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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One of the ways that children sometimes try to deepen their relationship with their parents is to travel back to where their father or mother grew up. They might visit historical societies, read archives, and gather newspaper stories and artifacts from old friends. Doing so, they build a bigger and...

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Monday, 22 May 2017 21:12

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Giving and Receiving CommendationAs with every other important part of our lives, Scripture has much to teach us about how to give and receive commendation.

Biblical Womanhood Doesn’t Begin and End in Proverbs 31“Biblical womanhood does not begin and end in Proverbs 31. It starts in...

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Thursday, 18 May 2017 22:56

Our Pleasure Gives Pleasure to God

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“God wishes us to take true pleasure with him in our salvation, and in this he wishes us to be greatly comforted and strengthened, and so he wants our souls to be happily filled with this, through his grace; for we are his delight; he takes pleasure in us eternally, and so shall we in him,...

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Thursday, 18 May 2017 22:42

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Women Use Porn Too“We must stop assuming pornography is a men’s problem, because it’s not. It’s a human problem.”

Q&A: How Do We Ask for Help When Living with Mental Illness?Amy Simpson answers the following question:

Our daughter has a mental illness, and our...

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Tuesday, 16 May 2017 20:58

The Connection Between Stress and Immorality

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You can read a transcript of this video at Crossway’s blog. Apologies for the scary thumbnail.

Authors: David Murray...

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Tuesday, 16 May 2017 20:55

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Your Brain Can Only Take So Much Focus | Srini Pillay, HBR “In keeping with recent research, both focus and unfocus are vital. The brain operates optimally when it toggles between focus and unfocus, allowing you to develop resilience, enhance creativity, and make better decisions...

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Monday, 15 May 2017 16:00

The Most Sympathetic Man in the World

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We don’t need to suffer with an illness or a disease to feel at least some of the pain of it. For example, if we see a blind person, we pause, we think about what it must be like to have no sight, we imagine their life, and, to some degree we feel the pain of blindness.

Same thing happens when...

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Monday, 15 May 2017 15:00

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Should Pastors Use Social Media?I loved this paragraph by Tony Reinke:

Someone recently asked me, what’s the one takeaway from writing your book on smartphones, about technology and the future of Christianity, and I think it’s this point. The average, ordinary local church plays a...

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Sunday, 14 May 2017 23:00

Was Jesus Ever Ill?

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Did Jesus ever have a cold or the flu? Was it possible for him to contract cancer or diabetes?

The answer to that question begins by identifying the four possible states of human nature:

1. Unfallen human nature: The perfect humanity that Adam and Eve enjoyed before the fall.

2. Fallen human...

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Sunday, 14 May 2017 21:18

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How to Unplug While You Are on Vacation I love the email auto-delete idea.

How I Research Books Tony Reinke takes us behind the curtain to share some fascinating insights into his writing process.

You Can Defeat Distraction Here’s the question

Will we let our age of diversion nibble away...

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Wednesday, 10 May 2017 16:00

Whose Body? Yours or His?

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Here is the foreword I wrote to Pastor Al Martin’s new book Glorify God in your Body. You can buy it at Amazon for $8.95 or at Trinity Book Services for $6.95.

imageI count it an enormous privilege and honor to write this foreword for a man who has pastored me from the day after I became a...

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Wednesday, 10 May 2017 15:00

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Four Tips to Encourage Single Christian Women in their Work“The topic of Christian singleness and vocation, like life’s most pressing and difficult questions, deserves a rich theology. Whether we’re packing lunches or sitting at an office computer, we owe it to ourselves to...

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Monday, 08 May 2017 20:41

“The Best and Worst Moment in my Life”

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Just over a week ago, Matthew Bryce decided to go surfing off the Scottish coast. Within a few hours the tide and wind had blown him thirteen miles out to sea. He watched the sun set, knowing he would not survive the night.

During the night he saw some distant ships and fishing boats, and tried...

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Monday, 08 May 2017 15:00

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Eight Reasons Churches Became Too Busy“Perhaps understanding the origins of dysfunctional busyness will help churches avoid this problem in the future.”

4 Ways Christians Can Stand Out at Work“Driven by a unique view of humanity and a love rooted in the wisdom of the cross, we...

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imageFollowing the posts on pastors who fall, (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3), I was contacted by a pastor who has begun to minister in a congregation where the previous pastor fell into sexual sin. He said there was a real shortage of resources, but recommended a book, Restoring the Soul of a Church: Healing...

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Wednesday, 03 May 2017 22:40

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Why You Need to Stop Using Public Wi-Fi

According to a recent poll, more people are leery of public Wi-Fi networks than of public toilet seats. But that doesn’t stop 70% of people connecting to them when available. In Why You Really Need to Stop Using Public Wi-fi, global security expert Luke...

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Tuesday, 02 May 2017 22:19

The Place of Emotions in the Christian Life

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I’ll be speaking at a conference in Kinnelon, New Jersey, on 19-20 May. If you’re in the area, why not come and join us as we consider:

Christian Emotions: A positive look at the place of emotion and feelings in the Christian life

The Sad Christian: What causes depression and how a...

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imageDid you know God made endorphins to help us feel his joy? In Do You Exercise for the Wrong Reasons? David Mathis explains how the chemicals released during physical exercise are a gift from God to lead us to himself.

A New York Times/Harvard Business Review survey found that employees are...

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Monday, 01 May 2017 20:15

The Most Common Reasons Pastors Fall

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After reading my posts last week on repairing the damage after a pastor falls (Part 1, Part 2), Tom Parr, pastor at Cornerstone Baptist Church, sent me the following article on the reasons why pastoral falls are becoming so common.

 

I have been a Reformed Baptist pastor for 10 years, and I have not...

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Monday, 01 May 2017 15:00

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7 Ways to Fight Distraction in Prayer | Gavin Ortlund, TGC“Distraction can be a huge hindrance in our prayer life, but I’m also discovering it provides an opportunity for growth. Here are seven strategies for fighting and harnessing distraction to deepen and direct our...

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Sunday, 30 April 2017 16:00

A Marriage Checklist

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I’ve been taking our adult Sunday School through Tim Keller’s book, The Meaning of Marriage.We’ve been camped out in chapter five for a few weeks, and yesterday we looked at Keller’s teaching on “Love Currencies” or “Love Languages.” His basic...

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Your Thoughts Will Betray YouAccording to Martyn Lloyd-Jones, overthinking and self-evaluation can actually encourage and contribute to spiritual depression.

7 Tips to Help Manage Depression and AnxietyI’d probably pass on the Himalayan Salt Lamp

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Thursday, 27 April 2017 20:00

13 Truths for the Congregation of a Fallen Pastor

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Yesterday we surveyed the wreckage that a fallen pastor leaves behind him and made some suggestions about how to begin repairing the damage. Part of this involves speaking God’s Word of life to the particular needs of the bleeding congregation. It’s not a time for beating around...

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Wednesday, 26 April 2017 15:00

Repairing the Damage after a Pastor Falls

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Whenever a pastor falls into public and scandalous sin, it leaves a trail of desolating damage in many lives.

First and foremost is the pastor’s own wife and children. What devastation, to see one they loved and trusted over many years, one who ministered God’s Word to them, not just in...

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