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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Tuesday, 25 July 2017 03:00

July 24, 2017 Show with Mika Edmondson on "Martin Luther King, Jr.: An Open Honest Evaluation of His Life, Legacy Theology"

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July 24, 2017:

MIKA EDMONDSON, who earned his PhD in Systematic Theology @ Calvin Theological Seminary, author of The Power of Unearned Suffering: The Roots & Implications of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Theodicy & pastor @ New City Fellowship Orthodox Presbyterian Church of Grand...

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Written by Eric Nielsen
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 02:55

Calvinism is the worst theodicy–except for all the others

Churchill's quip reminds me of Calvinism and its critics. Here's a fascinating extension of Peter van Inwagen's theodicy:
God has a criterion for salvation. And he has a policy of enforcing it that goes as follows: If a creature meets the criterion for salvation, then admit him to Heaven. Otherwise...

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Written by steve
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 02:50

Antitheodicy

I'm going to comment on this essay:
Trakakis, N.N. (2013) Antitheodicy, in The Blackwell Companion to the Problem of Evil (eds J. P. McBrayer and D. Howard-Snyder), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford, UK.ch25
Trakakis takes the same antitheodical position as David Bentley Hart:

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Written by steve
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 02:44

Should you start with your sermon outline?

Jay Adams in the Journal of Pastoral Practice 1.2, 1977

 “You know what I mean—do I have to say, ‘My first point today is …’?” Of course you don’t. Where in the Bible do you ever see this happen? Did Paul on Mars Hill say, “Now my sermon falls...

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Written by memoirandremains
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 02:30

Specific Aspects of Self-Denial (Brakel)

image Self-denial is a big part of what it means to follow Jesus.  On several occasions, Jesus said, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me” (Mt. 16:24 NIV).   Self-denial is something that doesn’t come easily since even as...

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Written by Reformed Reader
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 02:30

The Pilgrim’s Heart Part 14 – Conclusion Featured

by Mike Ratliff

37 For yet in a very little while, He who is coming will come, and will not delay. 38 But My righteous one shall live by faith; And if he shrinks back, My soul has no pleasure in him. 39 But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 02:25

Truth is More Important Than Peace

We must not so seek peace with others as to wrong truth.  Peace must not be bought with the sale of truth.  Truth is the ground of faith, and the rule of life.  Truth is the most orient gem of the churches’ crown.  Truth is a deposit, or charge that God has entrusted with...

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Written by Glenn E. Chatfield
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 01:49

A. W. Tozer Sermon: The Unending Chapter

That next chapter after the last is the source of all the Christian’s hope, for it assures us that our Lord has put death in its place and has delivered us from the ancient curse. Death did not end the activities of our Lord; it did not even interrupt them, for while His body lay in...

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Written by revival-library
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 01:46

Pass the popcorn: Famous atheist Richard Dawkins banned from speaking at Leftist university

Leftists are a self-parody. Richard Dawkins is perhaps the most popular and iconic hater of Jesus, yet these Leftists banned him for daring to criticize their most-favored-religion of Islam.  Via Plug Pulled on Richard Dawkins for Criticizing Islam:

Criticizing Islam cannot be forgiven, no...

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Written by Eternity Matters
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 01:45

TRYING TO HELP SOMEONE WHO IS MISSING A BEAUTIFUL GREEN BIRD WITH WHITE FACE AND CHEST!!

This post is totally not what this blog is all about, but in a way it is, because I am still trying to show the love of Jesus Christ by helping someone: Yesterday, July 24, 2017, as I was doing my errands, I pulled into a store parking lot to do some shopping, and had […]

Authors: Mary/Living...

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Written by Mary/Living For His Glory
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 01:35

How Many Members Did the First Century Church at Philippi Have?

Eduard Verhoef suggests that the church numbered around 33 in the AD 60s. He arrives at this number by noting that, “All in all we can list 11 people who had chosen to go the way indicated by Paul: Lydia, the goaler [sic, jailer], two bishops, two deacons, Epaphroditus, Eudia, Syntyche, the...

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Written by BibleX
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 01:30

Conditioning the Soul through Spiritual Disciplines - Bellator Christi

By: Jason Kline | July 25, 2017

It is imperative to understand that without conditioning the soul through the spiritual disciplines, a well-ordered life is powerless and impossible. Ministry is rendered ineffective or lacking in the supernatural power of God. One must first experience the new birth...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 01:14

Worldview is Formed by Age 13: Who's Shaping Your Kid's?

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Worldview is developed between the ages of 18 months and 13 years.  According to George Barna in a recent interview, by the time a...

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Written by Jennifer Oshman
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 01:09

Why the Christ Life Conference?

Many valuable conferences offer a variety of help. When so many good conferences vie for attention, why the Christ Life Conference?

The primary answer is the focus is always on experiencing Jesus! While sub-themes provide specific application each year, the main theme provides the main...

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Written by John Van Gelderen
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 01:00

What Does the Bible Say? – The Mystery – Part 4

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Authors: Pastor Ken Lawson...

