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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Sunday, 07 December 2014 14:01

Monday Music - The Wexford Carol, with Yo-Yo Ma and Alison Krauss

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Wednesday, 03 December 2014 14:01

Briefly? We're never safe

Gurnall expounds another time — or a pair of times — which Satan finds advantageous for the attack:
Fifthly, After great manifestations of God’s love, then the tempter comes. Such is the weak constitution of grace, that it can neither well bear smiles nor frowns from God...

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Written by DJP
Tuesday, 02 December 2014 20:07

Christmas tracts

In short: does anyone know any really good ones — readable, pointed, Christ-centered, from the perspective of the doctrines of grace, affirming God's sovereignty in salvation?Share, and (this is the part people forget) explain why you like the tract. Anecdotes are especially welcome.
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Written by DJP
Sunday, 30 November 2014 14:01

Monday music - Charlie Brown Christmas music, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones

Only wish the quality were better:

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Written by DJP
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 02:46

God's Word and Spirit

Let us give thanks to the Word that makes us wise unto salvation (2 Tim. 3:15), sets us free (John 8:31-32), brings us to life (1 Pet. 1:23), nourishes us (1 Pet. 2:2), keeps us on God's path (2 Tim. 3:16), gives us assurance (1 John 5:13), keeps us from sin (Psalm 119:11), keeps us from error...

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Written by Proclaiming the Gospel Blog: PTG Blog
Sunday, 23 November 2014 20:00

The Doctrine of Hell

I spent some time in October examining eternity and writing on how our belief in the existence of heaven should shape the decisions we make in everyday life. You can read those Articles here: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5.

I can?t write about the doctrine of eternity and only discuss...

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Sunday, 16 November 2014 20:00

Dreams Have Direction

Last week I told you the story of my young son playing with his imaginary best friend in the backyard. This week I want to tell you the story of another dreamer with the last name Tripp.

My Dream

Back when I pastored in Scranton, one thing our families desperately needed was a better education...

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Monday, 10 November 2014 01:11

You May Say I'm A Dreamer

Many years ago, I was a young pastor in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and Luella and I had two small boys. One day I noticed Ethan playing alone in the backyard, so I went to spend time with my son.

I said, ?Ethan, what are you doing out here all by yourself? Do you want somebody to play with??

Ethan...

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Wednesday, 05 November 2014 05:58

Baptist Accepts Pope's Invitation

Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, has accepted an invitation from Pope Francis to join him for a colloquium on marriage and the family. He defended his participation in an event, that many would say is led by a false prophet...

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Written by Proclaiming the Gospel Blog: PTG Blog
Sunday, 02 November 2014 20:00

Delayed Gratification

Throughout the month of October, we've been studying what I call the best worship service ever ? the raucous celebration recorded for us in Revelation 19:6-8.

I wanted to eavesdrop on eternity and listen to the voices of those on the other side, because I'm deeply persuaded that their perspective on...

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Friday, 31 October 2014 05:24

Mike Calls Kirk Cameron to Repent

Kirk Cameron, who has been making appearances promoting a new documentary film, is now being called to repentance after raising concerns by statements he made encouraging Christians to celebrate Halloween. Cameron, best known his role as Mike Seaver on the 80’s TV sitcom Growing Pains, is on...

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Written by Proclaiming the Gospel Blog: PTG Blog
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 10:44

Second Timothy 2 and Unbelief

I recently encountered a comment on 2Tim which asserted that this passage precludes “protracted arguments with unbelievers.” The verse cited as proof of this was 2 Timothy 2:14. Unfortunately, there was no argument accompanying this statement. The additional statement was made that...

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Written by RazorsKiss
Monday, 27 October 2014 21:00

Glory Reorientation

The past three weeks we've been examining the "best worship service ever" found in Revelation 19:6-8. Here's what we've learned so far:

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Tuesday, 21 October 2014 23:19

Love, the master-affection in God and man

I am reading through Gurnall, and was struck by this passage:
The dear love he beareth to his saints engageth his power. He that hath God’s heart cannot want his arm. Love in the creature commands all the other affections, sets all the powers of the whole man on work; thus in God, love sets...

