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, 26 July 2017 03:26

Internet Culture, Lone Ranger Christianity, And The Pornification Of Church Featured

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Why settle for the ugliness of a local church body when you can have a much more attractive online version instead?

Why gather with and commit to serving with a local bunch of often incredibly immature, confused, messed up, and biblically illiterate yahoos when you can instead bond...

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Written by FireBreathingChristian
Wednesday, 26 July 2017 03:10

A Twitter Exchange on Galatians 3:16

Galatians 3:16 is not an easy verse to understand. It has stumped many, many theologians. Paul’s argument, however, is actually very simple. He is making a distinction between the seed in Genesis 13:15 & 17:8 and the seed in Genesis 22:18. And he is, thereby, making a distinction between...

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Written by brandonadams
Wednesday, 26 July 2017 03:09

What goes around comes around

imageSometimes we need to know the history of our discipline better. In his brief bio of Kirsopp Lake in the Dictionary of Major Biblical Interpreters, J. K. Elliott writes,
The link between textual criticism and interpretation was one already made by Lake as early as 1904 with his study The Influence of...

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Written by Peter Gurry
Wednesday, 26 July 2017 03:00

Where Can We Find Authentic Comfort?

The Heidelberg Catechism has it right:

Question 1. What is thy only comfort in life and death?

Answer: That I with body and soul, both in life and death, am not my own, but belong unto my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ; who, with his precious blood, has fully satisfied for all my sins, and...

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Written by Jim
Wednesday, 26 July 2017 03:00

July 25, 2017 Show with Mack Tomlinson on “Redeem Your Tongue” AND “Why We Sing to God”

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July 25, 2017:

MACK TOMLINSON of Providence Chapel, Denton, TX, will speak on: “Redeem Your TONGUE” and “Why We SING to GOD” Pastor Tomlinson will also promote the FELLOWSHIP CONFERENCE NEW ENGLAND in PORTLAND, ME: (AUG. 3-5, 2017)

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Written by Eric Nielsen
Wednesday, 26 July 2017 02:58

Elmbrook Church: On The Fast Track Towards Egalitarianism Featured

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Elmbrook Church is a non-denominational, evangelical Christian megachurch located in the Milwaukee suburb of Brookfield, Wisconsin, in Waukesha County. Since the church’s founding in 1958, it has become one of the largest churches in the United States. Weekly church attendance averages 7,000,...

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Written by Richard Haas
Wednesday, 26 July 2017 02:39

Must purported revelation pass a moral test?

I'm going to comment on this essay:
Morriston, W. (2013) The Problem of Apparently Morally Abhorrent Divine Commands, in The Blackwell Companion to the Problem of Evil (eds J. P. McBrayer and D. Howard-Snyder), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford, UK.,ch10
Morriston is an atheist.
If God is...

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Written by steve
Wednesday, 26 July 2017 02:24

Playing Chess With the Cherubim Again

Time for a few more timely words on the goulash that is the Trump administration. I have to say frankly that I detest some of the ingredients, and the methods of the hash slinger in the back of this roadside greasy eating utensil are frequently open to question, and yet on the other hand I do like...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Wednesday, 26 July 2017 02:14

The Holy Spirit: Completing the Work of Christ in Us

[The Holy Spirit] comes because of the completed work of Christ for us and He comes to complete the work of Christ in us. [1] – Joseph Pipa

What is God doing in my life today, you may ask yourself? Take heart, because even today he is completing the work of Jesus Christ in the lives of...

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Written by James Faris
Wednesday, 26 July 2017 02:10

Cultural Analysis and Christian Engagement

Authors: Harry Edwards...

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Written by Harry Edwards
Wednesday, 26 July 2017 01:40

Genesis Movie Title

imageOfficial Title for the Genesis Movie! We are really close to making a huge announcement about the Genesis Movie! Can’t wait to share it with you. In the meantime, we have been having an internal discussion about the title for the film. Although the movie was designed with a certain title in...

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Written by Eric Hovind
Wednesday, 26 July 2017 01:38

Church, Slow Down The Video Crew

We need to film more stories with deep roots and thick trunks. Testimonies with some time on the tires. It’s good to celebrate professions of faith but we don’t need to rush a production for social media.

Everyone loves a good story of redemption. Our joy swells when we hear how someone...

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Written by J.A. Medders
Wednesday, 26 July 2017 00:51

Pictures of Jesus

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Why does God give us so many pictures of believing in Jesus? Why not just some philosophical treatise on faith, or some systematic theology of faith? Why illustrations? And why so many?

First, because faith is so hard. Unbelief comes naturally to us; faith is unnatural. Faith is so hard it has...

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Written by The Christward Collective
Wednesday, 26 July 2017 00:37

Book Review: God and the Transgender Debate

Walker, Andrew T. Walker.God and the Transgender Debate: What Does the Bible Actually Say About Gender Identity?. The Good Book Company, 2017. 174 pp.

