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
Today is Veteran's Day in the United States (and Remembrance Day in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom). These occasions fall on the 97th anniversary of the cessation of hostiliies at the close of World War One. As I thought about this date and all it represents, I was reminded of a section from Dr. R.C. Sproul's The Holiness of God where
"Life has a huge appetite that can never be satisfied...it may be addressed only by God Himself." -Alistair Begg
When the band “Kansas” sang “all we are is dust in the wind,” they seemed to echo the sentiments of King Solomon. Or did they? Are we really just dust
A couple of years ago, right around 2 a.m., I was at the table eating peanut butter and crackers when I saw The Swiss Family Robinson on the bookshelf. As it turns out, this is not the original title of this wonderful classic.
It was first published as The Shipwrecked Preacher and His Family: An Instructional Book for Children and Their Friends in
Happy Veteran’s Day to all you who served that reads this blog! I think this book review is appropriate for today.
Molly Guptill Manning. When Books Went to War: The Stories that Helped Us Win World War II. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, December 2nd, 2014. 288 pp.
This book is about books and it wasn’t...
The problem of evil is often cited as a form of exculpating evidence by those who deny the existence of God. Exculpating evidence points away from a “suspect” under consideration in an investigation. If evil is exculpatory, it would eliminate the reasonable inference of God’s existence. In my latest book, God’s Crime Scene,
The Ligonier Connect community continues to grow. Each month, new students are enrolling and our library of courses is expanding. And every new course we add contains interactive discussion questions and quizzes to help you consider and apply the material to your own life. Here are several of our newest courses that you can access for only $9 per
I feel like I just gave birth!
Well, since I never actually gave birth, only stood by while my wife did that, I don’t suppose I really should pretend that’s what it’s like. But I have just finished a long, arduous and sometimes painful process of finishing, editing, formatting, and releasing a book called “Disqualified?
And Feelings began to teach the multitudes, and the people followed them gladly, for they taught with authority, and not as the Facts (Gospel of Thomas, Menopausal Skateboarder’s Study Edition).
The feelings that will really get you somewhere these days, at least at places like the University of Missouri and the rest of America, are a
The following is a rundown of today's podcast, annotated with links that were either mentioned on the show or inspired by it:
Commentary: Understanding the Parable of the Sower (0:00)
We often talk of being a fragrance to the Lord, but did you know that Christians are also a fragrance to the world? This is exactly what Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 2:14.
But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge...
Happy Veterans Day to my brothers and sisters who served in the Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy, and USAF. If anything can be said about our joint venture is that the only commonality was that it was life changing. Even those that served a short time had their lives changed. They may deny it, but they're the ones showing up on time for work,
Oh, look: A play depicting Jesus Christ as a transgender woman is on stage in Ireland. “The Gospel According to Jesus Queen of Heaven” is going to be performed this Sunday, Nov. 15 at the Outburst Queer Arts Festival in Belfast. The play’s creator, a transgender, plans to use God’s own breathed-out Word to justify […]
Let us continue our walk through the Gospel According to Matthew. Last week we worked through Matthew 27:11-56.
Last week’s look within Matthew 27 took us from Pilate to the Cross. Today we’ll be closing out the Gospel According to Matthew. It’s been a long journey through this Gospel, and I’ve really
There is nothing more important than the gospel message entrusted to us by Jesus Christ 2000 years ago. And there is nothing more imperative than the proclamation of that message. Yet too often today our church leaders are watering down the message and giving up on its proclamation.
‘Jesus was a cool cat and all that, but hey, we gotta get
“They made me keeper of the vineyards, but my own vineyard I have not kept” (Song of Songs 1:6).
The PBS documentary “Carrier” is a fascinating look at life on board the USS Nimitz, the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier that bestowed its name on an entire class of ships. More than five thousand sailors and marines live in a
I’ve always been amazed by Jesus’ response to Satan’s first temptation: “if you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread” (Matthew 4:3). I picture Jesus there, looking at the stones. His ribs are poking out, and his body is worn
I’ve always loved mountains. I’ve lived in the Blue Ridge mountains, hiked the Sangre de Christo mountains, travelled through the German Alps, skied the French Alps and marveled as I’ve gazed at the seemingly endless Alaskan mountain ranges. There is something mystical and majestic about these natural structures which tower over
John provides the reader of his gospel with six major themes which, when understood within their context, have multifarious applications for the modern reader and to the body of Christ at large. The six major themes of the Gospel of John are God, the Christ, salvation, the Spirit, the new covenant community, and last things. Each has subsumed
Whenever I teach textual criticism to my seminary students, I usually get two very different responses. For some students, their eyes glaze over and they tune out as soon as they hear the word “paleography” for the first time.