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Written by Pastor Ken Lawson
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 00:58

A. W. Tozer Sermon: The Unchanging Need of the Human Heart

We of the twentieth century have exactly the same basic needs as the people of the first century. We feel the weight of sin and mortality just as they did. We long for peace and life eternal exactly as they did. We are tortured by fears, stunned by losses, grieved by betrayals, hurt by enmities,...

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Written by revival-library
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 00:53

All Things Are From God

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Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man nor man of woman; for as woman was made from man, so man is now born of woman. And all things are from God. –1 Cor. 11:11-12 ESV

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

In First...

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Written by TFL
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 00:45

5 Essential Doctrines to Believe In

1. The Absolute Supremacy of Holy Scripture

Show us anything, plainly written, in that Book, we will receive it, believe it, and submit to it. Show us anything contrary to that Book, and however sophisticated, plausible, beautiful and apparently desirable, we will not have it at any price.

2. ...

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Written by The J.C. Ryle Archive
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 00:42

Altar Calls – Two Articles

(1) By my friend, Pastor Elly Achok Olare, here.

(2) A Brief History of the Altar Call by Thomas S. Kidd here.

Authors: John Samson...

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Written by John Samson
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 00:41

The Reasons for Marriage

It’s 2017, and so we should remember that there were several, not just one or two, important facets of the project of Reformation undertaken in the sixteenth century. One of these was to exalt the estate of marriage as a high and holy one, and not simply an option for second-class Christians...

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Written by E.J. Hutchinson
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 00:32

Grace Is Profoundly Existential, Beginning With the Church

image “Grace is a profoundly existential matter” (157).

That’s the verdict in Carl Trueman’s new book Grace Alone, a tour de force through the biblical, historical, and existential conversations surrounding salvation as a gift of God. How is grace existential?

[Grace] does not...

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Written by Jeremy Bouma
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 00:28

A Simple Case for Religious Liberty

image Why should the state value religious liberty? What is a simple, yet powerful case for the value of religious freedom? Sean lays out a simple case.

Authors: Sean McDowell...

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Written by Sean McDowell
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 00:00

How did they ever hear God's voice without a how-to manual? Featured

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There are so many pamphlets, teachings, sermons, and books out there today "educating" the Christian on "How to Hear God's Voice." None of these teachers seem to realize that God doesn't need our help hearing His voice. None of these teachers seem to realize that much of what they write conflicts...

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Written by The End Time
Monday, 24 July 2017 23:42

Stubbornness Hinders Prayer

Hearing aids are a significant blessing to our family. In God’s gracious providence, these electronic devices have given the gift of hearing to four of our children. Whether it’s the typical battery-powered hearing aid, which became popular in the 1950’s, or the newer bionic...

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Written by Paul Tautges
Monday, 24 July 2017 23:41

Yes, Christians Are To Be Different Featured

Here is my thesis, short and sweet: if you claim to be a follower of Jesus Christ, but you are living just like everyone in the world is, then chances may be good that you really are not a Christian at all. I do not say this by my own authority of course, but by the authority of the Word of God.

Ever...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Monday, 24 July 2017 23:40

Christians, Writing, Reading, and Faithfulness

Yesterday I asked a series of questions on social media and received some really humble, faithful responses. I wanted to share both the questions I asked and the answers I got for a few reasons today. 

More than once a week I get a message from a reader asking how to start a blog or how to...

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Written by Lore Wilbert
Monday, 24 July 2017 23:30

The changing face of American culture and the priority of text-driven preaching

The only real constants in life are death and taxes.

This old adage in the life of American culture reflects the sentiment that some things never change and some things are always changing. For example, those who are 60 years of age or older will vividly remember seeing specific aisles at the...

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Written by Denny Autrey
Monday, 24 July 2017 23:20

The Romans Road in “Post-Christian” North America?

On a Sunday morning in March, years ago, I attended a little country church where I heard a gospel message. At the end of the sermon, the pastor invited people to come forward if they wanted to have their sins forgiven in order to spend eternity with God. I responded. As I knelt at the altar, a...

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Written by Good Soil Evangelism and Discipleship
Monday, 24 July 2017 23:14

The Reformation in France

The NZZ has the essay- Warum die Reformation in Frankreich mit Calvin und nicht mit Luther begann.

Ein Jahr nach seinem Sieg über die Eidgenossen bei Marignano ging Franz I. von Frankreich 1516 mit dem Papst das Konkordat von Bologna ein. Es etablierte die gallikanische Kirche als...

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Written by Jim
Monday, 24 July 2017 23:00

How do I know if my child is a Christian?

God tasks parents with the holy calling of raising our children, “in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” In this our greatest task is to help them understand the Gospel so they might trust in Christ and be saved. The problem for parents is that we often have a difficult time...

