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Free Live Stream: Here We Stand, The Reformation at 500

Celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with R. Albert Mohler Jr, Mark Dever, and others.

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Blue Bloods and the Spirit of the Law | Think Christian

The Reagans enact justice and mercy because they themselves have been recipients of justice and mercy.

Self-Esteem Won’t Save You

You were made to be stunned by God, not just feel good about yourself. You’ll find your truest self when you forget yourself.

Carl Lentz Discusses Bieber, Biblical Inerrancy, Porn and More on 'The Breakfast Club'

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Stand on Your Head for Joy: New Sermon from Reformation Sunday

The Bible gives us a rock-solid foundation for our hope in Jesus. Its pages sparked the Reformation and will continue to guide us long as we give it the primary place of authority.

The Divided Heart of Tyminski’s Southern Gothic | Think Christian

Tyminski embraces the extremes—the pop and the twang—and finds a theological thread connecting the two.

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What Is the Meaning of Life? - Tracts

What is the purpose of our existence? Is it simply to have a good job, build a family, and enjoy life? Is that all there is? Certainly not. We’re made for so much more. Your purpose is to know God. After we die, the Bible says we’ll face God as our Judge. Have you ever rebelled (sinned) against God? Examine yourself by God’s Law, the Ten Commandments. Have you ever told a lie? Ever stolen (the value is irrelevant)? Jesus said, “Whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” In God’s courtroom, our sins are very serious crimes. They’re so evil that the just punishment is death and eternity in a terrible place called Hell. The Bible says that God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked. He is rich in mercy and provided a Savior: “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Jesus Christ died on the cross, paying the death penalty for sinners. He then rose from the dead three days later, defeating death. Hundreds saw Him after His resurrection; it’s no fairy tale. Jesus fulfilled all the prophecies about the promised Savior, written in the Holy Scriptures hundreds of years before His birth. Religious rites, sacred traditions, or attending church can’t save you. Salvation is a free gift of God that you can’t earn. To know God and have your sins forgiven, do what the Bible says: repent and believe. Trust in Jesus as you’d trust in a parachute —don’t just “believe” it can save you, put it on and cling to it with all of your being. Wholeheartedly commit yourself to following Christ, and turn your back on sin. Then show your gratitude by obeying His command to be baptized. Be sure to also join a Christian church and read the Bible daily. God will never let you down.

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Reformation 500 Celebration & Resource Giveaway

You’re invited to join us for a live online event with Sinclair Ferguson, Stephen Nichols, Burk Parsons, R.C. Sproul, and Derek Thomas as we celebrate the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting his Ninety-Five Theses to the Castle Church.

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The Real Story of the Reformation

This week the world celebrates the 500th anniversary of an event that never happened. Well, something did happen, and it altered the course of history. But what actually took place is astoundingly different from how it is portrayed today. As the story is told, on Oct. 31, 1517, an Augustinian monk named Martin Luther socked the European church establishment in the kisser by defiantly nailing his “95 Theses” on indulgences to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. The thunder of his hammer resounded throughout...

Real Stories... Christians and Halloween (part 2)

On Halloween, as the public’s attention turns toward the world of the paranormal and “spirits,” one SES graduate (class of 2011), a former astrologer, uses what she learned at SES to help Christians defend against New Age beliefs and to educate those flirting with the paranormal.

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Here He Stood: Martin Luther (1483–1546)

Luther would not be married for another twenty years — to Katharina von Bora on June 13, 1525 — which means he lived with sexual temptations as a single man till he was 42. But “in the monastery,” he said, “I did not think about women, money, or possessions; instead my heart trembled and fidgeted about whether God would bestow his grace on me.” His all-consuming longing was to know the happiness of God’s favor. “If I could believe that God was not angry with me,” he said, “I would stand on my head for joy.”

