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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Thursday, 20 July 2017 19:00

DBG Weekend Spotlight (7-21-17)

Take a moment (2 min.) to watch the short promo of the 2018 G3 Conference.  Pass it along to your friends by sharing it on Facebook and hopefully—we will see you in Atlanta in January.

Creationism support is at a new low. The reason should give us hope — The Young Earth...

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Written by Josh Buice
Thursday, 20 July 2017 19:00

Four keys to reading (and teaching) the Psalms

Stretching from the time of Moses (Psalm 90) to the exile of Israel (Psalm 126 or 137), the Psalms as we know them—150 songs ordered in five books—took a long time to write. So, how do we read them in their historical context? What is their historical context? And how do we sing...

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Written by David Schrock
Thursday, 20 July 2017 18:59

Is Your Gospel an Urban Legend?

Written by: Jared C. Wilson

imageWhen our children were itty-bitty we made believe that Santa Claus was real. The excitement for Christmas morning always built up, as our girls couldn’t wait to see what gifts jolly ol’ Saint Nick was going to bring them. Then this illusion came crashing down...

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Written by Jared C. Wilson
Thursday, 20 July 2017 18:49

Christian Worldview: What Does It Mean to Be “In the World” but Not “Of the World”?

image Some time ago, my wife and I watched an episode of a comedy series hosted on Netflix. Within a few minutes we became increasingly uncomfortable with the language and content of the humor. Don’t get me wrong, it was hilarious, and as a cop, crude, vulgar humor has been a part of my everyday...

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Written by jwallace
Thursday, 20 July 2017 18:42

Does God Predestine Sin?

God brought the greatest good the world has ever known out of the most horrifying sin the world has ever seen. And it was His plan from before creation.

Audio Transcript

So we want a handle on how to manage this paradox or mystery, that God forbids things he brings about, and God commands things that...

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Written by John Samson
Thursday, 20 July 2017 18:00

Nuggets from An Urgent Call to a Serious Faith by Dave Hunt - God, Savior, or Servant?

July 21, 2017
Nuggets from An Urgent Call to a Serious Faith by Dave Hunt – God, Savior, Servant? How can God be the only Savior, yet Jesus Christ is the only Savior? And how can God call the Savior His...

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Written by tbc staff - bl
Thursday, 20 July 2017 18:00

Are You on the Foolish, Shameful Path to Victory?

Editor’s note:In this post, Eric Landry, drawing upon the story of Jacob, shares his pastoral wisdom about discipleship and the Christian life. In the story of Jacob, God gives Jacob a wound leaving him with a limp. This weakness in Jacob was a sign of God’s power and Jacobs ongoing...

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Written by Staff
Thursday, 20 July 2017 18:00

Searching for God

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33)

These are days when few people seem satisfied. Everyone seems to be searching for something—for riches, power, health, adventure, fame, peace, conquests, or...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Thursday, 20 July 2017 18:00

Friday’s Featured Sermon: “Holy Affections” Featured

How do you know that you’re truly saved? That’s a vexing question for many churchgoers.

And as John MacArthur rightly points out, the modern epidemic of decision-based evangelism has only served to escalate the confusion.

We have this new and bizarre idea that if you go through some...

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Written by Grace to You Blog
Thursday, 20 July 2017 17:03

Authority: Right or Wrong?

Reynold Lemp

FrontLine• September/October 2007

Authorityand chain of commandare terms we use when we are referring to “who is in charge.” It may be a grocery store owner, a Little League ball team manager, or a big manufacturing executive. God Himself, and only God, established...

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Written by Reynold Lemp
Thursday, 20 July 2017 17:00

Creativity, Theology, the New Earth, and This Year’s Canvas Conference (It’s Not Too Late to Register!)

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I highly recommend you attend or send someone to the Canvas Conference coming up August 11-12, in Portland, Oregon. I spoke at last year’s conference, and it was incredibly refreshing to see young creatives assemble in a place where God was exalted, sound doctrine elevated, and the...

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Written by Randy Alcorn
Thursday, 20 July 2017 16:59

McCune on Landmarkism

Some Baptists (e.g., Landmark Baptists) insist that the only ekklesia in the New Testament is a local church. Every usage, according to them, refers to the local church, individually or collectively. However, this view runs up against serious problems. For instance, it cannot successfully interpret...

