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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Thursday, 18 January 2018 14:10

Ordinary Things

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I remember it like it was last week. The Sunday started just like any other Sunday. I went up early to turn on the lights and make sure the heat was on like I always do. As the morning moved along, we had a great time of worship through song. Someone prayed and I moved towards the pulpit...

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When we think of the discerning people in our churches, they are often known as judgmental, unkind, rude, crazy, uptight, nit-picky, obnoxious, hard to please, and a host of other poor characteristics. The discerning church members are stamped with this label because discernment isn’t...

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Wednesday, 17 January 2018 14:10

4 Reasons for Pastors to Guard Their Hearts

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Discouragement is not an emotion with which I am very familiar, but when a scandal comes out in the church, I feel it greatly. In fact, at times I have found myself not wanting to check social media, dreading to learn about the next scandal. When they come out, it is easy to find...

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Wednesday, 17 January 2018 14:10

The Lousy Preacher Was You

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This blog post is mere hypothesis, of course. You clicked the link for the same reason you skim a first–hand account of climbing Everest. It’s not that you’ll ever experience what you read, but you’re curious what it’s like. That is, what if you didn’t...

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Wednesday, 17 January 2018 14:05

That is Not the Way You Learned Christ

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Have you ever felt the lure of your old life before Christ? Maybe you ran into some friends who knew you before you became a Christian and their talk of having fun enticed you, or someone you dated before seems interested in reconnecting with you.

Paul expected that some of the Ephesian were...

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Tuesday, 16 January 2018 20:40

The Pride of Holiness

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Spiritual leadership presents its own unique spiritual dangers.

Some are obvious. Calvin identified three sins that spiritual leaders are prone to cave in to. Lust. Greed. Sloth. I have been in pastoral ministry for 7 years and I have watched friends that entered vocational ministry around...

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Tuesday, 16 January 2018 20:35

Chick-fil-A in Samaria

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Do you often find yourself in uncomfortable situations? Working with teenagers and in church world in general, I’ve learned to simply “lean into the awkward.” Make light of the situation, laugh at yourself… whatever it takes. The awkward situations are not that big of a...

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Tuesday, 16 January 2018 20:30

Heaven’s Mariner Brings Us Home

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“Everything that is on the earth shall die. But I will establish my covenant with you, and you shall come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you.” (Gen. 6:17c-18)

Amid the rampant rebellion, God responds in judgment. But it’s not the wrath that...

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“How can I participate right away in the church?”

That was a wonderful question to hear from a teenager who recently became a believer and joined our church. I don’t remember my exact answer, but I have since thought about that question, primarily as it relates to teenage...

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Monday, 15 January 2018 14:10

Doorkeepers to the Kingdom

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“I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God …” Psalm 84:10​

Praise God that none of us who have been justified by faith alone in Christ alone will have to stand outside the doors of heaven and peek in. None of us will have to put our ear to the door and hope...

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Sunday, 14 January 2018 14:15

3 Things Heaven Changes

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Even though I grew up going to church and hearing about the “end times” and everlasting life, heaven always seemed like an intangible, far-off idea.

I believed that because I had repented of my sin and placed my trust in Jesus, I would “go to heaven when I die,” but my vision...

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Sunday, 14 January 2018 14:05

The Joy of the Old Testament

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As a junior in college, I began to read Scripture more routinely and joyfully. It was in a house with four other guys that I would wake up and have my time with God and His Word at 8:00 am (early for a 20-year-old college guy!). I spent different amounts of time each day in the Word and...

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Sunday, 14 January 2018 14:00

Links For The Church (1/15)

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Should I Leave My Church? 8 Critical Questions

If you're a pastor facing a potential departure from your church, these questions put forth by Jeff Robinson may help you make the decision.

United by Love: How Diversity Reflects the Kingdom of God

Trillia Newbell walks through four theologies and shows...

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Saturday, 13 January 2018 14:15

Salvation for the Sinking

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"Beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me."-- Matthew 14:30

Sinking times are praying times with the Lord's servants. Peter neglected prayer at starting upon his venturous journey, but when he began to sink his danger made him a suppliant, and his cry though late was not too late. In our...

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Thursday, 11 January 2018 14:10

Sanctification and God’s Rambunctious Children

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I have three preschool children.

That’s a lot of rambunctiousness, a lot of clumsiness, and a lot of childishness. For example, my kids haven’t yet learned how to walk and not stomp like a herd of angry elephants everywhere they go. They missed the memo that says you...

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Thursday, 11 January 2018 14:05

4 Reasons Every Church Needs Senior Saints

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A couple of days ago, I received an email from a church member in his eighties, letting me know that he’s moving. We have known for some time that it’s best for him to move closer to his family due to his health and housing situation. But the news that the move was finally happening hit...

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Wednesday, 10 January 2018 14:10

Jesus Died a Hero?

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There is a very old bit of graffiti scrawled onto a plaster wall in Rome. It’s a crude sketch of a naked man, hanging on a stick-figure cross. The man has the head of a donkey. To the left stands another man who looks up at the crucifixion with his hand raised. In case we misinterpret the...

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As I’m writing this, I’m just a few hours away from lacing up my tennis shoes and playing a 5-on-5, full court basketball game.

To be clear: I didn’t even make the junior high basketball team. I run a 40 yard dash in the neighborhood of 7 seconds flat and my vertical leap is...

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It has been nearly a month since theologian R.C. Sproul died. Truly, a giant has fallen among us.

Knowing that numerous members of the Midwestern faculty appreciated and were impacted by Dr. Sproul’s ministry, I asked them to share brief reflections for the Center for Public Theology, an...

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Tuesday, 09 January 2018 14:10

Be Amazed This Sunday

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As the sovereign creator of all things, of course, God is in control of every human endeavor. And yet, there is one earthly institution that God is uniquely and personally invested in.

It is the church.

In Revelation 22:16 — the very last chapter of the Bible — Jesus explains his reason...

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Tuesday, 09 January 2018 14:05

Beware of the Self-Elevating Gospel

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I have worked in women’s ministry in the context of my local church for some time now. Because I am leading, teaching, and ministering to women I try and stay attuned to what they’re reading, what’s popular, to whom they are listening, and what messages they are believing. What...

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Monday, 08 January 2018 14:05

Staying Humble When Your Promotion Doesn't Come

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I’m invited to a rather significant banquet. I do not know the full guest list but I hear that I’ll be rubbing shoulders with influential people.

I don’t belong.

At least that is what I’m going to say. I’ve learned a good bit from Jesus in Luke 14 about where to sit...

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Monday, 08 January 2018 14:05

Does My Teenager Really Need Youth Group?

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For families with teenagers, time is a valuable commodity. Between the rat race of school, sports, work, social lives, and many other activities vying for time, why should you, as a parent, encourage your student to be active in your church’s youth group?

Youth group, student ministry,...

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It shouldn't work. It makes no sense. It is not lofty wisdom and it is not a miraculous sign, as far as signs expected go. It's really just a message, an announcement. When you break it down—you know, information-wise—it's really simply an historical anecdote.

But it's really all we've...

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Sunday, 07 January 2018 14:05

Apologies Ad Nauseam: Parents and Repentance

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As a young mom with a couple very little children, I remember the big relief I felt when I apologized to my oldest daughter for speaking harshly to her. She was probably two at the time. I may have apologized to her before that, but I think I remember that instance because she was able to...

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