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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Monday, 18 September 2017 16:00

New Books in the PRTS Library

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One of the privileges of working at PRTS is the weekly arrival of new books to supplement our library of 70,000+ books. Here are some of the new selections this week.

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Monday, 18 September 2017 15:00

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When the job you love hurts you: exploring burnout in the workplace “According to Merv Gilbert, an adjunct professor of health sciences at Simon Fraser University, workplace burnout has three components. “You’re just wiped out. You don’t have any energy. The second thing...

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Sunday, 17 September 2017 17:00

Godliness is not your Personality

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Why do we take our individual, personality, character, gifts, or calling and make that the sum total of godliness for everyone else?

The introvert equates godliness with quietness.

The extrovert equates godliness with activity.

The generous person equates godliness with giving.

The social person...

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Sunday, 17 September 2017 16:00

Two Mistakes in Parenting Teens

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In The Disciple-Making ParentChap Betis says that “the years of twelve to twenty-one are absolutely crucial years in our children’s walk with the Lord.” Up to age 12, they have learned the faith of their parents, but about age 12 or 13 onwards they begin the...

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Sunday, 17 September 2017 15:00

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Nabeel Qureshi (1983-2017)This is a beautiful tribute to the muslim convert turned Christian apologist.

On Saturday, September 16, 2017, Nabeel Qureshi, age 34, entered into the joy of his master, Jesus Christ, after enduring a yearlong battle with cancer.

Five Consequences of a Life Out of...

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Thursday, 14 September 2017 16:00

A Do-able Bible Reading Plan for Kids

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imageWestminster Bookstore have published an interview with me about Exploring the Bible: A Bible Reading Plan for KidsThey also have some great discounts for the next week with up to 50% off. Details here.

Here’s the first question and answer:

1) So far you’ve only written books...

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Thursday, 14 September 2017 15:00

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Four Types of Questions NOT to Ask in Your Small Group Bible Study Melissa Kruger on the importance of asking the right questions in education:

The more years I taught, the more I realized students learned as much from my questions as my explanations. While lecture may offer knowledge,...

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 22:05

Sneak Peak inside Exploring the Bible

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imageWhat’s the age range for Exploring the Bible

That’s the most common question I’ve been asked about my forthcoming children’s book. The official answer is 6-12, but now there’a a better way to judge. Crossway have supplied some sample pages so that you can make up...

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017 23:34

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Survey: Being a Pastor’s Wife Is Good for Faith, Bad for Friendship Some positives in this report:

“Overall, pastors’ spouses see their family’s ministry involvement as a good thing; 90 percent say it has had a positive effect, according to LifeWay. More than half commit...

 

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Sunday, 10 September 2017 23:04

Resources for Depression

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My assistant Sarah Perez has just completed the herculean task of organizing and categorizing the many online articles I’ve gathered over the years on the subject of depression. Thank you, Sarah! After my favorite books on depression, you will find articles organized under the general outline...

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Sunday, 10 September 2017 22:42

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Serious Sins | Kevin DeYoung“If we as Christian laypeople, Christian pastors, and Christian churches never talk about sexual sin, only talk about sexual sin, ignore what the Ten Commandments say about sin, or refuse to warn people of the dire consequences of sin, we are doing something...

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Wednesday, 06 September 2017 22:50

Podcast on Typology

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Probably the most common question I’m asked about teaching Christ from the Old Testament is how to interpret the Old Testament types. Here’s a podcast conversation about the subject between myself and Nancy Guthrie. We also talk about the crisis in my own life that resulted in me...

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Wednesday, 06 September 2017 22:46

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5 Ways to Focus at Work, from an Executive Who’s Struggled with ADHD“Once I entered the working world, I knew I had to make some changes. I couldn’t spend my life running away from this problem, especially if I wanted to succeed in sales, my chosen field. I’d have to...

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Monday, 04 September 2017 21:39

40 Truths about the Fear of God

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After preaching a sermon on he necessity of the fear of God in public worship, a friend reminded me, “If you want a nail driven in, you have to hit it more than once.” With that in mind I set about a survey of the Bible’s teaching and found forty truths about fearing God to help...

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Monday, 04 September 2017 21:23

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The Apollos Project – Raising an Alien Child | Jen Wilkin “We are going to ask our children to think and live differently than the world in five different areas. ”

You Know You’re Preaching When… | The Christward Collective “Preaching is a combination of...

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Thursday, 31 August 2017 22:03

Counseling Under the Cross

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imageBob Kellemen’s newest book, Counseling Under the Cross: How Martin Luther Applied the Gospel to Daily Life releases on September 11, 2017, by New Growth Press. Just in time for the celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, Counseling Under the Cross shares scores of powerful...

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Wednesday, 30 August 2017 16:00

Exploring the Bible: A Bible Reading Plan for Kids

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Of the books I’ve written, Exploring the Bible is the one I’m most excited about. My hope and dream is that through it many children will learn the holy life-long habit of daily Bible reading. Reformation Heritage Books are the only supplier with stock right now.

Authors: David...

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Wednesday, 30 August 2017 15:30

Top athletes share their battles with mental illness

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USA Today has published a fascinating article about how top athletes are battling mental illness and also using their platform to de-stigmatize it.

There are a number of deeply moving stories which can only help build understanding and sympathy at the expense of ignorance and cruelty.

Roughly 44...

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Wednesday, 30 August 2017 15:00

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3 Things You Will Never Hear Me Say in a Counseling Session | Suzanne Holland, Biblical Counseling for Women Suzanne breaks down 3 common “positive thinking” statements and instead shows us biblical responses.

Announcing a New Online Home for Tabletalk Magazine My favorite Christian...

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Tuesday, 29 August 2017 22:42

The last sermon we will hear

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imageAlmost ten years ago, Randy Pausch’s last lecture went viral. The Carnegie Mellon University computer science professor was dying of cancer and took the opportunity to deliver a final lecture in which he talked about the lessons he had learned from life and his illness, and also gave advice...

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Tuesday, 29 August 2017 21:50

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Precious Clarity on Human Sexuality: The Nashville Statement | John Piper, Desiring God “The Nashville Statement is a Christian manifesto concerning issues of human sexuality. It speaks with forthright clarity, biblical conviction, gospel compassion, cultural relevance, and practical...

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Monday, 28 August 2017 21:59

Special Report on Sexuality and Gender

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The New Atlantis Journal is a non-political, non-Christian publication that aims “to improve public understanding of the social, political, ethical, and policy implications of modern science and technology.” It tackles some of the biggest questions surrounding technology and human...

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Monday, 28 August 2017 21:40

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God Made You a Writer: An Invitation to Every Christian | David Mathis, Desiring God Here’s an encouragement to those feeling called to any kind of writing ministry:

Whether you think of yourself as a writer or not (and on the whole, it might be better if less people did!), I’d love...

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A new report from The Journal of the Association for Consumer Research, Brain Drain: The Mere Presence of One’s Own Smartphone Reduces Available Cognitive Capacity provides confirmation of what many of us have been increasingly feeling. We’re losing our minds….to our...

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Wednesday, 23 August 2017 15:00

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Millennial Motherhood: Three Traps for Young Moms
“Much of what’s true of every generation throughout all time is true of millennials. We are just people. Yet, just like every other generation, we have some particular tendencies, challenges, strengths, and weaknesses that result...

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