Introduction

It finally happened. A boy attending our church’s Vacation Bible School asked to be called Elizabeth. The transgender issues...

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Written by Jon Canler
Wednesday, 26 July 2017 00:21

Addendum on “The Reasons for Marriage”

Yesterday’s post on John Cotton’s wedding sermon tells us something else worth remarking on, which I did not include yesterday.

If one wished to come up with a taxonomy for different ways of looking at marriage, one might call the view expressed in the Cotton excerpt the “social...

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Written by E.J. Hutchinson
Wednesday, 26 July 2017 00:00

The Danger of Obscuring the Text

As I was preparing to teach Romans again, I came across the following reminder from Doug Moo. 
The interpreter of Romans is faced with the danger that the text of what Paul himself wrote will become obscured by the reams and reams of material that other people have written about the text....

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Written by BibleX
Wednesday, 26 July 2017 00:00

Astronomer Guillermo Gonzalez lectures on intelligent design and habitability

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Since it’s eclipse time in America, I’ve posted a lecture that talks about intelligent design and eclipses. There are 5 video clips that make up the full lecture.

The playlist for all 5 clips is here.

About the speaker

Guillermo Gonzalez is an...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Wednesday, 26 July 2017 00:00

How to Be a Biblical Nonconformist

In this brief clip from his teaching series Pleasing God, R.C. Sproul explains the difference between superficial and biblical nonconformity.

Transcript

What tends to happen among Christians is they say, 'Well, we're going to show the world that we're different. And what we are going to do is we're...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 23:41

A.F. Segal: “The Other Judaisms of Late Antiquity”

I’m very pleased to have my gift-copy of the re-publication of some key works by Alan F. Segal in one handy volume:  The Other Judaisms of Late Antiquity,Second Edition, which now includes also his major essay, “Heavenly Ascent in Hellenistic Judaism, Early Christianity, and Their...

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Written by larryhurtado
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 22:46

Classic Theism: Worshiping the Immutable God

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Stephen Unthank
Jul 26, 2017
Beware the church that is always trying to make Christianity cool again; far more often than not, their hearts are preoccupied with what the world wants than what God wants. Of course it could be argued that Christianity has...

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Written by Stephen Unthank
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 22:41

Grammar and Normativity

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In Chapter 2 of Gwynne's Grammar,Nevile Gwynne claims that happiness is partly dependent upon good grammar:
  1. "If we don't use words rightly, we shall not think rightly"
  2. "If we do not think rightly, we cannot reliably decide rightly, because good decisions depend on accurate thinking"
  3. "If we do not...

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Written by Ben Holloway
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 22:30

Counseling Victims of Domestic Abuse

I try to read or listen to anything that Diane Langberg says in the areas of abuse and PTSD. Here’s a video of a lecture she gave on domestic abuse to the Christian Leaders Forum in Budapest. As Cry for Justice puts it:

In this talk, Diane condemns the way that many Christians...

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Written by David Murray
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 22:11

Mandates of Expository Preaching

image Article: Mandates of Expository Preaching by Eric Davis (original source here)

Expository preaching is that type of preaching which seeks to approach the word of God in a manner befitting of the God of the word. As such, its aim is to submit to the authorial intent of a passage, unpacking the...

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Written by John Samson
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 22:09

1st Mark of Salvation: Forgiven Souls Hate Sin

Forgiven souls HATE SIN. They can enter most fully into the words of our Communion Service, “The remembrance of sin is grievous unto them, and the burden of it is intolerable.” It is the serpent which bit them—how should they not shrink from it with horror?It is the poison which...

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Written by The J.C. Ryle Archive
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 21:59

DBG Spotlight (7-26-17)

This is a really good (audio) version of Elisabeth Elliot telling the story of Jim Elliot’s life, ministry, and martyrdom.

Four Sources of Discord in Your Church — This is a helpful article from Tim and one every church member should take to heart as we’re called to...

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Written by Josh Buice
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 21:55

Symbol of Chalcedon "A Summary" Featured

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series The Symbol of Chalcedon

When the council of Chalcedon met, a committee was appointed to finalize its statement of orthodoxy. The committee considered several documents that had been produced during the controversy between Cyril of Alexandria and Nestorius of...

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Written by Jared Longshore
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 21:27

Assurance

image This excerpt is taken from Can I Be Sure I’m Saved? by R.C. Sproul.

At a practical level, people who are struggling with their assurance of salvation often approach me and ask, “How can I know I am saved?” In response, I ask them three questions.

First I ask, “Do you love...

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Written by John Samson
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 21:23

 “A Critical Analysis of Bob Siedensticker’s “Dozen Responses to the Transcendental Argument for God”

Bob Siedensticker has a way of oversimplifying, well, just about every view that he disagrees with. Bob’s first step is to oversimplify, then misrepresent and equivocate if necessary, and then refute. When it comes to the transcendental argument for God (TAG), he remains consistent in his...

