounding for Health?

For those who have been following this blog for any length of time, you know that I’ve shared details of my health restoration over the past six plus years. My intention is not to bore people with this information, but to enlighten.

What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy...

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Written by modres
Wednesday, 11 December 2019 01:33

An Encouraging Update about Pastor Tom Ascol Featured

We thank God for your prayers for Pastor Tom Ascol, President of Founders Ministries. He has shown more and more progress. He was able to walk a bit yesterday with assistance.

Many tests were run over these few days, but they have only ruled out various causes. The doctors say the bottom line is...

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Written by Travis McSherley
Wednesday, 11 December 2019 01:22

Tell Your Children About It

“Tell your children about it, let your children tell their children, and their children another generation.” Joel 1:3 

Authors: NCFIC Blog...

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