For others, they find themselves fascinated by how texts were transmitted and copied in the ancient
While we were busy adulting, Ryan Davidson had a lot of fun over at SCRBPC15 and was able to send us a full report on the conference. A special thanks to our dear brother for doing this for us.
Also make sure and check out the giveaway at the bottom of this post (courtesy of Reformed Baptist Academic Press):
My coffee mug was in the cup
Two weeks ago, I was on my way to the PCA Director of Women’s Ministry gathering in Atlanta. I was looking forward to a sweet time of fellowship and encouragement with other women who serve on church staffs around the country.
About thirty minutes into my journey, I suddenly lost control of the car. Most likely, something came apart in my
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Smilingly Leading You to Hell – “One of these is unlike the others: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, niceness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. According to Paul’s letter to the church at Galatia, all but one of these is what he refers to
Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. Ps. 20:7
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Prov. 3:5-6
The Lord is good, a refuge
Most of us recognize that patience is one of the cardinal Christian virtues—we're just in no hurry to obtain it. Others just define patience as a delay in getting what we want. As Margaret Thatcher once famously remarked: "I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end." In today's fast-paced society and self-centered
Greetings! This is part of the read-the-New-Testament-in-a-year series running from June 2015 – May 2016.* Please read and enjoy the word of God and feel free to leave comments and/or ask questions. Pray that the Holy Spirit will reveal his truths to you. Don’t just focus on what you don’t understand.
You’ve probably been there. Unprecedented affliction enters your life. Along with it, all the new experiences. The anxiousness. The sleeplessness. The darkness, loneliness, anger, sorrow. Things compound.
By God’s grace, you seem to make it through. The storm seems to end. There is that huge relief with the breaking sun. Tears of joy
On June 12, 1944, just six days after D-Day in World War II, a young lieutenant named Richard Winters led his men to the outskirts of Carentan. As the officer in charge of Easy Company, of the 101st Airborne, he was tasked to clear the large French town of its German defenders. It would be a small battle, but it played a significant role in the
by Cameron Buettel
Following the Dark Ages, the early Reformers took up the mantle of fighting for the Christian fundamentals. The five solas of the Reformation represented the fundamental doctrines that they saw as non-negotiable. Sola gratia declares that salvation is by God’s grace alone in defiance of the Catholic belief in grace plus
“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7)
The beautiful National World War II Memorial in the nation’s capital was dedicated in 2004, honoring the more than 400,000 who gave their lives in that conflict (including the writer’s younger brother). This particular holiday,
Here are some infographics that Cameron Morgan produced for me a while ago in connection with Jesus on Every Page. You probably need the book to make the most of them, but I’m sure you all have that anyway
Feel free to download, distribute, and use as you see fit.
Christianity Today reported that post-evangelical provocateur Brian McLaren officiated the same-sex wedding of his son. Denny Burk had some good reflections, as did Carl Trueman. There are some obvious "talking points" to engage in here, about the trajectory of McLaren's hermeneutic, slippery slopes and all that. The reality is that you can't
What a curious mixture of ideologies drives the conversation at law schools. When I speak about natural law in these venues, I find that the same questioner will often be a pragmatist at one moment, a utilitarian the next, then a relativist, then a subjectivist, then an evolutionist, then a
On the wall in our kitchen, just above the phone, there was a calendar. The paper kind sold now in the seasonal stores, the kind you traded for your phone. Usually it was illustrated by Mary Engelbreit, my mother's favorite, and a perennial source of color in our home. Countless times I would walk by the hub of our kitchen and my mother would be
Preaching is God’s ordained method to convey his Word and build his church. As such, preaching is every pastor’s principle responsibility and every church’s primary need. Therefore, every pastor must preach, and preach well, every Lord’s day.
However, good sermons, like good meals, do not just happen. They are intentionally
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