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Written by Scott Slayton
Monday, 24 July 2017 22:48

Haddon Robinson Has Died

Haddon Robinson passed away on July 22. He was not a fundamentalist; in fact, he once presided over one of the nations leading neoevangelical seminaries. Nevertheless, he profoundly influenced the way many fundamentalists preach. That influence, whether direct or indirect, was very good.

Filed...

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Written by Kevin T. Bauder
Monday, 24 July 2017 22:46

Loneliness is Killing us

We all know loneliness is not a good thing. At the very beginning, God told us that it is not good to be alone (Gen. 2:18). But perhaps it is beyond “not good,” – harmful, detrimental even.

That’s what Billy Baker from the Boston Globe discovered as he researched the effects...

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Written by David Murray
Monday, 24 July 2017 22:43

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Why Evangelism Requires Both Logic and Loveliness | Holly Ordway, Christianity Today “The classic rational arguments for Christian faith—based on evidence, philosophy, and history—are as sound as ever, but they are effective only when people are interested in the questions...

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Written by David Murray
Monday, 24 July 2017 22:17

Study Guide for The Imperfect Disciple

Written by: Jared C. Wilson

imageNow by popular demand, I’m making available a free study guide for my book The Imperfect Disciple: Grace for People Who Can’t Get Their Act Together. I’ve been greatly encouraged to hear how many folks have been using the book in their small groups, book...

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Written by Jared C. Wilson
Monday, 24 July 2017 22:04

If Saul Alinsky Were Alive Today…

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Saul Alinsky, a radical liberal and agnostic, wrote the blueprint on how to introduce chaos through community organizing in hopes of overthrowing the government of the United States by undermining its foundational systems: public education, media and the church.  His book “Rules For...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Monday, 24 July 2017 22:00

C.S. Lewis Warned Us About Non-Denominationalism

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While most branches of American Christianity are shrinking, one strand continues to grow—non-denominationalism. But is that the most healthy situation for the faith?

According to a newly released Gallup poll, the percentage of Americans who identify with a Protestant denomination has fallen 20...

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Written by Aaron Earls
Monday, 24 July 2017 22:00

3GT Episode 46: Reforming Women

No, the guys are not plotting about how they can try to change their wives. They know better than that!

Rather, they look at the growing trend of women studying, discussing, and promoting Reformed theology. For consider the facts. Blogs such as Sheologians and HERmeneutics are popular. Conference...

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Written by Barry York
Monday, 24 July 2017 22:00

Truthful - Period, Or How To Guard Against Theological Gun Slinging Featured

This entry is part 9 of 9 in the series Southern Baptist Theology

Yoo shal nót behr fols wit-nus; so said phonetically. “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor” (NASB; consult Jesus, Luke 10:29–37, on the meaning of neighbor). “You shall not give false...

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Written by Jared Longshore
Monday, 24 July 2017 21:05

What is Our Responsibility as Christians to One Another?

Calvin puts it succinctly like this:

Every one of us must maintain brotherly concord with all the children of God, give due authority to the Church, and, in short, conduct ourselves as sheep of the flock(Inst. 4.1.3).

This aligns with the biblical injunction that we love one another. One another...

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Written by Jim
Monday, 24 July 2017 21:00

A Practical Guide to Culture

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Christians have an interesting relationship with culture. Culture is a word we love to use, but one we rarely pause to define. We speak of culture’s dangerous encroachment on the church, of our need to avoid it, engage it, or redeem it. But what is this culture thing anyway? It happens to be...

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Written by Tim Challies
Monday, 24 July 2017 21:00

Why You Should Stop Pretending You'll Live Forever

July 25, 2017 by: David Gibsonimage

Letting Death Help Us Live

So much of the message of the book of Ecclesiastes is “the Preacher” (Ecclesiastes 1:1) helping us to let the reality of our death sink into our bones and lodge itself deep in our hearts. But that’s because...

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Written by David Gibson
Monday, 24 July 2017 20:13

A Pastor's Reflections: Did I Apply the Text?

The last question I ask myself when I’m evaluating a sermon, including my own, is, Did I apply the text? This is an important question, though perhaps it’s often debated because people disagree on what constitutes application.

Authors: Valiant for Truth Blog...

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Written by Valiant for Truth Blog
Monday, 24 July 2017 20:08

A La Carte (July 25)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a few titles you might want to add to your collection.

A Brief History of the Altar Call

“By the mid-20th century, altar calls had become a staple of evangelical and Baptist life in America, especially in the South.” But where did that thing come from in...

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Written by Tim Challies
Monday, 24 July 2017 20:00

Biblical Resources on Pornography

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Biblical resources for those struggling with pornography

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Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Monday, 24 July 2017 20:00

Was the Helper Promised by Jesus Really the Prophet Mohammed?

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Some Muslim scholars claim that when Jesus promised "the Helper" (Gr., parakletos) to his disciples in John 14:16 that Christ was actually referring to the coming of the Prophet Mohammed. They argue that that the Qur'an (Surah 61:6) refers to Mohammed as "Ahmad" (periclytos) which they contend is...

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Written by Chad