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Written by Kevin T. Bauder
Thursday, 20 July 2017 16:15

Straub on Building a Theological Library

Central Seminary’s own Jeff Straub has a pair of essays up at the Credo Magazine blog on “Building a Theological Library.” Jeff should know! The first essay is about electronic libraries; the second is about print libraries.

Essay 1

Essay 2

Filed under: Faculty Publications, Library,...

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Written by Kevin T. Bauder
Thursday, 20 July 2017 16:04

A Requiem for Friendship

Anthony Esolen writes eloquently for Touchstone Magazine about pansexualism, philosophy of language, and how contemporary sexual openness has brought an end to serious male friendships. This essay is a bit longer to read, but its implications are profound.

By now the reader must see the point. I...

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Written by Kevin T. Bauder
Thursday, 20 July 2017 16:00

GOD’S LIVING WORDS OF TRUTH, HOPE, ENCOURAGEMENT, OR WARNINGS, TO START YOUR DAY

INTRODUCTION – FOR THOSE WHO ARE NEW TO THIS SERIES Because there seems to be such a lack of emphasis on God’s Word these days, I wanted to start a new series that will simply focus on God’s Word. So, Lord willing, at the beginning of each and every day I will just be sharing...

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Written by Mary/Living For His Glory
Thursday, 20 July 2017 15:34

Gospel Filled Hearts Produce Life Giving Words

Written by: Scotty Smith

A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart. Luke 6:45 (NLT)

Lord Jesus, this Scripture is the bottom line,...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Thursday, 20 July 2017 15:30

The ‘forked tongue’ of Hillsong and ‘genuine’ Carl Lentz (Part 6)

In part one of this series, we highlighted how Carl Lentz tries to “uncool” himself and his Hillsong church in America.

The ‘forked tongue’ of Hillsong and the ‘genuine’ Carl Lentz (Part 1).

In part two of this series, we heard ‘uncool’ Carl Lentz...

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Written by churchwatcher
Thursday, 20 July 2017 15:12

Your Mom Has a Blog Podcast, Episode 37

Well, we’re back! This week we talk about our vacation, Teen Vogue, a kidney transplant, sleeping in church, and more! Click here to go to my Facebook page and enter the giveaway we talk about!

Authors: Melissa...

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Written by Melissa
Thursday, 20 July 2017 15:05

July 21: Rev. John Livingstone [1603-1672]

One biographical entry lists under John Livingstone’s name that of “revivalist preacher.” And there is no doubt, as John Howie put it in The Scots Worthies, that there has been none whose labors in the Gospel have been more remarkably blessed with the outpouring of the Spirit in...

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Written by davidtmyers
Thursday, 20 July 2017 15:05

5 Ways to Encourage Your Pastor While Pursuing Ministry

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In the kind providence of God, I’ve had the opportunity to serve under a faithful pastor in the local church. As I near the end of my seminary degree, I reflect on ways the Lord was good to reveal numerous ways to encourage my pastor as I wait to begin ministry. By God’s grace, I have...

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Written by Steven Leatherbury
Thursday, 20 July 2017 15:00

The Doorway to the Kingdom

Blessed are the poor in spirit… —Matthew 5:3

Beware of thinking of our Lord as only a teacher. If Jesus Christ is only a teacher, then all He can do is frustrate me by setting a standard before me I cannot attain. What is the point of presenting me with such a lofty ideal if I cannot...

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Written by RSS | My Utmost For His Highest
Thursday, 20 July 2017 15:00

Judges 4; Acts 8; Jeremiah 17; Mark 3

Written by: Don Carson

Judges 4; Acts 8; Jeremiah 17; Mark 3

THE CONVERSION OF THE Ethiopian eunuch (Acts 8:26-40) marks an important extension of the Gospel across several barriers.

We need to understand who he was. He was "an important official in charge of all the treasury of Candace, queen of the...

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Written by Don Carson
Thursday, 20 July 2017 15:00

Why We Sing With The Lights On

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I’m a pastor at a church plant primarily comprised of Millenials in an up-and-coming city. Our church is a prime candidate for loud, attractive music sung in a dimly lit room with an impressive worship team. Yet the music sung in our service isn’t loud, not necessarily attractive,...