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Three Reasons Why People Interpret the Bible Differently | Oklahoma Apologetics Alliance

I was asked, “If there is a way to correctly interpret Scripture, then why do so many ‘learned’ people come away with different interpretations?” Variations of this question come up from time to time: If a god had really inspired the Bible, wouldn’t he have written it clearly enough for everyone to understand? Don’t disagreements on the meaning of the text disprove its divine origins? People can make the Bible say whatever they want it to say; doesn’t that prove there’s no one correct interpretation?

You Cannot Guarantee Your Child’s Godliness

He made metal idols for the false god Baal (2 Chronicles 28:2). He made sacrifices and offerings to foreign gods “on the high places and on the hills and under every green tree” (2 Chronicles 28:4) — all over the land that God had promised and given his people. When God sent waves of enemies against the nation because of her sin, Ahaz ran to Assyria, and not God, for help (2 Chronicles 28:16–18). He even stole from the temple to bribe the Assyrian king (2 Chronicles 28:21). Then he destroyed the vessels for worship, slammed and locked the doors of the temple, and made altars all over Jerusalem where he worshiped the gods of the nation’s conquerors (2 Chronicles 28:22–25).

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The Proper Use of God's Law: The Glory of the Commandments

God gave us the law and men have often misused it and misapplied it - learn the correct ways to embrace God's law.

Dustin Hoffman Has Been Accused of Sexually Harassing a 17-Year-Old

Graham’s column details Hoffman asking for foot massages, openly flirting with her, grabbing her butt, talking to her about sex—even making a wildly inappropriate breakfast request of her that left her in tears.

Jesus Calling: How Well Are You Listening?

Are you listening to Jesus in a non-edited manner? Selective listening is rebellion. He who has ears to hear, let him hear. Do you find yourself reading the Bible and thinking, “Well, that’s not what he really meant,” or, “That’s just asking too much,” or, “I can’t do that”? If we find ourselves tweaking and diluting the Bible to fit comfortably around our desires, hunches, sins, and idols, the apostle John warns us — maybe you don’t know Jesus after all.

Apologetics Hit & Misc: Case Makers Academy

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

Peace with God

To be sure, subjectivity is not sin, and the Scriptures themselves call us to self-examination. Paul’s call is to “examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves” (2 Cor. 13:5). The “if . . . then” syllogism that fills the first letter of the Apostle John reminds us that there are practical tests we must apply to our hearts and lives that will help us discern evidences of spiritual life. “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8). “If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (2:15). “If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then you too will abide in the Son and in the Father” (2:24). “If anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?” (3:17). One of the tools we have been given to dispel fears and settle our hearts is the discipline of self-examination. Those in whom the Holy Spirit has worked the miracle of new birth are those who bear fruit in keeping with repentance, and we are indeed to seek that fruit in our lives.


In this fascinating interview, Dr. Daniel B. Wallace shares some insights with us about what New Testament textual criticism is and why is important for us as Christians to understand the process. He explains why we should trust the content of the New Testament from a scholarly perspective and why we should be confident that what we have today is what was written almost two millennia ago despite the many objections skeptics like Barth Ehrman bring against it. He also invites us to join his brand new online course on starting Oct. 30th, 2017.

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Sunday night was the Miss Peru 2018 competition and this year, the women used their time on stage to talk about an important issue: violence against women.

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The Impressive Community of "Tent-Making" Christian Case Makers | Cold Case Christianity

That’s a pretty impressive list, and I’m sure I’ve overlooked a large number of brothers and sisters who are contributing as Case Makers (if you would like to be included in this updated list, please send me your information). I’ve already started to develop a website for “One Dollar Apologists” and I’ll continue to feature this growing group of Case Makers. Here’s the point: If you haven’t yet begun to see yourself as a Christian Case Maker, you’re missing the directive of God in 1 Peter 3:15-16, a passage written to all of us as believers (whether we are employed in ministry or not). If you’re a Christian, you’re already a Case Maker . The only question is, are you a good one? Are you actively engaged in your calling as a Christian? The people in this list of “One Dollar Apologists” come from a variety of occupational backgrounds, and some of them aren’t drawing a paycheck at all (as students or stay at home moms). If they can do this, you can do this. What are you waiting for? Take a few simple steps and get in the game. Be part of this amazing movement of God.