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Written by DJP
Sunday, 19 October 2014 21:00

Worship Reclamation

The past two weeks we've been studying the "best worship service ever" found in Revelation 19:6-8. By eavesdropping on eternity, we're reminded of what's truly important in this life and what we won?t be celebrating in eternity.

The voices of those in the great multitude certainly help us with Value...

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Sunday, 12 October 2014 08:00

Value Clarification

Last week I wrote about Five Important Things to remember during our days on this earth. If we remember God, God?s reign, God?s glory, God?s invitation, and God?s grace, it can radically transform the way we live in the here and now.

I was inspired (and challenged) by the voices of those in great...

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Sunday, 05 October 2014 21:00

Five Important Things

The Book of Revelation can be confusing and potentially intimidating. Many would prefer a simple Psalm or Proverb with our morning cup of coffee instead of the eschatological numbers, symbols and creatures that populate the final pages of Scripture.

All that imagery has significant meaning and...

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Monday, 29 September 2014 00:00

Eight Actions In Death

Last week I wrote to you about death, a horrible, unnatural, unpredictable, and yet completely unavoidable human experience. I gave you four theological principles to remember when death enters your door.

I believe that all theology is practical theology. If you “study God” – which...

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Sunday, 21 September 2014 21:00

Four Principles About Death

I live in Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love. Sadly, Philadelphia doesn?t have a great reputation for loving others. Our sports fans don?t always give us a great name, but I think our homicide rate does enough convincing.

So far in 2014, the Philadelphia Police Department has reported 179...

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Friday, 19 September 2014 00:16

Standing our Ground: But Not Because of Tradition

While it might be politic to cite the opinion of someone whose idea of things is, at least superficially, similar to our own, that doesn’t negate the requirement to examine that opinion with an eye toward the presuppositional commitments of the one expressing it.  When we, as Reformed...

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Written by RazorsKiss
Thursday, 18 September 2014 16:26

The Mystery of the Shemitah: Is it real?

THE MYSTERY OF THE SHEMITAH: Is it real?

The Mystery of the Shemitah by Jonathan Cahn (Lake Mary, Florida: FrontLine, Charisma Media / Charisma House Book Group, 2014) 275 pp. paper 16.99

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The Harbinger by Jonathan Cahn became the #1 Christian book of 2012, set publishing records,...

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Written by David James
Thursday, 18 September 2014 07:09

A Fond Farewell, but not Goodbye

BK is officially retiring from active contribution here at the site. Brian Knapp has always been the man with a plan here at CH – and his wisdom and patience have always been a wonderful example.  He isn’t leaving entirely, however.  He is a good friend to us...

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Written by RazorsKiss
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 04:31

DON'T BE A PASTOR IF YOU DON'T WANT TO BE A PASTOR

image In his book, "A Continuous Harmony: Essays Cultural and Agricultural," Wendell Berry writes, Because of the obsession with short-term results that may be contained with the terms and demands of a single life, the interest of community is displaced by the interest of career.  The c...

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Written by Chris Gordon
Sunday, 14 September 2014 21:00

Camping

Camping isn't my favorite hobby. I enjoy biking, painting, and writing poetry, but I'll pass on living in a tent.

I?ve been camping before, and within a few hours of arriving at the site, I begin to get pessimistic. I look around and see all the potential problems that will arise over the next few...

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Written by Articles | Paul Tripp Updates
Thursday, 11 September 2014 02:58

Quote of the day

"Naturalism does not give you unalienable rights." ~Ravi Zacharias

Authors: Debunking Atheists...

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Tuesday, 09 September 2014 22:43

No Christ, No Service, Please!

The following blog was written by my dear sister-in-Christ, Shauna Lopez, who I had the pleasure of ministering with at a Dallas abortion clinic. Her insights into the false religion of Catholicism are profound! Aas we engaged Catholics with the Gospel, it was heartbreaking to see how Satan uses...

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Written by Proclaiming the Gospel Blog: PTG Blog
Thursday, 04 September 2014 13:25

On Proper Analysis – Scott Terry and VanTillianFire

The author, Aaron Dale, at the blog “Van Tillian Fire,” has written a critique of my much-critiqued “Dear Sye” post.  For reasons unbeknownst to me, he neglected to read the post of the following day, “The Shattered Stained Glass Window”, as well as the post...

