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, 06 December 2017 15:00

Power Causes Brain (and Heart) Damage

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Ever experienced the agony of watching a respected leader gradually lose the skills and abilities that were essential to their rise—especially the ability to read other people? Over at the Atlantic, in Power Causes Brain DamageJerry Useem highlights a number of stories demonstrating...

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Wednesday, 06 December 2017 14:00

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To Recover from Burnout, Regain Your Sense of Control “It’s far better to adopt an ownership mindset, that sounds like this: Others may have contributed to my situation, but I have the ability to make choices that can improve my present and future. Thinking in this way gives you the...

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Wednesday, 06 December 2017 05:47

Cruise the Rhine with PRTS

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Travel with Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary on a 15-day study tour and cruise featuring Switzerland, Germany, France, and the Netherlands. 

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Highlights include majestic alpine scenery, uniquely Puritan and Reformed historical sites, a week-long cruise on the lovely Rhine River, and a stay...

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Monday, 04 December 2017 20:58

Sola Scriptura Video

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This is a great series of videos on the “Five Solas.” I especially commend Michael Kruger’s address on Sola Scriptura for an excellent explanation of what that doctrine meant in its original historical context, but also how it is still so relevant today.

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Monday, 04 December 2017 14:00

Check out: Seminary Edition

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As many seminary students read this blog and perhaps the odd professor or two, here are some articles I’ve accumulated over recent months about Seminary education. Some of these links originally appeared on Charles Savelle’s excellent blog Bible Exposition.

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Here’s the latest video in my biblical counseling series. You can view the previous videos here.

The Eric Johnson article I refer to at the end of the video is here.

Authors: David Murray...

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Sunday, 03 December 2017 21:55

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What Sexual Theft Says About You“You can begin to see adultery for what it is by grasping how antithetical it is to faith. The sin of adultery screams out to the world that you don’t really believe God. Perhaps it will be helpful to make this clear. If you are contemplating...

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Wednesday, 29 November 2017 15:00

The Puritan Passion for Philosophy and Science

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Yesterday I highlighted my surprising recent discovery that ”the overwhelming majority of Puritan theologians were firm believers in the legitimacy of natural theology and evidentialism,” resulting in their embrace of extra-biblical sources of knowledge in their pastoral counseling...

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Wednesday, 29 November 2017 14:00

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Pastor, Aim to Preach Simple Sermons I could not agree more.

Relative to the amount of time preachers spend in critical study of a text, how much attention is given to attaining simplicity in preaching? I’ve come to believe that faithful preaching is marked by simplicity. And simple...

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Tuesday, 28 November 2017 15:00

My Biggest Surprise Yet In Reading The Puritans

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My biggest surprise yet in reading the Puritans was discovering their use of extra-biblical sources of knowledge in their pastoral counseling of believers.

One of the privileges of working at a place like Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary is getting to know the Puritans and Reformers better and...

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Over the past 10 years I’ve been collating and cataloging online resources for teaching purposes. Here’s an updated list of Best Online Articles on Christ in the Old Testament. If you’re looking for books on this subject here are my Top 10 Books on Christ in the Old...

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Here’s a podcast interview I did with Heirloom Audio, producers of Audio Adventures, about how to get your kids into reading Scripture.

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Exploring the Bible: A Bible Reading Plan for Kids

Reset: Living a Grace-Paced Life in a Burnout Culture (for men)

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Monday, 27 November 2017 14:00

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What’s Wrong with Theistic Evolution? News of an important new book critiquing theistic evolution: “In Theistic Evolution: A Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Critique, two dozen highly credentialed scientists, philosophers, and theologians from Europe and North America...

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As I’m often asked for book recommendations on various subjects, I decided to put together an online list of my top ten books in various categories. Basically, if I was only allowed 10 books in my library on that subject, these are the ten I would choose. You can access all my other Top Ten...

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Sunday, 26 November 2017 14:30

Help Your Kids Read the Bible

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Bible Gateway recently interviewed me on helping kids to read the Bible for themselves. Here are the questions they asked me. Click through for the answers.

Is it correct to assume that parents don’t read the Bible to their children as often as they should?

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Sunday, 26 November 2017 14:00

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28 Non-Numerical Signs Of A Healthy Church “Numbers are not the only way to determine church health. In many situations, they’re not even the best way.”

A Historian’s 5 Tips on Writing “At his Twitter account, @KevinMKruse, Professor Kruse did a series of...

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Studies have shown that gratitude is a powerful force for creating positive changes in individuals, families, and organizations. According to Sonja Lyubomirsky, a research professor of psychology, “The expression of gratitude is a kind of metastrategy for achieving happiness.” Here are...

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Monday, 20 November 2017 14:00

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5 Negative Influences on Pastors Who Leave Pastoring “According to the research, if you want to feel isolated, misled, ill prepared, overwhelmed, and financially unstable—sign up to pastor. While these are not the only reasons these pastors left the pastorate, they surely impacted...

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Sunday, 19 November 2017 15:00

What’s the best way to learn counseling?

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Here are the next two videos from my course on Biblical counseling. You can find the previous videos here.

What’s the best way to learn counseling?

How do you counsel yourself?

Authors: David Murray...

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Sunday, 19 November 2017 14:00

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The Heart of John Owen’s Hedonism John Piper makes the case for John Owen being a Christian Hedonist.

Don’t Be Dumb with Your Smartphone Meet the iPhone’s nemesis, Tony Reinke.

Eight Dangers of Pursuing Applause “As I read Brown’s counsel I not only try to apply it to...

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Thursday, 16 November 2017 14:00

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Free Online Courses from TGCThis new web resource is really well designed:

One of the core ways The Gospel Coalition serves the church is by providing biblically faithful web-based content for personal and group use. So, today, we are excited to introduce you to a brand-new and...

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017 20:41

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It’s been a bit quiet on the blog front the past few days because Shona and I have been speaking at a conference at Grace Baptist Church in Cape Coral, Florida, where Tom Ascol and Jared Longshore are the pastors. We tagged on three days vacation with a few of our kids at the end of it....

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Wednesday, 08 November 2017 19:11

Biblical Counseling Videos

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I’m in the process of putting my two Biblical Counseling courses online in the form of multiple short videos. Here are the first three. Many thanks to Darryl Bradford, our video producer/editor at PRTS.

1. Why do we need counseling?

2. What is Biblical Counseling?

3. Why is defining biblical...

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Wednesday, 08 November 2017 18:44

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We start with few articles for churches in the aftermath of Sutherland Springs. I predict that a church’s security policy is going to become a major factor in choosing where to attend church. First of all here’s the federal government’s most recent advice and resources page...

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Tuesday, 07 November 2017 21:28

Inspiring Transgender Testimony

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Denny Burk recently posted a link to Laura Perry’s incredible testimony. Laura was born a woman but lived as a transgender male for ten years before God brought her to himself. It’s one of the most amazing testimonies I’ve ever heard. The first half is an interview with Laura,...

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