Belief In God Is Not a Feeling

I suppose the first and quickest answer is that the thought itself is a bit incoherent. Consider what is being said. “Belief” is that state of mind in which one concludes that a fact is true. I believe that the car is red. I believe that John’s explanation regarding the accident is false. There is, of course, an issue of certainty. My belief regarding the car’s color may be mistaken, due to poor lighting; or my belief that John is lying may be wrong. But it makes little sense to say that, as to the car’s color, I have no belief. Or that I am hearing John’s explanation but believe nothing about it. Claiming to have “no belief” may seem high-minded and impartial, but it simply mistakes the way the human mind works. Whether we will it or not, our minds naturally move toward forming and reassessing beliefs. Indeed, at a basic level, we need to do so to stay alive. We must be constantly assessing our environment, our surroundings, to make prudent choices as to what to do next. Believing something about those choices and surroundings is indispensable.

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God's Crime Scene for Kids - Southern by His Grace

I was born in the mountains of Southwest Virginia, born again at a very young age, married a beautiful and likeminded woman, moved to Tennessee, and raised two children in the Southern traditions of loving God and neighbor, exercising manners, and being stewards of the land and its bounty. After becoming involved in youth ministry in our local church, the need of teaching people "what they believe and why they believe it" became painfully apparent, especially in my immediate context (rural Southern churches). We began an apologetics/theology ministry there but have since moved on. After serving in church leadership and being called to faithfulness and duty to protect our congregation from a rogue pastor under church discipline of his previous church, my experiences in this biblical process shape much of what I believe about how churches in the South have become weak and why nominal Christianity is prevalent. I love the Church and Southern culture so you can expect to read about apologetics and theology as well as church and culture here, written southern style, by the grace of God.

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For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

Apologetics: How to make a universe

Now, let’s turn our attention to how a universe is made. While Scripture tells us that God spoke the world into existence (Gen. 1:3-26; Ps. 33:9; Heb. 11:13), Hawking contends that nothing more than matter, energy, and space is needed to craft a universe.

Six Common Ways Preachers Dishonor God’s Word

The Protestant Reformation was a recovery of the pulpit, and yet five hundred years later there are ways Protestant preachers unwittingly fail to honor the Bible in the pulpit. Which leads to today’s question from an anonymous church leader. “Pastor John, I am on staff at a church, and over the past couple of months, I have noticed a trend in my pastor’s preaching. Let me first say that nothing he says would ever be considered wrong. He uses points from the overarching theme of Scripture in his sermons. Bottom line, he preaches the truth, but those points rarely derive from the sermon text he reads at the beginning of his message. Is this a problem? What’s at stake? And is this a common phenomenon or an anomaly?”

5 Apologetics Questions Every Christian Should Learn How To Answer

All of these questions require further commentary, and I plan to write a blog post to respond to each one individually in the future. For now, I will offer some "barebones" quick answers that can easily be committed to memory.

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The Point: Too Catholic for Georgetown

Love Saxa’s views on marriage, of course, are just identical to the teaching of the Catholic Church. As one theology professor at Catholic University of America remarked, “I suppose the question for Georgetown is whether they think Catholic kids can still be Catholic there.”

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017 — The Briefing

Even today economic historians point to the distinction between the cultures of northern Europe, overwhelmingly shaped by the Reformation, and southern Europe, less affected by the Reformation, more traditionally Catholic nations. Those societies are distinct in terms of the work ethic that is involved. In northern Europe there is considered to be an appropriate guilt for failing to work; that’s something that doesn’t show up in the same way in southern Europe. The definitions and the distinctions made between work and leisure, well, this has a great deal to do with theology, as it turns out, but listeners to The Briefing know theology always matters; it’s always lurking, pretty clearly under the surface, if under the surface at all. But, of course, the most interesting aspect of this story has been the ardent determination on the part of the international media to acknowledge the Reformation as an important event and this 500th anniversary, thus, as a very important milestone without having to deal with theology. Theology is the one thing that most in the secular media feel that they can’t possibly touch because they are generally alien from any kind of explicit theological thought.

