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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Perhaps you’ve already seen the new Dove soap commercial featuring a transgender “mom” (see above). Such displays are ubiquitous in pop culture these days, but this one caught my eye. This one stood out because it is not only redefining male and female, but it is also redefining...

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I’m a big fan of New York Times columnist Ross Douthat, and I am really grateful that for his voice at the old “gray lady.” So it is unusual that I would take issue with one of his columns. But over the weekend I read his column “Save the Mainline,” and I thought this...

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Saturday, 15 April 2017 15:25

Death, Be Not Proud

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image Death, be not proud, though some have called thee Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so; For those whom thou think’st thou dost overthrow Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me. From rest and sleep, which but thy pictures be, Much pleasure; then from thee much more must flow, And...

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Thursday, 13 April 2017 21:00

An Easter Hymn

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O Jesus, Savior of my life, My hope, my joy, my sacrifice, I’ve searched and found no other one Who loves me more than you have done.

So I denounce my lingering sin Whose power You have broke within  My ever weak and faithless frame.  Its vigor’s crushed in Jesus name.

For your...

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Thursday, 13 April 2017 14:00

He Arose

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Authors: Denny Burk...

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017 05:58

Usage Note on “Re-Accommodate”

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United CEO response to United Express Flight 3411. pic.twitter.com/rF5gNIvVd0

— United (@united) April 10, 2017

By now you have all heard about the United Airlines fiasco involving the violent removal of a ticketed passenger. I won’t rehash the whole story here (although I did get a first...

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Sunday, 09 April 2017 05:54

The Miracle of Mercy

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Some songs age like milk. And other songs age like wine. In the latter category is Steve Curtis Chapman’s 1994 tune titled “Miracle of Mercy.” It felt like a personal testimony when I first heard it in 1994, and it only feels more so today some 23 years later. And it was on my...

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Thursday, 06 April 2017 00:19

Ten thoughts about the “Billy Graham Rule”

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This is by no means everything that can or should be said about the so-called “Billy Graham Rule.” (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, read this.) Nevertheless, here are ten brief reflections on this particular discipline:

1. We must take sexual holiness seriously...

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Tuesday, 04 April 2017 14:02

Why our churches need more gray hair

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imageIn Titus 2:2, Paul writes to Titus about the older men in his congregation:

“Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness.” –Titus 2:2

These older men are not to be confused with those who hold the office of elder (cf....

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Thursday, 30 March 2017 04:39

Santa in a gay marriage in new picture book

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Santa is a gay man in an interracial relationship in this new picture book https://t.co/XUnqe7lh3Epic.twitter.com/i1m6tYfSIg

— People Magazine (@people) March 30, 2017

HarperCollins will be publishing a new book featuring a gay Santa. Here’s the report from TIME magazine:

A new picture...

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Tuesday, 28 March 2017 11:53

Did Jesus ever experience doubt?

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image Pete Wehner wrote a moving meditation on suffering and the Christian life for The New York Times on Saturday titled “After Great Pain, Where Is God?” After sharing some gut-wrenching stories of suffering in the lives of his friends and loved ones, he asks the question: “So what,...

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imageReuters has a report out today about how President Trump has activated the religious left. Here’s the gist of it:

“The election of Trump has been a clarion call to progressives in the Protestant and Catholic churches in America to move out of a place of primarily professing progressive...

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Princeton Theological Seminary was recently embroiled in controversy over its decision to give the Kuyper Award to Pastor Tim Keller. The award is supposed to go to a “scholar or community leader whose outstanding contribution to their chosen sphere reflects the ideas and values...

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Monday, 20 March 2017 17:42

Top Ten Memories of OneDay 2000

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imageSarah Zylstra has a really fun piece over at The Gospel Coalition about John Piper’s famous “seashell” sermon from the 2000 Passion Conference called “OneDay.” I was at OneDay, and I had a great time recounting my memories of that event in a brief interview with Sarah...

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Monday, 13 March 2017 21:00

Are You a Scoffer?

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Yesterday, we learned from Psalm 1:1-2 that “blessedness” is “happiness.” If you want to be a happy person, you have to avoid being like the wicked, the sinners, and the scoffers (v. 1). The root of blessedness—indeed of true happiness—is knowing God through His...

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Sunday, 12 March 2017 21:00

Where does happiness come from?

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Sometimes English translations of Psalm 1:1-2 conceal the real point of the text. I have in mind the words that are commonly translated as “blessed” and “delight.” Take the NASB for example:

1 How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in...

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The video above is a remarkable display of self-unaware inconsistency.

These students are asked if a creative professional has the freedom to decline work that conflicts with his or her personal beliefs. All of the students said “yes” when the creative professional was the dress designer...

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Thursday, 09 March 2017 20:00

Cheap grace is no grace at all

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imageIn his book The Cost of Discipleship, Dietrich Bonhoeffer describes in vivid terms what he means by cheap grace:

Cheap grace is the deadly enemy of our Church…

Cheap grace means grace as a doctrine, a principle, a system. It means forgiveness of sins proclaimed as a general truth, the love of...

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Saturday, 04 March 2017 13:42

The “exclusively gay moment” revealed

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I’m posting this for parents who are still trying to figure out what exactly the “exclusively gay moment” will be like in Beauty and the Beast (if you have no idea what I am talking about, read my last post). Mommy blogger Amy Blevins has seen the movie and gives a brief...

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If you and your children enjoyed Disney’s live-action version of Cinderella, perhaps you have been looking forward to the March 17 release of the live-action version of Beauty and the Beast. Unfortunately, news has leaked that might temper that enthusiasm.

The director of Beauty and the Beast,...

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In his most recent editorial, Michael Gerson highlights a new film that celebrates shifting “evangelical” attitudes concerning LGBT issues. Gerson contends that evangelicals should not be confused with fundamentalists and that evangelicals are in fact changing their views on sexuality...

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017 22:32

Pursue God, Not Pornography

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Pornography is such a pervasive evil. It is eviscerating our civilization and even our churches. I continue to be burdened that this ubiquitous evil in our culture has become such a ubiquitous evil in our pews. That was the occasion for my message yesterday in the chapel of Southern Seminary and...

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By now you may have already heard the news that the Washington State Supreme Court has rejected Barronelle Stutzman’s appeal. Here is the report from the Associated Press:

The Washington Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday that a florist who refused to provide services for a same-sex...

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image D. A. Carson has written an essay for Themelios explaining “Subtle Ways to Abandon the Authority of Scripture in Our Lives.” Among other examples, he lists Zondervan’s recent Counterpoints volume which has two essays arguing that homosexual immorality is compatible with...

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I wrote last week about the internal struggle within the White House over religious freedom and LGBT policy. For evangelicals and other religious conservatives, this struggle is the most important and relevant thing happening right now. But for some reason, it is not really getting enough...

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