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Written by RazorsKiss
Thursday, 04 September 2014 06:12

Van Tilian Turf Wars (Part 2)

Presuppositionalists are sticklers for sound apologetic methodology. But how is sound apologetic methodology discerned? Presuppositional proclivities preclude the vast majority of classical or evidentialist approaches to apologetics. That much is clear. But how does one determine who is right and...

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Written by C. L. Bolt
Thursday, 04 September 2014 01:07

The Identical — movie review

Movie: The Identical
Length: 107 min
Rated: PG
Starring: Amanda Crew, Ashley Judd, Seth Green, Ray Liotta, Joe Pantoliano, Blake RayneDirector:Dustin Marcellino
imageI was offered screening tickets on this movie, which will be released tomorrow, September 5, 2014. The trailer looked iffy...

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Written by DJP
Wednesday, 03 September 2014 13:14

A Presuppositional Devotion

image It is interesting to come across some very presuppositional teaching from people who don’t really fly the flag and I like to note it when I do. August 10, 2014 “For the Love of God” devotional by D. A. Carson was one such devotional. I especially appreciated his call for people...

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Written by defectivebit
Monday, 01 September 2014 21:00

Bible Study Struggles

I have a confession to make. It?s embarrassing and humbling, but I?m willing to make it publicly: I?m not always excited about reading and studying the Bible.

I go through periods of what I would call spiritual boredom, when the ?old, old story? just isn?t very exciting to me. On my worst days,...

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Sunday, 31 August 2014 13:43

The Inveterate Incoherency of Race

Here is the problem, at root.  We talk about race – but what do we mean when we say that?  If that question sounds familiar, it should!  Before we can address the issue, we need to define the issue.  So first, what is meant by race, but secondly, from whence do we get it?...

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Written by RazorsKiss
Friday, 29 August 2014 22:52

Two Paths to Eternity

One is narrow and leads to life (Mat. 7:14) the other is broad and leads to destruction (Mat. 7:13) One is guided by pure truth (1 Jn 2:21) the other is by distortions of the truth (Gal. 1:6-9) One path sets men free (John 8:31-32) the other holds men in bondage (2 Tim. 2:26) One...

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Written by Proclaiming the Gospel Blog: PTG Blog
Friday, 29 August 2014 00:26

Tragic Response to Tragedy

Tragic Response to Tragedy
Slain U.S. journalist James Foley was living his Catholic faith by bringing images of people suffering from war and oppressive when he was murdered. During the sacrifice of the Mass in his honor, Bishop Libasci of New Hampshire used this tragedy to deceive people about the...

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Written by Proclaiming the Gospel Blog: PTG Blog
Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:45

Mixed Marriages and Compromised Truth

Have you noticed what usually happens when a Catholic marries a Protestant? Nine out of ten times, the Protestant converts to Catholicism. This has always baffled me. Protestants, who embrace the truth of the Bible, are the first ones to compromise their faith, while Catholics, who are...

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Written by Proclaiming the Gospel Blog: PTG Blog
Tuesday, 26 August 2014 16:40

Francois Tremblay as Philosophical Flat-Earther

Classical foundationalism is dead. But that does not stop foolish atheists like Francois Tremblay from continuing to promote such an outdated epistemological starting point. Francois Tremblay is an atheist who complains about, “Chris Bolt, who wrote a rant against the principle that,...

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Written by C. L. Bolt
Tuesday, 26 August 2014 10:00

Van Tilian Turf Wars (Part 1)

At least three types of Van Tilian presuppositionalists have emerged from the recent surge in popularity of presuppositionalism.

Fundamentalist

The first group are the fundamentalists. Fundamentalists are not necessarily to be identified with fundamentalism in general, but rather with fundamentalist...

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Written by C. L. Bolt
Sunday, 24 August 2014 21:00

Three Gospels for Anxiety

I?m a planner by nature. I line projects up months in advance and systematically knock them down. I try to work quickly and efficiently through my day and get as many things done as I can.

I didn?t choose to operate with that mentality; God hardwired me to work that way, and by his grace, I?ve been...