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Written by Ronni Kurtz
Thursday, 20 July 2017 15:00

Is Romanism Christianity?

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(About this series)

CHAPTER VI IS ROMANISM CHRISTIANITY?

BY T. W. MEDHURST, GLASGOW, SCOTLAND

I am aware that, if I undertake to prove that Romanism is not Christianity, I must expect to be called “bigoted, harsh, uncharitable.” Nevertheless I am not daunted; for I believe that on a right...

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Written by SharperIron
Thursday, 20 July 2017 14:21

Whose Side Are You On Anyway? Featured

We have all seen it and experienced it: people who claim to be Christians who attack and criticise other Christians, all the while defending and promoting manifestly anti-Christian ideas, practices, organisations, agendas and individuals. They will actually side with the Christophobes and...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Thursday, 20 July 2017 14:01

Preeminent Victory

JULY 21
Preeminent Victory
“Whatever is born of God overcomes the world.” 1 JOHN 5:4

The Overcomer demonstrates the preeminence of Christ over sin, self, and satan. How is preeminence demonstrated if we are still trying to fight our way to victory? We must stand in victory, not battle for...

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Written by Chip Brogden
Thursday, 20 July 2017 14:00

$5 Friday: Baptism, the Cross, Heaven

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It's time for our weekly $5 Friday sale. This week's resources include such topics as baptism, assurance, Christ, God's law, heaven, faith, Scripture, Psalm 51, Islam, and more.

Sale runs through 12:01 a.m. — 11:59 p.m. Friday ET.

View today's $5 Friday sale items.

Authors: Nathan W. Bingham...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Thursday, 20 July 2017 12:26

Msgr. Swetland’s confusions

Msgr. Stuart Swetland is a theologian and the president of Donnelly College. You might recall that, almost a year ago, he gained some notoriety for his bizarre opinion that having a positive view of Islam is nothing less than a requirement of Catholic orthodoxy....

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Written by Edward Feser
Thursday, 20 July 2017 12:13

Anticipate Heaven

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Christian, anticipate heaven...Within little time you will be rid of all your trials and your troubles. –C.H. Spurgeon

Read Today’s Devotional

  Listen to, Man and Woman in Biblical Perspective (Part 1 of 4)

Modern philosophy views gender as an irrelevant fact of...

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Written by TFL
Thursday, 20 July 2017 11:45

His Mercy is More

-Worship Leader: Matt Boswell -Choir: Boyce College Choir -Piano: Jonny Barahona -Cello: Lincoln Wiseman

HIS MERCY IS MORE

What love could remember no wrongs we have done Omniscient, all knowing, He counts not their sum Thrown into a sea without bottom or shore Our sins they are many, His mercy is...

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Written by John Samson
Thursday, 20 July 2017 11:42

Amillennialism and the Age to Come—A Critical Review

A 16 part response by Dr. Sam Waldron found at this link.

Authors: John Samson...

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Written by John Samson
Thursday, 20 July 2017 11:00

Weekly PIE night.

It’s easy to find excuses not to witness by yourself, so find a partner or two and encourage one another in your evangelistic endeavors. Form ties with godly men and women who are liked-minded about the necessity to reach the lost and make plans to go out “fishing” on a regular...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Thursday, 20 July 2017 10:51

Why I Love the Evening Service (And You Can Too)

Written by: Kevin DeYoung

imageMy whole life I've gone to church Sunday morning and Sunday evening.

My parents took us to church and Sunday school on Sunday morning, and they always took us back on Sunday evening. We even went when the Bears were in the Super Bowl. The crowd was much smaller than Sunday...

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Written by Kevin DeYoung
Thursday, 20 July 2017 10:30

What Andrew Jackson Could Teach Donald Trump about Religion

Written by: Justin Taylor

We are pleased to run this guest post by Dr. Miles Smith IV, assistant professor of history at Regent University and a historian of the South and Atlantic world, specializing in the Nineteenth Century United States. You can follow him on Twitter at @I...