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Written by edingess
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 21:03

6 Things Elders Can Do to Encourage Ministers

Over the last 16 years in ministry, I have served under the leadership of some wonderful elders. They have done so many things to encourage and shepherd me. Sadly, some preachers get little to no encouragement from the elders under whom they serve. So I thought it might be helpful to share some of...

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Written by Wes
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 21:00

A Great Awakening

They were a remnant cut down… but not destroyed. After seventy years in Babylon, the Lord enlivens them to return to the land. It is a work of grace. It is an exodus. There are three exoduses in the Bible: From Egypt to the promised land in 1445bc; From Babylon...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 21:00

Four Sources of Discord in Your Church

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Every church is at every time in danger. Every church is in danger of disruption and disunity when Christian turns on Christian or Christian turns away from Christian. In Paul’s letter to Titus he offers four sources of discord and warns us to avoid them (“But avoid foolish...

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Written by Tim Challies
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 21:00

An Open Letter to the Person Caring for a Loved One with Dementia

July 26, 2017 by: John Dunlop, MDimage

Taking responsibility for the care of a person suffering from any stage of dementia can be one of the greatest challenges of life. But there are not only challenges. There are also opportunities; opportunities to serve unselfishly in the way our Lord serves...

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Written by John Dunlop, MD
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 20:51

The Dangers of “Changing” Genders

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With the insanity of the transgender movement, and its growing acceptance with Americans and enforcement by the government, a prominent medical organization has weighed in to set the record straight.  This morning we cover a report by The American College of Pediatrics that says assisting...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 20:32

Misrepresentation: Do Presuppositionalists conflate the moral depravity in the Bible with human reasoning?

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The last two weeks seems to have more internet controversies against Presuppositional apologetics from various quarters.  I think it is always unfortunate when Christians misrepresent other Christians and in this post I want to deal with an objection against Presuppositional apologetics.

I have...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 20:10

A La Carte (July 26)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a few Christian titles as well as a collection of award-winning general market books.

Be sure to check out the deals this week from Westminster Books.

12 Spurgeon Quotes for When Parenting Feels Hard

We can all use some encouragement from time to time.

Our Cultural...

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Written by Tim Challies
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 20:00

New Film, Exit, from Living Waters Available for Download

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Depression is reaching epidemic levels in our culture. You likely know someone—a friend, colleague, or family member, perhaps even yourself—who struggles with depression or despair. Every day hundreds of thousands of people worldwide will take their own lives, thinking they have no...

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Written by Ken Ham
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 20:00

Mark: Lesson 11

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Mark- Lesson 11

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Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 20:00

Video: Is Christianity Bad News for Women? by Amy Orr-Ewing

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"In a talk given in Australia, Amy Orr-Ewing examines how Christianity really relates to women and if negative perceptions are truly deserved.Amy looks at three challenges facing women today – objectification, self-objectification and sexual violence – and considers what Christianity...

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Written by Chad
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 20:00

There Be Dragons

I live in Arizona and have friends and family in California, so a couple times a year I head out the I-10 and back to make a visit. There is, on that route, a small town in the California desert called Desert Center. Strange town, but beside the point. At its off ramp there is a ridge on the other...

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Written by Winging It
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 20:00

Why Go to College Anyway?

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The University is a wonderful thing, but as we saw on Monday, there are many students were not prepared for the rigors of academic life that accompanies this level of education. Consequently, the students become overwhelmed when they realize that perhaps they are not as prepared as they ought to be....

 

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Written by Zak Schmoll
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 20:00

Creating a Just and Good Healthcare System

On June 3rd, 2017, I gave a talk to theMaryland chapterof theAmerican Solidarity Party.The original text of my talk is below the video.

If there’s one thing everyone can agree on in American politics in 2017, it’s that our healthcare system does not work as it should. We spend more...

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Written by Matthew Loftus
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 20:00

Our Cultural Waterloo Featured

Tradition ascribes to the Duke of Wellington the saying that the Battle of Waterloo was won on the playing fields of Eton. Today, I suspect the cultural Battle of Waterloo will be won—or lost—on the campuses of Christian colleges, and that in two ways.

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Written by First Things RSS Feed - Carl R. Trueman
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 20:00

Counsel for Loving Same-Sex-Attracted Christians

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An article in Christianity Today written by Bekah Mason provides some very helpful counsel for how Christians can love and be supportive of other Christians who experience same-sex attraction.

Mason answers the question: “So how can we better hold law and grace in an effective tension that...

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Written by Melinda Penner
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 19:47

A Gospeled Church

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Jared Wilson:

May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus. — Romans 15:5

The gospel cannot puff us up. It cannot make us prideful. It cannot make us selfish. It cannot make us arrogant. It cannot make us rude....

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Written by Peter Cockrell
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 19:11

Four Reasons Job Stumbled

Job started so well. His faith was as invulnerable to Satan’s onslaughts as a turtle snuggled up inside its shell is to the frantic pawings of a dog. Job tucked his head and feet inside his faith in God and said, “The Lord gives, the Lord takes away. Blessed be the name of the...

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Written by Paul Tautges