What Made Luther a Lutheran? | The Stream

After taking his master’s degree, Luther was prepared to begin the study of law. Until this juncture in his life, he had been precisely fulfilling his father’s expectations, and now, by entering the study of law, he would take the final step toward becoming a lawyer. But perhaps something about having arrived at this point gave him pause. Perhaps the finality of it struck him. But whether the idea to enter a monastery had ever been in his head, as we guess it must have been, it must have been jarred loose to swim into his ken at this juncture. In any case, the mythic notion that his idea of entering the monastery was exclusively delivered by a lightning bolt from the sky near Stotternheim can hardly be the whole story. Like much else in the more fanciful and idealized versions of his life, it is far more folk legend than fact. That one day he was fear stricken and blurted a vow, and by some powerful sense of obligation decided to see it through, can hardly be the whole truth.

In ‘Stranger Things 2,’ No One Is Safe from Trauma’s Haunting

While Will’s experience of trauma plays out in dark, theatrical ways, Eleven’s story almost seems like the real-life explanation for Will’s metaphorical one. It’s not until the last episode that Eleven and the rest of the gang are reunited, and until that point, her story runs parallel to theirs. Eleven’s circumstances are certainly extraordinary—but dealing with childhood neglect and abuse are unfortunately not nearly as unusual. Watching her navigate the effects of her trauma leads us to the most gutturally heart-wrenching moments of the season. She and Hawkins police chief Hopper awkwardly (and violently) hash out their past hurts and losses as they learn to love and care for each other, and her dramatic rescue of the gang at the last minute comes as a result of her own difficult path towards healing.

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Does Christian Hypocrisy Undermine the Reasonability of the Faith? | Oklahoma Apologetics Alliance

Hypocrisy is one of the biggest challenges to the Christian faith? Sean responds with both compassion and reason.

What Martin Luther and Donald Trump Have in Common | The Stream

Sir, I do not understand why you are lionizing Trump. As far as I can tell there is no good reason to do so except that he nominally stands against the dems. This is enough in a presidential election, particularly one where his opponent was at least equally onerous to gain a vote, but let us not pretend he is more than that. He is a marginally better alternative to democrats who would persecute Christians as hard as they could get away with but he is not a great man of faith and it is I think inside to count him in our corner. We Should look at him as he is, our current best alternative. Much as a sleeping bag is better than bare stone, but certainly not as good as a decent bed.

One Day at a Time: Trusting God with My Incurable Disease

My mom’s disease awakened me to the Lord. I can honestly say that if not for this disease in my family, I may have never come to faith in Christ. And even since turning to Christ (about fifteen years ago), I can see how the Lord has used the disease to continue to sharpen and purify my faith in him. I believe with all my heart that the Lord was sovereign over all of these things. Even something as seemingly “terrible” as an incurable disease is still ordained by our good God who works out everything for the good of those who love him (Romans 8:28).

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Philippians 1:15–18: Four Ways to Defend the Gospel

Peter charges us to be ready in season and out of season to give a defense of the hope that is in us. In this lab, Pastor John prepares us with four ways to give a defense when the time comes.

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Here Are Ta-Nehisi Coates' Five Recommended Books to Make You 'Less Stupid' About the Civil War

The Civil War has been in the spotlight a little lately, largely owing to some comments from White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, who chalked it up to an unwillingness to “compromise.” Such comments rubbed many historians the wrong way, who accused Kelly of a rather selective interpretation of American history. In the immediate wake of the controversy, famed writer Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Twitter thread became the most thorough refutation of Kelly’s line of thought, and now he’s put together a quick reading list for people who want to get up to speed on just what the Civil War was really about.

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