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Written by Articles | Paul Tripp Updates
Thursday, 21 August 2014 06:25

Introduction to Apologetics Seminary Course

Lord willing, I will be teaching AP8521 Introduction to Apologetics at the Huntsville, Alabama extension center for Birmingham Theological Seminary on Monday nights from 7:30-9:30pm starting in September. Please find more details at http://birminghamseminary.org/ and pass this information along to...

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Written by C. L. Bolt
Sunday, 17 August 2014 21:00

Need and Desire

Last week I argued that it?s not human responsibility to define human need, giving three reasons why it?s better to let the Creator choose. Today I want to continue on that theme and further show the dangers of letting people name their needs.

You and I tend to say we need things that we don?t...

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Sunday, 17 August 2014 08:23

Was Jesus Asking Us to Eat His Flesh Literally?

Jesus said, "Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood you have no life In you.” Are these words from John 6:53 to be taken literally or figuratively? The Roman Catholic Church teaches that Jesus was speaking literally. This literal interpretation forms the foundation for...

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Written by Proclaiming the Gospel Blog: PTG Blog
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 13:44

A Common Thread

image There seems to be a common thread in presupp encounters all across the web these days. I’ve seen it on Twitter, in chat rooms, in FaceBook discussion groups, and on podcasts.  It’s everywhere, and it’s growing, which is what concerns me.  That thread is the use of...

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Written by BK
Sunday, 10 August 2014 21:00

Defining Your Needs

I?ve been spending some time reflecting on Jesus? teaching from Matthew 6. I?ve laid out 3 Treasure Principles; I?ve explained the Exclusivity of Treasure Pursuit; and I?ve discussed some applications of Earth-Bound Parenting. Today I want to talk about the word ?need? found in verse 32.

?Therefore...

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Saturday, 09 August 2014 05:30

Before and after

How running* can help demonstrate to your metaphysics class the difference between a thick particular and a thin particular:

Before:

(2008)

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After:

(2011)

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*for a year in 2011, in my living room, while watching MI-5.

This has been a public service announcement…

(And please, don’t ask me to take...

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Written by Greg Welty
Monday, 04 August 2014 21:00

Earth-Bound Parenting

One of my favorite passages in all of Scripture is Matthew 6:19-33.

Jesus covers so many important principles that I could probably prepare an extensive sermon series on these few verses alone. In fact, I?ve recently covered this passage with Articles like 3 Treasure Principles and The Exclusivity...

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Written by Articles | Paul Tripp Updates
Saturday, 02 August 2014 05:43

True Iglesia Articles

Chat channel regular cco3 has been hard at work since the launch of his website True Iglesia making short articles to address the various claims made by the Filipino organization known as the Iglesia ni Cristo. Be sure to share them, especially with your Filipino friends.

http://www.trueiglesia.org/a...

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Written by defectivebit
Monday, 28 July 2014 21:00

The Exclusivity of Treasure Pursuit

The Bible is an extreme book.

Let me rephrase that: for human beings with a selfish heart and a finite understanding, the Bible can be an extreme book. The Bible isn?t extreme for God; He wrote it! But because we interpret life through a corrupt and limited lens, the principles and commands in the...

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Written by Articles | Paul Tripp Updates
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 08:54

Are You a Toto?

Do you ever feel like you're a Toto?  You know the little dog who pulled back the curtain and revealed the true "wizard" in the movie "The Wizard of Oz." Here is the scene:https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=v0rc_XzxiTg
In the evangelical world, there are so many...

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Written by Jenna
Monday, 21 July 2014 21:00

A Commentary On Sin

Last week I shared an excerpt from Martin Luther on sin and repentance. Today I've compiled some more comments on sin, this time from 21 different theologians, authors, philosophers and politicians.

Some are contemporary; others are ancient. Some are from your culture; others are from the opposite...

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Monday, 21 July 2014 07:21

God is unity.

I have been reading through John Gill’s works on the nature and attributes of God, and am struck with how perfect and united all of God’s attributes are.

Consider a few examples:

God is infinite: God is without bounds, immeasurable, uncontained and without limits. This necessitates two...

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Written by Nextor