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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Sunday, 20 August 2017 16:00

“Mom and Dad, I’ve become a Christian”

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Every Christian father and mother longs to hear these wonderful words and prays earnestly for that happy day. Yet, it’s so hard to know how to respond when our children eventually utter them.

SkepticismSome might go to the discouraging extreme of immediate skepticism: “Well, son,...

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Sunday, 20 August 2017 15:00

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Lots to catch up on after my week of teaching at Westminster Seminary.

On Knowing When to ResignBest article I’ve read on the subject of pastoral resignations. File it away for the day you’ll need it.

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?If you haven’t yet read this, you...

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017 22:30

Westminster Seminary Counseling Course

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For those who are asking, here’s the syllabus for the D.Min. course I’m teaching at Westminster Seminary (Philadelphia) this week.

Course Purpose:

To investigate how the Scriptures shape a distinctive model of counseling among believers in the local church.

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Sunday, 13 August 2017 22:38

Reformed Caffeine

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Imagine your favorite coffee. Over thirty years, you’ve bought it hundreds of times and you’ve drunk it thousands of times. It’s comforted you, fueled you, and stimulated multiple friendships with fellow coffee connoisseurs.

Then, one day, you get an invite to the coffee plantation...

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Wednesday, 09 August 2017 22:25

Addiction Resources

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I’m in the process of updating my resources pages for various subjects. These pages include book recommendations and the most helpful articles I’ve found on each subject. Here’s the updated addictions page.

Book Recommendations 

Help! I want to change by Jim Newheiser

Breaki...

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Wednesday, 09 August 2017 22:13

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Three Lessons Learned: Reflections of a Rookie Counselor Not just for rookies either.

Parents Need To Get Serious About Saving Kids From Internet Addiction “Forcing teens to turn off their phones isn’t about being cruel or Luddite. It’s about saving them from dangerous...

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Monday, 07 August 2017 22:03

A Few Good Men

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Let me introduce you to seven men who will give us a guided tour of Romans 3:9-31.

Mr. Goodness Mr. Goodness hardly needs an introduction. We are all born hand in hand with him, know him well, and like him. After all, he tells us how good we are. And if we have any doubts, he helps us to find...

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Monday, 07 August 2017 21:56

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Four Plumblines to Parent with Grace
What does it mean to be a gospel-centered parent? As a youth minister who is also a parent, I certainly don’t have all the answers, but I may have a bit of insight. At our church, we often talk about four plumb lines – little phrases that,...

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Thursday, 03 August 2017 22:33

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Seems like every second article these days is about either (1) technology addiction, (2) sexual addiction, or (3) depression. Beginning to think that there’s a frequent connection between them all.

Can You Repent Without Changing? The Beginning of the End for Sexual SinThis wins the...

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Tuesday, 01 August 2017 21:58

Smart Rules for Smartphones

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In Counseling Parents about Smart Rules for Smartphones (And All Social Media), Garret Higbee discusses how he and his wife have navigated the digital jungle with their three kids (including two teens). Click through to read about his approach. Here are the 10 rules they have developed over...

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Tuesday, 01 August 2017 21:52

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The 8 Questions I Need to Answer Before I Decide to Retire“Retirement is just another season in life; one filled with both challenges and opportunities. So, as in any stage of life, we can never go wrong if we put God’s kingdom first when making the important decision about when to...

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Sunday, 30 July 2017 16:00

Biblical Counseling Resources

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Here are some of the online resources I refer to in the Foundations of Biblical Counseling course that I teach at Puritan Reformed Seminary. I have another bunch of links under the heading “The Counselor’s World” which deal with the relationship between Biblical Counseling and the...

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Sunday, 30 July 2017 15:00

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Here are some articles by Joni and others reflecting on the 50th anniversary of her diving accident. If ever there was an example of God working all things together for good, this is it.

After 50 Years in a Wheelchair, I Still Walk With Jesus | Christianity Today

In Awe of Her God | Desiring God

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Thursday, 27 July 2017 21:35

There Are Souls To Be Saved: How Can We Rest?

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Pastors used to be some of the happiest and healthiest people alive, with better life expectancy than the general population. But in “Taking a Break From the Lord’s Work,” journalist Paul Vitello reports, “Members of the clergy now suffer from obesity, hypertension, and...

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017 21:29

10 Pictures of Faith

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Why does God give us so many pictures of believing in Jesus? Why not just some philosophical treatise on faith, or some systematic theology of faith? Why illustrations? And why so many?

First, because faith is so hard. Unbelief comes naturally to us; faith is unnatural. Faith is so hard it has...

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017 21:24

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The Top Ten Surprises New Pastors Have | ThomRainer.com Hopefully this will result in fewer surprises.

No Time for Widows? | Biblical Counseling Coalition “Many people are uncomfortable around the bereaved, particularly if they have not experienced the death of a close family member or...

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017 22:30

Counseling Victims of Domestic Abuse

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I try to read or listen to anything that Diane Langberg says in the areas of abuse and PTSD. Here’s a video of a lecture she gave on domestic abuse to the Christian Leaders Forum in Budapest. As Cry for Justice puts it:

In this talk, Diane condemns the way that many Christians...

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Monday, 24 July 2017 22:46

Loneliness is Killing us

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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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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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Sunday, 23 July 2017 22:19

Profitable Fails

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Most success comes after many fails. For example:

  • Angry Birds, the best-selling Apple App was software maker Rovio’s 52nd attempt at successful software in 8 almost-bankrupt years.
  • James Dyson failed in 5,126 prototypes before perfecting his revolutionary vacuum cleaner.
  • WD40 lubri...

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Sunday, 23 July 2017 21:48

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Well, as usual, I didn’t get as much done as I hoped to during my “blog vacation.” Shona says my epitaph should be: “That took longer than I expected.” I’m way too optimistic about my DIY abilities. Anyway, normal service is now being resumed.

A High View of...

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017 22:27

Why read a book on sin?

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Monstrous. Hideous. Mischievous. Odious. Pernicious. Poisonous. Vicious. Villainous. Heinous. Obnoxious. Venomous. Tedious. Treacherous. Impetuous. Ruinous. Murderous. Dangerous. Lascivious. Injurious. Infectious. Vexatious. Serious.

Bet you didn’t know so many words ended with...

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017 22:15

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The First Year of Pastoring : Founders Ministries“Every pastor has to experience the first year of pastoring to start laying groundwork for a lifetime of ministry. So what should a new pastor focus on during that year?”

5 Consequences Leaders Face for Not Resting“Wise leaders...

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Monday, 10 July 2017 20:39

The Dangers of Loneliness

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We’re all aware of the epidemic of burnout, with close o 50% of people saying they are often or always exhausted at work. That’s twice as many as 20 years ago. But did you know of the connection between burnout and loneliness?

In Burnout at Work Isn’t Just About Exhaustion....

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Monday, 10 July 2017 20:14

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How Many of the Ten Commandments Do Americans Think They’ve Broken This Month?“How many of the ten commandments have you broken this month?” Find out what the most common response is.

Church Size: The Optimal Number?150 apparently. Intriguing discussion.

Sloth Doesn’t...

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