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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“Parent’s Mobile Use Harms Family Life” say High School Students Well, here’s a turning of the tables. A recent survey found:

  • More than a third of 2,000 11 to 18-year-olds said they had asked their parents to stop checking their devices.
  • 14% said their parents were online at...

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Sunday, 23 April 2017 15:00

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What Can the Church Learn about Sexual Harassment, Accusations, & Transparency from the Bill O’Reilly Debacle?Ed Stetzer draws three main lessons:

1. The way we respond to an accusation teaches people how we value others.

2. large organizations will naturally exhibit tendencies of...

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Thursday, 20 April 2017 16:00

The Covenant of Candy

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My greatest passion in life is to teach profound biblical truth simply; to take the deepest theological doctrines and explain them in a way that a child could understand. That’s what constantly motivates and shapes my preaching and teaching. It probably adds about 2-3 hours of work to every...

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Thursday, 20 April 2017 15:00

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Without Luther, There Would Be No BachMartin Luther never met Johann Sebastian Bach. The two Germans were born more than 200 years apart. But without Luther, there would have been no Bach.

Help Me Teach the Bible: Vern Poythress on Interpreting ScriptureVery Poythress explains steps for...

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 16:00

Grace-Paced Life Links

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More Americans than ever before are stressed, depressed and anxiety-ridden, and many are unable to get the help they need, a new study suggests. According to this report:

An estimated 8.3 million American adults — about 3.4 percent of the U.S. population — suffer from serious...

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 15:00

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What Your Biology Teacher Didn’t Tell You About Charles Darwin“You don’t need to be a Bible-thumping evangelical to question whether Darwin’s thinking deserves to be given a bit more thought. Whatever your views on origins and evolution, we can hopefully all agree that,...

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I receive many email questions, most of which I don’t have time to answer. Sometimes, however, there are valuable questions that I think would provide helpful answers for others who read the blog. I therefore ask the questioner if I can remove identifying features and answer it on my blog....

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Monday, 17 April 2017 15:00

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5 Questions Leaders Should Be Asking All the Time“Leaders should ask these questions both on a daily basis and during critical moments. Of course, these aren’t the only questions to ask; context certainly matters. But I have found these five to be a very practical and useful way to...

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Monday, 17 April 2017 02:20

How Can Justification Make me Joyful?

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This is a guest post by Danny Hyde, author of Can Justification Make me Joyful?

imageI wrote How Can Justification Make Me Joyful because I want my fellow brothers and sisters to have the same assurance and confidence that the Holy Spirit has given me with this biblical teaching.

You see, after I was...

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Sunday, 16 April 2017 15:00

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Preaching in a Secular Age Al Mohler: “With the advance of secular pluralism, expository preaching must become the church’s strategy for survival.”

Having just one black teacher can keep black kids in schoolHaving just one black teacher in third, fourth or fifth grade reduced...

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Thursday, 13 April 2017 16:00

20 Lessons from a Ministry Burnout

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I’ve got to know Dave Jenkins over recent years through his various online ministries and podcasts (Servants of Grace, Equipping you in Grace, etc). He recently published articles about his own experience of ministry burnout:

Part 1:My Story of Ministry Burnout: Idolatry, Unbelief, and the...

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Thursday, 13 April 2017 15:30

Grace-Paced Life Facebook Live

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Join me for a Facebook Live today at 1pm ET where we’ll discuss 20 Lessons from Dave Jenkins ministry burnout. Here’s last week’s discussion about vacations, the “other woman,” Elon Musk’s error, and rest is wisdom not weakness.

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Thursday, 13 April 2017 15:00

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Our Family’s Experience with ‘The New City Catechism” | Besty Childs Howard, TGC “We know in this world our children will face many troubles. Athletes begin training months before competition. Soldiers train for years in preparation for potential conflict. We want our...

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Wednesday, 12 April 2017 16:00

The Happy Fruits of a Digital Diet

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Here’s Jake’s testimony to the positive power of a digital detox in his life. I hope it inspires you in similar ways.

A year and a half ago I visited Pastor Martin. My visit bore two fruits: one is that he had lovingly admonished me about the weight I had gained since he last saw me...

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Wednesday, 12 April 2017 15:00

Digital Detox Roundup

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Here’s your latest links for digital detox. More digital detox resources here.

A Face-to-Face Request Is 34 Times More Successful than an Email | Vanessa K. Bohns, HBR

Despite the reach of email, asking in person is the significantly more effective approach; you need to ask six people in person...

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017 16:00

Should we seek to burn out for Jesus?

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I love energetic, ambitious, zealous young Christian men. What a gift to the church they are! And I want them to do whatever their vocation leads them to do—go for it. However, there are dangers if you make unwise choices.

What we don’t realize when we’re young is that we all have...

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Monday, 10 April 2017 15:00

Lies at the Heart of Addiction

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It doesn’t matter what kind of addiction it is—drink, drugs, food, gambling, porn, spending, tanning, people-pleasing, people-critiquing, control, digital technology, etc.—lies are at the heart of them all. That’s why Jesus said to religious addicts, ”You shall...

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Sunday, 09 April 2017 15:00

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If Humble People Make the Best Leaders, Why Do We Fall for Charismatic Narcissists?Good question. Especially for churches.

Muslim Convert: Jesus is the Only TruthHere’s an encouraging testimony of a recent convert from Islam.

Podcast – Cultivating Pastoral AffectionsBrian Croft and...

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Wednesday, 05 April 2017 22:58

Grace-Paced Life Links

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Here’s a round-up of articles to help you live a grace-paced life in a burnout culture. I’ll be discussing these articles in a Facebook Live video at my Facebook page on Friday at 1pm ET. If you have any questions on this subject that you’d like me to answer, please leave a...

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Wednesday, 05 April 2017 22:15

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The Curse of Cognitive LoadIf you need further motivation to simplify your sermons, read this article.

9 Lessons I’m Learning in Transition – LifeWay PastorsA pastor’s experience of God’s grace as he transitions to a new church:

“Change is difficult, harder the...

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Monday, 03 April 2017 16:00

How to Stay in Ministry Over the Long Haul

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Monday, 03 April 2017 15:00

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Detox your soul Four spiritual truths from the Psalms.

The Grace of Becoming Less “Christians face the dreaded dangers of comparison, discontentment, and self-promotion in a variety of ways and in a variety of places. One arena where this subtle temptation lurks is the church, and it...

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Sunday, 02 April 2017 16:00

Are we victims of sin?

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One of the keys to the Christian life is getting the right balance between confessing personal sin and lamenting the universal consequences of sin. This is especially important in the area of suffering. Too much emphasis on personal sin and we blame everybody for everything. Too much emphasis on...

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