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Written by Justin Taylor
Thursday, 20 July 2017 09:53

Friendship With The World Is Enmity With God: A Call For Biblical Discernment Regarding Beth Moore.

“Do not be deceived: ‘Bad company ruins good morals.'”  -1 Corinthians 15:33 

Our culture is rife with false teachers, charlatans peddling compromised and even unbiblical doctrine, who are more concerned with entertainment and story telling than they are with preaching...

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Written by brianschoonmaker
Thursday, 20 July 2017 09:39

“Evolution has answered the question of where we came from. There is no need for ignorant ancient myths anymore.”

Atheist Objection # 10 Is this actually the case? Has evolutionary theory answered the question of where we came from. Bob argues: “I simply say that science has a remarkable track record for teaching us about reality, while religion has taught us absolutely nothing. Religion makes...

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Written by edingess
Thursday, 20 July 2017 09:17

5 Ways to Convince College Students That Free Speech Matters

In recent days, college students have shouted down, pepper-sprayed, punched and otherwise shut down the campus guests whose ideas they considered offensive.

The most prominent recent cases have included Milo Yiannopoulos (University of California, Berkeley), Charles Murray (Middlebury College), and H...

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Written by Bruce Ashford
Thursday, 20 July 2017 08:04

A High View of Marriage Includes Divorce

The following article is a guest post by Rebecca VanDoodewaard, author of Uprooted: A Guide for Homesick Christians and Your Future ‘Other Half’: It Matters Whom You MarryShe is married to William VanDoodewaard, Professor of Church History at Puritan Theological...

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Written by Barry York
Thursday, 20 July 2017 07:39

Gray Havens at Wordsmithy

The good folks coordinating Wordsmithy have added The Gray Havens to the lineup. They will be performing a kick-off Wordsmithy concert on Wednesday September 20th, along with teaching a couple of workshops the following day. And of course, we will have our regulars on tap as well. The...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Thursday, 20 July 2017 07:34

[Common Places]: 9.5 Theses Concerning Our End

Common Places has been a regular column on the Zondervan Academic blog with a focus on systematic theology. The loci communes or “common places” of Christian theology, drawn out of the Scriptures and organized in a manner suitable to their exposition in the church and the academy, have...

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Written by Michael Allen and Scott Swain, editors of Common Places
Thursday, 20 July 2017 07:34

ANTICHRIST: Pope Francis Tells Catholics In Rome That A ‘Personal Relationship’ With Jesus Is ‘Dangerous And Harmful’

The video in this article shows proof-positive, once and for all, that Pope Francis and the Vatican Whore are the absolute, sworn enemies of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Make this video go viral and expose for all time the Vatican agenda to send your soul to Hell.

“Little...

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Written by Geoffrey Grider
Thursday, 20 July 2017 07:33

Book Blurbs: Reading Romans with Luther, by RJ Grunewald

Concordia Seminary, St. Louis alumnus RJ Grunewald discusses his new book, Reading Romans with Luther, with Erik Herrmann, director of the Seminary’s Center for Reformation Research. Organized by significant themes in Romans, Reading Romans with Luther offers highlights from Luther’s...

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Written by Editor
Thursday, 20 July 2017 07:31

The ‘forked tongue’ of Hillsong and ‘genuine’ Carl Lentz (Part 5)

In part one of this series, we highlighted how Carl Lentz tries to “uncool” himself and his Hillsong church in America.

The ‘forked tongue’ of Hillsong and the ‘genuine’ Carl Lentz (Part 1).

In part two of this series, we heard ‘uncool’ Carl Lentz...

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Written by churchwatcher
Thursday, 20 July 2017 07:10

A Scriptural Case for the Deity of Christ/Interaction with a Proposal for the Government to “Study” Islam

Only an hour today, but the first half was focused on the deity of Christ (interrupted by failing light strips in the studio!) and the second was focused upon a GOP proposal to identify “peaceful teaching Muslims” from those preaching violence.  Basically, I really don’t want...

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Written by James White
Thursday, 20 July 2017 07:01

You Get the Idea That Reading Is Prized There

If you are interested — and why would you not be? — a link is here.

The post You Get the Idea That Reading Is Prized There appeared first on Blog & Mablog.

Authors: Douglas Wilson...

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Written by Douglas Wilson